2024 SEASON: Save the Date for our Spring Music Weekend April 5th and 7th. Stay tuned!

The UUCB’s MUUsic 2023 Fall Weekend (November 17th to the 19th) performances of “Prayers for Peace” presented a stirring trio of music to both celebrate Ukrainian culture and the healing power of cross-cultural music sung together.

The UUCB Choir collaborated with the University at Buffalo (UB) Choir, Mriya Ukrainian Women’s Choir, and St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church Choir to produce two evening concerts and a morning service featuring powerful reflective music in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. These events showcased music by a variety of Ukrainian choral composers and included spoken information on the music’s origins and meanings in both English and Ukrainian. The UUCB service on Sunday included musical excerpts from the two previous evening events, and information about the history and lived experience of the war in Ukraine, as well as how we in the U.S. can help.

Links to our performance at UB’s Slee Hall and the UUCB Service are below:

On May 5th 2023 the UUCB Choir, staff, and guest musicians from around the country presented Henry Purcell’s baroque opera Dido and Aeneas for our first ever MUUsic Weekend.

This expansion of our traditional Music Sundays began with a full operatic performance on Friday, May 5th at 7:30pm (with pre-show talk at 7pm) and was followed by a presentation of choral excerpts from the opera on Sunday May 7th at our usual service time. The Friday evening performance was open to the public on a pay-what-you-will basis. If you missed it, you can now watch a recording of the event on our  YouTube channel below:

Dido and Aeneas tells the story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, as first told in Virgil’s epic The Aeneid. The widowed and exiled queen is master of her own domain until the widowed and exiled hero Aeneas arrives on her queendom’s shores. Through the meddling of the gods, the two rulers’ fates are bound together, only to then be forced violently apart with horrific consequences for Dido. The opera is known for its tragic ending, but this mythic tale is also full of humor and insight into what it means to be human. Its hour-long duration is crammed full of stunning singing from both the soloists and Greek-style chorus. Our production also featured period string and keyboard instruments as would have been used in the opera’s original productions in the 1680s.