The Lincoln Festival Chorus, conducted by Anthony Antolini of Cushing, will perform Carl Orff’s popular scenic cantata “Carmina Burana” Friday and Sunday, Aug. 15 and 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Boothbay Congregational Church, 1 Eastern Ave. Soloists will be soprano Suzanne Nance and tenor David Myers Jr. of Waldoboro, accompanied by Sean Fleming on organ and piano with percussion, harp and children’s choir.

Nance, formerly of MPBN, is making a welcome return to Maine from her new position at fine arts network WFMT in Chicago for this event. The music will be familiar to the audience, as well, since “Carmina Burana” has been featured in hundreds of films, TV programs and commercials; and sampled or covered by numerous contemporary musicians. Since its debut at the Frankfurt Opera in 1937, “Carmina Burana” has been a mainstay of dramatic choral performance.

Following the Sunday evening performance, the chorus, which includes a few Down East Singers, will host a reception to honor artistic director/conductor Antolini, the accompanists, soloists and singers. Audience members are welcome to attend, enjoy refreshments and talk with the performers.

Tickets are $15, free for those younger than 18. They are available at the Boothbay Information Center, Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce, St. Andrews Village, A Silver Lining and Sherman’s Books & Stationery in Boothbay Harbor (cash or check); or at the front door of the church by 6:30 p.m. both evenings (Visa, MasterCard also accepted at the door). Proceeds from ticket sales support the nonprofit Lincoln Arts Festival. For more information, call 633-3913 or visit

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