2015-2016 Performing Arts Series Features Five Exciting Evenings of Music

Thursday, September 24, 2015

An eclectic mix of music comes to Forest Grove as part of Pacific University's 22nd annual Performing Arts Series

The five-show lineup begins Saturday, Oct. 17 with pop-jazz vocal group m-pact and concludes on April 2 with singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff.

In between is a performance by The Quebe Sisters, International Guitar Night on Jan. 30 and a concert by Massachusetts-based quartet Darlingside. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place in McCready Hall at the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center on Pacific's Forest Grove Campus.

m-pact has been hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world," and its signature sound has been featured in television theme songs and animated Disney motion pictures.

The Quebe Sisters present their Western swing style of Americana on Saturday, Nov. 14. The trio of Hulda, Sophia and Grace Quebe dominated state and national fiddle competitions as teenagers, and today their unique sound delights audiences both domestically and abroad.

The new year comes alive on Saturday, Jan. 30 as International Guitar Night begins its 2016 tour in Forest Grove. The only grassroots production of its kind, this premier mobile guitar festival brings luminaries together for a variety of acoustic solos, duets and quartet numbers. IGN founder Brian Gore brings with him Gypsy Jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt, finger-style innovator Mike Dawes and versatile showman Andrew Krengel.

The smooth sounds of Darlingside will permeate Forest Grove on Saturday, Mar. 12. A wide-ranging blend of '60s folk, wry wit, classical arrangements, soaring harmonies and modern indie-rock are sure to please the those looking for different combinations of vocals and instruments throughout the performance.

Karla Bonoff rounds out the 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series on Saturday, Apr. 2. Among the finest singer-songwriters of her generation, Bonoff has written songs that have become hits for artists Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd and Linda Ronstadt. Billboard Magazine said of Bonoff, "Long before Alanis (Morisette) and Jewel, there was a breed of singer/songwriters whose earthly anthems of soul-searching, heartache and joy touched souls in a way few can muster today."

Season subscriptions, including full ensemble and mini packages, as well as tickets for individual concerts are now on sale and can be purchased in advance by calling 503-352-2918. Discounts are available for senior citizens 55 and better, youths 12 and under and Pacific University students and employees.

The 2015-2016 Pacific University Performing Arts Series is presented by Tuality Healthcare, R.B. Hornberger Company and Best Western University Inn & Suites.