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The Acadia Choral Society is now rehearsing for our Spring Concert, which will take place on May 2-3 at St. Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ellsworth (121 Bucksport Rd.) For these performances the chorus welcomes a guest soloist, harpist Phoebe Durand.


Lsteners can also get a preview of the concert on April 12 at 2 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor. This performance will include many pieces from the May concert, with some talk (but not too much!) interspersed.


The theme of this year’s concert is “Songs for the Silver Screen”—but this isn’t a concert of “movie music” in the usual sense. These are beautiful choral works that have been borrowed and used in film scores. You no doubt recognized Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” in The Right Stuff and many other films. But did you catch a portion of Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” in Babe? How about the anachronistic appearance of Mozart’s Requiem in Elizabeth?


Because of their appearance in many films, movements from the requiems of Mozart and Brahms are at the center of this program. Ranging from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, other featured composers include Morley, Byrd, Mendelssohn, and Barber.


Finally, a trivia question: What renowned English hymn was used in not one but two films about running? Come to the concert to find out!


We thank our corporate sponsors for their support: The Jackson Laboratory, Fiore Artisan Oils & Vinegars, Bar Harbor Savings & Loan, and MDI Biological Laboratory.





The Acadia Choral Society is a community chorus of approximately forty-five 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 the first weekend in May.


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 warmly welcomed!


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.










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