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  • In the wind

    In the wind

    Ensemble 4.1, an acclaimed quintet made up of four woodwind players and pianist Thomas Hoppe, will open the Blue Hill Concert Association’s 40th season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21. Founded in 2013, Ensemble 4.1 includes German bassoonist Christoph Knitt, Fritz Pahlmann (horn) and Alexander Glücksmann (clarinet) and Jörg Schneider (oboe). The players, who

  • MET’s “Hansel and Gretel” to be broadcast this weekend

    MET’s “Hansel and Gretel” to be broadcast this weekend

    ELLSWORTH — Engelbert Humperdinck — not the English pop star (“After the Lovin”) who pirated the German composer’s name — is among the composers whose fame was derived from a single work. The opera “Hansel and Gretel,” a holiday classic and in the repertory of most opera companies worldwide, captures the darker aspects of the

  • Contest winner’s play to be performed

    Contest winner’s play to be performed

    WINTER HARBOR —Swanville poet, novelist and playwright Bruce Pratt’s play “Radio Silent,” which explores a family in crisis and the family members’ related thoughts and feelings, is the winner of Schoodic Arts for All’s second Maine Playwright’s Award. A total of 15 works were considered from across the state. As the contest’s winner, Pratt will

  • Jazz vocalist Clare Bathé to celebrate three divas

    Jazz vocalist Clare Bathé to celebrate three divas

    BANGOR — Jazz vocalist Clare Bathé, who was the dance and vocal coach in the late Lena Horne’s show “The Lady & Her Music,” will bring her own cabaret show to the Queen City to ring in 2018. Bathé, who performed on Broadway in “Big River” and “Jelly’s Last Jam” and toured and recorded with

  • “Little Mermaid” makes a big splash

    “Little Mermaid” makes a big splash

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth High School Mad Jesters takes its audience on a deep-sea dive with its musical production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” which opened last weekend and will continue this coming weekend. No scuba gear or snorkels were necessary for us to experience the enchantment of King Triton (a regal Nick Hansen) and

  • Handel’s “Messiah” to be performed

    Handel’s “Messiah” to be performed

    BLUE HILL — For many music lovers, the holidays are not complete without George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” The composer’s masterwork will fill cathedrals and concert halls around the globe this holiday season. Carrying on the tradition, Blue Hill Bach’s 20-member choir and soloists will perform Handel’s oratorio at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at

  • Holiday shows, concerts of all kinds abound

    Holiday shows, concerts of all kinds abound

    More music is associated with Christmas than with any other holiday. That’s not surprising since carols heralding the season date back at least to the 13th century. What is surprising is the variety of the music, which ranges from the spiritual majesty of Handel’s “Messiah” to the secular silliness of Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed