Concerts at the Commons
The Maine Highlands Council on the Arts exists to support, strengthen, and encourage all branches of the arts in the region, encouraging culture and creativity in the Maine Highlands.
We are currently seeking performance groups to be hosted at Central Hall Commons during our Spring and Summer series.
Contact us for more information on schedule or volunteer opportunities!
Songwriters in the Round | Friday, March 24th | 5PM
Contra Dance | 2nd Friday 7-10PM
We will be watching the CDC daily updates carefully. As long as they put Piscataquis County in the yellow zone, we can have the dance. Please consider bringing refreshments! And this year, thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors, the first few dances will be free of charge. However, your donations are encouraged at the door.
Con Brio Brass
Reschedule date TBD
The most important thing to know about the Con Brio Brass is they exist to have fun. The five simply enjoy spending time with each other. The music is a common thread. They play for fun and enjoy every note. The “wrong” notes are always the most fun and the source of enjoyment and teasing. Their laughter is generally explained to the audience who seem to find the fun is contagious.
Isleen Halvorsen | Saturday, January 21, 2023 3PM
Dave Mallett | October 22nd 7PM
Noel Paul Stookey
July 23rd, 2022 | 7 PM
Noel’s sound has been shaped by huge cities, as well as the smallest hamlets of the Heartland, housing projects, coastal Maine villages, towns up and down the Mississippi, and by his search for a common language that enables everyone, no matter their origins and experiences to communicate with each other and celebrate the mystery of life.
May 14, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have loved and researched traditional music for most of their lives and blend history, legend and experience into their personable performances. Finely crafted ballads with evocative imagery and beautiful melodies depict Maine characters, history, and life close to the elemental beauty of the sea and shore. Rich and exuberant renditions of traditional and original songs are supported with Celtic harp, 12-string guitar, fiddle & woodwinds
The Mallett Brothers Acoustic Trio
April 23rd, 2022 | 7PM
“The sound of The Mallett Brothers Band comes from deep within the pines of Maine. The embodiment of a flannel clad morning chill and a bit of sap and dirt caked on the knees of your favorite well worn denim.” – Red Line Roots
With a style that ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, The Mallett Brothers Band is a musical melting pot that’s influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds.
“Combining their authentic roots rock sound with a reflective lyrical style that perceives stories on the level of epic myth, it’s like William Faulkner has been resurrected with an electric guitar in hand..” – Bill Copeland Music News
The Highlands Classical Trio March 19th, 2022 | 4PM
The mission of the Highlands Classical Chamber Ensemble, and its founding members, the Highlands Classical Trio, is to promote the live performance of classical music in communities of Central Maine. For ten years, the towns of Belfast, Pittsfield, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Belfast and more, have presented concerts given by these professionally trained musicians. The outdoor concerts of the ensemble in Dover-Foxcroft during the pandemic have received special acclaim. In these concerts the appearance of young players of various instruments has further enriched the musical experience.