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Schoodic Summer Chorus Performs Order & Chaos in Southwest Harbor and Ellsworth

Ellsworth and Southwest Harbor – The Schoodic Summer Chorus, an a cappella community chorus directed by Anna Dembska, will perform a concert titled Order & Chaos on Saturday, August 11, in Ellsworth at St. Andrew Church, 175 Downeast Hwy, and Tuesday, August 14, in Southwest Harbor in the Westside Food Pantry Recital Series at St John the Divine Church, 315 Main St. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m.

The program includes a wide variety of songs exploring order and chaos and order in chaos, from the personal to the cosmic. Music ranges from 16th-century France and 18th-century New England to 20th and 21st-century gospel and shape-note, with composers including Franz Schubert, Josquin de la Préz, Chilean Nueva Canción pioneer Violeta Parra, and contemporary composer Paul Fowler.

The Schoodic Summer Chorus, a program of Schoodic Arts for All, welcomes everyone who loves to sing. Its members share a passion for singing beautiful, challenging, and unusual unaccompanied music. The rehearsal season runs from the end of May to the beginning of August, with its first performance opening the Schoodic Arts Festival in Winter Harbor.

Soprano/composer Anna Dembska and some of her students founded the Schoodic Summer Chorus in 2002. She has taught voice and musicianship for over 25 years, including at New York University and the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s In-School Program and National Teacher Training. Her original music and theater works have been produced in venues ranging from the Stonington Opera House to Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. She sings with the Ad Hoc Baroque Consort and the improvisational duo Music of a New Frequency, and is co-author, with pianist Joan Harkness, of You’ve Got Rhythm: Read Music Better By Feeling the Beat and Piano, Body and Soul: An Innovative Method for Adult Beginners.

Suggested donation to both concerts is $10.00.

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