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'A Serenade with Song and Sonnet'

Joelle Graves, Roger Graves, Madeline Abel-Kerns and Brian Kerns will present "Garden of Love: A Serenade with Song and Sonnet" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland.

The performance will feature contemporary and classical solos, duets and quartets presented by sopranos Joelle Graves and Madeline Abel-Kerns, tenors Brian Kerns and Roger Graves and pianist Laurie Ann Hunter. Works from Mozart, Bizet, Offenbach and Romberg will be paired with selections by Foster, Bernstein and Kerns, along with readings of Shakespeare sonnets.

Joelle Graves and Roger Graves, who live in Ashland, have performed with Rogue Music Theatre, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers and other regional musical groups. As soloists, they have performed in California, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana and Arizona. Most recently both were soloists in the Mozart C minor Mass, they sang with the Arianna String Quartet and Joelle sang the leading role of Mary in the "Liverpool Oratorio."

In 2008 Madeline Abel-Kerns and Brian Kerns, who live in New York, presented an "Afternoon of Aria and Song" as the 28th Petrof Performance at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ashland. They began 2008 with all-Puccini concerts, both in the Rogue Valley and in Cleveland, and in September 2007 they performed an evening of arias for Performance Showcase of San Francisco.

In August 2008 Madeline performed with the Arianna String Quartet at Eden Valley Winery and sang the role of Helmwige in New York performances of "Die Walküre" with the Wagner Concert Orchestra. In 2007 she was the soprano soloist for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center.

Brian, in addition to singing, is a composer and arranger. Gershwin's "Summertime" for 3 sopranos and string quartet was commissioned by Britt Festivals in 2008. Brian also continues work on his first major opera "Imajica," with further premiere scene performances planned for spring, 2009 in New York.

The Graveses and Kernses have been friends in music and life for almost 20 years.

Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $10. Proceeds benefit Trinity Church Outreach Programs. Call 482-2656.

Brian Kerns, Madeline Abel-Kerns, Joelle Graves and Roger Graves will team up for a concert of love songs. - Photo courtesy of Joelle Graves