An evening of French music

Southern Oregon University will feature its Schuman collection of musical instruments when the university hosts "Une Soir&

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The Terra Nova Consort, The Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, and the hurdy gurdy duo "Bees in a Box" will perform on the period instruments in the collection in a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the SOU Music Recital Hall 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Area residents and visitors will have the opportunity to hear three West Coast historic music groups perform on some of the rare and exotic 17th, 18th, and early 19th century French instruments of the Schuman collection.

The Terra Nova Consort is under the direction of Sue Carney and Pat O'Scannel and has served as the musicians in residence for the Shakespeare festival for 20 years. This will be their last concert as festival representatives and they will be performing selections from their "Renaissance en Provence," traditional music of southern France concert.

The Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Margaret Griez, will also be performing music of the high French baroque court. They will be featuring a combination of musicians from the Rogue Valley Symphony, SOU faculty, The Shakespeare Festival, University of Oregon faculty, and artists from the greater Rogue Valley and Eugene areas.

Marjorie Fiddler and Christina Wright are Bees in a Box who duo play "sister" hurdy gurdies in D, built by Jean Claude Boudet in Jenzat, France, in 2005. The two studied with Pierre Imbert, Gilles Chabenat, Patrick Bouffard, and J.F. Heintzen. They will perform compositions and arrangements of Imbert, Chabenat, Bouffard, Heintzen and others that support and inspire traditional French dances: bourrees, schottisches, mazurkas, and valses.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and free for students. Call 552-6101.

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