May 22, 2018
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Taking the Maine stage


DBR — Daniel Bernard Roumain — is a man of his time. He’s Haitian-American. He performed with Lady GaGa on “American Idol.” He’s been described as the “hip-hop Mozart,” combining funk, rock, hip-hop and classical music. DBR couldn’t be more 2010. When he performs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at the Rockport Opera House, the talented violinist, composer and bandleader will play with a group of Maine youth musicians, performing a new orchestral work commissioned by the Bay Chamber Concert Series. DBR last performed in Rockport in February 2009, and the impact he had on the Odeon Youth Orchestra, Bay Chamber’s youth program, was so big that Bay Chamber invited him back and asked him to compose a piece just for them. “Symphony for the Dance Floor” will premier at the Sunday concert, performed by DBR and the students, as well as the New Clef Coalition, DBR’s string quartet, which features Matthew Szemela, a 1992 alumnus of Bay Chamber youth programs. The performance will conclude a fundraising effort by Bay Chamber Concerts and the Wish for Haiti organization to help rebuild the House of Children of the Lack, a Port-au-Prince orphanage destroyed during January’s earthquake. Donations will be accepted at the show or by calling 236-2823. Tickets for the performance are $25 and $8 for those 18 and younger. To purchase, call 1-888-707-2770 or go online at

Since 1972, the Mermaid Theatre, based in Nova Scotia, has delighted audiences of all ages with its innovative interpretations of classic children’s literature. A longtime favorite of Collins Center for the Arts audiences, the Mermaid Theatre will bring its inventive blend of puppetry and theater to the stage again, with two performances of, “Goodnight Moon” and “The Runaway Bunny,” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 7. Both books, by writer Margaret Wise Brown and illustrator Clement Hurd, have been beloved by generations of children since their publication in the 1940s. The endearing, sweet-natured rabbit characters in both books, as well as the dream-like, colorful imagery, are a soothing, imaginative feast for the eyes and ears. Admission is $15, and tickets are available by calling the Collins Center for the Arts at 581-1755 or 800-622-TIXX. The show is intended for children age 2 to 8, but anyone who appreciates puppetry and storytelling will enjoy the show.

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