Wednesday June 01, 2011 | 09:03 PM

Following a reception tonight in the Portland Public Library's Rines Auditorium, Portland Ovations Executive Director Aimée Petrin took to the stage and unveiled the shows the organization will bring to the community during the 2011-2012 season. More than 20 acts will grace local stages, including Anthony Bourdain, "Mamma Mia," "Spamalot," "South Pacific," the Alvin Ailey dance troupe and the Handel & Haydn Society.

Here's the full 2011-2012 line-up:

Chris Botti - jazz trumpeter - Sept. 29

Creole Choir of Cuba - vocals and dance - Oct. 14

"Monty Python's Spamalot" - musical theater - Oct. 20-21

Handel & Haydn Society - classical music - Oct. 29

Good vs. Evil: Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert - celebrity chefs - Nov. 3

"101 Years of Broadway" - musical theater - Nov. 4

India Jazz Suites - dance - Nov. 16

"Shuffle.Play.Listen" - classical music - Nov. 18

Michael Cooper: "Masked Marvels & Wondertales" - family performance - Nov. 19

"Mamma Mia!" - musical theater - Jan. 12-14

"Warriors Don't Cry" - theater -  Jan. 18

CiRCA - contemporary circus - Feb. 2

Dan Zanes & Friends - family performance - Feb. 4

Vasen - Swedish folk rock - Feb. 16

Vancouver Chamber Choir - vocal ensemble - March 4

Golden Dragon Acrobats - Chinese acrobatics - March 9

Danu - Irish ensemble - March 15

"South Pacific" - musical theater - March 17-18

Trey McIntyre Project - contemporary ballet - March 22

Bambino - North African rock and roll - April 4

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - dance - April 24

Imogen Cooper - pianist - April 25

Jennifer Koh - violinist - May 3

Before the season opens, members and foodies alike will gather at the 16th annual Epicurean Auction on Sept. 20, where after a tasting reception in the lobby with area chefs guests are seated on the Merrill Auditorium stage to enjoy coffee, desserts and a live auction.

Tonight's members only preview party is one of many perks Portland Ovations supporters enjoy. Others include advance ticket opportunities, discounts and meet-the-artist invites.

Members who couldn't make it to the party tonight, will soon receive this season's catalog in the mail with all the details on times and tickets. Of course, tickets are always available through the PortTix box office at Merrill Auditorium.

Be sure to check out the June 5 Scene & Heard section of the Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have more photos and details from the preview party.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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