(Hillsboro, Oregon) – The 2017-18 concert series continues Saturday, October 21 at the Walters Cultural Arts Center – 527 East Main St. – with a 2 pm matinee from Portland Opera To Go!, (POGO) the touring division of Portland Opera’s Education and Outreach Program. The afternoon will consist of a one hour version (60 minute opera with meet and greet) of their family-friendly production of Mozart’s classic tale The Magic Flute. Doors open at 1 pm. The program is for all ages and admission is by suggested $5 donation. The performance is a condensed version of the longer classic opera – and is designed especially for young (and young-at-heart) audiences. The talented performers will participate in a meet and greet after the performance where they’ll get to engage the students, families and children in ways that can literally change and inspire lives.
Full of action, humor, true love and hard-won triumphs, The Magic Flute is a tale of young people grappling with growing up and taking responsibility for themselves and their convictions—all wrapped up in Mozart’s gorgeous music. From the vocal fireworks of the Queen of the Night, to the profundity of the wise Sarastro, to the simple directness of Papageno, The Magic Flute is sure to entrance audiences of all ages. The production is paired with a whimsical set, adorable costumes and some of the best voices the Northwest has to offer!
This is the sixth year the Portland Opera and the Walters have worked together to put forward affordable and educational opera programming for the community – and the show has reached capacity at every performance since 2011 (200+). Enjoyed by audiences of all ages, POGO’s performances are targeted for kindergarten through 5th grade students. POGO’s opera adaptations have thrilled tens of thousands of fans throughout the region. Each year Portland Opera To Go serves between 17-20,000 students throughout Oregon and SW Washington with their lively 50-60-minute English-language presentations of classic operas.
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