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Raising the Barre Series Malpaso Dance Company

February 26, 2020 • 7:30 pm

Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJba8XQp8Q4 “...a pinch-me moment, one of those times when you catch an artistic dawning...Malpaso’s dancers were exceptional." - Los Angeles Times Raise the Barre Series 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…

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 Raise the Barre Series Bicentennial Series Merging cinematic vistas with intricate shadow play, multimedia performance artist Miwa Matreyek creates magical, surreal, visually rich fusions of intricate animation and live movement that leave audiences spellbound. Over two separate performances,…

Raising the Barre Series Russian National Ballet: “The Sleeping Beauty” Family Friendly Time

March 18, 2020 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Raise the Barre Series 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…

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 and Other Stories

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 and Other Stories celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall. Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights, making snow angels,…

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 Bicentennial Series 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…

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…

Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro – ‘Och and Oy! A Considered Cabaret’

July 15, 2020 • 7:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Alan Cumming (Cabaret, The Good Wife) and Ari Shapiro (NPR’s All Things Considered, Pink Martini) both transport audiences to other worlds through their stories. Now, they’re joining forces in SONG. Witness the exclusive debut of their new evening of tunes and tall tales titled “Och & Oy! A Considered Cabaret”. Musical direction by Henry Koperski.…

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