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Acadia Choral Society presents “Peace & Harmony” Holiday 2016 Concert

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Dawn Bennett | BDN
Dawn Bennett | BDN

PRESS RELEASE
FROM: Acadia Choral Society
DATE: October 31, 2016
RE: Holiday Concert, December 3, 4 & 11

Mark your calendars now for the Acadia Choral Society’s Holiday Concerts, on Saturday, December 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m., at St.
Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor, and on Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Ellsworth.

This year’s concert is A Celebration of Peace and Harmony, with selections from the Renaissance to the current decade, from Europe to the Georgia Sea Islands. The program opens with John Michael Trotta’s setting of “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace,” followed by a setting of his own text, “Behold, how good, behold, how wonderful, behold, how pleasant to dwell in harmony.”

Program highlights include Jon Washburn’s “Dona Nobis Pacem,” a meditation that calls forth “Peace…” in forty languages. This unusual—and unusually beautiful—piece combines a familiar round with speaking and mantra-like chanting. The program also includes a joyous setting of Longfellow’s “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” by Ryan O’Connell. Music Director Jamie Hagedorn says, “Our last selection, Craig Courtney’s A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas, is filled with delightful surprises. I expect—and I certainly hope!—there will be some laughter.” The concerts will conclude with a carol sing-along.

Kimberly Haller, the Acadia Choral Society’s Accompanist and Assistant Director, will share her artistry — both playing the piano and conducting — because sometimes one conductor isn’t enough! Several of the chorus’ favorite guest musicians will return to play recorders, oboe, and percussion.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $15, at Sherman’s Books &
Stationery and Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars (both in Bar Harbor), the
Northeast Harbor Library, the Southwest Harbor Public Library, and the SevenArts gallery in Ellsworth. Tickets are also available from chorus members and at the door. For more information, visit us at www.acadiachoralsociety.org.

Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust are corporate sponsors of the Acadia Choral Society. The Acadia Choral Society is an Acadia Centennial Partner.