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September 2017

Gala: Shadowland by Pilobolus

September 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Reception — 5 p.m. – Miller’s Café Dinner — 6 p.m. – On-site Tent Performance —  8 p.m. – Hutchins Concert Hall Celebrate the season, dine in a beautiful setting, and enjoy a magical performance. For more information, to view the full season schedule or to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com.

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Shadowland by Pilobolus

September 16 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Created by famed dance company Pilobolus, Shadowland tells the story of a teenage girl, longing for independence, who sleeps, only to wake to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall — her shadow. And, she’s off on a journey into Shadowland. Legendary modern dance is combined with high-energy, fast-paced multimedia, merging front-of-screen choreography with projected images to create a narrative with the fluid logic of a dream, powered by the grace of an acrobatic dance, which evinces surprise and joyous delight in a way that…

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The Escher String Quartet

September 24 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Acclaimed for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty, The Escher Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole. The program is as follows: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458 “Hunt” Thomas Ades — Arcadiana for String Quartet Edvard Grieg — Quartet in g minor, Op. 27 After the concert, you are invited to attend the unveiling of Mina, a sculpture by Andres…

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Million Dollar Quartet

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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"Million Dollar Quartet" is the new smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. "Million Dollar Quartet"  brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,”…

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Yerma — NT Live

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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In Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece, a young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desire to have a child. Billie Piper, returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. For more information, to view the full season schedule or to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com.

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October 2017

Destruction of Memory: A Documentary Film

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Free

The Hudson Museum presents the filming of "Destruction of Memory: The War Against Culture, and the Battle to Save It." A description of the film from its website: "Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe. This war against culture is not over — it's been steadily increasing. In Syria and Iraq, the "cradle of civilization," millennia of culture are being destroyed. The push to protect, salvage and rebuild has moved in step with the destruction. Legislation and…

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Norma — The Met: Live in HD

October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The 2017–18 Met Live in HD season opens with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece "Norma." This opera is an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power. It examines an ageless and archetypal situation: a powerful woman compromises her ideals for love, only to find herself betrayed by her lover. But equally gripping is her relationship with the younger woman who is the new object of her former lover’s attention and in whom Norma sees both a…

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Pre-Performance Lecture: Hamlet

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bodwell Lounge, Collins Center for the Arts
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Stephen E. King Chair in Literature Caroline Bicks will bring her Shakespeare expertise to this pre-performance discussion of Hamlet. "Aquila Theater Presents: Hamlet" follows at 7 p.m.    

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Aquila Theatre Presents: Hamlet

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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"Hamlet" is arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play. Written in 1602, it is one of the most complete portrayals of the human psyche that exists in Western Literature. A compelling tale of familial discord, personal ambition, love and revenge, "Hamlet" has enthralled audiences for 400 years. Mortality and madness are two of the most pronounced themes of Shakespeare’s epic and the characters; Hamlet, Ophelia, Gertrude, and Claudius inhabit a rich landscape replete with deceit, mistrust, and schemes. Four centuries after its premiere,…

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Cappella Pratensis

October 13 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York Street
Bangor, ME 04401 United States
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Cappella Pratensis is a Dutch vocal ensemble that specializes in compositions from the 15th and 16th centuries. This concert marks the 500th anniversary of the symbolic start of the Reformation, with a program devoted to the very first music of the Protestant movement. Note: The venue is an off-campus location for this concert. Cappella Pratensis will be performing at St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York Street in Bangor. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, to view the full season…

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Die Zauberflöte — The Met: Live in HD

October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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"Die Zauberflöte" is a sublime tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism. The story is told in a Singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity.  An excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score. The composer and the librettist were both Freemasons — the fraternal order whose membership is held together by shared moral and metaphysical ideals — and Masonic imagery is used throughout…

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Comedian Bob Marley

October 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Bob Marley is a Maine comedian featured regularly on SiriusXM, where he was the winner of the Super Bowl of Comedy. He has created over 20 comedy CDs and DVDs, and has appeared on television shows including Leno, Letterman, Conan, Fallon, and more. He is also a member of The Guinness Book of World Records for “the longest stand up comedy show by an individual” at 40 hours of straight stand up. For more information, to view the full season…

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The Cashore Marionettes

October 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Minsky Recital Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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In the performance "Life in Motion," Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today. The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Life in Motion is a powerful, entertaining, surprising, theatrically satisfying, one-of-a-kind evening for adults and young adults. For more information, to view the…

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Masterworks I: Symphonie Fantastique

October 22 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Lucas Richman, conductor William Wolfram, piano Modest Mussorgsky "Night on Bald Mountain" Franz Liszt "Totentanz," featuring William Wolfram, piano Hector Berlioz "Symphonie Fantastique" A program of macabre masterpieces opens the season, just in time for Halloween. Guest pianist William Wolfram brings his formidable style and expertise to Bangor for Liszt’s "Totentanz" before Berlioz’s truly fantastic "Symphonie Fantastique." Mussorgsky’s energetic "Night on Bald Mountain" will start the program. For more information, to view the full season schedule or to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com.

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Combined Band Concert: Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble

October 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$12

For a full schedule of events or to purchase tickets, visit umaine.edu/spa/fall-calendar-2017.

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The Jason Bishop Show

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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As America’s hottest illusionist, Jason Bishop performs stunning, state of the art magic and illusions. He might read your mind one second or make goldfish appear the next. His combination of modern music, fast paced magic, and audience participation have landed him in several notable venues. He was also named The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts Best Performing Artist of the Year. Each show features amazing sleight of hand, exclusive grand illusions and even close-up magic projected onto huge…

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Peter Pan — NT Live

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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All children, except one, grow up … When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. She soon finds herself in Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily, and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues. For more information, to view the full season schedule or to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com.

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November 2017

The King’s Singers

November 5 @ 7:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The British a cappella vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers want to take you on a new musical adventure to celebrate their 50 years together. Having won two Grammys and an Emmy Award, they savor the amazing diversity of music and musicians in our world today, placing composers, songwriters and singers side by side to create something truly special. For more information, to view the full season schedule or to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com.

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Masterworks II: Brahms and Dvorák

November 12 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Lucas Richman, conductor Rachel Lee Priday, violin Johannes Brahms "Tragic Overture" Camille Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3, B minor, featuring Rachel Lee Priday, violin Lucas Richman World Premiere Antonín Dvorák  Symphony No. 7 Great composers of the late 19th century will invigorate audiences when the BSO performs the "Tragic Overture" by Brahms and Dvorák’s majestic Symphony No. 7. Violinist Rachel Lee Priday performs the Violin Concerto No. 3 by Saint-Saëns with her “irresistible panache,” and the BSO brings to life a new work by Maestro Richman, a commission…

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Gobsmacked!

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Direct from sell out seasons in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh comes the mind-blowing vocal show "Gobsmacked!" — the latest sensation from the UK. This next-generation a cappella show redefines the limits of the human voice. Featuring the reigning world champion beatboxer Ball-Zee and an international cast of world-class vocalists, "Gobsmacked!" weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting edge, multi-track live looping. Heart stopping singing and jaw dropping beatboxing guarantees the audience…

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