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Music at SOU

Several music groups under the aegis of Southern Oregon University are planning fall concerts. There will be performances by SOU's Guitar Quartet, the Jefferson State Choral Coalition, the SOU Percussion Ensemble, the SOU Symphonic Band, the Chamber Ensemble and other groups.

The Jefferson State Choral Coalition will present two performances of "Don't Stop the Music" at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, in SOU's Music Recital Hall. The 45-member choir plans a smorgasbord of American popular music, ranging from standards, blues, ballads, swing, rock and calypso to holiday tunes.

The group is directed by Kirby Shaw. Michael Mish plans a guest appearance.

Tickets are $8 general, free to students.

The SOU Guitar Quartet, under the direction of David Rogers, will kick off the fall concert season at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, in the sanctuary of the Cornerstone Christian Church, 608 N. Bartlett St., Medford.

Featured will be music by J.S. Bach, Isaac Albeniz, Turlough O'Carolan, William Lawes and Rogue Valley composers Mark Knippel and Mark Jacobs.

Also on the bill: music by Argentinian musician Astor Piazzolla, and tunes by Los Angeles-based musician Andrew York as well as guitar quartet arrangements of music by The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

The SOU Guitar Quartet consists of scholarship guitar performance major David Kelley and recently graduated performance scholarship students Matt Gwinup and Stephan Kane. It is directed by music department faculty member David Rogers, guitarist and lutenist with the Terra Nova Consort, a former ensemble in residence at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Tickets at the door are $10 general and $5 for students under 18. Visit rogersd@sou.edu or call 773-8163.

The SOU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Theresa McCoy, will present "An Evening of Chamber Music" at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Music Recital Hall at SOU.

Also featured will be "Crevice" by John Bergamo, a quartet for hand drums that combines Ghanaian and Indian musical concepts in a "call and response" format.

"Stubernic," by Mark Ford, features three percussionists playing one marimba. Eugene Novotney's "Cross" is a celebration of the Cuban Guaguanco tradition and will feature soloist Doug Leveton and three accompanists. Also on the bill are arrangements of Mozart's "Alla Turca," William Kraft's "Scherzo a Due," and the SOU Percussion Marimba Band.

Tickets are $8 general, with students admitted free.

The SOU Symphonic Band and Contemporary Chamber Ensemble will present a concert titled "Marching Along" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in SOU's Music Recital Hall.

The Symphonic Band includes 55 musicians from SOU. The ensemble is the sole concert band on the campus. The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble is dedicated to the exploration of new repertoire for chamber winds and percussion.

The musical groups are directed by SOU Associate Professor of Music Cynthia Hutton, who also plays third horn with the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra and is the hornist with the SOU Faculty Brass Quintet.

Tickets are $8 general and free to students.

"A Jazz Holiday" will feature the 18-piece Jazz Ensemble and the student jazz quintet Two Bass Hip, both directed by Martin Behnke, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the SOU Music Recital Hall.

The Jazz Ensemble will play a variety of big band music, from jazz standards to Celtic jazz to Christmas jazz. Composers represented on the program are Benny Carter, Hank Levy, Bob Mintzer and Bob Curnow. Two of the pieces on the program, an original called "Five of Clubs" and a setting of "O Christmas Tree," were written by Behnke. Two Bass Hip will perform several styles of jazz combo standards.

The Jazz Ensemble is made up of SOU students and community players who must audition for the group. It performs at various jazz festivals in the state. Two Bass Hip is a group of SOU students who explore the possibilities of small-group jazz.

Tickets at $8 general and free for students. See www.sou.edu/music or call 552-6101.

The Southern Oregon University Guitar Quartet will perform this weekend in Medford. - Photo courtesy of David Rogers