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Choral, instrumental groups combine forces for winter concerts

Dec 01, 2019
The Midcoast Brass Quintet

Belfast/Rockport — Down East Singers, a choral group that enjoys changing its musical style each December, will collaborate with the Midcoast Brass Quintet and pianist and organist Jennifer McIvor in a concert entitled “Maine Winter Music” on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Belfast Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St., Belfast; and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Anthony Antolini of Cushing will conduct the concerts.

The performances will intersperse choral works accompanied by brass ensemble and keyboard with seasonal music arranged for brass. The name of the concert, “Maine Winter Music,” reflects the fact that two of the featured composers — Delmar Dustin Small and Sean Fleming — are Maine composers. Small's "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" and Fleming's "Woods in Winter" are settings of texts by Maine poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Also on the program are "Welcome All Wonders" by Richard Dirksen and "Christmas Cantata" by Daniel Pinkham — both for chorus and brass ensemble with organ. The concert will also feature the world premiere of Small's high spirited and funny "Wreathe the Holly, Twine the Bay, Christus Natus Hodie," for chorus, brass, piano and string bass, played by Lydia Frewen Short of Rockland.

Tickets to both the Belfast performance and the Rockport performance are $20; free to those 18 and younger, but they must have a ticket.Tickets are available at Grasshopper Shop in Rockland, Plants Unlimited in Rockport, The Owl & Turtle in Camden and Left Bank Books in Belfast and online at or by calling 619-0413. If tickets remain, they will be available one hour before concert time at both venues.


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