Originally published in Community News, December 12, 2013
Bagaduce Chorale celebrates last season with founder
The Bagaduce Chorale, pictured here, will offer an expanded schedule for its annual Holiday Concert at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. The Holiday Concert will be held on three consecutive days: Thursday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 14, at 3 p.m.
This December, the Bagaduce Chorale will offer three concerts instead of the customary two in order to accommodate overflow crowds. In past seasons concert goers have been turned away, so this year the Chorale will be performing the Holiday Concert on three consecutive days: Thursday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 14, at 3 p.m. The concerts are performed at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Chorale which was founded by Mary Cheyney Gould in the spring of 1974, the chorale announced in a news release. This year is also significant because Gould has decided to step down from her role as accompanist to the chorale at the end of the season. To mark this milestone and to celebrate Gould and her incredible gift to both the chorale and to the Downeast Maine musical community, Music Director Bronwyn Kortge has programmed a tour de force of contemporary seasonal music. Featured works will be Jonathan Willcocks’ Magnificat and Stephen Paulus’ We Sing Thy Birth both with full brass accompaniment and Mary Cheyney Gould on the Allen Organ. The chorale will also perform the lushly beautiful seasonal work This Christmastide by Donald Fraser, the stunning a cappella Irish peace blessing Deep Peace by Bill Douglas, and there will be the customary carol sing along with Mary Cheyney Gould on the organ.
To reserve seats, call 326-0575. Please arrive early to ensure seating. To learn more about these performances and about the Chorale go to bagaducechorale.org.