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Image of the musician, Colleen Raney

Colleen Raney
Friday, May 20 | 7:30 PM
$14 advance/ $18 day of show

Celtic Singer/Traditional Irish. Celebrated for bringing a contemporary freshness to traditional music, Colleen Raney’s following is loyal and growing—both among longtime adherents of Celtic music and younger fans who are new to the genre. Her open-minded and openhearted approach to her repertoire was inherited from her upbringing as part of Seattle’s celebrated Raney Family, steeped in step-dancing and song. After touring extensively the last few years in the US and abroad, her recently released fourth album, titled Here This is Home, is garnering extensive rave international reviews for her powerful, expressive voice and nuanced musicality. Don’t miss this rising Celtic music star on the Walter stage, and see why Irish Music Magazine calls the album “a rich treasure,” and Folk Worlds declares, “The album belongs amongst the very best that this year has to offer.”


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Past 2015-16 Concerts
 Image of the musician, Thomas Lauderdale. Photo by Autumn deWilde Thomas Lauderdale

Friday, September 25 | 7:30 PM

Saturday, September 26 |7:30 PM


Classical Piano. Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini will open the Walters concert series with two special solo piano performances highlighting his riveting talent as a classical pianist. A Northwest favorite, Lauderdale has performed on national and international concert stages from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch one or both of these memorable performances by one of Portland’s most well-loved musicians—along with special guests—in the intimate Walters Theatre.

Image of the music group, Rio Con Brio
Rio Con Brio
Friday, October 16 | 7:30 PM

Brazilian/Classical Guitar & Mandolin. Rio Con Brio captivates audiences around the country with their virtuosic guitar and mandolin playing. Mike Burdette and Tim Connell’s finesse and passion in their playing shines through in their music and in the deep connection to their audience. The evening is a delightful tour of European and New World music as told by two soulful, intelligent, modern musicians. Hailing from the Northwest, the duo performs a beautiful intersection of Brazilian rhythm, classical technique and jazz improvisation. Influenced by equal parts Afro-Brazilian rhythms and the contemporary cafe music of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, the music is both exotic and familiar, evoking the carnival of Rio and the cafes of Paris.
Image of the musician, Naomi Wachira Naomi Wachira
Friday, October 23 | 7:30 PM

Folk. Lauded in 2013 as Best Folk Singer in Seattle, Naomi Wachira is an artist of formidable talent and heart. Seattle Music Insider notes how her performances “are marked by her strong stage presence, storytelling and enduring smile.” Inspiring devoted fans in the music community right from the start, Wachira’s debut album was produced by well-known indie musician Damien Jurado. Wachira's voice is a melding of rich sources from her childhood in Kenya, her Northwest home, and such American inspirations as Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba. Her music and songwriting brings together harmonies that speak across continents and cultures. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the region’s most celebrated folk artists, and a rising star on the international music scene.
Image of the music group, The Barn Owls The Barn Owls
Friday, November 13 | 7:30 PM

Vintage Country. One late summer evening, musicians Brittany Newell, Hanna Traynham and Kate Lichtenstein spent hours trading tunes around a woodstove. By the end of the night, The Barn Owls was born. Their newest addition, bassist Katy Harris lays down the strong bass beat, sings sappy country songs, and tells jokes. Newell grew up playing classical violin and piano and learned early on to appreciate the intricacy of old melodies. Traynham’s distinct Appalachian claw-hammer banjo style will transport you to a Mt. Airy Fiddler’s Convention campsite. Lichtenstein’s guitar playing mostly follows in the old time tradition of solid rhythm and bass, but she isn’t afraid to take improvisational turns. The Barn Owls bring their formidable musicianship and inventive spark to the early country music tradition. With intuitive finesse, they mix high-energy dance tunes and beautiful three-part harmonies to bring exciting performances to audiences across the region.
Image of the musician, Kate Davis An Evening with Kate Davis
Friday, November 20 | 7:30 PM

Singer/Songwriter. A rapidly-rising star, New York based vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kate Davis has been thrilling Northwest audiences and turning heads for years—from her early days in West Linn, Oregon to recent lauded performances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. A testament to her high-caliber and talent, she has shared the stage with such artists as Eryka Badu and Renee Flemming. This fall Davis makes a long awaited return to the Walters stage with a riveting collection of new and original music to share. Vivid and nostalgic melodies materialize out of Kate's musical arrangements, while her songbird voice is complimented by a rich bass-line. Lauded by MTV as one of 2014's "15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop," her lifelong training makes for smart, warm music that's as nuanced as it is catchy. Whether she's belting rootsy ballads, plucking bright riffs from her bass, garnering millions of followers from her latest YouTube video, or stunning live audiences all over the country, this gifted songstress is not to be missed.
Image of the musician, Patrick Ball Patrick Ball: A Winter Gift
Friday, December 11 | 7:30 PM

Celtic/Storytelling. Three of the premier Celtic harpers in the world—Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter—come together to present A Winter Gift, a beautiful collection of Irish and English literature woven together with beloved and rare pieces of holiday music. This special performance of enchanting stories and rare instrumentation celebrates the central message of the season. A Northwest favorite who is internationally renowned, Patrick Ball brings storytelling together with the crystalline, bell-like voice of the legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland. In performing these marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance that is sure to be one of the highlights of the season.
Image of the music group, Oregon Mandolin Orchestra Oregon Mandolin Orchestra
Annual Holiday Concert

Friday, December 18 | 7:30 PM

Classical/Bluegrass. Celebrating its seventh season, the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra gives eclectic and unique performances that highlight the historically-rich and dynamic sounds of the mandolin family and revive the beauty and popular impact of this turn-of-the-century art form. The Holiday program will include Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Mendelssohn’s Christmas Suite and swinging holiday favorites. The concert will feature special guest, Jordan Ramsey, known for his talents in crosspicking and as a 2011-14 finalist in the National Mandolin Championship. Music Director/Conductor Brian Oberlin and select members of the orchestra will also perform special selections as a chamber group.
Image of the music group, Rabbit Wilde Rabbit Wilde
Friday, January 29 | 7:30 PM

Modern Americana. "Every once in a while you find a band that makes you feel inspired and reminds you why you loved music to begin with" (What's Up! Magazine). After a breakthrough performance at the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival, Rabbit Wilde has been described as a phenomenon in the local music scene. Their music is deeply-rooted—seasoned by the edge, polish, and fervor of big-city inclinations, a style they call folk-stomp Americana. The group revamps classic instrumentation with homespun percussion, six-string ukulele, and cello, amounting to a presence that thunders and thrills and receives rave reviews across the country. Find out why The Stranger says that this group of gifted musicians will “have you giddy and glad to be alive.”
Image of the musician, Joaquin Lopez Joaquin Lopez
Friday, February 12 | 7:30 PM

Singer/Songwriter. Inspired by Mexican folklore and the Latin American Bolero, accomplished songwriter and storyteller Joaquin Lopez will perform an intimate evening of song and story featuring guest musician James Ashley Mayer. Joaquin’s songs are at once simple and lush—enriched by an ashen baritone voice and underscored by acoustic classical guitar and the Turkish cumbus, which adds a Middle Eastern flair to the traditional sounds of Spanish lyrical expression. In Lopez’ performances, personal story is elevated with song and woven together. The audience will join a journey that is at once deeply moving, humorous, uplifting and also filled with the beauty of romance and heartbreak (perfect for the season). Together, Lopez and Mayer deliver a world of musical nostalgia and elegant melancholia, influenced by the sounds of José José, Chavela Vargas, and Llasa de Sela. Songs are in Spanish with stories in English.
IMage of promotional poster for "Elixir of Love" Portland Opera To Go: Elixir of Love
Saturday, February 27 | 2 PM | Recommended ages: 8 & up

Family-Friendly Opera. Portland Opera To Go returns to the Walters for a family-friendly English-language version of Donizetti's funny coming-of-age tale, The Elixir of Love. As the story goes, a clumsy young man called Nemorino has fallen madly in love with the beautiful and high-falutin’ Adina, who laughs off every attempt to catch her attention. When Adina is swept away by the dashing Sergant Belcore, Nemorino desperately turns his hopes on a potion of love sold to him by a roguish traveling salesman called Dulcamara . . . But will it work? Please come early for a seat to find out what happens next in this delightful and lighthearted opera for all ages! Approximately 50 minutes.
Image of the music group, Acoustic Guitar Summit Acoustic Guitar Summit
Featuring Mark Hanson, Terry Robb and Doug Smith
Friday, March 4 | 7:30 PM

Fingerstyle Guitar. Acoustic Guitar Summit returns to the Walters for an evening of exhilarating finger-style acoustic guitar. Grammy Award winners Doug Smith and Mark Hanson join Oregon Music Hall of Fame member Terry Robb for an evening of Blues, Jazz, Hawaiian slack key, and more. The Dalles Chronicle says, “These are guitarists at the top of their form.” Known for their impressive performances and dynamic presence, AGS brings audiences a wide-ranging repertoire that crosses genres and rejoices in the rhythm and power of the instrument. Do not miss this chance to experience these three virtuosos present acoustic fingerstyle guitar at its finest.
Image of the music group, Delgani String Quartet Delgani String Quartet
Friday, March 11 | 7:30 PM

Classical. These four visionary stringed-instrument musicians bring the highest level of chamber music to performance and educational venues throughout the region. Delgani String Quartet is dedicated to cultivating an appreciation for chamber music through distinctive performance, innovative programming, educational outreach, and collaboration. Alive with interaction, expression, and spontaneity, this quartet strives to create experiences that reflect the intimacy of the string quartet through distinctive performance. Delgani’s repertoire traverses the entire span of string quartet compositions, from classic works to twentieth century compositions, including composers hailing from the Pacific Northwest. Individually, their members are known for their work with such renowned groups as the Eugene Symphony, Portland Cello Project, Oregon Mozart Players and more. Don’t miss their premiere on the Walters stage for what is sure to be a memorable evening of beautiful music.
Image of dance performance group, BodyVox
Friday, April 1 | 7:30 PM

Dance. Led by Emmy Award-winning choreographers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, BodyVox is known for its visual virtuosity, distinctive wit and unique ability to combine dance, theater and film into breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism and humor. Their performances surge with a fascination for the endless possibilities of the human body in motion, each promising an evening of uncompromising modern dance—and opening minds to the possibilities of what dance can be. Returning to the Walters stage this spring for a highly anticipated performance, they continue to build a tradition of excellence in the category of modern dance that delights audiences and appeals to all ages. Don’t miss “the city’s most popular and internationally renowned dance troupe,” (The Oregonian) for an exhilarating performance with some of the country’s most gifted dancers.
Image of the music group, Oregon Mandolin Orchestra Oregon Mandolin Orchestra
Spring Concert

Friday, April 22 | 7:30 PM

Classical/Bluegrass. Founded in an effort to revive the beauty and popular impact of this turn-of-the-century art form, the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra gives eclectic and unique performances that highlight the historically-rich and dynamic sounds of the mandolin family. The spring concert, directed by mandolinist Brian Oberlin, will feature many pieces written specifically for mandolin orchestra including Song of Japanese Autumn by Yasuo Kuwahara and Samba by Deiter Kriedler. The evening will also include a performance by special guests Marijke and Michiel Wiesenekker, a brother/sister guitar and mandolin duo from Amsterdam - where they are well known for their classical music performances.
Image of the musician, Tony Furtado Tony Furtado
Friday, May 6 | 7:30 PM

Roots/Slide Guitar. One of the region’s most beloved local artists, Tony Furtado is a banjo-virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist who refuses to conform to simple categorization. By integrating American Roots music—Blues, Jazz, Appalachian folk, Celtic, Indie Rock—and his own progressive use of melody, rhythm and improvisation, Furtado has proven himself a singular and leading voice in the nation. His latest album, The Bell, is part of a prolific recording career, but one that that is particularly special to him as it’s marked a journey back to his roots and the creative freedom to make “his music, done his way.” An evocative and soulful singer and songwriter, Furtado serves delicious Americana fusion with authenticity, flair and memorable live performances. He regularly tours and performs throughout the world at top venues and prestigious music festivals.

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