Portland

Program Notes for Janice Carissa by Philip Carlsen

Notes on the Program Notes written and voiced by Philip Carlsen LISTEN to these program notes on Youtube LISTEN to these program notes on Spotify   Enrique Granados: Maiden and the Nightingale   The three great Spanish composers who came of age around the turn of the last century are principally known for works celebrating their … Read more

Program Notes for Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble by Philip Carlsen

Notes on the Program Notes written and voiced by Philip Carlsen LISTEN to these program notes on Youtube LISTEN to these program notes on Spotify   Today’s program displays a striking symmetry. Each half opens with a single-movement Baroque composition, contrapuntal and abstract, which serves as a kind of prelude to the large-scale Romantic piece … Read more

A Free Community Dance Party Open To All

Garba360

Portland Ovations kicks off its 92nd season on Saturday, September 17th with Garba360, a lively and immersive community dance party that is free and open to the public. Anchored by live music by Kashyap Jani and Friends, a 5-piece Garba band based out of Connecticut and two guided dance tutorials starting at 4pm and 5:30pm, this unique event invites all to enjoy and learn the essential … Read more

Here’s to a great season!

Ovations’ 91st season is officially wrapped. Wow, we did it. And by “we” – we mean all of us. Because there is no live performance without you. Over the past 10 months, across 11 venues, more than 23,000 experienced 36 live performances. Seven of these performances were free and in public spaces. Five were dedicated … Read more

2021-22 Season Reflection – An Unforgettable Season

 OCTOBER We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off our 91st season than with 5 free public performances of the vertical dance innovators, BANDALOOP, which had people captivated, lying in the streets and watching from nearby rooftops, balconies and windows, as dancers were suspended from the rooftop of the Canopy by Hilton Portland … Read more

Program Notes for New York Philharmonic String Quartet by Philip Carlsen

Notes on the Program Notes written and voiced by Philip Carlsen LISTEN to these program notes on Youtube LISTEN to these program notes on Spotify   WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791) String Quartet in C major, K. 465 (“Dissonance”) Mozart’s C major quartet, K. 465, is one of six quartets that he dedicated to his friend … Read more

Program Notes for “Requiem for an Electric Chair” by Aimée M. Petrin

Requiem for an Electric Chair

Dear Friends, It was 2018, Worcester, MA and a convening hosted by New England Foundation for the Arts. Presenters and artists from across New England were gathered together to share and learn about future performing arts projects. One of the artists that presented that day, a short excerpt from his solo performance piece, was Toto Kisaku. An internationally … Read more

Program Notes for Step Afrika! by Aimée M. Petrin

Step Afrika

Dear Friends, Thank you for joining us for Ovations’ performance of Step Afrika!  During the worst of the pandemic when gathering together in person was not possible, one of the bright spots was our ongoing engagement with Step Afrika! Originally slated for our 2020-21 season, Step Afrika! is one of the arts leaders taking full advantage … Read more

Program Notes for Sphinx Virtuosi voiced by George Lopez

Sphinx Virtuosi

Notes on the Program Notes Provided by Sphinx Virtuosi – Voiced by George Lopez, Bowdoin College Artist in Residence LISTEN to these program notes on Youtube LISTEN to these program notes on Spotify   Xavier Foley (b 1994) Ev’ry Voice This work is an homage and pays tribute to the Black National Anthem. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was … Read more