Mountains of music

Reservations for the Siskiyou Institute's Spring Concert Workshop Series are now available. Call 488-3869 or e-mail

Southern Oregon University Piano Department Recital

Hosted by Dr. Tutunov

Friday, April 25, 8 p.m.

The Old Siskiyou Barn

Tickets: $20 ($15 students)

The concert season kicks off with an event featuring some of the finest young pianists in the Rogue Valley. All are students of Dr. Alexander Tutunov at Southern Oregon University. The evening will feature pianists Kristen McCaffrey, Kimberley Levy, David Brown, Daniel Swayze, Kimberley Wood, Elizabeth Moss and Joseph Yungen. Music selections will feature the music of Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Ravel and Scriabin.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Chinese-American International Piano Institute (CAIPI), founded by Dr. Tutunov. CAIPI is a project assembling outstanding young pianists from China, North America and other nations, with some of the most-recognized, respected piano professors from the United States and China. This annual event takes place at the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China.

Piano Technique Master Class with Dr. Tutunov

Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m.

The Old Siskiyou Barn

$10 general public

Free to students and teachers

(donations appreciated)

Dr. Tutunov will present a master class open to piano students and teachers of all styles. He will address a broad spectrum of performance-related problems, including some tips on technical development without injuries, tone production on the piano, efficient practice and other topics of interest.


Featuring Ralph Towner,

Paul McCandless, Glen Moore

and Mark Walker

Monday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Mountain Avenue Theatre,

Ashland High School

Tickets: $20 in advance,

$25 at door, $15 with student I.D.

The Grammy-nominated group Oregon will play two concerts in Ashland.

The first concert will take place on Monday, April 28 at the Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School.

The second concert, on Tuesday, April 29, will be a rare opportunity to hear the individual members of Oregon performing in solo and duo formats in the intimate setting of the Old Siskiyou Barn. This special event will be a fund-raiser for the Siskiyou Institute's Artists In The Schools program, which benefits students and teachers of the Rogue Valley.

In addition, the group will teach workshops for students of Southern Oregon University and Ashland High School and Ashland Middle School on Tuesday, April 29. Featuring Ralph Towner on guitar and piano, Paul McCandless on reeds and woodwinds, Glen Moore on bass and Mark Walker on drums and percussion, Oregon has played renowned concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonic Hall and Vienna's Mozartsaal; in addition to international jazz clubs and major festivals such as Montreux, Pori, Berlin, Montreal, and Newport Jazz; and on tours throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Algeria, and Australia.

For more information on Oregon, visit the group's Web site, .

Tickets for the concert at Mountain Avenue Theatre are available at CD or Not CD in Ashland or can be reserved by calling 488-3869 or via e-mail at

Mark Levine Duo with bassist John Witala

Friday, May 9, 8 p.m.

The Old Siskiyou Barn

Tickets: $20 ($15 for students)

Grammy-nominated pianist, composer, educator and author Mark Levine will be joined by bassist John Witala. Author of "Piano Book" and "Jazz Theory Book," Levine has performed and recorded with many jazz luminaries including, Woody Shaw, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Milt Jackson, David Liebman, Blue Mitchell, Pete Escovedo, James Moody, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Fortune, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, Charlie Rouse, Bobby Watson, Chet Baker, Mark Murphy, Art Pepper, Steve Turre and Poncho Sanchez.

Jazz Theory Workshop/Lecture with Mark Levine

Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m.

The Old Siskiyou Barn

$10 for general public,

free to students and teachers

This event is open to all instruments and vocalists with an interest in developing their understanding of jazz theory and jazz improvisation.

Pearl Django

Hot Gypsy Jazz from Seattle

Tuesday, May 20, 8 p.m.

The Old Siskiyou Barn

Tickets: $20 ($15 for students)

Celebrating more than 13 years in existence, Pearl Django continues to be one of America's most respected and busiest Hot Club style groups. Their music reaches out across the divides of taste to a wide variety of audiences.

The band's followers include fans of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli; guitar enthusiasts (and guitarists); lovers of string music, including bluegrass devotees who relish nimble, clean, intricate picking; world music fans drawn to French and Gypsy accents; plus jazz buffs and aficionados of the new swing music.

For more details on the group, visit

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