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University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469 United States
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February 2016

The Met: Live in HD — Turandot

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on a play by 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi. Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with instantly appealing melody. The unenviable task of completing the opera’s final scene upon Puccini’s sudden death was left to the composer Franco Alfano. Conductor Arturo Toscanini oversaw Alfano’s contribution and led the world…

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Laurie Smukler, violin and Robert McDonald, piano

February 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The all-Bartok program includes the First Rhapsody, and both the Violin and Piano Sonatas; no. 1 and no. 2. Hearing both these sonatas in one program is a wonderful experience — delving deeply into the wonderful, original, and evocative writing Bartok did for violin and piano. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/

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NT Live — Coriolanus

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

National Theatre Live’s 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus returns to cinemas by popular demand. Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge,Coriolanus features an Evening Standard Award-winning performance from Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse(film), BBC’s The Hollow Crown) in the title role, directed by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke. The full company includes Jacqueline Boatswain, Peter De Jersey, Alfred Enoch, Deborah Findlay, Hadley Fraser, Mark Gatiss, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Elliot Levey, Rochenda Sandall, Helen…

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BSO — The Pops: An Evening of Romance with Noel Paul Stookey

February 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Lucas Richman, conductor Noel Paul Stookey, guest vocalist Make it a date night with the BSO this Valentine’s Day weekend. In this “Evening of Romance,” the symphony highlights romantic favorites from classical music and the movies before welcoming Noel Paul Stookey to the stage. Famous as a member of Peter, Paul and Mary, don’t miss this chance to hear Noel Paul Stookey bring hits like “Wedding Song” and more to life, backed by the BSO. For a full schedule of…

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Avner the Eccentric

February 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Avner Eisenberg enjoyed a generic childhood in Atlanta, Georgia. As a kid, his passions were snakes and juggling. He wanted to be a doctor, but after a year as an honors chemistry and biology major, his parents forced him into performing. Bringing his signature physical slapstick humor to a whole new level, Avner’s new show, Exceptions to Gravity, defies the barriers of culture and has toured extensively all over the U.S. and abroad. For a full schedule of events and…

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International Dance Festival

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

An evening of dance from around the world.

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International Dance Festival

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

An evening of dance from around the world.

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Bill T. Jones Dance: Body Against Body

February 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Body Against Body returns to Bill T. Jones’s roots in the avant-garde with a program that revives and reconsiders the challenging, groundbreaking works that launched Jones and the late Arnie Zane, his partner and collaborator of 17 years. These works, two of which premiered at Dance Theater Workshop in the ‘80s, include some of the most significant examples of the postmodern aesthetic– pieces that redefined the duet form and changed the face of American dance. For a full schedule of…

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn with the Del McCoury Band

February 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Spend Leap Day with us. Three bluegrass legends join forces for this once in a lifetime Leap Day concert. Bluegrass pioneer Del McCoury and his band join husband and wife duo, fifteen-time Grammy Award-winner Béla Fleck and critically acclaimed Abigail Washburn for an evening high-energy, unforgettable bluegrass music. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/

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March 2016

BSO — Brahms and Tchaikovsky

March 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Inbal Segev, cello Lucas Richman, conductor Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Brahms: Symphony No. 2 Brahms and Tchaikovsky, two greats of of the Romantic era, are featured in the BSO’s March 2016 Masterworks concert. Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme will feature the cello pyrotechnics of Inbal Segev, before Maestro Richman explore Brahms’ sublime second symphony. A charming piece for chamber orchestra will shed new light on Stravinsky at the start of the program. “…cellist Inbal…

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NT Live — As You Like It

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind. With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living…

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The Met: Live in HD — Manon Lescaut

March 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Few operas have surpassed Manon Lescaut in the depiction of the urgency of young love. The French tale of a beautiful young woman destroyed by her conflicting needs for love and luxury had already inspired Massenet’s Manon (1884), a relatively new and immensely popular work at the time of Manon Lescaut’s premiere. Puccini made the story his own and infused it with a new level of frank emotion and a flood of melody. The opera was his first great success,…

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Aquila Theatre Company

March 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, takes the stage in this witty, fast paced production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. The clever Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London’s most intriguing cases with his split second deductions revealing intimate and useful details of a person’s life. Sherlock Holmes is a master of disguise and a brilliant actor, as well as a composer and musician — is there anything he can’t do? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s vivid characters jump from the…

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Simone Dinnerstein

March 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The Independent praises the “majestic originality of her vision” and NPR reports, “She compels the listener to follow her in a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours … She’s actively listening to every note she plays, and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation.” The New York-based pianist gained an international following because…

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Accepted Student Day

March 21 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Students who will be enrolling starting in the Fall 2016 semester are invited with their families to attend one of the spring Accepted Student Day programs in March and April of 2016. Hosted at the Collins Center for the Arts, this all-day event will feature presentations on what incoming students need to know about their upcoming college experience at UMaine. For more information, visit go.umaine.edu/visit/accepted-student-day. This event will recur on the following dates: Monday, April 4, 2016 Monday, April 18,…

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True Blues: Sin and Redemption

March 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Two powerful strains of African-American music — blues and gospel — have been interwoven for over 100 years. African slaves, forbidden to play music socially, created their music in church. Then, after the rise of juke joints and other social venues, the “sinful” music of Saturday night was redeemed in church on Sunday morning, often by the same musicians. “Sin and Redemption,” featuring Corey Harris’ True Blues collaboration and the Campbell Brothers’ sacred steel religious music, puts this creative dialogue…

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April 2016

The Met: Live in HD — Madama Butterfly

April 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. Two of the world’s foremost Butterflys, sopranos Kristine Opolais and Patricia Racette, share the title role. Tenors Massimo Giordano and Roberto Alagna sing Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts. The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the…

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Popovich Pet Theater

April 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The World Famous Popovich Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters. Now, they love to show off onstage by performing a variety of stunts and skits. Audiences will be delighted to see this extravaganza of European-style clowns, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of course, very talented…

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Accepted Student Day

April 4 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Students who will be enrolling starting in the Fall 2016 semester are invited with their families to attend one of the spring Accepted Student Day programs in March and April of 2016. Hosted at the Collins Center for the Arts, this all-day event will feature presentations on what incoming students need to know about their upcoming college experience at UMaine. For more information, visit go.umaine.edu/visit/accepted-student-day/. This event will recur on the following date: Monday, April 18, 2016

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Mnozil Brass

April 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Even after 22 years of service to brass music, Mnozil Brass demonstrate with their new show, YES, YES, YES, an unbroken optimism. Founded in 1992 by graduates of the Vienna College of Music, this Austrian septet, dubbed the “Monty Python of the music world,” routinely combines humor with impeccably accomplished musical performances. Though regarded as seriously talented musicians, the members of Mnozil Brass make a living out of not taking themselves too seriously. This program, YES, YES, YES, is the…

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The Met: Live in HD – Les Pêcheurs de Perles

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal,…

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Accepted Student Day

April 18 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Students who will be enrolling starting in the Fall 2016 semester are invited with their families to attend one of the spring Accepted Student Day programs in March and April of 2016. Hosted at the Collins Center for the Arts, this all-day event will feature presentations on what incoming students need to know about their upcoming college experience at UMaine. For more information, visit go.umaine.edu/visit/accepted-student-day/.  

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BSO — La Bohème

April 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lucas Richman, conductor Loren Lester, director John Bellemer, tenor (Rodolfo) Emily Birsan, soprano (Mimi) Eric Mihan, bass-baritone (Colline) Featuring the Bangor Area Children’s Choir, University of Maine Singers, and Oratorio Society The BSO is bringing Puccini’s masterpiece to the Collins Center for a special 120th anniversary performance. This classical tale of Bohemian life, love and loss in 19th century Paris will feature tenor John Bellemer (recently seen at Boston Lyric Opera) as Rodolfo  and rising star Emily Birsan (recently seen…

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“La Boheme” with Bangor Symphony Orchestra

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For a full schedule of events, visit umaine.edu/spa/events Ticket Information Tickets available at bangorsymphony.org.  

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Admissions Open House Program

April 25 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Our comprehensive, all-day open house program is designed for prospective students (first-year or transfer) and their families. With check-in starting at 8 a.m., presentations will include academic showcases, general campus walking tours, afternoon presentations and tours of various services and programs of the university. All Admissions Open House Programs are held at the Collins Center for the Arts. For more information, visit go.umaine.edu/visit/openhouse/.

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Symphonic and Concert Bands Concert

April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For a full schedule of events, visit umaine.edu/spa/events Ticket Information Music event tickets: 207.581.1755 Theatre/Dance online ticket order: umaine.edu/spa/tickets Disability accommodation requests: 207.581.1781 Tickets: $9–$25 Free with student MaineCard

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The Met: Live in HD — Elektra

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Shortly after conquering the opera world with his scandalous masterpiece Salome, Richard Strauss turned to Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s recent adaptation of Sophocles’s Electra for his next project. The resulting opera is an intense and still-startling work that unites the commanding impact of Greek tragedy with the unsettling insights of early-20th-century Freudian psychology. The drama unfolds in a single act of rare vocal and orchestral power. The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see…

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May 2016

Morgenstern Trio

May 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Named after a German poet whose works are filled with wit and philosophy, the Morgenstern Trio creates their own sparkling poetry in rich, nuanced sound. In the shimmering, jazzy phrases of Ravel, the emotional depths of Smetana, and the powerful bravado of Brahms, the trio will thrill you with their spectacular musical palette. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/

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The Met: Live in HD — Roberto Devereaux

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet…

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