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Mount View Chamber Singers schedule performances

Brian Swartz | BDN
Brian Swartz | BDN
Casting multiple shadows against the sanctuary walls at First United Methodist Church in Bangor, candles provided the only illumination during a Sunday, Dec. 2 concert by the Mount View Chamber Singers from Thorndike. Drawn from talented students at Mount View High School, the choral group sings a cappella during its “Carols in the Round” 2012 concert season.
By Brian Swartz, Weekly Staff Editor

A talented a cappella choral group from northern Waldo County is bringing “Carols in the Round” to central and coastal Maine churches this Christmas season — and there’s still time to enjoy the best in unaccompanied holiday music in the Bangor area this season.
Based at Mount View High School on Route 220 in Thorndike, the Mount View Chamber Singers draws upon talented student singers to field 20 musicians (five soprano, five alto, five tenor, and five bass singers). Led by Conductor Dr. David Stevenson, the group annually tours Maine to perform “Carols in the Round,” which incorporates traditional and medieval Christmas music sung a cappella.
The 2012 “Carols in the Round” includes such music as:
• “See Amid the Winter’s Snow”;
• “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” a 14th-century German carol translated by Theodore Baker;
• “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree”;
• The “Huron Carol,” drawn from a Huron text by Jean de Brebeuf and set to a 16th-century French melody;
• “This Little Babe”;
• “The Shepherd’s Farewell”;
• “Stille Nacht” (“Silent Night”), initially sung in German and then in English.
Concert admissions are free; donations are accepted. Although the Mount View Chamber Singers have performed twice in the greater Bangor area, additional performances are scheduled. The remaining concert dates and locations are are:
• Dec. 6, 7 p.m.: First Church, 8 Court St., Belfast;
• Dec. 7, 7 p.m.: Liberty Baptist Church, Liberty;
• Dec. 8, 4 p.m.: John Street United Methodist Church, Camden;
• Dec. 8, 7 p.m.: Stockton Springs Community Church, Church Street and Route 1, Stockton Springs;
• Dec. 9, 4 p.m.: Hammond Street Congregational Church, Bangor;
• Dec. 9, 7 p.m.: Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, Waterville;
• Dec. 10, 7 p.m.: Searsport Congregational Church, 8 Church St., Searsport;
• Dec. 11, 7 p.m.: St. Denis Catholic Church, Whitefield;
• Dec. 13, 7 p.m.: Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono;
• Dec. 14, 7 p.m.: Freedom Congregational Church, Freedom;
• Dec. 15, 7 p.m.: United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, Belfast;
• Dec. 16, 4 p.m.: Lincolnville United Christian Church, Route 173, Lincolnville Center;
• Dec. 16, 7 p.m.: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Court Street, Belfast;
• Dec. 19, 7 p.m.: Stillwater Federated Church, 335 Bennoch Road, Orono;
• Dec. 20, 7 p.m.: Clifford Performing Arts Center, Mount View High School, Route 220, Thorndike.
For more information about the Mount View Chamber Singers, check out the choral group’s Facebook page.

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