ADDISON and ELLSWORTH, Maine — The Schoodic Summer Chorus, an a Capella community chorus directed by Anna Dembska, is singing about family this summer. They’ll perform their eclectic, upbeat program, We Are Family, on Thursday, August 21 at the Cape Split Chapel in Addison;Saturday, August 23 in Ellsworth at St Andrews Episcopal Church; and Thursday, August 28 at the Indian River Church in Addison. All performances are at 7 pm.
Centered around Sister Sledge’s 1980s disco hit (with expanded new lyrics by Belfast poet Karin Spitfire), the music reaches across time and space to sing of the human, earthly, and cosmic community, featuring composers from Monteverdi to Belafonte, the bossa nova of Antonio Jobim to the topical song of Malvina Reynolds and Haitian roots music, with a special thank-you and goodbye to Pete Seeger.
The Schoodic Summer Chorus is a program of Schoodic Arts for All in Winter Harbor. Its members share a passion for singing beautiful and unusual music. The season runs from the end of May through August, and the chorus is open to anyone who loves to sing.
Soprano and composer Anna Dembska has performed from Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, to the Bread and Puppet Circus. The Bagaduce Chorale commissioned her cantata Earthly Light for their 35th anniversary, and her chamber opera, The Singing Bridge, with libretto by poet Beatrix Gates, premiered at the Stonington Opera House in 2005. She teaches voice and musicianship in Midcoast and Downeast Maine and is co-author, with Joan Harkness, of You’ve Got Rhythm: Read Music Better by Feeling the Beat and Piano, Body and Soul: An Innovative Method for Adult Beginners.