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This week, we bring you more sounds of hope from the voices of children, a performance by the Trouveres Youth Choir of Charles Albert Tindley’s spiritual, “The Storm Is Passing Over.” The chorale member who shared this suggested using it “whenever we need an extra bump to give us hope that we'll get through.” So here is your extra bump of hope and joy.

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This week, we bring you more sounds of hope from the voices of children, a performance by the Trouveres Youth Choir of Charles Albert Tindley’s spiritual, “The Storm Is Passing Over.” The chorale member who shared this suggested using it “whenever we need an extra bump to give us hope that well get through.” So here is your extra bump of hope and joy.  Link: https://youtu.be/BdVlV5ruTVo  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

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Amazing!! Thank you!

Perfect timing!

Perfect for today!

This week, Maine Music Society Board Chair and tenor Rick O’Brien is sharing a virtual performance of the Irish ballad “The Fields of Athenry” by members of his family. Rick tells us that “This is a song that my family has sung together for many years. All of the singers and musicians are members of my family (wife, son, brothers, sister-in-law, nephew). The video has two components: a poem to the struggle for freedom, and a love story between my father – 95 years old and recovering from Covid-19 – and my mother, who passed away 15 years ago but was the family musical inspiration and taught us all to sing harmony.”

Rick O’Brien lives on Berry Pond in Winthrop, Maine, and works as an attorney in Auburn. In addition to all his musical activities, his hobbies include athletics, hiking, cycling, reading, and puzzles. 

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This week, Maine Music Society Board Chair and tenor Rick O’Brien is sharing a virtual performance of the Irish ballad “The Fields of Athenry” by members of his family. Rick tells us that “This is a song that my family has sung together for many years. All of the singers and musicians are members of my family (wife, son, brothers, sister-in-law, nephew). The video has two components: a poem to the struggle for freedom, and a love story between my father – 95 years old and recovering from Covid-19 – and my mother, who passed away 15 years ago but was the family musical inspiration and taught us all to sing harmony.”  Rick O’Brien lives on Berry Pond in Winthrop, Maine, and works as an attorney in Auburn. In addition to all his musical activities, his hobbies include athletics, hiking, cycling, reading, and puzzles.   Link: https://youtu.be/I4Wun3ML858  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

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So poignant and beautiful! Thank you Rick!!

This week, we feature another rendition of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah, a fitting way to usher in a new year for which we have high hopes. The chorale member who shared this with us, Kathy Bidwell, explains that, “After some of our choral singers did a virtual chorus of Messiah’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’, I sent it to several of my friends and family. This video was sent to me in response. It is truly amazing how technology can bring us this glorious music in such a safe way in these unprecedented times. Prepare to be amazed!”

Kathy Bidwell has been singing soprano with the Maine Music Society Chorale since 1987. A retired physical therapist from Central Maine Medical Center, Kathy lives in Lewiston. In addition to singing, she enjoys family, travel, genealogical research, reading, and kayaking.

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This week, we feature another rendition of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah, a fitting way to usher in a new year for which we have high hopes. The chorale member who shared this with us, Kathy Bidwell, explains that, “After some of our choral singers did a virtual chorus of Messiah’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’, I sent it to several of my friends and family. This video was sent to me in response. It is truly amazing how technology can bring us this glorious music in such a safe way in these unprecedented times. Prepare to be amazed!”  Kathy Bidwell has been singing soprano with the Maine Music Society Chorale since 1987. A retired physical therapist from Central Maine Medical Center, Kathy lives in Lewiston. In addition to singing, she enjoys family, travel, genealogical research, reading, and kayaking.  Link: https://youtu.be/9jynUQjIXxM  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

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That is wonderful! Thank you for sharing this, Kathy!

For those who may be feeling constrained by this pandemic holiday season, we bring you a song that celebrates the pleasures of quiet winter time indoors, Gordon Bok’s “Hearth and Fire.” As the chorale member who shared this noted, “It certainly makes staying home seem cozy and safe.” Curl up by the fire and enjoy!

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For those who may be feeling constrained by this pandemic holiday season, we bring you a song that celebrates the pleasures of quiet winter time indoors, Gordon Bok’s “Hearth and Fire.” As the chorale member who shared this noted, “It certainly makes staying home seem cozy and safe.” Curl up by the fire and enjoy!  https://youtu.be/aKIAd-2ks6c  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

This week we bring you another virtual performance of holiday music, our own Maine Music Society Chamber Singers’ rendition of “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” a song that the chorale has sung in several of our Heritage Holiday Concerts. As always, the Chamber Singers virtual performance has been ably produced by chorale-member Rick Rau. 

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This week we bring you another virtual performance of holiday music, our own Maine Music Society Chamber Singers’ rendition of “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” a song that the chorale has sung in several of our Heritage Holiday Concerts. As always, the Chamber Singers virtual performance has been ably produced by chorale-member Rick Rau.   Link: https://youtu.be/TdovqoWCqdw  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

We were unable to perform our Heritage Holidays concert this year; but in the spirit of the season, the Maine Music Society’s new Artistic Director, Rick Nickerson, has brought together a group of singers from the Maine Music Society Chorale for a virtual performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah – a gift from us to all of you. We look forward to performing for you in person next year at this time.

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We were unable to perform our Heritage Holidays concert this year; but in the spirit of the season, the Maine Music Society’s new Artistic Director, Rick Nickerson, has brought together a group of singers from the Maine Music Society Chorale for a virtual performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah – a gift from us to all of you. We look forward to performing for you in person next year at this time.  Link: https://youtu.be/0jp412IjZQY  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

This week we bring you some holiday cheer from another member of the talented Rau family, Lucas Rau of Goshen, New York. According to Shelley Rau, who submitted this virtual performance of “Christmas Time is Here,” “Covid has led Lucas to embrace the world of virtual recording with his students and for himself.  He … wrote the 4-part arrangement; recorded himself singing each part; then video/sound compiled the final product!  A 2020 virtual take on the one-man band.  Enjoy!”

In addition to being the son of long-time chorale members Shelley and Rick Rau and the father of their new grandson, Lucas Rau is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, earned his MA in music pedagogy at Boston University, and now teaches choral music and music theory at Rondout Valley High School in Accord, New York.

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This week we bring you some holiday cheer from another member of the talented Rau family, Lucas Rau of Goshen, New York. According to Shelley Rau, who submitted this virtual performance of “Christmas Time is Here,” “Covid has led Lucas to embrace the world of virtual recording with his students and for himself.  He … wrote the 4-part arrangement; recorded himself singing each part; then video/sound compiled the final product!  A 2020 virtual take on the one-man band.  Enjoy!”  In addition to being the son of long-time chorale members Shelley and Rick Rau and the father of their new grandson, Lucas Rau is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, earned his MA in music pedagogy at Boston University, and now teaches choral music and music theory at Rondout Valley High School in Accord, New York.  Link: https://youtu.be/xFSgqkC2qGY  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

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Congratulations, Shelley and Rick! Thank you.

This week’s selection, a rendition of the Maroon 5 song “Memories” by the One Voice Children’s Choir, is being shared by chorale-member Jean Potuchek. “Of all the virtual choir performances I’ve seen since the pandemic began,” she says, “this one is my current favorite. I’ve been watching it about once a day since a friend shared it on Facebook several weeks ago. I love the way the children’s individual personalities shine through the group performance, and I notice new details each time I view it.” So here, just in time for Thanksgiving, is a message of resilience and hope from the hearts and voices of children.

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This week’s selection, a rendition of the Maroon 5 song “Memories” by the One Voice Children’s Choir, is being shared by chorale-member Jean Potuchek. “Of all the virtual choir performances I’ve seen since the pandemic began,” she says, “this one is my current favorite. I’ve been watching it about once a day since a friend shared it on Facebook several weeks ago. I love the way the children’s individual personalities shine through the group performance, and I notice new details each time I view it.” So here, just in time for Thanksgiving, is a message of resilience and hope from the hearts and voices of children.  Link: https://youtu.be/XB6yjGVuzVo  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

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Beautiful! Very inspiring and perfect for today.

This is very lovely! Thank you anf happy Thanksgiving.

I loved this, Jean, and it's timely! I will be listening to frequently and hope you don't mind if I share it.

So uplifting!!

Thank you Jean! good fun, and good cheer!

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One fun way for any Maine choral group to stake their claim to fame is to record a Reny’s commercial. Here is ours, by the Maine Music Society Chamber Singers. This virtual performance of the familiar Reny’s jingle was produced by chorale member Rick Rau.

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One fun way for any Maine choral group to stake their claim to fame is to record a Reny’s commercial. Here is ours, by the Maine Music Society Chamber Singers. This virtual performance of the familiar Reny’s jingle was produced by chorale member Rick Rau.  Link: https://vimeo.com/478099058  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

This week, chorale-member Susan Charle is sharing a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” by one of her favorite choral groups, the British a cappella octet Voces8. 

Susan sings soprano in the Maine Music Society chorale, and she also has a musical family. Daughter Linda and son-in-law Scott are both professional musicians, and they have three children who all play string instruments.
Susan, who lives in Lewiston, is a retired social worker who worked in elder protective services. In addition to her love of singing, her favorite activities include listening to jazz and rhythm and blues, reading, and cooking.

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This week, chorale-member Susan Charle is sharing a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” by one of her favorite choral groups, the British a cappella octet Voces8.   Susan sings soprano in the Maine Music Society chorale, and she also has a musical family. Daughter Linda and son-in-law Scott are both professional musicians, and they have three children who all play string instruments.
Susan, who lives in Lewiston, is a retired social worker who worked in elder protective services. In addition to her love of singing, her favorite activities include listening to jazz and rhythm and blues, reading, and cooking.  Link: https://youtu.be/ic4w1IRmUtA  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

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Nice editing job, Jean. Thank you! Have not been singing much due to various health issues but hope to sing again with the Chorale once it is deemed safe enough to do so. I miss the Chorale and am excited for its future. I miss you all.

Great interpretation. Thanks Susan!

This week we return to Fauré’s Requiem, with a rendition of “In Paradisum” being shared by chorale-member Pam Chenea. Pam tells us, “I adore this part of Fauré's Requiem. It is sweet, angelic. My husband Paul and I have sung this a number of times, with Maine Music Society and with the Berkshire Choral festival. During these trying times it soothes the tired soul….  We need this now. We need rest. We need soothing. We need peace.”

Pam, who sings alto in the Maine Music Society chorale, lives in Wayne, Maine with her husband Paul who is also a chorale member. She is the coordinator of Aging At Home in Wayne, a program to help keep elders at home as long as possible. She and Paul have four adult children and seven grandchildren. Her favorite hobby after singing is watercolor. 

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This week we return to Fauré’s Requiem, with a rendition of “In Paradisum” being shared by chorale-member Pam Chenea. Pam tells us, “I adore this part of Faurés Requiem. It is sweet, angelic. My husband Paul and I have sung this a number of times, with Maine Music Society and with the Berkshire Choral festival. During these trying times it soothes the tired soul….  We need this now. We need rest. We need soothing. We need peace.”  Pam, who sings alto in the Maine Music Society chorale, lives in Wayne, Maine with her husband Paul who is also a chorale member. She is the coordinator of Aging At Home in Wayne, a program to help keep elders at home as long as possible. She and Paul have four adult children and seven grandchildren. Her favorite hobby after singing is watercolor.   Link: https://youtu.be/6-i1ESIRKdA  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

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Thank you Pam! Just what the doctor ordered for today!

That's my sister! Love you Pam!

That’s my cousin. Love you Pam!

One of the bright spots in this pandemic is the way people manage to get together to make music. This week, chorale member Shelley Rau shares a family virtual performance of Carole King’s “So Far Away.” Shelley tells us that she and her husband, fellow chorale member Rick Rau, “are continuing to make music – virtually – with a variety of people. This week, Rick’s brother from New Mexico, Ted Rau, suggested the Carole King song, ‘So Far Away.’ He asked Rick to arrange it, and for Shelley to sing. With that prompt, Rick wrote an arrangement for piano, bass clarinet and alto. The song reflects the current time, with so many of us so far away from people and activities that we love. Rick’s video editing, as always, adds to the mood of the piece.”

Shelley Rau sings alto in both the Maine Music Society Chorale and the Chamber Singers. Her fellow singers also value her ability to transcribe difficult-to-read scores into more accessible formats. Rick, who is playing clarinet in this performance, has also written arrangements for the chorale. 

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One of the bright spots in this pandemic is the way people manage to get together to make music. This week, chorale member Shelley Rau shares a family virtual performance of Carole King’s “So Far Away.” Shelley tells us that she and her husband, fellow chorale member Rick Rau, “are continuing to make music – virtually – with a variety of people. This week, Rick’s brother from New Mexico, Ted Rau, suggested the Carole King song, ‘So Far Away.’ He asked Rick to arrange it, and for Shelley to sing. With that prompt, Rick wrote an arrangement for piano, bass clarinet and alto. The song reflects the current time, with so many of us so far away from people and activities that we love. Rick’s video editing, as always, adds to the mood of the piece.”  Shelley Rau sings alto in both the Maine Music Society Chorale and the Chamber Singers. Her fellow singers also value her ability to transcribe difficult-to-read scores into more accessible formats. Rick, who is playing clarinet in this performance, has also written arrangements for the chorale.   Link: https://youtu.be/YpzJT4MFqNY  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachmentImage attachment

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So fun! Thanks Rick and Shelley! 😍

Our pleasure!

This week chorale-member Lee Griswold shares an audition from America’s Got Talent. Lee doesn’t want to give anything away by telling us why he chose this particular audition. He just says, “Watch it; I was speechless.”

Lee, who sings bass in the Maine Music Society Chorale, works in real estate and lives in Falmouth, Maine. His favorite form of creative expression, in addition to singing, is writing plays.

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This week chorale-member Lee Griswold shares an audition from America’s Got Talent. Lee doesn’t want to give anything away by telling us why he chose this particular audition. He just says, “Watch it; I was speechless.”  Lee, who sings bass in the Maine Music Society Chorale, works in real estate and lives in Falmouth, Maine. His favorite form of creative expression, in addition to singing, is writing plays.  Link: https://youtu.be/hcgvYr2nlrk  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

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Yup, left me in tears!

This week newly-elected Maine Music Society Board Chair Rick O’Brien is sharing a wonderful international performance of Robbie Robertson’s “The Weight.” Rick explains that the song is special to him because “This is a song I have sung and played with my family for at least 50 years. It lends itself to a wide variety of interpretations. This one is especially meaningful to me, since it starts out with a simple shot of Robbie Robertson, the man who wrote the song, playing guitar, and then gradually incorporates musicians from around the world, each contributing in their own way.”

In addition to his position as Board chair, Rick sings tenor with both the Maine Music Society Chorale and the Chamber Singers. He lives in Winthrop, Maine and works as a lawyer in Auburn. Along with his musical activities (which include playing mandolin and guitar as well as singing), Rick enjoys Nordic skiing, cycling, brewing beer, and baking bread.

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This week newly-elected Maine Music Society Board Chair Rick O’Brien is sharing a wonderful international performance of Robbie Robertson’s “The Weight.” Rick explains that the song is special to him because “This is a song I have sung and played with my family for at least 50 years. It lends itself to a wide variety of interpretations. This one is especially meaningful to me, since it starts out with a simple shot of Robbie Robertson, the man who wrote the song, playing guitar, and then gradually incorporates musicians from around the world, each contributing in their own way.”  In addition to his position as Board chair, Rick sings tenor with both the Maine Music Society Chorale and the Chamber Singers. He lives in Winthrop, Maine and works as a lawyer in Auburn. Along with his musical activities (which include playing mandolin and guitar as well as singing), Rick enjoys Nordic skiing, cycling, brewing beer, and baking bread.  Link: https://youtu.be/ph1GU1qQ1zQ  #MakingMusicSoarImage attachment

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Oh great choice! I remember being so moved by this performance when I first saw it early in the pandemic.

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