FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington Community Chorus, under the direction of Dennis Hayes, will present two performances of its annual spring concert. One will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7; the other will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in Nordica Auditorium of Merrill Hall.

The program, titled “Strings and Voices,” will feature the 110-member chorus accompanied by a professional chamber string orchestra.

The centerpiece of the concert will be Franz Schubert’s Mass Number 2 in G Major. Opening the concert will be a rarely performed overture by Christoph Willibal von Gluck(1714-1787) performed by the orchestra. The choir will also sing John Leavitt’s setting of the Walt Whitman poem “O Captain, My Captain” and Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Turtle Dove.”

Local tenor Daniel Woodward will be the soloist featured in “Turtle Dove.” He will be joined by fellow Northfield bass James Crowley and area soprano Siiri Stinson in the Schubert Mass.

The UMF Community Chorus is a longtime staple of the region’s musical heritage. The ensemble is made up of 60 percent university students and 40 percent singers from the Farmington area community. The choir is open to all interested in singing; auditions are not required.

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