Press Release:


March 2017

Choral Concert to Celebrate Forms of Light


Choral Concert to Celebrate Forms of Light.

The 80-member Community Chorus at South Berwick presents Let There Be Light, songs about various kinds of light – spiritual, emotional, naturally occurring, and man-made – April 22, 7:30 p.m., Noble High School, 388 Somersworth Rd., Route 9, North Berwick, ME, and April 23, 3 p.m., Christ Church, 43 Pine Street, Exeter, NH.

With singers from 25 southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire communities, the chorus is directed by Nicolás Dosman, professor of music, University of Southern Maine, and president of the Maine Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Among the works in the program is Grammy Award-winning composer/conductor Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold). Whitacre used this piece for his 2009 virtual choir projects, an online compilation of videos of 185 people from around the world singing the individual voice parts while following an online video of Whitacre conducting the piece in an empty studio. The resulting performance has attracted nearly five million views. Also on the program are Norwegian-born composer Ola Gjeilo’s choral evocation of the aurora borealis, Northern Lights; and a humorous Colombian song, sung in Spanish, about an encounter with a possibly physical, possibly metaphorical flame. The CCSB Chamber Choir will perform Guiding Light, composed three years ago by Matthew LaBerge of South Portland, ME, when he was 19 and a sophomore music major at USM.

Tickets are $12 in advance and for seniors and students, $15 at the door. Tickets are on sale at Gary’s Guitars, 800 Islington St., Portsmouth, South Berwick Pharmacy, 287 South Main St., South Berwick; and Baldface Books, 505 Central Ave., Dover. Purchases may also be made online via PayPal.