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Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 30, 2017 and Island Ad-Vantages, November 30, 2017 and The Weekly Packet, November 30, 2017
Blue Hill Bach plans Downeast Messiah

For many music-lovers, the holidays are not complete without Handel’s Messiah, and in what has become an annual tradition, Blue Hill Bach will present the Christmas portions of the oratorio on Saturday, December 16.

The concert will take place at the Blue Hill First Congregational Church at 7 p.m.

Soloists will include students Lorna Stephens and Ellenore Tarr, mezzo-soprano, alto Catharine Cloutier, and tenor Zachary Fisher, as well as sopranos Sarah Schneider and Michele Corbeil, mezzo-soprano Marcia Gronewold Sly, tenor Francis John Vogt, bass John David Adams, and trumpet player Jack Burt.

A small ensemble featuring some of the area’s Baroque musicians, under the direction of Gerald Wheeler, will include concertmaster Heidi Powell, violinist Mary Jo Carlsen, violist Anatole Wieck, cellist Max Treitler, bassist Christopher Kapsha, trumpet player Kyle Goupille and timpanist Lynette Woods.

Using George Frideric Handel’s original instrumentation, these musicians will be joined by the 20-voice Blue Hill Bach chorus. In what has become a tradition, the audience will be invited to join in singing the “Hallelujah” chorus at the end of the evening.

Founded in 2011, Blue Hill Bach brings historically informed performances of Baroque music for voice and instruments to Downeast Maine, according to a press release.

The organization draws on the wealth of talent in the region—including high school and college students—and visiting artists who specialize in early music. Blue Hill Bach has received grants from Early Music America and the Maine Arts Commission for outreach programs, and from the Maine Community Foundation for capacity building and for the Marville Young Artist Fellowship.

The fellowship, which was instituted in 2013, offers emerging young musicians opportunities to learn about Baroque performance practice by working with established performers.

For tickets and information, go to or phone 613-5454.