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Pre-Performance Lecture: “Remembering Cuba” Free, public lecture before Malpaso Dance Company

Malpaso Dance Company arrives from Cuba at a time when U.S.-Cuban relationships and travel are again experiencing severe political restrictions. During the last several years when these restrictions were relaxed, many Maine residents traveled to Cuba to experience its rich and unique culture. Mark Vogelzang, CEO and President of Maine Public, lead 20 Mainers on [...]

Pre-Performance Lecture: “A Most Extraordinary Noise: New Orleans and the Birth of Jazz” Free, public lecture before New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Jazz, a musical form native to the United States, was born in New Orleans’ rich cultural mix of traditions. In preparation for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s tribute to jazz master Allen Toussaint and the Music of Congo Square, Dr. Ashley Towle, whose scholarship focuses on the experience of African Americans in the South during [...]

Pre-Performance Lecture: “Lyrical Expressionism of Chinese Drumming” Free, public lecture before GuGu Drum Group

Drums speak. They have been used for centuries to communicate from area to area and people to people around the world. In “Lyrical Expressionism of Chinese Drumming,” Dr. Chao Ling, a professor of Chinese literature and culture and native of Shanghai, explores the language and history of drumming as both art form and means of [...]

GuGu Drum Group Family Friendly Time

https://youtu.be/K8bzaO5SjZ8 “The award-winning GuGu Drum Group from Shanghai presents a contemporary take on traditional Chinese percussion.”  - Houston Chronicle Drummers, storytellers, and athletes – direct from Shanghai, China, the members of GuGu Drum Group delight audiences of all ages with their high-energy epic drumming, traditional movement and colorful costumes. GuGu represents a powerful lineage, [...]

By | May 22nd, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Songhoy Blues

https://youtu.be/ODjF7a9LzGc “Songhoy Blues puts its own exuberant take on African sounds.” - The Washington Post Sons of Mali, musical refugees, groundbreaking artists, virtuoso performers, survivors. Steeped in the deep traditions of classic Malian music and desert blues infused with youthful and supercharged sounds of today, Songhoy Blues makes music that is unique, exciting, contagious [...]

By | April 29th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Beyond the Music with Deputy Director Linda Nelson

Let’s talk about the VISION in the music. "Voices Appeared," The Orlando Consort January 24 at 7:30 pm, Hannaford Hall Joan of Arc was one of my heroes growing up. Was she one of yours? (Feel free to post your responses below.)   Whether the extremely young, visionary, cross-dressing French freedom fighter (and later canonized [...]

By | January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Shows|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Beyond the Music

Let’s talk about the mission in the music. Alsarah and the Nubatones January 17 at 8 pm at Port City Music Hall   As a nonprofit organization here to charitably serve community needs, Portland Ovations is guided by our mission: as part of providing so many great, entertaining performances each year, we work to inspire [...]

By | January 18th, 2019|Categories: Shows|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments