Looking for a laugh-out-loud funny show? The premise is based on a spoof of a late-night talk show, but it’s not that simple. With improvisation, sketch comedy, music, lots of special guests and surprises, no two shows are ever alike. The cast brings their warm personality and goofy sense of fun to the stage and sometimes an unsuspecting audience member or two!
Bandstand to Billboard is back! This time our homegrown singing group/big band – back on the Franco Center stage in February – is bringing their high energy mix of song, dance, singalong and nostalgia called “Bandstand to Billboard: On The Flip Side” – our favorite songs and dances from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.
The production, conceived by Eileen M. Messina, has been a favorite for the past several years and features a 6 person singing group doing both solos and close harmony numbers so famous in this time period, as well as a 12 person big band made up of some of the finest musicians in Maine. All gather for a one night performance and the chance to be rock n’ roll stars in the beautiful venue!
In addition to Messina, the group features other favorites from central and southern Maine, Michael James Litchfield, Renee Mahon Davis, Duane Glover, Sophie Messina, and Gerry Therrien. The other big feature of the show of course is the orchestra, featuring conductor Paul G. Caron on keyboards, Mike French on acoustic and electric guitar, Shane Davis on bass guitar, Mark Fredericks on percussion, Mike Plossay and Michael Trucheon on trumpet, Bruce Theriault on trombone, Blaise Spath on reeds, Alex Wong on cello, and Kate Fox and Linda Vaillancourt on violin.
Along with the music, there is as always a look back at the culture and current events of the time, as reflected in the advertising of the day, with a humorous look at vintage print ads interspersed between album covers and info about the original performers.
This year Messina says they are starting out the show with a group dance song medley, featuring numbers such as Land of 1000 Dances, The Twist, Limbo Rock, Locomotion, Copacabana,and Y.M.C.A. among others. Messina says: “We know how much the Franco Center audiences love singing along with us, so this year I decided to start the show out with a big dance medley as well. Wear comfortable shoes, we expect everyone to be dancing in the aisles!”
F.A.B. (Franco and Bates) represents an ongoing effort to provide opportunities for regional dance artists to present dance works in central Maine, as well as an opportunity for local audiences to have access to contemporary dance works. Visually stunning and kinetically mesmerizing, this event combines classic and modern dance pieces in one of L/A’s magnificent performance halls.
Reserved Ticket: $15
Students $5 (Cash only at the door)
A sensational “rising star” among the elite of the new generation of classical pianists, Henry Kramer presents the fourth program in this 12th Piano Series season at the Gendron Franco Center on Thursday, March 8. A graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School and a Juilliard School alumnus, Henry Kramer launched his concert career even before completing graduate study at Yale School of Music. He has distinguished himself as laureate of several prestigious awards and competitions, included the Honens International Piano Competition, Calgary, and the Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition, Brussels. Having just served two years as visiting artist at Smith College, he is now artist-teacher at the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music and Dance, Kansas City.
Reserved Ticket: $15 Senior $10. Free admission for students.
Think you have what it takes to become Central Maine’s Funniest Comedian? Here’s your chance to show off your skills! This second annual friendly competition offers comedians a chance to do 5 to 10 minutes of original stand-up comedy on the Franco Center stage. Bring your friends, because winners will be chosen by audience vote.
Interested in auditioning? Email a 3 to 5-minute video clip or link, along with a few words about yourself, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will be accepted until February 15, 2018.
Maine’s Got Talent features 10 performing artists competing for cash prizes. 50% of the vote comes from the audience and the other 50% from our celebrity judges. The Celebrity Judges this year are Tom Doucette, former MGT performer; Joe Philippon, Lewiston Police Dept; Celeste, WBLM’s Morning Show. The emcee for the evening is Molly McGill, The Brand Collective.
L’Ecole Francaise du Maine proudly presents ‘Le Bonheur’, a celebration of happiness through theatrical performance that will include singing, dancing, and poetry through traditional and contemporary music. Come see L’Ecole Francaise du Maine’s Early Childhood through Grade 6 students light up the stage!
La Rencontre, a fun gathering for all ages, is in no way restricted to French-speakers or even those of Franco descent. All are welcome to attend this popular monthly meal and event, as long as spots remain open. The event is sponsored by TV5MONDE USA, the global French language entertainment network, broadcasting without commercial interruptions, offering programs from France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. TV5MONDE can be found locally on Spectrum Cable at Channel 71. The magnificent Gendron Franco Center is handicap accessible and is located on the corner of Cedar and Oxford Streets in the “Little Canada” section of Lewiston, just across the Bernard Lown Peace Bridge from New Auburn.
The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra “Celebration Pops”
Under guest conductor Yoichi Udagawa “Celebration Pops” is the MSO’s most light-hearted Series of the year and may be the best suited in our concert year for those new to orchestral performance. The program includes Aaron Copland’s Hoedown, Hooray for Hollywood by John Williams, Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, A Tribute to Henry Mancini, Cavalliera Rusticana by Mascagni, and several other popular pieces and beloved melodies. Guest pianist Charles Floyd brings boundless grace and fire to the stage and will join the orchestra for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
About our guest conductor “Udagawa took the orchestra on an astonishing and fearless musical flight…” wrote one reviewer about the dynamic conductor. His performances have been hailed as “powerful and emotionally evocative,” and his relaxed manner and ability to speak from the podium have helped new audiences as well as enthusiasts gain a greater appreciation for symphonic music. Music Director and Conductor of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Udagawa leads an active season of rehearsals and concerts full of diverse and varied programs. He is also a cover conductor at the Boston Pops Orchestra.
Our guest pianist Charles Floyd is also a conductor and composer. He began studying piano at age four and by age 20 had been heard in solo recital, chamber music, and concerto performances throughout the United States and Spain. He has received numerous awards and grants, including the Aspen School of Music Fellowship, Oberlin Conservatory’s Rudolf Serkin Award, and the National Chopin Competition of New York’s Kosciuszko Foundation. He is an annual guest conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. His performances have included “Gospel Night at Pops,” a PBS telecast of “Evening at Pops,” and has critically acclaimed performances as pianist of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with conductor Keith Lockhart.
Adult $20; 18 and under and college students with ID are admitted free.
Our website for more information and tickets is http://www.midcoastsymphony.org
Tickets are available at the door by cash or check only.
Tickets by Phone at 207-846-5378 (MSO Box Office) A handling fee applies.
Bangor Ballet’s spring production, “Enchanted,” will bring to life the magic of two stories, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.
Bangor Ballet’s “Enchanted” begins with the familiar sounds of Tchaikovsky’s melodies from Act
II of Swan Lake as Queen Odette tells her Prince of the horrid spell that has been cast upon her
and her companions. Though Prince Siegfried is determined to save Odette, it appears he may
be too late… Act II of “Enchanted” will bring forth Act III from the timeless fairytale, The
Sleeping Beauty. With visits from various fairies, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, the
White Cat, and the Blue Bird, Aurora’s wedding is sure to bring the magic of this fairytale to life!
Whether you are a child or an adult reminiscing on timeless classics, Bangor Ballet’s
“Enchanted” will take you to the land of spells and magic!
Adults – $15
Students/Seniors – $12
Children (12 and under) – $8
For more information:
Website – www.bangorballet.org
Email – email@example.com
Phone – 207-945-5911
This year the MMS Chorale and Orchestra will present the incredible Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This work is shrouded in mystery. Since he was composing literally on his deathbed, dictating to his assistant Sussmayer, who completed it? Some of the themes are regularly used for TV commercials so there will be many familiar sounds. MMS is thrilled to perform this magnificent work by one of the most celebrated composers of the late 18th century.
Tickets $25, Seniors $22,
Students $10, Under 12-Free