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Portland Ovations’ Annual Benefit featuring Lady Rizo

October 3, 2018 • 6:00 pm


Highlighting what we do best, our 2018 benefit kicks off the season featuring an artist we think you’ll love – the incomparable Lady Rizo in her Maine debut – performing at Aura, Portland’s newest music venue, which was recently nominated for "Best Small Music Venue in America". With just 300 seats for sale, incredible experience packages…

The Rainbow Fish

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, the company that brought Ovations Offstage favorites Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Guess How Much I Love You, presents a magical new production, The Rainbow Fish. The performance includes an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s colorful story of friendship and self-discovery, as well as two of the author’s companion…

Mermaid Theatre: “The Rainbow Fish”

October 6, 2018 • 11:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with its silver scales and heart of gold in this new adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s awardwinning books about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. All-stars of the Ovations Family Series, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia returns with their latest striking puppetry…

Inon Barnatan

October 13, 2018 • 2:00 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

“One of the most admired pianists of his generation” (The New York Times), Israeli native Inon Barnatan is in demand across the globe. Recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Barnatan is the very first Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic, and the newly named music director of the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest. Barnatan’s…

Broadway National Tour “Rock of Ages”

October 19, 2018 - October 20, 2018

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! The Rock of Ages Tenth Anniversary Tour is blazing across North America! Nominated for five Tony Awards ®, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood. “Know What Love Is”, “Feel the Noise”, and “Take Your…

Beautiful Blackbird – SOLD OUT! An Adaptation of the Story by Ashley Bryan

Ovations Offstage, Portland Museum of Art, and Theater Ensemble of Color come together to bring Ashley Bryan’s lauded storybook, Beautiful Blackbird, to the stage. Inspired by a traditional story from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia, Blackbird tells the uplifting tale of the only bird in the forest with any black feathers. When the other birds…

Nicole Wolcott & Larry Keigwin: “Places Please!”

October 25, 2018 - October 26, 2018

In this intimate new production, award-winning dancers Nicole Wolcott and Larry Keigwin invite audiences behind the scenes to experience the anxiety and playfulness inherent in the life of a performer. Co-founders of the celebrated Keigwin + Company — who perform around the world at venerated venues including the Kennedy Center, the Joyce Theater and the…

National Geographic Live! with climber Mark Synnott “Life on the Vertical”

November 2, 2018 • 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. Mark Synnott is a man ever on the brink of new discovery. A big wall rockclimber of the highest order, he’s made legendary first ascents…

Broadway National Tour “Elf The Broadway Musical”

November 16, 2018 - November 17, 2018

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The start time for tonight’s (Friday, 11/16) performance of “Elf The Broadway Musical” is now 8:30 PM. Unfortunately the Broadway National Tour experienced two vehicle breakdowns while en route to Portland. As we say in the theater, “The show must go on!” And it will. We apologize for any inconveniences. Elf The Broadway Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy,…

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…

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…

Masterclass with Dover Quartet Masterclass for select Bowdoin Students

December 7, 2018 • 10:00 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.

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

January 10, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

RESCHEDULED Due to an injury, the presenter had to reschedule the event. New date is March 13, 2019 and a new ticketing link will be provided soon. If you are a current ticket holder and unable to attend, you will receive email notification with your options. National Geographic Live speakers share their journeys of exploration from…

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

Donald Greig – baritone and founding member of the Orlando Consort – will trace the history of the Carl Theodore Dreyer’s 1928 film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc and the various musical tributes it has received, including the score for the Consort’s performance of Voices Appeared. Free and open to the public. For more information…

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…

Drawing Now Exhibit presented in partnership with the ICA at MECA

February 1, 2019 - February 21, 2019

Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA

Drawing Now celebrates works by artists of the Drawing Collective and three guest artists. With its members hailing from eleven countries, the Drawing Collective’s objective is to maintain the development of an international aesthetic. The common denominator uniting these artists is the practice of drawing.   Descendants of Bauhaus, De Stijl, Réalities Nouvelles and Art Concret their works…


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

TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 10AM PERFORMANCE. 12 PM NO LONGER AVAILABLE. 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…

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…

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February Vacation – Theater Camp: “The Jumping Jacks and the Beanstalk”

February 18, 2019 - February 22, 2019

East End Community School

Portland Ovations Offstage and Portland Recreation are partnering to provide an opportunity for your child to perform on stage! Camp attendees will enjoy a full day of theater camp, with games, activities and rehearsals designed to highlight their inner performer. Camp will run from Monday February 18,  to Friday, February 22, 2019 • 8:30 AM -…

American Contemporary Music Ensemble: “Strumming Music”

February 21, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA

ACME is a chamber ensemble with flexible instrumentation, dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, and particularly to the work of American composers including luminaries such as Philip Glass and Morton Feldman, whose work will be featured in this special project. Lead by cellist Clarice Jensen and described as…

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…

Film Screening: Rebels on Pointe at SPACE Gallery

March 3, 2019 • 7:00 pm


Fascinated by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male, drag ballet company founded over 40 years ago? We are too. So Ovations Offstage (O2) has collaborated with an array of community partners to create THREE different opportunities for you to get up close and personal with members of the company and their work.  …

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Exploring Cultural Inspirations in Art Making” Free, public lecture before Ranky Tanky

March 7, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

Maine-based visual artist, Georgia native -- Daniel Minter explores sources of artistic inspiration found in Black southern culture and folklore. Illustrated with images of his work, Minter shares the regional and cultural influences, images, stories and sounds that inform both his art and Ranky Tanky’s music.   The pre-performance lecture takes place at Port City…

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,…

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

March 13, 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…

Niyaz pre-performance Belly Dance Class

March 14, 2019 • 5:30 pm

Brightstar World Dance

Warm up and ready yourself for a beautiful night of dancing with a beginner belly dance class led by renowned dancer and Grace Academy Founder Rosa Noreen. Rosa will lead you in a riveting belly dance workshop in the warm and supportive environment of Brightstar World Dance, located right down the road from Port City…

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…

Panel discussion Aging with Grace and Movement: Health Challenges Faced by LGBTQ Community

March 27, 2019 • 12:00 pm

University of New England

  Performing in pointe shoes and tutus takes its tole on an aging body. Many dancers are familiar with the repercussions of a life of performing. The members of ‘Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’  the all male drag ballet company, who perform on pointe with custom shoes face unique challenges to their bodies as they…

Drag Queen Bingo with Cherry Lemonade

March 27, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Austin Street Brewery

Retro meets FABULOUS as drag sensation Cherry Lemonade leads you in an evening of (not your grandma's) bingo at Austin Street Brewery's brand new location at 115 Fox Street in Portland. Just $5 per round or $20 for 5 rounds gives you the chance to win some incredible prizes while you support performing arts. Bingo…

Free LGBTQIA Intergenerational Movement Workshop with the Trocks

March 28, 2019 • 5:00 pm

University of New England

    Join Raffaele Morra, ballet master for Les Ballets Trockadero, and learn the company's signature work, The Dying Swan!  Participants will be given a short ballet warmup and will then be taught the full piece, with an opportunity to put their own comic spin on this classic solo.  Suitable for all levels of dance…

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), along with former Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo dancer Roberto Forleo 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…

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…

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