2019-2020 Press Releases

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!