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2018-2019 Season

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
May 28, 2019

Maine Music Society Chorale Performs Songs from the Movie The Big Chill and other Motown Hits

Remember when…?

Can you believe this year marks the 60thanniversary of Motown?  

To celebrate this musical milestone, the MMS Chorale will perform arrangements of hits from the soundtrack of the movie The Big Chill as well as many other Motown favorites on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 pm, at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. 

Chorale members have been having a ball rehearsing such memorable tunes as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” and “My Girl.”  Join us as we stroll down memory lane with “I Can’t Help Myself,” “Do You Love Me,” and “Please Mr. Postman.”

Motown founder Berry Gordy’s goal was to create music for everyone and the songs you’ll hear will prove he achieved that goal.  

This concert will definitely send you home happily humming “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” from The Big Chill soundtrack or one of the many other classics of the Motown era.

For a preview of what’s in store, listen in to John Corrie and Susan Trask on 105.5’s Breakfast Club Tuesday, June 4, at 8:00 a.m.

Seated on floor: Valerie Saurer; Seated on chairs: John Corrie [Artistic Director], Jane Mitchell, Emily Bellinger and Brendon Bass;  Standing: Jonathan Whitmore, Don Dostie and Karen Lipovsky.

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
March 13, 2019

Maine Music Society Presents Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus

[LEWISTON, Maine] – On March 30 & 31 at the Gendron Franco Center, the Maine Music Society (MMS) Chorale and Orchestra will present an exhilarating rendition of Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus.

Composed in 1746 and written in English, this Baroque masterpiece tells the Old Testament story of Judas Maccabaeus, who led the Judaic struggle against the Hellenist kings for his people to worship in freedom. While the events in Handel’s oratorio took place more than 2,000 years ago in 170-160 BCE, the themes of integrity, liberty, and loyalty are timeless.  

Together with well-known and beloved professional soloists Joelle Morris, Luette Saul, Martin Lescault, and Leon Griesbach, the Maine Music Society (MMS) Chorale and Orchestra stunningly dramatize this powerful piece. The soloists take on various roles that weave in and out of the many choruses to dramatize the fight of the Maccabees against and their eventual victory over the occupying kings. Their spirited vocal renditions enable you to envision this historical struggle and experience the emotions as though you were there.

Judas Maccabaeusis filled with a mixture of beautiful songs: haunting, victorious, encouraging, and thankful, as well as the unforgettable triumphant final chorus of “Hallelujah, Amen.” 

Come delight in this exciting Baroque masterpiece by thecomposer of  Messiah, George Frideric Handel.

For a preview of what’s in store, listen in to John Corrie and Susan Trask on 105.5’s Breakfast Club on Tuesday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m.

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
November 1, 2018

Maine Music Society Announces Online Silent Auction 2018

(AUBURN, Maine) — The Maine Music Society (MMS), a non-profit music organization dedicated to bringing quality choral performances of various genres to the greater Lewiston-Auburn area, is conducting its first online silent auction beginning Saturday, November 3, to support the performances of the MMS Chorale, Orchestra and Chamber Singers.

The online auction, available at www.32auctions.com/mainemusic, will open Saturday, November 3, at 5:00 p.m., and close Wednesday, November 14, at 10:00 p.m. The wide variety of auction items includes a one-week stay in the Bahamas and couple’s getaways to Boothbay’s Oceanside Golf Resort, theater tickets and gift certificates, as well as unique artworks, fashions and edible gift baskets crafted by local artisans.

All auction items can be previewed online starting November 1. Bidding will begin in conjunction with MMS’ opening concert of the season, The Battle of the Blends, on November 3. Following the auction’s close on November 14, the winning bidders may pick up or have their item delivered based on the respective item’s description on the auction website.

“Maine Music Society’s November online auction is a perfect way for people to support a great local organization and start their holiday shopping early and easily,” said Connie Hitchcock, chair of the MMS Board of Directors.

The MMS online auction is generously sponsored by Andrucki & King Law, Top Grade Floors, Isaacson & Raymond Law, Androscoggin Bank, Dave & Lis Murphy, and Thomas & Charlotte Nolan.

More details on the online auction, including bidding instructions and rules, are available on the MMS website at www.mainemusicsociety.org.

Venue: Online at www.32auctions.com/MaineMusic
Dates: November 3, 5:00 pm through November 14, 10:00 pm
No extra fee
Contact for information: info@mainemusicsociety.org

 

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
October 9, 2018

Maine Music Society Hosts Battle of the Blends XXV

Maine Music Society Hosts Battle of the Blends XXV

On Saturday, November 3rd, the Maine Music Society will host its 25th Battle of the Blends at 7:30 p.m. in the Gendron Franco Center! Our audiences have come to love these extraordinary a cappella singing groups from around New England who gather to present their energetic vocal renditions of jazz, barbershop, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, and Renaissance music. Seven spectacular groups will be raising their voices to help us celebrate this amazing milestone. This always-sold-out event will feature the Crosstones (Bates College), Fermata NoWhere (Edward Little High School), our own Maine Music Society Chamber Singers, the Meddiebempsters (Bowdoin College), None of the Above (Boston), the women’s barbershop Royal River Chorus (Yarmouth), and Vocal Solution (Waterford).

What a line-up! Make plans to attend this enthusiastic roof-raising celebration of music and purchase your tickets early. You don’t want to miss this incredible concert.

Thank you to our sponsors: Gleason Media, Liberty Mutual, Maple Way Dental Care, Gendron Aggregates, Bangor Savings Bank and Schooner Estates.

For more information visit our website at www.mainemusicsociety.org or like us on Face book!

Venue: Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
Date & Time: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Ticket information:
Reserved Seating: $25*
Children under 12: $12*
Group rates: 10% off groups of 10 or more when purchased together*
* Plus a handling fee of $2 per ticket

For tickets call SmART Management [ticket agent] at 207-333-3386 or purchase online at www.mainemusicsociety.org

 

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
September 3, 2018

The Maine Music Society announces its 2018-2019 Season

Battle of the Blends 25thAnniversary – November 3, 2018

Kicking off the season is the 25thAnniversary celebration of the ever-exuberant Battle of the Blends on November 3 at 7:30 p.m.. This always sold-out event will feature seven spectacular vocal groups to help us enjoy this amazing milestone: The Crosstones (Bates College), Fermata Nowhere (Edward Little High School), our own Maine Music Society Chamber Singers, the Meddiebempsters (Bowdoin College), None of the Above (Boston), the women’s barbershop Royal River Chorus (Yarmouth), and Vocal Solution (Waterford). There’s also a rumor of an extra surprise!

Online Auction – November 3, 2018 to November 14, 2018

The Maine Music Society is conducting its first online silent auction beginning November 3, 2018 in conjunction with our season opening concert the Battle of the Blends. The bidding will close 10 days later on November 14, 2018. This auction is to support the performances of the MMS Chorale and Orchestra and of the MMS Chamber Singers. MMS is dedicated to bringing quality choral performances of various genres to the greater Lewiston-Auburn area. Check our website, www.mainemusicsociety.org, for details coming soon.

Heritage Holidays – December 8 and 9, 2018

On December 8 and 9, 2018, the MMS Chorale, directed by Artistic Director John Corrie, will present Christmas Carols and Chanukah songs from around the world. The Chorale will perform favorites like “Silent Night,” “Chanukah Oh Chanukah” and “O Holy Night” each sung in their original languages, and following tradition, you will be invited to join in the singing for the finale. Come usher in your holiday joy with this extraordinary seasonal event!

Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus– March 30 and 31, 2019

Handel’s Judas Maccabaeusis the impressive selection for this year’s classical concert with the MMS Chorale and Orchestra on March 30 and 31, 2019. The story unfolds with the solos and choruses dramatizing the fight of the Maccabees against, and their eventual victory over, the occupying dynasty of Hellenist kings. The stunning music includes famous choruses, most notably the “Hallelujah, Amen.” If you like Handel’s Messiah, you definitely want to attend the performance of this oratorio!

The Big Chill, Songs from the movie – June 8 and 9, 2019

Rounding out the season on June 8 and 9, 2019, the sounds of Motown will fill the air. The MMS chorale will sing arrangements of songs from The Big Chillmovie soundtrack. Even if you may not know the movie, you certainly know many of the songs. Tunes like “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Second that Emotion,” and “My Girl” will send you home humming.

For more information visit our website at www.mainemusicsociety.org or like us on Facebook!

Venue for all concerts: Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar Street, Lewiston, ME 04240

Ticket information: Purchase online at www.mainemusicsociety.com or call SmART Management [ticket agent] at 333-3386.

New season subscriptions go on sale September 3 giving buyers a 20% discount and a free pass for an extra ticket for either the Heritage Holidays or The Big Chill concert. Individual tickets go on sale September 17.

Group rates: 10% off groups of 10 or more when tickets are purchased at the same time.

 

2017-2018 Season

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
June 19, 2018

Maine Music Society Elects Officers

At its recent May meeting, the Maine Music Society elected officers who will steer the organization through its 28thand 29thseasons.  Re-elected for another 2-year term were Treasurer Gil LaPointe, Secretary Susan Trask and Chair Connie Hitchcock.  Board member Sandy MacDonald was elected Vice Chair, replacing retiring Richard Wagner.

The Maine Music Society [MMS] is a music-performing non-profit located in central Maine organized to support the artistic and educational activities of the auditioned, volunteer singers of the MMS Chorale, the MMS Chamber Singers, and the professional players of the MMS Orchestra.

They produce four concerts a year, all performed at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston. These include the ever-popular November a cappella extravaganza known as Battle of the Blends, the December Heritage Holidays concert in collaboration with a local high school choir or community group, the March classical concert with orchestra and professional soloists, and the June popular music event.

The Maine Music Society serves Lewiston-Auburn and the area communities by bringing quality performances to the public through artistic excellence, imaginative programming, and educational and youth-oriented activities. 

For more information and tickets please visit www.mainemusicsociety.org, call 207-333-3386 or like us on Face Book.

left to right: Treasurer Gil LaPointe, Secretary Susan Trask, Vice Chair Sandy MacDonald, Chair Connie Hitchcock

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
May 1, 2018

Favorites from the Great American Songbook: Music of Gershwin and Porter 

The jazzy blues sounds of George Gershwin and Cole Porter will echo through the Gendron Franco Center’s performance hall Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 20, at 3:00 p.m. when the Maine Music Society Chorale presents Favorites from the Great American Songbook.  

These songs written for musical theater and movies between the 1920’s and 1950’s are characterized by witty lyrics and delightfully surprising rhymes.  With titles like “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “Just One of Those Things” by Cole Porter and ” ‘S Wonderful,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” by George Gershwin, everyone will want to sing along.  It’s hard to believe that almost a century has gone by since these two celebrated giants of the music world composed so many popular songs. Come take a listen down memory lane where you will be delighted by tunes that have never lost their charm. 

Maine Music Society Chorale Rehearsal

 

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
March 1, 2018

A Mozart Mystery

On Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 p.m. at the Gendron Franco Center, the Maine Music Society Chorale and Orchestra, joined by professional soloists Sarah Bailey, Jazmin DeRice, Martin Lescault and Carl Steidel , will present a program featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem, a work shrouded in mystery.  For whom did Mozart compose this requiem?  Since he was composing it literally on his deathbed, dictating to his assistant Sussmayr, who completed it after Mozart’s death?  Although much of the music exists only in sketches, the Requiem has become one of the most beloved of Mozart’s works.  

Mozart was a freakishly gifted and highly trained child musician. From a young age he composed in all musical genres from opera to ballroom.  In the Requiem, he  not only deployed these diverse musical types to create dramatic contrasts between one part of the text and another but also melded them to create vivid musical textures. 

This wonderful musical program also includes the Solemn Vespers for the Sabbath composed at the request of the Archbishop when Mozart was only in his 20’s . Here too you will find contrasts as the trumpets, trombones and drums provide a militant tone to the opening  psalm, but then, in the second psalm the violins and soloists create a soothing and intimate ambience. 

Throughout the Vespers and the Requiem, Mozart displays his mastery of musical styles ensuring that the listener is never bored.  It is interesting to note that some of the themes are regularly used for TV commercials.  Can you recognize them?

Our talented singers and instrumentalists joined by the afore-mentioned well known professional soloists are thrilled to perform these magnificent works by one of the most celebrated composers of the late 18th century.
Don’t miss this spectacular performance. 
 
For a preview of what’s in store, listen in to John Corrie and Susan Trask on 105.5’s Breakfast Club Tuesday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m., and visit our website at www.mainemusicsociety.org or like us on Face Book.

Sponsored by: Gleason Media, Liberty Mutual, Maple Way Dental, Platz Associates, Norway Savings Bank, Andrucki & King, and Central Distributors.

Venue: Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
Date & Time: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m. & 
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

Ticket information:
Advance ticket prices [$2 more at the door]:
General Seating:  Adult – $25, Senior – $22, Student – $10
Children under 12: free when accompanied by an adult
Group rates: 20% off groups of 10 or more
For tickets call 207-333-3386, purchase online at www.mainemusicsociety.org, or visit the box office on the second floor of the Gendron Franco Center, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., M-F.

2015-2016 Season

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
May 27, 2016

Moon Dawgs rockin’ it out to benefit the Maine Music Society

Put on your dancing shoes and join The Maine Music Society at the Gendron Franco Center’s Heritage Hall on June 11! Delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will give you the energy you’ll need to Rock the Night Away! No partners needed!

During intermission, Chip Morrison will be conducting a live auction featuring a one-week stay in the Bahamas and a one-week stay in Isleboro.  Also on the auction block will be a hybrid bike courtesy of Rainbow Bicycles, a gorgeous Persian rug, and an instant wine cellar!

Door prizes include baskets from Ella’s Chocolates, The Vault and The Meadows, and a leaf blower from Shawn’s Lawns.

This is a fundraiser to benefit The Maine Music Society, a non-profit cultural organization.

Tickets are selling fast so make your reservations today. See you there!

Ticket information:
The $40 Early Bird Special has been extended to all advance purchases made by June 10. Tickets will be $50 the day of the event.

Call L/A Arts at 782-7228 or purchase individual tickets online at mainemusicsociety.org

Tables for groups of 8 or 9 may be reserved by calling L/A Arts at 782-7228 and purchasing the group tickets together.

Date: June 11, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Gendron Franco Center Heritage Hall, corner of Cedar & Oxford Sts., Lewiston.

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
May 27, 2016

Anne Jarvis Honored for 11 years of Service

At their May 18th meeting, the Maine Music Society Board of Directors honored outgoing Treasurer Anne Jarvis for her distinctive contributions to the organization from 2005 to 2016. The Board presented Anne with a Certificate of Appreciation and personal gift for instituting improvements in internal controls and in the accuracy and timeliness of financial reports that resulted in a growth in revenues and retained earnings.

With graciousness and humor, Anne engaged in Board meetings and activities, kept the Directors informed about the finances of the Society, advocated for sound financial records and processes, and served as an enthusiastic and effective ambassador for the Society at Chamber of Commerce meetings and elsewhere in the local community. The Maine Music Society is much stronger today because of her leadership and contributions.

The Maine Music Society is a non-profit cultural music organization.

Pictured left to right: Anne Jarvis receiving certificate presented by MMS President Connie Hitchcock

 

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
May 23, 2016

Maine Music Society Celebrates 25th Anniversary

On Sunday, May 22, the Maine Music Society celebrated the culmination of its 25th Anniversary season – 25 full years of Making Music Soar. Sponsors, Chorale members, and Board members gathered at the Gendron Franco Center Heritage Hall to mark the occasion following the performance of their Piano Men concert.

This also marks the 10th Anniversary season for John Corrie as Artistic Director of MMS.

President Connie Hitchcock welcomed everyone, gave introductions, and thanked all for their contributions to the organization. Chuck Scheib, a past President of the Board of Directors, provided some interesting anecdotes about prior Chorale activities. He praised the ability of our Artistic Director and performers, and the excellence of MMS performances compared to other chorales in which he has since participated.

The Maine Music Society Chorale has consistently presented quality concerts ranging in styles from classical to contemporary and popular music. Its recently formed Chamber Singers, an a cappella group comprised of Chorale members, has demonstrated its ability at Battle of the Blends for the past two Novembers and at a number of Art Walks. They’ve also sung for Naturalization Ceremonies, the Bethel Historical Society Civil War presentation, and at Monmouth’s Cumston Hall.

Pictured: John Corrie, Artistic Director, cuts the 25th Anniversary cake as Judy Andrucki, longest serving current Board member, looks on.

 

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
November 22, 2015

Maine Music Society – Making Music Soar with A Heritage Christmas

The Maine Music Society continues celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, Making Music Soar, with its annual Heritage Christmas concert at the Franco Center on Saturday, December 12th, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 13th, at 3:00 p.m.

A Heritage Christmas performed by the Maine Music Society Chorale (formerly the Androscoggin Chorale) has become a beloved Christmas tradition and is certainly a highlight of the season. This year the Chorale will perform beautiful arrangements of Christmas music from the British Isles. They’ll also present the riotous Bob Chilcott setting of The Twelve Days of Christmas along with many other seasonal pieces, both familiar and new. To top off this holiday season’s celebration, everyone will join in singing several Christmas carols.

MMS will also be holding a Silent Auction before and after, as well as during intermission of, the Heritage Christmas concerts. Join us downstairs at the Franco Center’s Heritage Hall to bid on many unique items.
Winning bids will be awarded following the concert on Sunday, December 13.

Tickets – Adults: $20; Seniors: $18; Students: $10; children under 12: free when accompanied by an adult. 
20% off groups of 10 or more
For tickets call L/A Arts at 782-7228 or purchase online

Concert venue: The Franco Center, 46 Oxford Street, Lewiston

For information about all our upcoming events and to find out who we are,
visit our website at www.mainemusicsociety.org or like us on Facebook!

 

PRESS RELEASE:
Maine Music Society
October 10, 2015

Maine Music Society – Making Music Soar

The Maine Music Society kicks off its 25th Anniversary Season with the roof raising Battle of the Blends XXII concert at the Franco Center in Lewiston on Saturday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. Six a cappella groups embody this year’s theme of Making Music Soar with their energetic vocal renditions of jazz, barbershop, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, and Renaissance music. Coming together to benefit MMS are: Good-Time Sound, The Crosstones, Talk to the Hand, Edward Little A Cappella Choir, The Nor’easters Barbershop Chorus and The Maine Music Society Chamber Singers. Come share in the celebration.

General Seating: $25
Children under 12: $10

For tickets call L/A Arts at 782-7228 or purchase online

 

2014-2015 Season

The Moon Dawgs are back in town!

Put on your dancing shoes and join us at the Franco Center’s Heritage Hall on May 30! Delicious hors d’oeuvres and assorted beverages at the cash bar will give you the energy you’ll need to Rock the Night Away!

During intermission, Chip Morrison will be conducting a live auction featuring a one-week stay in the Bahamas and a one-week stay in Isleboro.  Also on the auction block will be a 2-night stay with extras at the Topside Inn in Boothbay, a hybrid bike courtesy of Rainbow Bicycles, and an instant wine cellar!

Tickets are selling fast so make your reservations today. See you there!
$40 advance tickets [$50 at the door].  Call L/A Arts at 782-7228 or purchase individual tickets online.

Tables for groups of 8 or 9 and hi-top tables for 2 or 3 persons may be reserved by calling L/A Arts at 782-7228 and purchasing the group tickets together.
This is a fundraiser to benefit The Maine Music Society, a non-profit cultural organization.

Date: May 30, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Place: Franco Center Heritage Hall, corner of Cedar & Oxford Sts., Lewiston.
Info phone number:  L/A Arts 782-7228

 

New Board Members

The Maine Music Society is pleased to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors: [pictured l to r] Anne Auer, Jan Marston, and Lauriane Laliberte. These three energetic women bring a wealth of knowledge and diverse experiences to help the Board meet its goals.

Anne Auer recently moved to Lewiston, ME with her family from Bloomington, IN where she had lived for almost 20 years, first as a graduate student getting her MBA, with a concentration in marketing, from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and then most recently as the Kelley School’s Director of Marketing and Communications. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Her husband, Matthew Auer, works at Bates College and they have twin 14 year olds, John and Emma. Anne currently serves on the advisory board of the Center for Wisdom’s Women and volunteers with the Friends of Pettingill Steering Committee that is working to develop the new Pettingill School Park in Lewiston. Anne enjoys global travel, biking, hiking, film, and building houses with Habitat for Humanity.

Jan Marston is a graduate of Colby College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, and received a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Maine, Orono. She grew up in Auburn but has lived in New York, Boston and Rhode Island before returning to Auburn.

Jan has served as a board member of L/A Arts, where she worked in the areas of marketing and writing.  She presented her Master’s Thesis on “Using the Arts to Help Students Learn in Other Content Areas” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D. C.  She plays with the Pan Fried Steel Band based in Yarmouth, Maine.

Lauriane Laliberte has lived in Greene for 20 years but was born in Kodiak Alaska! She graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Food Service Management. Lauriane is the General Manager of the Meadows Senior Living Center owned by her mother, Rebecca Laliberte.

Lauriane is excited to be the newest member of the Maine Music Society “because of the variety of awesome music the Maine Music Society provides our community, and the passion behind everyone associated with MMS.”  She is looking forward “to assisting with getting the word out on how impressive this great music is from people in our community!”

The Maine Music Society is a non-profit cultural organization that supports the artistic and educational activities of the Androscoggin Chorale, the MMS Orchestra and the MMS Chamber Singers. The professional and community performers serve Central Maine through public performances, educational and youth-oriented activities, imaginative programming and artistic excellence. Please visit the website www.mainemusicsociety.org for complete information about MMS activities.