Friday, November 30, 2012
|An evening of music from around the world – soundscapes, songs, chants, original music and inspiration ~ shared in sacred community.
All Religions, All This Singing, One Song
Unitas – Sacred Sounds Choir of Unity of Berkeley is a devoted group of singers from all walks of life who love creating and sharing sacred sound and song. We sing and share music from all lands and cultures: from the melodies of Hildgard von Bingen to the medicine melodies of Brazil.
Unitas~Sacred Sounds Director: Francine Lancaster
Concert Directors: Francine Lancaster, Rosana Schutte
Accompanist: Conrad L’Heureux
Saturday, December 10, 8-9:30pm
Anjali is a trio of professional singers who have come together to sing from the heart. In this beautiful season when seeds deep within are nurtured in rich soil, you are invited to an evening concert of love, joy, community and soaring song. $20/ticket Visit their web site.
UNITAS Sacred Sounds Choir
With Choir Director Francine Lancaster
Monday Evening Rehearsals 7:30 - 9:15 PM
Part of the Unitas choir performs at the Cosmic Cabaret, led by Choir director Francine Lancaster
UNITAS Sacred Sounds Choir is a gathering of singers and musicians who rehearse and perform at events, occasional Sunday services, meditations, retreats, weddings, etc. Unitas is growing fast and expects to expand sacred service through singing into hospitals and nursing homes in the greater Bay Area community. The music we sing varies from Gospel and Hildegard Von Bingen to the medicine melodies of Brazil.
Choir Director Francine Lancaster invites all to join Unitas. If you have always wanted to sing with others, please come to choir practice and let Francine guide you into fulfilling that dream. No audition required. Experienced singers also welcome.
Francine Lancaster lends her soaring soprano to the musical mix at Unity Sunday Services and various other church events and serves as Director for the church’s choir, Unitas. In addition to her musical contributions, Francine is responsible for the stunningly beautiful altar that graces our sanctuary, which she re-designs on a monthly basis.
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Francine came to California to make her debut with the San Francisco Opera. She went on to win the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and to debut at Lincoln Center in New York City. As president of her own production and publishing company for several years, she won seven international awards for her songbooks and recordings for children, “The Keepsake Collection”. Her credits also include producing and starring in a one-woman show, “A Night in Vienna,” appearing in “Broadway Goes to the Met,” and working closely with the Screens Actors Guild on their annual viewing parties.
For 20 years, Francine was the soloist for First Church of Religious Science in Oakland, where she also co-directed many events, concerts, and fund-raisers. As a passionate member of Unity of Berkeley, she has done the same. She is a certified Sound Therapist and is currently developing a Sound Voice Music Healing Center at Unity of Berkeley.
Unity of Berkeley is located in the heart of one of the most musically diverse areas of the world. Our Creative Arts and Music Program at Unity of Berkeley consists of many talented musicians and artists who are committed to enlightening and enthralling audiences in Berkeley and beyond.
At Unity of Berkeley, music is a powerful ministry. Wise, moving, and energizing songs are essential to our Sunday Celebrations. The Co-directors of Music at Unity of Berkeley are all extraordinary musicians, in-demand recording artists, and seasoned performers who will uplift and delight you, week-in and week-out.
Our ongoing concert series features some of the best songwriters and performers working today in the field of positive music. We actively support the positive music movement, which is dedicated to making insightful, non-denominational, contemporary music a force for good in our lives and culture.