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SKY IN THE ROAD: Songwriting duo Daniel Rhiger and Rahmana Wiest will perform acoustic harmonies on guitar, bouzouki and harmonium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 541-708-0238 for information.

Saturday, Nov. 13

DANCING WITH THE ROGUE VALLEY STARS: The second annual local dance competition and exhibition featuring professional dancers from Evergreen Ballroom and members of the Southern Oregon community is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, in the North Medford High School auditorium, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive. Tickets for the main event are sold out. Tickets are available for the dress rehearsal to be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at NMHS and cost $8. Proceeds benefit Southern Oregon Sparrow Clubs and the Southern Oregon chapter of USA Dance. Call 541-621-1126.

NIKITA FITENKO: Professor of Piano at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Nikita Fitenko will perform pieces by Russian composers Siloti, Rachmaninoff and Mussorgsky at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The concert is part of the SOU Piano Series created by SOU professor of music Alexander Tutunov. Tickets cost $15. Visit www.sou.edu/music or call 541-552-6101 for information.

Sunday, Nov. 14

BRAVA! OPERA THEATER: The opera theater's Young Artist Program, under the direction of Willene Gunn and Lorrie Hall, will present a concert of opera arias at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, 1615 Clark Ave. See story, Page 16.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

INFERNO TOUR 2010: Rock violinist Mark Wood (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and vocalist Laura Kay of New York City will lead students from Ashland High School and Ashland Middle School in a performance of rock and classical arrangements at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Ashland Middle School, 100 Walker Ave. Wood is a Grammy Award-winning musician and a string music educator. The concert is the culmination of his two-day "Electrifying Your Strings Program" at the Ashland schools. Tickets cost $10 and are available at Paddington Station or at the door. Children 6 and younger will be admitted free. Call 541-210-1458.

Thursday, Nov. 18

BENEFIT CONCERT: The Rogue Suspects, The Mixers, Zion Train, The Havana Club and The Love Messengers will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Windsor Inn, 2520 Ashland St., Ashland. There will be food from local restaurants, a silent auction and a nonperishable food drive for the Northwest Seasonal Workers Association. Admission is a $20 donation, and proceeds will benefit cancer patient Cate Roze of Ashland.

SOU PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE: The Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble and percussion quartet Compás, under the direction of Terry Longshore, will present "Sonic Diffusions" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The ensemble will perform Eric Ewazen's "The Palace of Nine Perfections," a piece in three movements inspired by the 17th-century painter Yuan Chiang. Compás will perform a premiere of "Tak-Nara" by Serbian composer Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic and Christopher Deane's "Vespertine Formations" for marimba. Adjunct faculty member Bryan Jeffs will be the featured soloist on Christopher Rouse's "Honham." Admission is $5, free for students. Visit www.sou.edu/music or call 541-552-6101 for information.

Friday, Nov. 19

MEG hUTCHINSON AT bRITT: Folk singer and songwriter Meg Hutchinson performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. The lyric-based, acoustic artist will share the magic of a live performance with audience members seated on the Britt stage. Boston-based Hutchinson has earned awards in the U.S., Ireland and the U.K., including recognition from the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Billboard Song Contest and competitions at Merlefest, NewSong, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Telluride and Rocky Mountain Folks festivals. Her newest album, "The Living Side," was released in February. She released "Come Up Full" on Red House Records in 2008. Tickets cost $12. Visit www.brittfest.org or call 541-773-6077.

KUSS QUARTET: Chamber Music Concerts will present the Kuss Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Music Recital Hall on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The Berlin-based quartet features violinists Jana Kuss and Oliver Wille, violist William Coleman and cellist Mikayel Hakhnazaryan. The program will include works by Mozart, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Beethoven. Tickets cost $27 and $32, $5 for ages 22 and younger. Visit www.chambermusicconcerts.org or call 541-552-6154 for tickets and information.

VOICES OF THE APPLEGATE: The 30-member community choir, under the direction of Blake Weller, will present its Autumn Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, 425 Middle St., and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at Applegate Lodge, 15100 Highway 238, Applegate. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Call 541-846-6988.