Music

    Our Summer Organ Series is just around the corner. This season will include two favorite performers from years past as well as a couple of more unusual offerings. The concerts will be on Fridays from 12:15 to 1:00, with admission by donation and a reception afterwards. Here is the line-up for 2014:

    August 1: Kevin Birch, St. John’s Catholic Church, Bangor
    August 8: The Somerset Consort
    Diana Brown, flute,
    Catherine Cloutier, soprano
    Lorna Russell, viola da gamba
    Carlton Russell, harpsichord
    August 15: Ellen Jones, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Athens, TN and Julia Morris-Myers
    in an all-American program of organ duets and solos
    August 22: Ray Cornils, First Parish Church, Brunswick, and Portland Municipal Organist

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A Tradition of Making Music

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(Choirmaster Julia Morris-Myers plays the Visser-Rowland organ)

From our founding in 1876, people have come to St. Saviour’s to make music. Individuals who lived and worked on this island have sung in the parish choirs. Each summer and on festive occasions, voices and musicians from away joined them. Over time, the church doors opened ever wider to welcome all manner of choruses, orchestras, and performers from around the world.

The greater Mount Desert Island community has long treasured St. Saviour’s as a resource for supporting the performing arts. These activities are integral both to the parish’s identity and to the core values of our congregation.

A Wonderful Challenge

Understanding the need to support places that nurture such creativity, members of the greater Bar Harbor community delighted the parish when they came forward with a plan to support music at Saviour’s. In response, the parish established Friends of Music at St. Saviour’s.

Through Friends of Music, individuals, musical performers and local organizations can support the arts that enrich our common life.

Friends of Music at St. Saviour’s supports the performing arts through:

  • Musical concerts and other performances;
  • Preservation of a community space that welcomes all people;
  • Maintenance of the Visser-Rowland organ

Since its completion in August 1976, the Visser-Rowland organ (Opus 6) with its three manuals, thirty-one ranks, and twenty-five stops, has fulfilled the high hopes of its first supporters and inspired a new generation of listeners and performers.

For more info about our music programs and to support Friends of Music, please email music@stsaviours.me.

Also check out the websites for two terrific chorale groups that perform here:

Acadia Chorale Society

Mt. Desert Summer Chorale

 

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