Pre-Performance Lecture: “The Trans-Atlantic British Influence on African Music” Free, public lecture before The Kingdom Choir

Were you awed by Kingdom Choir’s ethereal performance of “Stand By Me” at the royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry to Meghan Markle last year? Prior to the Choir’s performance, explore the history and British origins of this iconic song within the context of the African “call and response” tradition in the creation of gospel [...]

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

Pre-Performance Panel & Conversation Free, pre-performance panel before Palaver Strings

Join Palaver Strings, the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, and Portland Ovations to hear stories of courage, resilience, travel, and transition from three of Maine's immigrant communities. Facilitated by Marty Pottenger, guests will be invited to share their own experiences and how and why they call Portland home. The afternoon will kick off Welcome Home, [...]

By | October 18th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Public Lecture: “The Gospel in Gospel Music” Free, public lecture following "The Freedom Walk"

Why did enslaved Africans sing with so much emotion and spirit? As a form of resistance to captivity, enslavement, and oppression. Gospel music was the safest way to express the pains and hopes of enslaved Africans in the United States. Reverend Kenneth L. Lewis will discuss what makes Gospel Music Gospel Music, as well as [...]

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Pre-Performance Lecture: “Blue Roots” Free, public lecture before Songhoy Blues

Songhoy Blues is acclaimed for its guitar mastery in the “desert blues” genre of contemporary North African music. The African rhythms underlying the music we know and love as “the Blues” traveled to the Americas via the Trans-Atlantic enslavement and trafficking of Africans. Join us pre-performance at Port City Music Hall as Marc Chillemi highlights [...]

By | August 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Pre-Performance Lecture: New Traditions in American, Celtic and Scandinavian Music Free, public lecture before Kittel & Co.

Ever wonder how much of the music you listen to is influenced by ancient Celtic traditions? Kittel & Co’s music is part of a rich tapestry of contemporary string music made today in the American, Scottish, Irish, and Scandinavian music scenes. Join us pre-performance at Port City Music Hall for an exploration of how those [...]

By | August 2nd, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Panel Discussion: Marriage Under Construction Free, panel discussion

Do people marry for greater health, love, financial security, socio-cultural norms, or family and religious obligations? If each person is shaped by very unique bio-psycho-social-cultural factors which contribute to the presentation of their personality, value and belief systems, then marriages are truly more complex than many of us are lead to believe. Some people can [...]

By | October 3rd, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments