Winter Choral Concert moved to Dec. 18
Rockport — Camden Hills Regional High School’s Winter Choral Concert will take place a day later — Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium of the school, Route 90. Admission is by donation of canned food, as the choruses aim to raise awareness that this year that there is an unprecedented need for food at local food banks. Providing for suppers will be the theme of the night. The choral concert will be held directly following the school’s Empty Bowl Supper from 5 to 7 p.m., which also raises money for needy families. Both events were rescheduled due to the weather Dec. 17.
The concert, directed by Kimberly Murphy and accompanied by Susan Iltis, will feature a variety of music both seasonal and secular. Opening the concert will be the South African call song “Tshotsholoza,” followed by the Camden Hills Chorale singing the familiar “Angels’ Carol” by John Rutter. Other highlights include the Camden Hills Women’s Choir singing a Spanish lullaby, “La Nana,” and an a cappella arrangement of the familiar “Danny Boy.” The Chamber Singers’ selections will include a “Sacred Harp” tune, “Unclouded Day,” plus another piece by John Rutter, “The Shepherd’s Pipe Carol.” The men’s a cappella ensemble The Off Beats, directed this year by Alex Wilder, will regale the audience with their original arrangements of familiar carols.
The concert will finish with a rousing rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” and audience members will be encouraged to join in with the singing. Instrumentalists joining the chorus will be Heidi Karod and Nancy Carroll on violin, Celia Jones on viola, Duncan Hall on cello, Joan Phaup and Glen Sargent on woodwinds, Dwight Tibbetts on trumpet and Nancy Rowe on timpani.
Continuing with the theme of the evening will be the sale of MPBN’s Christmas special DVD/CD “Ending Maine Hunger.” This program, hosted by Suzanne Nance and Tim Sample and featuring many Maine musicians, recently was taped before a live audience and will be airing on MPBN throughout December. The Camden Hills Chamber Singers are featured on the “Maine Christmas Song” with Con Fullam and the final rendition of “Go Tell It On the Mountain.” The DVD/CD set will be available at the concert for $20 with a percentage of the proceeds donated to local food banks.
For more information about the concert, singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” or to purchase of the Christmas Special DVD/CD set, call Murphy at 236-7800, ext. 295.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.