The Maritime Concert Opera chorus is starting up rehearsals again, this time for our upcoming production of Bizet’s Carmen.  The MCOC meets on Monday nights, from 7:30 to 9:30, at Zion Lutheran Church in Lunenburg, under the direction of our new chorus conductor Rachel Grantham, and rehearsal accompanist Jane Christiansen.

We’re also looking for children for the children’s chorus, who will perform just in the June 21st performance in Lunenburg.

If you’d like to join us, please email Chorus Coordinator Heather O’Dell.

We’d like to thank everyone who made our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on March 1st our most successful fundraiser ever!

Our special judges were Catherine and David, Heather Brill’s children, and they picked the following two winners:


Shelah Allen won for the most beautiful hat


David picked Kay’s fabulous creation as the Funniest Hat.


And here’s a quintet of Ernsts in their chapeaux:  from left to right, Elijah, John, Joshua, Peter and Eva, wearing the singing chicken.


Happy New Year!

First up in 2008 for MCO is our annual fund raising tea, which will take the theme this year of A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and will feature:

  • Silent auction of works by local artists and craftspeople
  • Entertainment featuring Nina Scott-Stoddart and Mary Knickle
  • Prizes for silliest/most beautiful hats
  •  Catering by Chef John Barr of Simple Moments Café
  • All proceeds to support MCO’s June production of Bizet’s Carmen

The date is Saturday, March 1, from 2-4 PM

Tickets are only $15 each in advance (and only advance tickets will be sold) and will be available from Fulton’s in Lunenburg.

Any questions?  Give us a call at 634-9140 or drop us a line at!

We’re very excited that our Gilbert and Sullivan concert is coming up in a week’s time!  The chorus and local soloists have been working hard on the repertoire and the “away” soloists will be joining us next week for the final rehearsals.

Here are the pieces we’ll be performing:

elections from Iolanthe

“Tripping hither, tripping thither”
“Iolanthe! From thy dark exile thou art summoned”
“Good-morrow, good mother”
“Fare thee well, attractive stranger”
“Good-morrow, good lover”
“None shall part us from each other”
“The Law is the true embodiment”
.”My lords, it may not be”
“When all night long a chap remains”
“Love, unrequited, robs me of my rest” … “When you’re lying awake”
“My lord, a suppliant at your feet”
“It may not be”
“Soon as we may, off and away”


Selections from Mikado

If you want to know who we are”
“A Wand’ring Minstrel I”
“Behold the Lord High Executioner”
“As some day it may happen”
“Three little maids from school are we”
“I am so proud”
“Brightly dawns our wedding day”
“Here’s a how-de-do”
“Mi-ya Sa-ma” … “From every kind of man obedience I expect”
“A more humane Mikado”
“The flowers that bloom in the spring”
“Willow, tit-willow”
“There is beauty in the bellow of the blast”
“For he’s gone and married Yum-Yum”