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Bicentennial and Raising the Barre Series Sara Juli: “Burnt-Out Wife” – SOLD OUT Co-commission and world premiere co-presented with SPACE

October 17, 2019 - October 19, 2019

SPACE

An Ovations co-commission and world premiere. A world premiere of Maine based artist Sara Juli’s latest feminist solo, Burnt­-Out Wife. Taking on topics such as monogamy, intimacy, loneliness, and other marital taboos, Juli employs her physical and comedic talents to explore autobiographical issues of importance to all women. This full length, multimedia work defies genre and will…

Songhoy Blues

October 26, 2019 • 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

https://youtu.be/ODjF7a9LzGc “Songhoy Blues puts its own exuberant take on African sounds.” - The Washington Post Sons of Mali, musical refugees, groundbreaking artists, virtuoso performers, survivors. Steeped in the deep traditions of classic Malian music and desert blues infused with youthful and supercharged sounds of today, Songhoy Blues makes music that is unique, exciting, contagious and…

The Kingdom Choir

November 9, 2019 • 8:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/pJjLCvoEFYU “...their vocal power and ecstatic harmonies make for spine-tingling moments...” - The Guardian They say you shouldn’t upstage a bride on her big day, but luckily the Kingdom Choir didn’t get the memo. Their show-stopping performance of “Stand By Me” was the highlight of 2018’s Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, launching…

Palaver Strings Presents Welcome Home

November 14, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

Welcome Home celebrates the vitality of Maine's immigrant communities through music and storytelling. Palaver Strings will collaborate with guest artists of Franco-American, Burundian, and Iraqi heritage, sharing traditional music and personal stories of their families' journeys to Maine. As the program tours through Maine, Palaver Strings will celebrate Maine's cultural diversity, reflect on our own…

ANNUAL BENEFIT BASH Rizo with guest Ari Shapiro Emcee & Auctioneer Christine O’Leary

November 15, 2019

Aura

“ a scene stealer, not just with his singing but his humor.” - The Seattle Times A once-in-a-lifetime pairing in an intimate club setting for Ovations audiences only, the charismatic Rizo returns with her very, very special guest Ari Shapiro. A provocateur with a razor sharp wit, Grammy Award-winner Rizo transforms cabaret standards and pop…

Magic Tree House: “Showtime with Shakespeare”

November 17, 2019 • 3:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

https://youtu.be/XJJOOBLSifQ “I’m thrilled that Showtime with Shakespeare will be touring this year! Stage Fright on a Summer Night has long been one of my favorite titles in my Magic Tree House series...” — MARY POPE OSBORNE, SERIES AUTHOR Let us whisk you back to Elizabethan England for an adventurous meeting with the Bard himself—all to…

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.…

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 celebrating 18th and 19th century songs of rebellion and resistance. With works spanning early America including music from Maine’s own Shaker community, the unique instrumentation includes voice, flute, fiddle, cello, fife and drum along…

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…

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 BROADWAYTM has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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 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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