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

February 2023

NT Live Broadcast — Jack Absolute Flies Again

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

by William Shakespeare directed by Simon Godwin Katherine Parkinson ("The IT Crowd") and John Heffernan ("Dracula") lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity. The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love. A string of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single…

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UMaine International Dance Festival

February 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The University of Maine will hold the 2023 International Dance Festival on Feb. 11 at the Collins Center for the Arts. The annual event will showcase traditional music, dance and costumes from around the world that are representative of the diverse student body at UMaine. The two shows, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 2 and 7 p.m. and feature performers from both the campus and surrounding community. Admission is free.  The festival is…

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UMaine International Dance Festival

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on February 11, 2023 at 7:00 pm

Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The University of Maine will hold the 2023 International Dance Festival on Feb. 11 at the Collins Center for the Arts. The annual event will showcase traditional music, dance and costumes from around the world that are representative of the diverse student body at UMaine. The two shows, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 2 and 7 p.m. and feature performers from both the campus and surrounding community. Admission is free.  The festival is…

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Menopause The Musical

February 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Come join our sisterhood. Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what more than 17 million women and fans worldwide have been laughing about for over 20 years. It’s the Hilarious Celebration of…

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Red Hot Chilli Pipers

February 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The band’s achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and Rock/Pop anthems which they proudly call “Bagrock”. Orchestra $35/$30 | Balcony $30/$25 | K-12 $15 | All fees included Tickets obtainable here. 

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March 2023

NT Live Broadcast — Much Ado About Nothing

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

by Richard Bean and Oliver Chris based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean ("One Man, Two Guvnors") and Oliver Chris ("Twelfth Night"). After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms. Emily Burns directs this spectacularly entertaining…

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Concert for a Cause

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

Concert Band’s annual concert to benefit a local charity doing good work in our community. Admission is by donation. To learn more about the University of Maine instrumental and choral ensembles or for a complete list of School of Performing Arts Events visit umaine.edu/spa.  

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Masterworks IV — Epic Sounds: Strauss and Rachmaninoff

March 12 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Lucas Richman, conductor Gabriela Martinez, piano Kenneth Fuchs, composer The BSO has never been bigger: don’t miss this chance to experience a concert of epic proportions. Tickets available here.

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The Met: Live in HD — Wagner: Lohengrin

March 18 @ 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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UMaine Singers and Alumni Spring Concert: Celebrating Dennis Cox

March 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Current ensemble members and alumni come together for a concert honoring Professor Emeritus and long-time University Singers conductor, Dennis “DC” Cox. General admission $12, all fees included. Free with a student MaineCard Tickets available here. 

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April 2023

Jazz at Lincoln Center ‘Songs We Love’

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

Songs We Love is a journey through the first 50 years of jazz song. Under the musical direction of Riley Mulherkar, 3 guest vocalists will join an all-star band made up of New York’s rising stars. Combining their distinct talents, the group will sing their way through four decades of music, beginning with the early blues and jazz of the 1920s and ending in the early 1950s. Iconic singers to be explored include Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank…

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The Met: Live in HD — Verdi: Falstaff

April 8 @ 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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Student Symposium

April 14
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The 2023 Student Symposium will be held on April 14th, 2023 is at the Collins Center for the Arts. More updates as they become available.   For more infomation: 207-581-3583; um.symposium@maine.edu Click here to view the full 2022–23 Academic Year Calendar.  

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UMSS23 Call for Abstracts Open

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The annual UMaine Student Symposium is held every spring and is open to graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines. All students from the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias may submit to present their research and creative activities. The 2023 Symposium (#UMSS23): Will be held on Friday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts. This year’s event will be held entirely in person. Submitting students will need…

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The Met: Live in HD — Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

April 15 @ 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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One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen and The Works

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Gary Mullen and The Works perform One Night of Queen, a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. In 2000, Gary Mullen won “Stars In Their Eyes” Live Grand Final, as Freddie Mercury, with the most votes ever cast in the shows history.  Since 2002 Gary Mullen and The Works have played to sellout crowds in the UK, USA, Europe and New Zealand. This show will ROCK you! “As tribute shows go,…

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Masterworks V — Ode to Joy

April 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Lucas Richman, conductor Firefly, composer & performing artist University of Maine Singers Oratorio Society At long last, Beethoven’s 9th returns to the BSO stage in a burst of joy to conclude the orchestra’s 127th season. What’s Interesting About This Concert Local artist Firefly is a traditional music keeper of the Wabanaki known for his inventive techniques and cutting edge approach to performance art; the BSO has commissioned him to create his first orchestral composition Randall Thompson’s Alleluia is traditionally performed at the opening…

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May 2023

The Met: Live in HD — Blanchard: Champion

May 13 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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