Rogue Valley Symphony
The symphony, conducted by Martin Majkut, will present John Rutter's "Magnificat" and the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah" with the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers. Washington, D.C., soprano Rosa Lamoreaux will be the featured soloist for "Magnificat." Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St.; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Tickets are $15, $22, $30 or $37 for the Grants Pass show; $15, $25, $31, $36, $42 or $48 for the Medford show; and $36, $42, $48 or $55 for the Ashland show. Tickets are $10 for age 6 through 18 at all shows. All tickets can be purchased online at rvsymphony.org or by calling 541-708-6400.
'The Snow Queen'
This pop and rock musical adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale premiered in 2013 at San Jose Repertory Theatre. Its Southern Oregon premiere will be in Collaborative Theatre Project's new venue at the Medford Center, 555 Medford Center (in what used to be the International Fitness gymnasium). When Kai is spirited away by The Snow Queen, his playmate Gerda sets out to find him and encounters wondrous adventures. With music by Haddon Kime, book by Kirsten Brandt and Rick Lombardo, this retelling of the classic tale will be presented in steampunk style. Evening performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Dec. 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17, Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 21-23, and Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 28-31. Matinees are at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Tickets are $25, $20 children for seniors, students and age 17 and younger, and can be purchased online at ctporegon.org.
The Evening Shades
Markus Thales on vocals and guitar, Sammy Kovic on guitar, Matthew Tayvis on keys and bass and Justen Nielson on drums will perform original rock at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $7. See www.roxyann.com or call 541-776-2315.
Del McCoury Band
Hardcore bluegrass fans can celebrate a legacy when Del McCoury and his band perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. McCoury is joined by his sons — mandolin player Ronnie McCoury and banjo player Rob McCoury — along with acoustic bassist Alan Bartram and fiddler Jason Carter. The band's newest, "Del and Woody," was released this spring on the McCoury Music label. Tickets are $30, $35 or $45 and can be purchased online at roguetheatre.org or by calling 541-471-1316. The show is open to age 21 and older.
SOU Chamber and Concert Choirs
The Southern Oregon University choirs, directed by Paul French, will present "Ancient Nova," a program of secular and sacred holiday music, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the SOU campus in Ashland. Look for music by American composers Erik Whitacre and Alvin Trotman, Korean composer Hyo-Won Woo and arrangements of traditional carols. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors, and can be purchased online at oca.sou.edu/box-office or by calling 541-552-6348. Students get in free.