Performing Arts

Ruth Grierson plays the violin at Sips Cafe in Southwest Harbor during a Monday evening open mike session.

At 89, Maine’s ‘ancient fiddler’ proves it’s never too late to try something new

By Emily Burnham on May 04, 2017, at 1:01 a.m.
The “Ancient Fiddler” is an affectionate nickname for Ruth Grierson, who at 89-years-old maintains the playing schedule of a musician half her age.
Michelle Damato plays Giulia in Penobscot Theatre's production of "I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti."

Novelty of cooking on stage can’t overcome dull love stories at Bangor Opera House

By Judy Harrison on May 03, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.
Michelle Damato works hard at charming the audience but no actress could rise above this much bad material.

Some Theatre Company to present ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ June 1-4

on May 02, 2017, at 9:50 a.m.
Michelle Damato plays Giulia in Penobscot Theatre Company's production of "I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti."

Dinner as theater: New PTC play is part cooking show, part memoir

By Emily Burnham on April 26, 2017, at 8:59 a.m.
Actor Michelle Damato cooks a full meal — antipasto, salad and freshly made spaghetti with meat sauce — over the course of the show, which she serves to eight audience members each night.
Harrison C. Roper of Houlton shows off some of the many pieces of music he has scored over the years. Roper will be the featured honoree at the Northern Maine Chamber Society Orchestra concerts Saturday,  April 29, in Houlton and Sunday, April 30, in Presque Isle.

This 85-year-old ‘gave up a life’ to move to Maine, where his music remains a treasure

By Kathryn Olmstead, Special to the BDN on April 20, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
“When I moved to Maine I thought it was the end of a chance to play music. I was wrong. Northern Maine is like a village. If anyone has a special interest, you will know about it.”
The panda family from Disneynature's film, "Born in China."

Movie review: ‘Born in China’ is breathtaking

By Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service (TNS) on April 19, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.
“Born in China” gets up close and personal with some of the unique species found in China — pandas, snow leopards, cranes, Chiru antelope and golden monkeys.
The cast of "Molded by the Flow" performs in an original, multimedia production inspired by southern Maine's natural and human history. The show is the result of a collaboration of USM's theater, art and music departments.

‘Molded by Flow’ evokes history, memory in unique theatrical experience

By Judy Harrison on April 19, 2017, at 1:32 p.m.
USM’s latest offering doesn’t look or sound or feel like the usual university theatrical production.
Kobe Hooper, portraying Jesus, gets in costume at St. John Catholic Church Friday afternoon as he prepares for the Good Friday service.

Tall teen says playing Christ helped him understand ‘how much he suffered’

By Judy Harrison on April 14, 2017, at 7:48 p.m.
“I’ve learned that crucifixion was really painful. And now I think about how much he suffered. That put it more into an enlightened context for me.”
Visiting artist Rinde Eckert (right) works with students during a rehearsal.

Maine rivers don’t just flood, they inspire art

By Patty Wight on April 12, 2017, at 7:24 p.m.
University of Southern Maine students have been collaborating on a theater production that explores how Maine’s waterways have shaped its history.
Isaac Bray

BSO, university choruses give rousing performance of ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’

By Judy Harrison on April 12, 2017, at 4:22 p.m.
Under Lucas Richman’s baton, the orchestra and chorus gave one of the richest and most robust performances during their many years collaborating.
Cast members for "We Are Monsters" take time from practice at Wintergreen Arts Center in Presque Isle to pose with music director Aaron Swanson (back row, from left), choreographer Emily Sjoberg, director Darci Faye, assistant director Alexandra Kruczek and assistant music directors Tom Watson and Sawyer O'Donnell.

Caribou native gives up NYC to inspire Maine youngsters on stage

By Kathryn Olmstead on April 06, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
Darci Faye, whose play “Infinitely Yours” recently was nominated for five awards at New York’s Planet Connections Theatre Festival, is directing the youth theatre production of “We Are Monsters.”

Mad Horse Theatre presents delightfully irreverent tale of Judas Iscariot’s last days

By Judy Harrison on April 05, 2017, at 1:27 p.m.
At its heart, the two-act play, first performed in 2005, is about the nature of forgiveness — human and divine.
Last year, Bangor Area dancers united for a performance to raise money for Bangor Humane Society and Children's Miracle Network. This year, dancers will come together to raise money for Embrace A Vet. The show will take place at John Bapst Memorial High School on March 31, 2017.

Dancers Unite for Embrace A Vet

By Sandy Sanzaro on March 23, 2017, at 10:57 a.m.
Mill worker Ernie Donahue (James Herrera) works on his ark while his wife Marie (AJ Mooney, far right) and neighbor Nancy Letourneau (Jennifer Shepard) discuss the impact the strike is having on Abbott Falls in Penobscot Theatre Company's production of "Papermaker."

Fine performances overcome flaws in ‘Papermaker’ script

By Judy Harrison on March 22, 2017, at 4:07 p.m.
Watching Monica Wood’s “Papermaker” is akin to seeing a novel come to life onstage.
Actors rehearse their parts of Papermaker at the Bangor Opera House in Bangor on Saturday.

Maine stories go from paper to stage in Monica Wood’s “Papermaker” at PTC

By Emily Burnham on March 15, 2017, at 2:17 p.m.
Penobscot Theatre Company’s next production, “Papermaker,” will have a familiar setting for many Mainers: a paper mill.
Anna Giroux as Babe sings "I'm Not at All in Love" in "The Pajama Game" at the University of Maine.

UMaine cast fails to overcome flaws of ‘Pajama Game’

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 1:28 p.m.
The cast and crew worked hard to give some life to “The Pajama Game,” but the cast was unable to overcome the dated and flawed story.
Lucas Richman conducting the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, whose 2016-2017 season opens on Oct. 9, 2016.

‘Star Wars’ to Midori: Bangor Symphony musicians boast a busy March schedule

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 22, 2017, at 7:15 a.m.
While the “Star Wars” concerts happen over the weekend of March 4 and 5, the following weekend is yet another busy one for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra — especially for some of the younger members of the organization’s youth orchestras.
Sergei Babayan

BSO’s ‘Scheherazade’ transports concertgoers to the nights of Arabia

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 15, 2017, at 4:09 p.m.

Nicolai Gedda, ‘electrifying’ Swedish-born operatic tenor, dies at 91

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Feb. 12, 2017, at 1:17 p.m.
Nicolai Gedda, a Swedish-born singer who was one of the most renowned lyric tenors of the 20th century, performing dozens of roles on the world’s leading opera stages, died Jan. 8 in Tolochenaz, Switzerland, where he lived. He was 91.
Actors perform a scene from "Lumberjacks in Love," the new musical opening Feb. 2 at Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor.

Bangor embraces silly, sappy ‘Lumberjacks in Love’ at Opera House

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 08, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
The best moments in “Lumberjacks in Love” are when the men harmonize on the title song, “Bachelors Prayer,” and others as if they are in a barbershop quartet.