From cupcakes and beer to rap and opera, New Englanders are making it happen with creativity and passion. It's great to live in a place with so many people following their dreams and working to complete projects that the community can enjoy. 

Maine musician, Dan Sonenberg spent years making the "The Summer King," an opera on the life of Josh Gibson.  He'll see those years come to fruition this Thursday night, May 8th with the world premiere at Merrill Auditorium in Portland at 7:30 p.m. Josh Gibson was a baseball player with the Negro League. Portland Ovations is pleased to wrap up it's successful season with this Maine based production.   It will be performed with a cast of 11 singers from New York, a 16-piece orchestra and vocalists from Maine-based Vox Nova Chamber Choir and the Boy Singers of Maine. Dan used Kickstarter to fund some of the costs of the production.

Aimee Petrin, executive director of Portland Ovations and composer Daniel Sonenberg joined me and guest host, Lynne McGhee (Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland) in the 94.9 HOM studios.

Read more in the Portland Press Herald.