Pre-Performance Lectures


Join Ovations Offstage for an in-depth look at an art form, artist, or performance theme. Drawing from a local roster of scholars and practitioners, these presentations contextualize the performance and bring new meaning to the main event. 

The 2023-24 Chamber pre-performance lectures are curated by George Lopez, Beckwith Artist-in-Residence & Director of the Bowdoin Orchestra.  

Unless otherwise noted, lectures will be held in person, directly preceding the performance.  

  • The Jerusalem Quartet 
    • Saturday, October 7, 2023, 1:45-2:30 PM
    • Maine Jewish Museum 
    • Speaker: Thomas Wolf 
  •  Zlata Chochieva 
    • Saturday, February 17, 2024, 1:30-2:30 PM 
    • Hannaford Hall, USM Campus, Portland 
    • Speaker: George Lopez  
  • Handel and Haydn Society 
    • Sunday, May 5, 2024, 1:45-2:30 PM  
    • Hannaford Hall, USM Campus, Portland 
    • Speaker: TBD 
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Ovations Offstage, affectionately called “O2” for short, is where we create magical, resonating moments through dynamic experiences that integrate the performing arts into everyday community life.