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Past Concerts at the Walters

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2018-19 Walters Concert Series

Luz Elena MendozaLuz Elena Mendoza
Friday, September 21 | 7:30 pm
$15 advance | $20 day of show

Latin Folk, Singer + Songwriter. The striking and original frontwoman of Y La Bamba, Luz Elena Mendoza, “is a warrior of light, resilience, and creative ingenuity. Born singing mariachis of Michoacán in Southern Oregon, her haunting yet calming bluegrass folk vocals are rooted in Mexican tradition” (Portland Mercury). Her latest album, Ojos del Sol, is a sweeping, playful, and vulnerable collection that’s ripe with both musical and personal discovery. Don’t miss this chance for an intimate performance with a celebrated folk musician whose music is a moving celebration of family, community, and transformation.

Skybound BlueSkybound Blue
Friday, October 5 | 7:30 pm
$15 advance | $20 day of show

Folk, Bluegrass, Americana. Skybound Blue is Americana at its finest—the dig-deep-and-tell-the-story-in-your-bones kind. Jenny and Matt Behnke own the stage with chemistry and authenticity, and Jenny’s stunning vocals and lyrics are reminiscent of Patty Griffin with a Northwest influence. Discover why they’ve created a devoted following of fans who crave that rare and magical combination of authenticity, connection, inspiration and exceptional live performance.

Portland OperaThe Barber of Seville: Portland Opera
Saturday, October 13 | 2 pm matinee | 50 minutes
$5 suggested donation
Recommended ages: 8 & up

Opera, Youth & Family-Friendly, Bilingual. Rosina is new in town. Fresh from Mexico, she lives with her controlling and suspicious uncle Bartolo, who is planning to marry her off to one of his rich, elderly friends. But Rosina is in love with the handsome chavo she saw in the plaza. She knows he likes her too, but they have a problem…she speaks only Spanish, and he speaks only English! Enter the brilliant, bilingual vivales, Figaro! Porque a veces, ¡hasta el lenguaje del amor necesita traducción! Designed for children and families—and young-at-heart adults—POGO's opera adaptations have thrilled tens of thousands of fans throughout the region. No advance sales for this event: walk-up only. Note: this annual performance often sells

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie HaasAlasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Friday, November 9 | 7:30 pm
$30 advance | $35 day of show

Fiddle & Cello, Celtic, World. The musical partnership between world-renowned performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling," and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 18 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the globe, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. Alasdair Fraser has been recognized as “one of Scotland’s most valued tradition-bearers,” by BBC Radio Scotland, and is widely regarded as a master performer, while Natalie Haas is considered one of the most sought-after cellists in Celtic music today.

Thomas-Lauderdale_photo by Autumn-de-WildeThomas Lauderdale
Friday, November 16 | 7:30 pm
$32 advance | $37 day of show | $100 premium tickets*

Benefit for the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment

Piano. Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini brings two special solo performances to the Walters, highlighting his riveting talent as a classical pianist. A Northwest favorite with an international following, Lauderdale has performed on many of the world’s greatest and grandest 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 on the Walters stage by one of the region’s most beloved musicians (joined by a few special guests).

*Premium Tickets include catered pre-show reception with Thomas Lauderdale and reserved seating in the first five rows. Limited Premium Tickets available. At this special benefit performance, 100% of your ticket price will go to providing long-term funding for our growing Hillsboro arts and cultural community.

Thomas-Lauderdale_photo by Autumn-de-WildeThomas Lauderdale
Saturday, November 17 | 7:30 pm
$32 advance | $37 day of show

Piano. Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini brings two special solo performances to the Walters, highlighting his riveting talent as a classical pianist. A Northwest favorite with an international following, Lauderdale has performed on many of the world’s greatest and grandest 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 on the Walters stage by one of the region’s most beloved musicians (joined by a few special guests).

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

Classical, Pops, 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 be led by conductor Christian McKee and will include exciting holiday selections that span across multiple genres. Be sure to get your tickets early for this local holiday favorite! OMO will be joined by special guests Choro da Alegría.

Saeeda WrightSaeeda Wright
Friday, December 14 | 7:30 pm
$15 advance | $20 day of show

Neo Soul, Gospel, Jazz. With her stirring voice and elevating vocals, Saeeda Wright is sure to lift your mind and spirit to new heights. Her passion is electrifying, and her voice so magnetic you cannot help but find yourself enveloped in her music, stories, and powerful presence. A member of Prince’s New Power Generation, Wright has toured with the legendary pop star and gone on to play with many other acclaimed musicians and venues across the Pacific Northwest, including the Oregon Symphony and Portland’s Annual Blues Festival. Don’t miss this chance for an intimate performance with a powerhouse performer on the rise.

Aaron Nigel SmithAaron Nigel Smith
Saturday, January 26  | 2 pm matinee | 55 minutes
$5 advance | $8 day of show

Recommended ages: 2 - 8 years

Children’s Reggae, Family-Friendly. Come sing and dance to uplifting reggae beats by this award winning performer, educator, and celebrated musician. Bringing beauty, harmony, and a messages of peace to every performance, Aaron Nigel Smith has inspired youth and families around the world through his music and the Emmy Award Winning PBS Kids show, Between the Lions. From original music to collaborations with Ziggy Marley, Smith has received numerous awards, including a Parents’ Choice Award and recognition in People Magazine. Get ready for an entertaining and empowering afternoon of joyful music.

Craig CarothersCraig Carothers
Friday, February 8 | 7:30 pm
$18 advance | $22 day of show

Acoustic Singer + Songwriter. A Walters’ favorite with a loyal Northwest following, this talented singer-songwriter began his career in Portland before relocating to Nashville where he performs his own music at famous stages like the Bluebird Cafe, and writes for artists such as Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, and Peter, Paul & Mary. His music is heartbreakingly beautiful and scathingly funny, delivered with a lively deadpan smile and a voice that’s downright swoony. Discover why his performances over the years have been described as “truly magical,” and experience the moving compositions of this home-grown talent with national appeal.

Friday, February 22 | 7:30 pm
$18 advance | $22 day of show

Spanish Flamenco, Arabic, Andalusian, Persian, Jazz. Placing in top charts for World Music, Seffarine's international blend of sounds features soulful Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp. Their music embraces and extends Naki's rich heritage, which spans from Moorish Spain to the Sahara, mixing Arabic Andalusi music with the grooves of acclaimed bassist Damian Erskine, the phenomenal chops of Persian master multi-instrumentalist Bobak Salehi, and virtuoso percussionist, Manavihare Fiaindratovo. Seffarine delivers an original and intoxicating sound that Bass Player Magazine describes as a “gorgeous intersection” of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern genres and culture.

Painted Sky Northstar Dance CompanyPainted Sky Northstar Dance Company
Saturday, March 9 | 2 pm matinee | 50 minutes
$5 advance | $8 day of show

Native American Dance, All Ages, Family Friendly. Painted Sky Northstar Dancers celebrate the richly layered traditions of Native American dance with powerful and life-affirming performances full of “energy and talent [that light] up the stage” (OPB). Their dynamic repertoire includes traditional dance forms and blended contemporary styles. Painted Sky is an Intertribal organization that honors Native American culture by building awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and education.

Robbie FulksRobbie Fulks
Friday, March 22 | 7:30 pm
$18 advance | $22 day of show

Folk, Bluegrass, Vintage Country. Hailed as “one of the most observant and wry songwriters of the past two decades” (Rolling Stone), Robbie Fulks’ new album, Upland Stories, is garnering some of the most effusive reviews of his impressive career—along with two Grammy nominations for “Best American Roots Song” and “Best Folk Album.” Fulks’s rich, emotional storytelling is illuminated by his instrumental prowess and stirring vocals. As a musician whose picking is as sharp as his wit, take it from Tina Fey: “Fulks is an alt-country genius.”

Portland Taiko. Photo by Rich IwasakiPortland Taiko
Friday, April 5 | 7:30 pm
$5 advance | $8 day of show

Taiko drumming, Family-Friendly. 50 minute production. Celebrate Portland Taiko’s 25th Anniversary with a special, all-ages, interactive performance at the Walters this spring! Taiko drumming fuses music and movement in electric, unforgettable performances that appeal to the young and young-at-heart alike. Founded on principles of innovation, respect, and cooperation, this celebration of ancient music approached with a modern spirit affirms Asian American pride, builds community, and inspires and educates audiences about Japanese heritage and culture. Experience the unique impact of this dynamic, exciting, and continually evolving art form by one of the Northwest’s most celebrated performance groups. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Neftali Rivera & Grupo BorikuasNeftali Rivera & Grupo Borikuas
Friday, April 19 | 7:30 pm
$12 advance | $16 day of show

Puerto Rican, Cuban, Afro-Caribbean. Bright and charismatic performers, Neftali Rivera & Grupo Borikuas capture the essence of Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, bringing their passion for their heritage, music, and culture to the Walters’ stage. They convey a rich poetic lineage in their songs and beats, moving fluidly between love, loss, and joy, covering an impressive repertoire includes genres from a variety of Latin cultures. A Northwest treasure, they are sure to fill your heart and move your feet.

Acoustic Guitar SummitAcoustic Guitar Summit
Featuring Mark Hanson, Terry Rob and Doug Smith
Friday, May 3 | 7:30 pm
$18 advance | $22 day of show

Fingerstyle Guitar. Grammy Award winner Doug Smith, 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.

Portland Youth PhilharmonicPortland Youth Philharmonic
Saturday, May 18 | 2 pm matinee | 90 minutes
$5 advance | $8 day-of show

Classical. With a stunning repertoire that rivals that of major professional orchestras, Portland Youth Philharmonic brings together some of the country’s finest, emerging musicians known for excellent and adventurous performances throughout the region, based in Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. “America’s first youth symphony is a boon to our young community” (Portland Monthly), and classical music lovers of all ages will be stirred, delighted, and impressed by the offerings of this accomplished orchestra. This all new performance has been specifically created for the Walters Concert Series by PYP, bringing together a diverse group of composers to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Hillsboro and Washington County.


Concert concessions available from Longbottom Coffee & Tea
With special thanks to our season sponsor, Aloft Hillsboro-Beaverton
 Aloft Hillsboro-Beaverton