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Portland Community College’s Experience Music Series Presents Exciting Winter Concerts

Pam Beaty

The Experience Music Series is pleased to  present three exciting virtual concerts in February and March. To view the concerts, visit expmusicseries.com/youtube. The popular question and answer session with the artists will follow the performance.Experience Music

There is no charge to view the concerts, and donations to the series are gratefully accepted.

February 2, 7:00 pm – The Northwest Piano Trio will perform a diverse program featuring works by Romantic composers Clara and Robert Schumann, Impressionist composer Maurice Ravel, Spanish composer Joquin Turina and more. Based in Portland, Ore., the Trio, with violinist Esther Shim, cellist Hannah Hillebrand and pianist Susan McDaniel, is committed to the performance of traditional classical music while also exploring the music of 20th and 21st century composers. Their goal is to appeal to a wide array of audiences in varied settings, from the time-honored concert hall to the “virtual venue.” They are passionate about presenting unique performances that give listeners a contemporary perspective on a non-contemporary art form.

February 16, 5:00 pm – The Christopher Woitach, called a “Jazz Guitarist Extraordinaire” by the Pacific Arts Association, performs with his quartet. Mr. Woitach, a guitarist and composer from Portland, performs a wide range of jazz styles, from Dixieland to Free jazz, Ragtime to Bebop. His compositions reflect his diverse musical tastes and abilities, and combine the intricacies of Baroque counterpoint with the freedom of modern jazz. Christopher will be joined by John Moak on trombone, Tim Gilson on bass and Charlie Doggett on drums.

March 2, 5:00 pm – Grupo Borikuas, is a Portland-based Latin band that performs dynamic ethnic music from Puerto Rico with Afro-Caribbean roots. The band’s mission is to spread Puerto Rican music and culture throughout the Portland area with the help of their beautiful vocal harmony, virtuosic percussion and charming and friendly stage presence.

Borikuas members are all of Puerto Rican descent who authentically feel passion for their heritage, their music, and their culture. Sharing this passion as well as a true friendship, through their presentations and performances, Ramón Cancel (lead guitar, Puerto Rican cuatro, and vocals), Aquiles Montas and Martín Velez (percussion and vocals), and Neftalí Rivera (guitar and lead vocalist) give life to the music of their homeland.

The Experience Music Series is presented by the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus Department of Music. The series is supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Cultural Coalition of Washington County. The series receives additional support from the Reser Family Foundation and Oregon Arts Watch.

Please visit the Experience Music Series website for more information at expmusicseries.com or contact Anthony Catalan at anthony.catalan@pcc.edu.