BAR HARBOR — Bach’s great “Magnificat” will kick off the Acadia Choral Society’s “Christmas Old and New” concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church. This year marks the first time the chorus and instrumentalists have performed the oratorio in a quarter-century.
“Christmas Old and New” will be heard through eight of English composer and conductor John Rutter’s most loved Christmas songs. Rutter is considered by many to be the most celebrated and successful composer of carols alive today. His most recent commissions include the anthem “This Is The Day,” composed for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011 and performed during the service at Westminster Abbey.
Led by guest conductor Joan Kroehler and guest accompanist Robin Ann Barron, “Christmas Old and New” will also feature an audience sing-along, giving everyone the chance to participate and celebrate the joys of the season through this event.
The concert’s soloists include Katelyn Parker Bray, Suzanne Eaton, Marcia Gronewold Sly, Pamela Smith, Rogan Winch and Isaac Bray.
After the Dec. 1 opening concert, performances continue at 3 p.m. on Sunday at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ellsworth. Tickets cost $15 per person and $45 per family. They can be purchased in Bar Harbor at Sherman’s Books & Stationery and Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, the Southwest Harbor Library and the SevenArts Gallery at 192 Main St. in Ellsworth. They are also available from chorus members and at the door.
For more info, contact Joan Kroehler at 947-7804 or [email protected] or visit www.acadiachoralsociety.com.