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David Gonzalez’s “Sleeping Beauty”

March 2, 2017 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Study Guide: David Gonzalez's "Sleeping Beauty" 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.…

Mills and Arts: A Multidisciplinary Symposium

March 3, 2017 • 6:00 pm

Maine Historical Society

Jenny Scheinman : Offstage Activities Panel discussion including Q&A with Amy Stacey Curtis, visual artist, Monica Wood, author and playwright of “Papermaker”, Laura Faure, director of the Bates Dance Festival, Anita Stewart, Executive and Artistic Director of Portland Stage, Rachel Desgrosselliers, Executive Director of Museum LA, and Steve Bromage, Executive Director of Maine Historical Society.…

20 Feet from Stardom

March 9, 2017 • 7:00 pm

Frontier Cafe + Cinema + Gallery

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton : Offstage Activities Presented in collaboration with Frontier. 20 Feet from Stardom, the 2014 Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary introduces audiences to the “unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time” including Lisa Fischer presented by Portland Ovations at the State Theater on Saturday, March 25th, 2017.  …

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.

Dance Masterclass with BODYTRAFFIC

March 16, 2017 • 5:30 pm

Dance Studio of Maine

BODYTRAFFIC: Offstage Activities Dancers from BODYTRAFFIC teach a masterclass at Dance Studio of Maine. Cost is $25 per person. Please Register with Dance Studio of Maine by calling them at 207.839.6161 For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150 or email offstage@portlandovations.org.

BODYTRAFFIC and the Dancer’s Body: A Behind the Scenes Interview

March 18, 2017 • 7:00 pm

Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook

BODYTRAFFIC: Offstage Activities Trish Moulton, director of the Dance Studio of Maine, will share her pre-recorded interview with Gorham native and former BODYTRAFFIC company member Andrew Wojtal—to contextualize the company’s place in the world of dance today and historically. Join us for this rare “behind the scenes” opportunity to learn more about the world of…


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.

Mozart, Shostakovich, and Beethoven

March 19, 2017 • 2:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Philharmonia Quartett Berlin : Offstage Activities Anthony Antolini, a professor in the Bowdoin College Music Department, discusses musical examples that will enhance your enjoyment of the performance by Philharmonia Quartett Berlin. What do Mozart, Shostakovich and Beethoven have in common in their string quartets? What makes these three quartets so memorable? Why did they write…

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...

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.

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...

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…

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...

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.

“In Music, as in Life, Timing is Everything”

April 15, 2017 • 2:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Emanuel Ax : Offstage Activities Laura Kargul Flexibility in tempo and pacing can be essential to creating great drama and poetry in music, but the interpreter invariably walks a fine line between too much and too little. Laura Kargul, pianist and Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern Maine,…

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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.

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.

Broadway National Tour “Annie”

April 27, 2017 • 6:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

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

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.

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.

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.

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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