STRAND spotlight

Three American music icons, a legendary Irish songstress, and a rising indie music star all grace the stage of the Strand this fall as part of a live concert series: Ben Taylor October 6, Suzanne Vega October 12, Peter Wolf October 26, Mary Black November 9, and Arlo Guthrie November 14.

The series kicks off Saturday, with Ben Taylor’s (Oct 6) memorable melodies, immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics. The son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Taylor’s life was always centered on music, and he seamlessly merges the sounds and styles of rock, pop and folk. His latest album Listening, was released Aug 14 and is available as both CD and vinyl.

“Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation,” (Biography Magazine) Suzanne Vega (Oct 12) emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation. 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of Vega's album Solitude Standing, featuring the songs Luka and Tom's Diner. She recently released the third installment in her series of acoustic CDs Close Up - States of Being.

American rhythm and blues, soul, and rock and roll musician Peter Wolf (Oct 26)  is perhaps best known for being the frontman and lead singer of The J. Geils Band, but Wolf is also an accomplished solo artist who since 2002 has written and recorded what many consider to be the best albums and songs of his career. Rolling Stone magazine counts his album Sleepless among their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and his most recent release Midnight Souvenirs in the 30 Best albums of 2010.

For the last quarter-century, singer Mary Black (Nov 9) has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages, tv shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. She has also played a frontline role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience.

Folk music icon, Arlo Guthrie (Nov 14) is a legendary artist who shares timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs as he carries on the Guthrie family legacy. With his singular voice as both a singer-songwriter and social commentator, he has maintained a dedicated fan base that spans the globe. Join Arlo in the Strand’s intimate concert venue for the Midcoast stop on his tour Here Comes the Kid: Celebrating Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday!

Media sponsorship of the 2012 fall live concert series is provided by Maine magazine. Tickets are on sale now! All seating is general admission.

The 2012-2013 season details for the Metropolitan Opera and London’s National Theatre Live Broadcasts in HD are now available!

New productions of Verdi’s Rigoletto, Wagner’s Parsifal, and Handel’s Giulio Cesare, along with the Met Premiere of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda are included in an expanded MetOpera Live season of 12 productions.

Season ticket sales begin August 24 for Met Members and will be available to the general public beginning September 4. Single-seat tickets and online sales start September 12.  Schedules are also available in the lobby on your next visit to the theatre.

The National Theatre’s NTLive Season is available for purchase NOW! A line-up of three productions includes both contemporary and classic works:

In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time September 6, Mark Haddon’s celebrated, multi-award-winning novel is beautifully and imaginatively adapted into a stage play for the first time.

In The Last of the Haussmans October 11, Julie Walters plays Judy Haussman with Rory Kinnear and Helen McCrory as her children in his eagerly-anticipated new play: a funny, touching and sometimes savage portrait of a family that’s losing its grip.

Simon Russell Beale takes the title role in Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens November 1 - a strange fable of consumption, debt and ruin, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton.

Click the links above for all the information you’ll need to be sure you don’t miss a moment of these exciting performance seasons!

This summer, the Strand Theatre in Rockland is hosting a series of free outdoor music concert events to complement Rockland’s First Friday Art Walks! The July kickoff concert, featuring the The Sweetback Sisters, was wildly popular, attracting hundreds of music and food lovers to the Strand's outdoor bandstand!

Join us for the second concert of the season Friday August 3rd on Winter Street for live music, food vendors, a beer and wine garden, and more!  The music will start at 7:30 after the gallery walk winds down, with vendors offering food & drink starting at 5:30 pm for those wanting to come downtown and make an evening of it.  Food will be offered by: Uproot Wood Fired Pizza, Taco Libre food truck, Taproot Italian Street Food cart, and Stone Fox Farm Creamery. These family friendly concerts will be fun for all ages, and are free and open to the public. 

On the bill is the quintet Occidental Gypsy, who are pioneering the sound of Gypsy-Pop. Their mélange of up-tempo, high-energy rhythms of Gypsy, melded with the catchy melodic hooks of Pop delivers a thrilling, diverse, sophisticated, and eclectic sound.  

Click the links for more details about this exciting FREE concert! See you on Winter Street!

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This summer, The Strand Theatre will enter its 8th season as part of the mid coast community. As always, The Strand’s top priority is to serve the needs of our supporters and community by providing the entertainment and experiences our audiences enjoy most. What’s better than asking our friends, customers, and community members? We hope you’ll add your voice to the conversation and take five minutes to complete our survey.


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Singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, who will perform at the Strand on June 20th, is touring in support of her brand new album "All Fall Down" (produced by Buddy Miller). Colvin also has a new memoir "Diamond In The Rough".  Both album and memoir will be released on June 5th. You can read about both HERE.   Colvin continues to stand out as a singular and enduring talent.  She is a keen stotyteller and a warm-hearted performer, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor, and we are extremely excited to have her perform at the Strand.  Don’t miss the rare opportunity to see this amazing performer Live in the intimate setting of the Historic Strand Theatre!  Tickets and information HERE.


The Ring cycle (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Wagner’s monumental work, was first presented in 1876. This four-part, 16-hour epic features gods and mortals vying for power across a universe that has been envisioned and revisioned by scores of directors over the Ring’s 130 year history.

The Met: Live in HD presents an encore of the complete Ring cycle to close the program’s 6th season. A work as immense and complex as Wagner’s epic can seem intimidating—both for directors and audiences alike—and The Met: Live in HD will begin its encore presentation of the Ring by screening Wagner’s Dream, a new documentary film that chronicles the challenges and triumphs of mounting a production of the Ring, on May 7th at 7 PM. The film is both an introduction to the Ring cycle and a rare peek behind the curtain at Robert Lepage’s groundbreaking production. The Met: Live in HD will then present an encore of the complete Ring cycle in four parts, beginning with “Das Rheingold” on Sunday, May 13 at 1 PM. “Die Walkure” will be broadcast Sunday, May 20 at 12:30 PM, followed by “Siegfried” on Sunday, May 27 at 12:30 PM and “Gotterdammerung” on Sunday, June 3 at 12 PM. 

Visit the official website for Wagner's Dream.

Learn more about Wagner's epic Ring cycle.

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