WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT DOWN EAST SINGERS...
“Dr. Antolini has found the perfect instrument to perform
this masterpiece. Mostly non-professionals, they have
produced a miracle.” —BrunswickTimes-Record
“That’s pretty sophisticated stuff for amateur singers, and it reflects their director’s unerring musical sensitivity.”
— Ellsworth American
“What this amateur (in the best sense of the word) group brings to this performance is a sense of enthusiasm and discovery that illuminates the piece in a remarkable manner. Joy and – dare I say it? – love of this music is communicated with an easy-going singing style that invites the listener to sit back and simply enjoy the music.” — Stephen Ritter, American Record Guide
“So many singers working so hard to produce such small
dynamics bears on the mystery of this music, suggesting of
—The American Organist
“[The Rachmaninoff Liturgy] is so well done... that one hopes it might be possible to have a second performance.”
— Christopher Hyde, Maine Sunday Telegram
“I asked Antolini ‘Wouldn’t you love to spend some time with Sergei Rachmaninoff? I am sure he is smiling down at you!’ Antolini replied, ‘He is with us every time we sing this piece.’”
— Zaffie Hadiaris, York County Weekend
“...they exhibit tremendous dynamic range, from mere whispers to mighty fortissimi that tingle one’s spine.”
— Daily Hampshire Gazette
2013-2014 Concert Season
Black Nativity - IN CONCERT: A GOSPEL CELEBRATION
On Dec. 11, 1961, at the 41st Street Theater in New York City, six gospel singers made history. Backed up by only a piano and a B-3 Hammond organ, they performed Black Nativity by African-American poet and playwright, Langston Hughes. He entitled it "A Gospel Song-Play." Maine music historian Aaron Robinson has recreated the score of Black Nativity from the original recording as Black Nativity - In concert: A Gospel Celebration. Down East Singers will perform it with pianist Jennifer McIvor and Hammond organist Sean Fleming. The program will also include other gospel music arranged by Robinson.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:30pm
Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, Newcastle
Annual Memorial Day Concert
A full-length Oratorio about the awe and mystery of the
Resurrection by Maine native Delmar Dustin Small
With Mozart Mentors Orchestra, vocal
soloists and chorus
Monday, May 26, 2014, 5 PM
Camden Opera House
Your generous contribution is tax deductible and will help pay for singer scholarships (our high school members sing with us for free), the rental and purchase of music, soloist fees, piano tuning and maintenance, rehearsal and performance space rental, and general expenses.
Donors will be listed in the next program and on our website, unless there is a specific request to remain anonymous.
2013 Fall Registration and First Rehearsal:
Tuesday September 10, 6:15 p.m.
Nativity Lutheran Church
179 Old County Road, Rockport
Tuesdays from 7 to 9:15 p.m.
at Nativity Lutheran Church
Sight- reading skills desired, but not required. For more information, call (207) 619-0413
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