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March Greetings from Executive Director Dinah Minot 

Hear Here! The verdict is out! Portland's got major performing arts talent. The inaugural concert, HEAR HERE on Feb 17 at Merrill Auditorium, showcased a range of amazing talent including a rapper, a trumpeter, a pop singer, a strings ensemble, an international dance sensation, and extraordinary drummers from Burundi, who mesmerized a crowd of 700 including Governor Janet Mills and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. Hear Here 2 will be back next year! The theme of home and the journey to get to Portland was a thread throughout the local concert. JanaeSound hit it out of the park with "Diamonds," accompanied by Palaver Strings and a stunning art installation by Big Room Studios. Thank you to all our community partners, sponsors, and curators who made it happen. This month we're in for a treat with more local performing arts talent in the POP-UP Fringe festival. Leprechauns are bouncing all over town with excitement about Portland's electrifying arts scene. Never a dull moment! And restaurant week is happening too!


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