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“The Secret Life of Bees”

December 8, 2016

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Study Guide: "The Secret Life of Bees" In this award-winning adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s New York Times bestseller, a young girl’s search for the truth about her mother leads her to three beekeeping sisters and the real meaning of family. Lily’s story—including her journey of self-discovery during the turbulent Civil Rights Era—is masterfully told…

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Dreidel Crafts, Stories and Dance! A Family Hanukkah Celebration Co-Presented with the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine

December 11, 2016 • 3:00 pm

Woodfords Club

The LeeVees featuring Adam Gardner of Guster : Offstage Activity Happy Hanukkah! Join us along with our partners from the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine and PJ Library to celebrate Hanukkah at the Woodfords Club with music and dance, crafts, stories, snacks and raffles (Raffle for complimentary tickets to see The LeeVees, no purchase…

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The LeeVees featuring Adam Gardner of GUSTER

December 18, 2016 • 3:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

Adam Gardner (Guster) and Dave Schneider (The Zambonis) have joined forces and started a band called The LeeVees, and they play sweet and rockin’ indie-pop songs solely about Hanukkah.

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The Jones Family Singers Presented in collaboration with NAACP Portland

January 20, 2017 • 8:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Their high-energy performances take gospel to a whole new level, infusing it with vintage soul, funk and R&B that will have audiences shaking their hips, clapping their hands and stomping their feet...

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JCT Trio

January 22, 2017 • 4:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Three renowned visionary artists of the next generation combine talents in this eclectic new piano trio, JCT (pronounced ‘junction’).

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Vocalosity

January 26, 2017 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The all-new live concert from the creative mind of artistic producer Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) takes a cappella to a whole new level.

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Yuval Ron Ensemble featuring Dervish Aziz: “Seeker of Truth”

February 4, 2017 • 8:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Featuring oud, woodwinds, percussion and vocals—the ensemble draws on many Middle Eastern traditions, uncovering hidden gems and creating a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration.

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Broadway National Tour “Once”

February 8, 2017 - February 9, 2017

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, this is truly an original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actors/musicians who play their own instruments onstage...

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Handel & Haydn Society: “Glories of the Italian Baroque”

February 11, 2017 • 3:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Electrifying concertmaster/violinist Aisslinn Nosky leads an ensemble of 15 Handel & Haydn Society musicians in a program featuring works by Locatelli, Brescianello, Vivaldi and Durante.

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“Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs”

February 18, 2017 • 8:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

This tour de force performance is an eclectic, wildly-entertaining mix of intimate stories—from the sentimental to the sassy—and witty reinterpretations of pop songs and stage classics.

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David Gonzalez’s “Sleeping Beauty”

March 2, 2017 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

In this decidedly modern twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, master storyteller David Gonzalez uses rhymes inspired by Dr. Seuss, music inspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and captivating projected images to create a world in which the sleeping princess is a vibrant participant in her own story. As long as David Gonzalez is…

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Jenny Scheinman: “Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait”

March 10, 2017 • 8:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

In this new multi-media project, acclaimed composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of Depression-era filmmaker H. Lee Waters.

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BodyTraffic

March 18, 2017 • 8:00 pm

Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook

Known for dynamic theatricality and refreshing abandon, BodyTraffic engulfs audiences with their pure joy of dance and highly entertaining programs.

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Philharmonia Quartett Berlin

March 19, 2017 • 3:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

The Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, composed of principal players of the legendary Berlin Philharmonic, enjoys a celebrated and critically acclaimed career, establishing itself among the world’s premier string quartets...

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Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton Co-presented with the State Theatre

March 25, 2017 • 8:00 pm

State Theatre, Portland

After four decades of singing background for the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, and Nine Inch Nails, Ms. Lisa Fischer is stepping into the spotlight at last.

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Broadway National Tour “Saturday Night Fever”

March 31, 2017 • 8:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

An all-new production fueled by vintage Bee Gee hits is a contemporary retelling of the classic story that captures the energy, passion and life-changing moments...

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Golden Dragon Acrobats

April 6, 2017 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic company touring today. The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and…

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Golden Dragon Acrobats

April 6, 2017 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

A brand new production by The Golden Dragon Acrobats of a time-honored tradition that combines award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques...

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Ragamala Dance Company: “Sacred Earth”

April 13, 2017 • 7:30 pm

Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook

Performed to live music and set against large-scale projections of exquisite Warli paintings, “Sacred Earth” explores the interconnectedness and fragile relationship between nature and man.

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Emanuel Ax

April 15, 2017 • 3:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

This landmark performance of solo works is not to be missed.

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The Gloaming

April 20, 2017 • 8:00 pm

State Theatre, Portland

The Gloaming combines traditional Irish tunes and ancient sean-nós song with brave explorations of exhilarating and explosive medleys to create a distinctive new sound.

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Broadway National Tour “Annie”

April 27, 2017 • 6:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form.

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Destination Pittsburgh: Take Me out to the Opera

April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Pittsburgh Opera

Hit the road with Portland Ovations for the ultimate “away game” when Daniel Sonenberg’s The Summer King receives its fully-staged premiere at Pittsburgh Opera.

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Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!”

May 7, 2017 • 1:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

A brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense.

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Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play!”

A Kennedy Center commission Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! is based on Mo Willems’ beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books.

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Broadway National Tour “Pippin”

A high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs...

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