Rangeley Friends of the Arts presents The Bangor Area Children’s Choir (BACC) in a concert, Here Comes the Sun, on Saturday, March 15 at 7:00 pm at the Lakeside Theatre. Although there is no admission charge for the concert, there will be an opportunity to make a donation which will benefit the building upgrades at Lakeside Theater—the new home of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts. The concert will include joint presentations with the choir of Rangeley Lakes Regional School (Erin Smith, Director). Music will range from popular favorites such as What a Wonderful World and One Day More (Les Miserables) to familiar classics such as selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria to multicultural pieces such as the Romanian Niska Banja and the Russian Véniki. The ice may still be on the lakes, but you’ll want to be present to hum along with BACC as they sing Little darlin’, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter…Oh, Here comes the sun!
BACC was founded in 1992, and served as the featured entertainment at the 1995 Reunion of the Fifth Armored Division of the United States Army. In addition to their regular concert performances in Bangor, BACC has performed in Boston, Washington, New York, and Chicago. This year they have two performances with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra – their annual appearance as a part of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcraker, and in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
The Bangor Area Children’s Choir is led Artistic Director, Robert Ludwig, a seasonal resident of Rangeley. In addition to conducting BACC, Mr. Ludwig is also Organist and Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bangor. His previous positions include Director of Choral Music and Music Theory at Garden City High School, and choirmaster of churches and cathedrals in New York and Kentucky. His choirs have performed from Canada to Florida, and have also sung in such notable venues as St. Paul’s Cathedral, London and Wells and Coventry Cathedrals.
BACC’s accompanist, Amy Maier, is a native of Bath, Maine and holds degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from UMaine, Orono; The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow; and University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Maine at Farmington and is President of the Maine Music Teachers Association.