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Portland-based chamber orchestra Palaver Strings plans to presents “Welcome Here,” a touring production celebrating Maine’s cultural diversity, resilience, and stewardship, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Nordica Hall, on Main Street in Farmington.

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” 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.

In addition to the live performance, 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, 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.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and is free for children.

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