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Raise the Barre Series Step Afrika! Presented in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xQYr6P_qBc "Exciting and brilliantly choreographed." - THE NEW YORK TIMES A joyful mixture of songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation make STEP AFRIKA! so much more than a dance concert. The thrilling company of dancers blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional African dances and an array of contemporary dance [...]

By | April 7th, 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sphinx Virtuosi Presented in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9zl7mb_i-s "True to their name, the Sphinx Virtuosi call up the vision of an iconic mythological feline with its immeasurable power, unwavering command and soulful beauty." - THE WASHINGTON POST The Sphinx Virtuosi are the nation's most dynamic, exhilarating professional chamber orchestra dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. The exquisitely curated [...]

Pacifica Quartet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8OKaXmCgZ4 "...nothing short of phenomenal..." - THE TELEGRAPH Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style and often-daring repertory choices, over the past twenty-five years the Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Their program of thoughtfully selected works features string quartets written by American female composers during the ratification [...]

By | October 20th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – What We Love About Ovations

We just passed the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It seems fitting that this turning point in the universe, at which the sun is at its maximum declination and then begins slowly to subside for those of us in the northern hemisphere, is also the end of Portland Ovations' organizational year: [...]

By | June 24th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – An Unforgettable Season

Cover Image: Paige Hernandez What a season, unlike any other, 2020-2021 was. Thank you for joining us virtually, on demand and outdoors this past year. We couldn’t have done it without you. How many Ovations’ events did you experience?  Daniel Bernard Roumain at Performances in Our Parks, Oct. 2020 OCTOBER 2020 We couldn’t [...]

By | June 14th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – Maine Artists Kerem Durdag & Andy Happel

Everyone has a story. The urge to share our story, to connect with others, is at the root of human nature. Taking one’s own story and making the personal universal is the sacred role of artists. Weaving tales of family, personal journey, cultures, folklore and immigration – SoulRoar is the creative endeavor of poet/lyricist Kerem [...]

Our Stories – Meet Dance Artist Riley Watts

After nearly a decade on the road touring internationally with the Forsythe Company, dance artist Riley Wattsdecided it was time to come home to Maine. For Riley, moving back to Maine was the right thing to do. It’s meant time and space: to heal, to pursue a different lifestyle for his body and mind and, [...]

Our Stories – Meet Maine Artist Samuel James

We’ve been lucky to get to know musician, storyteller and writer Samuel James this year as one of our Commissioned Maine Artists. This has included winding conversations about music, culture, home and justice, along with impromptu performances over Zoom. And now, through this series, we hope some of you are getting to know this marvelous [...]

Our Stories – Seeking Belonging

The more than year-long pandemic has taught us much to take into the future together. One of the things many Ovations' Members have mentioned to us is how our human need to gather and to belong — to groups, to communities, to a place and to each other — have been made more visible by our social [...]

By | April 16th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – The Intersection of Art, Food and Culture

Community suppers. Church potlucks. Festive receptions. Learning how to cook traditional dishes then sitting down together to enjoy. Gathering to exchange art, food, culture and community is on the menu at Portland Ovations. Throughout the years, our welcoming Portland communities have opened their hearts and cookbooks to Ovations artists visiting us from away. Fondly we [...]

By | April 8th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments