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Weekly arts news, Nov. 3, 2011

Boys ballet classes

BANGOR — Thomas School of Dance at 14 State St. is offering two free dance classes exclusively for boys and men. Instructors are both male members of Bangor Ballet and students of Ivy Clear-Forrest, artistic director of Bangor Ballet and head of the ballet department at Thomas School of Dance.

At 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Tommy McCarthy will teach a free class which will include basic ballet and a second style dance, which could be tap, hip-hop, Irish or jazz, depending on the interest of the boys. This class is for boys ages 7-9. In addition to classes with Forrest, McCarthy has studied at the Boston Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet in New York City.

August Eaton teaches a free classical ballet class at 5-6:15 p.m. Thursdays for boys and men age 10 and older. Eaton has studied for the past two summers at the School of American Ballet, the training school for New York City Ballet.

No previous experience is required for either class. Sweat clothes or athletic clothes are suggested attire.

For more information, call 945-3457 or email thomasschoolofdance@gmail.com.

Classical concert

BANGOR — Schubert’s Mass in G will be performed by the Senior Choir of All Souls Church, guest soloists, and a string ensemble at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at All Souls Church, Bangor, on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. Also on the program will be Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Piano by Madeleine Dring, and Fantasie in F Minor for organ duet, by Mozart. Donations will be accepted.

Watercolor exhibit

HOLDEN — Through November at Fields Pond Audubon Center, Renate Klein will be exhibiting watercolors inspired by Maine landscapes and vistas. Some are naturalistic, others more abstract. The motifs are from her yard in Newburgh and from excursions around the state. Some are reproduced from photos or simply looking out the window. Mood, texture and color have taken precedence for Renate rather than realistic representation.

Klein studied watercolor with Lisa Raven in Bangor. She also has created the artwork for the Penobscot Gathering of bamboo rod makers using watercolor and lino printing. She works in social science research at London Metropolitan University in England and teaches at the University of Maine. Renate lives in Newburgh, with her partner Bob Milardo and cats Beatrix and Smoke.

All the artwork is original and for sale with the nature center benefiting from a portion of the profits. For more information call 989-2591.

Fields Pond Audubon Center is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Call for additional hours for public viewing.

Private music recital

BANGOR — In promoting the spirit of “Children Helping Children,” Penobscot Valley Music Teachers Association is sponsoring a student piano recital to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor. The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Bangor Public Library in the lecture hall on the second floor. Donations will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will go directly to the Ronald McDonald House. Students who will be performing study with PVMTA members from Bangor, Brewer, Winterport, Ellsworth, Blue Hill, Penobscot, Belfast, and Winslow. Penobscot Valley Music Teachers Association is affiliated with Maine Music Teachers Association which in turn is affiliated with Music

Teachers National Association, a professional organization of 20,000 private, conservatory and college music instructors from across the U.S. For more information, call 947-0670.

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