ORONO - The University of Maine held a special concert Monday evening remembering the lives of 26 children and adults from the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut last year.
Monday night's performance consisted of 70 students, adults, and professional musicians from across the state.
The event served as Maine's contribution to a series of concerts that have been held across the nation to honor those individuals.
"Newtown considers itself a community of transformation, not tragedy," Mary Bird, of the Orono School Coalition for the Arts, says. "We're trying to follow that in this concert. We're trying to show how music can provide opportunities for reflection, shared compassion and caring, but can also uplift us."
"It's such a great opportunity to be part of," Olivia Bean, a Sophomore at UMaine, says. "It's brought the community together by playing music to help heal the Newtown community and even here in greater Bangor."
The concert also was an opportunity to donate clothing and money to the Shaw House in Bangor.