LEWISTON – EarthVision, a Camden Hills Regional High School student group concerned with the environment, has taken the lead with a group of mid-coast area organizations to organize a statewide celebration of Earth Day 2004.

A highlight will be two performances of the Paul Winter Consort’s “Missa Gaia (Earth Mass)” by The Missa Gaia Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Mimi Bornstein-Doble.

The two performances will be:

• At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Lewiston.

• At 7 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Strom Auditorium in Camden Hills Regional High, Rockport.

Originally performed in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, this large-scale chorale will be performed with 140 voices, full band accompaniment and the recorded calls of wolves, whales and loons. Guest soloist is Jim Scott.

Written in Mass form, the “Missa Gaia” uses many musical styles, including classical, jazz, gospel, chant and world beat.

For more information, people can contact the Earth Day Steering Committee at Tanglewood 4-H Camp, 789-5868, or visit the Tanglewood Web site at www.umaine.edu/umext/Tanglewood4H.

A $10 per person suggested donation will be requested at the Lewiston concert; those tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets for the Rockport concert are $20 for reserved seating, $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors over 65. It will benefit the Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville. Reserved seating tickets can be purchased through Tanglewood 4-H Camp, 789-5868. General admission tickets can be purchased at The Green Store, Belfast; Wild Rufus, Camden; The Reading Corner, Rockland; The Green Store, Damariscotta; and MacBeans, Brunswick.

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