2019-2020 Press Releases

Maine Music Society
Oct 28, 2019

Looking for a unique shopping experience? Take a look at the amazing assortment offered on the Maine Music Society’s second online auction beginning November 2, 2019. You’ll find everything from fishing flies tied by a local expert fly fisherman to homemade breads to a brand new Trek bike. We also have a one-week stay in Isleboro and a couple’s getaway to Boothbay’s Oceanside Golf Resort, theater tickets and gift certificates from a variety of local businesses, beautiful artworks, photography, fashions and gift baskets crafted by local artisans, dinner for four prepared by a local chef and served in the comfort of your home, and even a lobstering cruise.

You’ll be able to preview everything on November 1 so that you’re ready to start bidding when the site goes live at 5:00 pm November 2 in conjunction with the MMS season opening concert – the Battle of the Blends XXVI. The Auction will close 10 days later on November 13, 2019. Winners will be notified and given the location to pick up items.

Details on bidding procedures and a link to the auction website are available on the MMS website

Support the performances of the MMS Chorale, Chamber Singers and Orchestra with this fantastic shopping experience just in time for the holidays.


Maine Music Society
Oct 21, 2019

A Cappella Blowout

Maine Music Society Hosts Battle of the Blends XXVI

On Saturday, November 2nd, the Maine Music Society will host its 26thBattle of the Blends at 7:30 p.m. in the Gendron Franco Center. Six spectacular a cappella groups will be raising their voices in exuberant renditions of jazz, barbershop, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, spirituals and Renaissance vocal music.

This always-sold-out event will feature the Deansmen, a 12-14 voice all-male group from Bates College; Fermata NoWhere, students in grades 9-12 from Edward Little High School under the directorship of Sarah Brooks; our own Maine Music Society Chamber Singers, an 18 member division of the Chorale; Northern Pitch, a 5-voice group of lifelong musicians based in Portland; None of the Above, a talented octet based in Wellesley, MA; and Vocal Solution eight singers with varied musical backgrounds from the Oxford Hills area.

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, Maple Way Dental Care, Gendron Aggregates, Androscoggin Bank, Bangor Savings Bank, Cornerstone Wealth Planning and Schooner Estates.

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Venue: Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
Date & Time: Saturday, November 2, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Ticket information:

Reserved Seating: $25* Children under 12: $12* Group rates: 20% 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

MMS Chamber Singers, host and one of 6 performing groups


Maine Music Society
August 28, 2019

The Maine Music Society announces its 2019-2020 Concert Season

Mark your calendars now for a season of spectacular musical presentations. The Maine Music Society’s Artistic Director John Corrie has selected an impressive array of songs and compositions to mark his final year with MMS.

Battle of the Blends XXVIwill kick off this season on November 2, 2019 at 7:30 in its typical exuberant style. Year after year the amazing talent performing a cappella music blows audiences away. It is such a joy to present singers from around the state of Maine and beyond. This year’s groups include the Deansmen [Bates College], Fermata NoWhere [Edward Little High School], Maine Music Society Chamber Singers, None of the Above, Northern Pitch and Vocal Solution. What a line-up! You just can’t miss this popular concert of a cappella singing.

On December 14 and 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm, the MMS Chorale will present Heritage Holidays featuring the exquisite Christmas cantata: Hodie by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Hear this extraordinary setting of the familiar Christmas story composed by one of the most beloved British composers. In addition the Chorale will perform seasonal Chanukah songs and Christmas carols. We’ll conclude this festive concert with the traditional audience sing-along. Come usher in your holidays with us!

The performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on March 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm in the magnificent Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul will undoubtedly be the highlight of the musical season. The Maine Music Society Chorale and Orchestra will once again join music-making forces with the Bates College Choir and Orchestra, the Schola Cantorum of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and the chamber choirs of Edward Little and Lewiston High Schools to present the monumental 9th Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven. The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. It is a most fitting way to celebrate this composer by performing his last symphony, which includes the triumphant choral last movement – the “Ode to Joy”.

In the last concert of the season, A Gala Farewell, on May 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm, John Corrie and the Chorale will continue to Make Music Soar by presenting many of their favorites from the past 14 years. You are sure to hear a number of familiar and beloved songs. Join us as we sing a fond farewell to a fabulous director!

We look forward to seeing you at these concerts for a year of truly memorable musical experiences.

All of the concerts are in the Gendron Franco Center except for Beethoven’s 9thSymphony.

Grateful thanks to: our Season Underwriters Maple Way Dental Care and Gleason Media; our Event Sponsors Gendron Aggregates, Platz Associates, Norway Savings Bank, and Sun Journal; our Event Co-Sponsors Androscoggin Bank, Bangor Savings Bank, Cornerstone Wealth Planning, Schooner Estates, Liberty Mutual, Paris Farmers Union, Andrucki & King, Central Distributors, Austin Associates and Lee Auto Malls;our Ticket Sponsor Mechanics Savings Bank; and our Website Sponsor Deb Rankin.

Ticket information: Purchase online at or call SmART Management [ticket agent] at 207-333-3386.

New season subscriptions go on sale September 16 giving buyers a choice between two subscription packages:

  1. 4-Concert Subscription with 30% off price before handling fee – Each 4-Concert subscription includes a ticket to one performance of each of the concerts plus a free flex pass good for one additional ticket to the Heritage Holidays Concert. Use it to introduce a friend to the Maine Music Society.
  2. 3-Concert Subscription with 20% off price before handling fee – Each 3-Concert subscription includes a ticket to one performance of any three concerts of your choice.

Individual ticket sales will start on September 30.

Group rates: 20% off price before handling fee for 10 or more tickets to the same performance when purchased at the same time.

For more information and updates on these events visit our website at www.mainemusicsociety.orgor like us on FaceBook!