Hillsboro announces performance series at Walters Arts Center
Hillsboro officials have announced the lineup for the second half of its 2021-22 performance series at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center.
The events include performances by six local groups that received Hillsboro's first set of performance series grants, which provide ticketing, marketing, audio-visual and staffing support.
The events were previously scheduled in 2020 but were delayed following closures and restrictions due to the pandemic, officials said in an announcement Tuesday, Jan. 4.
In a change from the Walters' previous performance series, the grant awardees' performances must benefit a Hillsboro nonprofit organization.
"This shift in focus allows the Walters to truly highlight the exceptional talent of local musicians and performers and bring that experience to the community," officials said.
In addition to the grant-supported performances, the series will include other events, starting with a performance on Friday, Jan. 21, by local singer-songwriters Gabe Ballard, Trent Toney, Ellie Hartman and Kyndel James.
During the event, each artist will take the stage to showcase their personal collection of music and lyrics.
"Gabe Ballard brings his high-powered soulful voice and acoustic guitar and Hillsboro native Trent Toney performs on guitar and piano creating a complex, nuanced sound to go with bittersweet indie-pop lyrics," Hillsboro officials said. "Ellie Hartman on guitar will be accompanied by Eliana Swan on piano, bringing upbeat indie music and stories from her life and the people she's encountered along the way. Wrapping up the evening, you'll hear Kyndel James' easy-listening blend of bluesy original music, folksy contemporary covers, and the best of the classics."
The first of Hillsboro's grant awardees will take the stage on Jan. 28. Formed by Luis and Graciela Hernandez, Barrio Mestizo will showcase the diversity within Latin music, playing multiple genres, including cumbia, salsa, Tejano and other dance-oriented styles, officials said. Proceeds from the performance will go toward Centro Cultural de Washington County.
A week later, on Feb. 4, award-winning Seattle-based jazz singer Eugenie Jones comes to the Walters. Jones will pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, performing standards from the Great American Songbook as well as her original tunes "that have earned her recognition as a cleverly gifted lyricist," officials said.
The next week, on Feb. 11, the second of Hillsboro's grant awardees, Rose City Trombones, will showcase music from some of the best and most experienced classically trained trombone players from across the region. A portion of the proceeds from the performance will go to Glencoe High School's Shockwave robotics team.
On March 4, the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra will return to the Walters, exploring the genres and musical eras from Baroque, Romantic, and Classical to 20th-century folk and swing melodies, pop, and jazz. The group regularly plays the likes of Raffaele Calace, Dmitri Shostakovich, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, officials said. A portion of the proceeds will support the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment.
In another band's return to the Walters, Neftali Rivera & Grupo Borikuas will play Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms on March 18. All proceeds from the performance will support the quartet.
A group familiar to the Hillsboro community, the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, will play on April 8, presenting three of its ensembles: Jazz & the Harpist, a brass quintet and a woodwind quintet. Proceeds will support the orchestra.
On April 22, Portland-based dance ensemble Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater will perform for the first time in Hillsboro. The ensemble's work is "inspired by the folklore of the great African diaspora with a performance repertoire that boldly weaves stories of adversity and hope, captivating audiences with their outspoken calls for social change," officials said.
Wrapping up the community-based grant awardee performances on May 20 is Rasika. With traditional costuming and music, along with Sanskrit chants and English poetry, "this troupe of Indian classical dancers is bound to amaze with an exceptional evening of the authentic cultural experience of this ancient land," officials said, adding that proceeds will support Rasika.
The final performance of the series on May 27 will be a Walters favorite, singer-songwriter Craig Carothers. "His newly released album, "39 Pink Flamingos," is his response to the question "what did you do during the pandemic?" officials said.
Ticketing and other additional information about the performances is online at .
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