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Acadia Choral Society Concert, featuring “Song of Acadia”

Date: Saturday Jun 04, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. -


This is an exciting year for the chorus and for Acadia National Park. The Acadia Choral Society’s spring concert celebrates the park, nature and humankind’s relationship to our planet. The highlight is George Emlen’s “Song of Acadia,” commissioned for this occasion. Mr. Emlen says of this work, “I wrote my text as I sat on Pemetic Mountain recently and was greatly inspired. This is the voice of the island speaking to us, and we, the chorus, are singing the words that the island speaks to us.”

The new work will be part of a nature-themed concert. David Brunner, the composer of Earthsongs, was likewise moved by a visit to Acadia: “I was reminded continually of James Percival Gates’ words ‘The world is full of poetry’…and felt ease and comfort and grace and gratitude.”  The program also offers inspired musical settings of poetry from Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Muir, Wendell Berry, and the Buddhist Sutta Nipata. Lighter “novelty” selections include a sea shanty, a loon song, and even a lobster dance! Finally, the Kelley Farm Five will perform “Acadia Waltz,” composer Rick Barter’s “love song to Acadia.”

 Dr. Jamie Hagedorn directs the chorus, with Assistant Director & Accompanist Kimberly Haller. Cellist Max Treitler, oboist David Woolsey, and tenor Jay Emlen are featured soloists.

Tickets will be available at the door.


Location: St. Andrew Lutheran Church
75 Douglas Hwy, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Contact Name: Dr. Jamie Hagedorn, Music Director
Contact Phone #: (207) 610-0600
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Event Sponsor(s): Acadia Choral Society 

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