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another thirteen as director of the Presque Isle beginner accomplished cellist who hails from New Brunswick, and band as well as the UMPI band. He retired from education who is a relatively recent addition to the orchestra. in 2012 and became ordained as a priest, and now serves in three local Episcopal churches. He began conducting for Another highlight not to be missed at the upcoming NMCSO in the fall of 2012. performance is an excerpt entitled “Gypsy Song” from the opera Herold and Kinsey work together “Carmen” by Georges Bizet. For to ensure that NMCSO can take this mysterious and dramatic yet pride in making its program playful piece, the ensemble will selections accessible and enjoyable paint the musical background to everyone. Most members of scenery for vocalist Teresa Herold, the audience will hear at least one mezzo soprano and veteran of the song they recognize, and probably Metropolitan Opera in New York at least one song that is new to City. In addition an impressive them. Due to its limited financial line up of pieces has been assets (the group operates on the compiled from composers such volunteerism of its members and as Antonin Dvorak, Alexandre the donations of audience and Glazounov, Franz Schubert and community members), NMCSO Johann Strauss. has grown increasingly resourceful over the years with regard to its repertoire by utilizing unconventional options Spring concerts will be held Saturday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. such as second-hand scores and music libraries. The group in Houlton (location to be announced) and Sunday, May also boasts the frequent incorporation of original works 3, hosted by the University of Maine at Presque Isle, in the from former conductor Harrison Roper, choices that always multipurpose room of its Campus Center. prove to be lighthearted and crowd pleasing selections. Admission to the concert is free, though donations are This May, selections will run the gamut of the classical graciously accepted. For more information, visit NMCSO’s world. One of the pieces chosen, sure to be a standout with website at http://www.nmcso.org/ or visit the orchestra’s both avid classical fans and those less familiar, is a stirring Facebook page. cello solo entitled Kol Nidrei, composed by Max Bruch. The solo is to be performed by Emmanuel Ortega, an SPRING 2015 61