Friday, Nov. 13
SISKIYOU SAXOPHONE ORCHESTRA: The nine-member saxophone orchestra, under the direction of artistic director Rhett Bender, will present "Music from Carmen" at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The concert also will feature music by SOU instructor Mark Jacobs, movements from Handel's "Water Music" and a new arrangement by SOU Associate Dean Vicki Purslow of Sousa's "Liberty Bell March." A reception will be held after the concert. Tickets are $5, free for students and are available at the SOU Music Hall box office. Call 552-6101 or visit www.sou.edu/music for more information.
jim page: The Seattle-based songwriter, poet and activist will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Headwaters Gallery, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Page's 2007 album, "Folkpunch," features contemporary and hard-hitting street activist music with a circus edge — plus spoon percussion. Tickets cost $10. Visit www.jimpage.net or call 482-4459.
ARI HEST: Acoustic guitarist and songwriter Ari Hest and his band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. In 2008, Hest wrote a song per week for 52 weeks, then posted them on his Web site. He released the top 12 songs selected by fans on his new CD, "Twelve Mondays." A silent auction to benefit Ashland Community Hospital Hospice will be held in conjunction with the concert. Tickets cost $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for children ages 12 through 17. Admission is free for children under 12. Tickets are available at Music Coop in Ashland, at www.stclairevents.com or by calling 535-3562.
Saturday, Nov. 14
DANCING WITH THE ROGUE VALLEY STARS: The Southern Oregon Sparrow Club and USA Dance will present Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars, a fundraiser to benefit children in medical crisis through student community service, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at North Medford High School, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. Ten couples, featuring members of the community paired with professional dancers, will compete for people's choice and judges' favorite with no eliminations. The audience may show support through donations and votes. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the west Medford Albertsons, The UPS Store in the Medford Center and Southern Oregon Federal Credit Union in Medford and SOFCU on Harbeck Road in Grants Pass. Call 621-1126.
YOUTH SYMPHONY OF SOUTHERN OREGON CONCERTS: The three ensembles of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The Youth Symphony will present Paul Creston's "Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra," with the featured soloist to be Taylor Wood of Ashland. Wood is a student at SOU and the winner of YSSO's 2009 Concerto Competition. The program also will include Beethoven's "First Symphony." Youth Orchestra will present arrangements of Paul Kukas' "Sorcerer's Apprentice" and other works, and Youth Strings will perform works by G.F. Händel and John Caponegro. Tickets cost $10, $5 for students and seniors and are available at Paddington Station in Ashland and Larry's Music in Medford. Tickets for Saturday's concert also are available at the Craterian box office. See www.ysso.org for more information.
Le Cirque Centre: Kari Podgorski of Seattle's Circus Contraption, along with students at Le Cirque Center, will present aerial performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Le Cirque Center, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 12, Ashland. Tickets cost $6 and are available at Music Coop in Ashland and at the center between 3 and 6 p.m. Podgorski will offer aerial workshops at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the center. Cost is $50. Visit www.lecirquecenter.com or call 301-6804.
THE KAREN LOVELY BAND: The blues group will present a concert to help raise funds for its trip to Memphis, Tenn., to compete in the International Blues Challenge in January. The retro, senior prom-themed party will be from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Ashland Elks Lodge, 255 E. Main St. Donations will be accepted. Call 227-8533.
Sunday, Nov. 15
music at st. mark's: St. Mark's Chancel Choir, conducted by Margaret R. Evans, will present "Evensong" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov., 15, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 426 W. Sixth St., Medford. Admission is free. Doors open 30 minutes before the concert.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
gini vanNortwick and bill abbott: The duo will present music and stories at noon Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Call 858-8819.
Thursday, Nov. 19
Douglas ross: The guitarist will perform at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, Agate Ridge Vineyard, 1098 Nick Young Road, Eagle Point. Admission is free. Call 830-3050.
BORDERLINE: The Ashland-based alt-country group featuring Sam Cuenca, Bob Evonuik and Emy Phelps, will present a reunion concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. The group formed in 1990. The members will reunite for a show to benefit 19-year-old leukemia patient Reid Honeywell of Ashland. Donations to the Reid Honeywell Leukemia Fund also may be directly made at any Rogue Valley branch of People's Bank and at www.supportreid.org. Tickets to the show at Paschal Winery cost $10 and will be available at the door. Call 535-7957.
2009 harvest tour: Solja Sound and Reach Productions will present reggae recording artists Pressure Buss Pipe and Perfect Giddimani, along with State of Jefferson and Soul Medic, on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland. Tickets to the all-ages show are $20 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. See www.myspace.com/reachproductions for more information.
Friday, Nov. 20
rebel baroque ensemble: The New York-based ensemble will present "Kingdoms and Viceroys: Music of Spain and its Dominion," featuring music by a range of composers — including Scarlatti, Marin, Hidalgo, Sanz, Quiroz, Castellanos and others — from the Baroque period, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. REBEL will be joined by Spanish soprano Marta Almajano. Almajano is professor of historical singing at the Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña in Barcelona, Spain. The ensemble also will present a short performance and lecture at 1 p.m. in the SOU Music Recital Hall. Both programs will be presented by Chamber Music Concerts, and admission will be free. See www.chambermusicconcerts.org or call 552-6154.
mary youngblood: St. Clair Productions will present Grammy winner and American Indian flutist Mary Youngblood at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Drum group Whistling Elk will open the show. Youngblood blends her native flute music with New Age and contemporary music. In 2008, Youngblood released her sixth CD, "Sacred Place," a collection of 15 pieces from her earlier albums. Youngblood earned two Grammy awards for best native American Music Album. She also won Flutist of the Year in 1999 and 2000 from the Native American Music Awards. Youngblood will hold a workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the center. Tickets to the concert cost $20 in advance, $22 at the door and $10 for ages 12 through 17. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free. Tickets are available at Music Coop, at www.stclairevents.com or by calling 535-3562.
Saturday, Nov. 21
EVONIUK-MAKHIJANI VIOLIN DUO: Shaina Evoniuk of Ashland and Natasha Makhijani of Washington, D.C., will present works by Boccherini, De Beriot, Prokofiev and Bartok at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Evoniuk and Makhijani are graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and founding members of the Ganesh String Quartet. Tickets cost $15, $10 for students and are available at Music Coop. Limited premium seating will be available for $25. Call 482-3115 or 488-1548.
Cavatina Duo: The Jefferson Classical Guitar Society will present flutist Eugenia Moliner of Spain and guitarist Denis Azabagic of Bosnia at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The duo will perform music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods, along with music inspired by the folk traditions of their native countries. Cavatina Duo has five albums to its credit, the newest one is "5 Versos" on the Orobroy label. Admission to the show is $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free. Visit www.jeffersonguitar.org for more information.
Sunday, Nov. 22
hymn festival: The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present a hymn festival, "Rhythms of Life," at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The organists will include Desmond Armstrong, Don Black, Linda Borecki, Margaret Evans, David Frick, Linda McGuire, Andrew Ulrich and Dawn Wille. St. Mark's Handbell Ensemble and several percussionists will participate. Everyone will be invited to sing. Admission is free. Call 482-3075.
EUGENE SKOVORODNIKOV: The pianist will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, free for students and are available by calling 552-6101. Visit www.soul.edu/music.
Friday, Nov. 13