Seaglass by Kennebunk Artist, Marilyn Corey

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Seaglass, by Kennebunk Artist Marilyn Corey

25 Years of Seaglass!

Twenty-Five Years

From Wassail singers to Carmina Burana, we have an exciting array of events planned to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Seaglass Performing Arts.

Wine & Beer Tasting

We kicked off our 25th Anniversary Celebration with a festive evening of fine wines, craft beers, and appetizers at The Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport in August. (You can read all about the celebration, and some Seaglass history, in this great article by Duke Harrington for the Kennebunk Post.) Next we celebrated the holiday season with Wassail Christmas concerts in Sanford and Kennebunkport, and now we're looking forward to our most ambitious anniversary project yet, a production of Carl Orff's epic Carmina Burana, scheduled for April at the new Sanford Performing Arts Center. And we have more events planned for 2019. Stay tuned!

Happy Birthday, Lenny!

Join us as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth with a delightful and varied selection of works by Bernstein and other composers, including selections from West Side Story, Candide, Oklahoma, and more. There will be two performances, the first on Saturday evening, June 2nd, at Christ Church in Kennebunk, and the second on Sunday afternoon, June 3rd, at the Wells High School Auditorium.

Saturday, June 2, 7:00 pm

Christ Church, Dane Street, Kennebunk, Maine

Sunday, June 3, 3:00 pm

Wells High School Auditorium, 200 Sanford Road (Routes 9 and 109), Wells, Maine

An Afternoon of Sacred Music by Bernstein, Lauridsen, and Faure

Our Palm Sunday concert will feature three selections: Faure's Requiem, Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and Leonard Bernstein's Missa Brevis in celebration of 100 years since Bernstein's birth. This concert is scheduled for 3:00 pm on Palm Sunday March 25th, at Christ Church on Dane Street in Kennebunk, Maine.

Carmina Burana

Seaglass Chorale is proud to present Carl Orff's masterwork, Carmina Burana, featuring soprano Sierra Marcy, baritone Will Prapestis, and a youth choir made up of students from the Sanford and Marshwood school systems. Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection of the same name. Carmina Burana The first and last movements of the piece are called "Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi" ("Fortune, Empress of the World") and start with the very well known "O Fortuna". Carmina Burana was first staged in Frankfurt, Germany, by the Frankfurt Opera on June 8, 1937, to wide acclaim. Since then, no other Orff composition has approached the renown of Carmina Burana, as evidenced in both pop culture's appropriation of "O Fortuna" and the classical world's persistent programming and recording of the work. In the United States, Carmina Burana remains intensely popular. We hope you can join us for this special event.

Sunday, April 28, 3 pm

Sanford Performing Arts Center, 100 Alumni Boulevard, Sanford, Maine

The Peacemakers

The Peacemakers

Date and Time to be announced

Sanford Performing Arts Center, 100 Alumni Boulevard, Sanford, Maine

Seaglass Chorale is thrilled to present The Peacemakers, a majestic choral work by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, featuring texts from those who have advocated for peace throughout history. The Peacemakers has been called beautiful, haunting, ethereal, searching, uplifting, and earthy. Jenkins dedicated his work "to the memory of all those who lost their lives during armed conflict and, in particular, innocent civilians."

Accompanied by a small orchestra, Seaglass Chorale will be singing the words of Jesus ("Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God"), Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dalai Lama, Albert Schweitzer, Mother Teresa, St. Francis of Assisi, Sir Thomas Mallory, Percy Bysse Shelley (from "Elegy on the Death of John Keats"), and Anne Frank, along with passages from the Bible, Qu'ran and Bahá'u'lláh (founder of the Bahá'í faith). One of the most moving numbers is "A Meditation: Peace is…," humbly and tenderly rendered by a solo soprano, singing text written by Terry Waite especially for The Peacemakers and imbued with his belief in peace as a healing, reconciling force. Waite is the former special envoy to the Bishop of Canterbury who, while on a mission to negotiate the release of four British hostages, was captured by Beirut terrorists on January 20, 1987 and held hostage for 1,763 days (the first four years in solitary confinement) before being released in 1991.

Jenkins himself contributed exactly one line of his own, "No more war," sung plaintively by the Youth Chorus at the start of "One Song," and his wife and musical collaborator Carol Barratt crafted the stirring, idealistic lyrics for the heraldic closing movement, "Anthem: Peace, Triumphant Peace." ("May all our paths meet up and lead to one holy place where peace shall reign in our hearts, one wondrous place when the world has peace, glorious peace, such peace.") It includes, as sung softly by the Youth Chorus, this sentiment from Anne Frank: "How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

Click here for a video with excerpts from The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins.

In his liner notes accompanying The Peacemakers CD, Jenkins writes: "I have occasionally placed some text in a musical environment that helps identify its origin or culture: the bansuri (Indian flute) and tabla in the Gandhi; the shakuhachi (a Japanese flute associated with Zen Buddhism) and temple bells in that of the Dalai Lama; African percussion in the Mandela; and echoes of the blues of the deep American South (as well as a quote from Schumann's Träumerei in my tribute to Martin Luther King. 'Healing Light: a Celtic prayer' is with uilleann pipes and bodhrán drums."

The singers of Seaglass Chorale look forward to sharing The Peacemakers with you as soon as conditions allow. In the meantime, we wish you all good health and safety.

A Wassail Christmas

Wassail

Join Seaglass Chorale as we celebrate a Wassail Christmas! You don't even need to bring us figgy pudding, just bring yourself and some friends. We'll have two performances, the first as part of Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude on December 1 and the second concert in Sanford on the afternoon of December 2.

Saturday, Dec 1, 7 pm

South Congregational Church, 2 North Street, Kennebunkport, Maine

Sunday, Dec 2, 3 pm

Holy Family Church, St Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, 66 North Avenue, Sanford, Maine

Ticket Information

Thank you for your interest! Ticket information will be available in March.

Our event is sold out. Thank you for your support!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Admission is free for first responders, active military, children, and students. Tickets can be purchased from any Seaglass Chorale member, at Morse Hardware in Wells, or by credit card.

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The Peacemakers

Concert ticket – $15

The Peacemakers

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