On Memorial Day, Down East Singers will present the Midcoast premiere of “The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls,” a setting of the Longfellow poem by composer Nathan Paul Scalzone. “Nate” Scalzone is a 1995 graduate of Georges Valley High School in Thomaston who now lives and works in New York City.

Down East Singers, under the direction of Anthony Antolini, also will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Regina coeli,” K. 108; and “Solemn Vespers,” K. 339, Monday, May 30 at 5 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1. Guest soloist is Suzanne Nance of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

Tickets are $15, free to students younger than 18 and are available in advance from members of Down East Singers; online at downeastsingers.org; or at the Camden Opera House box office on Memorial Day.

Scalzone moved to the Big Apple exactly one week before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. After walking dogs, painting apartments and “landscaping” for two years, he finally got a job, quite by accident, in the classical music industry. Things progressed quickly after that; Scalzone has worked in the office that manages the New York Philharmonic; filed for and got approved the China Philharmonic’s first-ever visa to tour the United States; was personal assistant to Sir Andre Previn; and had his own music performed in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Town Hall in New York City, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Durban South Africa and beyond.

“So it’s been a hell of a decade, but in the end no performance means more to me in the world than this one (this Memorial Day) because with this performance, I’m finally coming home,” he said via email.

“The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls” is dedicated to a fallen friend, a former NYPD Detective and stagehand, and offers among many things an echo of the Midcoast tides, said. Scalzone, “a swirling confluence of pine needles and salt air — a longing to be home and, simply, a song from the heart.”

Scalzone will be on hand for the concert and looks forward to reconnecting with family and friends.

“This Memorial Day … in many ways my life’s artistic journey will come full circle,” he said.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.