Choral Arts Society: Camerata
Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 7 PM
Oquossoc Log Church
This chamber ensemble of approximately 15 voices specializes in a cappella music from the Renaissance through the 21st Century. The ensemble has presented a wide range of repertoire, including Bach’s Mass in B minor, Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light to accompany the silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore in collaboration with the Portland Ballet Company.
Admission: $15 for adults, $10 for students 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance with the convenience of your credit card by clicking HERE. Tickets will also be available at the door; cash or check only. Please note: there are no public facilities on-site at this historic location. There are facilities in downtown Oquossoc.
Director – Dr. Robert Russell: At Wake Forest University, Dr. Russell sampled music, math, and physics before choosing religion as a major. He conducted church choirs throughout his undergraduate years. At the University of North Carolina he studied with Dr. Lara Hoggard, an associate of Fred Waring and one of the pioneers in choral singing in America. From Dr. Hoggard he learned the choral art: the technique of forming volunteer singers into a cohesive and artistic unit. Further graduate study at the University of Colorado with Dr. Lynn Whitten in choral literature and performance and Dr. Barbara Doscher in vocal pedagogy prepared him for a career as a choral conductor and teacher of choral-vocal pedagogy. Dr. Russell came to Portland in 1979 as professor of music at the University of Southern Maine and music director of The Choral Art Society. He concluded a 36-year tenure at USM in 2015 and was named professor emeritus. He has conducted more than 75 festival choruses, including All-State choruses in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and he has led the USM Chamber Singers on six European tours.