BELFAST — The Penobscot Bay Singers shares its latest program, “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols,” as an online presentation. This traditional service is about 60 minutes long and subtitles are provided to follow along and sing. The group offers this for the community’s enjoyment until members can sing for and with audiences in person again.
The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus, are told in short lessons from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choral selections.
May your beliefs, be they Christian or other, inspire love and light in this season of darkness. Through this offering, the group hopes viewers experience peace and hope, as the light returns into the New Year and beyond.

The program can be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/RPJQT3p0g0Y and on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/658343061.

Once again, with this virtual program, the group’s hopes include creating a holiday program with a festive, joyful, reflective and enlightening presentation of “Lessons and Carols,” and a selection of old and new testament readings. The guest readers, including pastors from several local area churches and members of the choir, retell the familiar lessons in the beautiful settings of the various church sanctuaries. The choir members, masked and distanced, together again, in small groups and solo performers, present  appropriate choral selections to each lesson. Masks may muffle the sound, but the singers’ love of music and the audience pours through.

Founded in Belfast, Maine, in 1973 by Robert Coller (and initially named after him), the Penobscot Bay Singers have been performing throughout the Midcoast Maine area for more than 40 years, bringing fine choral music to many communities. Under the direction of Richard Dostie, with accompaniment by Linnea Johnson, the group continues to seek creative ways to keep its musical commitments alive and well. With the assistance and expertise of Ned Lightner, Belfast Community TV, and Charlie Crane, Belfast Community Radio, the limitations to reach an audience became an option again, during these most peculiar times. The program aired on the local BelTV and other area stations throughout the Christmas season.
To purchase a Keepsake DVD of “2021 Penobscot Bay Singers Presentation of Lessons & Carols,” mail a $20 check payable to Pen Bay Singers to: Pen Bay Singers, P.O. Box 5, Belfast, Maine 04915. You can also make a donation to support the local television, radio and choral group.
The Penobscot Bay Singers wishes peace, joy and love this season and a blessed 2022 to you all.