Live Performance


“International festival aims to delight, unite, and inspire” – YALE NEWS Ovations kicks off the 92nd 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 Indian Gujarati folk dances of garba and raas. Clapping, spinning and … Read more

Jessica Vosk – “My Golden Age”

“Dazzling audiences with her talent, energy, sincerity and humor.” BROADWAY WORLD Jessica Vosk, the dazzling singer and actress known for her work on Broadway and beyond, brings her spectacular sold-out Carnegie Hall debut show, My Golden Age, on the road. The evening of music and stories features works from Stephen Sondheim to Andrew Lloyd Webber to … Read more

CANCELLED – Héritier Watanabe

CANCELLED Due to unresolved visa issues, the concert with Héritier Watanabe has been cancelled. Thank you for your patience as we had hoped to find a new date to present Héritier and his band. All current ticket holders will be contacted regarding their tickets. Since the early age of 10, Congolese dancer/singer/songwriter, Héritier Watanabe has … 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 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

“Stories are more than words. They are tools to build community, teach values, and pass on knowledge to future generations.” CHRIS NEWELL (PASSAMAQUODDY) 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 production of Wabanaki stories and music … Read more

Miró Quartet & Soprano Karen Slack

“There is nuance, handsome phrasing and meticulous playing in every bar.” SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE PROGRAM NOTES READ LISTEN ON YOUTUBE LISTEN ON SPOTIFY 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 featuring Daniel Ching, violin, William … Read more


WORLD PREMIERECommissioned Maine Artist by Portland Ovations The project is an attempt to create something beautiful, true, memorable, epic and with elemental soul. KEREM DURDAG Story, Book, Lyrics by Kerem Durdag Music by Andy Happel Directed by Linda L. Nelson somewhere/elsewhere is a one-night-only concert reading of a new pop-rock musical that immerses us in … Read more