Beth Baker sings for the Rogue Gallery & Art Center

The Craterian will be serving up a musical showcase of American pop, gospel, jazz, and blues standards when Beth Baker takes the stage for her fourth annual benefit for the Rogue Gallery Art Center.

Baker's "Soulful, Spiritual Sassy" concert is slated for — p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 WS. Central Ave., Medford.

After the show, audiences will have the opportunity to meet with Baker at a party being held at the Rogue Gallery Art Center. The party will feature food, music, beverages and a chance to win a signed CD.

Joining Baker on stage for this year's concert will be her music arranger, Brent Olstad on piano, Jeff Addicott on bass, and Theresa McCoy on drums. Her backup singers include Val Muse, Laura Grosz, Jade Watt, Karen Barrow, Frank Avila, Brian Fraser, Jim Abdo, and John Contreras.

The Rogue Gallery Art Center holds a special place in Baker's heart. Her father, Charlie, was a local artist who served on the Rogue Gallery's board of directors before his death in 1999.

Baker herself is a member of the board of directors. She often dedicates a song to her father during her performances becauuse he was her biggest fan.

Baker has performed from New York to San Francisco bringing her own brand of warmth, energy and emotion to the stage.

She garnered rave reviews in both concert and musical theater in the San Francisco Bay Area prior to moving to New York City in 1996. She won acclaim for her work as Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl" and Sally Adams in "Call Me Madam" and collected Drama-Logue nominations for "Madam" as well as for her role of Luce in "Boys From Syracuse."

Baker appeared in TheatreWorks and Hillbarn Theater musicals. In New York City, she quickly became a favored soloist with the Inspirational Choir of Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village and was well-received at the popular cabaret venues Don't Tell Mama, Danny's, and Eighty-eights.

Here in the Rogue Valley Baker has been seen performing at the Medford Jazz Jubilee and as the opening act for Burt Bacharach and The Smothers Brothers on the Britt Festivals stage. She also has perfrormed at a number of venues in California.

Critics have observed how Baker can blow the roof off the place with a remarkable belt yet has the rare ability to take a song right down to a whisper, something few singers in the world can accomplish.

The Rogue Gallery Art Center was founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. Today it is still the Rogue Valley's only non-profit community art center.

The gallery offers local artists an opportunity to display their work and old take classes.

The Rogue Gallery Art Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to — p.m. See .

Tickets are available at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater 779-3000. Tickets for the after-concert party are $15 and are available at the gallery. Call 772-8118.

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