Spring Choral Concert: Requiem for the Living

May 15, 2016

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by Dan Forrest

Performed by David Blazer, Director of Music and

West Shore Choir

One of the musical highlights in the life of this church is ourannual Springtime Choral Sunday. This year the West Shore Choir will present Requiem for the Living, written in 2013 by Dan Forrest. This program is our final installment this yearof the B. Neil Davis Artist Series. Part of the mission of this concert series is to include some of the best musicians in the Cleveland area to accompany this work. We will be joined by Andrew Pongracz and Mell Csicsila on percussion and Calvin Stokes on Harp.




December 13, 2015

A Ceremony of Carols

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by Benjamin Brittan

featuring the West Shore Choir

David Blazer, Director and

Calvin Stokes, Harp

Benjamin Britten’s hugely popular Ceremony of Carols was inspired by his discovery of "The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems."



Annual Spring Choral Concert

May 17, 2015

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Messe du lever de soleil (Sunrise Mass); Ola Gjeilo, Composer


The West Shore Choir

David Blazer, Director

Amethyst String Quartet


Missa Brevis Pro Serveto

May 18, 2014

Featuring West Shore Choir; David Blazer, Director

In 2008, UU interim minister Rev. Frances Dearman was inspired to write the text of a Latin Mass for Unitarians. She titled her work “Missa Brevis pro Serveto,” honoring Michael Servetus, one of the founders of our Unitarian tradition. Servetus was a Spanish theologian, scientist, and critic of the doctrine of the trinity; he was executed for heresy in Geneva in 1553. The “Missa Brevis” received its world premiere in May 2010 at the annual meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council in Victoria BC. Our choir will present this work as the central element of this all music service.


The Organ with Large Choral Work

May 19, 2013

Our annual Spring Choral Service will feature the works of French organist and composer, Maurice Durufle. The Requiem, op. 9, was commissioned in 1947 by the French music publisher Durand and is written in memory of the composer's father. Our West Shore Choir joins the Holtkamp organ to present this dramatic choral work.

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by John Rutter

December 16, 2012

John Rutter's initial inspiration for his Magnificat was another great masterpiece, The Magnificat by J.S. Bach. The Magnificat, the canticle of Mary (Luke 1: 46-55) traditionally formed part of the ancient service of Vespers in the medieval Roman rite. It has been set to music more often than any liturgical text other than the Mass itself.The West Shore Choir is joined by a chamber orchestra to present this work along with special holiday organ selections to open and close this special morning. Following an introit that includes our Junior Choir.

Featuring the West Shore Choir David Blazer, Director


“The World Beloved”
Service offered by the West Shore Choir
David Blazer, Director

May 20, 2012

To bring the solemnity of the classical-based Mass together with the down-home sparkle of bluegrass – now there’s an assignment. Your assignment is to make sure you attend the annual Spring Choral Sunday. We return to ONE service only. The West Shore Choir will present The World Beloved – A Bluegrass Mass by Carol Barnett. Guest musicians will assemble to form a Bluegrass Band to accompany this work. Also, a Ceremony of Child Dedication will be celebrated on this Mother's Day. The Outreach Offering for this month will be given to the Joyful Noise Music School.


Gloria by Vivaldi

December 18, 2011

The West Shore Choir will present Gloria by Vivaldi, which features solos and duets from members of the choir and will be accompanied by a small Chamber Orchestra with the core ensemble being the Amethyst String Quartet. Upon your arrival in the Rotunda, you will be greeted with The West Shore Consort offering some traditional carols prepared by the collaborative efforts of the great Robert Shaw and Alice Parker.


Spring Choral Concert

May 15, 2011

A Musical Celebration of Liberal Religion and Freedom of Thought with the West Shore choir, directed by David Blazer, and featuring the Dave Blazer Trio. The music is by Elizabeth Alexander and the words by Centuries of Strong-Minded People.

Narration: Jerry Jackson


David Blazer’s Organ Recital

May 1, 2011

David Blazer's organ recital concluding a seven year process of obtaining two Masters degrees from Cleveland State University. The program will be in two parts with the first part honoring the Baroque period and the second part a mix of more modern organ music.

Program notes will be posted soon.