What's Happening Dec 15 - 21, 2014

Join us this Sunday, December 21 at 10:30 am for The Shortest Day and the Longest Night - A Multigenerational Solstice Celebration with Caroline Balderston Parry, Sandra Hunt and Rev. Diane Rollert and the Parts in Peace Choir. This is a celebration for all ages, with songs, poetry and stories to carry us into the longest night and to entice the sun to return.  We’ll top it off with our tradition of acting out the Twelve Days of Christmas, followed by our annual holiday potluck.  Bring a salad, dessert or something simple to share if you can.

As the holiday seasons approaches, we have a busy week at UCM. Along with our usual weekly events, the Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group will meet at 10:30 am on Wednesday, December 17, at 10:30 am before the monthly Midday Meal with Music at 12:30 pm.

For information and details about more or this week's activities, continue reading below.

Tuesday and Thursday, December 16 and 18,  10:00 am - noon, Nursery
Play Group
(last session Dec. 18 until January 6, 2015)
We welcome children under five on a drop-in basis accompanied by a (grand)parent or caregiver. Pack a snack for your child(ren). Coffee is provided. Open to all, whether church members or not. No charge but a donation of $3/session per family is suggested.
Contact: Melani Litwack at 514-394-2043

Tuesday, December 16, 7:30 pm,  Phoenix Hall
Carmina Choir rehearsal  

 To be a member of Carmina, no ability to read music is necessary as learning aids are provided. A sense of humour is an advantage.
Contact: Brian Brice at 514-843-6497.

Wednesday, December 17, 10:30 am
December Letter-Writing - Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group

All are welcome at our monthly letter-writing meetings. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month around a table for a brief, friendly and informal discussion of a current global concern. Background information is provided, including suggestions for action, usually letters to government officials or the media. Following the discussion, we may write individual letters or send e-mails. We benefit from sharing ideas and leave with a feeling of satisfaction that we have acted on our often unfulfilled good intentions. The responses to our letters indicate that our concerns have been noted.
 If you would prefer an evening meeting, please reply to that effect and it will be arranged. E-mail copies of the briefing documents are also available upon request.  Join us! Bring writing paper and envelopes (or your laptop). Bring a friend! For those wishing to stay for the Midday Meal with Music at 12:30, see below.   More information? Contact Carol Greene or call 514 933-4532.
 
Wednesday, December 17, 12:30 pm, Phoenix Hall
Midday Meal with Music

If you were at the November Midday Meal, there is no need to register.  Otherwise, please contact Elizabeth Anglin at 514-937-4095 to register for this month's lunch. Cost is $5.00. Visitors are always welcome. Please let Elizabeth know if you could help out by setting table, serving, clearing up, etc.
Free music concert at 1:35 pm featuring piano recitals by advanced music students:
Pianist Carl Zhang will play Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 2 and -- a special treat,-- movements from the  Brahms Sonata in D minor, with a guest violinist.  
This monthly event -- a meal and a recital -- is an incredible deal: the very gifted of our university-level music schools turn up for your enjoyment once a month. You don't have to travel to hear them, they play very inspiring music and for free! And you get to hear our beautiful piano, one of the very great concert grand pianos in Montreal, newly renovated with its organic wool hammers.
There will be no Music at Midday in January due to Royal Conservatory exams.

Thursday, December 18, 7:25 - 9:00 pm, Phoenix Hall
Parts in Peace Choir rehearsal  
(last rehearsal until Thursday, January 8, 2015)
The UCM's service choir, meets to sing all kinds of genres of music from the Indian National Anthem to French chansons, rounds and four-part harmonies.  We are committed to singing at least once a month at Sunday services so our musical choices reflect the message of the service. Bring a binder for your music and a pencil with eraser. Non-music readers are enthusiastically welcomed along with seasoned choristers.  You just have to love to sing -- or want to find your musical voice.  It's a great way to participate in the life of our church!  Recordings of voice parts for many of the songs we learn are available online at http://www.ucmtl.ca/ucm-music-resources
Contact:   Sandra Hunt, Director of Music, at 514-484-5559.

Sunday, 21 December, 10:30 a.m.
The Shortest Day and the Longest Night - A Multigenerational Solstice Celebration

Caroline Balderston Parry, Sandra Hunt and Rev. Diane Rollert
With the Parts in Peace Choir
A celebration for all ages, with songs, poetry and stories to carry us into the longest night and to entice the sun to return.  We’ll top it off with our tradition of acting out the Twelve Days of Christmas, followed by our annual holiday potluck.  Bring a salad, dessert or something simple to share if you can! Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, December 21 at 12 noon
Holiday Luncheon in Phoenix Hall

The annual holiday lunch will take place again this year after the service. All are welcome to feast on the traditional holiday meal. We are also looking for a few extra hands to help in the kitchen that day.For further information please contact Rita Izzi or call 514-509-0586.
 
Sunday, December 21, 2:00 pm, Sanctuary
A Winter Trombone Recital

(following the  Annual UCM Christmas Lunch)  
with Matthew Hunt Russell, tenor trombone, and Sandra Hunt, piano.
Please come to a trombone and piano concert featuring the baroque elegance of Bach and Handel, the romantic melodies of Brahms and Gaubert, and a hauntingly  beautiful Neo-Romantic sonata "At the Turn of the Century" by the Czech composer, Juraj Filas.
Suggested donations: students, free, adults $20.
Matthew Russell is currently in pursuing his Masters in Music at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh studying with Peter Sullivan, principal trombonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Matt has an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School, as well as a Bachelor of Music from McGill University. In November 2011, he was the recipient of the Domaine Forget special prize at the OSM Standard Life Concours and, in May 2011, he was the only North American participant in the Prague Spring International Trombone competition. In 2010, he was first runner-up in the Robert Marstellar International Trombone Competition.
As an orchestral musician, Matthew has played in many ensembles including the National Academy Orchestra led by Boris Brott, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Two summers ago, the NYO gave him a unique opportunity perform with the NYO in India in a collaboration between the two nations' youth orchestras.