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'When the Snow Falls'

The Siskiyou Singers will draw on traditional winter songs from around the world and throughout the ages for its holiday concert, "When the Snow Falls," scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Directed by Mark Reppert and accompanied by pianist Mikiko Petrucelli, the choir has put together a seasonal mix of music by the great composers, along with a selection of more obscure songs.

The featured piece will be "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" ("Wake up, the voice calls to us"), a chorale used in three of the seven movements in Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata 140. It will be accompanied by violin, oboe and piano.

Pieces from earlier times in history will include a baroque chorale motet by Samuel Scheidt, which draws from the German carol "Joseph, Dearest Joseph," along with English composer Herbert Howells' "A Spotless Rose," based on a 16th-century German hymn, "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," and a hauntingly arranged medieval piece, "Corpus Christi Carol" by Norwegian composer Trond Kverno.

The program also will include arrangements of such traditional English and American holiday songs as "Deck the Halls," "Go Tell It On the Mountain," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Silent Night" and a jazz arrangement of "White Christmas" by Kirby Shaw of the Jefferson State Choral Coalition.

Tickets cost $15, $5 for students, and are available at Paddington Station and Music Coop in Ashland, Grocery Outlet in Medford or at the door. See www.siskiyousingers.org or call 541-482-5290.

Pianist Mikiko Petrucelli accompanies the Siskiyou Singers for its winter concert. - Photo by Darek Riley