Acadia Choral Society plans Holiday Concerts

BAR HARBOR — The first two Acadia Choral Society Holiday Concerts will be performed at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. A third concert is planned for St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Ellsworth on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m.

This year’s concert is “A Celebration of Peace and Harmony,” with selections from the Renaissance to the current decade, from Europe to the Georgia Sea Islands. The program opens with John Michael Trotta’s setting of “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace,” followed by a setting of his own text, “Behold, how good, behold, how wonderful, behold, how pleasant to dwell in harmony.”

Program highlights include Jon Washburn’s “Dona Nobis Pacem,” a meditation that calls forth “Peace…” in 40 languages. This unusual piece combines a familiar round with speaking and mantra-like chanting. The program also includes a joyous setting of Longfellow’s “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Ryan O’Connell. Music Director Jamie Hagedorn said, “Our last selection, Craig Courtney’s ‘A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas,’ is filled with delightful surprises.” The concerts will conclude with a carol sing-along.

Kimberly Haller, the Acadia Choral Society’s accompanist and assistant director, will share her artistry both playing the piano and conducting. Several of the chorus’ favorite guest musicians will return to play recorders, oboe and percussion.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $15 at Sherman’s Books & Stationery and Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, both in Bar Harbor, at the Northeast Harbor Library, at the Southwest Harbor Public Library and at the SevenArts gallery in Ellsworth. Tickets also are available from chorus members and at the door. Visit

Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust are corporate sponsors of the Acadia Choral Society. The Acadia Choral Society is an Acadia Centennial Partner.

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