Friday, Oct. 30
JON REEP: "The HEMI guy," seen on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Reep's new one-hour special, "Metro Jethro," aired Oct. 17 on Comedy Central. Visit www.jonreep.com. Tickets to the show at the Craterian cost $24.50 to $28.50; $21.50 to $25.50 for seniors. Visit www.craterian.org or call 779-3000.
THE MEL MARTIN AND DON FRIEDMAN DUO: The Siskiyou Institute will present jazz masters Mel Martin (saxophones and flute) and Don Friedman (piano) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland. The duo will perform pieces from their recent recording titled "Where the Warm Winds Blow," along with other originals and jazz standards. Tickets cost $20; $5 for students. Martin and Friedman will offer an improvisational jazz workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the barn. The cost is $10, $5 for Siskiyou Institute members and free for students. Advance reservations are required. Call 488-3869 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Nov. 1
laura derocher and david gabriel: The singing duo will present "Come On, Get Happy! The 8.2 Habits of Marginally Effective Yet Highly Joyful People," a musical spoof of "7 Habits of" and "10 Ways to" books, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Center for the Spiritual Living, 1119 Ellen Ave., Medford. The two will perform popular tunes and original songs from their CDs and will share tips for experiencing joy in the worst of circumstances. Derocher teaches voice and is the music director for the Center for Spititual Living, and Gabriel appeared in Camelot Theatre's 2008 production of "Spotlight on Tony Bennett." Tickets to the concert cost $15 and are available at the door or by calling 734-8581.
the rogue valley symphonic band: Music from the Revolutionary era of the United States will kick off the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band's 2009-10 concert season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Westerminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford. The 50-piece ensemble will present Clare Grundman's "Concord," based on three traditional tunes, including "The White Cockade," "America" and "Yankee Doodle." James Curnow's "Rhapsody on American Shaped Note Melodies," Frank Ticheli's "Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs" and John Philip Sousa's "Manhattan Beach" also will be on the program, along with Percy Grainger's "Harvest Hymn," Karl King's "Kentucky Sunrise" and highlights from John Kander's and Fred Ebb's "Chicago" and Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man." Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $16 for families and are available at the door. Call 488-2926.
SUNDAY SUNSET AT PASCHAL: Montage, featuring Dennis Freese on saxophone, flute and vocals; Jana Kolsbun on piano; Tim Church on guitar; Bruce McKern on bass; and Jeff Addicott on drums, will present light jazz and pop from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road. Talent. Admission is $3. Call 535-7957.
Tuesday, Nov. 3
holly near and emma's revolution: Vocalist Holly Near and her band, featuring Pat Humphries and Sandy O, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The show is part of the group's tour to support the release of its CD, "We Came to Sing!" Near is a folk artist and an activist. Tickets to the show cost $20 in advance, $24 at the door and are available at the Music Coop in Ashland or online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Call 488-7716 for more information.
Thursday, Nov. 5
david valdez and the music of lenny tristano: Saxophonist David Valdez, guitarist Ed Dunsavage, bassist Joe Cohoon, drummer Chicken Hirsh and tenor saxophonist Michael Vannice will present music by the late jazz composer Lennie Tristano at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tristano performed cool jazz, bebop, post bop and avant-garde music in the '50s and '60s and influenced artists such as Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh and Bily Bauer. Valdez is a West Coast artist who studied music with George Garzone and Joseph Viola at Berklee College of Music near Boston. The concert is part of the Siskiyou Institute's New Artist Series. Tickets cost $5. Advance reservations are required. Call 488-3869 or e-mail email@example.com.
Friday, Nov. 6
AFRICAN CHILDREN'S CHOIR: The choir will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at New Beginnings Christian Center, 270 W. Evans Creek Road, Rogue River; at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at River Valley Community Church, 405 N.E. Sixth St., Grants Pass; at 9:45 a.m. and 11:11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at River Valley Community Church; and at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at First Baptist Church of Ashland, 820 Oak St. Offerings will be collected to support the choir's education and relief programs in Africa. Through its concert, the African Children's Choir has raised awareness about the plight of children in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria and Ghana for 25 years. All of the children from the choir have come from poverty. Through the choir, they are educated and cared for. Many have gone on to become doctors, teachers, engineers and more. See www.africanchildrenschoir.com for more information. Admission to all of the concerts is free.
the rogue valley symphony: The symphony's yearlong search for a new conductor will continue when Martin Majkut leads RVSO in a program featuring Mozart's Symphony No. 20 in D, K. 133, Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone," Ricardo Lorenz's "Pataruco: Concerto for Venezuelan Maracas and Orchestra" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92. Performances will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland; at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St. Majkut, a native of Bratislava, Slovakia, has been conductor of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Sinfonietta and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra in Tucson, where he now makes his home. Majkut came to the U.S. on a Fulbright scholarship and earned a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Arizona. He also earned a doctorate in conducting from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava. An interview with Majkut will be conducted by Pat Daly at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the Music Recital Hall. The interview will be open to the public. Tickets for the concerts cost $33 and $40 for the Ashland performance; $26 and $33 for the Medford performance; and $23 and $30 for the Grants Pass performance. Tickets are available at the box office in the SOU Music Building. Call 552-6398.
Saturday, Nov. 7
OREGON OLD TIME FIDDLERS: The group will hold its monthly jam from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, 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 840-2156 for more information.
Sunday, Nov. 8
kristina foltz: Mozart's Sonata K. 310 in A minor, works by Frederic Chopin and George Gershwin and Franz Liszt's version of Saint Saens "Danse Macabre are on the program for Southern Oregon University music faculty member Kristina Foltz's recital to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Unitarian Universalist Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Foltz has studied music with Stanislav Pochekin at the Liceo Conservatory in Barcelona, Spain, and she is the artistic director of Britt Festivals' and SOU's International Piano Institute. Admission is a suggested donation of $14. Call 482-4755.
lily tomlin: American actress, comedian, writer and producer Lily Tomlin will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Ginger Rogers Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tomlin landed on the national scene in 1970 when she joined the cast of the hit TV comedy, "Laugh-In," grabbing attention with her parade of comic characters. She went on to become an award-winning actress, and she has garnered six Emmys, two Tonys, two Peabodys, one Grammy and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Tickets to the show at the Craterian Theater cost $72 to $78 and are available at the box office, www.craterian.org or by calling 779-3000.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
veterans day concert: The Southern Oregon Concert Band and the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers will join together to celebrate Veterans Day with a concert to be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. The concert will honor veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces and their families, along with a special tribute to the Oregon National Guard. The music will begin with a 45-minute program by the Swing Kings Big Band, led by Harry Kannasto and featuring vocalist Diane Hedges. The Southen Oregon Concert Band — conducted by Theodore Dollarhide — and the Southern Oregon Repertory singers — under the direction of Paul French — will perform at 7:30 p.m. The program will open with Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," with colors advanced by members of the Oregon National Guard and Cub Scout Pack 105. Next will be the national anthem, sung by Brian Tingle, and the Pledge of Allegiance. The band and the choir will present Carmen Dragon's arrangements of "America the Beautiful" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," along with Richard Rogers' "South Pacific," Bob Lowden's "Armed Forces Medly," John Philip Sousa's "Semper Fidelis March" and others. Admission is free. More information is available at www.socband.org and www.repsingers.org.
Friday, Oct. 30