• Hear this!

    Hear this!

    BLUE HILL — The Hermitage Piano Trio, whose members’ superb playing reflects Russia’s great music tradition, will open the Blue Hill Concert Association’s 2020 season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. To broaden its reach, the association applied for and won a $3,000 grant from the

  • Spinning “Charlotte’s Web”

    Spinning “Charlotte’s Web”

    ELLSWORTH — When the curtain opens in a theater, the possibilities are endless. The space becomes a place for both the actors and their audience to connect through laughter, tears, tenderness, excitement and other emotions evoked by the story. There’s potential for all that to happen in The Grand’s production of E.B. White’s classic children’s

  • A family tragicomedy

    A family tragicomedy

    By Nan Lincoln Special to The Ellsworth American BLUE HILL — The New Surry Theatre is launching its 2019-20 performance season with something new and different and, judging by a rehearsal last Sunday, quite special. “Fun Home” the Tony Award-winning musical based on American cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, opens Friday, Nov. 8, for a

  • BSO pulls out the stops to honor its maestro

    BSO pulls out the stops to honor its maestro

    ORONO — The Bangor Symphony Orchestra delivered a rousing tribute Sunday, Oct. 6, to Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman, who is celebrating his 10th season, through a variety of musical genres including the world premiere of American composer Kathryn Bostic’s “Tovaangar: Coronation and Chaos” and the performance of Korean violin prodigy SooBeen Lee. Bostic,

  • Steel Magnolias

    Steel Magnolias

    ELLSWORTH — Six local actresses will take the stage Friday when “Steel Magnolias” opens at The Grand. PJ Keenan, Michele Lazerow, Kim Mileski, Carol Mason, Lauren Billings and Jaimie Paige will star as six friends and “frenemies” sharing their lives as they breeze in and out of a small-town Louisiana hair salon. Written first as

  • Break a peg!

    Break a peg!

    WINTER HARBOR — The 19th century English collaborators Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly popular comic opera “H.M.S. Pinafore” will set sail Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17, on stage and on the waterfront as part of the 2019 Winter Harbor Music Festival. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Hammond Hall and at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 on

  • A very imperfect marriage

    A very imperfect marriage

    MOUNT DESERT — Ever since the ancient Greeks first donned the masks of tragedy and comedy, farce has been a staple of comedic theater. It has always involved ridiculous plots, mistaken identities and unbelievably clueless characters. In most modern farces, it also involves doors — the more doors the funnier the farce. Well, Acadia Repertory

  • Finding love in tragic tale

    Finding love in tragic tale

    BLUE HILL — One would like to think that the story of Anne Frank has no relevance today. That teenage girls and their families are no longer being persecuted and murdered by forces beyond their control and beyond human compassion. The sad fact is such horrors continue to happen throughout the world. But who wants

  • For the love of Bach

    For the love of Bach

    BLUE HILL — Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” will launch Blue Hill Bach’s Summer Baroque Music Festival, in its ninth season, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, in the barn at David’s Folly Farm in Brooksville. In the barn, transformed into the Baroque Café, Blue Hill Bach’s period instrument orchestra  and violin soloists Lisa

  • Light of summer

    Light of summer

    BLUE HILL — Summer residents will get a rare treat to hear the Bagaduce Chorale perform “Nocturnes: Reflections for a Summer Evening” at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 12-13, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill. Customarily, the chorus only performs in December and May. The program will feature works by contemporary choral composers including

  • Pop on over!

    Pop on over!

    BLUE HILL — Kick off the 2019 summer season with Maine funnyman Tim Sample, who will introduce Baltimore’s premier jazz band, Tongue in Cheek, the 10-woman Ellacappella, the Big Moose Contra Dance Band, Orono pianist Evan Young and George Stevens Academy’s jazz combo “Jam Bake” at Bagaduce Music’s 2019 Blue Hill Pops Concert at 7