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Salon series concerts

Musicians of the Rogue Valley Symphony will present the final Salon Series of summer chamber music concerts to benefit the orchestra.

Symphony wind players will be featured at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford, and again at 8 p.m. Monday, July 20, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland.

The two concerts will showcase wind players from the orchestra performing mostly French romantic and impressionistic chamber music. New music composed by principal clarinetist Lori Calhoun also will be featured. Calhoun will perform "Gymnopedie" by Erik Satie on clarinet and Gabriel Fauré's "Pavane" on alto saxophone. She also will sing in her own work, "Desert of My Soul."

Kristin Kessler will perform Amilcare Ponchielli's "Capriccio for Oboe." On bassoon, Karen Basin will play Edward Elgar's "Romance." Kessler and Basin will join forces with Mark Reppert, the piano accompanist for the evening, in Francis Poulenc's "Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano."

Symphony musician and composer Mark Eliot Jacobs, principal trombonist, also will perform. Jacobs and Reppert will play "Sonatine for Trombone and Piano" by French composer Jacques Castérède.

Musicians from the orchestra have worked collaboratively to produce the programs for the Salon Series. The idea for the concert series was new in April, when Kessler began coordinating the project. Concerts in May showcased the Symphony Brass, and in June the Chamber Players string ensemble.

Open-seating tickets are $15 each, available at the door or in advance by calling 552-6398. All proceeds from the Salon Series benefit the orchestra, and musicians are contributing their services for the concerts.

Salon series concerts