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As we near the end of one of the wettest Julys on record in Maine, it seems fitting to listen to the hymn “As Torrents in Summer.” The text is part of a longer project, “Tales of a Wayside Inn” by Maine poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and was first published in 1863. It was set to music by English composer Edward Elgar in 1896. A four-part choral arrangement is performed here by singers at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

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As we near the end of one of the wettest Julys on record in Maine, it seems fitting to listen to the hymn “As Torrents in Summer.” The text is part of a longer project, “Tales of a Wayside Inn” by Maine poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and was first published in 1863. It was set to music by English composer Edward Elgar in 1896. A four-part choral arrangement is performed here by singers at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

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Lovely choice!

When the pandemic suspended Maine Music Society activities in March 2020, we were beginning to work on music for a May 2020 “Gala Farewell” concert to honor John Corrie on the occasion of his retirement as Artistic Director of the Maine Music Society. One of the songs John was considering for the program was Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” a reference to John’s and his wife Becky’s plans to relocate to New York to be closer to family in retirement. 

This past weekend, Maine Music Society Chorale members finally had an opportunity to gather, celebrate John’s contributions to the Maine Music Society, and say farewell. We did not, however, get to sing our “Gala Farewell” concert. So here, in honor of John Corrie, is Billy Joel singing “New York State of Mind.”
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When the pandemic suspended Maine Music Society activities in March 2020, we were beginning to work on music for a May 2020 “Gala Farewell” concert to honor John Corrie on the occasion of his retirement as Artistic Director of the Maine Music Society. One of the songs John was considering for the program was Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” a reference to John’s and his wife Becky’s plans to relocate to New York to be closer to family in retirement. 

This past weekend, Maine Music Society Chorale members finally had an opportunity to gather, celebrate John’s contributions to the Maine Music Society, and say farewell. We did not, however, get to sing our “Gala Farewell” concert. So here, in honor of John Corrie, is Billy Joel singing “New York State of Mind.”
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Great idea!!!

The twentieth-century American composer Samuel Barber is best known for his 1936 composition “Adagio for Strings.” In 1967, he adapted that music for a choral setting of the “Agnus Dei,” arranged for soprano, alto, tenor and bass vocal parts. It is performed here by the Flemish Radio Choir. This is a bit longer than our usual selection, but well worth the extra few minutes.

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The twentieth-century American composer Samuel Barber is best known for his 1936 composition “Adagio for Strings.” In 1967, he adapted that music for a choral setting of the “Agnus Dei,” arranged for soprano, alto, tenor and bass vocal parts. It is performed here by the Flemish Radio Choir. This is a bit longer than our usual selection, but well worth the extra few minutes.

Link: https://youtu.be/fRL447oDId4

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One of my favorite pieces ever!!! Thanks!

Love this - wicked hard to sing well!! Beautiful piece of music in all its forms.

What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with one of America’s favorite patriotic songs, “America the Beautiful?” The lyrics were written in the 19th century by poet Katharine Lee Bates and set to music by Samuel Augustus Ward. The patriotic hymn is performed here by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with one of America’s favorite patriotic songs, “America the Beautiful?” The lyrics were written in the 19th century by poet Katharine Lee Bates and set to music by Samuel Augustus Ward. The patriotic hymn is performed here by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Link: https://youtu.be/euH0ucM6RN0

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Summer has truly arrived, and we celebrate the season with “Summertime” from George Gershwin’s 1935 folk opera Porgy and Bess. The aria is sung here by Kathleen Battle.

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Summer has truly arrived, and we celebrate the season with “Summertime” from George Gershwin’s 1935 folk opera Porgy and Bess. The aria is sung here by Kathleen Battle.

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What a fabulous performance! Thanks! ❤️🎶

One of my favorite songs done beautifully!

This weekend was Juneteenth, a day that celebrates the end of chattel slavery in the United States and that has just become an officially recognized holiday both federally and in Maine. We mark the occasion with American composer Valerie Coleman’s “Umoja.” Umoja is the Swahili word for “unity.” The composition is performed here by Coleman (on flute) and her woodwinds ensemble, Imani Winds. 

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This weekend was Juneteenth, a day that celebrates the end of chattel slavery in the United States and that has just become an officially recognized holiday both federally and in Maine. We mark the occasion with American composer Valerie Coleman’s “Umoja.” Umoja is the Swahili word for “unity.” The composition is performed here by Coleman (on flute) and her woodwinds ensemble, Imani Winds. 

Link: https://youtu.be/23Yx9gWHh0E

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Wonderful! Thanks for this selection!

June is Pride Month, and we are recognizing it with this performance of the song “True Colors” by the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Francisco. The song was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, and Cyndi Lauper’s 1986 recording rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song became an anthem for the gay community during the AIDS epidemic and later during the “It Gets Better” campaign to address gay teen suicide. This virtual performance was recorded in 2020.

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June is Pride Month, and we are recognizing it with this performance of the song “True Colors” by the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Francisco. The song was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, and Cyndi Lauper’s 1986 recording rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song became an anthem for the gay community during the AIDS epidemic and later during the “It Gets Better” campaign to address gay teen suicide. This virtual performance was recorded in 2020.

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Moving performance!

As vaccination rates go up and Covid infection rates come down, we are looking forward to the possibility of live musical performances. This week, we share a performance of “The Impossible Dream” from the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha that marks this transitional moment. The virtual collaboration between Josh Groban and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City is a form that has become familiar to us during the pandemic. But the joy of the kids in being out in the New York City spring singing together reminds us of what we have to look forward to.

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As vaccination rates go up and Covid infection rates come down, we are looking forward to the possibility of live musical performances. This week, we share a performance of “The Impossible Dream” from the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha that marks this transitional moment. The virtual collaboration between Josh Groban and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City is a form that has become familiar to us during the pandemic. But the joy of the kids in being out in the New York City spring singing together reminds us of what we have to look forward to.

Link: https://youtu.be/mnkD_RpGzWc

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Gorgeous performance!!! 💕🎶😍

This week, in observation of Memorial Day, we are sharing a performance of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the West Point Band and recorded live in concert at West Point. 

Memorial Day, originally called “Decoration Day,” can be traced back to spring gatherings in the years after the Civil War to decorate the graves of the dead from that war. The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” is also linked to the Civil War, with lyrics written and published during the war by the abolitionist and suffragist Julia Ward Howe. This version was arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky.

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This week, in observation of Memorial Day, we are sharing a performance of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the West Point Band and recorded live in concert at West Point. 

Memorial Day, originally called “Decoration Day,” can be traced back to spring gatherings in the years after the Civil War to decorate the graves of the dead from that war. The “Battle Hymn of the Republic” is also linked to the Civil War, with lyrics written and published during the war by the abolitionist and suffragist Julia Ward Howe. This version was arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky.

Link: https://youtu.be/yAqNe-m0a8s

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This week we return to classical music with a performance by the British vocal ensemble Voces8, singing “This Is My Song,” set to the music of Jean Sibelius’s tone poem “Finlandia.” 

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This week we return to classical music with a performance by the British vocal ensemble Voces8, singing “This Is My Song,” set to the music of Jean Sibelius’s tone poem “Finlandia.” 

Link: https://youtu.be/eXooDIWVRZs

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So beautiful!!

This week we continue our theme of music to celebrate spring with “The Garden Song” by Dave Mallet, performed here by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Chorale President Susan Trask, who shared this with us, linked it to her memories of whole-school singalongs at Lake St. Elementary School in Auburn when she was a teacher there. “We had a whole repertoire of songs that we sang and this one was one of my very favorites. Of course, it’s not just about gardening. As we sang it together, with me strumming my guitar, I’d look out on all those beautiful young faces and just imagine the possibilities there. For me the whole song was a metaphor for what we were doing. We were planting seeds, nurturing them, even ‘tempering’ them with ‘prayer and song.’ I love this performance of the song with children singing along. It takes me right back to those magical moments of togetherness and possibility.”

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This week we continue our theme of music to celebrate spring with “The Garden Song” by Dave Mallet, performed here by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Chorale President Susan Trask, who shared this with us, linked it to her memories of whole-school singalongs at Lake St. Elementary School in Auburn when she was a teacher there. “We had a whole repertoire of songs that we sang and this one was one of my very favorites. Of course, it’s not just about gardening. As we sang it together, with me strumming my guitar, I’d look out on all those beautiful young faces and just imagine the possibilities there. For me the whole song was a metaphor for what we were doing. We were planting seeds, nurturing them, even ‘tempering’ them with ‘prayer and song.’ I love this performance of the song with children singing along. It takes me right back to those magical moments of togetherness and possibility.”

Link: https://youtu.be/RHhRyjwYnX0

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Wow and I thought I knew all the Peter, Paul, and Mary songs! Don't know how I missed this one. Great song and loved seeing the kids sing. Thanks for sharing this, Susan.

This week we are celebrating Spring with some of Lucy Simon’s music from The Secret Garden, a musical based on the classic children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The song featured here, “Wick,” focuses on the reawakening of life in spring and evokes the miracle of both plant and human growth. Come-a-lily, come-a-lilac – it’s spring!

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This week we are celebrating Spring with some of Lucy Simon’s music from The Secret Garden, a musical based on the classic children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The song featured here, “Wick,” focuses on the reawakening of life in spring and evokes the miracle of both plant and human growth. Come-a-lily, come-a-lilac – it’s spring!

Link: https://youtu.be/QUsSh6S4Pvg

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This week we are sharing the American folk song “Shenandoah” as arranged by Robert Shaw and performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale. The conductor Robert Shaw lived from 1916 to 1999 and formed the Robert Shaw Chorale in New York City in 1948. Shaw’s great influence in American music included bringing new attention to choral music, mentoring younger conductors, and racially integrating choral singing groups. The Robert Shaw Chorale recorded “Shenandoah” in 1960 as part of a collection of sea shanties.

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This week we are sharing the American folk song “Shenandoah” as arranged by Robert Shaw and performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale. The conductor Robert Shaw lived from 1916 to 1999 and formed the Robert Shaw Chorale in New York City in 1948. Shaw’s great influence in American music included bringing new attention to choral music, mentoring younger conductors, and racially integrating choral singing groups. The Robert Shaw Chorale recorded “Shenandoah” in 1960 as part of a collection of sea shanties.

Link: https://youtu.be/IBH2QrUyz7o

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One of my all time favorites. Thank you

This week, in the spirit of Earth Day, we are sharing the Paul Winter Consort’s song “Common Ground,” a celebration of natural and human harmonies and of the web of life – performed here by Jim Scott.

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This week, in the spirit of Earth Day, we are sharing the Paul Winter Consort’s song “Common Ground,” a celebration of natural and human harmonies and of the web of life – performed here by Jim Scott.

Link: https://youtu.be/ZTeRT_5gbJo

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