Performing Arts

 
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.
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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.
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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.
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Flute, Cello, Piano

DECODA February 12 in Blue Hill

By Linda Nelson on Feb. 06, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
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Maiya Koloski as Iris gives Paul Haley as Simms a hug in Mad Horse Theatre Company's production of "The Nether." Jennifer Haley's play questions the consequences of living out dark impulses in a virtual world.

‘The Nether’ questions whether virtual connections beat real-life ones

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 02, 2017, at 8:52 a.m.
As technology evolves, which will be more meaningful — encounters in the real world or those experienced in virtual ones? That is one of many questions raised in Jennifer Haley’s 90-minute, one-act play “The Nether.”

Penobscot Theatre to hold auditions for ‘The Full Monty’

on Jan. 27, 2017, at 4:16 p.m.
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Noreen Silver, the principal cellist for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, plays a snippet of the F.J. Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major at her home in Bangor.

Symphony chamber concert soloist brings audience to its feet

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 25, 2017, at 1:21 p.m.
Never underestimate local talent.

Maine twins reunite for national ‘American in Paris’ ballet tour

By Jordan Levin, The Miami Herald on Dec. 23, 2016, at 7:30 a.m.
Sara and Leigh-Ann Esty are one of those pairs of identical twins who’ve always been closer to each other than to anyone else, an intimacy intensified by their shared talent and track in life.
Zsa Zsa Gabor died Sunday at the age of 99.

Zsa Zsa Gabor, high-living actress of outrageous wit, dies at 99

By Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post on Dec. 18, 2016, at 10:06 p.m.
Her prominence depended almost entirely on her gusto for extravagant living, piquant quips about jewels and sex, and her self-help tips for the modern-day paramour.
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Cast members Zachary Spreng (right), who plays Oliver Twist, and Dominick Varney, who plays Fagin, run through a scene during rehearsal of "Oliver!" at the Bangor Opera House in Bangor. The show runs from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24.

‘Oliver!’ at Opera House a satisfying holiday concoction

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 07, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
Cast members Zachary Spreng (right), who plays Oliver Twist, and Dominick Varney, who plays Fagin, run through a scene during rehearsal of "Oliver!" on Saturday at the Bangor Opera House in Bangor. The show runs from Dec. 1 through Dec. 24.

Dogs, humans need love in Penobscot Theatre’s production of ‘Oliver!’

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 29, 2016, at 4 p.m.
This is the fifth year that the Penobscot Theatre Company has partnered around the holidays with the Bangor Humane Society, to help adopt dogs to audience members and their families.
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Rachel Barton Pine

Acclaimed classical violinist set to play with BSO, lives to rock

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 17, 2016, at 1:02 a.m.
Rachel Barton Pine believes very strongly that whether you’re listening to Megadeth or Mahler, the emotional reaction that music stirs inside you remains essentially the same.
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Amelia Raphaela Courtney and John Dalton Logan rehearse a scene from "Constellations" at the M.F. Planetarium a the University of Maine. The play, being performed through Sunday, applies string theory to love.

UMaine’s ‘Constellations’ explores string theory of love in planetarium

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 16, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
This production of “Constellations” is a theatrical experience not soon forgotten.
Actor Jackie Chan reacts as he accepts his honorary award at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles, Nov. 12, 2016.

Five decades and 200 films later, Jackie Chan ‘finally’ wins Oscar

By Piya Sinha-Roy, Reuters on Nov. 13, 2016, at 8:21 a.m.
“After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many bones, finally,” Jackie Chan, 62, quipped at the star-studded gala dinner while holding his Oscar.
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Jason Wilkes (center), as Dan, looks to Nichole Sparlin (right), as Natalie, while running a scene with Christina Belknap, as Diana, during dress rehearsal of Some Theatre Company's upcoming production of "Next to Normal" at Keith Anderson Community Center in Orono.

Cast shines light on impact of mental illness in rock musical ‘Next to Normal’

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 09, 2016, at 2:38 p.m.
Mental illness, unresolved grief and teenage angst are explored in the musical “Next to Normal.”
Jason Wilkes (center), as Dan, looks to Nichole Sparlin (right), as Natalie, while running a scene with Christina Belknap, as Diana, during dress rehearsal of Some Theatre Company's upcoming production of "Next to Normal" at Keith Anderson Community Center in Orono Tuesday. The rock musical opens Nov. 4.

Orono theater company tackles edgy musical “Next to Normal”

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 02, 2016, at 3:18 p.m.
“You really have to put it all out there. A show like this forces you to be vulnerable.”
Fenton Cummings (right) as Nikos urges sisters (left to right) Olympia (Mackenzie Peacock), Theyona (Nicole Felix) and Lydia (Katie Dube) tries to convince the women to marry him and his brothers in the University of Maine's production of "Big Love."

UMaine’s ‘Big Love’ cast captures jagged edges of love, forgiveness

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 28, 2016, at 8:18 a.m.
“Big Love” is a challenging show but is a good choice for college students, who are supposed to be questioning everything.
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Jason Cohen makes a face at Danielle Erin Rhodes practicing for their Penobscot Theatre Company show "Murder For Two."

Good cast, technical work can’t overcome trifle that is ‘Murder for Two’

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 26, 2016, at 4:03 p.m.
The one-act musical comedy with two actors is 90 or so minutes of silly, forgettable fun.
The cast performs during a rehearsal of Orono High School's production of "Rent" recently in Orono.

Tackling big topics through theater, Orono High uses ‘Rent’ as teaching tool

By Emily Burnham on Oct. 26, 2016, at 2:49 p.m.
“We wanted to do something weighty. We wanted to talk about issues that are going on all around us.”