To celebrate Northern Health Inland Hospital’s 75th anniversary, the annual Fall Pops Concert on Friday, October 5 at the Waterville Opera House will offer an exciting new collection of talented musicians this year.
Included are guest conductor Eric Thomas from Colby College, The Colby Symphony Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Kate Aldrich, tenor David Myers Jr., and pianist Steven Pane. Other performers scheduled to perform include Eric Christopher Perry and the Colby College Chorale, the Colby-Kennebec Choral Society, and teachers and students from Lawrence, Messalonskee, Skowhegan, Waterville, and Winslow schools.
Internationally acclaimed Aldrich, born in Damariscotta, has performed with leading operas across the world. She has been hailed for her exceptional performances in the title roles in Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Aida, and as Adalgisa in Norma, Charlotte in Werther, and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, among others.
Proceeds will fund technology upgrades at Northern Health Inland RehabWorks to help patients of all ages recover from a wide range of injuries, including sports injuries, and live with less pain.
Concert-goers will be treated to several favorite American and international classics, including a John Williams suite featuring music from Spielberg and Lucas films; Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony; and Morton Gould’s American Salute. In addition, the splendid sounds of “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Riverdance,” jazz standards popularized by Sinatra and Fitzgerald, and several contemporary favorites will fill the Waterville Opera House.
John Dalton, Northern Health Inland Hospital president, says that by partnering with Colby and area high schools, Inland will be able to feature many of Kennebec County’s most talented musicians along with accomplished performers from other parts of Maine and beyond.
“Attending the Pops Concert is not only a wonderful way to spend a night out in Waterville, it’s an opportunity to support patient care at Inland,” says Dalton. “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the staff and students at Colby College and musicians from several local schools. It will be great to showcase their extraordinary musicianship while helping our patients.”
Tickets are available at www.OperaHouse.org or 207.873.7000. The cost to attend the concert and a special pre-event reception at Amici’s Cucina is $50; concert tickets without the reception are $25.
Inland Hospital became Northern Light Inland Hospital on October 1, 2018.