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UMFK/Community Chorus to present Annual Winter Concert

November 19, 2004

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Preparations for the University of Maine at Fort Kent/Community Chorus Winter Concert, planned for December 5, are well underway with a complete line-up of talented members of the campus and the local community scheduled to participate.

The chorus will present an evening of traditional holiday, seasonal, popular and folk music at 7:00 p.m. in the Fox Auditorium in UMFK's Cyr Hall.

Included in the vocal presentations is Fort Kent's new town song "The Little Town That Could" composed by Charles E. Closser, professor of oral communication and performing arts, and Scott T. Brickman, associate professor of music.

"The song premiered during the Ployes Festival in Fort Kent, and this will be an opportunity for community members who have not yet heard the new tune to do so," said Brickman.

The Community Chorus is made up of campus and community people who share a love of performing music.

Closser, who will be directing and conducting the performance, has been serving as vocal coach for the group for a number of years.

Brickman, who has been involved in many of the university's concerts, plays and numerous musical events, will accompany the choral group on the piano.

Choral numbers will include solos by students and community members. Also included are small ensemble numbers and duets.

The chorus plans to perform two concerts a year, one in December and one in late spring. A new course will be offered next semester entitled beginning voice. Students signing up for the spring course will be encouraged to become active in the UMFK/Community chorus and the performance in the spring.

UMFK's theater will be producing "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" in the spring. Actors, singers and instrumentalists are welcome to contact the university if they would like to take part in the production.

The Winter Concert is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend at no charge. Refreshments will be served at a reception immediately following the concert performance.

For further information on the concert, the beginning voice course, or performing in the spring concert or musical, contact Louise Pelletier at 834-7886.