The Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston puts the wraps on its season with a series of weekend performances.

The “Different Voices” concerts offer choreography by established and emerging artists from around the globe. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday in Bates College’s Schaeffer Theatre, 305 College St.

Tickets cost $24 ($12 for students and seniors), and are available at Reservations may also be made by calling 786-6161 between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

On the “Different Voices” program are new works by:

Sunon Wachirawarakarn of the Pichet Klunchun Dance Company in Thailand;

Hsiu-Hsan Wang of Taiwan’s experimental Taipei Dance Forum;

Nelisiwe Xaba, a Soweto-born multimedia artist;

Kettly Noel, a Mali-based choreographer whose work deals with women’s issues in Africa;

Jennifer Archibald, a New York hip hop and jazz choreographer;

Onye Ozuzu, whose work blends West African dance with Asian martial arts;

RaceDance, a modern troupe based in Connecticut.

Also represented are emerging choreographers Catherine Cabeen of Seattle and contemporary Indian choreographer Aparna Sindhoor, co-director of Navarasa Dance Theater in Boston.

Other events include “Young Choreographers/New Works,” with more than 20 new works by festival students, at 1 p.m. Saturday in Schaeffer Theatre. Admission is free.

The “Festival Finale” features dancers of all ages and abilities performing modern, hip hop and contemporary works by Archibald, David Dorfman, Nicholas Leichter and Lisa Race, and includes a new piece by the festival’s Youth Arts Program. It’s at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Alumni Gymnasium on Central Avenue. Admission is free. 

The Portland Chamber Music Festival returns for its 18th season beginning Thursday. It will feature concerts on Thursday and Saturday at the Abromson Community Education Center at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, and another set of concerts Aug. 18 and 20. A program for families is set for Aug. 14.

The festival begins with “On Wenlock Edge” featuring Portland-based tenor John McVeigh. He has performed at major venues, including the Metropolitan Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. The evening’s major work is the Mendelssohn Octet.

The Saturday concert presents Beethoven’s virtuosic Viola Quintet. Composer Lee Hyla, chair of composition at Northwestern University, makes a long-awaited appearance in Portland to introduce his “Amnesia Redux,” and the concert concludes with Faure’s romantic Piano Quartet in C minor.

Tickets cost $25, and admission is free for those 21 and younger. For details, visit or call (800) 320-0257.

— Bob Keyes, staff writer