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Orchestra of top Black, Latinx classical musicians coming to Maine

PORTLAND PRESS HERALD 3/21/2022 BY ERIC RUSSELL An 18-piece chamber orchestra featuring some of the top Black and Latinx classical musicians in the country is coming to Maine next week. The Sphinx Virtuosi will perform at Merrill Auditorium on Thursday, March 31, as part of Portland Ovations’ Seeking Resonance series, a partnership with Indigo Arts … Read more

Portland Ovations previews season centered on theme of ‘home’

PORTLAND PRESS HERALD 9/8/2021 BY BOB KEYES Aimée Petrin, executive and artistic director of Portland Ovations, programmed the 2021-’22 performance season around the idea of coming home. “I keep thinking of the season ahead as a welcome back, or a welcome home,” she said. “I think COVID has made the idea of home more pronounced. … Read more

Major Portland music venues adopt vaccine requirements

The State Theatre and Thompson’s Point in Portland will require vaccination proof or a negative test starting this weekend, while the Portland House of Music will do the same starting Aug. 26. Three major Portland music venues announced Wednesday that they will require audience members to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or a negative … Read more

Portland concert kicks off two-day event in support of refugees worldwide

PORTLAND, Maine — Kinan Azmeh’s CityBand played at Fort Allen Park in Portland Wednesday night to kick off a series of events called ‘A Message From Far Away,’ Portland Ovations hosted the free concert featuring Azmeh, a clarinetist, and composer. Organizers say the events are a way for Portland to interact and be a part … Read more

Remote Theater Project shares ‘A Message from Far Away’

The celebrations begin on August 4 with a free concert of Kinan Azmeh’s City Band at the Bandstand at Fort Allen Park on Portland’s Eastern Promenade. The concert is presented by Portland Ovations. On August 5, the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center and Mayo Street Arts will sponsor “Parade with US!” in support of immigrants, … Read more

Portland’s new poet laureate connects writing to mental wellness

Maya Williams uses writing and poetry to stay connected and to stay alive. As Portland’s next poet laureate, Williams will help others do the same by teaching workshop participants and others to express themselves and communicate with those who matter most. “Writing has been the biggest thing that has connected me to the community and … Read more