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America’s first youth symphony to perform songs celebrating Hillsboro’s culture on May 18.

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COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND YOUTH PHILHARMONIC - Portland Youth Philharmonic has performers from over 100 schools in Oregon and southwest Washington and will perform in Hillsboro Saturday, May 18.Some of the state's best and brightest young musicians will be in Hillsboro this month to close out the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center's 2019 music series.

The Portland Youth Philharmonic's chamber orchestra, Camerata PYP take the stage at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18 at the Walters, 527 E. Main St., offering a multicultural program featuring works from around the world. Organizers say the selections are meant to celebrate Hillsboro's cultural heritage.

PYP was the first youth symphony created in the country and performs regularly at Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Musicians range from age 7 to 23, and come from more than 100 schools in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Tickets are $5 in advance, or $8 at the door.

"We hope to see people in the audience who have never attended an orchestra concert before," said musical director David Hattner. "We welcome local residents, especially anyone who has never heard of PYP before, to get to know this unique orchestra made up of young musicians who were mostly born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, but whose families come

from many diverse cultures and backgrounds." 

The concert will include renditions of Chinese composer Zhou Long's "Driving the Mule Train," Indian composer Indian composer A. R. Rahman's "Balleilakka," Mexican composer Carlos Chavez's "Saraband" from "The Daughter of Colchis," and Giancarlo Castro D'Addona's "Concierto Sureno for violin and string orchestra, featuring soloist Inés Voglar Belgique with the Oregon Symphony.

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