Portland Ovations’ 2018-19 Season has been announced!

Get your calendars out!

Portland Ovations recently revealed their upcoming season for 2018-2019.  Sure, you can see it on a website or in a brochure, but what about on a MAP?

Click here to check out this map we made of the Portland Ovations’ season:

Public on sale is June 20th at noon but members can buy discounted tickets early on May 30th at noon. Get member info here.

Here are some highlights:

Japan: National Geographic Live: “Stranger in a Strange Land”

Photographer Jodi Cobb was National Geographic’s first female photographer when she was hired over thirty years ago. She is perhaps most well-known for her book, Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art, which was published in 1995 and provided a new, intimate perspective on this Japanese tradition. Her photos have consistently illuminated hidden corners of society. She will be at Merrill Auditorium on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

Khartoum, Sudan: Alsarah & The Nubatones

Khartoum is the birthplace of Alsarah, who later moved to Yemen and then the United States. Not only is she a singer, songwriter, and bandleader, she is also an ethnomusicologist with a degree from Wesleyan University. She and her band are bringing East African Retro Pop to Port City Music Hall on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

Sea Islands, USA: Ranky Tanky

The band Ranky Tanky is based in Charleston, South Carolina, but their sound comes from the Gullah culture of the Sea Islands. Beginning in the 18th century, white plantation owners enslaved people from Central and West Africa to work the rice fields on the islands off the coast of the southeastern United States. This intermingling of cultures resulted in a distinct and rich creole musical tradition that Ranky Tanky proudly brings to Port City Music Hall on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

Afghanistan: Air Play

Acrobuffos, the married clowning duo behind the production Air Play, are Americans who met at a circus in Afghanistan. They have each traveled the world performing non-verbal theater works in post-war zone communities. Now they are taking audiences out of this world with a breathtaking spectacle that includes gigantic balloons and soaring kites. Fly away with them on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Merrill Auditorium!

The North Pole: Elf: The Musical


by Rebecca Bass