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Repertory Singers announce 2017-18 season

The Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, under the direction of Paul French, will open its 32nd season Oct. 28 and 29 with “The Heart’s Reflection,” featuring music by Giovanni Palestrina, J.S. Bach and Johannes Brahms, as well as music by some of today’s leading composers, including Latvian sensation Eriks Ešenvalds and American composers Sean Kirchner and Moses Hogan, according to a press release.

The Repertory Singers holiday offering will be “The Snow Lay Deep on the Ground” Dec. 16 and 17, a concert of music for organ, brass and choir. The second half of the program will include the music of English composer Will Todd and carols from around the world.

“First Light,” the James M. Collier New Works Festival, will be March 3 and 4. It will be the singers’ first program of new music for choir and orchestra. Featured composers include Will Todd, Eriks Ešenvalds; former Repertory Singers composer-in-residence Craig Kingsbury; and current composer-in-residence Jodi French.

The season will conclude May 19 and 20 with “Baroque Majesty,” featuring works by the two most important composers of the Baroque period, G.F. Handel and J.S. Bach.

In addition to their own concerts, Repertory Singers will perform again next year with the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra April 20-22.

All Repertory Singers concerts will be held at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall on South Mountain Avenue in Ashland. A free lecture on each show’s works will be offered an hour prior to each concert. Parking is free in the lot across from the Music Recital Hall.

For season subscriptions, individual tickets and information, see repsingers.org or call 541-552-0900.