CANCELLED – Pre-Performance Panel: “Glorious Visions of Maine’s Watershed”

**DUE TO THE UNAVAILABILITY OF PANELISTS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.** Join this panel of Maine scientists, policy makers, activists and community members in a conversation that explores our human connections to and visions for Maine’s watershed. What were pre-colonial Maine’s waterways like, and what are Native Americans’ roles in watershed restoration? What are the [...]

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Afro Cuban Movement” Free, public lecture before Malpaso Dance Company

Dr. Adanna K. Jones will be introducing the audience to the wide variety of dance styles and cultures that are particular to Cuba. From the stage to the street, Cubans have maintained an amazing ability to use dance as a way to stay connected to both their past and future. Whether rooted in European or [...]

By | January 17th, 2020|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Malpaso Dance Company Masterclass Masterclass, pre-registration required

Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company will share techniques from both their Cuban School of Ballet & their Cuban Modern Dance repertoire at the Casco Bay Movers dance studio on Forest Avenue. This masterclass will warm up with the Cuban style of ballet and techniques, then transition to and conclude with Cuban Modern Dance techniques. The Cuban [...]

By | December 6th, 2019|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Cuban Dance Social with Malpaso Dance Company

Don’t just watch: dance! Social dances, like New England’s famed contra dances, or partner or ballroom dancing, are all about how we have a good time dancing together. In Cuba, this is the danzon set to music including African and indigenous as well as European rhythms, and has many styles: from mambo to salsa to [...]

By | December 6th, 2019|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Get Ready for Mardi Gras: Celebrating Maine’s Acadian Connections to New Orleans, and the Birth of Jazz Free conversation and lecture before New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Join Portland Ovations for 1 or both of these exciting events ahead of the performance of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Both events take place in the Merrill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall. 5 - 6PM   JUST ADDED! A Conversation and Demonstration: Celebrating Acadian Culture, Where Maine and Louisiana Meet: Food, Conversation, History and Music with Robert Sylvain [...]

Pre-Performance Lecture: “How Vocal Folk and Dance Traditions Found their Seat at the Table” Free, public lecture before Avi Avital & Bridget Kibbey

Taking popular, recognizable folk tunes and 'dressing them up' for use on the concert platform has been going on for hundreds of years. From the multiple settings of the Medieval Burgundian tune L'homme armé during the Middle Ages, to Mozart’s Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star variations, to powerful musical statements on religion, nationalism, war and peace, [...]

By | August 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

CANCELLED – Pre-Performance Lecture: “Lyrical Expressionism of Chinese Drumming” CANCELLED

Due to the worldwide public health concerns surrounding coronavirus, Shanghai-based artists GuGu Drum Group has cancelled their upcoming tour and Ovations performance on Thursday, February 13, 2020. The artists have not left China. Given the lengthy incubation period of this virus, we do not want to do anything to put our community at risk or create unnecessary [...]

Pre-Performance Lecture: “You GET This: Guidelines for watching contemporary dance”

Do you shy away from contemporary dance out of fear of “not getting it”? Annie Kloppenberg, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance at Colby College, will join us for a Pre-Performance Lecture to discuss the language of dance, how dance artists work, and how dances develop their meaning(s). She will [...]

By | January 29th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

By | August 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

By | September 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments