“Blithe Spirit,” Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath
Mar. 6-8, Friday-Sunday, 7:30pm/Fri. and Sat, 2pm/Sun, “Blithe Spirit,” arguably Noel Coward’s most popular work, this ‘spirited’ British caper follows the life of popular novelist Charles Condomine as he is haunted by his tragically expanding coterie of ex-wives. Morton Achter. who directed last year’s, very popular, Plaza Suite will return to the director’s seat for this otherworldly smash comedy hit, $7-$12, Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington Street, Bath. FMI: 207-442-8455, chocolatechurcharts.org.
Mar. 7, Saturday, 7:30pm, “Chas Lester Sings Bill Withers,” all your favorite R&B tunes performed by Chas Lester and friends! A great night for dancing too! If you like classic Bill Withers do not miss it, $12/advance, $15/door, Cadenza, 5 Depot Street, Freeport. FMI: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4455767?ref=349591.
Mar. 8, Sunday, 2pm, “Maine’s 200th: Music of Early Maine,” The DaPonte String Quartet will perform a variety of early Maine music with guest percussionist Eric LaPerna. The program will include:Songs of Chief Membertou. Trad. Mi’kmaq, transcribed by Marc Lescarbot (1606/7), arr. by Gabriel Sagard Theodat; Kaxarranka, Trad. Basque tune, arr. by Ferdinand Liva Imperii procere, Heinrich Isaac (c.1450 – 1517); Four Songs from Canconiero de Palacio, Juan del Encina (c.1468 – d.1529/30); Sir Walter Raleigh’s Galliard, attr. to Francis Cutting (1550-1603); A Sad Pavane for these distracted times, Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656), arr. by David Byers; Les Bergers et Les Ameriquaines, from Concert Donné à Louis XIII en 1627 par les 24 Violons et les 12 Grand Hautbois, Anonymous. arr. by Kirsten Monke Ballo del granduca, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621); Concert pour Quatre Parties de Violes, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704); The Birks of Abergeldie, from Henry Playford’s Original Scottish Tunes, Anonymous (1700); “Little Ben” A Country Dance, from Heinrich Isaac (c.1450 – 1517), Arr. by Myles Jordan, Prelude from Te Deum, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704), $22.50-$35, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle Street, Brunswick. FMI: 207-529-4555, www.daponte.org.
Mar. 8, Sunday, 2pm, “Winter Tree ID at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park,” find out how to identify trees during the winter and how they provide food and shelter for animals. 2:00 PM, meet at the benches by second parking lot, 1 hour, weather permitting, free with park admission, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport. FMI: 207-865-4465, www.maine.gov/wolfesneckwoods.
Mar. 8, Sunday, 3pm, “Oratorio Chorale presents Tenebrae: From Darkness to Light,” welcome the return of light with a candlelight concert and music by Palestrina, Hildegard von Bingen, Part, Allegri, and MacMillan. Featuring Amethyst Chamber Ensemble, directed by Emily Isaacson, $20/advance, $25/door, students half price, free/under 12, St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street, Brunswick. FMI: oratoriochorale.org.
Mar. 9, Monday, 6:30pm, “Armchair Travel: Costa Rica and Her Wildlife,” presented by Rick Scala, on Costa Rica and her wildlife: Dominated by mountain ranges, volcanoes, cloud forests, rain forests, fertile valleys, and sunny beaches, Costa Rica is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Within its borders there is a wealth of wildlife due to the 12 distinct ecosystems. We will explore the varied animals and birds of this fascinating country that has protected over 30% of its land in national, regional, and private parks and sanctuaries, free, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive Freeport. FMI: 207-865-3307, www.freeportlibrary.com.
Mar. 11, Wednesday, 12pm, “Music@Noon: Smith & Song,” this highly lauded duo are regular guest artists at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China as well as enjoying U.S. performing and teaching careers. Matthew is a member of Palaver Strings, the much-loved Maine-based chamber orchestra committed to enriching lives by sharing music with diverse audiences. This program is anchored by Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata in G Minor, a work that explores the two instruments’ capacity for expressive tenderness and is filled with the character typical of Russia’s Romantic era, includes freshly-prepared soup provided by Atlantic Baking Co. plus free admission to museum, $30/adults + $3/ticketing fee, $10/under age 25, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. FMI: 207-236-2823, baychamberconcerts.org.