The music committee and choir present two concerts each year that feature the musical talent not only in our choir but in our congregation. Generally, one of these is a benefit concert to honor a local social justice cause.
Each year the choir concert shares the proceeds with a social justice project or community organization. In 2011, our program focused on immigration issues, with the Misa de los Inmigrantes, a concert mass in Spanish, by talented composer, Henry Mollicone, along with music by or about immigrants to this country. Past concerts have supported the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, providing food for people in need in our community and the Opportunity Center in Palo Alto which provides services to homeless and at risk families and individuals.
In 2006, the choir was proud to present a new work by Henry Mollicone, BEATITUDE MASS "Mass for the Homeless" with an interfaith choir and small orchestra, to benefit the Opportunity Center in honor of its grand opening that year.
The Cabaret concert in spring of 2007 featured an entirely original musical in honor of UUCPA's 60th anniversary, book by choir tenor Richard Heydt and music by Henry Mollicone. Richard's sly satire and zany humor is revealed in the song lyrics to UUCPA: The Musical!
We have many musicians in the congregation who bring their talents to many of the church's special occasions in addition to singing or playing the special music at Sunday services. Music is a large part of the many church social functions and celebrations, including milestone anniversaries, birthdays, wedding or baby showers, the annual church auction, and youth-led services. If you would like to share your musical talent other than at a Sunday service, please complete the Volunteer Talent Survey and send it to the office.