The First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton (FUUSN) will hold a free tower bell concert at 5:00 - 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic suppers to the church grounds at 1326 Washington Street in downtown West Newton. Listeners can enjoy the music from throughout West Newton Square. The concert will take place rain or shine. Indoor seating will be provided in case of rain.
The concert will be played by a group of local musicians (called chimers) who regularly play the FUUSN chime. A variety of music will be played, including popular, classical, and show music. The program will include a piece commissioned in 2016 for the church’s 100th anniversary celebration, called “Tower Antiphonies.”
FUUSN’s 11 bells comprise an instrument called a “chime.” Cast in 1916 by the McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore, they hang in the belfry at the top of the tower of FUUSN’s historic building. They range in weight from 575 pounds to 3,350 pounds, with a combined weight of almost seven tons. The chimer plays them by pushing down 11 wooden hand levers on a playing stand, each lever attached by a cable to the clapper inside a bell. Playing is totally by human effort.