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Mandolin orchestra to play at Walters Center Dec. 16

Orchestra returns with downtown holiday favorites

The Walters Cultural Arts Center will let swinging mandolins set the mood for its 2016 Holiday Concert.

Led by Portland-based mandolinist Brian Oberlin, the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra returns to the Walters Center at 527 East Main St. in downtown Hillsboro on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Bringing its unique brand of eclectic performances, which are often highlighted by various special guests, the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra delivers the historically-rich and dynamic sounds of the mandolin family and revives the beauty and popular impact of the turn-of-the-century art form, according to the center's facility supervisor, Gayle Ritt.

For its special guest this performance, the Orchestra has invited local western swing band The Swinging Doors, with Oberlin on electric mandolin and vocals, Dan Lowinger on electric guitar, Rusty Blake on steel guitar, Tommy Chiffon on drums and Chris Kee on bass.

The concert will feature selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker; three pieces written for mandolin orchestra by Italian composer Amedeo Amadei; "Adagio ma non Troppo" for Mandolin and Piano by Beethoven; and Christmas favorites like Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, and Silent Night.

Tickets are $18 in advance or $22 day of show, and are available at brownpapertickets.com or by calling 503-615-3485.

More information about the orchestra can be found at oregonmandolinorchestra.org, and for more information on the center call 503-615-3485 or visit hillsboro-oregon.gov/walters.