Chorus to Perform Fauré Requiem and ‘Ode to Music’

Quoddy Voices, a community chorus formed in 2014, will present concerts on Friday, December 2 at 7 pm, and Sunday, December 4 at 3 pm, at the Eastport Arts Center. Under the direction of John Newell, the group will perform Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, one of the masterpieces of choral literature, which presents a meditation upon the desire for eternal peace and happiness. A favorite of singers around the world, Faure's Requiem is notable for its beautiful extended vocal lines and rich harmonies. Newell notes, “we will perform the original ‘chamber’ version, accompanied by a small orchestra. I chose the work because I felt that it could bring at least a brief oasis of peace in the turbulent times through which we are living.”

In addition, the group will perform a group of works chosen as an ode to the power of music to inspire, elevate and soothe, including pieces by Schubert, Beethoven, Handel, Pfautsch, Walmisley and an Appalachian folk hymn. Soloists to be featured are Elizabeth H. Nichols-Goodliff, Allan Gore, Steve Koenig, Barbara Smith and Jenie Smith. 

Suggested donation for the concert is $10; students under the age of 18 will be admitted free. For more information about Quoddy Voices contact Newell at (207) 853-4010 or by email at jnewell384@gmail.com. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.