ORONO - It is unusual to see an electric guitar included in a wind band, so it takes a little extra effort if you play electric guitar and want to audition for the University of Maine's Symphonic Band. This past summer, UMaine School of Performing Arts senior music education major and electric guitar player Blake Ford went to Symphonic Band Director Chris White and asked if there was any music written for an electric guitar solo in wind band. White was sure they could find something, so he and Ford did some research online and found a piece, “Chaos Theory 3.0 Concerto for Electric Guitar and Wind Orchestra” by composer, sound designer and guitarist Jim Bonney. The “Chaos” piece was originally commissioned by the UNLV Wind Orchestra and premiered May 30, 2000. Bonney described his concept: “In this piece, I wanted to fuse progressive hard rock intensity with classical sophistication. Because of its variety of tonal color and wide dynamic range, I believe the electric guitar has a role in contemporary concert music.”
ELLSWORTH - The Grand presents the next of the New York Metropolitan Opera series of high-definition simulcast performances: Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. with an approximate running time of three hours and 15 minutes.
GARDINER - November through January, Monkitree Gallery, 263 Water Street in Gardiner, will present an exhibition featuring three Kennebec Corridor Artists each offering their own unique interpretation of local color. The area artists participating are Nancy Barron of Gardiner, Megan Bastey of Augusta and Johanna Moore of Farmingdale.
Local Color, inspired by the recent push to shop local, is really about embracing one’s community - both its opportunities and limitations and accepting both as home.
HALLOWELL – The Kennebec Valley Art Association invites the community to attend the opening reception of 8x10x100 on Friday, Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m. at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. 8x10x100 will be on view through Dec. 8. It is ending on the day of Christmas in Olde Hallowell – Saturday, Dec. 8. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., and special Sunday hours for this show only are noon to 4 p.m.
BANGOR - On Oct. 1, Green Acres Kennel Shop announced their annual fundraiser for the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank with a goal of raising $1,000 from clients and a commitment to match that with an equal donation from Green Acres if that goal is met. Recently that goal was met with two very generous individual donations, one for $100 and one for $500. With 15 days left until the end of the fundraiser, the goal has been raised to $1,500. If clients raise an additional $500, Green Acres will match that donation as well. All funds raised will be used to buy pet food, at wholesale prices, for distribution by the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank.
TOPSHAM – Elwin Gay of Summerville, Massachusetts began driving cancer patients to treatment appointments in 1949. He worked nights and drove during the day. He drove 33 years and put over 100,000 miles on his car saving lives.
The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program became a national program in 1983 and is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2013. Volunteer drivers have provided thousands of cancer patients with life-saving rides to their treatment appointments. Many need daily or weekly treatment, often over the course of several months, and they may be too tired or weak to drive themselves. Some treatments will not allow cancer patients to operate machinery, including a motor vehicle. Other patients do not have family members they can rely on for support or their family may simply not be able to take time away from work.
Taping will take place on Nov. 28 at Husson University Student Center
BANGOR – “The Nite Show with Danny Cashman” will take its show on the road at the end of this month to Husson University in Bangor. The Maine-based late night talk show will tape two shows at the campus's student center, marking only the second time the show has gone on the road.
HALLOWELL - A lot can happen in the course of one year, and there is no exception for what has taken place at 184 Water Street in Hallowell Maine. In the last year, nine talented artists have set up studio space creating drawings, paintings, music, small sculptures and animations while engaging the greater community of Hallowell. On Friday, Nov. 30, Independence Association invites the community to celebrate the first anniversary of SpinOff Studio and the success of nine talented artists. There will be live acoustic music and light refreshments and a lot of fantastic art on display.
MAINE/NEW ENGLAND - Troy MacGillivray has played over 200 performances already in 2012 ... and he’s not done yet! This year alone, he has played throughout Alaska, Washington, California, West Virginia, Ireland, Denmark and seven Canadian provinces. The multi-talented, multi-award winning instrumentalist is known for his ability to unearth the lesser-played but great tunes of respected composers. With such tunes in his repertoire, MacGillivray has assembled a show he is calling Tune Poets and will present it at a series of venues in New England Nov. 25 through Dec. 1.
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