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Bicentennial Series Taylor Mac: “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, (Abridged)” A co-presentation with the State Theatre

September 19, 2019 • 7:30 pm

State Theatre, Portland

https://youtu.be/c4svHYVA5Pg “A necessary and great American epic for our time.” - Los Angeles Times Fabulous. Fierce. Unforgettable. MacArthur Fellow and Guggenheim Award-winning performer Taylor Mac chronicles an unseen history of America through a hand-picked selection of songs ranging from murder ballads to disco and everything in between. At its core, this immersive and outrageously entertaining…

Kittel & Co.

October 10, 2019 • 7:30 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

  https://youtu.be/8rV-gXb-zqA Grammy-nominee Jeremy Kittel is recognized as one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation. Joined by his band Kittel & Co., this extraordinary trio of musicians inhabit the space between classical and acoustic roots music, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, and folk and jazz sensibilities. From the Telluride Blues Festival to…

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…

ANNUAL BENEFIT BASH Lady 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 Lady Rizo returns with her very, very special guest Ari Shapiro. A provocateur with a razor sharp wit, Grammy Award-winner Lady Rizo transforms cabaret standards…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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