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Program Notes for Fauré Quartett by Aimée M. Petrin

Dear Friends With 90 years of bringing the finest classical music to Portland-area audiences, who would ever have imagined we’d be doing so virtually?     Despite the changes in the world this past year, what hasn’t changed is Ovations’ dedication to classical and other chamber music forms; connecting our audiences LIVE with extraordinary performers from around [...]

By | April 13th, 2021|Categories: From Aimee, Program Notes|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Program Notes for the Fauré Quartett by Linda Russell

Pictures at an Exhibition Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) Modest Mussorgsky received musical training as a child but made his livelihood as a civil servant in Russian government circles until his dismissal in 1867 due to alcoholism. As one of a group of prominent nineteenth-century Russian composers known as “The Five” who endeavored to create music with [...]

Improv on Immigration: Gabriela Montero Rocks Maine

By Linda Nelson, Portland Ovations Deputy Director Immigration. It is the hottest and most critical issue of our era. Pianist and Venezuelan ex-pat Gabriela Montero knows this dearly enough to have built a performance around what she called "a very emotional theme." Montero's unique program, "Westward," was presented by Portland Ovations as part of an [...]

By | January 27th, 2020|Categories: Shows|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Gabriela Montero: “Westward”

https://youtu.be/9zoWBomGGpk "Montero's playing has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism … and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity." – The New York Times   Award-winning pianist Gabriela Montero, lauded for her monster technique and thrilling tone, is equally known as an inspired improviser. Her unique program pays homage [...]

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

Gabriela Montero: ‘Westward’ Program Notes by Linda Russell

  With “Westward,” Gabriela Montero pays homage to three pianist-composers who emigrated to the West in the early twentieth century in order to escape physical, cultural and psychological oppression in their Russian homeland. Sarcasms: Five Pieces for Piano, op. 17 Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Born in the Ukraine, Sergei Prokofiev enjoyed a happy childhood in which his [...]