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Avi Avital and Bridget Kibbey Program Notes by Linda Russell

    Flute sonata in E-flat Major, BWV 1031 J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750) Coming from a long line of German musicians, Johann Sebastian Bach began his professional career at eighteen as a church organist. His first important position (1708-17), as court organist and chamber musician to the Duke of Weimar, came just five years [...]

Improv on Immigration: Gabriela Montero Rocks Maine

By Linda Nelson, Portland Ovations Deputy Director Immigration. It is the hottest and most critical issue of our era. Pianist and Venezuelan ex-pat Gabriela Montero knows this dearly enough to have built a performance around what she called "a very emotional theme." Montero's unique program, "Westward," was presented by Portland Ovations as part of an [...]

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Gabriela Montero: “Westward”

https://youtu.be/9zoWBomGGpk "Montero's playing has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism … and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity." – The New York Times   Award-winning pianist Gabriela Montero, lauded for her monster technique and thrilling tone, is equally known as an inspired improviser. Her unique program pays homage [...]

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Hot off the Keyboard” Free, public lecture before Gabriela Montero

In a pre-performance lecture, “Hot off the Keyboard,” pianist Laura Kargul will discuss the renowned improvisational skills of some of the greatest classical composers. Works such as the Bach toccatas, Mozart variations, Chopin nocturnes and Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies often sound as though they were forged in the fire of a solo late-night jam session, perhaps under [...]

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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 [...]

Panel Discussion: “The History and Impact of Immigration in Maine” Free, panel discussion lecture before Gabriela Montero

When we talk about immigration to Maine, we start with white settler-colonialism. What has been the impact of immigration on Maine’s land and people from the first French explorers in 1604 to the present? What are the drivers of recent immigration movements, and how does each new wave shift Maine’s economy and culture? What specific [...]

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Pre-Performance Lecture: “The Legacy and Songs of the Shakers” Free, public lecture before Boston Camerata

Brother Arnold, one of only three remaining Shakers all based in Sabbathday Lake, Maine, shares the history and context of the seven Shaker songs included in the Boston Camerata’s performance. Through his personal experience and history, Brother Arnold breathes life into the stories of each song. ABOUT BROTHER ARNOLD Brother Arnold joined the Shaker Community [...]

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Bicentennial Series NPR’s “From the Top”

National Public Radio’s From the Top returns to Portland Ovations to elevate and celebrate the amazing talent and captivating personalities of virtuosic young musicians from Maine and beyond. A favorite of longtime classical musical enthusiasts and newcomers alike, From the Top combines serious music, light-hearted skits and informal interviews in a delightful and entertaining concert. [...]

Violin Masterclass with Alexi Kenney Masterclass for select Bowdoin Students, Free to Public Observers

Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Alexi Kenney leads a violin masterclass for select Bowdoin Students. This class is free and open to the public as observers.      

By | November 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

An Evening Without Borders: A Far Cry featuring David Krakauer

by: James T. Morgan | November 15, 2016 Osvaldo Golijov | Photo: Sara Evans Golijov: Cheered on like a Rock Star I first became aware of Osvaldo Golijov back in the early ‘90s when he was a Fellow at Tanglewood for the summer. There was “buzz” about this interesting, imaginative young composer. In [...]