Kid-friendly La Boheme is a must-see performance

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Portland Opera-to-Go will present a fully stated, English version of Puccinnis La Boheme as the opening concert in the Mountain Park Family Concert Series Jan. 17.

The new Mountain Park Family Concert Series opens Friday with Portland Opera-to-Go’s performance of Puccini’s “La Boheme” at 7 p.m. at the Mountain Park Rec Center, 2 Jefferson Terrace in Lake Oswego.

This kid-friendly opera is in English and is a fully staged performance with sets, costumes and piano accompaniment.

The concert series is produced by Aaron Nigel Smith, founder of the One World Chorus, a nonprofit organization committed to sharing the gift of music to children around the world.

“The series includes a variety of genres, from classical to jazz to reggae,” Smith said. “I want to encourage families to come out and enjoy family music.”

Aaron Nigel Smith, founder of the One World Chorus and Mountain Park Family Concert Series, will perform during the April concert.

The idea for the concert series came from the response to the Rox in Sox Children’s Music and Book Festival he organized last August.

“After such a positive response, I wanted to find a way to inspire families to sing, dance and play together more,” he said.

The series continues Feb. 21 with a concert of jazz by award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist Lori Henriques, followed by a March 23 concert featuring the American folksongs and musical puppet show of Mo Phillips and Red Yarn. Smith and the One World Chorus will be featured in the April concert and the Grammy Award-winning songwriters Oakee Dokee Brothers will perform in May.

Tickets to all concerts are $5 per person with proceeds benefitting One World Chorus’ outreach music programs for children throughout the world and support for the next Rox in Sox festival in August.

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