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AHAA! benefits AHS arts

Ashland High Arts Advocates presents its annual Winter Fine Arts Festival Wednesday, Feb. 1, and Thursday, Feb. 2, at the AHS Mountain Avenue Theatre. The student art show and silent auction begin at 6 p.m., performances at 7 p.m. Show tickets are a $10 donation for adults and are available at the AHS Office, Paddington Station, Tree House Books, and the Music Coop. For students and children, a reduced price donation of $5 can be paid at the door.

The Festival provides a showcase for the AHS Department of Fine and Performing Arts, while also helping to raise the funds AHAA! utilizes to support their activities throughout the year.

This year&

s WFAF will feature several new and exciting elements. The three AHS choirs are presenting a program completely composed of commissioned works, several of which have never before been performed. Also a first, the Concert Band and the Chamber Orchestra will combine to present a full symphonic orchestral rendition of Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saens. In addition to the student performances on stage, there will be a wealth of fine student art work displayed in the Commons. The advanced carpentry students will be demonstrating the use of a wood lathe purchased by a generous 2004 grant to AHAA! from the Ashland Gallery Association. There will also be a demonstration of glass beadmaking, a skill several students learned through a 2005 AHAA! summer enrichment grant. Finally, this year the silent auction will feature a new "Buy It Now" price for those patrons who want to avoid being outbid on their auction items or don&

t want to return for the second night of the two-day auction in order to ensure they take home their desired items. Once again the auction will feature beautiful baskets full of goodies of all kinds, including show tickets, restaurant certificates, and artists&

creations.

Through a donation by Don and Pam Hammond to the Ashland Schools Foundation, two young composers, both graduates of AHS, have been commissioned to write pieces for the AHS choirs which will be premiered at the WFAF. Fahad Siadat, AHS Class of &

00, has selected a poem by Carl Sandburg as the text for his piece, Between Two Hills. Siadat graduated from Vanderbilt University and now lives in Lexington, Kentucky. Ethan Gans-Morse, AHS Class of &

00, has composed On Border Patrol for choir and piano with poetry by Kurt Hackbarth. Ethan is a graduate of Macalester College and now lives in Mexico.

In addition, Todd Barton, composer in residence at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, was commissioned to write a new work for this year&

s WFAF. Barton&

s piece incorporates a poem by Henry David Thoreau titled My Life. Chants from the Southwest was written by Craig Kinsbury, a Portland composer. This piece was first commissioned for the AHS Chamber Choir in 2000, and is taken from the writings of the first people of the region. Finally, the Concert Choir will perform The Mask, a commissioned work by P. Peter Sacco that was funded through Jackson ESD in 1985-86. Mr. Sacco, now deceased, was an avid supporter of vocal music and a friend of choral musicians in the Rogue Valley. The poetry for this work comes from student writing by members of the Ashland Junior High School Choir at the time of the commission.

The AHS Musical Theatre class has been studying various eras from Musical Theatre. The three production numbers they will perform at the WFAF, from Half a Six Pence, The Pajama Game and The Boyfriend, represent just a portion of the numbers and duets from their January 19 one-hour tribute to Broadway. There will also be a preview of this year&

s AHS spring musical, Guys and Dolls, which opens on March 1.

Membership in AHAA! is open to anyone interested in supporting the arts at AHS. The group meets in the AHS Music Room at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. For more information, contact AHAA! president Heidi Gottlieb, 482-9331.

Dallas Brass tours American music forms

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The Dallas Brass will perform and instruct at Ashland — Middle School Monday.

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In its brief 200 years, this nation has created more original musical forms than any other nation or culture. Incorporating humor with intricate playing and a touch of history, the internationally acclaimed Dallas Brass will perform some of America&

s greatest hits from the past 229 years at the Ashland Middle School on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

The Dallas Brass will perform the sounds of Henry Mancini, Benny Goodman, Leonard Bernstein, John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland and more. American Musical Journey is a showcase of the gifts American composers have given to our nation and a delightful and elegant display of the musical talents of this outstanding ensemble.

In addition to their solo engagements, the Dallas Brass appears with symphony orchestras nationwide. Symphonic credits include the Cincinnati Pops, the New York Pops, and the Philly Pops conducted by Peter Nero. The Dallas Brass has performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and has toured overseas to Europe and the Far East. They have shared the stage with the late Bob Hope, have performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, have appeared on the CBS "Early Show,&

and their music has been used numerous times on the television show, "The Young The Restless.&

The Dallas Brass includes an educational component with each performance to teach and inspire local student musicians. The music students of Ashland Middle School and Ashland High School, along with students of Southern Oregon University, will spend the afternoon with the Dallas Brass musicians in rehearsals and clinics, then take the stage to perform with the Dallas Brass during the evening performance. In addition. The SOU brass faculty will combine with the Dallas Brass to perform brass choir pieces that have been arranges especially for this concert.

"This will be an evening of music this community will not soon forget," says Michael Levine, Dallas Brass founder and trombonist. "This night will showcase what is happening musically in Ashland."

American Musical Journey is appropriate for the entire family. Tickets can be purchased at the Cripple Creek Music Company, 353 East Main St., 482-9141. $10 for adults and $5.00 for children.

For information call AMS Band Director Jenifer Carstensen at 482-1611.

— — — Folk Anarchist

Singer/storyteller Utah Phillips out of semi-retirement

Singer/songwriter/storyteller Utah Phillips will perform in concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Unitarian Center, Fourth and B streets. Phillips provides a mix of stories and songs infused with his own anarchist/humanist political road map for living.

Phillips&

songs have been recorded by Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Flatt and Scruggs and even actress Debbie Reynolds. Phillips has eight albums on various labels and his performances have been included on three collections. Over the last few years, he&

s re-emerged from a forced semi-retirement due to health concerns.

&

When the 70-year-old singer speaks about various causes, there&

s a credibility in his voice that can&

t be replicated by the artists that subscribe to the Issue of the Month newsletter to determine what they should be speaking out against currently. No, Phillips comes by his beliefs naturally and honestly,&

said Brian Blair in the Oregon Music Guide.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for kids 5-17. Tickets are available on line at www.stclairevents.com, by calling 541-535-3562 or at the Music Coop in the A Street Market Place.

&

145;The Crucible&

opens at OSW

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&

The Crucible&

runs at Oregon Stage Works — in the A Street Market Place through. Feb. 2.

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Oregon Stage Works continues its 2006 season with a new production of an American masterpiece, Arthur Miller&

s &

The Crucible.&

The play opens at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in OSW&

s theater in the A-Street Marketplace.

Set at the time of the infamous Salem witch trials and first staged in 1953, &

The Crucible&

has been seen as a response to Senator Joseph McCarthy&

s &

witch hunt&

for alleged communist sympathizers. But, says director Peter Alzado, the play is anything but a period piece. Miller&

s searing condemnation of communal intolerance, mass hysteria and the abusive use of power renews the impact of his play for each succeeding generation. The play has been staged all over the world, perhaps most famously in China in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution.

Repeat viewing, adds Alzado, only deepens the play&

s rewards. He has directed &

The Crucible&

before: in 1996, for his thesis project at the University of Montana. &

The faculty chose it, I didn&

t,&

he says; &

I thought no one would come.&

Alzado underestimated his audience. &

We were sold out every night,&

he says, &

with lines of people who wanted to get in and couldn&

t.&

He doesn&

t credit his directing for the production&

s success. &

This play has an extraordinary effect on people,&

he says: &

Because it&

s set in another time it lets us see ourselves and our behavior in an objective fashion.&

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&

145;The Crucible&

delves into raw emotion — with its examination of communal intolerance, mass hysteria and abusive — use of power.

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But if &

The Crucible&

&

s acknowledgement of human fear and cruelty makes it continually relevant, it is the play&

s embrace of hard, conflicted heroism, Alzado says, that gives it emotional force.

&

Without embarrassment, Miller looks at what it is to be a hero,&

he says. &

The play is about ordinary people who take a stand and are raised up by it.&

This kind of elevation, he feels, can fall flat in film or on TV. But in live theater, he says, &

the energy of the choices we witness is resounding; it bounces off the walls. It fills people. You feel a whole theater take the same breath at the same time, then leave the theater elated, having forgotten where they parked.&

Moments like that, Alzado says, are why &

The Crucible&

holds such a lasting and powerful place in American theater. They are why he makes the theater his life.

Alzado, who has acted both on and off Broadway, in regional theater and in television, holds an MFA in directing from the University of Montana. His most recent directing project was &

Lobby Hero,&

at OSW. &

Cyber Serenade,&

which he directed at the former Actors&

Theatre, in Talent, was nominated as the best new play produced outside New York City by the American Critics Association.

Alzado says he delights in having assembled a cast worthy of the play&

s design. &

Every role in &

145;The Crucible&

feels like a star turn,&

he says; &

they are all so sharply drawn. Every person has their moment.&

The cast features well-known OSW veterans, among them Jim Bowen, seen in &

Lobby Hero,&

&

Panama&

and &

The Weir&

; Kate Sullivan, of &

Nickel and Dimed,&

&

The Weir&

and &

How I Learned to Drive&

; and Shanna Hill, last seen in &

Proof.&

Cast members also include Sophie Javna, Sierra Wood, Steve Wood, Isabelle Alzado, Kayla Thumler, Wendy Spurgeon, Merrill Smith, Sara Lysette Ballard, Melanie Dahl, Rochelle Savitt, Brian Wallace, Darren Smith, Larry Worshe, Urban Kohler, Jamison Challeen, Will Bolinger, Glenn Hill, Terry Kolkey, Don Stone, Ernie Griswald and Barbara Rosen.

Set design is by Brian Wallace and Peter Alzado, light design by G. Crane Coleman, sound design by John Dials, costumes by Gloria L. Hafner-Allee, set construction by Brian Wallace and scenic painting by Charles S. Couraud. The stage manager is Stephanie Edwards.

The theater is donating the entire proceeds of its first Friday performance, Jan. 27, to the local chapter of the ACLU.

&

The Crucible&

will run at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26. Tickets are $17 ($10 for students) at Grocery Outlet in Medford and the Music Coop in Ashland. OSW will offer specially discounted tickets for seniors at $10 at its performance on Thursday, Feb. 2.

For more information and reservations call 482-2334 or go to www.oregonstageworks.org.

Four- and five-play packages for OSW&

s 2006 season are still available. Upcoming plays include a new work by nationally-noted Ashland local, Michael Mish; Shelagh Stephenson&

s Olivier award-winner, &

The Memory of Water,&

a wise and funny look at three sisters reuniting for their mother&

s funeral; &

The Wild Guys,&

a hit comedy by Andrew Wreggitt and Rebecca Shaw, in which four friends on a &

wildman weekend&

do their very best to bond; and Lyle Kessler&

s &

Orphans,&

an acclaimed drama about two orphaned brothers, one a recluse and the other a thief.

Guest clarinetist to play Copland concerto with the Rogue Valley Symphony

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Sean Osborn performs Friday.

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Clarinetist Sean Osborn will perform Copland&

s Clarinet Concerto in three concerts with the Rogue Valley Symphony under the direction of Arthur Shaw. The first performance is Friday at 8 p.m. in Ashland at the SOU Music Recital Hall. The second performance is January 28 at 8 p.m. in Medford at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater. The final performance will be January 29 at — p.m. in Grants Pass at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center. Mendelssohn&

s Symphony No. 5, &

Reformation,&

Grieg&

s Two Melodies, Op. 53 and the gorgeous Escales by Ibert will complete the program.

Since his first recital debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at the age of 17, Sean Osborn has been described with words such as &

eloquent,&

&

beautifully inflected phrases,&

and &

bravura technique.&

Appointed as the youngest clarinetist in the history of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1989, his spectacular career has included Principal Clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy, Mr. Osborn has taught master classes at the top music schools in the United States as well as participating as a chamber musician with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Colorado String Quartet and Tokyo String Quartet. An esteemed composer, he received an ASCAP award and the prestigious Ibla Foundation Accomplished Musician award for his Symphony No. 1, &

September 11&

Aaron Copland&

s Concerto for Clarinet was commissioned by the great jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman. Composed during a goodwill tour to South America in 1947, and completed during his sixth season teaching at Tanglewood during the summer of 1948, Copland said many passages in the music are &

an unconscious fusion of elements related to North and South American popular music.&

Although the two did not collaborate during composition, Goodman&

s jazzy performance style is evident throughout the piece and combines beautifully with Copland&

s expansive harmonies and intense rhythms. Composed in two movements united by a brilliant cadenza, Copland said of the romantic opening movement &

I think it will make everyone weep.&

Mendelssohn&

s Symphony No. 5 in D Major, &

Reformation&

was composed to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the writing of the Augsburg Confession, a Lutheran Creed from 1530. Mendelssohn was a devout Lutheran and felt greatly privileged to write a symphony honoring an important historical event in the Lutheran tradition. The result became his first truly mature symphony, preceding the frequently played Italian Symphony and Scotch Symphony by several years. Performed rarely after it&

s completion, Symphony No. 5 has since been rediscovered by musical scholars bringing Mendelssohn&

s final masterpiece to the forefront of Symphony programs today.

French composer Jacques Ibert composed Escales, &

Ports of Call,&

in 1922 to fulfill the composition requirement of his Prix de Rome, the renowned composition prize instituted by King Louis the XIV of France in 1666. During his tour of duty with the French Navy in World War I, he visited many Mediterranean ports, and was attracted to their local color and native music. The inspiration from his voyages is infused within Escales. Presented in three movements, the listener is swept along the currents of the Mediterranean, visiting Italy&

s Rome/Palermo, Africa&

s Northern coast/Tunis &

150; Nefta, and Spain&

s beach front/Valencia. A brilliant work, with exotic melodies, fiery dance rhythms, and visions of the open sea.

The Two Melodies, op. 53 were arranged by Edvard Grieg for string orchestra in 1891 adapted from two earlier songs. Considered the most important Norwegian composer of the later 19th century, Grieg&

s melodies are based on his country&

s musical traditions and his passion for love and music.

To enrich the concert experience, attendees are encouraged to plan to attend the pre-concert talk led by Pat Daly, one hour before each performance. For details on this performance and upcoming events, please visit our Web site at www.rvsymphony.org. Call the Rogue Valley Symphony Box Office at 552-6398 to reserve your seat.

Ticket prices are $39 premium, $32 general reserved, and $5 student for the Ashland performance.

Ashland writer is passionate about truth

— — — MIKE GREEN

When the attacks of September 11, 2001 shook the grounds in New York, Washington D.C. and a rural field in Pennsylvania, the entire nation was shaken at its core. A stunned and confused American population stood wondering and waiting for the answer to one question, why?

On that day, Mike Green, a 12-year military veteran, journalist, columnist and public speaker in Southern California began an investigation to find the answer to that question. A year later, on the first anniversary of 9/11 Green wrote a prophetic column as the precursor to what would culminate into his recently-released book, &

The WHOLE Truth about the U.S. War on Terror: Answers to every question you never knew to ask.&

The 43-year-old Green concluded his investigation in the summer of 2005, soon after moving to Medford and marrying a native Oregonian. It was published by NewMedia Publishing (www.newmediapublishing.com) and released through nationwide distributors in December. Today, Green is the Content Editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings and writes a weekly online column, "From the Right Side" (www.dailytidings.com), that continues to target the truth behind a façade of current events in the Middle East.

Green&

s reputation is beginning to spread through the Rogue Valley and elsewhere in the state. After recent guest appearances on local stations KMED, KCMX, and Eugene&

s KOPT, Green created fans of popular talk radio hosts.

"This book is required reading for every American

," Bill Meyer of KMED said after having Green on back-to-back days.

"I&

ve got to read this book!

" Rose Harrington of KCMX exclaimed in an interview just prior to the release.

"You&

ve put a lot of time, and dare I say love, into this book &

133; it is fabulous!

" Nancy Stapp of KOPT said during an interview on January 14.

Green says he wrote the book in an effort to provide the American people with the entire truth of why 9/11 occurred &

133; which he claims wasn&

t the first attack on America, but rather the first on U.S. soil out of several in a series of battles conducted within a secret war between the U.S. government and a global organization called The Muslim Brotherhood. Green says he is a bit frustrated with unconcerned elected officials on all levels of government because he believes there ought to be no greater issue on their agendas than that which breaks apart families and results in death &

133; all due to political decisions that purport to be one thing but turn out to be another.

"Who can we trust?" Green asks. "Here it is several years since 9/11 and despite the daily dissemination of media reports and proliferation of political propaganda, people are still asking the same question they asked the day the World Trade Center Towers collapsed &

133; why?"

Green begins his book by answering common questions most people will ask, then takes his readers into a realm of international intrigue indicative of a Tom Clancy spy novel, opening doors of understanding, and then answering questions most Americans would not know to ask. He provides names, dates, declassified CIA, NSA and military documents, executive orders, treaties, court rulings, historical media reports and an avalanche of data disbursed throughout a well-written documentary of events that tell quite a different story than that which is heard emanating from the White House administration. Green says he feels a personal responsibility for those serving whom he considers his military family.

"It is the responsibility of every citizen of this country, myself included, to ensure that when our brave men and women of the military risk their lives to fight on our behalf, we watch their backs by ensuring they aren&

t being used as sacrificial pawns in a political chess match by secret organizations within our government to advance unknown agendas," Green said. "Unfortunately, to this very day, if I have a conversation with virtually anyone, even elected officials, I find they know little, if anything, regarding the &

145;war on terror.&

"If a person can learn to play tic-tac-toe, they can easily understand the truth behind the &

145;war on terror,&

" Green says. "Once you know the game, you can predict the moves. But then you will also see how immoral the game is and how many innocent lives are being sacrificed in pursuit of the game&

s ultimate prize &

133; control of the world&

s most demanded resource.

"The names you read about today in the Middle East, I wrote about three years ago. Even after the rigged election in Iraq, the names I wrote about when Saddam Hussein was in power are today seated in un-elected positions governing Iraq&

s oil, money and military and overall power. The events may change but the game remains the same. I&

m no prophet &

133; just one man armed with truth that I hope to spread throughout the nation."

As a self-described Christian conservative, Green attended the inauguration of president Bush, argued on behalf of his domestic agenda, made public appearances in both radio and television media, such as CNN&

s Inside Politics and Fox&

s Hannity Colmes, while working behind the scenes to advance Republican political agendas.

Today, he runs a Web site (www.theTruthAboutTerror.com) and speaks out about what he has learned and continues to learn while working with his wife to advance the hidden truth behind the U.S. "war on terror." He hopes that every household will add &

The WHOLE Truth about the U.S. War on Terror: answers to every question you never knew to ask&

to their staple of essential home library books.

Barnes Noble on Biddle Road in Medford will host a book signing and Q A for Mike Green on Saturday, Jan. 28 from — p.m. to 4 p.m. Bloomsbury Books will also host a book signing / Q A on Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Ashland. Books may be purchased online directly from the publisher at a discount through www.theTruthAboutTerror.com. Mike Green is also listed as author "A. Michael Green" with some book distributors.

To contact Mike Green, send e-mail to mgreen@dailytidings.com.

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Ashland's Beatles band The Nowhere Men,will perform — an all-Beatles-music dance concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the 'A' Street — Market Place in Ashland.

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The Hunger Mountain Boys play Thursday at the Siskiyou — Micro Pub.

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Hunger Mountain Boys re-invent American acoustic

Mojo Rising Productions presents the Hunger Mountain Boys, Thursday, Jan. 26, at 9 p.m., at the Siskiyou Micro Pub, 31B Water St.

High buzzing vocal harmonies, fleet instrumental picking on mandolin, acoustic guitar, fiddle and steel guitar, coupled with off-the-cuff stage banter and classic suits, are trademarks of The Hunger Mountain Boys. In the tradition and spirit of the classic duets of the 1930s, &

145;40s, and &

145;50s, the group is reminiscent of the authentic, early-American acoustic sound and the fiery energy of such legendary duets as the Monroe Brothers and Delmore Brothers.

In addition to recording and performing a variety of old classics and rarities ranging from stringband-style barn-burners to weepy emotional death ballads and bluesy steel guitar pickin&

rags, the Hunger Mountain Boys write much of their own material, taking first place in the 2003 Mountain Stage NewSong songwriting and performing contest. Portions of their first CD, &

Fashioned In The Old Way,&

are featured on the 2003 release, &

The King of Bluegrass,&

a documentary on the legendary bluegrass icon Jimmy Martin. They have toured from coast to coast and portions of Canada, sharing the stage with countless artists and spanning the Americana genre from Iris Dement to Taj Mahal to Doc Watson. Since early 2003, the Hunger Mountain Boys have released two full-length albums and one 7-inch vinyl single and are slated to release a third album on their own Old-Fi Records label in the late spring of 2006. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call Mojo Rising Productions at 541-324-7044 or the Siskiyou Micro Pub at 482-7718. Learn more about the band at the Web site www.hungermountainboys.com/.