This event will be captioned and interpreted.
Join Portland Ovations the week of January 11-15, 2021, everyday at noon as we host an exciting week-long series to kick off our new program of commissioning Maine artists. New Year, New Works is a series of five virtual, 30-minute, meet the artist style events. Each day you will meet a different Maine artist and learn about their project. Register one time for FREE and attend as many artist conversations as you like.
In late April and May 2021, the artists will make public work-in-progress presentations. Ovations will then produce and present the fully commissioned works over its next three seasons.
ABOUT KEREM DURDAG & ANDY HAPPEL
Musical Theater, for their project “The Immigrants—A Story.” The epic story of two immigrants, one first generation and the other second-generation, who find themselves in the US and over the course of a life lived make it their home. It is a life of separation and loss with the frustrations of confronting societal hurdles of ignorance and hate. The main characters define their self-identity and find love in the midst of turbulence, joy and revelation. Mr. Durdag is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of GWI, a leading broadband carrier in Maine. He has deep roots in theater and poetry, having translated Urdu and Turkish poetry while having his original poems published and having the good fortune of reading and performing in public. Andy Happel is a concert violinist and fiddler who has shared the stage with symphonies, pop stars, and country music luminaries alike and leads the acclaimed student group, Scarborough Strings, and maintains a private teaching studio.
Full Artist Conversation Schedule
- Monday, January 11, 2021, Noon – Riley Watts, Contemporary Dance
- Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Noon – dee Clarke, Playwright
- Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Noon – Kerem Durdag & Andy Happel, Musical Theater
- Thursday, January 14, 2021, Noon – Abbe Museum, Native Stories
- Friday, January 15, 2021, Noon – Samuel James, Music