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May 28, 2021 - 2:23pm -- Bob Simington

With sadness, we share the news that Robert Tennen, longtime principal cellist of the Summer Chorale Orchestra, died on December 8th, 2020, from leukemia. We will miss his distinctive presence and expressive playing.

In a review of the Chorale's 2018 performance of Mendelssohn's 'Elijah', the MDIslander stated: "first cello Robert Tennen was especially notable, embodying the phrase  'pulling at one's heartstrings.'"

Sad News

April 13, 2021 - 1:25pm -- Bob Simington

We recently learned of the death of longtime MDSC member Billie Lear. Billie began singing with the Chorale back in the days of John Harms and eventually became one of George Emlen's right-hand helpers. She served as treasurer of MDSC for many years and was a founding member of the board when the Chorale became an independent corporation in 1999. She took on many of the day-to-day administrative tasks of the organization and was vital to its continued prosperity. While she had not been active recently, she was nevertheless crucial to the group's growth and always had the best interests of the Chorale at heart. She loved the choir very much and was deeply devoted to it.

2021 Planning

April 12, 2021 - 4:26pm -- Bob Simington

The Mount Desert Summer Chorale Board of Directors has decided to postpone the Mozart Requiem, previously scheduled for this year, until summer 2022. We want to do the Mozart when we know that we can safely bring together a full orchestra and chorus--along with a large audience. And while things are beginning to look more positive for this summer, we believe it is wiser to plan for a smaller-scale production this year. So, we are preparing a short program of familiar works for our 2021 offering. This will be a 45-60 minute concert with a piano or organ. We will sing short pieces that we think you will know and will appreciate.

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