Thursday, Jan. 14

POETRY READING: Poets Jonah Bornstein, Liz Robinson and Joseph Frederico will read at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Illahe Studios and Gallery, 215 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission to the readings is free. Call 541-488-5072.

Friday, Jan. 15

rogue valley BLUES FESTIVAL: See story, Page 3. Tickets cost $55 for a weekend pass that includes workshops, $30 for Friday only, $30 for Saturday only and $10 for Sunday only ($5 for students). Workshops are $20 each at the door. Dinner is extra. Ticket outlets are Tom's Guitar Warehouse in Medford, Music Coop and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce in Ashland and Heart Song in Grants Pass. For more information or to buy tickets, call 541-535-3562 or visit www.stclairevents.com/blues_festival.htm.

cypress string quartet: The San Francisco-based quartet, featuring violinists Cecily Ward and Tom Stone, violist Ethan Filner and cellist Jennifer Kloetzel, will present "Mozart and the Bohemians" at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The performance will include Mozart's String Quartet in D Major, K. 575; Schulhoff's Five Pieces for String Quartet and Dvorak's String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106. The Cypress Quarter also will hold a three-day residency that will include a range of free programs. Tickets are $26 and $30 for adults, $5 for students 22 and under. Call 541-552-6154 or see chambermusicconcerts.org.

Sunday, Jan. 17

new age concert: Hawaiian slack key guitarist Chris Yeaton and steel string and harp guitarist Adam Werner will perform acoustic music Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets cost $15 in advance and are available at CD or Not CD. Tickets will cost $20 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 18

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY CELEBRATION: See story on Page 6. Ashland's 22nd annual celebration for the civil rights leader will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

call to musicians: Musicians in all sections, especially clarinet, flute and double reed, are welcome to join the Southern Oregon Concert Band as it begins its winter rehearsals. The band will meet from 6:45 to 8:45 Tuesdays at Ashland Middle School, 100 Walker Ave., Ashland. Musicians of college and high school age are encouraged to join. Scholastic credits may be available through Rogue Community College. Auditions are not required. Contact Ted Dollarhide at treblechef@live.com or 541-244-1403.

Thursday, Jan. 21

POETRY READING: Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada and others will celebrate the birthday of the state's late poet laureate William Stafford at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in Room 309 of the Hannon Library on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland. Lawson, Gary Lark, Dave Harvey, M.E. Hope, Amy MacLennan, Charlotte Abernathy and Maria Fernandez will read from their own works and from Stafford's. The program will conclude with a video of Stafford reading a poem. Admission is free. Call 541-552-6823.

Friday, Jan. 22

rogue valley symphony: The symphony's yearlong search for a new conductor will coninue as Darko Butorac leads RVSO in three concerts this weekend. Performances will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland; at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St. Butorac serves as music director of the Missoula, Mont., Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of the 2009 Northwest Mahler Festival in Seattle. The symphony's program will include Symphony No. 3 in F Major by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; Violin Concerto in D Major by Johannes Brahms; and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Violinist Catherine Manoikian will be the featured soloist. Tickets cost $33 and $40 for the Ashland show; $26 and $33 for the Medford show; and $23 and $30 for the Grants Pass show. Some $10 seats will be available at the Craterian Theater and the Grants Pass venue. Student tickets cost $5 at each venue. For tickets, call the Music Hall at 541-552-6398.

Saturday, Jan. 23

an evening of scottish music: Brian Freeman will present his sixth annual concert featuring the songs of Scottish poet Robert Burns at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the First United Methodish Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. Joining Freeman (guitar, octave mandolin and vocals), will be fiddler Crystal Reeves, vocalists Christine Williams, Jim Finnegan and Michaela Nuss. Tickets cost $15, $5 for ages under 12 and are available at The Book Exchange, 89 Oak St., Ashland. To reserve tickets, call 482-1915.

Saturday, Jan. 30

THE BEE EATERS: The acoustic string quartet featuring banjo and hammered dulcimer virtuosos Wesley Corbett and Simon Chrisman, along with fiddle champions Tristan and Tashine Clarridge, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The Bee Eaters combines bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, jazz and pop and bring a playful viruosity to its arrangements. The group is touring behind its debut CD, produced by fiddler Darol Anger. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $5 for ages 12 and younger. Advance tickets are available at Music Coop in Ashland, at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006.

Kevin Gallagher: Classical and electric Guitarist Kevin R. Gallagher will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The New York-based guitarist and educator has earned prizes from the Guitar Foundation of America, the American String Teachers Association and the Artists International Competitions. Along with his concert, Gallagher will teach a master class at SOU and offer a presentation on new music and avant-pop music in New York City. General admission to the concert is $15, free for students. Tickets may be reserved by calling 541-552-6101. The master class and the presentation are open to all and are free. Visit www.sou.edu/music for information.

Monday, Feb. 1

youth symphony of southern oregon: The symphony will hold its annual Concerto Competition at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. YSSO musicians will compete to perform as soloists during the symphony's Winter Concert Series in February. Excerpts from works by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Haydn, Stamitz, Quantz, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Accolay and others will be presented during the competition. Admission is free. Call 541-858-8859 for information.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Jefferson Classical Guitar Society: The Jefferson Classical Guitar Society's meetings are open to players of skill levels that range from beginning to advanced. The group meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. The nonprofit group is dedicated to promoting classical guitar, as well as folk, flamenco, ragtime, jazz and original compositions by local composers. Admission is $5. See www.jeffersonguitar.org or call 541-552-9515 for information.

Saturday, Feb. 6

OREGON OLD TIME FIDDLERS: The group will hold its monthly jam from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Fruitdale Grange, 960 Rogue River Highway, Grants Pass. Acoustic musicians of all ages may sign up to play, and there will be dancing. Admission is by donation. Call 541-840-2156.

Thursday, Feb. 18

POETRY READING: Regional poets will read at 7 p.m. on the third Thursdays of each month through May at Illahe Studios and Gallery, 215 Fourth St., Ashland. Admission is free. Call 541-488-5072.

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