Come to “A Sunday Summer Concert” at the Congregational Church of Boothbay Harbor Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. for an afternoon of great singing and music and support the arts programming at the Opera House at the same time.
Area singers will perform a potpourri of songs filled with opera, art songs and Broadway tunes solo, and in duets and trios. Confirmed performers are: Karol Clark (Sheepscott), Lydia Rich and Alicia Long (Jefferson), Laurie Currier (Harpswell), Skip Simonds (Boothbay), Rick Humphrey (Boothbay Harbor), Gerry “Mr. Southport” Gamage, and Betsey DeGroff.
Show director DeGroff has been a voice teacher in Connecticut, California and Maine. Among her students here in the Pine Tree State were Kate Aldrich and Lisa Graf, both successful opera singers. And, another former student, Anna Mintzer, just finished a national tour in the Broadway cast of “The Sound of Music” in the role of Maria.
Accompanist Sean Fleming is a well-known musician and accompanist, most recently for Lincoln Arts Festival’s performance of Mozart’s “Requiem,” and regularly for the Sheepscott Valley Chorus and at St. Andrews Church in Newcastle — and numerous others in the Midcoast, including Hearts Ever Young (H.E.Y.), Lincoln County Community Theater (LCCT), Bowdoin College concerts, Heartwood Regional Theater Company productions and others.
Says DeGroff, now a resident of Boothbay with a new voice studio at her home, “The concert’s draw is really the potpourri of styles, something for everyone to enjoy.”
This year the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor is 125 years old. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2009. With over 100 performances and events each year, The Opera House, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, is committed to the arts, the restoration of the historic building and the community. For more information, visit https://boothbayoperahouse.com
The Congregational Church is at 125 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. Donations gratefully accepted at the door.