International

Héritier Watanabe

Since the early age of 10, Congolese dancer/singer/songwriter, Héritier Watanabe has been singing and electrifying audiences with his mix of Congolese Ndombolo, soukous and rumba music. Captivating and charismatic, Watanabe’s high energy dance music is backed by a full band of singers, dancers, percussionists, guitarist, bassist and keyboard player. Originally from Kinshasa Democratic Republic of … Read more

Fauré Quartett

“There’s such a passionate involvement about their playing.” THE GUARDIAN A highlight of Ovations’ 2020-21 virtual season, the Fauré Quartett returns live with a program of all works composed by Gabriel Faure, Gustav Mahler and Johannes Brahms specifically for piano quartet instrumentation. Founded in 1995 and named in honor of the French composer, the Fauré … Read more

Janice Carissa

“A fleet-fingered touch that is particularly impressive.” PHILIDELPHIA INQUIRER Praised for radiating “the multicolored highlights of a mature pianist” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, pianist Janice Carissa is lauded for playing that “conveys a vivid story rather than a mere showpiece” (Chicago Classical Review). Born in Indonesia, Carissa began her studies at the age of 5 … Read more

Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic

“An insightful, elegant and robust performance…The brilliant Berlin musicians gave an articulate and rhapsodic performance.” THE NEW YORK TIMES Innovative programming, a refined tonal culture and spirited interpretations are hallmarks of the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, which performs in a variety of instrumental combinations rooted in the classical octet form. Bridging the span … Read more

Bridget Kibbey: “From Persia to Iberia”

“…she made 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 From the Islamic Golden Era through the African maghreb, leading up to 16th century Andalusian Spain and touching upon Sephardic culture, harpist Bridget … Read more

Cirque Alfonse: “Animal, A Farm Story”

“The show’s unpretentious warmth and good humour are immensely refreshing.” STAGE DOOR  Cirque Alfonse returns to Merrill Auditorium with Animal, a series of surreal and slightly irreverent fables for the young and the young at heart. Journey through a reinvented land where a gentleman-farmer surrounds himself with familiar, yet crazy creatures: the chickens have teeth, … Read more

Farruquito: “Flamenco Íntimo”

“Farruquito dances as if he has every answer at his fingertips.” THE NEW YORK TIMES Called “the greatest flamenco dancer of this new century” by The New York Times, Farruquito (Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya) is hailed by critics and audiences alike for his prodigious artistry, incredible stage presence, profound poetry and captivating beauty. Heir to … Read more

Ballet Hispánico – Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years

Portland Ovations dedicates this performance to the life and memory of our dear friend Jane C. Wellehan. “A cutting edge crowd pleaser.” WASHINGTON POST The nation’s renowned LatinX dance organization, Ballet Hispánico, brings audiences together to celebrate the joy and diversity of Latinx culture. Equal parts artistic excellence and catalyst for change, Ballet Hispánico is … Read more

Golden Dragon Acrobats

“There is a precision and beauty about everything these performers do.” THE WASHINGTON POST Award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques combine to create an unforgettable experience of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty for the entire family. With a reputation solidly rooted in a commitment to the cultural tradition, … Read more

Amadou & Mariam and Blind Boys of Alabama

“Amadou and Mariam infuse blues riffs and melodic pop hooks into traditional Malian music, creating rich sonic tapestries that are intensely joyful while retaining the muted cool of indie rock.” THE WASHINGTON POST “Seeing the Blind Boys of Alabama in concert is part living history, part concert, all uplifting experience…the best moments come when the … Read more