"...a great sound...absolutely thrilling to hear..."—Bar Harbor Times
REHEARSALS RESUME SEPTEMBER 9
The Acadia Choral Society will begin rehearsing on September 9 to prepare for our annual Holiday Concert. This year's concert, on the theme "Heaven Comes Down to Earth," will feature Felix Mendelssohn's Christmas cantata, Vom Himmel hoch. The performances will take place at St. Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor at 7 p.m. on December 6 and 3 p.m. on December 7.
The Acadia Choral Society rehearses on Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ellsworth. If you are interested in joining the chorus, please contact our music director, Dr. Jamie Hagedorn. No auditions are required. The Member Guidelines page includes information about concert and rehearsal dates, attendance, fees and dues. New members are welcomed whole-heartedly!
The Acadia Choral Society is a community chorus of approximately sixty members who come from far and wide—from Brewer to MDI to Bucksport, Franklin, and Thorndike. They are devoted music-lovers from all walks of life. The chorus performs at St. Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor on the first weekend in December and Mother's Day weekend in May.
The Acadia Choral Society began in Ellsworth in 1957 under the direction of Madame Tsuin Hwa Hsu. The chorus, which grew to about fifty members, rehearsed at Madame Hsu's studio and at the office of her husband, Dr. Theodore Hsu, both on High Street. They performed through the late 1960's throughout Hancock, Washington, and Penobscot Counties, including concerts with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and with renowned guest conductors such as Erich Kunzel and Pierre Monteux.
After a hiatus of several years, the Acadia Choral Society was re-established by George Emlen in 1978. From 1984 to 2007, the chorus was directed by Shirley Smith. Dr. Jamie Hagedorn is the current music director, assisted by pianist/organist Kimberly Haller.
(Many thanks to Malen Hsu of Ellsworth, who has shared with us a wealth of information, programs, and press clippings about the Acadia Choral Society's early years under her mother's direction.)
The Acadia Choral Society is committed to creating a professional-level musical experience that not only entertains but also inspires and challenges our audiences and members. We sing music of diverse periods and styles with attention to beautiful choral sound, appropriate performance practice, musical expression, and textual understanding. We strive to be recognized as an asset to the cultural life of our community and our state.
Photos courtesy of Lydia B. Goetze