Welcome to the Dolard & Priscilla Gendron Franco Center’s Performance Hall. At the moment it’s one of Maine’s largely unheralded performing arts venues, but we’re out to change that. As more people hear about and attend concerts in this physically and acoustically lush room, the more that word is getting out about our magnificent space. Each season we feature four concerts by the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, three more by the Maine Music Society (with each repeated in a Sunday matinée), the annual (and growing) Emerge Film Festival, six piano recitals featuring New England’s best classical pianists, such as Michael Lewin, Igor Lovchinsky, Mauro Bertoli, and more. Individual concerts by artists like mezzo-soprano Joëlle Morris, and groups such as the Rustic Overtones and the New York Funk Exchange, along with dozens of other events also occur throughout the season. We have previously had comedy acts come to the center that we hope to see come back soon, including Bob Marley, Krazy Jake, Late Nite Catachism, and more.

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While the room boasts a state of the art sound system, very few of these events require much in the way of amplification. In fact, most of those listed in the above paragraph do not require any at all. With room for 428 patrons to sit comfortably in plush theater seats — with not a bad one in the house, acoustically or visually — concerts in the Performance Hall are simultaneously grand and yet intimate affairs.  If you’ve been here, you know. If you have not, we promise you that your first visit is unlikely be your last.

Performance Hall PlanAnd thanks to the generosity of one of our major sponsors, Central Maine Hearing Center, even those with hearing impairments can enjoy the marvelous acoustics of the Performance Hall. In January 2013, CMHC installed a “hearing loop” system under the lower seating section of the hall. This system amplifies the room’s natural sound and allows those with cochlear implants or newer hearing aids containing telecoils (or “t-coils”) to hear every little note. And if someone’s hearing aid is an older model not outfitted with a t-coil, we have six battery-powered sets of earphones available for patrons to borrow that accomplish the same task — just ask at the box office.

Artists will enjoy the large and comfortable green room away from the audience in which to relax before the show. Our friendly wait staff will accommodate your every need, and our knowledgeable technical staff will plan with you weeks in advance of your performance to ensure that the stage, the lights and the sound are just the way you want them. For a nominal per-ticket fee of $3 each, artists or their agents who want to rent the hall and yet leave the job of ticket sales and order fulfillment to us may do so.  And pianists will delight at the prospect of performing on our nine-foot Steinway & Sons Series D concert grand piano, purchased new in 2006 and selected specifically to complement the natural acoustics of the hall. The sound is simply amazing!

 

Upcoming Events in the Performance Hall

  • May 27
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Maine Remembers – A Memorial Day Tribute and Celebration

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    The Travis Mills Foundation will team up with the Gendron Franco Center on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. for a special tribute concert and reception to honor Maine’s veterans and learn more about the groups who support and help returning and active Veterans and their families.  The event is designed to motivate, educate, inspire and entertain, and to raise awareness for veterans’ organizations in Maine.  Performers will include the center’s executive director, Mitch Thomas and other local artists.

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  • Jun 1
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Scotty & Cassidy – In Concert

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    Scott Gagne & Cassidy Daniels will take our stage for a local show not to be missed!

    Lewiston native Scotty Gagne will return home to the Gendron Franco Center on Friday, June 1.  This time, he will be joined on stage by national singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Cassidy Daniels.  The duo, now based in Florida, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Hall Clubhouse. The doors and bar will open at 6 p.m. Brett Raio, a 15-year old singer/songwriter from Topsham, will be the opening act at 7 p.m.

    Gagne, who plays many solo shows in the Stuart, Florida area, opened for Charlie Daniels at the Balsam Valley Amphitheater. Since teaming up with Cassidy Daniels, they have opened shows around the country for bands such as Thompson Square, Love and Theft, Jamey Johnson, John Michael Montgomery, and Rodney Atkins.

    Daniels was born in Asheville, North Carolina into an Army family. She and her family had to relocate 14 times, as her father served 27 years in Special Forces.

    “Though it was tough growing up in a military family, I found my solace in music.” said Daniels. Her friends and family quickly discovered that she was a musical prodigy after she wrote her first song on piano, “Beautiful Day” about finding positivity at home when her father was deployed in Iraq. In a few short years, she picked up guitar. She soon began to master her favorite instruments and has written and co-written hundreds of songs with some of Nashville’s top-tier songwriters.

    She began performing live, gracing across the U.S. and garnering the attention of the music industry along the way.  Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd became one of her first mentors. Daniels has shared the stage with artists such as Hunter Hayes, Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan, Chris Janson, Tyler Farr, Cole Swindell, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Little River Band, Chris Lane, and many more.

    Tickets for the show are $8 at the door and can also be purchased at the Box Office in advance.  For more information call or visit the Box Office at 46 Cedar Street or 783.1585.  Box office hours are Monday thru Friday, from noon to 4 p.m.

    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.

     

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  • Jun 4
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    "Just Us Entertainers" – In Concert

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    The “Just Us” Entertainers will be presenting their 17th annual summer benefit concert at the Center. The group first performed at the Center in the summer of 2000 to raise funds for the then Festival de Joie.  Since then, the group, an eclectic group

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  • Jun 9
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Piano Concert with Tamara Poddubnaya

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    Concert artist and master teacher Tamara Poddubnaya brings the confidence, authority, and vitality of her performances to our stage.  She frequently travels to Europe to give master classes and serve as juror for international competitions.  Last July, she completed the 10th season

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  • Jul 12
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    A Forever Frozen Story

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    Discover the whole new family show created by Tohu-Bohu Productions. Enjoy an amazing and interactive large-scale musical in the world of Hans Christian Andersen’s fascinating tale. Take part in a fantastic journey to the land of winter, a colouful

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