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Broadway Returns to Portland Ovations

How do you measure a year? Better yet, how do you measure 90 years? Portland Ovations has a distinguished history of presenting venerable, world-class classical music artists since its founding in 1931. It wasn’t until the 1990s that National Tours of Broadway musicals became part of the annual season. The Music Man (’93), Sunday [...]

90 Years of Ovations…and More

Ninety years. Nine decades. 90 years! No matter how you say it, Portland Ovations’ legacy of bringing performing artists from around the world to Maine is one for the ages. Assorted Portland Concert Association program books from 1977-79 In our earliest days, as the Portland Music Commission and later the Portland Concert [...]

In Solidarity

Portland Ovations stands in solidarity with Black and brown artists, colleagues, and citizens in our communities and around the world. We join those who express outrage and grief for the killing of George Floyd, the too many who came before him and the centuries of injustice perpetrated upon people of color. As an organization that [...]

Performance Notes: AURAL EXPLORATIONS: FARRIN, FURE, AND MESSIAEN

Experience International Contemporary Ensemble, live streamed in your home! Thursday, May 28, 7PM on Youtube FREE REGISTRATION Dear Friends, When we embarked on our work with International Contemporary Ensemble (I.C.E.) we knew it would be wholly unique and unforgettable for Ovations audiences. At that time we imagined a modified version of their [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ranky Tanky, Gullah Music And The Rocky Coast Of Maine

Written by Ovations' Artistic and Executive Director, Aimée Petrin   Deep in the crowded lower level of the now-closed Webster Hall in NYC, I was among a throng of people on a cold January night dancing, singing, rejoicing to the sounds of Ranky Tanky. By the time they reached their song with its eponymous refrain, [...]