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ORONO Laurie Smukler and Robert McDonald will be performing at the Minsky Recital Hall in Orono on Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.

'Our all-Bartk program includes the First Rhapsody, and both the Violin and Piano Sonatas; No. 1 and No. 2. The Rhapsody was dedicated to the great violinist Josef Szigeti, who was good friends with Bartk. It is full of folk melody and is a real virtuosic show piece. The sonatas were written within a year of each other, both for the fiery and beautiful woman violinist Jelly D'Aranyi, with whom Bartk was smitten,' said Laurie Smukler in a release. 'The relationship with the older Bartk did not develop into a romance, but the two did perform the sonatas together. The pieces themselves are full of romantic lyricism, intensity, exoticism, and rhythmic excitement, in addition to Bartk's trademark use of folk music.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:44

Farewell to The Man Who Fell To Earth

Written by Mike Dow


'Come on, it can't be real,' I thought to myself at 2:30 am on Monday. I saw the headline but it didn't make any sense. And then I found the official post on his Facebook page. The thoughts were coming all at once and none of them made sense. 'David Bowie died? That isn't possible. He just released a new album on his birthday. There must be a mistake.'

Way back when, I really thought there was a chance that Bowie came to Earth from another planet. Maybe he just went home.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 15:05

Berenstain Bears Live at the Collins Center

Written by Wire Reports

ORONO The Berenstain Bears are coming to the Collins Center on Jan. 17 at 3 p.m.

Stan and Jan Berenstain originally published 'The Berenstain Bears' in 1974 and have gone on to publish over 300 books and create three animated television series, an upcoming feature-length movie and now a brand new musical! Approved by the authors themselves, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical is an adaptation of three of The Berenstain Bears' most beloved books: 'The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers,' 'The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food' and 'The Berenstain Bears' Trouble at School.'

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 14:37

Les Pecheurs de Perles' in HD at The Grand!

Written by Wire Reports

ELLSWORTH - The Live in HD high-definition simulcast series of productions from The New York Metropolitan Opera continues its 2015 2016 season at The Grand on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. with a presentation of Georges Bizet's gorgeous opera of lust and longing 'Les Pcheurs de Perles' (The Pearl Fishers). The opera stars German soprano Diana Damrau, Lela, the beautiful Hindu priestess in this production directed by Penny Woolcock ('Doctor Atomic'). Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for Grand members and $20 for students (15 and under).

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 14:34

UMaine students to perform Broadway's Best

Written by Wire Reports

ORONO Ben McNaboe wants performers to be inspired and audiences to be amazed.

So the University of Maine graduate student in music education has organized 'Astonishing! The Songs and Stories of Broadway's Best,' to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 19:24

Wynonna and The Big Noise

Written by PR

Stories & Songs live at the Gracie

BANGOR Waterfront Concerts is pleased to announce Wynonna and the Big Noise Stories and Songs tour live at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University in Bangor, on March 12, 2016.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 19:16

2015 in music (my faves)

Written by Mike Dow

'What? No Adele?' I imagine an uber-fan of the wildly popular British vocalist and songwriter saying while scanning the list below for her latest, '25.' I pretty much love everything about Adele, but I honestly haven't heard the new album yet. 'He should be beaten in the kidney with a tree branch,' the uber-fan is now saying.

I have plenty of catching up to do, but that's one of the great things about music there is no expiration date. If it's good, I'll find it. Now that I've unloaded that caveat, I'm excited to share with you the 2015 titles that are still in heavy rotation at my house.

Ramsay's Custom Guitars

BANGOR You would be forgiven for not knowing that Kirk Ramsay spends his spare time crafting custom-made guitars in the basement of Bangor Window Shade and Drapery. He's the kind of guy who enjoys making them, but isn't one to brag. You'd notice a certain stylistic theme when you walked into his office the one with about a dozen different guitars hanging from the wall all his work, all different, all awesome.

It's a great time to be Nils Lofgren. One year after issuing a 10-disc career-spanning retrospective ('Face The Music' copies of which are personally autographed), the multi-instrumentalist and member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band since 1984 has just released 'UK2015 Face The Music Tour,' featuring 15 carefully chosen live solo tracks recorded at various UK venues last winter.

To support the new disc, Lofgren scheduled a series of dates across the US for first part of 2016 that are now being rescheduled as a result of Springsteen's sudden decision to hit the road in support of 'The Ties That Bind: The River Collection,' a 4-CD/3 DVD (or 2 Blu-ray) set rounding up the music recorded by Bruce and the E Street Band for 1980's 'The River.' including a wealth of previously unreleased audio and video.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 21:28

Union House Band The Rise of Bent Bowler'

Written by Mike Dow

Sometimes, the tastiest grooves are home-cooked. That is certainly the case for Bangor-based Union House Band on their second album, 'The Rise of Bent Bowler.'

The band, composed of Rick Bruns (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Greg Lunn (vocals, guitar) and Chas Bruns (vocals, bass, drums), navigates a variety of styles ranging from rock and folk to pop, blues and even a modern day sea chantey among the album's 12 original songs.

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