'Five Centuries of Choral Music'

An opportunity for musical time travel will be offered when the Siskiyou Singers presents its spring concert, "Five Centuries of Choral Music, Part Two." Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10 and at 4 p.m., and Sunday, May 11, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Artistic director Dave Marston, now completing his 20th year with the community choral group, will conduct the choir of 130 voices from the Rogue Valley and beyond, presenting some of the favorite choral works of all time.

The accompanist will be pianist Joseph Yungen, a student of Alexander Tutunov and a music major at SOU. Yungen, as winner of the Young Artists Piano Concerto Competition, recently soloed with the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, playing selections from Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5.

The pieces chosen for the program will trace the progression from a cappella sacred music of the Renaissance through the Baroque and Classical periods, to the 19th and 20th centuries. Along the way the harmonies become ever richer and more dense. Many major well-loved works will be represented including selections from Bach's "Mass in B Minor," Vivaldi's "Gloria," Mozart's "Requiem," Haydn's "The Creation," Mendelssohn's "Elijah," the Brahms German "Requiem," and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana." The 20th Century section of the program will also include works by Samuel Barber, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Francis Poulenc.

For its winter concert last December the Siskiyou Singers presented "Five Centuries of Choral Music, Part One." The 23 selections included pieces by Palestrina, Tomas Luis de Victoria, as well as Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Brahms. The 20th century was represented by Barber and Vaughn Williams.

The Siskiyou Singers celebrated its 25th year in 2007. The group was founded in 1982 by Jacqueline Dougherty. This summer, the Siskiyou Singers will go on a goodwill tour to Eastern Europe, presenting concerts in Prague, Budapest and points in between.

Tickets to the May 9-12 concerts are $12 in advance and $14 at the door, and are available at the Music Coop, Paddington Station and Tree House Books, Ashland, and at the Grocery Outlet, Medford.

See or call 482-5290.

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