Live Performance

“Memphis Jookin’: The Show” Featuring Lil Buck

“Buck’s power derives from the ability to get to the bottom of what something feels like for him and then to express it to the world.” THE NEW YORK TIMES Renowned dance artist Lil Buck conceived, choreographed and performs in his latest production — “Memphis Jookin’: The Show”. An ode to Lil Buck’s hometown and … Read more

“Ugly Duckling”

“”Ugly Duckling” is a wonderful piece of children’s theatre, slickly executed and lovingly performed. It will keep little ones enthralled from its energetic opening to its cheeky cliff-hanger conclusion.” ARTS YORK Meet the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen! In their nest at the edge of a pond, the baby ducklings wait impatiently … Read more


“International festival aims to delight, unite, and inspire” – YALE NEWS Ovations kicks off our 91st season with a lively and immersive community dance party. Featuring a high energy live band and guided dance instruction, this unique event invites all to enjoy the spirited and beloved western Indian Gujarati folk dances of garba and raas. … Read more

Jessica Vosk

“Dazzling audiences with her talent, energy, sincerity and humor.” BROADWAY WORLD Experience one of Broadway’s biggest voices soar to the rafters of Merrill Auditorium. Jessica Vosk is a celebrated singer and actress known for her stirring roles on musical theater and concert stages. Perhaps most recognized for her Broadway portrayal of the iconic Elphaba in … Read more

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

“The Last Girl” A Play by Dianne ‘dee’ Clarke

WORLD PREMIERECommissioned Maine Artist by Portland Ovations Ovations is honored to share the first full-length staged reading of dee Clarke’s memory play, The Last Girl, based in part on Clarke’s 2014 testimony on sexual trafficking to the Maine Human Rights Commission. The Last Girl tells, in three acts, Clarke’s personal story of surviving trafficking as … 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

Wabanaki Stories

WORLD PREMIERECommissioned Maine Artist by Portland Ovations The land and waters known as Maine have been home to Wabanaki people for over 12,000 years. This vibrant exploration of Wabanaki histories and cultures spotlights three Wabanaki storytellers coming from three different nations and storytelling traditions. Jennifer Pictou (Mi’kmaq) regales with spirit stories told in the company … 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