BAR HARBOR — The Harvard Din & Tonics, Harvard University’s signature à cappella vocal ensemble, will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, 41 Mount Desert Street. Tickets are $7 at the door, or may be purchased in advance at Eventbrite.com.
The Din & Tonics are world-famous for their impeccable musicality, snappy choreography, and hilarious antics. Founded in 1979 by a group of Harvard undergraduates intent on giving their services to local charitable organizations, the Din & Tonics have a rich and expanding tradition of musical and performance excellence.
The Dins’ repertoire centers on the “Great American Songbook,” in particular the American jazz standards of the 1920’s through the 1940’s, but also includes selections from other genres such as rock ‘n’ roll, disco, and folk. Almost all of the Dins’ music is arranged by current or past members. Members are selected each year through a rigorous audition process. Along with new musical arrangements, these new members bring fresh vitality to the Dins’ performances each year.
The Din and Tonic’s relationship with St. Saviour’s began two years ago when Bar Harbor native and MDI High School graduate Ethan Craigo was a member of the group.
“The Dins were a family away from home to me when I was in college. I wanted to share my hometown with them, and to share their fun, exciting music with the island community,” said Craigo. “The trip was a blast last time, and I’m thrilled to be bringing them back here this year.”
St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church was founded in 1876, and strives to be a lively spiritual resource for the entire Bar Harbor community. Sunday worship is at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., as well as morning prayer on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m., and a healing Eucharist on Tuesday at 12 p.m. The Rev. Tim Fleck serves as rector of St. Saviour’s.