Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra at SOU

The Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor Martin Majkut, will present "Nimrod" from the "Enigma Variations" by composer Edgar Elgar.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The first half of the concert will feature flute-guitar duo Lisa Nichols and Wenjun Qi, as well as two saxophone quartets. The second half will feature the SSO.

Besides "Nimrod," the orchestra, under the direction of Rhett Bender, will perform "The Slavonic Dances" by Antonín Dvorák, an American spiritual by William Schmidt and several American folk songs from "The Sacred Harp" songbook.

Last weekend, the Rogue Valley Symphony, now under the direction of Majkut, performed Elgar's "Enigma Variations." After seeing Elgar's work programmed, Bender says he decided to incorporate one of the variations into the SOU concert in order to see the same piece interpreted in a different way — with saxophones rather than stringed instruments.

The orchestra is a collaboration of SOU students, faculty and staff. This spring, the orchestra's student members will perform a chamber music concert at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China.

Tickets to Friday's performance are $5 and are free for students. They are available at the recital hall box office. For more information, call 541-552-6101.

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