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Quoddy Voices: Classics of the Season

Quoddy Voices will ring in the upcoming holidays with a pair of concerts on Friday, December 6 (7 pm) and Sunday, December 8 (3 pm) at the Eastport Arts Center. The program theme is Classics of the Season. Naturally enough, the first half consists of well known arias and choruses from the “Christmas” portion of George Frederick Handel’s Messiah. Soloists are Robert French (tenor), John Franklin (bass), Barbara Smith (alto) and Jenny Gillies (soprano). The voices will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble of strings and winds.

The program features four classic works from the twentieth century beloved by choirs around the world: Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Bogoroditse Devo (from his All Night Vigil), Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, the traditional English carol Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, arranged by David Willcocks, and O Magnum Mysterium, in a setting by the great American choral composer, Morten Lauridsen. The latter will be performed by Eastport’s chamber choir led by Bill Johnson.

On a lighter note, the chorus will present a vocal version of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and a seasonal madrigal by the awful and mythical P.D.Q. Bach: Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John. Two great jazz-oriented classics conclude the program: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and a medley of favorites from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” ‘Bass lady’ Joan Lowden will contribute to the swinging accompaniment on these works, to bring the concert to a grand conclusion.

Quoddy Voices is a constituent group of the Eastport Arts Center, with dedicated members who hail from all over our region to make music together. John Newell directs the ensemble and Kamiwan Oliver is the piano accompanist.

Suggested donation for the concert is $12; students under the age of 18 will be admitted free. For more information about Quoddy Voices contact Newell at (207) 214-7302 or by email at jnewell384@gmail.com. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.

Quoddy Voices: Classics of the Season

Quoddy Voices will ring in the upcoming holidays with a pair of concerts on Friday, December 6 (7 pm) and Sunday, December 8 (3 pm) at the Eastport Arts Center. The program theme is Classics of the Season. Naturally enough, the first half consists of well known arias and choruses from the “Christmas” portion of George Frederick Handel’s Messiah. Soloists are Robert French (tenor), John Franklin (bass), Barbara Smith (alto) and Jenny Gillies (soprano). The voices will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble of strings and winds.

The program features four classic works from the twentieth century beloved by choirs around the world: Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Bogoroditse Devo (from his All Night Vigil), Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, the traditional English carol Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, arranged by David Willcocks, and O Magnum Mysterium, in a setting by the great American choral composer, Morten Lauridsen. The latter will be performed by Eastport’s chamber choir led by Bill Johnson.

On a lighter note, the chorus will present a vocal version of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and a seasonal madrigal by the awful and mythical P.D.Q. Bach: Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John. Two great jazz-oriented classics conclude the program: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and a medley of favorites from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” ‘Bass lady’ Joan Lowden will contribute to the swinging accompaniment on these works, to bring the concert to a grand conclusion.

Quoddy Voices is a constituent group of the Eastport Arts Center, with dedicated members who hail from all over our region to make music together. John Newell directs the ensemble and Kamiwan Oliver is the piano accompanist.

Suggested donation for the concert is $12; students under the age of 18 will be admitted free. For more information about Quoddy Voices contact Newell at (207) 214-7302 or by email at jnewell384@gmail.com. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.

Quoddy Voices Rehearsals Resume

Quoddy Voices will resume weekly rehearsals starting Monday, September 16 at 7 pm, in preparation for concerts on December 6 and 8. The theme for the upcoming concerts is “Classics of the Season,” and the program will include selected choruses and arias from the Christmas portion of George Frederick Handel’s great work Messiah. Other works include seasonal classics by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Biebl, Morten Lauridsen and the inimitable P.D.Q. Bach. In addition, tunes from The Nutcracker and A Charlie Brown Christmas will surely leave audience members humming all the way home.

Quoddy Voices welcomes new singers, with no audition required. Singers interested in joining the group for this season should contact director, John Newell at jnewell384@gmail.com or (207) 214-7302, prior to the first rehearsal. 

Quoddy Voices is a constituent group of Eastport Arts Center, ‘where creativity and community meet,’ 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and www.eastportartscenter.org. The center is fully handicapped-accessible.

Quoddy Voices presents ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’

Quoddy Voices will present its spring concerts on Friday, May 31 at 7 pm, and Sunday, June 2 at 3 pm, at the Eastport Arts Center. The program, Around the World In 80 Minutes, is a rhythmic and joyful exploration of the great diversity of musical traditions in our world.  The featured work is one recently composed for Quoddy Voices by Chinese composer Yujing Bai.

The rhythmic energy of African music is highlighted in two works drawing upon Zulu tunes, “Babethandaza,” and “Siyahamba,” which became one of the theme songs of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. The traditions of Europe are represented by three works: the classic “Song of the Volga Boatmen” (sung by the group’s basses and tenors), “Tambur,” an old Hungarian dancing song, and the haunting Irish folk song “She Moved Through the Fair.” “Hope There Is,” by Australian composer Clare Maclean, uses a text by Oodgeroo Nunnuccal, the first the Aboriginal poet to have her work published in that land. The words are in English, but the repeated overlapping rhythmic figures draw directly from the Aboriginal tradition.

Yujing Bai’s work is titled “Hua Fei Hua” (The Bloom is Not a Bloom); it is a setting of a classic Tang dynasty poem. The chorus is accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble (Nancy Asante, flute; Ross Argir, violin; Brandy Argir, viola; and Alice St. Clair, ‘cello).

A rich choral setting of beautiful Chinese folk melody “Mo-li-hua” (Jasimine Flower) will feature soprano soloist Jennifer Gillies. Baritone Devon Newell will be soloist in “Antarctic Mariner’s Song,” composed in 1843 by James Dwight Dana, the geologist with the United States Exploring Expedition (1838-42).

The sopranos and altos take the stage in a “A Zing-a Za!,” an arrangement of the high-spirited Brazilian folk song. Soprano Manuela Brice is soloist in the lively but moving “Mata del Anima Sola” (Tree of the Lonely Soul), which depicts the solitude and mystery of the llanos, the high plains of Venezuela. An ensemble of nine singers drawn from the chorus will perform the gorgeous “Te Quiero” (I Love You), by the Argentinian composer Alberto Favero.

North America is represented by an arrangement of the lovely French Canadian folk song “J’ai cueilli la belle Rose and Ambe,” a work by Andrew Balfour, based upon an original melody from the Ojibwe First Nation in Canada.

The program concludes with an lively and uplifting work by Jacob Narverud, “Sisi Ni Moja” (Swahili for “we are one”). Playing the djembe drum in this and a couple of other works is our guest percussionist, 12-year-old Kieran Weston, who’ll be familiar to audiences of past Young Persons’ Concert performances.

Quoddy Voices is a constituent group of the Eastport Arts Center, with dedicated members who hail from all over our region to make music together. John Newell directs the ensemble and Kamiwan Luszcz-Santos is the piano accompanist.

Suggested donation for the concert is $12; students age 17 and under will be admitted free. For more information about Quoddy Voices contact Newell at (207) 214-7302 or by email at jnewell384@gmail.com. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.

Quoddy Voices presents ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’

Quoddy Voices will present its spring concerts on Friday, May 31 at 7 pm, and Sunday, June 2 at 3 pm, at the Eastport Arts Center. The program, Around the World In 80 Minutes, is a rhythmic and joyful exploration of the great diversity of musical traditions in our world.  The featured work is one recently composed for Quoddy Voices by Chinese composer Yujing Bai.

The rhythmic energy of African music is highlighted in two works drawing upon Zulu tunes, “Babethandaza,” and “Siyahamba,” which became one of the theme songs of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. The traditions of Europe are represented by three works: the classic “Song of the Volga Boatmen” (sung by the group’s basses and tenors), “Tambur,” an old Hungarian dancing song, and the haunting Irish folk song “She Moved Through the Fair.” “Hope There Is,” by Australian composer Clare Maclean, uses a text by Oodgeroo Nunnuccal, the first the Aboriginal poet to have her work published in that land. The words are in English, but the repeated overlapping rhythmic figures draw directly from the Aboriginal tradition.

Yujing Bai’s work is titled “Hua Fei Hua” (The Bloom is Not a Bloom); it is a setting of a classic Tang dynasty poem. The chorus is accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble (Nancy Asante, flute; Ross Argir, violin; Brandy Argir, viola; and Alice St. Clair, ‘cello).

A rich choral setting of beautiful Chinese folk melody “Mo-li-hua” (Jasimine Flower) will feature soprano soloist Jennifer Gillies. Baritone Devon Newell will be soloist in “Antarctic Mariner’s Song,” composed in 1843 by James Dwight Dana, the geologist with the United States Exploring Expedition (1838-42).

The sopranos and altos take the stage in a “A Zing-a Za!,” an arrangement of the high-spirited Brazilian folk song. Soprano Manuela Brice is soloist in the lively but moving “Mata del Anima Sola” (Tree of the Lonely Soul), which depicts the solitude and mystery of the llanos, the high plains of Venezuela. An ensemble of nine singers drawn from the chorus will perform the gorgeous “Te Quiero” (I Love You), by the Argentinian composer Alberto Favero.

North America is represented by an arrangement of the lovely French Canadian folk song “J’ai cueilli la belle Rose and Ambe,” a work by Andrew Balfour, based upon an original melody from the Ojibwe First Nation in Canada.

The program concludes with an lively and uplifting work by Jacob Narverud, “Sisi Ni Moja” (Swahili for “we are one”). Playing the djembe drum in this and a couple of other works is our guest percussionist, 12-year-old Kieran Weston, who’ll be familiar to audiences of past Young Persons’ Concert performances.

Quoddy Voices is a constituent group of the Eastport Arts Center, with dedicated members who hail from all over our region to make music together. John Newell directs the ensemble and Kamiwan Luszcz-Santos is the piano accompanist.

Suggested donation for the concert is $12; students age 17 and under will be admitted free. For more information about Quoddy Voices contact Newell at (207) 214-7302 or by email at jnewell384@gmail.com. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.

Quoddy Voices Welcomes New Singers to Explore World Music

Rehearsals will resume for Quoddy Voices’ spring concerts at 7 pm, Monday, February 25, at Eastport Arts Center. This season’s program is titled Around the World in 80 Minutes and will include choral works from all seven continents, even Antarctica (or written on the way there in 1843!). The chorus will prepare an exciting mix of pieces reflecting the diversity of cultures within the human family. The program, full of rhythm and joy, draws upon traditional folk idioms, including a Russian men’s chorus; a Zulu wedding song; an Australian work, Hope There Is, with text by an Aboriginal poet; and an arrangement of a melody of the Ojibwe First Nation tribe in Canada. One highlight will be a work composed for Quoddy Voices by the Chinese composer Yujing Bai.
The group welcomes new singers of all experience levels. No auditions are required, but those wishing to join are asked to contact director John Newell before the first rehearsal at jnewell384@gmail.com.
Quoddy Voices is a constituent group of the Eastport Arts Center, with dedicated members who hail from all over our region. For additional information, please contact Newell at the address above, or send a message via the Quoddy Voices Facebook page.

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The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.