Low brass

The Southern Oregon University Symphonic Band, conducted by Cynthia Hutton, will present a program of music for winds and percussion dating from the French Revolution to the beginning of the 20th century at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Mark Jacobs, adjunct instructor of music at SOU and principal trombonist with the Rogue Valley Symphony, will play the ophicleide, a 19th-century brass instrument that is an ancestor of the tuba.

Jacobs plays low brass instruments — trombone, tuba and euphonium — and early low brass instruments — sackbut (a trombone from the Renaissance and Baroque eras), serpent (a descendent of the cornett), English horn and ophicleide — with groups throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Hutton, SOU's director of bands and an associate professor of music, teaches conducting and instrumental education and serves as music director for the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon. She also is a member of the Rogue Valley Symphony and SOU Faculty Brass Quintet.

Tickets cost $5. Students get in free. The box office is located in the Theatre Arts Building lobby. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours before performances. Tickets can be purchased at www.sou.edu/performingarts, by calling 541-552-6348 or at the door. See www.sou.edu/music for more information.

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