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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

Our Stories – POP 90’s Impact

What an unforgettable night! Being back on stage at Merrill, reveling in the beauty of that space with artists working together LIVE ... and you were there, too, only not in your usual red velvet seats. And still: your dedicated support as well as the enthusiasm of so many local businesses and others made POP 90 [...]

By | April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Portland Ovations Presents: POP 90 A Virtual Celebration To Benefit Ovations' 90th Year

Portland Ovations Presents the launch of our 90th year Celebrate with us at our dynamic virtual benefit featuring Artists, Auctions, & Performancesstreamed to you LIVE from the Merrill Auditorium stage. The mainstage event will be emceed by business leader and performance poet Kerem Durdag & Sara Juli, renowned dance maker and comedian. Joining them are our Ovations’ hosts, Mary Allen [...]

By | February 12th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – The Making of POP 90

We're hoping you're joining us next Thursday, March 25 for Ovations' big, live-and-virtual kickoff celebration of our 90th anniversary year. When you do, you'll be experiencing Ovations through the looking glass of our digital realms: we will be live at Merrill Auditorium, but you, our audiences, are not quite able to be with us there [...]

By | March 21st, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Samuel James and Tiny Bill McGraw LIVE

This event will be captioned and ASL interpreted. Come hang with musician, singer, and storyteller Samuel James as he shares a behind the scenes glimpse at his "Story of Tiny Bill McGraw". You can expect many guitars, some harmonica jams, and double finger snaps. It goes without saying that he’ll also play a few improvised [...]

By | February 22nd, 2021|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Samuel James Tells the Story of Tiny Bill McGraw

https://youtu.be/6Asd9I-eJqY This video series is captioned. Tiny Bill, a little Black boy, doesn't like being small. His grandfather takes Tiny Bill under his wing and teaches him - and the audience - about his musical heritage and that size isn't everything, especially if you can make a big sound! Through the story of Tiny Bill, [...]

By | February 22nd, 2021|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – Staying Home with Samuel James

Usually Samuel James is on the road many weeks of the year, but since March of 2020 he has been spending all his time, like most of us, in Maine. This has been lucky for Ovations and our audiences, as it allowed us to invite him to participate as one of our five Commissioned Maine [...]

By | March 12th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – We’re POP-ing with Performances

As we close in on the one-year anniversary of pandemic shut downs, we're overjoyed to be in production for Portland Ovations Presents: POP 90, a benefit celebration of Ovations' 90th anniversary year. That's right: Portland Ovations was founded as the Portland Music Commission in 1931: in the midst of another global crisis, the Great Depression. [...]

By | March 4th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Seeking Resonance: Toward Being Future Beings In Partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance

This event is captioned. You're invited to a free conversation on contemporary art making on Wednesday, March 3 at 4 pm via Zoom. Please join Portland Ovations, Indigo Arts Alliance, and a dynamic group of North American Indigenous artists in a sweeping conversation, “Seeking Resonance: Toward Being Future Beings.” This gathering looks toward the development [...]

By | February 16th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments