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West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church

West Shore To Host Apollo’s Fire

Thursday. February 15, 2024 | 7:30pm


Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) was a Bohemian-Austrian composer and violinist. Biber worked in Graz and Kromeriz before he illegally left his employer, Prince-Bishop Karl Liechtenstein-Kastelkom, and settled in Salzburg. He remained there for the rest of his life, publishing much of his music but apparently seldom, if ever, giving concert tours.

The sonata, which in the Baroque period was primarily a type of composition for instrumental ensemble. Although Biber composed church music and instrumental ensemble works, he is remembered chiefly for his fifteen violin sonatas composed around 1675, which represent for the most part meditations on episodes in the life of Christ.  Heinrich Biber’s stunning Sonatas on the Mysteries of the Rosary have haunted violinists for centuries. Each of these virtuosic sonatas tells a dramatic story from the life of Christ, but the performer must discover and interpret the story through the secrets of the music. Apollo’s Fire Concertmaster Alan Choo and friends bring drama and reverence to these masterpieces as they celebrate the release of their new album.

We are so thrilled to have Jeannette Sorrell and her Apollo’s Fire return to West Shore for this stunning program. This event will take place in our Sanctuary on Thursday evening, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Pre-Concert Conversation with visiting scholar Susan McClary, one hour before the performance.  There will also be a CD Release Party after the concert with the “Afterglow” reception to celebrate Alan’s new solo album.

“Alan Choo was a dynamo, delivering lines with panache. He exemplified virtuosity.”
~ Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Chaplin & Blazer

Sunday. February 18, 2024 | 7:00pm
featuring David Blazer, organ accompaniment


City Lights is a 1931 American silent romantic comedy-drama film written, produced, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. Although sound films were on the rise when Chaplin started developing the script in 1928, he decided to continue working with silent productions. City Lights marked the first time Chaplin composed the film score to one of his productions and it was written in six weeks with Arthur Johnston.

City Lights is his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with the silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman (a magical Virginia Cherrill) who sells flowers on the street and mistakes him for a millionaire. Though this Depression-era smash was made after the advent of sound, Chaplin remained steadfast in his love for the expressive beauty of the pre-talkie form. The result was the epitome of his art and the crowning achievement of silent comedy.

The film will be shown at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, accompanied by West Shore’s Director of Music David Blazer on the Holtkamp organ.

This event is free & open to the public.