Penobscot Bay, Mt. View sing for spring

Mar 26, 2014
The Penobscot Bay Singers

Belfast — Penobscot Bay Singers and the Mount View Chamber Singers will join vocal forces for their annual Spring Concert. The concert will be presented twice: Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St.; and Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 95 Court St.

The Penobscot Bay Singers will perform works of three contemporary American composers for their spring concert cycle including, for the Lenten season, a series of three motets by Robert Farrell. This work was published in 2012 and includes “Adoramus Te, Christe,” “O Bone Jesu” and “Jesu, Dulcis.” For those looking to nature, “Four Longfellow Settings” by Daniel Gawthrop offers four short poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a famous Maine poet, set to music. These settings of “Snowflakes,” “Aftermath,” “My Cathedral” and “Night” were commissioned in 1999 by the Winchester, Va., area high schools. “Steal Away” and “Live A-Humble” round out the set, traditional spirituals arranged by Paul von Hippel in 1996 and 2002.

The Mount View Chamber Singers will once again be performing a selection of their a cappella songs for the second half of the concert. Each year, the high school students from Mount View High School join the Penobscot Bay Singers for a spring concert. David Stephenson, their director, said students need to observe that adults sing in choirs for the pleasure of it. Both groups enjoy hearing each other sing, as will the audience. The poster for this concert was designed by Jarred Martin, a senior at Mount View High School who participates in the Graphic Design Program at Waldo County Technical Center.

Suggested donation is $15. Children accompanied by an adult are always welcome at no cost. For more information, check out the nonprofit Penobscot Bay Singers’ Facebook page or email PenBaySingers@gmail.com.

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

(Artwork by: Jarred Martin)
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