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Singer, songwriter actress to honor Joni Mitchell with a performance at Walters Cultural Arts Center

PHOTO COURTESY OF MERIDETH KAYE CLARK - Merideth Kaye Clark will perform Joni Mitchells Blue, in a show at the Walters Cultural Art Center on on Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.The Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro is feeling a little blue this month.

But it's not sadness gripping the Hillsboro events space. In fact, organizers are exstatic.

Singer and Broadway performer, Merideth Kaye Clark will perform Joni Mitchell's "Blue" at the Walters on May 4. "Blue" was Mitchell's highly-regarded fourth studio album, released in 1971 by A&M Studios.

Clark brings "Blue" to the Walters Cultural Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., May 4, for a special performance combining live music and theater. Clarke re-creates the album from beginning to end in the original keys.

Clark, now a Portland resident, is originally from Kansas City, Mo. An artist, traveler, musician, songwriter, singer and actress, Clark combines theater work with concerts, performing a plethora of styles, including contemporary musical theater, classical, Broadway standards, country, bluegrass and folk across the United States. She is a multi-instrumentalist playing anything with strings, mostly the guitar and viola.

Though Clark began her higher education studying neuroscience and behavioral biology at Emory University she ended up earning a master's degree in musical theater at San Diego State University. It was in California, where she began her career as a concert artist and musical theater performer.

Clark has performed with the National Broadway tour of "Wicked" in the role of Elphaba in the First National Tour of the Broadway musical more than 150 times in 35 cities. She has also performed in "Nancy, Oliver!," "The Light in the Piazza," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Kiss Me Kate," "Evita," "Twelfth Night" at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Amazing Grace," and "Meet Me In St. Louis." Additionally, Clark has participated in numerous developmental readings and has originated roles in two off-Broadway musicals.

Tickets for the show cost $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show and are available at hillsboro-oregon.gov/WaltersConcerts or by calling the box office at 503-615-3485.


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