This upcoming Sunday January 25 is celebrated world-wide as the anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. the Scottish poet. In his honor and as a benefit for 15 local non-profits and Maine charities, the St. Cecilia Chamber Choir is presenting an evening of songs, poetry and instrumental music at Newcastle’s Second Congregational Church, beginning at 4:00 PM. The concert will be followed by a reception at which representatives of many of those local nonprofits will be present and Scottish pastries and other treats will be served.

Tickets are $20 with children and students admitted for free and are available at Maine Coast Book Shop and Skidompha Library in Damariscotta, at St. Andrew’s Church in Newcastle and on-line at www.ceciliachoir.org. Concert proceeds will support these 15 organizations (and two international charities), all of whom are partners in the outreach program of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Newcastle.

The St. Cecilia Chamber Choir is a fully-auditioned choral group that since its inception in 1995 has been directed by Linda Blanchard with accompaniment by Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta.

As a special treat, bagpiper Stephen Gorry of Wadoboro will play the pipes at the conclusion of the benefit concert as the audience goes downstairs to the reception. Gorry is pictured practicing the pipes for a wedding last summer. He has been playing for 12 years.

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