The Kennebec Performing Arts Company started as the Augusta Symphony Orchestra in 1920 under the direction of Ernest Hill, in order to provide musicians in the Kennebec area an opportunity to perform music, develop interest in choral music, the playing of woodwind, brass & percussion instruments and provide public service by presenting concerts and other performances.
Ernest Hill was still actively conducting in the 1960’s at Maine Music Camp on the campus of University of Maine at Farmington, where KPAC members Larry Deblois and Ralph Turner had the privilege of following his baton.
The name, Kennebec Performing Arts Company, KPAC, was chosen to represent the many communities from which its performing members come as well as the variety of musical styles presented.
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The Kennebec Performing Arts Company will present “Farewell Holiday Concerts and Reception” to honor and celebrate the 43-year career of Charles T. “Chuck” Milazzo in his final performances as Artistic Director of KPAC (formerly the Augusta Symphony Organization).
On Friday, December 1st at 7 PM, the KPAC Jazz Band, Singers, and Wind Ensemble will take the stage for a concert at Winthrop Performing Arts Center, located at Winthrop High School, 211 Rambler Road. There will be a receiving line following the concert for audience members to offer well-wishes to Chuck in his retirement.
On Saturday, December 2nd from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, a reception will be held at Hope Baptist Church, 726 Western Avenue, Manchester. Attendees will have the opportunity to share memories and offer their best wishes in his retirement. Light refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided by current and former KPAC musicians.
Following the reception, at 7 PM, the KPAC Jazz Band, Singers, and Wind Ensemble will once again present its Farewell Holiday Concert under the baton of Charles T. “Chuck” Milazzo in his final performance. A receiving line will follow the concert.
Admission is free.