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Collins Center for the Arts

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University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469 United States
207.581.1755; 800. 622.8499; TDD/TTY 207. 581.1888collinscenterforthearts.com

Upcoming Events

September 2014

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

September 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This year marks the 21st anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s remarkable arrival on the music scene. It helped usher in the swing revival in the ’90s with its colorful fusion of classic American sounds, including jazz, swing and Dixieland, mixed with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. Today, the high-energy nine-piece ensemble continues the party and takes things to the next level with the release of Rattle Them Bones.

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Chris Isaak

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Known for his powerful voice and stunning live performances, Chris Isaak and his band Silverton will roll through signature hits like “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.”  Isaak’s latest album, Beyond The Sun, is his personal tribute to the glory days of Sun Studio and the music created by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and others.

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$15 plus $3 booking fee (Students: $10 plus $3 booking fee)

National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Young Vic’s highly anticipated production of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage.

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Aquila Theatre Company — Wuthering Heights

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Aquila Theatre brings to life Emily Bronte’s classic story of all-consuming passion with its new production of Wuthering Heights, which recounts the tale of ill-fated lovers on the lonely moors of northern England. Bringing its signature style and dynamic approach, Aquila reimagines one of the most famous love stories ever told. Impeccable design and a unique physical style combine with a marvelous cast to make Wuthering Heights an exquisite and captivating theatrical experience.

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October 2014

Bob Marley

October 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bob Marley loves being a comedian.  He’s wicked good at it.  He lives in Maine, which is the best state in the world, maybe even the universe.  He has appeared on Leno, Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Fallon and Comedy Central.

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Open House

October 5

Our comprehensive, all-day open house program is designed for prospective students and their families. Presentations will include academic showcases, walking tours, and more. Start time: 8:00 a.m. There will be another open house held on Monday, November 10, 2014.  

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Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

October 7 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Noted environmentalist, Bill McKibben will deliver a lecture entitled Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. His lecture is hosted by the Honors College at the University of Maine as part of its Honors Read program, in which entering students read and discuss an important recent book as part of the curriculum. The Honors Read for 2014-2015 is McKibben’s book, Eaarth. The event is free and open to the public. Described by the Boston Globe as “probably America’s most…

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Bangor Symphony Orchestra: España

October 12 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ana Vidovic, guitar Lucas Richman, conductor de Falla     Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2 Rodrigo     Concierto de Aranjuez, with Ana Vidovic, guitar Chabrier    España Bizet            Carmen Suite No. 2 Rimsky-Korsakov     Capricio Espagnol

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Kevin James, Comedian

October 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Kevin James, producer, co-writer and star of the hit movies Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Zookeeper, broke into the film world in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ Hitch starring opposite Will Smith. He started as a stand-up comedian on Long Island and after he was discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, James signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom, The King of Queens. It premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons and garnered James an Emmy nomination…

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Boz Scaggs: Memphis Tour

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Boz Scaggs is both a musical seeker and a man of sizable talent as a singer, songwriter and guitarist.  His explorations in blue and R&B, rock and jazz have produced lasting work and a career that has brought with it acclaim, a loyal following and enduring respect among musicians.

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$15 plus $3 booking fee (Students: $10 plus $3 booking fee)

National Theatre Live: Medea

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Helen McCrory takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage.  

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The Met: Live in HD ~ Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro

October 18 @ 12:55 pm - 3:00 pm

Met Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in a 19th-century manor house in Seville, but during the gilded age of the late 1920s.

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$15 plus $3 booking fee (Students: $10 plus $3 booking fee)

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (version 1)

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage.  

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The Met: Live in HD ~ Verdi’s Macbeth

October 25 @ 12:55 pm - 3:00 pm

(Recorded on October 11) Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Zeljko Lucic’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met.

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$9-$14. Free with Student MaineCard.

Symphonic Band and Jazz Band Combined Concert

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ticket Information Music Event tickets: 207.581.1755 Theatre/Dance online ticket order: umaine.edu/spa/tickets Disability Accommodation Requests: 207.581.1781

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Cirk La Putyka — Slapstick Sonata

October 28 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

Set to the music of Mozart, Handel, Shostakovich and others, Slapstick Sonata is an absurd yet poetic theater piece without text or words. Prague’s Cirk La Putyka combines visual poetry with physical comedy and a dash of contemporary circus. The collective — a multitalented cast of dancers, actors, mimes and comics — has toured throughout Eastern Europe as well as France, Germany, United Kingdom, Scandinavia and Australia.

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$15 plus $3 booking fee (Students: $10 plus $3 booking fee)

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (version 2)

October 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas for a limited time, due to unprecedented audience demand. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage.

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November 2014

The Met: Live in HD ~ Bizet’s Carmen

November 1 @ 12:55 pm - 3:00 pm

Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress.

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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

November 8 @ 8:00 pm

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is the southern gothic, supernatural musical written by Stephen King, with music by John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. This extraordinary collaboration, 13 years in the making, is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, which will be performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band.

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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

November 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is the southern gothic, supernatural musical written by Stephen King, with music by John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. This extraordinary collaboration, 13 years in the making, is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, which will be performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band.

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Open House

November 10

Our comprehensive, all-day open house program is designed for prospective students and their families. Presentations will include academic showcases, walking tours, and more. Start time: 8:00 a.m.

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The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon

November 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

“One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” So begins The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, the first of seven picture books by Crockett Johnson that follow the zany adventures of an inventive, young boy. Resourceful and brave, Harold creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s-the-limit imagination. Enchantment Theater uses all the elements of its signature…

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Dancing Pros: Live

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The world’s finest dancers battle live on stage and the audience decides the world’s best dance couple. Dancing Pros: Live is an unforgettable live competition show created by Dancing with the Stars pros Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo. Live singers will accompany dazzling group performances and solos, and celebrity guest judges help the audience select the winning pair. It’s the ideal family outing with bragging rights.

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The Met: Live in HD ~ Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia

November 22 @ 12:55 pm - 3:00 pm

The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself.

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Bangor Symphony Orchestra: Classical Kings

November 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Daniel Shapiro, piano Lucas Richman, conductor Mozart     Overture to Don Giovanni Mozart     Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K.414, with Daniel Shapiro, piano Beenhoven     Symphony No. 7

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December 2014

The Met: Live in HD ~ Il Barbiere di Siviglia

December 6 @ 12:55 pm - 3:00 pm

Rossini’s classic comedy stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina.

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$9-$14. Free with Student MaineCard.

Yuletide Concert

December 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ticket Information Music Event tickets: 207.581.1755 Theatre/Dance online ticket order: umaine.edu/spa/tickets Disability Accommodation Requests: 207.581.1781

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Mannheim Steamroller

December 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In its 30th year, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is still met by sold-out audiences and was one of the top 20 concert tours in the nation last year. The show features the favorite Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller, along with state-of-the-art multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The Christmas tour has become an annual holiday tradition right along with decorating the tree, exchanging presents and creating unforgettable moments with friends and family.

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$9-$14. Free with Student MaineCard.

Symphonic Band

December 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ticket Information Music Event tickets: 207.581.1755 Theatre/Dance online ticket order: umaine.edu/spa/tickets Disability Accommodation Requests: 207.581.1781

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Bangor Symphony Orchestra: The Nutcracker

December 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Robinson Ballet, Bangor Area Children’s Choir and Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

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Bangor Symphony Orchestra: The Nutcracker

December 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Robinson Ballet, Bangor Area Children’s Choir and Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

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Bangor Symphony Orchestra: The Nutcracker

December 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Robinson Ballet, Bangor Area Children’s Choir and Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

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January 2015
$15 plus $3 booking fee (Students: $10 plus $3 booking fee)

National Theatre Live: JOHN

January 9, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre. Suitable for 18yrs+. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage.

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The Met: Live in HD ~Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

January 10, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The epic comedy about a group of Renaissance mastersingers whose contest unites a city.

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Sister Act — National Broadway Tour

January 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Direct from Broadway, Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash that the New York Post calls “ridiculously fun.” Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would look — a convent. Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps the sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling…

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The Met: Live in HD ~ The Merry Widow

January 17, 2015 @ 12:55 pm - 3:00 pm

The great Renee Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehar’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman.

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150 Years of American Song

January 23, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A SPA fundraiser, featuring a full orchestra, big band and talented vocal performances by UMaine students and faculty.

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February 2015

Bangor Syphony Orchestra: Midori and More

February 1, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Midori, violin Lucas Richman, conductor Sibelius     Finlandia Schumann     Violin Concerto in D Minor Sibelius     Symphony No.1

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The Met: Live in HD ~ Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann

February 7, 2015 @ 12:55 pm - 3:00 pm

(Recorded on January 31) The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production.

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$15 plus $3 booking fee (Students: $10 plus $3 booking fee)

National Theatre Live: Treasure Island

February 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage.

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The Met: Live in HD ~ Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle

February 14, 2015 @ 12:55 pm - 3:00 pm

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle).

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March 2015

Bangor Symphony Orchestra: Russian Masters

March 8, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Norman Krieger, piano Lucas Richman, conductor Schchedrin     Symphonic Fanfares Rachmaninoff     Piano Concerto No. 3 Shostakovich       Symphony No. 6

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$15 plus $3 booking fee (Students: $10 plus $3 booking fee)

National Theatre: Skylight

March 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Two former lovers attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage.

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The Met: Live in HD ~ Rossini’s La Donna del Lago

March 14, 2015 @ 12:55 pm - 3:00 pm

Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Florez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott.

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Moscow City Ballet — Swan Lake

March 17, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Moscow City Ballet, founded in 1988 by distinguished Russian choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, is one of Russia’s most extensively touring ballet companies. Productions share a clearly defined style, ideas and choreographic integrity, setting high performance standards. Moscow City Ballet is renowned for the perfection of its corps de ballet in the best traditions of the Russian school of classical ballet. Its unique style is ensured by the unceasing efforts, in production and rehearsal, of artistic director Ludmila Nerubashenko.

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Bangor Symphony Orchestra: Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time

March 21, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Experience the music of Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, The Lion King and more.

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$15 plus $3 booking fee (Students: $10 plus $3 booking fee)

National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men

March 27, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A broadcast of the critically-acclaimed, smash-hit revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre live from the London stage.    

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April 2015

Celtic Thunder

April 7, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celtic Thunder, a singing group from Ireland, debuted in August 2007 at The Helix in Dublin. The group’s live shows have dramatic lighting effects and choreography, as well as realistic Irish stage sets and authentic Irish instruments. Performances have dramatic solos, compelling ensembles and comedic acts. Accompanied by the Celtic Concert Orchestra under the direction of David Munro, Celtic Thunder has become a household name around the world.

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Bangor Symphony Orchestra: Serenade to Music

April 12, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

University of Maine Singers Oratorio Society Lucas Richman, conductor Jennifer Higdon     blue cathedral Brahms     Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn Vaughan-Williams     Serenade to Music Bruckner     Te Deum  

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UMaine Symphonic and Concert Bands

April 16, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

April 23, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming ukulele players using instruments bought with loose change. The concert is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping rock ’n’ roll obituary and melodious light entertainment. It features only the bonsai guitar and a menagerie of voices in a collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies. Going from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, the orchestra takes audiences on “a world tour with only hand…

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The Met: Live in HD ~ Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci

April 25, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village.

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Memphis — National Broadway Tour

April 28, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Turn up that dial. From the underground dance clubs of 1950s in Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves — filled with laughter,…

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