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Arts Integration at Home – Sculptor & Clay

With students at home and caregivers balancing work and school, everyone is adjusting and learning. We want to offer a few simple, creative, educational, and arts-based ways to spice up your distance learning - especially since the day might involve a lot of sitting.  On that note, a huge thank you to all the teachers [...]

Gabriela Montero: ‘Westward’ Program Notes by Linda Russell

  With “Westward,” Gabriela Montero pays homage to three pianist-composers who emigrated to the West in the early twentieth century in order to escape physical, cultural and psychological oppression in their Russian homeland. Sarcasms: Five Pieces for Piano, op. 17 Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Born in the Ukraine, Sergei Prokofiev enjoyed a happy childhood in which his [...]

Leaps of Faith with Ovations’ Deputy Director Linda Nelson

  Ovations is proud to be presenting Azam Ali and the Montreal-based music ensemble Niyaz tonight at PortCity.  At a reception last night for her, her husband Loga Tarkian and their son at Coffee by Design, I was once again reminded of and lifted up by the life-saving power of art. Art saved my life growing [...]

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: Ovations Offstage, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Beyond The Trocks with Deputy Director Linda Nelson

  The Trocks are Coming. The Trocks are Coming! The Trocks are coming to Maine via Portland Ovations! March 28 - 29   Sunday night I got to do something I love to do: sit in the dark, surrounded by (mostly) strangers, watching a movie. It is especially lovely to do this -- what feels like such a [...]

By | March 5th, 2019|Categories: Ovations Offstage, Things to do, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ovations Offstage-January 2018

January was a robust and varied month for Ovations Offstage programming. Offstage favorite Laura Kargul, professor of music at University of Southern Maine, started us off with a compelling lecture and piano recital bringing to life the idea of the “Orchestra in the Piano.” Laura gave her insight on how composers through history have used [...]

By | February 12th, 2018|Categories: Ovations Offstage|0 Comments

5 Ways Our Cinderella Enthusiasts Can Get Their Glass Slipper On!

What comes to mind when you hear the word Cinderella? Do you break out in “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo?” Or are you more of a Rodgers + Hammerstein fan? Is Helena Bonham Carter or Whitney Houston your favorite portrayal of the Fairy Godmother? Perhaps the more gruesome Brothers Grim version of the story is more appealing? In the [...]

By | January 17th, 2018|Categories: Ovations Offstage|0 Comments

Offstage in the News and Beyond

January 9, 2018 Ovations Offstage (O2) has many measures of success to determine if our programming has reach and impact. One of these indicators is when an O2 staff member is invited to present at local, regional or national conferences. Invitations of this nature indicate that there is an audience and a demand for our [...]

By | January 9th, 2018|Categories: Ovations Offstage|0 Comments

Welcome our 2018 Offstage Ambassadors!

Left to Right: Julie Eglinton, Felix Morrissey, Amelia McNeil-Maddox, Sophie Urey, Ariel Leasure, Cat Bernier Ovations Offstage is thrilled to introduce our inaugural class of Offstage Ambassadors. These six students were selected from high school applicants throughout the greater Portland area for this dynamic semester-long opportunity to learn first-hand the many facets of arts administration. [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|Categories: Ovations Offstage|0 Comments

Professional Development for Early Elementary Educators

The Ovations Offstage Department is so grateful for all of the participants who came to our first professional development offering for the season on “Creating a Storytelling and Movement-based PreK-2nd grade Classroom to Support Early Literacy” downtown on Saturday, September 16. Participants from schools all over Southern Maine representing home schools, preschools, and elementary school [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|Categories: Ovations Offstage|0 Comments

Introducing Ovations Offstage Ambassador Program

Does your teen know all the lyrics to every song in Hamilton? Practice the violin all afternoon? Fantasize about being one of Travis Wall’s dancers? Great news: Portland Ovations Offstage Ambassadors program for teen performing arts lovers is here for them! Portland Ovations Offstage is launching an Ambassador Program to enroll high school students to [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Ovations Offstage|0 Comments