Quoddy Voices, a community chorus formed in 2014, will present concerts on Friday, December 8 at 7 pm, and Sunday, December 10 at 3 pm, at the Eastport Arts Center. The group’s program is titled “A Light in the Darkness,” and it will feature the first performance of director John Newell’s recent work “Children of the Light.” The work is a nine movement cantata for chorus, soprano and baritone soloists, and piano for four hands, which “celebrates the light universal and the unity and dignity of all beings,” according to Newell. Texts are drawn from Genesis 1, Isaiah 60, Psalm 36, a prayer by the mystic St. Catherine of Siena and a Buddhist mantra. Several of the movements use texts written by the composer. Featured soloists in the work are Jenie Smith, soprano and Peter Frewen, baritone. The group’s accompanist Lee Downing will be joined by Gregory Biss on the four-hand piano part.
“Heavenly Light”, a gorgeous work by the 19th century Russian composer Alexander Kopylov, begins the program. It is followed by works that will celebrate the lights of the season, including two settings of the Latin hymn O Nata Lux (O light born from light) by the Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis and the American Morten Lauridsen. The latter work was composed in 1997 and is widely regarded as one of the classics of the modern choral literature. The program also includes the classic chorus “There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob”, by Felix Mendelssohn and a set of seasonal songs from Galicia, Tennessee and Canada.
Quoddy Voices is a constituent group of the Eastport Arts Center, with dedicated members who hail from all over our region: devoted commuters travel from as far as Cutler, Machias and Campobello each week to rehearse. Planning has begun for the Spring 2018 season, and new singers of all experience levels are welcome to join the group when rehearsals resume in February.
Suggested donation for the concert is $10; students aged 17 and under will be admitted free; tickets are available at the door or via the EAC site. For more information about Quoddy Voices contact Newell at (207) 853-4010 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org.