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 [...]

“Cartography” Presented in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBlEeEEk9Ss "Cartography explores a world alive with transitions and movement by characters speaking their minds; representing those often made purposely invisible by others...A wonder of theater-making." - DC METRO Inflatable rafts on the Mediterranean. Dark holds of cargo trucks. Family photos hidden carefully in a backpack. Hear the stories of young refugees when CARTOGRAPHY asks [...]

By | November 4th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Broadway National Tour “RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBZeKOlYt6Q&t=1s "In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway... and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson's Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world." - BROADWAY WORLD   In 1996, Jonathan Larson's masterpiece transformed Broadway. Twenty [...]

By | October 28th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 – For the Love of the Work: Maine Artist Galen Koch

Header photo by Greta Rybus Maine media artist Galen Koch enjoys connecting with other artists.  Born and raised on Deer Isle, Galen, like most Maine islanders, does a variety of things for work. As her website notes, she makes radio stories. Podcasts. Videos. She writes stories. Sometimes she creates fiber arts. And sometimes [...]

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

Our Stories – A Sneak Peek: from Street to Screen to Stage…

In-person performance is coming back to Ovations in the Fall of 2021. On June 15, we present Screen to Stage, a virtual sneak peek of the artists we will be bringing LIVE to Portland stages in our upcoming season, as we gratefully move off of our screens and back to in-person gatherings together. In 2019, with [...]

By | May 28th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – Wabanaki Storytelling

In January, we were in conversation with Starr Kelly to begin to share the partnership that Portland Ovations and the Abbe Museum are building in order to create a performance for young people that centers Wabanaki storytelling and the artists that tell these stories. We see this partnership and the performance as an opportunity for Wabanaki storytellers [...]