Celebrating Choral Music

The Siskiyou Singers, under the direction of Dave Marston, will present 23 pieces representing "Five Centuries of Choral Music." The holiday concert will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The 135 voices of the Siskiyou Singers will be accompanied on piano by Joseph Yungen, a music major at SOU and student of Alexander Tutunov.

The program will open with "Adoramus Te" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina followed by "O Magnum Mysterium" by Tomas Luis de Victoria. Two chorales from Johann Sebastian Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" will follow, with Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Brahms all represented by familiar works. Twentieth-century composers Samuel Barber and Ralph Vaughan Williams complete the program.

The Siskiyou Singers is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Former Ashland resident Jacqueline Dougherty organized the community choir in 1982. A number of the original members still sing with the choir: Carolyn Federico, Cynthia and Tom Garson, Laura Glasscock, Jim Gleaves, Beth Hoffman, Mamie Kreisman, Jim Martin and Nancy Thompson. Several of these long-term choir members will present "Allon, Gay Bergeres," a 16th-century French Christmas carol which was also presented in the early days by Dougherty.

Other singers featured in the concert will be soprano Suzanne Barnes in "Carol of the Angels," soprano Wendy Temple in "Lullay My Liking," and baritone Lon Fiala in "The Turtle Dove." Two selections, "Sanctus" and "Echo Song," will include quartets as well as the chorus, and an ensemble of seven singers will present a selection of Hungarian folk songs.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door, and are available at Paddington Station, the Music Coop and Tree House books in Ashland, and at the Grocery Outlet in Medford.

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