Rogue Valley Symphony Salon Series

Rogue Valley Symphony musicians will present the final Salon Series of summer chamber music concerts to benefit the orchestra.

Symphony wind players will be featured at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford and again at 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland.

The two concerts will showcase wind players from the orchestra performing mostly French Romantic and Impressionistic chamber music. New music composed by symphony musician Lori Calhoun, principal clarinet, also will be featured. On clarinet, Calhoun will perform "Gymnopedie" by Eric Satie; on alto saxophone, she will play Gabriel Faure's Pavane; and on voice, she will present her own work, Desert of My Soul.

Kristin Kessler will perform Amilcare Ponchielli's "Capriccio for Oboe." On bassoon, Karen Basin will play Edward Elgar's "Romance." Kessler and Basin will join forces with Mark Reppert, the piano accompanist for the evening, in Francis Poulenc's "Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano."

Symphony musician and composer Mark Eliot Jacobs, principal trombone, also will perform in this series. Jacobs and Reppert will play "Sonatine for Trombone and Piano" by French composer Jacques Casterede.

Musicians from the orchestra have worked collaboratively to produce the programs for the Salon Series.

The idea for the concert series was new in April, when symphony oboist Kristin Kessler began coordinating the project.

Concerts in May showcased the Symphony Brass, and in June the Chamber Players string ensemble.

Open-seating tickets are $15 each, available at the door, or in advance at the RVSO box office. All proceeds benefit the orchestra, and musicians are contributing their services for these special concerts.

Call 552-6398.

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