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Friday, October 30, 2009

Portlands Choral Art Society Announces 2009-10 Season

PORTLAND, Maine Portland, Maine's Choral Art Society (CAS) has announced their 2009-2010 concert season which opens with the immensely popular annual Christmas at the Cathedral performances and, again this year, includes two concerts alongside the Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merrill Auditorium. The full season includes:

Christmas at the Cathedral
Sat., December 5, 2009 12:00 noon preview and 8:00 p.m. concert Sun., December 6, 2009 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. concerts at Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Portland
The mid-sized CAS group, Choral Art Singers, will be joined by the Portland Brass Quintet and organist Dan Moore. This year the concerts feature a new work, the premiere performance of Charles Kaufmann's "A Longfellow Winter," commissioned by CAS. Kaufmann is an award-winning composer, the founding director of Portland's The Longfellow Chorus and a well-known Baroque bassoonist as well as an organist.

Sponsored by Norton Insurance and Financial and Ramblers Way Farm, the Christmas at the Cathedral concerts take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street in Portland. Tickets range from $10 (preview show, available at the door only) to $30 with a limited number of $5 youth tickets, and will be available through CAS by calling (207) 828-0043 or visiting www.choralart.org.

CAS Annual Messiah Sing-Along Mon., December 14, 2009 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church, Portland
CAS and the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra present the annual Messiah Sing-Along and Handel on Hunger food drive to benefit Project FEED. This fun and popular event takes place at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1342 Congress Street, Portland. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or donations. A suggested donation of $5 at the door is welcomed and students are free.

Christmas with Cornils Tues., December 22, 2009 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland
For their annual holiday concert, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ have invited the CAS Camerata to join the Kotzschmar Festival Brass, the Parish Ringers handbell choir from Brunswick and Portland Municipal Organist Ray Cornils. The concert takes place at Merrill Auditorium located at 20 Myrtle Street in Portland. Tickets range from $19-$33 and are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com, or at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street.

Epiphany Celebration Sat., January 2, 2010 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, Portland
The CAS Camerata, the Choral Art Society's select a cappella group, will perform the Epiphany Celebration concert with an instrumental ensemble including organist Dan Moore. The program includes a Bach Cantata in addition to seasonal a cappella songs, at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High Street, Portland. The concert is sponsored by Duffy Anderson Investment Management and tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information call CAS (207) 828-0043 or visit www.choralart.org.

"Life, Death, Transfiguration" Tues., March 9, 2010 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland
The CAS Masterworks Chorus joins the Portland Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem. The concert will be held at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland. Tickets range from $20-$70 and are available online at www.porttix.com, by calling (207) 842-0800, or at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street.

Mozart's Requiem Tues., March 30, 2010 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland
In collaboration with Portland Ballet, the CAS Singers and Camerata will perform Mozart's Requiem the composer's last work and one of his most profound pieces with musicians from the Portland Symphony Orchestra. The Portland Ballet Company dancers will present new choreography, created specifically for this joint production by choreographer Kennet Oberly. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland. Tickets will be available online at www.porttix.com, by calling (207) 842-0800, or at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street.

"Mighty Mahler" Sun., May 2, 2010 2:30 p.m. and Tues., May 4, 2010 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland
For the Portland Symphony Orchestra's final concerts of the year, the CAS Masterworks Chorus joins the Symphony for a performance of Mahler's epic Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection." The concert will be held at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland. Tickets range from $20-$70 and are available online at www.porttix.com, by calling (207) 842-0800, or at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street.

"My Spirit Sang All Day" Sat., June 5, 2010 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, Portland
The CAS Camerata will perform British composer Gerald Finzi's 1937 My Spirit Sang All Day among other works at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High Street, Portland. The concert is sponsored by Duffy Anderson Investment Management and tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information call CAS (207) 828-0043 or visit www.choralart.org.

About The Choral Art Society:
The Society has more than 150 members who perform in three distinct ensembles: the symphonic Masterworks Chorus, the mid-sized Choral Art Singers, and the intimate a cappella Camerata. All singers are skilled amateurs, selected by audition. The Society offers an annual concert series and appears regularly as guests of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Robert Russell, professor of music at the University of Southern Maine, is the conductor and artistic director of The Choral Art Society.

For more information about The Choral Art Society and the 2008-09 performances visit www.choralart.org or call (207) 828-0043.

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