FARMINGTON: The 2009-2010 edition of the ever-popular Mt. Blue Voices a cappella vocal ensemble from Mt. Blue High School will make its local debut performance at the group’s annual Holiday Concert to be presented 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16 in The Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital.
The 16 members of The Voices, under the direction of Dennis Hayes, have had a very busy fall season that has included important shows at The Chocolate Church Performing Arts Center in Bath and the prestigious “Battle Of The Blends” concert in Lewiston. Recently, the singers opened the State Principals’ Association’s annual conference in Portland. In early October the group released its new CD recording titled “Can You Hear The Voices?” And, what is to come is also very exciting. The Voices will be returning to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida next April to participate in Disney’s Magic Music Day for the sixth time in The Voices’ history.
On the Dec. 16th concert, the audience will be treated to a number of songs from The Voices new CD plus some fresh arrangements specifically composed for this edition of the ensemble by director Hayes. Some favorites back from last year include “Green Tambourine,” “Hush” and John Lennon’s classic “Imagine.” New for 2009-’10 are “I Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “White Rabbit,” “Love Gets Me Everytime” originally recorded by Shania Twain and a medley of songs from the Tony Award winning Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” plus more.
The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and CDs will be on sale. All profits will go toward funding the group’s April Florida trip.
The 2009-2010 Mt. Blue Voices are seniors Erik Mason, Tim Reid and Kelton Cullenberg; juniors Eliza Richard, Matt West and Ellie Buckland; sophomores Jennifer Hinds, Ellie Sloane-Barton, Kerri Cooper, Marina West, Emily Ramsey, Louisa Stancioff, Andreas Wyder and Alex Chandler; and freshmen Maryam Norton and Ragnar Clarke.
The Mt. Blue Voices are accepting performance dates for this school year. Interested organizations should contact Dennis Hayes at 778-2352. The group does not charge a fee for performances but gladly accepts contributions.