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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…

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,…

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 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…

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…

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! 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…

“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.

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…

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”

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

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

https://youtu.be/AOfs_lJ0mYM   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…

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