Quoddy Voices will present the collection of music they’ve learned together since September this weekend, with ‘A Harvest of Song’ on Friday, November 18 at 7 pm, and Sunday, November 20, at 3 pm. The program is both a joyful celebration of the harvest season, and a tribute to the power of music itself.
“O war and power, you blind and blur…
But music and singing have been my refuge
And music and singing shall be my light…”, writes composer and lyricist Frank Ticheli in his “Earth Song,” heard early in the program.

Another highlight is a special feature on composer Florence Price (1887-1953), an African-American composer only recently being discovered by the wider musical community. Price is heard in the program with three pieces, “The Moon Bridge,” “Song for Snow”, and “Praise the Lord”, the first of these performed by vocal trio, Jenny & the Barbs, who delighted Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center audiences last winter. Price, who produced more than 300 works, is noted for being the first of her race to have a work performed by a major symphony orchestra, and for her compositions for prominent contralto Marian Anderson, an important barrier-breaker in her own right.

Musical Director John Newell happily noted: “This is definitely our most tuneful program ever!”  Find more details about ‘A Harvest of Song’ here: https://eastportartscenter.org/2022/11/quoddy-voices-to-present-a-harvest-of-song/. Tickets are $15; students age 17 and under will be admitted free of charge.

Quoddy Voices was formed in 2014 by singers hailing from all around our region, Calais to Machias to Campobello Island. A constituent group of Eastport Arts Center, the chorus is committed to providing singers the opportunity to work together to learn and present quality music; and strives to enrich the cultural life of our community by expanding awareness and appreciation of choral music. New singers are welcome, regardless of experience level.
Rehearsals for the group’s Spring 2023 season will begin on February 20. To learn more contact
Music Director John Newell directly at jnewell384@gmail.com.