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Bob Keyes

Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: February 4, 2015

USM Chamber Singers raise money for European tour with Sunday concert in Cape Elizabeth

Written by: Bob Keyes
The USM Chamber Singers are presenting a program Sunday in Cape Elizabeth.

The USM Chamber Singers are presenting a program Sunday in Cape Elizabeth. Courtesy photo

The USM Chamber Singers are going to Europe, and they need your help getting there.

The ensemble, which consists of 23 student singers, will present a program at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 885 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth. USM music professor Robert Russell conducts the a cappella singers. Sunday’s program includes sacred music from European and American traditions, African-American spirituals and American folk songs.

“We have a remarkable group this year: cohesive, responsible, energetic, musical – and singing as well as any group I have ever conducted,” Russell said. “We have no divas in this group. They are there for the group experience, and the group experience this year has been as strong as I have ever experienced with any USM Chamber Singers ensemble.”

The singers will travel to Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia in May for their sixth international tour. It costs about $100,000, and the singers are paying for the trip themselves. They’re trying to raise about a quarter of that total through fundraisers, including Sunday’s concert.

The performance is organized by USM Chamber Singers supporters Louise and Red Sullivan, who have hosted benefits for the ensemble in the past.

Admission is a suggested donation of $15.

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