Steiners, dancers and more at Holiday Pops

Dec 12, 2013
Photo by: Phillip Kolmar The Maine Steiners will bring their blend of barbershop, choral and contemporary a cappella music to the 2013 Holiday Pops concert. Front from left are Derek Willette, Cain Landry, Jake Whitaker and Camden Hills Regional High School alum Morgan Cates; and, in back, are Mike Knowles, Forrest Tripp, Rob Laraway and Avery Topel.

Rockport — The fifth annual Holiday Pops Concert sponsored by United Mid-Coast Charities will feature a variety of vocal performances including the Maine Steiners, Euphony, soloists Kelly Caulfield and Frannie Howard-Girard, along with the Holiday Pops Chorus. The concert will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90.

Founded in 1957, The Maine Steiners is the oldest a cappella group on campus. Completely student-run and directed, The Maine Steiners is a collective of about young men auditioned in from the much larger University Singers of Maine. The Maine Steiners bring their arts advocacy with them to children and young adults on semi-annual tours that have stretched across New England, the United States and the world. The group plans to release its newest studio album in the spring.

The concert also features the Maine Pro Musica Orchestra directed by Janna Hymes, the Penobscot Bell Ringers and the Rockport Dance Conservatory. Maine Pro Musica, the newest professional orchestra in Maine, has recently completed its fifth successful season. The orchestra is made up of professional musicians living in Maine.

“What a thrill it is every year to put this concert together,” said Hymes. “We look forward to sharing the talents of our Maine artists — instrumentalists, dancers, bell ringers, singers — they all come together for this special event.”

Tickets prices range from $37 and $25 for adults to $10 and $8 for youth younger than age 18, depending on section. Tickets can be purchased online at unitedmidcoastcharities.org; over the phone by calling 236-2299; and at HAV II, 87 Elm St./Route 1, Camden; Grasshopper Shop, 400 Main St., Rockland; and The Green Store, 71 Main St., Belfast.

The Holiday Pops Concert benefits United Mid-Coast Charities, which provides funding to more than 50 social, health and cultural service agencies in Knox and Waldo counties. Grants were awarded to 51 agencies in 2013 including The Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Belfast Public Health Nursing Association, Camp Forest in Brooks, Penbay YMCA and Waldo County YMCA, Meals on Wheels, Merryspring Nature Center and many more. A full list of 2013 grant recipients is available on UMCC’s website.

Sponsors for this year’s concert include Allen Insurance & Financial, Bangor Savings Bank, Waldo County General Hospital, Pen Bay Healthcare, Journey’s End Marina, Wells Fargo Advisors and others.

United Mid-Coast Charities was founded in Camden, Maine in 1942 to serve as a bridge between local charitable organizations and the seasonal and full-time residents of the area who wished to support them but felt they lacked sufficient knowledge to make the best decisions about where to allocate their donations. According to Russell “Rusty” Brace, president of United Mid-Coast Charities, what sets UMCC apart is that 100 percent of donations are distributed. Administrative costs are covered by an endowment set up for that purpose.

“That is why, with a single donation, you can benefit many agencies,” he said.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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