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Our Stories – We’re POP-ing with Performances

As we close in on the one-year anniversary of pandemic shut downs, we're overjoyed to be in production for Portland Ovations Presents: POP 90, a benefit celebration of Ovations' 90th anniversary year. That's right: Portland Ovations was founded as the Portland Music Commission in 1931: in the midst of another global crisis, the Great Depression. [...]

By | March 4th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – Toward Being Future Beings

As we look forward to next week’s Seeking Resonance conversation “Toward Being Future Beings” in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance, we want to take a moment to share with you the genesis of this conversation: a dynamic new work by dancemaker Emily Johnson, “Being Future Being,” which Portland Ovations is co-commissioning. Originally from Alaska and [...]

Our Stories – Learning and Dancing with Step Afrika!

When we experienced Step Afrika! we couldn't stay in our seats. The energy, the rhythm, and the speed were infectious. We couldn't wait to get Maine audiences - of all ages - into Merrill for the performance. We had intended for Step Afrika! to be featured live in the 2020-21 season but those plans had to change. While [...]

By | February 19th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories, Seeking Resonance|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – The Bridge We’re Building

This year, we’ve been building a Bridge. And now that Bridge, with its strong Towers and gleaming Trusses, is standing solid. The story of this Bridge began last March, when, along with the rest of the world, Ovations found ourselves teetering on the edge of a perilous precipice. On Friday, March 13, 2020, as we [...]

By | February 4th, 2021|Categories: Maine Artists, Our Stories|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – How Do We Ensure Kids Can Still Experience the Performing Arts?

There’s nothing better than a Merrill Auditorium full of young people chatting and wiggling in their seats as they wait for one of our Family Performances to begin. We so miss these moments. We know it’s important for Ovations to continue to offer young people and their families chances to enjoy the performing arts during [...]

By | January 28th, 2021|Categories: Maine Artists, Our Stories|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – Celebrating Our Maine Artists

Last week we held a series of conversations around the five projects Ovations is commissioning by Maine-based artists. From dance to music and theater, from traditional to the contemporary – these five projects deeply explore a wide range of the creativity that makes Maine such a special and innovative place. You can still experience these conversations [...]

By | January 21st, 2021|Categories: Maine Artists, Our Stories|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

On Change through New and Collective Music Making

By Maya French, Palaver Strings I am among many newcomers who have chosen Portland as a home, for reasons like: quality of life, proximity to Maine’s raw beauty, the diversity, the culture, and of course for the humanity that defines this small city with Mainers and new Mainers who are ready to connect.  And yet, [...]

By | May 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

From the Desk of our Board Chair

We hope today’s email finds you, your families, and your communities weathering the storm caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We hope amidst it all you’ve also seen local and national press coverage on the impact of COVID-19 closures and cancellations on Ovations and all our peer organizations in the country's arts and cultural sectors. As our own Executive & Artistic [...]

By | April 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Support Maine’s Cultural Community

March 23, 2020   Dear Friends and Supporters of Maine's Cultural Community, Like all parts of American society, Maine's museums, libraries, and arts organization are mobilizing to respond to the coronavirus. We are working to keep our patrons, staff, and community safe; creating innovative ways to entertain, serve, and keep you connected; and doing our [...]

By | March 25th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

New York Philharmonic String Quartet Program Notes by Linda Russell

    Quartet in G Major, K. 387 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) Mozart’s musical genius soon became apparent to his musician father. At the tender age of six Leopold Mozart took his son on the first of many concert tours to display his prodigious talent. During the next ten years Mozart developed as [...]