2018-03-22 / Community News

Choruses come together for ‘Earth Mass’

The nine-member Paul Winter Consort will present a performance of its ecological Mass, “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass,” 7:30 p.m., Saturday April 28 at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, along with Voices in Harmony Choir, Portland Community Chorus and Saco Bay Children’s Choir. It’s produced and conducted by Camille Curtis Saucier.

The Paul Winter Consort was commissioned to create the Mass by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, where they have been artistsin residence since 1980. The Mass is a joyous, rhythmic and contemporary celebration of the entire Earth as a sacred space. The music features gospel singer Theresa Thomason, along with the recorded vocalizations of wolf, whale and loon.

Winter’s musical odyssey has long embraced the traditions of the world’s cultures, as well as the wildlife voices of what he refers to as “the greater symphony of the Earth.” From the early days of his college jazz sextet, which toured Latin America for the State department and performed the first-ever jazz concert at the White House for the Kennedys in 1962, to his later ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, his concert tours and recording expeditions have taken him to 52 countries and to wilderness areas on six continents, into which he has traveled on rafts, dog sleds, mules, kayaks, tugboats and Land Rovers. He has produced 45 albums, of which seven have been honored with Grammy Awards.

The performance is to benefit the Eastern Trail, a greenway from Casco Bay to Kennebunk, as well as a scenic on-road route that mostly follows quiet country roads.

For tickets, visit voicesinharmonychoir.com.

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