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Portland Ovations’ Annual Benefit featuring Lady Rizo

October 3, 2018 • 6:00 pm

Aura

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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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