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Palaver Strings: Welcome Here

Sunday, May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Portland-based chamber orchestra Palaver Strings presents Welcome Here, a touring production celebrating Maine’s cultural diversity, resilience, and stewardship. This multidisciplinary performance features guest artists of Congolese, Puerto Rican, and Wabankai heritage with storytelling directed by Sherri Mitchell and co-presented by the Abbe Museum, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, and Indigo Arts Alliance, Welcome Here explores themes of Motherland, mother tongue, and mother love, interweaving stories of our relationship with the natural world, our cultural and linguistic traditions, and our dreams for the future generation of our grandchildren. 

Welcome Here features Palaver Strings alongside storytellers, Sherri Mitchell, Adele Ngoy, and Blanca Santiago; guest musicians, Kaylee Kazadi, Tania Morey, Mbanza Gabriel Nienguesso, Zayra Pola, Lauren Stevens, and Viva; and visual art by Pam Chévez.

Performance Dates:

April 28: Caribou
April 29: Rockport 
April 30: Bar Harbor
May 1: Eastport
May 5: Portland
May 6: Farmington
May 7: Lewiston

Tickets, available below or at the door, are $15; reserve seats are available for $20. Attendees 17 and under will be admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased via the EAC site, eastportartscenter.org, or at the door prior to the event.

 In addition to these live performances, the concert will be filmed and made available online in the months following. 

Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization based in Portland, ME, whose mission is to strengthen and inspire community through music. Palaver’s musicians share artistic and administrative leadership, guided by a passion for engaging new audiences, addressing social justice issues, and amplifying underrepresented voices through classical music. Each year, Palaver presents over 40 live performances featuring diverse musical programming, cross-genre projects, and community collaborations. Equally committed to education, Palaver offers music instruction to over 325 students per year through the Palaver Music Center in Portland, ME. 

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The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.