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Collins Center for the Arts

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

Upcoming Events

October 2016

Murder on the Nile

October 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Aquila Theatre, in its 25th anniversary season, stages Murder on the Nile, by one of the greatest mystery writers in world literature- Agatha Christie. This brilliant new production features a masterful whodunit and Aquila’s clever signature style. Murder on the Nile, Agatha Christie’s own staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile, is set on a paddle steamer cruising the legendary Nile River in 1940’s Eygpt. The passengers aboard are abuzz when the famous heiress, Kay Ridgeway, and her…

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Free

Patty’s Sampler and Phebe’s Quilt: Traces of Maine in the American West

October 14 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Presented by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Pulitzer Prize winner and Harvard history professor. Ulrich demonstrates how the diaries, letters and needlework of Patty Sessions and Phebe Woodruff suggest new frameworks for understanding the material culture of Maine from 1835 to 1870. Sessions was born in 1795 in Newry, Maine and Woodruff in 1807 in Scarborough. Both migrated in the 1830s to the West and led Mormon women. Ulrich's keynote address for the annual conference of the Association of Maine Archives and…

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Tristan und Isolde — The Met: Live in HD

October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Tristan und Isolde opens the Met season in a new production by Mariusz Trelinski (the director responsible for the 2014-15 season’s double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle), and will be well served by a cast of outstanding Wagnerians: Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, and René Pape as King Marke, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting, in one of his rare appearances at the Met. Wagner’s breathtaking meditation on love and death holds a…

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Pirates of Penzance

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

This New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players production is your chance to get carried away by Pirates. Join the band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightfully dotty “model of a modern Major-General” for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall. This exuberant musical theater masterpiece, directed and conducted by Albert Bergeret with choreography by Bill Fabris, is performed in its original format. The rich sounds of full orchestra, chorus, and legitimate vocal…

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Comedian Bob Marley

October 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bob loves being a comedian. He’s wicked good at it. He lives in Maine which is the best state in the world maybe even the universe. He’s featured regularly on Sirius XM and he even won their Superbowl of Comedy. He has put out over 20 comedy CD’s and DVD’s. He was inducted into The Guinness Book of World Records for “the longest stand up comedy show by an individual” at 40 hrs of straight stand up. He’s been on…

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Don Giovanni — The Met: Live in HD

October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Three charismatic singers, Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Mariusz Kwiecien, share the role of the title hero, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre. The ensemble of great Mozartean singers includes Isabel Leonard, Angela Meade, Matthew Polenzani, Marina Rebeka, Erwin Schrott, Ramón Vargas and Rolando Villazón. Fabio Luisi and Plácido Domingo conduct. Aided by his ingenious librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart approached his operatic retelling of the Don Juan myth from a point of view that is…

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Basetrack Live

October 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Named one of the top 10 performances in 2014 by the New York Times, Basetrack Live is an extraordinary work of documentary theater. An ambitious collaboration between award-winning theatre company En Garde Arts and corpsmen from the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines out of the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (Marine 1/8), Basetrack Live powerfully portrays the impact of war on veterans and their families. Two actors play the real life characters of AJ and Melissa Czubai., a young…

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Frankenstein — NT Live

October 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (12 Years A Slave, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mansfield Park) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature…

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November 2016

Rent

November 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize — and Tony Award® — winning musical returns. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent follows a year in the lives of seven friends living in New York’s East Village who learn to follow their dreams without selling out. This 20th Anniversary production, directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Greif, features a dynamite new cast revisiting the iconic characters and exhilarating story that turned Rent into a phenomenon. For a full schedule of events and to…

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Ailey II

November 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded in 1974, the company embodies Mr. Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Under the direction of Sylvia Waters, Ailey II flourished into one of the most popular dance companies in the country. With Artistic Director…

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Mike Daisey

November 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Mike Daisey takes on Herman Melville’s masterpiece of revenge, fate and whaling terminology in a hilarious and breathtaking ninety minutes. He achieves this by weaving Melville’s epic saga together with the greatest and most perfect film of the twentieth century — STAR TREK II: The Wrath of Khan. Ornate nautical slipknots, space worms that crawl into your ears, tattooed harpooners, and Ricardo Montalban’s rich Corinthian leather chest all combine with Melville’s gorgeous language to tell a sweeping story of revenge…

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Free

Admissions Open House Programs

November 14 @ 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 Fall Admissions Open House Programs are held at the Collins Center for the Arts. For more information, visit https://go.umaine.edu/visit/openhouse/.

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Big Daddy Weave

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Big Daddy Weave is a contemporary Christian band composed of Mike Weaver (lead vocals, guitar), Jay Weaver (bass, vocals), Jeremy Redmon (guitar, vocals), Joe Shirk (saxophone, keys, vocals) and Brian Beihl (drums). For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit collinscenterforthearts.com/events/.

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Hamlet — NT Live

November 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening…

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December 2016

Symphonic Band Concert

December 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For a more information and a full schedule of events, visit umaine.edu/spa/events/.

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Yuletide Holiday Concert

December 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

For a more information and a full schedule of events, visit umaine.edu/spa/events/.

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Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk

December 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

From the inventive Cirque Mechanics comes Pedal Punk, a Steampunk inspired acrobatic whirlwind where cycling is the escape from technology obsessed society.  In Pedal Punk we experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a zany bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes and repairs more than broken pieces.  He creates wondrous machines that come to live and inspires the cyclist in all of us to unite with our inner Pedal Punk. Creative Director Chris Lashua spent most…

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War Horse — NT Live

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For a limited time only, National Theatre Live’s Encore Series brings a selection of award-winning British theatre productions to your local cinema. Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of millions of people around the world. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches…

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A Christmas Carol

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy.  Woven throughout this classic tale are beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Wassail Wassail, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Away in a Manger, Greensleeves, The Boar’s Head Carol and…

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Windham Hill Winter Solstice Ensemble

December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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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Romeo et Juliette — The Met: Live in HD

January 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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
Free

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

February 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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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Free

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

February 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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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