Acadia Choral holiday concert set



The annual holiday concerts of the Acadia Choral Society will take place at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church on Dec. 6 and 7. Visit www.acadiachoralsociety.org. PHOTO COURTESY OF ACADIA CHORAL SOCIETY

The annual holiday concerts of the Acadia Choral Society will take place at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church on Dec. 6 and 7. Visit www.acadiachoralsociety.org.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ACADIA CHORAL SOCIETY

BAR HARBOR — Tickets are now on sale for the Acadia Choral Society’s Holiday Concert at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m.

The theme of this year’s program, “Heaven Comes Down to Earth,” is inspired by Felix Mendelssohn’s Christmas cantata, “Vom Himmel hoch” (“From High Heaven”). Music Director Jamie Hagedorn said, “This program features over a dozen selections in a variety of styles, but all reflecting our unifying theme. The Mendelssohn cantata and David Lantz’s bluesy “Heaven Gonna Touch the Earth” could hardly be more different musically, yet they’re inspired by a similar thought. Gwyneth Walker’s “And Joyful Be” takes a solemn Southern Harmony hymn, ‘What Wondrous Love Is This,’ and turns it into a thrilling vision of Christmas.”

Guest musicians include soprano Katelyn Parker, baritone Joshua Miller, cellist William Myers, percussionist Seth Clark and the recorder consort of Linda Kush, Beth Mahar and Eiji Meiki. Hagedorn directs the chorus, with Assistant Director and Accompanist Kimberly Haller at the piano.

Vocalists Parker and Miller are both shining examples of young local talent. Parker earned her master’s degree in opera performance from the Boston Conservatory. She has recently appeared as Lucia in Opera Brittenica’s production of “The Rape of Lucretia,” and as Despina in Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte” with the North End Performing Arts Center in Boston and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. She is on this year’s artist roster for Boston Opera Collaborative. Other upcoming engagements include Gretel in MetroWest’s production of “Hänsel und Gretel.”

Miller, a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, now resides in Manhattan, where he auditions and sings professionally. He is an alumnus of PORTOpera’s Young Artists program, with roles in “Gianni Schicchi” and “The Night Bell.” He also has performed in the Portland Rossini Club concert series. He has appeared locally as an oratorio soloist in Handel’s “Messiah” with the USM Chorale and in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with the Bagaduce Chorale.

The Jackson Laboratory, Fiore Artisan Oils & Vinegars, Bar Harbor Savings & Loan and MDI Biological Laboratory are corporate sponsors of the Acadia Choral Society.

Tickets are $15 each. They are sold at Sherman’s Books & Stationery in Bar Harbor, the Northeast Harbor Library, the Southwest Harbor Public Library, and the SevenArts gallery in Ellsworth. Tickets are also available from chorus members.

Visit www.acadiachoralsociety.org.

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