The University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center will host a concert of the Penobscot Bay Singers Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. The program will offer a combination of beauty and fun via music from American composers and the 1950s. Free and open to the public, the musical performance is part of the Festival of Arts, sponsored by the Senior College of Belfast and the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.

Conductor Richard M. Dostie is a charter member of the Penobscot Bay Singers and the music director for many years. He is a native of Fairfield and a graduate of Middlebury College, where he studied organ and conducting with Emory M. Fanning. He resides in Fairfield and has served a number of churches in Maine as organist and choir director, currently organist the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Waterville. He also has appeared as pianist, organist and harpsichordist with performing groups at Colby College. An accomplished jazz musician, he has extensive experience in music theater, as well.

Accompanist Linnea K. Johnson is a native of Yonkers, N.Y., and studied organ with Raymond Rudy at Douglass College, where she earned degree in organ performance. In New Jersey, she held several church organist positions and was rehearsal and pit orchestra pianist in community theater musical productions. She was chapel organist for three years on Kwajalein Island in the South Pacific. A resident of Maine since 1988, she is the organist at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Belfast.

For more information, contact the UMaine Hutchinson Center at 333-8000. There is no need for reservations.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.