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TEMPO's Christmas Cheer Concert Series

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ELLSWORTH and BAR HARBOR TEMPO, The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra for Young Musicians, will sparkle in two performances of the Christmas Cheer Concert - Saturday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. at The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth and a reprise concert on Sunday, Dec. 9, 3 p.m. at St. Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor. Conducted by Rebecca Edmondson and Ethan Edmondson, these 30 middle school and high school musicians from Central and Downeast Maine, between MDI and traveling as far away as Herman and Benedicta, converge every Saturday morning on stage at The Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth to blend their music in preparation for performances.

According to senior flautist Ranae Carlson, 'The Christmas concert emphasizes the feeling of Christmas. It's a time where most people are happy and in good spirits, so coming together with a bunch of wonderful musicians making great music makes it even better!

The concert repertoire ranges from familiar carols to unusual instrumental settings. The TEMPO musicians display the versatility of genres from the galloping strains of Leroy Anderson's 'Sleigh Ride' to the march from 'The Nutcracker.' Composition style will range from that of Gustav Holst to Samuel Barber. Concert mistress Isabel Bohrer and violist Danielle LeDuc will be featured in Barber's Sure 'On This Shining Night.' TEMPO's tubist, Delaney Smith, will step from the brass section for a hornpipe solo. There will even be an opportunity for audience participation in a brief sing-a-long with the TEMPO instrumentalists.

Invite your family and friends to the TEMPO Christmas Cheer Concert Series. Door admission: $9/adults, $5/studentsFor more information, call (207) 244-7193 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Save the dates for future performances by TEMPO at the historic Grand Theatre in downtown Ellsworth:

Friday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. ~ TEMPO will perform an original score by Rebecca Edmondson during the showing of Charlie' Chaplin's silent film 'The Gold Rush' at The Grand.

April 6 ~ TEMPO resumes rehearsals after a winter break June 15 and 16 ~ TEMPO Father's Day Concerts Series

Oct. 5 and 6 ~ TEMPO TEMPest concert series

Please be sure to "like" TEMPO and keep up to speed at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Eastern-Maine-Pops-Orchestra-for-Young-Musicians/194959580528165. The Christmas Cheer Concert series is made possible by Camden National Bank.

TEMPO is proud to call The Grand its home: http://www.grandonline.org/.

TEMPO is non-profit and fiscally sponsored by the Town Hill Village Improvement Society.

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