About Us

Located on the University of Maine campus, the Richard R. and Anne A. Collins Center for the Arts (CCA) is the cultural centerpiece of eastern and northern Maine. Now in our 30th Season, the CCA continues to present world-class performances in a wide variety of art forms and cultures, appealing to diverse interests and age groups. Each season brings a wide variety of events, including Broadway tours, nationally-known comedians, legendary concert performers, word-class dancers, live theatre, and everything in between. The 1,435 Hutchins Concert Hall provides the perfect venue to see your favorite events.

In addition to presenting some of the world’s most exciting live events in our Mainstage Series, the Collins Center allows you to get up close and personal with some of history’s most prolific instrumental and vocal music in our Chamber Music Series, primarily presented in the intimate Minsky Recital Hall.

The CCA is home to one of the largest broadcast screens in the State of Maine, where we proudly present two thrilling series: The Met: Live in HD and National Theatre Live. The Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD is continuing for its tenth season. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre recorded live from the London stage. Additionally, we regularly show popular, independent, and documentary films in partnership with organizations throughout the country.

The Collins Center for the Arts is proud to be the home of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, one of the oldest, continually-operating community orchestras in the nation. Each year, the Symphony performs the Nutcracker, and other selections for thousands of fans.

The Collins Center is also the perfect place to see arts education in action with symphonic, jazz and vocal concerts performed by music students from the University of Maine School of Performing Arts.

Annually, more than 100,000 people visit the Collins Center for the Arts for a variety of events. Whatever your interest, we have something for you!

These are the types of events we host:

  • New Student Orientation
  • Private Rentals
  • Receptions
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • High School Graduations
  • Open Houses
  • William S. Cohen Lecture Series
  • Community Performances
  • Award Ceremonies
  • Statewide Conferences
  • Master Classes
  • Maine Summer Youth Music (MSYM)
  • All State Music Festivals
  • Weekly Movie Series
  • Greek Life Events
  • Bangor Symphony Orchestra Concerts
  • School of Performing Arts Concerts
  • Memorial Services
  • Chamber Music Concerts
  • Metropolitan Opera Series
  • Student Engagement Events
  • National Theatre of London (NT Live)
  • International Dance Festival
  • Student Concerts
  • Rallies
  • Fundraising Events
  • Distinguished Lectures