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'Five Centuries of Choral Music'

The Siskiyou Singers, now 135 voices strong and still led by Artistic Director Dave Marston, will take audiences on a tour through "Five Centuries of Choral Music" Dec. 7-9 at Southern Oregon University's Music Recital Hall.

On the program will be 23 pieces that have stood the test of time. Pianist Joseph Yungen, a music major at SOU and a student of pianist Alexander Tutunov, will accompany the chorus. The Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., and the Sunday concert is at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 at Paddington Station, the Music Coop and Tree House books in Ashland, and at the Grocery Outlet in Medford.

"Adoramus Te," by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, will open the program, followed by "O Magnum Mysterium," written by Tomas Luis de Victoria in celebration of Christmas.

Two chorales from Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" will follow, and Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Brahms will all be represented. Works by composers Barber and Vaughan Williams will add a 20th century note to the program.

The Siskiyou Singers is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The group was founded by former Ashland resident Jacqueline Dougherty in 1982.

Some of the original members still sing with the choir, including Carolyn Federico, Cynthia and Tom Garson, Laura Glasscock, Jim Gleaves, Beth Hoffman, Mamie Kreisman, Jim Martin and Nancy Thompson.

Several of these long-term choir members will present "Allon, Gay Bergeres," a 16th-century French Christmas carol. Other featured singers include soprano Suzanne Barnes in "Carol of the Angels," soprano Wendy Temple in "Lullay My Liking," and baritone Lon Fiala in "The Turtle Dove."

"Sanctus" and "Echo Song" will include quartets as well as the chorus, and an ensemble of seven singers will present Hungarian folk songs.

For more on the Siskiyou Singers, visit www.siskiyousingers.org.

The Siskiyou Singers will celebrate 25 years of performing choral music.