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'A Concert in Light and Sound'

Light and music are the concepts for Southern Oregon Concert Band's holiday "prism concert." The band, along with its flute ensemble and saxophone quartet, the Ashland Brass, Rogue Valley Handbell Choir and Rogue Valley Trombone Choir, will present alternate performances from various positions onstage. The musical transitions will be continuous and illuminated by various stage lighting.

The full concert band will open the show with "Polonaise" from N. Rimsky Korsakov's Christmas Eve Suite and Johann Sebastian Bach's cantata "Sleepers, Awake!" The SOCB flute ensemble will follow with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Reed Pipes" and "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from "The Nutcracker Suite," among others, and the Ashland Brass will perform such seasonal carols as "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "Little Drummer Boy."

The full band returns with a setting of "Hanukkah, O Hanukkah" by conductor Martin Behnke, then look for holiday numbers by the handbell choir and saxophone quartet.

In other highlights, Behnke will premier his new piece, "Make a Joyful Noise," written for the concert band.

The flute ensemble will perform in the lobby before the concert, and a reception with hot cider and cookies and music by the Jabberwocky Novelty Band will follow the show.

"Holiday Celebrations: A Concert in Light and Sound" will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Central Medford High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave. Admission is $5, $10 for families, and available at the door. See www.socband.org.

Conductor Martin Behnke will premier a new composition. - Photo by Bob Pennell