Performances in local venues: Nov. 18, 2010

Thursday, Nov. 18

SOU PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE: The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble and percussion quartet Compás, under the direction of Terry Longshore, will present "Sonic Diffusions" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. See story, Page 7.

Friday, Nov. 19

KUSS QUARTET: Chamber Music Concerts will present the Kuss Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. See story, Page 5.

Saturday, Nov. 27

SHIMSHAI, JAYA LAKSHMI, ZONKA: "Attitude of Gratitude Concert," featuring ancient Hebrew songs by Shimshai, devotional Indian singing and music by Jaya Lakshmi and world music by Zonka & Friends, will start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is $15 to $25 on a sliding scale. Proceeds will benefit Peace Village 2011. Snacks, chai and tea will be available. Call 541-535-3140.

Saturday, Dec. 11

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHORALE: The Rogue Valley Chorale, under the direction of conductor Lynn Sjolund, will present Bach's cantata, "Sleepers Wake, The Night is Flying," along with anthems by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers and traditional carols at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets cost $20, $5 for students and are available at the new Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St. The box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon until show time on performance dates. Will call tickets will be held at the new box office. Call 541-779-3000 or see for information.

Thursday, Dec. 16

SISKIYOU DINE AND DISCOVER: The Siskiyou Dine and Discover Club hosts a series of dining and entertainment programs at the Masonic Lodge, 570 Clover Lane, Ashland. Next is a holiday concert by the Ashland High School Choir at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. Doors open at 6 p.m., and a catered dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Other musical and educational programs include an artist's talk by Betty LaDuke on Jan. 20, lectures by veterinarian Howard Miller on Feb. 17 and authors Virginia Morell and Michael McRae on March 17 and an April 21 presentation by Wildlife Images. Costs vary. Call 541-512-0009 to register.

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