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The Orchestra in the Piano

January 7, 2018 • 2:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Behzod Abduraimov : Offstage Activities Composers for the piano have long drawn inspiration from orchestral colors and textures. Laura Kargul Professor of Music at USM discusses and demonstrates how the piano functions as a complete “orchestra” in the hands of great composers, and the ways in which a pianist can bring “the orchestra in the…

Why Does the World Need Roomful of Teeth?

January 18, 2018 • 6:30 pm

Hannaford Hall, USM Campus

Roomful of Teeth : Offstage Activities Emily Isaacson, Artistic Director of Oratorio Chorale, interviews founder and director of Roomful of Teeth, Brad Wells. Roomful of Teeth does not follow any previously established models of a successful music ensemble. Emily and Brad discuss what inspired Brad to create Roomful of Teeth, why he thought there was…

Comparing Contemporary and Classical Ballet

January 26, 2018 • 7:00 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

Travis Wall's Shaping Sound: "After the Curtain" : Offstage Activities Andrea Michaud Tracy, recently the Ballet and Contemporary Director at Kennebec Dance Centre, discusses how contemporary dance came to be and compares the approach in storytelling between contemporary and classical ballet. She discusses the pioneers of contemporary dance up through the leaders of today. For…

Ballet in the 20th and 21st Centuries

February 8, 2018 • 6:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

BJM—Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal : Offstage Activities Bryan Matluck, head of the Exchange Street Studio and ballet instructor, discusses the history and development of ballet in the 20th and 21st centuries. Videos will be used to highlight technical developments as well as to compare and contrast different styles. He will also discuss the future…

The Ukulele Family and How to Grow an Ensemble

April 12, 2018 • 6:30 pm

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain : Offstage Activities Nina Allen Miller, head of the Falmouth Library Ukulele Society, discusses the different instruments in the ukulele family and how a successful ensemble form, develops, and grows. For more information about Offstage activities, please call 207.773.3150 or email offstage@portlandovations.org.

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