ROCKPORT — The 40th season of Down East Singers begins Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6:15 p.m., with registration and voice placement checks for new singers. Rehearsals are held Tuesday nights at Nativity Lutheran Church, 179 Old County Road, in Rockport, from 7 to 9:15 p.m. The ensemble’s conductor is Anthony Antolini. Jennifer McIvor will return in her tenth season as piano accompanist and assistant conductor.
This year’s December concerts are entitled “Maine Winter Music” and will be a collaboration with the Midcoast Brass Quintet. The repertoire will include choral music by Maine composers Delmar Dustin Small and Sean Fleming. Other compositions by American composers Daniel Pinkham and Richard Dirksen also include accompaniment by brass instruments.
Performances will be at the Belfast Unitarian Univeralist Church on Friday, December 13, and at Rockport Opera House on Sunday, December 15.
The Midcoast Brass Quintet will also perform seasonal repertoire on their own in these concerts.
The 2020 spring semester for Down East Singers will focus on a Memorial Day performance of Johannes Brahms's "German Requiem," accompanied by the Mozart Mentors Orchestra at Camden Opera House.
Down East Singers’ usual membership is about 70, and residents from throughout Midcoast Maine participate. It is open to all community members, and new singers are welcome. Sight-reading skills are desired but not required, as long as an ability to match pitch accurately is demonstrated. Singers are expected to work on their music at home between weekly rehearsals.
The membership fee is $65 per semester and high school singers sing for free. Music is provided free of charge but must be returned at the end of each semester.
More information is available at www.downeastsingers.org or by calling (207) 619-0413.