2019 Winter Concert!

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Join us on Saturday, December 14th at 7pm for our annual winter concert! Our beloved long-time accompanist Dora Rexrode has retired, and we’re breaking in our new accompanist, Lynette Dancoes, with some fantastic music this season! Our program opens with selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria. Along with Vivaldi, we’ll be performing a collection of seasonal favorites, from Thomas Morley and Tchaikovsky, to Purifoy, and more.

Stay after the concert for snacks, drinks, and our annual Christmas Cookie sale! We’ll also have a fabulous gift basket of goodies to raffle off! See you there!

Fall Rehearsals Have Begun!

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It’s that time of year again! Members new and old are welcome to join us for the beginning of our 2018 rehearsal season. Love to sing? Come and check out our first couple of rehearsals and see if New Renaissance Singers is the group for you!

Our director, Molly Webster, has been working hard to put together another fabulous program for our December concerts! Just a few of the songs we’ll be learning include Christmas Lullaby by John Rutter, African Star Carol by Michael Barrett, Silent Night by Pentatonix, and Gloria by David Giardiniere.

We rehearse Thursday evenings from 7-9 through December. We’re excited to begin a new season, and we look forward to seeing you all!

2018 Spring Choral Concert

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Join us for our 27th annual spring choral concert on Friday, May 18th at 7pm at the First Congregational Church of Brewer.

This year our Director, Molly Webster, has put together a program filled with old favorites and beautiful contemporary pieces that will shine a little hope in your day, including the gospel works “Unclouded Day” arranged by Shawn Kirchner, and “The Storm is Passing Over” arranged by Barbara W. Baker. We’ll be revisiting old favorites, “Omnia Sol” by Z. Randall Stroope, and “Hope is the Thing With Feathers” by Kenney Potter, (based on the poem by Emily Dickinson). Rounding out the mix will be pieces from Bob Chilcott, Moses Hogan, Steven Foster, Gerald Finzi, and even U2.

We will be raffling off another basket of fabulous local items, gifts and assorted goodies, and the concert will be followed by an ice cream social.

Suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Winter Choral Concert December 15th!

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New Renaissance Singers invites you to join us for our 2017 Winter Choral Concert “Remembering Decembers”!

Our director, Molly J. Webster, has programmed a wonderful mix of sacred and secular music to help you celebrate the season! We’ll be kicking off the performance with Thomas Morley’s madrigal “Lirum Lirum”, followed by classic favorites such as Vittorio’s O Magnum Mysterium and Javier Busto’s Ave Maria. We’ll wrap up the concert with seasonal favorites like O Holy Night, and put a new twist on Jingle Bells and I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

Before and after the concert, you’ll be able to purchase raffle tickets to win a gift basket filled with some great local treats to help you unwind from the holiday season, including wine, music, massage, and more! We’ll also be hosting our annual post-concert Christmas Cookie Sale — Save yourself some baking and grab a box or plate of cookies to take to your next holiday gathering!

Suggested $10 donation at the door.

Spring Rehearsals Begin January 24th

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The weather outside is frightful, but we’re about to start planning our spring concert season! Love singing? Come warm yourself up by singing with us every Tuesday evening starting January 24th!

We are a non-audition community choir that sings a wide variety of classic and contemporary choral music. We welcome people of all experience levels! You’re welcome to attend our first two rehearsals to sit in and listen or sing along, and see if you think our music is in tune with yours!

See you in January!

Spring Rehearsal Season Starts!

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The weather outside is frightful, so why not warm yourself up with thoughts of spring – and join us as we start rehearsals for our spring concert season! Rehearsals begin Tuesday, January 20th!

We’re already excited about this season’s repertoire! Our intrepid Director Molly Webster says that it’s going to be centered around the theme of LOVE and it includes some Billy Joel! Maybe some Foreigner? And no doubt some other really awesome choral music.

New members are welcome to join us, and if you’re considering joining, but aren’t sure, you’re invited to come listen in on a rehearsal or two and see if it’s something you might like.

The songs are usually a mix of easier and more challenging pieces, and even if you’re not comfortable with your ability to read music, Molly is a great teacher and you will learn a lot, and probably surprise yourself!

 

Come sing with us!

New Renaissance Singers Winter Concert 2014

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NRS Winter 2014 Poster small webThe New Renaissance Singers (NRS) will present their winter concert “Lighting Up the Season,” on Saturday, December 13, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 35 Church Street, in Brewer. Admission is by donation with a suggested amount of $10 per person at the door. There will be a reception following the concert.

NRS is a non-audition, multigenerational community choir which has been performing in the greater Bangor area for twenty-four years. Musical Director Molly Webster arranged this year’s winter concert program to offer an eclectic mix classical pieces, folk songs, and contemporary choral arrangements, with an underlying theme of light and hope. The concert will also include a guest performance by The Husson University Singers.

NRS is dedicated to providing opportunities for many groups to enjoy their music. In addition to this public concert, NRS performs at several area nursing homes.

Some of the proceeds from the concert will support the NRS music scholarship program for young people in the area. Last year the award went to a scholarship for Bangor Children’s Choir. This year the grant will go to students participating in the Maine Summer Youth Music program at the University of Maine. “It is our goal to ‘pay it forward’ so that young people will have the chance to experience the joy of choral singing, and will be able to perform in choirs in the future,” says NRS Board President Tricia Griffith.