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Acadia Choral Society Spring Concert

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The Acadia Choral Society soloists: Marsha Lyons, Rebecca Woods, Michel Knowles and Geoffrey Knowles rehearse under the direction of Dr. Jamie Hagedorn for the Upcoming Spring Concert, Saturday, May 10th at 7 pm and Sunday, May 11th at 3:pm. The performances will take place at St. Saviour's Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor.

Tickets are now on sale for the Acadia Choral Society’s Spring Concert. The performances will take place on Saturday, May 10th, at 7:00 pm and on Sunday, May 11th, at 3:00 pm at St. Saviour’s Episcopal church in Bar Harbor. The concert will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. The program features Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, with orchestra and soloists. The mass was composed in 1796, when much of Europe was at war in the wake of the unrest sparked by the French Revolution and the ascent of Napoleon. The second half of the concert includes settings of several well-known poems from the WWI era, including “Trees”, “In Flanders Fields”, and the American premiere of Paul Ayres’ “To an Athlete Dying Young”, on the poem by A.E. Housman. A small group will also perform two songs by Eric Bogle, a Scottish/Australian folk musician who received a United Nations Peace Medal in 1985. In both songs Bogle questions whether the suffering of the soldiers in the “war to end all wars” produced any lasting positive results. St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church has an interesting connection with WWI. The Rev. Albert Cecil Larned, who was rector from March 1913 to May 1917, served as chaplain with the Marine Corps. He was cited for bravery under fire at the Battle of Belleau Wood, where he performed funeral services in the open view of the enemy forces.
Dr. Jamie Hagedorn directs the chorus, with Assistant Director & Accompanist, Kimberly Haller, at the piano. The orchestra is led by concertmaster Anatole Wieck.
The Acadia Choral Society gratefully acknowledges their many donors and the following corporate sponsors: Jackson Laboratory, Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars, Bar Harbor Savings and Loan, and MDI Biological Laboratory. Tickets are being sold for a suggested donation of $15 each and can be purchased in advance at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars and Sherman’s Books & Stationery, both of Bar Harbor; the Northeast Harbor Library; the Southwest Harbor Library; and the SevenArts Gallery in Ellsworth (in the Maine grind Building). They are also available from chorus members and at the door.
For more information, please visit www.acadiachoralsociety.org