>Our Stories

Portland Ovations is your Maine nonprofit home for the performing arts.
We use dance, music, and theater to share stories, conversations, and experiences from around the world.
We also create opportunities to share powerful arts experiences through Ovations Offstage (O2),
which offers performing arts education for all ages, including School-Time Performances, Masterclasses,
and free Pre-Performance Lectures, panels, and community events.
And now, we invite you to join these conversations through “Our Stories:”
blogs, videos, and podcasts to connect us all more deeply to Ovations’ artists, their stories, and the magic between us.

BLOG: O2, The Air We Breathe

brings you original context for our artists and performances. Whether pre-performance preparatory notes, post-performance after glow’s making connections to broader issues, or arts integrated learning activities for home schooling, we’ve got all this and more right here.
Subscribe, respond, and become a part of the conversation!

Miwa Matreyek Performance Notes by Aimée Petrin

Dear Friends, I first saw Miwa perform several years ago in LA, her home base. I was immediately mesmerized by the imagery, [...]

Malpaso Dance Company Performance Notes by Aimée Petrin

Dear Friends, Inspired by dance lovers in our community, about a year ago we began to think about how to increase [...]

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Notes by Aimée Petrin

Dear Friends, Thank you for joining us for New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. From Jelly Roll Morton to Louis Armstrong and Fats [...]

Folk Music in Maine: An Enduring Legacy – By Paul F. Wells

Editor’s Note: This week, Ovations welcomes Grammy nominated Avi Avital and Bridget Kibbey to our classical music series on Tuesday, [...]

Avi Avital & Bridget Kibbey Notes by Aimée Petrin

Dear Friends, After three attempts and at least as many years, it is a thrill to finally bring to Portland Grammy [...]

Avi Avital and Bridget Kibbey Program Notes by Linda Russell

    Flute sonata in E-flat Major, BWV 1031 J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750) Coming from a long line of [...]

PODCASTS: POV

NEW! Portland Ovations’ launched its POV Podcast Series in late 2019. Tune in to hear directly from artists, audiences, community members, and other commentators in episodes that take their cue from one of Ovations’ unique performance experiences.
Subscribe today to not miss an episode!

VIDEOS

Portland Ovations IS performing arts: we’ve got the best videos!
Whether you’re curious to watch previews of upcoming artists or look back’s to events in which you participated or ones you may have missed,
subscribe to our YouTube channel to explore all the ways
Ovations is Everywhere.

2019-2020 Moments to Remember

 

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