The Jefferson State Choral Coalition, directed by Kirby Shaw, will present "It's Groovalishus," a concert of pop and jazz, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.
Shaw and his choir have a reputation for panache and a wide repertoire of music. There will be Christmas tunes, heartfelt melodies, folk songs, soul, swing and hits that hail from Broadway to the Mississippi bayou — all performed with verve.
Singers will be accompanied by pianist Mark Reppert, bassist Tom Lopes and drummer Teri Cote.
The show will open with a tongue-in-cheek, quasi-operatic introduction to each section of the choir, followed by Shaw's original tribute to George Shearing and the composer's signature song, "Lullaby of Birdland."
Next will be a funky groove titled "Mardi Gras" and a Dixieland setting of "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?"
Then JSCC will officially ring in Christmas — with a twist. "Deck the Halls," a traditional favorite, will be performed as an a cappalla samba with some additional lyrics, and Kirby's "Santa Claus Boogie" will include choir members scat-singing. Group Therapy, a women's barbershop quartet, will present "Santa Baby" and "Get Out and Shop." The women of the choir will present an a cappella treat from "Oliver!" and the men will present The Righteous Brothers' spellbinder "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," followed by a dramatic finish when the choir sings "We Will Stand."
Tickets cost $10, $5 for students and children. Advance tickets are available at the SOU Division of Continuing Education on Siskiyou Boulevard next to Omar's Restaurant. Call 541-552-6899. Tickets at the door will be sold for cash only.