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  • HOPE: A Benefit Concert for Through These Doors & Preble Street, homeless shelter

    4/1/2019 Portland, Maine. 

    benefit concert for Through These Doors and Preble Street will take place on Thursday, May 02 at seven o’clock in the evening at Woodfords Church.

    This concert, comprised of volunteers and professionals, aims to raise awareness and money for these two charities that serve the least-favored population in Maine.

    The conductor and organizer of the concert, Chris Pelonzi, said he hopes to bring high-quality music to the Portland community for a good cause. Mr. Pelonzi is currently a student of Dr. Nicolas Dosman in the Graduate Choral Conducting program at the University of Southern Maine, and must give a conducting recital to complete his degree.

    However, rather than produce a small concert specifically for the auspices of a degree program, Mr. Pelonzi has organized a concert for a greater one.

    “Every day we see those without a home, and we hear about those who lost their family because of abuse…all I want to do is help make a change in our community so that these people can get the help they need. This is just one way to make a graduate degree most relevant to our local community," said Pelonzi.

    The concert will have a choir of over fifty voices, and an orchestra of more than thirty, all performing works by Hildegard, Arvo Part, Mozart, Beethoven, and Karl Jenkins. Featuring Soprano Susanna Moliski, Counter-tenor Chris Garrepy, Tenor Martin Lescault, Mezzo Andrea Graichen, Baritone Scott Wheatley, and Bass John Adams alongside with the choir and orchestra.

    The concert is intended to inspire hope and social change with pieces from all ages and in multiple languages. A brief talk about Preble Street and Through These Doors will be given at intermission along with an inspiring story.

    Thanks to the generosity of Woodfords Church, the University of Southern Maine, and many others, the concert will be held in Portland on May second at Woodfords Church.

    It is open to the public and tickets are available online from brownpapertickets. For more information, please follow the event on facebook.