Enchanting and enriching the community with passionate classical performances, the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra is composed of local masterful musicians showcasing their symphonic sublimity under the guidance of music director Travis Hatton.
Music director Maria Manzo leads the 60-voice Bravo! Vancouver Chorale and the Washington Chamber Orchestra through George F. Handel's baroque Christmas masterpiece, Messiah. With well-known melodies and brain-stimulating counterpoint, the legendary composition has enthralled listeners for centuries with such dramatic movements as the "Hallelujah Chorus" and the fact that singing the oratorio backwards reveals the message "King George II is Dead.” A host of soloists add individual flair to the 18th-century proceedings, weaving their voices through the sonic bombast of trumpets and euphonic delicacy of strings. St. Joseph Catholic Church provides a serene setting for evening, with colored-glass windows beautifully refracting light and temporarily forestalling panic when the sun turns blue.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.