When we sing,
we change who we are.
When we change who we are,
we change the world.

   

"Spheres"  June 16 Concert by Midcoast Community Chorus

 
"Spheres," the annual spring concert of Midcoast Community Chorus (MCC) will be held Sunday, June 16, at 7:00 pm at the Strom Auditorium, Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90, Rockport.  

MCC will sing a musical selection that features the "Missa Gaia," or Earth Mass, as well as songs of other spheres. The audience will listen to a rich array of different musical styles from around the globe, including animals "singing."  You will hear the mystical melody of a tundra wolf, the jubilant song of a humpback whale, Brazilian chant patterns, syncopated rhythms from West Africa, contemporary gospel, mystical melodies that harken to early folk tunes, jazz, and exquisite chords atypical of choral music.  All the joyful, rhythmic energy and accessible music of this contemporary Mass is dedicated to Saint Francis, the patron saint of ecology.  As is tradition, the audience will sing several songs as a community, fully participating in the concert as audience and performers.

Following another tradition, MCC donates a portion of its spring concert proceeds to a non-profit in the community.  This year OUT Maine was selected to receive support in its state-wide efforts to bring hope and possibility to Maine’s LGBTQ youth and create the welcoming and affirming Maine we all want to see. 

Tickets for the concert are available on line at www.mccsings.org, or call the box office at 207-975-0582.  General admission tickets may be purchased at Clean Bee Laundry in Camden, The Grasshopper Shop in Rockland, and The Green Store in Belfast. Ticket prices for general seating are $15, with reserved seating prices $25 and $30.  Everyone is encouraged to purchase tickets early, since many of past concerts have sold out quickly.  For more information, contact 207-975-0582.
 
[Sarah Szwajkos, Damn Rabbit Studios]
Caption: Audience and chorus sing in community at every Midcoast Community  Chorus concert!

Music, Anywhere-in-the-World: A Dream Raffle

Midcoast Community Chorus (MCC) is holding a Dream Raffle for a trip to attend a music performance of choice, be it a concert, dance, or festival, at a venue anywhere in the world.  The winner will enjoy expenses for two covered with round-trip airfare, overnight accommodations, dinner and tickets to attend the desired event.

 
Yes, anywhere in the world.  Start to dream and choose from a dazzling array of performance events. Dance an elegant waltz in Vienna, Austria.  Enjoy opera at world-famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy.  Las Vegas offers performances of legendary or popular singers, and multiple venues for Cirque du Soleil.  See both an event and the architecture of Sydney Opera House  in Australia.  Catch the ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia.  Chinese acrobats perform the near-impossible in Beijing, China. Experience the one-performance-only of Placido Domingo’s 50thanniversary in San Francisco.  Watch a parade of Carnival Samba dancers in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  Dream on. This is an easy opportunity to take a chance on fulfilling your personal dream to attend a best arts performance anywhere in the world,

MCC will make all the arrangements once the winner gives a 90-day notice of the choice of the event, its date and location. The limit is $5000.00 and the trip must be taken by June 15, 2020. 

The winner of the Dream Raffle will be announced at MCC’s upcoming concert on June 16 at the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport.  Raffle tickets are $25.00 each and must be purchased from members of the Midcoast Community Chorus.  Arrangements for raffle ticket purchase can be made by phone at 207-975-0582, or by email at mcclleach@gmail.com 


Dear MCC Community: 

We’re growing!  Have you noticed??!!  And with growth comes a variety of both challenges and opportunities.  More voices in song  (maybe even more tenors and basses!) More repertoire for Steve to consider.  More friends……and….more crowding! Tighter seating!   Harder to see Steve and hear voices….Parking congestion…limited performance space on stage….you probably have your own thoughts to add to the list. 

This means that we need to make some adjustments, and mighty quick. What to do? We’ve considered the possibility of simply capping the number of singers in any given term, either on a "first come first served” basis or using some other criteria. We don’t much like this approach as it seems to undermine the mission of the chorus as a non-auditioned musical community open to anyone who wants to sing.  

So we’ve decided to try an experiment next semester for the June 2019 concert.  

Starting in January of 2019, and through the next semester, our Midcoast Community non-auditioned chorus will remain the same. Midcoast Community Chorus Chorale will evolve from its current structure within the main chorus to a stand-alone auditioned group with the following parameters: 

  • Chorale members will no longer be required to sing with the main chorus. 
  • Choral rehearsals will be at First Congregational Church on Thursday nights
  • Chorale repertoire will include 8-10 pieces rather than 2-3
  • Chorale will have separate performance engagements to be announced at auditions

This is a one semester experiment. If we have fun, retain singers and don’t lose money, it could become a template for further group development. We’ll have to try it and evaluate at the end of the semester.

So, now both choruses have more room and are able to welcome even more singers into your community. Come join us!

Mim Bird, Chairman

Midcoast Community Chorus



Singing as a Community for the Community!

Midcoast Community Chorus (MCC) is a vibrant and dynamic non-profit organization providing choral programs for all ages and all voices.

We believe:

  • the voice is the sound of the soul
  • all voices deserve to be heard
  • singing together builds community

We welcome all ages and voices to sing with us or become a member. We perform at least two concerts a year in June and January. Our concerts typically sell out and we donate the proceeds from our June concert to a chosen non-profit beneficiary doing important work in our community.

For our story, please watch our video!


  

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