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  • machine dazzle maine college of art residency

Machine Dazzle in Residence at MECA

September 15, 2019 - September 19, 2019

Maine College of Art

Taylor Mac maintains we are “a nation of makers” and that one of his favorite makers is costume designer Machine Dazzle. Machine, whose parents met and married in Pembroke, Maine, will be in residence at the Maine College of Art (MECA) on Congress Street in Portland from September 15th – 19th 2019. His residency includes…

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Machine Dazzle: Public Lecture Free, public lecture at Maine College of Art

September 17, 2019 • 1:00 pm

Maine College of Art

Taylor Mac maintains we are “a nation of makers” and that one of his favorite makers is costume designer Machine Dazzle. Machine, whose parents met and married in Pembroke, Maine, will be in residence at the Maine College of Art (MECA) on Congress Street in Portland from September 15th – 19th 2019. His residency includes…

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Panel Discussion: Queer Maine – Memory & Resilience Across Time and Place Free panel discussion

September 18, 2019 • 6:30 pm

mac himTaylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade of Popular Music (abridged)” kicks off Ovations’ Maine Bicentennial season, with its focus on making our state’s invisible histories visible and an emphasis on resistance and rebellion. Our pre-performance panelists span generations, perspectives, and geographies of Maine’s past, present, and future relationships with its queer communities. Facilitated by longtime queer…

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Pre-Performance Lecture: New Traditions in American, Celtic and Scandinavian Music Free, public lecture before Kittel & Co.

October 10, 2019 • 6:30 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

Ever wonder how much of the music you listen to is influenced by ancient Celtic traditions? Kittel & Co’s music is part of a rich tapestry of contemporary string music made today in the American, Scottish, Irish, and Scandinavian music scenes. Join us pre-performance at Port City Music Hall for an exploration of how those…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Blue Roots” Free, public lecture before Songhoy Blues

October 10, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Port City Music Hall, Portland

Songhoy Blues is acclaimed for its guitar mastery in the “desert blues” genre of contemporary North African music. The African rhythms underlying the music we know and love as “the Blues” traveled to the Americas via the Trans-Atlantic enslavement and trafficking of Africans. Join us pre-performance at Port City Music Hall as Marc Chillemi highlights…

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The Freedom Walk

November 2, 2019 • 1:00 pm

Green Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church

To welcome Kingdom Choir and better understand their musical selections, presentation, and history join us for a walk along Portland’s ‘Underground Railroad’ lead by artist Daniel Minter, Reverend Kenneth Lewis, and Portland City Councilor Pious Ali, concluding with an engaging talk by Reverend Lewis. What is the “gospel” in gospel music and what are Maine’s…

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Public Lecture: “The Gospel in Gospel Music” Free, public lecture following "The Freedom Walk"

November 2, 2019 • 3:00 pm

Green Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church

Following our Freedom Walk special tour of Portland's Underground Railroad we invite you to join Reverend Kenneth I. Lewis, Pastor of Green Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church as speaks about The Gospel in Gospel Music. His pre-performance lecture explores the history behind the religious and spiritual messages gospel puts forward, and takes us from an understanding…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “The Trans-Atlantic British Influence on African Music” Free, public lecture before The Kingdom Choir

November 9, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Were you awed by Kingdom Choir’s ethereal performance of “Amazing Grace” at the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry to Meghan Markle last year? Prior to the Choir’s performance, explore the history and British origins of this iconic song within the context of the African “call and response” tradition in the creation of gospel music,…

Magic Tree House: “Showtime with Shakespeare” – School Time Performance

November 18, 2019 • 10:00 am

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…

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Pre-Performance Lecture: “The Legacy and Songs of the Shakers” Free, public lecture before Boston Camerata

December 1, 2019 • 2:45 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Brother Arnold, one of only three remaining Shakers all based in Sabbathday Lake, Maine, shares the history and context of the seven Shaker songs included in the Boston Camerata’s performance. Through his personal experience and history, Brother Arnold breathes life into the stories of each song.   The pre-performance lecture takes place at Hannford Hall…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Hot off the Keyboard” Free, public lecture before Gabriela Montero

January 25, 2020 • 2:45 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

In a pre-performance lecture, “Hot off the Keyboard,” University of Southern Maine’s Dr. Laura Kargul dives deep into Montero’s repertoire to explore the ways some of the greatest classical composers were renowned for their improvisational skills at the keyboard. Works such as the Bach toccatas, Mozart variations, Chopin nocturnes and Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies often sound…

MOMIX: “Viva MOMIX” – School-Time Performance

February 7, 2020 • 10:00 am

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 – School-Time Performance

February 13, 2020 • 10:00 am

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

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 back to the Emperors of long-ago Chinese dynasties, with a contemporary approach. Using ancient instruments from small finger cymbals…

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Pre-Performance Lecture: “Lyrical Expressionism of Chinese Drumming” Free, public lecture before GuGu Drum Group

February 15, 2020 • 6:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Drums speak. They have been used for centuries to communicate from area to area and people to people around the world. In “Lyrical Expressionism of Chinese Drumming,” Dr. Chao Ling, a professor of Chinese literature and culture and native of Shanghai, explores the language and history of drumming as both art form and means of…

Pre-Performance Lecture: “How Vocal Folk Traditions Found their Seat at the Table” Free, public lecture before Avi Avital & Bridget Kibbey

February 18, 2020 • 6:45 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Béla Bartók is, alongside Franz Liszt, regarded as Hungary’s greatest composer and one of the most important of the 20th century—as well as a skilled pianist and  ethnomusicologist. Bartók’s music provides Dr. Robert Lehmann, Professor of Music and Director of Strings Studies and Orchestral Activities at the University of Southern Maine School of Music, an…

Las Cafeteras: In-School Performance Opportunity

March 19, 2020 - March 21, 2020

https://youtu.be/jzqank4QSIg “Live, they’re magnetic.” – Los Angeles Times Bring Las Cafeteras to your school on March 19th, 20th or 21st, 2020 for a special performance and educational opportunity.   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…

Living Voices: “Hear My Voice” – School Time Performance: 10 AM & 12 PM

https://youtu.be/mfnfvNVs0zc   Join the 72-year battle that won half of America’s citizens the right to vote 100 years ago. This dramatization of a young woman, Jessie’s, experience as a suffragette during the World War I era brings to life the rock stars who started the movement, such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; the…

The Snowy Day – School Time Performance

March 30, 2020 • 10:00 am

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…

Requiem for an Electric Chair – School Time Performance Presented in collaboration with Portland High School, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center and Indigo Arts Alliance

April 16, 2020 • 10:00 am

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 Set in an illegal detention center, Requiem for an Electric Chair is a powerful and unforgettable solo, multimedia performance about Tot Kisaku's…

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