The State Theatre was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.
The Portland Symphony Orchestra performs myriad melodic masterpieces under the guidance of esteemed music director Robert Moody. The PSO commences a two-performance run of The Golden Age of Motown, a symphonic throwback to Motown classics with special guests Tituss Burgess and Joy Lynn Matthews providing velvety vocals. Raucously bob your head as the orchestra plucks and toots their musical vessels to such favorites as "The Tracks of My Tears", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Soul-steeped medleys pay tribute to musical groundbreakers such as The Jackson Five, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, and The Temptations in this 50th anniversary tribute to the original Motown record label.
Over seven years, the Boston String Quartet has vibrated strings in collaboration with artists such as John Mayer and the Boston Ballet, stirred the air molecules at Symphony Hall and PBS, and performed by invitation for former President George H.W. Bush. With this deal, eighth-note connoisseurs can wrap their eardrums around the quartet's dulcet tones as they present "Xibus," an evening of contemporary and classical that marks the zenith of a two-day workshop collaborating with Finneytown High School orchestra students. Over the course of the evening program, the quartet and the students will cajole their chordophones into ringing out in harmonious arrangements of music by Carlos Santana, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Bill Gates's new Viking-punk band, as well as performing original compositions by members of Boston String Quartet.
KISS, the venerable, salaciously theatrical rock 'n' roll sensation, goads eager audiences into palpable hysteria with its Hottest Show on Earth tour. During its renowned live performances, the phantom-slaying foursome brings head-banging fantasies to life with a flamboyant mix of high-wire pyrotechnics, fist-pumping anthems, bulletproof leather, and gently exfoliating face paint. Tame audience members transform into inspired revelers as Paul Stanley and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Gene Simmons croon and shred through the litany of chart-toppers that made the KISS crew household action figures. Orally discharging a catalog of new and seasoned classics, such as "Detroit Rock City" and "Lick it Up," KISS's syllabus of educational sing-alongs entertain listeners with a heavy dose of heart-pumping guitar riffs and sly lyrical innuendo about table manners.
Founded to commemorate local US veterans, Lowell Memorial Auditorium's imposing, neoclassical exterior is ringed with inscriptions immortalizing famous generals and pivotal battles throughout the years, including Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and San Juan Hill. The venue's history hasn't been all serious, however?in its early years, shortly after Word War I, its most popular event was the weekly Bingo game, which often attracted up to 3,000 participants and prompted Life to call Lowell a "natural Bingopolis." The decades following saw everything from conventions and civic affairs to performances by Benny Goodman and the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. By 1979 the building was so worn down from floods, hurricanes, and economic depression that it necessitated a major renovation to bring it into the modern era. Today, its stage is fit for Broadway-scale shows, the behind-the-stage balcony is gone, and air conditioning protects against summer heat and litigious snowmen.