Quoddy Voices, an international community chorus, will present their “Requests and Favorites” concerts on Friday, December 15 at 7 pm, and Sunday, December 17 at 3 pm, at Eastport Arts Center. The group is directed by Gene Nichols, with accompanist Jane Lanctot.

Nichols notes: “Our show will be an eclectic mix of styles: poems by Tennyson and Frost; songs by Berlin and Simon; show tunes; solstice and Christmas, sacred and secular music; from Renaissance composers to Bach, Duruflé, McFerrin, McCartney, Wilson, Willson, Thompson, and Bernstein. We will honor our founder, John Newell, by performing his arrangement of “Wexford Carol.” One of my arrangements will also be sung.”

The concert will pay special tribute to the late Bill Mullins, who lent his powerful bass to Quoddy Voices for many years. The choir will sing in a style he loved—barbershop. 

Concert format will be two ‘sets’ with an intermission between. “We will link our songs smoothly together,” notes Nichols, “providing—after our ‘hello’ medley—a pair of entertaining musical journeys.”

Tickets for the concerts are $15; attendees 17 and under will be admitted free of charge; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Tickets may be purchased here, or, starting 30 minutes prior to each concert, at EAC box office.

A moment from a recent Quoddy Voices rehearsal is shown—director Gene Nichols has just received a toy ukulele as a birthday gift from soprano Lori Schnieders!

Quoddy Voices welcomes all singers, and does not require an audition. The group will resume rehearsal in preparation for spring concerts in February. Inquiries about the group may be made to Nichols at gnichols@maine.edu.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional. 

Quoddy Voices sopranos and altos (above and below) enjoy the tenor and bass sections’ rendition of “The Maine Stein Song” at the group’s May concerts; photos by Jude Kempe.