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'Christmas With the Chorale'

The Rogue Valley Chorale speaks to the season with its annual holiday concert. A selection of music by contemporary American composers, with the exception of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Alles, was Odem Hat," will open the show, along with a Christmas motet by Canadian composer Healey Willan.

The South Medford High school Chamber Choir and Rogue Valley Youth Ensemble will join the chorale for performances of contemporary love songs "Te Quiero," by Argentine composer Alberto Favero, and "Amor de mi Alma," by American composer Z. Randall Stroope, as well as a new carol, titled "There Shines a Light Ahead," adapted from Bach by composer Jeffrey Biegel. Biegel has performed for Britt's Classical Festival and with Rogue Valley Symphony.

The program also features music from Gian-Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," sung by a quartet that includes Kathryn Gordon, Terry Faulker, Michael Wine and Eric Smith, along with German composer Felix Mendelssohn's "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear."

Look for such traditional French and English carols as "We Three Kings of Orient Are," "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen" and "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day."

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets cost $20, $5 for students, and are available at www.craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000.

Lynn Sjolund will lead the Rogue Valley Chorale in a concert of contemporary and traditional holiday music. - Photo by David Gibb