Live Performance

“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 PROGRAM NOTES READ LISTEN ON YOUTUBE LISTEN ON SPOTIFY A highlight of Ovations’ 2020-21 virtual season, the Fauré Quartett returns live with a program of works composed by Gabriel Fauré, Gustav Mahler and Johannes Brahms all specifically for piano quartet instrumentation. Founded in 1995 and … Read more

Janice Carissa

“A fleet-fingered touch that is particularly impressive.” PHILIDELPHIA INQUIRER PROGRAM NOTES READ LISTEN ON YOUTUBE LISTEN ON SPOTIFY 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, … 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

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

Miró Quartet & Soprano Karen Slack

“There is nuance, handsome phrasing and meticulous playing in every bar.” SAN FRANSISCO CHRONICAL Recognized by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for “exceptional tonal focus and interpretive intensity,” the Miró Quartet is regarded as one of America’s most celebrated and dedicated string quartets. For twenty-five years Miró has performed a wide range of repertoire that pays … Read more

“somewhere/elsewhere”

WORLD PREMIERECommissioned Maine Artist by Portland Ovations Two immigrants, one first generation and one second, find themselves in the U.S. and, over the course of lives fully lived, make it their home. Theirs is a story of finding love, belonging and self-identity in the midst of turbulence, joy and revelation; of separation and loss and … Read more

Cirque Alfonse: “Animal, A Farm Story”

“The show’s unpretentious warmth and good humour are immensely refreshing.” STAGE DOOR Ovations audience favorite Cirque Alfonse returns with Animal, a series of surreal 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, the ducks … Read more

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

“[Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra] has never wavered from its commitment to jazz’s thickest roots.” NEW YORK TIMES Jazz giant, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leads the illustrious Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble of virtuosos credited for re-imagining and contemporizing the notion of the “big band.” Simultaneously honoring the rich heritage of Duke Ellington, … 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