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SOU Music Recital Hall to host holiday concerts

Courtesy photo The Castalian String Quartet, part of the Chamber Music Concerts season, will play at SOU Nov. 19 and 20.
Courtesy photo Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow will be the featured guest pianists during the Dec. 10 concert of the 10th anniversary season of the Tutunov Piano Series.

Santa has something for everyone at the Oregon Center for the Arts, an academic division of Southern Oregon University, as well as an arts presenter, partner and producer.

Between now and Christmas, there will be more than a dozen events on campus, including concerts and recitals. In addition to musical performances, there is a special exhibit at the Schneider Museum of Art.

Following is a list of events, all occurring at the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland, unless otherwise noted. Some events are live, others are online, and some are both. The list includes some Music Hall productions that are not associated with SOU.

Nov. 19: Castalian String Quartet, part of the Chamber Music Concerts season, 7:30 p.m. The London-based quartet has been performing internationally for nine years.

Nov. 20: Castalian String Quartet, 3 p.m.

Nov. 30: Chamber ensembles concert, 7:30 p.m., featuring Elena Patterson, cello; Tatjana Luce, clarinet; and Ivana Petrovich, violin.

Dec. 1: Ryan Freiheit, percussion, senior recital, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 2: SOU Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 4: Band O Rama concert, featuring Oregon High School Honor Bands, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 5: SOU Chamber Choir concert, 3 p.m.

Dec. 10: Tutunov Piano Series featuring Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow, 7:30 p.m. Cheng is professor of piano at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Chow, who has appeared throughout North America and Asia, performs duos extensively with Cheng, his wife, and with his twin brother, Alan Chow.

Dec. 12: Rogue Valley Symphonic Band holiday concert, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 18: Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 19: Rep Singers, 3 p.m.

Now through Dec. 9: Schneider Museum of Art exhibition, Bruce Burris: “A Shrine for a Shrine.” The solo exhibition by the Corvallis-based artist can be viewed during regular museum hours, 10 to 4 Tuesday through Thursday. A 2018 Hallie Ford Fellow in the visual arts, Burris is known for his ornate, brightly colored, text-based paintings, collages and assemblages.

For more information about OCA events, go to oca.sou.edu. For tickets, go online, call the box office at 541-552-6348, or check with independent organizations using the hall.

For more information about exhibits at the Schneider Museum of Art, go to sma.sou.edu.

Siskiyou Singers holiday concert online this year

With the pandemic still rolling along, Siskiyou Singers will present an online holiday concert, premiering Saturday, Dec. 10, on the choir’s website, siskiyousingers.org.

“In past years, the Siskiyou Singers presented two holiday concert programs at SOU’s Music Recital Hall,” said director Mark Reppert. “The pandemic has forced the choir to suspend in-person rehearsals and performances, but we have continued to create video concerts each season during the past two years.”

The concert, “The Most Wonderful Time,” is free and can be viewed at any time after the premiere date.

Choir members have participated in weekly remote rehearsals, using a variety of online and streaming tools. Then they recorded their individual parts of each composition at home, with Reppert assembling them to produce the online concert.

“As it has for many years, the choir will present a version of ‘Silent Night,’” Reppert said, “this one by Mark Hayes. And we will close with John Rutter’s arrangement of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas.’”

The program will include a collection of pieces in a wide range of styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary and from spirituals to jazz.

Among the selections are:

  • “When Mary Walked Through Woods of Thorn,” a delicate German carol;
  • ”Lullay My Liking,” a lullaby based on a 15th century Middle English lyric poem and composed by Gustav Holst;
  • ”Here’s a Pretty Little Baby,” an energetic Christmas spiritual;
  • ”It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” a lush jazz waltz arrangement of the holiday standard;
  • ”Winter Wonderland,” another jazz interpretation of a classic.