The principal owners of Cadenza are Alan & Sue Mooney.  Alan & Sue are big fans of live music and theatre.   In addition to owning Cadenza, they are strong supporters of Maine State Music Theatre.  Sue has been on the MSMT Board of Trustees for several years.   They also own 5 Depot Street, the building that houses Cadenza.

            Steve Poulos and Dan Skwire are also owners and supporters of Cadenza.   Steve is enthusiastic about live performances and frequently attends Broadway shows and Jazz events in New York.   Dan is a serious music fan, especially piano, and plays piano himself.


            Cadenza grew out of a somewhat serendipitous combination of ideas and energy from several talented musicians, serious live music fans, outstanding sound and lighting technicians and highly experienced performers and producers.

            We are committed to providing a high quality, comfortable space for both performers and audiences.

            We opened in April 2019 and in our first year have produced more than 100 shows attended by more than 4,000 people!   Cadenza’s future is exciting!

Leadership, staff and resources


We have a great team to help assure successful performances including:

From Webster’s Dictionary;

Cadenza is:

A technically brilliant sometimes improvised solo passage toward the close of a concerto

An exceptionally brilliant part of an artistic…work

From that we get the spirit of Cadenza - 

Exceptional  -- Brilliant -- Artistic

A great location and free parking

  • Convenient to many hotels and restaurants

  • Free, covered parking right across the street!!

  • Bus and Amtrak service within walking distance

  • Just two blocks from LL Bean

Our Schedule

We are normally open for events Fridays and Saturdays.   However, we are flexible and frequently have performances on Thursdays, some Sundays and almost any night that a performer prefers.  Most performances start at 7:00 PM.  Please be sure to check our schedule regularly.

Our shows and our Performers

            We are offering local, regional and national talent performing a wide variety of music styles including Great American Song book, easy listening, traditional jazz, country and western, Broadway and more!  We are privileged to have many very talented performers who are enthusiastic about performing at Cadenza.

            70% of all tickets sales go to our performers.

We are “performer ready”, click here to see what we offer each performer

Our facility

            To create Cadenza, we started in 2018 and completely renovated a former performance venue at 5 Depot Street.  Everything is new; lighting, sound system, stage, flooring (including a great dance floor!), furniture, bar, walls, paint; everything!

We normally seat up to 90 people comfortably and have accommodated as many as 100 for some shows. During COVID - we now have a maximum of 35. 


            We are accessible for the disabled, including grade level entrance and fully accessible restrooms.

            We offer a smoke-free environment.

            Animals are not permitted, except service animals.


Cancellations and Postponements


            In the event of an event postponement we will notify ticket holders by email. 

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2020 was hard. No doubt about that. We tried different things. We closed. We re-opened. We served food - we stopped serving food.  We had a bar - then we had to close the bar - so it has been a series of jump starts. During all of this our staff stayed the course - we evolved. We started live streaming our musicians - allowing then to seek support directly.
Now - as in May 2021 - we open our doors and allow in a few….per Maine State guidelines - and we live stream all of our shows. We have had a steady stream of musicians through our doors...