The memory of a former student at Kents Hill School will live on in the form of a new concert series that bears her name.

The Aleigh Mills Concert Series begins in a big way at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a performance by folk singer Greg Brown, who will sing at the newly renovated 330-seat Performing Arts Center at Newton Hall.

The series will continue in the fall when Arlo Guthrie performs at Kents Hill on Nov. 18, said Jason Hersom, director of communications for Kents Hills School.

“We do not want this music series to be defined by a certain type of music. We’re looking at a variety of different artists,” Hersom said. “I think that as the program gains exposure and visibility, and as we are able to show other artists that we are able to draw a lot of people, I think you will see a great variety of artists participate in the series.”

Mills, a member of the class of 2006, was murdered at her home in Wayne in 2007. She was deeply involved in the school’s music program.

The concert series will raise money for the Aleigh Mills Scholarship Fund. Her parents envisioned the scholarship as a way to continue her legacy, Hersom said.

Kents Hill is a college prep school in central Maine with an enrollment of about 230 students.

For now, the school is piggybacking concerts with Stone Mountain Performing Arts Center in Brownfield in western Maine. In Brown’s case, he is performing Friday at Stone Mountain in advance of his show Saturday at Kents Hill. Similarly, Guthrie will sing at Stone Mountain the day before he plays at Kents Hill.

The school is working with promoter Jamie Isaacson, who is best known for the North Atlantic Blues Festival. Isaacson has been connected to Kents Hill School for a number of years as a parent of a former student.

The series will take place in the Vivian Russell Theater in the recently completed Performing Arts Center at Newton Hall on the school’s campus.

Newton Hall was built in the 1930s as a gymnasium. It was renovated in 2008 to become a performing arts center.

 

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