CANCELLED – Pre-Performance Lecture: “Quartets and Four-ness” Free, public lecture before New York Philharmonic String Quartet

Quartets involve four players and are written in four “voices." But even when all the players are playing, there may be only one or two things going on in the music. Or there may be more than four. Composers tend to have characteristic ways of playing with these numbers and the relationships between the voices. [...]

By | September 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

CANCELLED – Pre-performance Lecture: “Tchaikovsky in his Time.” Free, public lecture before Russian National Ballet: 'The Sleeping Beauty'

ABOUT THE LECTURE During the 1860s to 1890s – a period of rapid industrialization, new social freedoms, and extreme political violence – the arts in Russia flourished, competing on the world stage in literature, painting, and music. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky stood at the center of this ferment, looking to both native Russian and defiantly cosmopolitan [...]

By | November 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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

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

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 [...]

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