(Hillsboro, Ore.) — Celebrate Portland Taiko’s 25th Anniversary with a special, all-ages, interactive performance at the Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro) on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. This 50 minute production blends the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming with a sense of Asian American identity, creativity, and empowerment. Tickets for this vibrant performance are $5 advance or $8 the day of show. Recommended for ages four and up.
Taiko, the Japanese word for “drum” as well as the name of the art form, has its roots in ancient Japanese tradition. Taiko has served various functions throughout history in communication, religious ceremonies, community festivals, and theater. Culturally-based performing arts like taiko have a unique power to move and inspire audiences, and can bridge cultural gaps by sharing cultures and traditions across community lines.
Founded on principles of innovation, respect, and cooperation, Portland Taiko has been performing throughout the Northwest and across the country since 1997, in addition to leading classes and workshops. Portland Taiko’s 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. Fusing music and movement in electric, unforgettable performances, Portland Taiko appeals to the young and young-at-heart alike. The Walters invites audiences to experience the unique impact of this dynamic, exciting, and continually evolving art form by one of the Northwest’s most celebrated performance groups.
More information about this performance and the 2018-19 Concert Series is available at Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/WaltersConcerts and tickets can be purchased online at BrownPaperTickets.com, by calling 503-615-3485, or in person at 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Concert concessions available from Longbottom Coffee and Tea. This concert is presented with thanks to series sponsor, Aloft Hillsboro-Beaverton.
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