Da Capo is the brainchild of vocalist Susan Brinker (director) and pianist Judy Herrick (co-director and accompanist), who wanted to form a group to entertain and bring diverse musical styles to the Mt. Washington Valley. They recruited singers who were enthusiastic about music, dedicated to developing their skills, and eager to perform at the best of their abilities.

In choosing a name for their group, Brinker and Herrick aimed to symbolize what they felt was its goal. “Da Capo,” in musical vernacular, means “back to the top.” It is used in written music to indicate that the musician is to go back to the beginning of the piece, the “head,” or capo.

Da Capo will be the first of a series of summer programs at the Brick Church: choral music from the Denmark Cabaret and the Mollyockett Chorus, surprising keyboard offerings from Dan Moore, ensemble music featuring such artists as Downeast fiddler Don Roy, Birds on a Wire, and Junco.

A special feature this year will be “Chicken Fried Sushi: Stories to Nourish Your Soul,” a mime, music, and story performance by internationally-renowned Eshu Bumpus and Motoko. The season will conclude on Sept. 11, with another all-star Celtic music program from the Crossroads International Celtic Festival. Once more the Brick Church will also offer a free theater camp for children, July 14-18. Visit www.lovellbrickchurch.org for more information.

The Brick Church for the Performing Arts is on Christian Hill Road. Tickets at the door will be $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 207-925-1500.

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