First Thursday Concerts
Posted: December 14, 2012
MHCC Schedules First Thursday Concerts
Mt. Hood Community College's First Thursday event will continue in 2013 with some great music for students, MHCC employees and the general public.
All concerts are free, have an emphasis on cultural diversity and are held in the Student Union (formerly called the College Center), noon – 1 p.m. Parking at MHCC is free, all days, all times.
Mary Burlingame, office assistant in the Student Union, started First Thursday in October 2011 because she wants to expose people to live music, especially those who only listen to electronic sounds emitted from ear buds or speakers.
"Communication through music is our goal, and music is the best way to connect cultures together, for it is one thing everybody has in common," says Burlingame.
The schedule for First Thursday events through the remainder of the academic year:
Jan. 10: Janice Scroggins gospel group
The Grammy-nominated singer brings her long-established gospel sound in a group that includes MHCC employee Arietta Ward.
Feb. 7: Will West and the Friendly Strangers
Creating music on the premises with wonderful outcomes, the revolving members of this musical ensemble include percussionist, Don Henson from Sneakin' Out. Will West and the Friendly Strangers touch on elements of bluegrass, pop, jazz, blues, old-time folk and more to create a signature acoustic sound.
March 7: Vagabond Opera
Come hear European cabaret, vintage Americana, Balkan belly dance, neo-classical opera, old-world Yiddish theater -- all contained within the sound of this six-piece local group. This group is at the vanguard of a growing popularity in the neo-cabaret phenomenon. Through theatrical performances, lyrics in 13 languages and an eclectic repertoire, they liberate opera from its usual construct, expanding musical and theatrical biodiversity.
April 4: Chuck Redd Group
With a career that spans more than 30 years and includes touring and recording with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Barney Kessel, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, The Lionel Hampton Big Band and Mel Torme, vibist/drummer Redd will make a stop at MHCC while on a West Coast tour. Stalwarts of the Portland jazz music scene will join him at MHCC.
May 2: Mariano De Orbregoso
Guitarist/vocalist Mariano is from a Peruvian lineage of musical fame, the son of a famous composer. For this performance, he will be accompanied by guitarist Masud Tahmassbi with a special guest performance by Peru's vocal icon, Connie Bieberbach.
June 6: MHCC ensembles
Proving their musical muscle as part of the award-winning music education program at MHCC, come hear the Mt. Hood jazz ensembles directed by alumnus, Robert Crowell.