Down East Singers, directed by Anthony Antolini, will present a free concert entitled “Comfort and Joy,” with guest fiddler Owen Kennedy in the Camden Amphitheatre on Sunday, October 17, at 2:00 pm. The event is co-sponsored by the Camden Public Library. The performance will be a tribute to people who have suffered or lost their lives to COVID-19.
The program of all-American music will include selections of early New England songs from the Shakers and Quakers to contemporary gospel and jazz pieces by California composer Bill Cunliffe. Jennifer McIvor, assistant director, will accompany at the keyboard. Guest accompanist Sean Fleming will be featured in the jazz-oriented portions of the program.
Guest artist Owen Kennedy is a sixteen-year-old Maine fiddler whose love of traditional music has captivated audiences from Cape Breton to San Diego to the Shetland Islands. In 2021, Kennedy won the Junior US National Fiddle Competition and the Young Stars of Maine “Glenn Jenks Future in Music” prize from Bay Chamber Music School. He is also a member of the Mozart Mentors Orchestra.
A limited number of chairs will be provided. The audience is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. In the event of rain, the concert will be held Sunday, October 24, at 2:00 pm.