Veterans Day celebration

The Southern Oregon Concert Band and the Siskiyou Singers will perform together for the first time as part of this year's Veteran's Day celebration which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford.

The free concert will honor active and veteran military personnel and their families. The Veterans' Day concert will mark the beginning of the concert band's centennial celebration and an opportunity to introduce the band's new conductor, composer, and music educator, Theodore (Ted) Dollarhide.

The program gets under way at 7 p.m. with dance music performed by the Swing Kings Big Band, led by Harry Kannasto and featuring vocalist Diane Hedges. The band will play song and dance favorites from the '40s and '50s. Audience members are invited to dance, swing and sing to the music.

At 8 p.m., following a presentation of the colors, the concert band and Siskiyou Singers under the direction of Dollarhide will take the stage with the "Star Spangled Banner" sung by Siskiyou Singers' director David Marston, accompanied by the band, choir and audience. The band and choir will perform Carmen Dragon's arrangements of "America the Beautiful" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," as well as Bob Lowden's "Armed Forces Medley" of service anthems. In addition, the band will perform Richard Rogers' "Victory at Sea"; Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" with narration by Paul Hammer; and Karl King's "Alamo March" and "Valley Forge March."

The Southern Oregon Concert Band has been a part of Southern Oregon's performing arts culture since 1909. Its musicians come from throughout the area and volunteer their time and energy to provide free concerts for the community. Performances are designed to please audiences and typically include selections from musicals, light classics, dance, marches, and pops music.

The Siskiyou Singers is a volunteer community choir of approximately 120 singers from around the Rogue Valley. Members rehearse weekly and are committed to presenting fine choral music to local audiences. Formed in 1982 by Jacqueline Dougherty, Siskiyou Singers began with 25 singers, some of whom are still singing in the group. Since 1988, the choir has been under the direction of Marston. This season the Siskiyou Singers will present three formal concerts in the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall on Nov. 22-23; Dec. 12; and May 2-3.

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For more details about the Veteran's Day program, call 482-0615.

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