Midcoast Community Chorus will present its Planting Seeds benefit concert Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90.

MCC’s mission of singing as a community for the community produces rousing performances in June and January of each year. Under the direction of Mimi Bornstein, audiences have been delighted by the eclectic mix of music, spirited energy of the 140-member chorus; and the moving interpretations brought to the musical programs. The last four MCC concerts have been sold out.

The June concerts benefit local nonprofit organizations that address a community need or social injustice. The event have raised awareness and substantial funds for these organizations with more than $25,000 donated to date. Past concert beneficiaries have included Knox County Health Clinic, New Hope For Women and Five Town Communities That Care. The 2011 concert beneficiary, Belfast-based Maine Farmland Trust, has worked with more than 200 farmers and farmland owners to protect more than 20,000 acres of farmland, helping dozens of existing farmers stay in business and more than 60 young farmers get started.

The Planting Seeds concert program will include music from the  gospel, international, spiritual, folk, Appalachian and African traditions to weave the choral magic for which Bornstein is so well known. As a special treat, MCC has gathered a pick-up children’s chorus to perform a piece at the concert. In September, MCC will be launching Midcoast Community Children’s Chorus (MC3).

Midcoast Community Chorus will be accompanied by Sean Fleming on keyboards, Bruce Boege on saxophone, Jason Dean on drums, Ezra Rugg on bass and Mike McFarland on guitar. General admission ($15) tickets are available at HAVII and Owl & Turtle in Camden; Grasshopper Shop in Rockland; and The Green Store in Belfast. Reserve seating (center orchestra $30, side orchestra $22) and credit card sales are available by calling 975-0582 or sending email to info@mccsings.org.

For more information, visit mccsings.org.

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