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New York Philharmonic String Quartet Program Notes by Linda Russell

    Quartet in G Major, K. 387 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) Mozart’s musical genius soon became apparent to his musician father. At the tender age of six Leopold Mozart took his son on the first of many concert tours to display his prodigious talent. During the next ten years Mozart developed as [...]

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 [...]

Miwa Matreyek Performance Notes by Aimée Petrin

Dear Friends, I first saw Miwa perform several years ago in LA, her home base. I was immediately mesmerized by the imagery, soundscape and her presence on stage. I was captivated then and remain so. Miwa works at the intersection of performance and media. Her art exists in a dreamlike visual space that makes invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal [...]

Malpaso Dance Company Performance Notes by Aimée Petrin

Dear Friends, Inspired by dance lovers in our community, about a year ago we began to think about how to increase our commitment to the presentation of contemporary dance. This comes after more than a decade of consistently bringing to Maine no fewer than three high-caliber companies expressing a variety of aesthetics, styles, traditions, production scale and cultures. Collaborating [...]

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Notes by Aimée Petrin

Dear Friends, Thank you for joining us for New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. From Jelly Roll Morton to Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino all the way up to the revered Allen Toussaint – this performance is about the  music and musicians that make New Orleans great. One of the things that stands out about NOJO is their ability to [...]

By | February 21st, 2020|Categories: Shows|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Avi Avital & Bridget Kibbey Notes by Aimée Petrin

Dear Friends, After three attempts and at least as many years, it is a thrill to finally bring to Portland Grammy nominated mandolinist Avi Avital. We are doubly fortunate to have with us his equally stellar collaborator Bridget Kibbey, credited as the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp.” We are grateful you’ve chosen to spend your evening with [...]

Avi Avital and Bridget Kibbey Program Notes by Linda Russell

    Flute sonata in E-flat Major, BWV 1031 J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750) Coming from a long line of German musicians, Johann Sebastian Bach began his professional career at eighteen as a church organist. His first important position (1708-17), as court organist and chamber musician to the Duke of Weimar, came just five years [...]

MOMIX: ‘Viva Momix’ Notes by Aimée Petrin

Dear Friends, Dance is one of the most beautiful, visceral and expressive art forms. It can also be one of the most intimidating. Viewers often lament “I don’t get it” or “dance is too abstract” or that dance’s embodied form of storytelling doesn’t resonate with our verbal, linear brains. Or finally, “I don’t know how to [...]

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