With 28 performances and one special event of the fully-staged premiere of “The Summer King” at the esteemed Pittsburgh Opera this 2016-17 season—we worked very hard to present to you an exciting mix of Portland performing arts opportunities. With offerings from American Traditions, Classical Music, Global Sounds, Dance, Theater, Family and Broadway and Beyond—there is a live performance for everyone to enjoy.

Here are the performances we are most excited about and we hope to see you again and again this upcoming season.

Our Staff Favorites

Aimée M. Petrin
Aimée M. PetrinExecutive Director

As anyone who will listen knows, I am BEYOND excited to experience again the fantastical Alan Cumming and am captivated by the possibility of what Yuval Ron Ensemble with Dervish Aziz hold. It all begins with Kristin, who will kick off the season like no other!

Catherine Anderson
Catherine AndersonDirector of Ovations Offstage

The Jones Family Singers will take gospel to a whole new level shaking the roof of the Merrill and offering praise and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy while they are at it! The thought of seeing the radiant Ms. Lisa Fischer stepping to the mic on her own after four decades of being in the background to the likes of Mick Jagger and Tina Turner is equally thrilling. Having seen the dynamically entertaining Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” at the Kennedy Center last year, I am elated at the thought that so many young people in Portland will have this high end, Kennedy Center Production as one of their first exposures to live performance and Portland performing arts.

Mary C. Campbell
Mary C. CampbellMembership Director

My favs this season are an eclectic mix beginning with Mike Daisey: “Khan and the Whale: The Wrath of Moby Dick”, can’t wait to see how he blends these two stories together, Alan Cumming who will sing his sappy songs (swoon!), and let’s not leave off “Saturday Night Fever!” But then there is also the magic of “Pedal Punk” and the gravity defying Golden Dragon Acrobats. There’s also David Krakauer, BalletX, and “Once”…ok, let’s be honest…I can’t wait for the entire season.

Anna Marie Klein-Christie
Anna Marie Klein-ChristieDirector of Development

The Seeking Resonance Series speaks to a profound need for communication, connection and community. We are at a time of great divisiveness and fear about faith–the performing arts can uniquely provide a platform for a shared sense of understanding and inclusiveness. It can be food for the soul, joy without barrier, and peace.

Charles Kibort
Charles KibortDirector of Marketing & Audience Development

This season offers so much to be excited about but the shows that top my list start with “RENT” which forever changed Broadway theater when it arrived on “The Great White Way” 20 years ago. I have never seen it and to experience it here—as part of the Portland performing arts scene—on its historic 20th anniversary tour for the first time is absolutely thrilling. I also look forward to Adam Gardner of Guster bringing his “other” band The LeeVees to Port City Music Hall for a festive family concert of witty rockin’ indie-pop songs. Last on my list but obviously not at all the least is legendary pianist Emanuel Ax who is internationally respected and celebrated across the classical music world…well actually the entire performance world.

Sarah Prak
Sarah PrakMarketing Associate

I am super excited to see and get my groove on to Red Baraat’s fiery blend of funk and Indian bhangra, lip sync along to Alan Cumming’s performances of “Sappy Songs” like I’m 13 years old again, and be hypnotized by whirling Dervish Aziz and Yuval Ron Ensemble.

Vanessa Romanoff
Vanessa RomanoffOvations Offstage Associate

I’m looking forward to Mike Daisey, master storyteller, as well as Cirque Mechanics: “Pedal Punk” this season, who will be unlike anyone I’ve ever seen before. Most of all I can’t wait to see Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton take the stage at the State Theatre.

Laura Stauffer
Laura StaufferProgramming & Grants Manager

I often joke that this year seems like the “Season of Laura.” There are so many performances that I have been eager (some may say desperate) to bring, and we’re finally getting two that have been on the top of my list for years: Red Baraat and the Broadway National Tour of “Once.” Both were transformative live experiences for me and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Portland Performing Arts on Your Playlist

Lastly, we would love to share with you our season playlist. This is how we get ourselves pumped up in the office while we plan out your Portland performing arts season.

Join in on the fun and listen to our 2016-17 Season playlist on Spotify. Listen here.

What shows are you most excited about?