Congratulations to the MDIHS Show Choir and their brilliant director! Top honors in the state vocal jazz competition—FOR THE SEVENTH YEAR IN A ROW!!!!
Our “Elijah” for this summer!
Gordon Hawkins returns as Amonasro, the Ethiopian king in Aida almost 30 years after making his Seattle Opera debut in the same role. A beloved Verdi baritone r...ecently seen in roles such as Porgy and Nabucco at McCaw Hall, Hawkins shares his favorite memories of performing in Seattle since 1992. READ: https://bit.ly/2uuvab8
[ Photos by Rozarii Lynch, Alan Alabastro, and Philip Newton ]
There are just hours left in the matching phase of the MDSC 2068 Campaign (our effort to ensure that MDSC can celebrate its ffitieth anniversary in style--AND put something aside for our centennial in 2068).
Generous donors have pledged to match all gifts to the Chorale made by January 1, 2018, up to a total of $11,000. We've raised over $5,600 so far, so we're halfway there! But let's not leave over $5,000 on the table.
Visit our Razoo page to make a quick gift by credit car...d--it takes only seconds! https://www.razoo.com/organizat…/Mount-Desert-Summer-Chorale
Or visit our web page, summerchorale.org, to download a mail-in donor form and send in a check.
Giving Tuesday would be a great time to make a gift to the Mount Desert Summer Chorale. We’ve started our MDSC 2068 campaign is n honor of our 50th anniversary. All gifts made between now and Jan 1 (up to $11,000) will be matched.
Visit summerchorale.org for details.
Soloists and conductor before the concert last night! Second and final performance tonight. Don't miss it! (They sound as good as they look! Well, all but the conductor. He's looking a little the worse for wear.) 😊
The Mount Desert Summer Chorale presents its 2017 concerts on August 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk by music director David Schildkret at 6:30)
Bach, Cantata 29 ("Wir danken dir, Gott")
Haydn, "Lord Nelson" Mass
Anne Leonardi-Merchant (soprano), Miriam Schildkret (mezzo-soprano), Philip Morgan (tenor), Ryan Downey (bass-baritone), Timothy Olsen (organ)
Members of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra
David Schildkret, conductor
Admission is by advance contribution for the best seats. You may also purchase advance tickets for guaranteed seating ($20, cash or check only) at Sherman's Bookstore and the libraries in Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor. Or you can make a voluntary donation at the door ($15 suggested). Arrive early for the pre-concert talk at 6:30!
Join us for this festive, uplifting program. The Bach cantata is a celebratory piece that provided material for the B-Minor Mass. The Haydn Mass is acknowledged as one of his finest vocal works, by turns dramatic, cheerful, and inspiring. The singers are both year-round and summer residents of Maine who have come together to present these concerts each year since 1968! Plan now to join us for our 50th anniversary concerts in 2018!
Summer must be on the horizon: we're working on getting materials ready for the new season (our 49th!--it would be our 50th, since we started in 1968, but there was one year without a concert). First rehearsal is June 28. Membership material will go out sometime in April. Watch the website for details: summerchorale.org
Many thanks to all who participated in this weekend's concerts, both onstage and in the audience. You made our tribute to Acadia National Park special and unforgettable. Thanks also to the good folks of the Acadia Centennial commission and to Stanley Subaru for helping us to get the word out. Till next year!
Have you joined the event page for this week's concerts? Please do, and please invite your friends!
Nice overview of our home and the place our concerts celebrate. Get tickets now! Sherman's, SW Harbor Library, NE Harbor Library
Acadia National Park
It has had many different names: Pemetic. Isles des Monts Déserts. Sieur de Monts National Monument. Lafayette National Park.
It has had se...veral superlatives: First national park east of the Mississippi River. Highest mountain along the U.S. East Coast. First place you can spot the sunrise in the United States.
It has been settled and re-settled by at least three different cultures—the Wabanaki, the French, the English—and drawn fishermen, farmers, artists, and the upper crust of late Victorian America—the Rockefellers, Morgans, Fords, Vanderbilts, Carnegies, and Astors.
Today, Acadia National Park is one of the most visited parks in America, drawing more than 2.5 million visitors per year to the craggy, jagged coast of Maine. The park is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. On September 6, 2015, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired this image of Acadia National Park and its surroundings.
Mountains and hills roll right up to the Atlantic Ocean in this rocky landscape carved by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. Since the beginning of the 20th Century, the park has been pieced together by donations and acquisitions of once-private lands, and it is still growing. Of the park’s 47,000 acres, more than 12,000 are privately owned lands under conservation agreements, while the rest is held by the National Park Service. Mount Desert Island is the focal point of the park, which also includes lands around a former naval base (Schoodic Peninsula), Isle au Haut, and several smaller islands.
Mount Desert Island is the largest in Maine and the second largest on the East Coast. “It looks like a big lobster claw,” said Lynne Dominy, chief park ranger for interpretation at Acadia. “It's both ironic and iconic, as we are surrounded by lobsters living in the Gulf of Maine.”
Writing in his journal after landing on the island in September 1604, Samuel de Champlain noted: “The mountain summits are all bare and rocky...I name it Isles des Monts Déserts” (French for “the island of barren mountains.”). Cadillac Mountain is the highlight, standing as the highest point (1,528 feet or 470 meters) within 25 miles (40 kilometers) of the Atlantic Ocean. Because its elevation and its far eastern location, it is claimed to be the first place an American can see the sunrise.
“Mount Desert is covered with forests, mountain summits, and freshwater lakes,” Dominy added. “This topography enables visitors to experience many wonderful things while visiting this island: walking on beautiful rocky shorelines; sailing offshore on boats; hiking on lush forest trails; climbing bald granite summits; and paddling on crystal clear lakes.”
Efforts to preserve Acadia began around 1901, led by conservationist George Dorr, who began cobbling together acquisitions and donations of land. Dorr and the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations turned over 6,000 acres to the U.S. government, with President Woodrow Wilson creating Sieur de Monts National Monument in 1916. In 1919, the parcels of the Maine coast were designated Lafayette National Park in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette. In 1929, the name was changed to Acadia, recalling the name of the original French colony in the region. Due to the public-private nature of the land holdings, it was not until 1986 that the U.S. Congress finally established official borders for the park.
Our wonderful guest organist, Timothy Olsen, will be giving a noontime recital at St. Saviour's on August 5. Our first concert is that evening: come and make a day of it!
And be sure to check out the Facebook event for the concerts. Add yourself to the invite list and invite all your friends!