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Bicentennial Series NPR’s “From the Top”

November 20, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

National Public Radio’s From the Top returns to Portland Ovations to elevate and celebrate the amazing talent and captivating personalities of virtuosic young musicians from Maine and beyond. A favorite of longtime classical musical enthusiasts and newcomers alike, From the Top combines serious music, light-hearted skits and informal interviews in a delightful and entertaining concert.…

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Pre-Performance Lecture: “The Legacy and Songs of the Shakers” Free, public lecture before Boston Camerata

December 1, 2019 • 3:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Brother Arnold, one of only three remaining Shakers all based in Sabbathday Lake, Maine, shares the history and context of the seven Shaker songs included in the Boston Camerata’s performance. Through his personal experience and history, Brother Arnold breathes life into the stories of each song. ABOUT BROTHER ARNOLD Brother Arnold joined the Shaker Community…

Bicentennial Series Boston Camerata: “Free America” Featuring Falmouth's St Mary Schola

December 1, 2019 • 4:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

https://youtu.be/6GcC7IzcYN8 “America’s foremost early music ensemble” – Le Monde A favorite of Ovations audiences, Boston Camerata returns with its latest program of early American music celebrating 18th and 19th century songs of rebellion and resistance. The program spans a diverse range of styles and includes songs from Maine’s own Shaker community. The unique instrumentation includes…

Broadway National Tour “Waitress”

January 10, 2020 - January 11, 2020

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/EM53RxlJwUo “WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “​The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed…

Panel Discussion: “The History and Impact of Immigration in Maine” Free, panel discussion lecture before Gabriela Montero

January 18, 2020 • 1:00 pm

Maine Historical Society

Venezuelan award-winning pianist Gabriela Montero pays homage to the physical, cultural and psychological emigration westwards of three early twentieth century Russian pianist-composers: Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. The panel discussion will focus on the history of Maine’s immigration from the colonial America’s to the ongoing influx new Mainers through migration and immigration. What is driving the…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Hot off the Keyboard” Free, public lecture before Gabriela Montero

January 25, 2020 • 3:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

In a pre-performance lecture, “Hot off the Keyboard,” University of Southern Maine’s Dr. Laura Kargul dives deep into Montero’s repertoire to explore the ways some of the greatest classical composers were renowned for their improvisational skills at the keyboard. Works such as the Bach toccatas, Mozart variations, Chopin nocturnes and Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies often sound…

Gabriela Montero: “Westward”

January 25, 2020 • 4:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

https://youtu.be/9zoWBomGGpk "Montero's playing has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism … and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity." – The New York Times   Award-winning pianist Gabriela Montero, lauded for her monster technique and thrilling tone, is equally known as an inspired improviser. Her unique program pays homage to…

The Illusionists – Live From Broadway

February 1, 2020

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/Wul940qfvTw Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Portland, Maine. This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTSTM – LIVE FROM BROADWAY has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the…

MOMIX: “Viva MOMIX” – School-Time Performance

February 7, 2020 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/2JIfbXK_5Xo “MOMIX is a tension between illusion and reality, apprehension and excitement” – The New York Times Long live the magic of MOMIX. The miraculous dance company balances whimsy with athleticism, playfulness with artistry, illusion with invention, creating a signature style that sets it apart from its peers. Viva MOMIX celebrates the company’s 40-year history…

Raising the Barre Series MOMIX: “Viva MOMIX” Family Friendly Time

February 7, 2020 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/2JIfbXK_5Xo “MOMIX is a tension between illusion and reality, apprehension and excitement” – The New York Times Long live the magic of MOMIX. The miraculous dance company balances whimsy with athleticism, playfulness with artistry, illusion with invention, creating a signature style that sets it apart from its peers. Viva MOMIX celebrates the company’s 40-year history…

GuGu Drum Group – School-Time Performance

February 13, 2020 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8bzaO5SjZ8 Drummers, storytellers, and athletes – direct from Shanghai, China, the members of GuGu Drum Group delight audiences of all ages with their high-energy epic drumming, traditional movement and colorful costumes. GuGu represents a powerful lineage, dating back to the Emperors of long-ago Chinese dynasties, with a contemporary approach. Using ancient instruments from small finger…

GuGu Drum Group Family Friendly Time

February 13, 2020 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/K8bzaO5SjZ8 “The award-winning GuGu Drum Group from Shanghai presents a contemporary take on traditional Chinese percussion.”  - Houston Chronicle Drummers, storytellers, and athletes – direct from Shanghai, China, the members of GuGu Drum Group delight audiences of all ages with their high-energy epic drumming, traditional movement and colorful costumes. GuGu represents a powerful lineage, dating…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Lyrical Expressionism of Chinese Drumming” Free, public lecture before GuGu Drum Group

February 15, 2020 • 6:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Drums speak. They have been used for centuries to communicate from area to area and people to people around the world. In “Lyrical Expressionism of Chinese Drumming,” Dr. Chao Ling, a professor of Chinese literature and culture and native of Shanghai, explores the language and history of drumming as both art form and means of…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “How Vocal Folk Traditions Found their Seat at the Table” Free, public lecture before Avi Avital & Bridget Kibbey

February 18, 2020 • 6:45 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Béla Bartók is, alongside Franz Liszt, regarded as Hungary’s greatest composer and one of the most important of the 20th century—as well as a skilled pianist and ethnomusicologist. Bartók’s music provides Dr. Robert Lehmann, Professor of Music and Director of Strings Studies and Orchestral Activities at the University of Southern Maine School of Music, an…

Avi Avital and Bridget Kibbey

February 18, 2020 • 7:30 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

https://youtu.be/1Ea5YO6C58w   “Bridget Kibbey makes it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.” - The New York Times “Much as Anres Segovia brought the classical guitar into the concert hall, the Israeli virtuoso Avi Avital is doing…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “A Most Extraordinary Noise: New Orleans and the Birth of Jazz” Free, public lecture before New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

February 20, 2020 • 6:15 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Jazz, a musical form native to the United States, was born in New Orleans’ rich cultural mix of traditions. In preparation for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s tribute to jazz master Allen Toussaint and the Music of Congo Square, Dr. Ashley Towle, whose scholarship focuses on the experience of African Americans in the South during…

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: “The Music of Congo Square”

February 20, 2020 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/vnJNQZuHTRc “…vibrant and swinging…” - JazzTimes Just in time for Mardi Gras, Grammy Award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra features 18 of the finest Crescent City musicians on the scene today. Under the direction of drummer Adonis Rose, an alum of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, NOJO possesses the swing and swagger of a true New…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Remembering Cuba” Free, public lecture before Malpaso Dance Company

February 26, 2020 • 6:30 pm

Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook

Malpaso Dance Company arrives from Cuba at a time when U.S.-Cuban relationships and travel are again experiencing severe political restrictions. During the last several years when these restrictions were relaxed, many Maine residents traveled to Cuba to experience its rich and unique culture. Mark Vogelzang, CEO and President of Maine Public, lead 20 Mainers on…

Raising the Barre Series Malpaso Dance Company

February 26, 2020 • 7:30 pm

Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook

https://youtu.be/DXqHT5O82iw “...a pinch-me moment, one of those times when you catch an artistic dawning...Malpaso’s dancers were exceptional." - Los Angeles Times Passionate and precise, Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company blends their classical training with “lushly earthy modern dance” (Boston Globe) alongside influences of social dances and capoeira. Though their name translates to “misstep,” the 11 dancers…

Bicentennial and Raising the Barre Series Miwa Matreyek: “Glorious Visions in Animation”

https://youtu.be/-91W32JHF-M “Magical...The sheer breadth of the imagery...is unlike anything you’ve seen before” — LOS ANGELES TIMES Merging cinematic vistas with intricate shadow play, multimedia performance artist Miwa Matreyek creates magical, surreal, visually rich fusions of intricate animation and live performance that leave audiences spellbound. Her latest work, “Infinitely Yours”, included only in the evening performance,…

Raising the Barre Series Russian National Ballet: “The Sleeping Beauty” Family Friendly Time

March 18, 2020 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

One of the most famous works of the classical ballet repertoire, The Sleeping Beauty is a sumptuous delight for all ages. Artistic Director Elena Radchenko – a legendary dancer of the Bolshoi – and her Russian National Ballet bring the timeless fairy tale to life with a company of 50 set against ornate sets, gorgeous…

SOLD OUT – Las Cafeteras: In-School Performance Opportunity

March 19, 2020 - March 21, 2020

https://youtu.be/jzqank4QSIg “Live, they’re magnetic.” – Los Angeles Times Bring Las Cafeteras to your school on March 19th, 20th or 21st, 2020 for a special performance and educational opportunity.   Taking the music scene by storm with infectious live performances that cross genres and musical borders, Las Cafeteras embodies a sound that represents a fusion between…

Las Cafeteras

March 19, 2020 • 7:30 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

https://youtu.be/jzqank4QSIg “Live, they’re magnetic.” – Los Angeles Times Taking the music scene by storm with infectious live performances that cross genres and musical borders, Las Cafeteras embodies a sound that represents a fusion between Spanish, African, and indigenous musical elements. Using traditional son jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a…

Living Voices: “Hear My Voice” – School Time Performance: 10 AM & 12 PM

https://youtu.be/mfnfvNVs0zc   Join the 72-year battle that won half of America’s citizens the right to vote 100 years ago. This dramatization of a young woman, Jessie’s, experience as a suffragette during the World War I era brings to life the rock stars who started the movement, such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; the…

Living Voices “Hear My Voice”: In-School Performance Opportunity

March 26, 2020 - March 27, 2020

https://youtu.be/mfnfvNVs0zc   Bring Living Voices: Hear My Voice to your school on March 26th or 27th, 2020 for a special performance and educational opportunity.   Join the 72-year battle that won half of America’s citizens the right to vote 100 years ago. This dramatization of a young woman, Jessie’s, experience as a suffragette during the World…

The Snowy Day

March 29, 2020 • 3:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/FbKYGg1XNsc “Childsplay… is one of the best theaters for young audiences in the country, with top-notch acting and production values.” – Arizona Republic The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall. Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in this…

SOLD OUT – The Snowy Day – School Time Performance

March 30, 2020 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/FbKYGg1XNsc “Childsplay… is one of the best theaters for young audiences in the country, with top-notch acting and production values.” – Arizona Republic The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall. Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in this…

Blue Man Group

March 31, 2020 - April 2, 2020

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/v7Z4R2X0b84 “The show is so winsome, so witty, so energetic that it might ensnare you despite yourself.” - The New York Times Blue Man Group will rock your world. Blow your mind. And unleash your spirit. As three bald and blue men explore our world, together we’ll discover music, laughter and surprises at every turn.…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Quartets and Four-ness” Free, public lecture before New York Philharmonic String Quartet

April 5, 2020 • 3:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Quartets involve four players and are written in four “voices." But even when all the players are playing, there may be only one or two things going on in the music. Or there may be more than four. Composers tend to have characteristic ways of playing with these numbers and the relationships between the voices.…

New York Philharmonic String Quartet

April 5, 2020 • 4:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

https://youtu.be/wjjrqkaSuk4 “A marvelous ensemble.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES A chance to luxuriate with some of the world’s best string players in works that brought the prestigious quartet form to prominence in the 18th century and beyond. This quartet, founded in January 2017 during the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, comprises four principal musicians…

Requiem for an Electric Chair – School Time Performance Presented in collaboration with Portland High School, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center and Indigo Arts Alliance

April 16, 2020 • 10:00 am

John Ford Auditorium, Portland High School

https://youtu.be/sDpQzlHjmnE “Requiem for an Electric Chair is a work of catharsis and witness, a way of both processing own trauma and alerting the world to the suffering of others.” — THE ARTS PAPER Set in an illegal detention center, Requiem for an Electric Chair is a powerful and unforgettable solo, multimedia performance about Tot Kisaku's…

Requiem for an Electric Chair Presented in collaboration with Portland High School, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center and Indigo Arts Alliance

April 16, 2020 • 7:30 pm

John Ford Auditorium, Portland High School

https://youtu.be/sDpQzlHjmnE “Requiem for an Electric Chair is a work of catharsis and witness, a way of both processing own trauma and alerting the world to the suffering of others.” — THE ARTS PAPER With a gun to his head, Toto Kisaku was moments away from being killed when his executioner showed him a moment of…

Bicentennial Series International Contemporary Ensemble

https://youtu.be/iIxZhKQ86Cw “…the new gold standard for new-music…” - The New Yorker Called “extraordinary” by The New York Times and “America’s foremost new-music group” by Alex Ross, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is one of the most exciting ensembles working today. For Ovations audiences only, ICE brings an evening of music drawn from Ashley Fure's The Force…

Broadway National Tour Chicago

May 14, 2020 - May 15, 2020

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/-Jduj-7Tft4   Chicago still GLITTERS HYPNOTICALLY - Ben Brantley, The New York Times There’s never been a better time to experience Chicago, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history…

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