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May 18

Kerem Durdag & Andy Happel – Commissioned Maine Artist Virtual Preview Virtual Event | Online 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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This event will be captioned and interpreted.

FREE – Join Portland Ovations for five weeks, April 27 – May 25, 2021 each Tuesday at 4pm, as we host an exciting series continuing our program of commissioning Maine artists. “First Looks” is comprised of five virtual, 60-minute, work-in-progress performances and discussions with the commissioned artists. Each week you will have a chance to experience an excerpt of one of these five new performances in development and be in conversation with the artists. Register one time for FREE and attend as many First Looks as you like.

Kerem & Andy’s Project
Their project, SoulRoar is a musical theater project telling the epic story of two immigrants, one first generation and one second, who find themselves in the U.S. and over the course of lives lived make it their home. It is a story of finding love and self-identity in the midst of turbulence, joy, and revelation: of separation and loss and of the frustrations of confronting societal hurdles of ignorance and hate.

About Kerem Durdag & Andy Happel
Mr. Durdag is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of GWI, a leading broadband carrier in Maine. He has deep roots in theater and poetry, having translated Urdu and Turkish poetry while having his original poems published and having the good fortune of reading and performing in public.
Andy Happel is a concert violinist and fiddler who has shared the stage with symphonies, pop stars, and country music luminaries alike and leads the acclaimed student group, Scarborough Strings, and maintains a private teaching studio.

Full First Look Schedule
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 4PM EST – Samuel James, Music
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 4 PM EST – Riley Watts & Heather Stewart, Contemporary Dance
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 4PM EST – dee Clarke, Playwright
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 4PM EST – Kerem Durdag & Andy Happel, Musical Theater
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 4PM EST – Abbe Museum, Native Stories