Program Notes for globalFEST by Aimée M. Petrin

Dear Friends Each January when I go to NYC for the annual Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference, one event always stands out for its vastness, variety and promise to surprise: globalFEST. With programming across three stages and four bands on each stage over the course of the evening, the result is an experience of [...]

Raising the Barre Series Malpaso Dance Company

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJba8XQp8Q4 “...a pinch-me moment, one of those times when you catch an artistic dawning...Malpaso’s dancers were exceptional." - Los Angeles Times Raise the Barre Series Passionate and precise, Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company blends their classical training with “lushly earthy modern dance” (Boston Globe) alongside influences of social dances and capoeira. Though their name translates [...]

By | May 22nd, 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 [...]

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 [...]

Songhoy Blues

https://youtu.be/ODjF7a9LzGc “Songhoy Blues puts its own exuberant take on African sounds.” - The Washington Post Sons of Mali, musical refugees, groundbreaking artists, virtuoso performers, survivors. Steeped in the deep traditions of classic Malian music and desert blues infused with youthful and supercharged sounds of today, Songhoy Blues makes music that is unique, exciting, contagious [...]

By | April 29th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments