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Broadway National Tour “Elf The Broadway Musical”

November 16, 2018 - November 17, 2018

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Elf The Broadway Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks…

Vienna Boys Choir: “Christmas in Vienna”

November 28, 2018 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Audiences and critics worldwide praise the talented singers of the Vienna Boys Choir for their celestial voices, pure tone, and irresistible charm. “Bright, light voices through the centuries” (The New York Times), the Choir has been a cultural institution for more than 500 years. Today, the Vienna Boys Choir performs annually for nearly half a…

Masterclass with Dover Quartet Masterclass for select Bowdoin Students

December 6, 2018 • 9:00 am

Bowdoin College

The award-winning Dover Quartet leads a strings masterclass for selected music students at Bowdoin College. This class will be open to observers but all student spots have been filled. Time subject to change. Please check back for further details.

Pre-performance Lecture: “Time and Proportion in Tchaikovsky, Schubert and Dvorák.” Free, public lecture before Dover Quartet

December 6, 2018 • 6:30 pm

Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus

Dover Quartet : Offstage Activities Composer and performer John Mehrmann will explore the elements of time, proportion and space, and how they are evoked through musical elements of rhythm, harmony, melody and texture in three great works by Tchaikovsky, Schubert and Dvorák. The pre-performance lecture takes place in the Abromson Community Education Center. For more…

Dover Quartet

December 6, 2018 • 7:30 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition, where they were lauded for their “exceptional level of maturity, poise and artistry.” Other achievements quickly amassed in their “practically meteoric” ascent (Strings) include winning the Cleveland Quartet Award as well as the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. Formed…

National Geographic Live! with Photographer Jodi Cobb “Stranger in a Strange Land”

January 10, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

National Geographic Live speakers share their journeys of exploration from being on assignment around the world. Illustrated with award-winning photography and video, each evening concludes with a speaker-led audience Q&A session. Join veteran National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb on a whirlwind retrospective of a distinguished career spanning four decades. Known for breaking through barriers and going…

Alsarah & the Nubatones

January 17, 2019 • 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

“The new princess of Nubian pop” (The Guardian), Alsarah first graced Ovations’ series in 2015 as part of the pan-African music extravaganza, the Nile Project. In 2019, the stunning Sudanese-born singer, songwriter, bandleader and ethnomusicologist returns with her band, the Nubatones. With percussionist Rami El-Aasser, bassist Mawuena Kodjovi, oudist Brandon Terzic, and her sister Nahid…

Pre-performance Lecture: “Living Voices: Giving Voice to Joan of Arc” Free, public lecture before The Orlando Consort: "Voices Appeared"

January 24, 2019 • 6:30 pm

Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus

Join cofounder and Baritone of The Orlando Consort Donald Greig for a pre-performance lecture about giving voice to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc. Free and open to the public. For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150 or email offstage@portlandovations.org.  

The Orlando Consort: “Voices Appeared”

January 24, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Voices Appeared is a live multimedia performance and historical reconstruction of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc. Curated and performed by the UK’s celebrated Orlando Consort, the project uses vocal works from the early part of the 15th century — coinciding with Joan of Arc’s lifetime — to accompany the classic…

Voctave

February 2, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Sophisticated arrangements marked by impeccable harmonies set this 11-member ensemble apart from the a cappella field. Group members honed their vocal chops as part of Disney World’s famed a cappella group, Voices of Liberty, while performing all over the globe and on countless recordings. And the world has taken notice of their musical pyrotechnics —…

California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio

February 7, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Featuring all six virtuoso guitarists from California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3), the musicianship on stage fuses over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique “phenomensemble.” The bright tones of CGT’s steel strings blend effortlessly with MG3’s mellow nylon-stringed sound, as the trios masterfully come together on each other’s original…

Queen Nur – LIMITED AVAILABILITY “Sweet Potato Pie and Such”

February 12, 2019

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Clap your hands, stomp your feet and sing along! Incomparable storyteller Queen Nur and her percussionist partner dish up a tasty treat of multicultural stories, songs and dance, featuring the influence of the African Diaspora. This highly energetic and interactive performance delights, as well as enlightens, young audiences. Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik presents a rich…

Broadway National Tour “Legally Blonde: The Musical”

February 13, 2019 - February 14, 2019

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Fabulously fun and international award-winning Legally Blonde — The Musical is the ultimate Broadway tribute to Girl Power! Based on the beloved movie, the story follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves that you can be legally blonde and still be…

American Contemporary Music Ensemble: “Strumming Music”

February 21, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA

Described as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying,” by The New York Times, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) is a force for new music, dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. The ensemble’s instrumentation is flexible, and includes some of today’s most soughtafter composer musicians such as pianist Timo Andres…

Living Voices – LIMITED AVAILABILITY “The Right to Dream”

February 28, 2019

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Witness the struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America in this compelling story presented by Living Voices, who return by popular demand for the fourth consecutive year to our School-Time Performance Series. The Right to Dream follows a young student named Raymond, recreating his coming of age as an African-American in Mississippi during the…

Broadway National Tour “The Sound of Music”

March 1, 2019 - March 2, 2019

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The hills are alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to Merrill Auditorium. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®–, Grammy®–, and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song. The Sound of…

Ranky Tanky

March 7, 2019 • 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, “ proves that the right musicians can make the past new all over again” (NPR). Trumpeter Charlton Singleton, guitarist Clay Ross, bassist Kevin Hamilton, drummer Quentin Baxter, and vocalist Quiana Parler mix the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel,…

Niyaz featuring Azam Ali

March 14, 2019 • 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

Captivating and ethereal, Niyaz takes folkloric sounds and poetry from their native Iran and modernizes them through contemporary technologies and ideas to create a 21st century global trance tradition that is hypnotic and ecstatic. Led by frontwoman Azam Ali’s “rich and precise voice” (NPR Music), Niyaz’s masterful blend of lush acoustic instrumentation with state of-the-art…

Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition

This multi-media adventure, based on the novel by Jack London, mixes classic storytelling with projected illustrations to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent offspring of a Saint Bernard and a Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold…

600 HIGHWAYMEN: “The Fever”

March 22, 2019 - March 23, 2019

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

“One of New York’s best nontraditional companies” (The New Yorker) 600 HIGHWAYMEN makes performances that offer a new way of seeing. Exploring a radical approach to making live art, the company constructs events that create intimacy among a group of strangers. Their latest work, The Fever tests the limits of individual and collective responsibility, and…

Dreamers’ Circus

March 28, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

A chance jam session at a 2009 folk festival in Copenhagen led to the creation of the adventurous and talented Dreamers’ Circus. Featuring Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violinist for the Danish String Quartet (a frequent collaborator), along with Nikolaj Busk on piano and accordion, and Ale Carr on Nordic cittern, this young trio is a driving…

Pre-performance Lecture: “Dancing Queens: How the Trocks Satirize Classical Ballet” Free, public lecture before Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

March 29, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

As a seasoned Master Instructor in Classical Ballet, Bryan Matluck (founder of Exchange Street Studios) will examine the ways in which the Trocks adhere to and depart from the classic works in the ballet cannon.   The pre-performance lecture takes place in the Rehearsal Hall at Merrill Auditorium.   For more information about Offstage activities,…

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

March 29, 2019 • 8:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Drag meets dance when “the Trocks” take the stage. For over 40 years, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo have turned the dance world on its head with their (mostly) faithful renditions of classical ballet repertoire. “A company of men who dance on pointe with as much panache and style as any prima ballerina” (Pointe…

National Geographic Live: “Wild Seas, Secret Shores” with Marine Biologist and photographer Thomas Peschak

“Science and art are not poles apart for me, they go hand in hand in a life dedicated to exploring, studying, and documenting our extensive oceans.” — THOMAS PESCHAK To Thomas Peschak, sharks aren’t a reason to get out of the water. They’re a reason to get in. Following his lifelong obsession, he’s found himself…

National Geographic Live! with Marine Biologist & Photographer Thomas Peschak “Wild Seas, Secret Shores”

April 4, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

National Geographic Live speakers share their journeys of exploration from being on assignment around the world. Illustrated with award-winning photography and video, each evening concludes with a speaker-led audience Q&A session. To Thomas Peschak, sharks aren’t a reason to get out of the water. They’re a reason to get in. Following his lifelong obsession, he’s found…

Wild Kratts® LIVE 2.0 – Activate Creature Power!

April 5, 2019 • 6:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

ABOUT THE SHOW The Wild Kratts LIVE! stage show that has kids across North America buzzing is coming to Portland Ovations with an ALL NEW show: “Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0 – Activate Creature Power!” Get ready to dive into a Wild Kratts adventure with the Kratt brothers as they combine live action and animation, with…

SOLD OUT: “Air Play” – School Time Performance

SOLD OUT This performance is sold out. Tickets are still available to our April 11, 7 PM family series performance. Click here for more information.   Please note that latex balloons are used onstage and in the audience during this performance. Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life…

“Air Play”

April 11, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

“A joy from start to finish” (Sydney Morning Herald), Air Play reveals the adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Circus and science collide as fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky,…

Violin Masterclass with Alexi Kenney Masterclass for select Bowdoin Students

April 12, 2019 • 4:30 pm

Bowdoin College

Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Alexi Kenney leads a violin masterclass for select Bowdoin Students. This class will be open to observers but all student spots have been filled. Time subject to change. Please check back for further details.

Pre-Performance Lecture: “From Dispensable Servant to Diva: The Violin in Chamber Music” Free, public lecture before Alexi Kenney with Renana Gutman

April 13, 2019 • 1:00 pm

Abromson Center, USM Portland Campus

The violin has had many roles in chamber music over the centuries. Mary Hunter, the A. Leroy Greason Professor Emerita at Bowdoin College, and active violinist's lecture explores its rich history in this genre. Free and open to the public.   The pre-performance lecture takes place in the Abromson Community Education Center.   For more information…

Alexi Kenney with Renana Gutman

April 13, 2019 • 2:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney is hailed as “a talent to watch” by The New York Times, which also noted his “architect’s eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness.” His win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Alvin Ailey’s Reinvention of American Dance” Free, public lecture before Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

May 1, 2019 • 6:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

This tour marks Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 60th anniversary. Myron Beasley, Ph.D, Associate will discuss the company and its continued and significant role in reinventing American Modern Dance. Free and open to the public. The pre-performance lecture takes place in the Rehearsal Hall at Merrill Auditorium. For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

May 1, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

A company of dancers boasting a “nonchalant virtuosity” that “routinely sends its audience into the rapture zone” (The Washington Post). Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s (AAADT) diverse, dynamic and timeless repertory evokes a broad range of human emotion and experience: you don’t just see an Ailey performance — you feel it. Is it any wonder…

Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

“I love the book, and I am sure that the live action will inspire children of all ages to pursue their dreams and to realize if Jane did it, they can do it, too.” — JANE GOODALL Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with…

“Me…Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall”

May 4, 2019 • 11:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Based on Patrick McDonnell’s Caldecott Award-winning book, this brand new musical from the Kennedy Center explores the world of young Jane Goodall and her childhood adventures in  the outdoors. With her faithful companion — toy chimpanzee Jubilee — Jane learns all about the miracles of nature around her, inspiring her to spend the rest of…

Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical Experience

May 7, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

"About the Show" Based on the French novel, Les Liasions Dangereuses, and the classic cult film starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Geller, Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two…

Broadway National Tour “Finding Neverland”

May 15, 2019 - May 16, 2019

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at heart,” says Time magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony® winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award®-winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of…

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