Mandolin orchestra performs holiday music

The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. The concert features holiday classics and special performances by music director and conductor Brian Oberlin and selected members of the orchestra.

The unique orchestra consists of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, mandobass and a variety of accompanying instruments.

Advance tickets are available at and 503-615-3485. The center is located at 527 E. Main St. in Hillsboro.

Harmony Masters carol at Cornell Estates

Tualatin Valley Harmony Masters presents a concert of Christmas carols sung barbershop style on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Cornell Estates Retirement and Assisted Living Center in Hillsboro.

The free show begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Hillsboro-based men’s a cappella chorus celebrates its 38th year this Christmas. A member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the nonprofit group hosts the annual Ballad Town Quartet singing competition.

Barbershop is a style of music born in the United States in the late 1800s.

It is singing unaccompanied by instruments in four-part harmony in such a way that the blended voices create an accoustical effect known as “the fifth voice.”

The show promises traditional carols, tight harmonies, quick wit and songs of old. Cornell Estates is located at 1005 N.E. 17th Avenue.

For information, call 503-640-2884.

Chorus class open to students and adults

PCC Rock Creek will offer a chorus class starting Jan. 9.

The class is suitable for high school students and older, and no previous singing experience is necessary.

The class, directed by longtime choir director Pollyanna Hancock Moody, is being offered through the PCC Community Education Program, but credit options are available. Tuition is $88, and advance registration is required. To register for credit or audit, visit

For more information, contact Moody at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jason Palmer, Music Department chairman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 971-722-7869.

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