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From London to the State of Jefferson

The Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, which performs music from the 1660s through the 1750s, has two programs scheduled for the next two weekends.

The Jefferson Baroque Soloists present a program of early 18th century trio sonatas at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The sonatas were originally published in London between 1701 and 1728. Two of them were composed by native Londoners Daniel Purcell, younger brother of Henry; and William Williams. Also on the program are works by Continental expatriates George Frederick Handel, Giovanni Bononcini and Giuseppi Sammartini.

Tickets are $8 and $5 for students at the door or by calling 592-2681.

For its spring concert, Jefferson Baroque Orchestra will present "Baroque Dance," a program of Baroque dance music with Great Britain's Baroque dance specialist Philippa Waite. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Grants Pass Community Center, Fourth and L streets; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at the Ashland High School Mountain Avenue Theater, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

Waite will be joined by former Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show choreographers and dancers Judy Kennedy and Daniel Stevens and their three most advanced students for a program of elegantly costumed courtly and country Baroque dance. Tickets are $16 and $12 for students at the door or call 592-2681.

The Jefferson Baroque Orchestra will present a program of Baroque dance music with Philippa Waite (center). - JBO