Performances at local venues: Sept. 1, 2010

Friday, Sept. 3

The Ashland Fine Art Music Festival: A preview of what opera lovers can expect from a new music festival will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. On Monday, Sept. 6, soprano Chrystelle Couturier will present a full-length concert from the dramatic soprano repertoire at 7:30 p.m. at the community center. Admission to the full concert costs $5 at the door. E-mail

Tuesday, Sept. 7

call for auditions: The Siskiyou Singers invite those with choral experience to audition for its fall concert that will feature Mozart's "Vesperae Solennes de Confessore" for chorus and orchestra. Auditions will be held at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Wesley Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. No prepared material will be necessary. Call 541-482-5290 for information.

Wednesday, Sept. 8

Benefit Show: Ashland Parks and Recreation will host a benefit for victims of the Oak Knoll Fire at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Oak Knoll Golf Course, 3070 Highway 66, Ashland. There will be live entertainment by celebrity impersonator Clint Ingbretson, along with a raffle and silent auction. A round of nine holes of golf will be available for $8. There will be complimentary appetizers and desserts, and beer and wine will be available. The cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple. Tax-deductible donations to the Ashland Fire Victim Fund will be accepted at the event. Call 541-488-5340 for information.

Thursday, Sept. 9

ROGUE VALLEY PEACE CHOIR: The choir will hold its first rehearsal for its 2010-2011 concert season at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. All vocalists are welcome; auditions are not required. Call 541-488-1239.

Friday, Sept. 10

ashland blues society: ABS will hold a blues competition from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Donnelly's, 2980 Crater Lake Highway, Medford. The finalists will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Donnelly's. The winning solo artist or band will receive a chance to perform at the International Blues Challenge to be held in Memphis. Call 541-840-9314 for information. Members of the ABS will perform after the finals on Saturday.

Saturday, Sept. 11

the afiara string quartet: The chamber ensemble will kick off the Jackson County Community Concert Association's 2010-2011 season with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Visit or call 541-779-3000. Season subscriptions are available at or by calling 541-734-4116.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

Peter Mulvey: Singer and songwriter Peter Mulvey will present an eclectic collection of jazz, acoustic and Americana stylings, along with poetry and narrative at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets cost $18 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for ages 12-17. Those younger than 12 will be admitted free. Melvey will offer a songwriting workshop at 6:30 p.m. at the center, along with a guitar technique workshop at 8 p.m. Cost of the workshops is $25 each or $40 for both. Purchase concert tickets and register for the workshops at or by calling 541-535-3562.

Friday, Sept. 17

poetry and music: Kim Rosen of California will present spoken word, poetry and soundscapes at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tickets cost $12 in advance and are available at Music Coop in Ashland. Tickets will cost $15 at the door. Call 541-690-6976.

Straight No Chaser: With the new album in the can, a capella group Straight No Chaser, is touring across the country and making a stop in Jacksonville at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the Britt Pavilion. Reserved seating is sold out for this performance, lawn seating is available for $24 and $11 for ages 12 and younger. Premium reserved lawn seating is available for $136 for four. Visit or call the box office at 541-773-6077.

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