Past Concerts at the Walters

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2017-18 Walters Concert Series

Naomi WachiraNaomi Wachira
Friday, September 29 | 7:30 pm
$15 advance | $20 day of show

Indie Singer + Songwriter, AfroFolk. Beloved Northwest artist Naomi Wachira returns to the Walters with one-of-a-kind songwriting and storytelling that bridges continents and cultures with grace and positivity. Hailing from Kenya and Seattle, Wachira is an international artist of “formidable talent and heart” (NW Music Scene) on a mission to connect audiences through the power of music. “She lifts hearts…Her lyrics shine. Her message: adore life…” (DList Magazine, Seattle).

Portland Opera's The Magic FluteThe Magic Flute: Portland Opera
Saturday, October 21 | 2 pm
$5 suggested donation
Recommended ages: 6 & up

No advance sales for this event (walk-up only).
Limited seating available. Doors open 1 hour ahead of performance.

Opera, Family-Friendly. Even if you have never been to an opera, prepare to be delighted and entertained by Portland Opera To Go’s short and sweet version of The Magic Flute. Mozart’s universally bewitching tale of love, adventure, and the conflict between good and evil is buoyed by comedy, a fairy-tale worthy production, and above all, glorious music. Designed for children and families (and young-at-heart adults), POGO's opera adaptations have thrilled tens of thousands of fans throughout the region. 60 minute program.

Chris SmitherChris Smither
Friday, October 27 | 7:30 pm
$22 advance | $26 day of show

Singer + Songwriter, Blues. Prolific and internationally celebrated singer-songwriter Chris Smither returns to the Walters for a highly anticipated solo performance. Called “one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world” by The Associated Press, “Smither’s roots are as blue as they come” (Rolling Stone). Deeply admired by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, his masterful singing and guitar playing have garnered him legions of loyal fans throughout the span of his 50+ year career.

Chris ArellanoChris Arellano and Nuevo Americana
Friday, November 3 | 7:30 pm
$12 advance | $16 day of show

Americana, Norteño, Country. Chris Arellano’s deeply personal Americana weaves together the Norteño music of his Northern New Mexico upbringing with Alternative Country and Blues influences—for a signature style that he calls Nuevo Americana. Fused with song and story, Spanish and English, his transcendent lyrics move listeners with emotion and passion.

Kristin AndreassenKristin Andreassen
Friday, December 1 | 7:30 pm
$15 advance | $20 day of show

Singer + Songwriter, Indie Folk. Join nationally acclaimed, Nashville based singer-songwriter Kristin Andreassen as she returns to her hometown of Hillsboro for a special, first ever performance at the Walters—joined by Decemberists’ guitarist Jon Neufield. A truly authentic artist and performer deeply rooted in American traditional music, Andreassen crosses genres. Her beautiful voice and award winning songwriting have garnered her a following since her days with groundbreaking string band, Uncle Earl. Her most recent album was described as "a beautiful piece of art" by Sirius XM Radio and “sublime" by The Boston Globe.

Oregon Mandolin OrchestraOregon Mandolin Orchestra
Holiday Concert
Friday, December 8 | 7:30 pm
$20 advance | $25 day of show

Classical, Bluegrass. The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra presents their annual holiday concert, showcasing a broad musical selection with the historically-rich and dynamic sounds of the mandolin family. This concert will welcome a new conductor, Christian McKee, while wishing farewell to founding conductor Brian Oberlin. The program will include Holiday favorites and selections by Schubert, Vivaldi and Dvorak, and will showcase special guests Caravan Gogh – known for their original music ranging from gypsy waltzes to acoustic rock and calypso inspired dance tunes. 

Oregon Symphony String EnsembleOregon Symphony String Ensemble
Featuring the Oregon Chorale
Friday, December 15 | 7:30 pm
$25 advance | $30 day of show

Benefitting the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment

String Quartet, Classical, Pop. Following the Oregon Symphony’s sold-out concert at the Walters last season, this String Quartet from the nationally acclaimed Symphony is returning to downtown Hillsboro for a special holiday concert. This concert of classical and popular favorites will feature singers from the Oregon Chorale, and will conclude with an audience sing along. Don’t miss these world-class musicians from the Symphony hailed as “positively searing” (Musical America) and “gripping” (New York Times) in their Carnegie Hall performance. 100% of proceeds benefited the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment.

Rio Con BrioRio Con Brio
Friday, January 26 | 7:30 pm
$15 advance | $20 day of show

Brazilian, Guitar & Mandolin. Rio Con Brio captivates audiences around the country with their intimate performance of the beautiful Brazilian repertoire known as Choro, the early 20th Century street music of Rio de Janeiro. Influenced by equal parts Afro-Brazilian and contemporary European rhythms, this music evokes in turn the carnival of Rio and the cafés of France, Spain and Portugal. An evening with Mike Burdette and Tim Connell—“fiery and energetic, soulful and evocative” (Mandolin Magazine)—is a deeply stirring musical experience that has delighted loyal audiences time and time again.

Liz ViceLiz Vice
Friday, February 2 | 7:30 pm
$15 advance | $20 day of show

Soul, Gospel, R&B. As soon as you hear one note, you’ll be hooked on Liz Vice. Her “dynamic, soulful vocals” (Willamette Week) have drawn comparisons to Adele, Mavis Staples, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and her powerful voice “draws on a well of deep emotion and faith” (Afropunk), capturing all ears with its surprising, soulful magic and message of enduring hope. Originally from Portland, she’s been touring nationally with big name acts like the Avett Brothers and Blind Boys of Alabama, attracting rave reviews.

Tony FurtadoTony Furtado
Friday, February 23 | 7:30 pm
$18 advance | $22 day of show

Roots, Americana, Slide Guitar. One of the region’s most beloved artists, Tony Furtado is a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist who refuses to conform to simple categorization. Integrating American Roots music—Bluegrass, Appalachian Folk, Celtic, Indie Rock, and Blues—and his own progressive use of melody, rhythm and improvisation, Furtado has proven himself a powerful, evocative and soulful singer and songwriter. Relix describes Tony’s latest album “as his most polished release yet, incorporating several genres while retaining his inherent charm.”

Teatro MilagroMijita Fridita (My Daughter Frida): Teatro Milagro
Saturday, March 10 | 2 pm
$5 advance | $10 day of show
Recommended ages: 10 & up

Theatre, Family-Friendly. Portland’s Teatro Milagro is a groundbreaking theatre company known for their extraordinary performances and arts education experiences which seek to make their audiences “think, feel, and imagine.” Their return to the Walters’ stage tells the story of young Frida Kahlo’s remarkable journey and irrepressible creative imagination. Strong, spirited, and resilient, Fridita discovers how to overcome hardships while staying true to herself. Bi-lingual performance in English and Spanish. 60 minute program.

The Gothard SistersThe Gothard Sisters
Friday, March 16 | 7:30 pm
$18 advance | $22 day of show

Celtic. One of the most compelling and celebrated acts in Celtic music today, Greta, Willow, and Solana Gothard create an irresistible blend of violin and fiddle, acoustic guitar, stunning vocal harmonies and the powerful rhythms of the Irish Bodhran. Their rousing, energetic live performances incorporate Irish Dance and infuse the time-honored tradition of Celtic music with modern Folk influences. Don’t miss these fiercely talented, Northwest sisters with a loyal national following to begin your St. Patrick’s Day weekend. “This is a trio that comes off like an orchestra” (Celtic Beat Magazine).

Carrie CunninghamCarrie Cunningham
Friday, April 6 | 7:30 pm
$15 advance | $20 day of show

Acoustic Country, Singer + Songwriter. New Country/Americana artist, Carrie Cunningham has shared stages with the likes of Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Reba, Kacey Musgraves and numerous Country luminaries. Her vocals have drawn comparison to Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert, combined with the sweetness of Pam Tillis. This beloved singer-songwriter has recently relocated to California, but fans can rejoice—she returns to the Northwest for one night at the Walters to share her talent and new album with adoring fans in a special, intimate acoustic performance.

The Incredible Journey of Jazz with PDX JazzThe Incredible Journey of Jazz: PDX Jazz
Friday, April 20 | 7:30 pm
$5 youth | $10 adult
Recommended ages: 10 & up

Jazz, Family Friendly. This “living experience of jazz” is a “foot-tapping, heart-flooding, laugh-inducing” educational and fun evening exploring the classic genre’s rhythm, melody and history. The PDX Jazz Festival’s performance recounts America’s original musical art form as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with some of the region’s outstanding musicians. Explore the story of Jazz from its beginnings in Africa, development in America and impact on our past and present. Along the journey gain a deeper understanding of Jazz’s ability to weave global cultures together—and excite audiences of all ages. 60 minute program.

Merideth Kaye ClarkeJoni Mitchell’s Blue: Merideth Kaye Clarke
Friday, May 4 | 7:30 pm
$20 advance | $25 day of show

Folk, Piano. Without a doubt, Joni Mitchell’s BLUE is one of the most iconic albums of all time—and here it is played from beginning to end in the original keys by Broadway star Meredith Kaye Clarke. “Clark is a masterful performer and she has an amazing voice” ( Clark’s live version first premiered at Portland Center Stage with sold out performances—her “openness and happiness on the stage is pure delight, the joy and empathy she has in and for Mitchell’s work coming out in every note” (Edge Media Network).

Acoustic Guitar SummitAcoustic Guitar Summit
Featuring Mark Hanson, Terry Rob and Doug Smith
Friday, May 18 | 7:30 pm
$18 advance | $22 day of show

Fingerstyle Guitar. Grammy Award winners Doug Smith and Mark Hanson and Oregon Music Hall of Fame member Terry Robb are Acoustic Guitar Summit – one of the region’s most accomplished musical groups. Performing together for over 20 years, the three bring a diverse musical journey to the stage with their impressive fingerstyle guitar and unique versions of classic favorites, Blues, Jazz, and Hawaiian slack key. Their wide-ranging, genre crossing repertoire rejoices in the rhythm and power of the instrument.


Concert concessions available from Longbottom Coffee & Tea.
With special thanks to our season sponsor, The Orenco Hotel.