On Thursday, March 1, Bay Chamber Concerts plays host to the Peking Acrobats at the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, off Route 90. In addition to two school outreach matinees, the famous troupe will offer a public performance at 7 p.m.

Featuring China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers and gymnasts, this internationally acclaimed company performs spellbinding feats and daring maneuvers steeped in 2,000 years of folk tradition. In vibrant costumes and accompanied by live musicians on Chinese folk instruments, the rigorously trained acrobats dazzle with their tremendous agility and grace, as well as spectacular company numbers involving trick cycling, powerful precision tumbling and other nail-biting routines.

As part of Bay Chamber’s Community Engagement Program, the Peking Acrobats will be offering free student matinees to Maine school children from elementary schools in Hope, Appleton. Lincolnville, Thomaston, Damariscotta and all the way from Milo; Rockland area’s Oceanside Middle School and Belfast’s Troy Howard Middle School; Sweet Tree Arts in Hope, Ashwood Waldorf in Rockport and Children's House Montessori, Camden; and Camden Hills and Watershed high schools. Study guides are provided to schoolteachers and home school families in advance to prepare students with an understanding of the cultural and historical value of this program.

Tickets for the Thursday night performance are $25, $10 for anyone younger than 25, available at baychamberconcerts.org, by calling 236-2823 and at the door.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.