From Dizzy: Colby College Jazz Band directed by Eric Thomas

We explore the roots of bebop first planted by Dizzy Gillespie in the Latin jazz featured in his later work. Gillespie’s compositions “Con Alma,” “Manteca,” and “Salt Peanuts” will be featured along with works by composers associated with Gillespie’s career such as Cab Calloway, Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Chuck Mangione, Esperanza Spalding, and Paquito de Rivera.

Wordplay: Colby College Collegium directed by Eric Christopher Perry

A panoply of puns! A manifestation of musical merriment! A fanfare of frivolous tomfoolery! Colby College Collegium will present Orazio Vecchi’s 1604 madrigal cycle Le veglie di Siena (Night Games of Siena), a work filled with witticisms, wordplay, and wholesome, wholehearted wizardry of all genres. Collegium will be joined by a quintet of early music professionals, including Shannon Canavin, critically acclaimed soprano and artistic director of Exultemus, one of Boston’s exclusive early music ensembles.

Potpourri: Colby Wind Ensemble directed by Eric Thomas

A showcase of music that is fun to play. Works include the spectacular Four Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold and the completion of our Lord of the Rings cycle with a performance of Johan de Meij’s “Gandalf” and “Elvenwood” movements. J.S. Bach’s “Komm’, Süßer Tod,” Tania León’s “Alegre,” “Foundry” by John Mackey, and John Philip Sousa’s “I’ve Made My Plans for The Summer” with soprano soloist Sam Barry ’20 will also be performed.

Journey to Italy: Colby Symphony Orchestra directed by Jinwook Park

It’s often said that Verdi was to opera what Beethoven was to the symphony—in its
third program of the season, the orchestra has both: Verdi’s popular Overture to La Forza del destino, a selection of opera scenes from his La traviata, and Beethoven’s Seventh

The Modernistics–Song and Dance from the Great American Songbook

Funded by the Freda M. Charles Music Fund and held at Colby College, join Boston’s stellar jazz ensemble The Modernistics for a toe-tapping show of music and dance from The Great American Songbook. The group performs hits by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, and other master tunesmiths, including high-energy numbers like “Sunny Side of the Street,” “Paper Moon,” “Top Hat,” “Crazy Rhythm,” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.”

after school art club: dance and movement

Join Common Street Arts this week as we explore dance as a form of art that gets us moving and keeps us strong.

Admission is $12 per session. Scholarships available.

celebrity life drawing

join us for celebrity life drawing series capturing the poses of local “celebrities” at csa.

seasoned and aspiring artists are invited to participate in the life drawing program hosted by common street arts. this program provides a unique opportunity for emerging and established artists to hone their drawing skills in a supportive environment. participants bring their media of choice: charcoal, pastels, paint, clay, etc. and csa provides the chairs, model, and camaraderie.

 celebrity life drawing sessions are open to all levels of experience and are with without formal instruction. scholarships available to high school students. for more information call 872-arts or email

teen tuesdays- dance and movement

Teens get the chance to do a fun movement class before the busy holiday season!

Teen Tuesdays are for ages 13+. Admission is $12 per session. Scholarships available

Holiday Countdown Exhibit: Artist Reception

Gallery runs from November 15th, 2018 to January 12th, 2019.
Come and meet the artists December 14th. There will be refreshments provided by Holy Cannoli! and live music by Kennebec Valley Chordmen.

Artist collections on display will include:
Acrylics, Knits and Sweater Ornaments by Bonnie Hayward;
Weavings by Rachel Marsh-Sachs;
Acrylics by Jim & Gisele McLear;
Watercolors by Pam Dubois;
Photography by Lisa Laverdure;
Photography by Jennifer Hickey;
Jewelry & Cards by Greta Joseph.
Also featuring: The first Waterville Area Art Society Block Party 2018

Craft items such as Flower Pins and Art Cards are available for purchase throughout the exhibit.

winter paint night

Join us for a winter-themed paint night! Need a great holiday gift or another fun art work for your walls? Come paint with us! Inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, we will create a winter-themed painting which we are calling Snowy Night! No experience necessary, all materials will be provided. Instructor, Yvonne Brown is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art.