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October 2022

Theatre at Monmouth on Tour: As You Like It

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Welcome to Arden. This is the story of Rosalind. Oppressed and exiled from Court under threat of death, she escapes with her cousin, cross-dressed and gartered, into the wild and unpredictable Forest of Arden. Disguised as a boy, she creates a world of her choosing, reveling in her newfound agency and self-discovery. But chance encounters with the love-struck Orlando complicate her new adventure. All the world’s a stage in As You Like It, Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy, where poetry, mistaken identities,…

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Jay Leno

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Jay Leno’s late night television ratings domination included two decades as the host of the #1-rated “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” – after the first two years Jay Leno never lost a single ratings year in which he served as host. This fall Jay Leno brings back the classic game show You Bet Your Life. This comedy show wrapped in a game show will feature two strangers paired up to play for prize money by answering trivia questions correctly.…

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Steve Wilson and Bruce Barth

October 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Minsky Recital Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Multi-instrumentalist Steve Wilson has attained ubiquitous status in the studio and on stage with the greatest names in jazz. Watch him team up with revered jazz pianist, composer and producer Bruce Barth. Tickets obtainable here.   

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The Met: Live in HD — Medea

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Having triumphed at the Met in some of the repertory’s fiercest soprano roles, Sondra Radvanovsky stars as the mythic sorceress who will stop at nothing in her quest for vengeance, kicking off the highly anticipated 2022–23 Live in HD season. Joining Radvanovsky in the Met-premiere production of Cherubini’s rarely performed masterpiece is tenor Matthew Polenzani as Medea’s Argonaut husband, Giasone; soprano Janai Brugger as her rival for his love, Glauce; bass Michele Pertusi as Medea’s father, Creonte, the King of…

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Ensemble 4.1

October 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Minsky Recital Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Their exceptional communicative power and their intoxicating atmosphere on stage are repeatedly praised by critics and have become the hallmark of Ensemble 4.1. In addition to the masterpieces for this original setting by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven, the ensemble is devoted to discovering rarely played compositions from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. After many years composers like Walter Gieseking, Theodor Verhey, Heinrich von Herzogenberg and David Stephen are again being performed for an…

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NT Live Broadcast — Frankenstein

October 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet, BBC’s Sherlock) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creation. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Scientific responsibility, parental…

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November 2022

The Met: Live in HD — La Traviata

November 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Soprano Nadine Sierra Stars as the self-sacrificing courtesan Violetta — one of opera's ultimate heroines — in Michael Mayer's vibrant production of Verdi's beloved tragedy. Tenor Stephen Costello is her self-centered lover, Alfredo, alongside baritone Luca Salsi as his disapproving father, and Maestro Daniele Callegari on the podium. Tickets obtainable here.

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Blind Boys of Alabama with special guest Charlie Musselwhite

November 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years. The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable…

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Documentary Film: Hungry Now

November 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

We’ve all driven right by them. We’ve all walked on by, crossing to the other side out of caution. Who are they? What do they want? How did children grow up only to climb through a dumpster for half-eaten food, and end their winter days in a tent in the richest country in the world? “Hungry Now” hopes to connect a few dots, connecting the kids being cared for by teachers, to the sketchy shadows off the road. Voices you’ve…

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National Theatre Live Broadcast – Prima Facie

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play. Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game: defending, cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge. Prima Facie takes us to the heart of where emotion and…

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Legally Blonde — The Musical

November 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Based on the beloved movie, Legally Blonde follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves that you can be BOTH legally blonde AND the smartest person in the room. Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting more serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back,…

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December 2022

NT Live Broadcast — Straight Line Crazy

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Straight Line Crazy a new play by David Hare directed by Nicholas Hytner Ralph Fiennes ("Antony and Cleopatra") leads the cast in David Hare’s ("Skylight") blazing account of the most powerful man in New York, a master manipulator whose legacy changed the city forever. For forty uninterrupted years, Robert Moses exploited those in office through a mix of charm and intimidation. Motivated at first by a determination to improve the lives of New York City’s workers, he created parks, bridges and…

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Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Since marrying in 2002, two of Canada’s brightest stars have been captivating audiences all over North America with their exceptional musical skills and obvious joy at playing the fiddle together. Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy have received both industry-acclaim and a loyal fan base by combining their magnificent individual talents, giving audiences an unforgettable musical experience every performance. Tickets obtainable here.

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The Doo Wop Project: A Doo Wop Christmas

December 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning: tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. In their epic shows The Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey featuring foundational tunes from the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through the vocal artistry of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to DooWopified versions of modern hits from…

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January 2023

The Met: Live in HD — The Hours

January 7, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Soprano Renee Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in the world-premiere production of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts’s "The Hours", adapted from Michael Cunningham’s acclaimed novel. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s "Mrs. Dalloway" and made a household name by the Oscar-winning 2002 film version starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman, the powerful story follows three women from different eras who each grapple with their inner demons and their roles in society. The exciting premiere radiates with…

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The Met: Live in HD — Fedora

January 14, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Umberto Giordano’s exhilarating drama returns to the Met repertory for the first time in 25 years. Packed with memorable melodies, showstopping arias, and explosive confrontations, Fedora requires a cast of thrilling voices to take flight, and the Met’s new production promises to deliver. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva, one of today’s most riveting artists, sings the title role of the 19th-century Russian princess who falls in love with her fiance's murderer, Count Loris, sung by star tenor Piotr Beczala. Soprano Rosa Feola…

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March 2023

The Met: Live in HD — Wagner: Lohengrin

March 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Wagner’s soaring masterpiece makes its triumphant return to the Met stage after 17 years. In a sequel to his revelatory production of "Parsifal", director Francois Girard unveils an atmospheric staging that once again weds his striking visual style and keen dramatic insight to Wagner’s breathtaking music, with Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin on the podium to conduct a supreme cast led by tenor Piotr Beczala in the title role of the mysterious swan knight. Soprano Tamara Wilson is the virtuous duchess…

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April 2023

The Met: Live in HD — Verdi: Falstaff

April 8, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Baritone Michael Volle stars as the caddish knight Falstaff, gleefully tormented by a trio of clever women who deliver his comeuppance, in Verdi’s glorious Shakespearean comedy. Maestro Daniele Rustioni takes the podium to oversee a brilliant ensemble cast that features sopranos Hera Hyesang Park Ailyn Perez, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, tenor Bogdan Volkov, and baritone Christopher Maltman. Adult $25 | Senior $20 | Student $10 | All fees included Tickets obtainable here. 

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The Met: Live in HD — Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

April 15, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A dream cast assembles for Strauss’s grand Viennese comedy. Soprano Lise Davidsen is the aristocratic Marschallin, opposite mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as her lover, Octavian, and soprano Erin Morley as Sophie, the beautiful younger woman who steals his heart. Bass Gunther Groissbock returns as the churlish Baron Ochs, and Markus Bruck is Sophie’s wealthy father, Faninal. Maestro Simone Young takes the Met podium to oversee Robert Carsen’s fin-de-siecle staging. Adult $25 | Senior $20 | Student $10 | All fees included…

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May 2023

The Met: Live in HD — Blanchard: Champion

May 13, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Six-time Grammy Award–winning composer Terence Blanchard brings his first opera to the Met after his "Fire Shut Up in My Bones" triumphantly premiered with the company to universal acclaim in 2021. Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is the young boxer Emile Griffith, who rises from obscurity to become a world champion, and bass-baritone Eric Owens portrays Griffith’s older self, haunted by the ghosts of his past. Soprano Latonia Moore is Emelda Griffith, the boxer’s estranged mother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is…

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June 2023

The Met: Live in HD — Mozart: Die Zauberflote

June 3, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

One of opera’s most beloved works receives its first new Met staging in 19 years — a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared “the best production I’ve ever witnessed of Mozart’s opera.” Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Met Orchestra, with the pit raised to make the musicians visible to the audience and allow interaction with the cast. In his Met-debut staging, McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and…

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The Met: Live in HD — Don GIovanni

June 10, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Tony Award–winning director Ivo van Hove makes a major Met debut with a new take on Mozart’s tragicomedy, re-setting the familiar tale of deceit and damnation in an abstract architectural landscape and shining a light into the dark corners of the story and its characters. Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Met debut conducting a star-studded cast led by baritone Peter Mattei as a magnetic Don Giovanni, alongside the Leporello of bass-baritone Adam Plachetka. Sopranos Federica Lombardi, Ana Maria Martinez, and…

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