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December 2016

The Nutcracker with The Robinson Ballet

December 17 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Lucas Richman, conductor Bangor Area Children’s Choir A holiday tradition for all ages, the BSO’s annual production of The Nutcracker with the Robinson Ballet is beloved by audiences throughout Maine. Join us for as a magical production as Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Nutcracker grace the stage of the Collins Center for the Arts. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/.

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The Nutcracker with The Robinson Ballet

December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Lucas Richman, conductor Bangor Area Children’s Choir A holiday tradition for all ages, the BSO’s annual production of The Nutcracker with the Robinson Ballet is beloved by audiences throughout Maine. Join us for as a magical production as Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Nutcracker grace the stage of the Collins Center for the Arts. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/.

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The Nutcracker with The Robinson Ballet

December 18 @ 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 Bangor Area Children’s Choir A holiday tradition for all ages, the BSO’s annual production of The Nutcracker with the Robinson Ballet is beloved by audiences throughout Maine. Join us for as a magical production as Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Nutcracker grace the stage of the Collins Center for the Arts. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/.

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Windham Hill Winter Solstice Ensemble

December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Master musicians who made their names on the Windham Hill label, pianist Liz Story, singer and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie, guitarist Sean Harkness (East Coast/Midwest dates), Celtic harpist Lisa Lynne (West Coast dates) and fiddler Darol Anger and guitarist and singer/songwriter Emy Phelps (East Coast/Midwest Dates) have created a special show in celebration of Winter Solstice. This ensemble in various forms has toured nationally for the past 10 years in support of the recording series that sold over 8 million copies.…

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January 2017

Nabucco — The Met: Live in HD

January 7, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people. The success of Verdi’s third opera, a stirring drama about the fall of ancient Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco), catapulted the 28-year-old composer to international fame. The music…

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An evening with Pat Metheny with Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh and Gwilym Simcock

January 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Far more than a guitar legend, Pat Metheny is a brilliant builder of bands, and he opens the Fifth Anniversary season with his latest game-changing ensemble. Featuring a powerhouse international cast of players who’ve distinguished themselves on a multitude of creative fronts, the quartet continues Metheny’s groundbreaking run with Mexican-born drummer Antonio Sánchez. The motor for almost every Metheny project since the late 1990s, Sánchez reconfigured the Hollywood soundtrack landscape with his percussion-driven score for 2015’s Academy Award-winning film Birdman.…

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Bach, Handel and Haydn

January 22, 2017 @ 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 Noreen Silver, cello J.S. Bach, Orchestral Suite No.3 F. J. Haydn, Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major G. F. Handel, Water Music: Suite No. 1, F major Popular composers rarely performed by the BSO are brought to life in this chamber orchestra showcase, featuring BSO principal cellist Noreen Silver as soloist. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/.

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No Man’s Land — NT Live

January 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. One summer’s evening, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby.  As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated…

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Romeo et Juliette — The Met: Live in HD

January 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production, by director Bartlett Sher, has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.…

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February 2017

The O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor

February 4, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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A product of America’s rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O’Connor’s creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin, Stephane Grappelli. Along the way, between these marvelous musical extremes, Mark O’Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the…

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Scheherazade

February 12, 2017 @ 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 Sergei Babayan, piano W.A. Mozart, Overture to The Magic Flute Frederic Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Sergei Babayan Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade A master pianist plays Chopin, and Maestro Richman takes audiences on the magnificent journey that is Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade, inspired by The Arabian Nights. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/.

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2017 International Dance Festival: An Evening of Dance from Around the World

February 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The International Dance Festival (IDF) is a student-led initiative which started in 2005. Today, it is one of the biggest and most anticipated events on campus by the whole UMaine community and the broader Bangor area. IDF showcases an array of traditional music, dance and costumes of our diverse student body at UMaine. It is held annually on the third Saturday of February at the Collins Center for the Arts. Two free performances of dances from around the world are…

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2017 International Dance Festival: An Evening of Dance from Around the World

February 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The International Dance Festival (IDF) is a student-led initiative which started in 2005. Today, it is one of the biggest and most anticipated events on campus by the whole UMaine community and the broader Bangor area. IDF showcases an array of traditional music, dance and costumes of our diverse student body at UMaine. It is held annually on the third Saturday of February at the Collins Center for the Arts. Two free performances of dances from around the world are…

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Olga Vocal Ensemble

February 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Olga Vocal Ensemble creates musical joy. A joy that she wants to share with the world. These five young men stand ready to conquer every heart with their powerful, clear voices and overwhelming presentation. Olga is a young a cappella singing group that approaches old traditions in a fresh way. She combines enthusiasm, humor, and drama with genuine vocal clarity to enrapture both young and old. Her repertoire covers more than five centuries of musical joy, and the ensemble is…

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Selected Shorts

February 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Selected Shorts is a weekly public radio show broadcast on over 130 stations to about 300,000 listeners. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio and distributed by Public Radio International. The radio show is recorded live at the popular New York City stage show which began in 1985 and still enjoys sell-out audiences today at the Peter Sharp Theater at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City. Selected Shorts is one of the premiere…

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L’Amour de Loin — The Met: Live in HD

February 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing … a lushly beautiful score.” Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna…

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March 2017

The Music of Star Wars

March 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Lucas Richman, conductor The Bangor Symphony Orchestra presents music from “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” with “The Music of Star Wars,” It’s the music you love from the movies that continue to inspire generations of devoted fans. The program includes fan favorites with Lucas Richman leading audiences on a journey through John Williams’ iconic scores. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/.

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The Music of Star Wars

March 5, 2017 @ 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 The Bangor Symphony Orchestra presents music from “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” with “The Music of Star Wars,” It’s the music you love from the movies that continue to inspire generations of devoted fans. The program includes fan favorites with Lucas Richman leading audiences on a journey through John Williams’ iconic scores. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/.

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Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras with Midori

March 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Midori, violin Lucas Richman, conductor Sascha Zaburdaeva, conductor Trevor Marcho, conductor The internationally acclaimed violinist Midori has been hailed as a “complete artist” by the New York Times, and now you can hear her perform in this unique showcase with the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras. As part of Midori’s Orchestra Residencies Program, this special concert will highlight the talents of the BSYO while also featuring Midori in selections from Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins. For a…

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Caladh Nua

March 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Throughout history, Ireland has been embraced as a land of song and singers, of music and musicians; men and women who for centuries have been inspired and nurtured by the sounds and swells of her windblown nature. It is from the traditional heart of this musical island that Caladh Nua have been born, raised and released into the world. To say Caladh Nua’s meeting and formation was a haphazard thing would be disrespectful to the ghosts of Ireland’s history and…

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BODYTRAFFIC

March 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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BODYTRAFFIC is helping establish Los Angeles as a major center for contemporary dance. Founded in 2007 by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world. Named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2013 and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times, the young company is already internationally recognized for their high quality of work. BODYTRAFFIC has performed for sold-out audiences…

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Amadeus — NT Live

March 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Music. Power. Jealousy. Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world — and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by…

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Idomeneo — The Met: Live in HD

March 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness. Like many stories from Greek myth, Idomeneo explores the motivations…

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April 2017

Doo Wop Project

April 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The Doo Wop Project is street corner singing for a whole new generation. Their show begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. Throughout the show, DWP takes you on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the…

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Telegraph String Quartet

April 2, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The Telegraph Quartet was formed in September 2013 with a commitment to a passionate approach to the standard chamber music repertoire as well as contemporary and non-standard repertoire, alike. Described alternately as “intensely urgent” and “poignantly resonant,” the Telegraph Quartet received the prestigious Grand Prize of the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and has gone on to perform in concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions across the United States, from Santa Barbara to New York. The Quartet’s past season…

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British Masters

April 9, 2017 @ 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 Isaac Bray, baritone University of Maine Singers and Oratorio Society Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance No. 1 Edward Elgar, Enigma Variations William Walton, Belshazzar’s Feast, feat. Isaac Bray Orchestral and choral brilliance will be on display when works by Elgar and Walton are performed by the BSO and the full forces of the University of Maine Singers and Oratorio Society. For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/.

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Accepted Student Day

April 10, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Admitted students starting in Fall 2017 are invited to attend an Accepted Student Day on campus. For more information, please visit go.umaine.edu/visit.

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An Evening With David Sedaris

April 11, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy…

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Celtic Woman

April 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Waterfront Concerts is the presenter for Celtic Woman as part of the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series. For a limited time, every ticket purchased for the Spring 2017 tour includes a digital download of the Voices Of Angels album. The announcement coincides with details of the release of their spectacular new studio album, also titled Voices Of Angels, which will be released on November 18th, 2016. Voices Of Angels showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Eabha McMahon…

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Saint Joan — NT Live

April 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc…

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Eugene Onegin — The Met: Live in HD

April 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Tatiana and Onegin. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts. Tchaikovsky’s many moods — tender, grand, melancholy — are all given free rein in Eugene Onegin. The opera is based on Pushkin’s iconic verse novel, which re-imagines the Byronic romantic anti-hero as the definitive bored Russian aristocrat caught between convention and…

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Annie

April 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” For a full schedule of…

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Hedda Gabler — NT Live

April 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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“I’ve no talent for life.” Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free … Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson (Luther,…

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La Traviata — The Met: Live in HD

April 29, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Carmen Giannattasio sings later performances of the title role opposite Atalla Ayan, with the great Plácido Domingo as Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts. Verdi’s La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire.…

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May 2017

Celebrating Women

May 7, 2017 @ 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 Jenny Lester, soloist Kelly Lester, soloist Helen Richman, soloist Fanny Mendelssohn, Overture in C Lucas Richman, World Premiere Amy Beach, Symphony No. 2 “Gaelic” The BSO’s 121st season closes with a program celebrating women, featuring Amy Beach’s 1896 symphony and a new work by Maestro Richman paying tribute to women of the “greatest generation.” For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/.

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Pippin

May 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Join us… for this magical, unforgettable production of Pippin. Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying hit musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” (NY1), it’s unlike anything Broadway has ever seen. Come experience Pippin, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. For a…

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Rusalka — The Met: Live in HD

May 21, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvorák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts. The only one of Dvorák’s operas to gain an international following (so far), Rusalka is in many ways a definitive example of late…

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June 2017

Der Rosenkavalier – The Met: Live in HD

June 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elina Garanca as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score. Set in an…

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