Music at the university

It's springtime and at Southern Oregon University, that means music.

The music department at SOU has scheduled six concerts between May 31 and June 8. All will take place in the in the SOU Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Things get underway with a bang when the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Terry Longshore, presents "Repercussions" at 8 p.m. Monday, June 2. The concert will open with "IV" by Johanna Magdalena Beyer, one of the earliest pieces written for the Western Concert Percussion Ensemble, composed in 1935. The program will also feature John Cage's "Credo in US" written for instruments including gongs, tin cans, tom-toms, electric buzzer, piano and radio/phonograph. Written in 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor, "Credo In US" is rather explicitly a wartime piece. Also on the program will be Emmanuel S&


233;'s "Akadinda Trio" for marimba trio modeled after the Akadinda xylophone music of Uganda; Lou Harrison's "Canticle No. 1" for five percussionists; James Tenney's "Three Pieces for Drum Quartet" and "Chick-a-bam" by SOU music composition student Travis Moddison. The concert will close with Peter Garland's "Apple Blossom," a minimalistic, textural exhalation of marimba resonance, featuring 12 performers rolling softly on two concert grand marimbas.

The Southern Oregon University Symphonic Band will present an evening of dance music at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5. Works to be performed include David Holsinger's "Liturgical Dances," Brant Karrick's "Bayou Breakdown," Jan van der Roost's "Balkanya," Frank Techili's "Vesuvious" and Robert Russel Bennett's "Schottische." The concert will also feature graduating senior music major Peter Brown on tuba performing "Tubby the Tuba" with narration by music major Kyle Shepherd. The SOU Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Cynthia Hutton, is comprised of 57 musicians representing both music majors and non-music majors from Southern Oregon University.

Southern Oregon University's Guitar Ensembles will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 6. The concert will feature music for guitar ensembles stretching from a J.S. Bach Brandenburg concerto, a Tchaikovsky symphony, a Vivaldi concerto and jazz compositions to standard classical guitar repertoire by Albeniz, Torroba and York. SOU music majors will play solos by Leo Brouwer, Jose Luis Merlin, Dusan Bogdanovich, Andrew York, Johannes Pachelbel and many other classical guitar composers.

The SOU Guitar Quartet will play acoustic jazz-fusion music by junior guitar major David Kelley and Andrew York's "Quiccan," originally written for the L.A. Guitar Quartet. Also on the program will be orchestral music by Tchaikovsky and J.S. Bach. Closing the concert will be the SOU Guitar Orchestra playing three up-tempo Brazilian pieces by Maxim Diego Pujol. The SOU guitar studio ensembles are directed by David Rogers.

The Jefferson State Choral Coalition will present two performances of its concert "California Dreamin'" at — and 8 p.m. Saturday, June 7. The 45-person university/community ensemble will offer a mix of American popular music-standards, barbershop, ballads, '40s swing, '50s to '70s rock, gospel and Broadway. The group is backed up by a live band. Choral teacher, composer, arranger and performer Kirby Shaw directs the group.

The Southern Oregon Choirs concert will take place at — p.m. Sunday, June 8.

Tickets to each of the concerts are $8 and may be purchased at the SOU music department office or at the box office prior to the performance. Students with ID and children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, see /music or call 552-6101.

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