UMF Community Chorus concert Dec.13 and 14

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FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington Community Chorus will present two performances of their Winter Program at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13; and at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Old South Church on Main Street.

Celebrating its 26th year, the UMF Community Chorus brings University of Maine at Farmington students, faculty and staff together with community members from throughout western Maine to present two programs every year. Directed by Bruce McInnes, this year’s December program includes two works: Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Marc Antoine Charpentier’s “Messe de Minuit pour Noël.”

Vocal soloists in the Vivaldi work include: Lisl Fuson, Laura Grams, Sarah Sloane, Elaine Eadler and Jane Parker with organ accompaniment by Patricia Hayden. In the Charpentier, the soloists are: Lisl Fuson, Sarah Sloane, Mardie Porter, Dan Woodward, Jeff Fuson, Dan Woodward and Paul Stancioff. Instrumental accompaniment is provided by John Sytsma on recorders, Kathryn Sytsma on viola da gamba and Patricia Hayden on organ solos and interludes.

UMF Community Chorus conductor Bruce McInnes also directs the Mastersingers USA, a men’s chorus of alumni from Amherst College, Yale University, Pacific University and University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, as well as from his choirs at Grace Church in New York. McInnes has also conducted choirs at Harvard University, Sarah Lawrence College, Rutgers University and Columbia University.

He was a Fulbright scholar at the Université de Paris where he studied with Nadia Boulanger, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Cochereau and Darius Milhaud. He holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and completed his graduate studies at Yale University. He has been a professor at Amherst College, Pacific University, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and Sarah Lawrence College, and more recently served as dean of the conservatory at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition to conducting the UMF Community Chorus, McInnes also serves as choir director at the Old South Church in Farmington.

Both concerts are open to the public and are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for UMF students with I.D. Tickets will be available at Mickey’s Hallmark in Farmington and at the door at both performances. For more information, please contact the UMF Department of Visual and Performing Arts at 207-778-7072, or at robin.palmermosher@maine.edu

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