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LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT

&

145;Eyes Wide Open&

at AHS

The Ashland High School library&

s photography series &

Eyes Wide Open&

features the work of Medford photographer Geri Mathewson for the entire month of April. Mathewson&

s traditional darkroom method images are captivating, sensuous, and evocative. Images are uniquely developed with an emphasis on black and white photography as well as color.

Ashland High is open every week day from 7:45 a.m. to at least 4 p.m. There will be a reception for Mathewson and her work on Thursday, April 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the AHS Library.

Artist&

s Statement:

Although I do embrace the recent technology in photography, all of these photographs were produced in the traditional darkroom method. The majority of these images were taken with a medium or large format camera.I have been fortunate to enjoy workshops with several of the masters.

Certainly one of my most treasured experiences was serving as an assistant at the Ansel Adams Yosemite workshop.

Studying photography with Jack Welpot and Don Worth at San Francisco State was an inspiration as well.

I look for images all the time, even when I do not have a camera. These and other experiences, as a student and a teacher of photography, have hopefully taught me to look at the world a little closer and to be particularly aware of the light and how it can enhance a subject.

&

Geri Mathewson

Photographic History:

Assistant at Ansel Adams workshop (2 times). Attended workshops with Ruth Bernard, Paul Caponigro, most recently, John Sexton. San Francisco State: Studied with Jack Welpot Don Worth. Volunteer at the Imogen Cunningham Trust, Berkeley, Calif. Color classes with Wes Chapman, SOU. I have been doing my own darkroom work for over 30 years, (some color, but mostly Black White). Taught photography briefly at the High School level also through Adult. Education, RCC.

For information call Ashland High Librarian Bill Street at 482-8771 ext. 119 or e-mail Bill.Street@ashland.k12.or.us.

Baritone Sanford Sylvan featured at SOU

— — Sanford Sylvan

The Mendelssohn String Quartet has often been heard on &

145;A Prairie Home Companion&

Chamber Music Concerts presents the Mendelssohn String Quartet with baritone Sanford Sylvan

Chamber Music Concerts will present the Mendelssohn String Quartet with Sanford Sylvan, baritone, on Friday at 8 p.m. at the SOU Music Recital Hall.

The program of works for string quartet by opera and vocal composers includes Giacomo Puccini&

s I Crisantemi, songs from Hugo Wolf&

s Möricke Lieder for baritone and string quartet, Samuel Barber&

s Dover Beach for Baritone and String Quartet, Op. — and Giuseppe Verdi&

s Quartet in E Minor. Sylvan will also present a voice master class for selected SOU vocal majors on Thursday, April 6 from 5-7 p.m., also in the SOU Music Recital Hall. The master class is free and open to the public, and provides a rare opportunity to see the best of the Rogue Valley&

s young singers perform and be coached by a master.

The Mendelssohn String Quartet, with violinists Miriam Fried and Nicholas Mann, violist Daniel Panner, and cellist Marcy Rosen, has established a reputation as one of the most imaginative, vital and exciting quartets of its generation. The Quartet tours annually throughout North America with regular trips to foreign destinations. The group was for nine years the Blodgett Artists in Residence at Harvard University, and has performed at such distinguished venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Washington DC&

s Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Tonhalle in Zurich. The resident quartet of the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival and formerly resident quartet of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Mendelssohn Quartet has performed at the Caramoor Festival, the Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, France, and makes frequent appearances at New York&

s Mostly Mozart Festival as well as the Ravinia, Aspen, and Saratoga Music Festivals. They were the first American ensemble invited to appear at the International Dialogues Festival in Kiev, Ukraine. The Quartet is often heard across the United States on Minnesota Public Radio&

s Saint Paul Sunday.

American baritone Sanford Sylvan displays a range of vocal expression and communicative power. On the concert stage and in recordings, his pure, lyric tone, clarity of diction and understanding of both words and music speak directly and to his audience. Committed to the art of the vocal recital, Sylvan and his long-time collaborator, pianist David Breitman, have performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, in major venues in London, New York, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Their recitals and recordings have earned praise from critics and audiences, including three Grammy nominations for Best Classical Vocal Performance.

Sylvan&

s portrayals of Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte have been seen internationally, including PBS&

&

Great Performances.&

Sylvan has also performed with many of the leading orchestras of the world including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke&

s, Royal Concertgebouworkest, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras, the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, Academy of Ancient Music, Melbourne Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation) Symphony.

The Mendelssohn String Quartet

The Mendelssohn String Quartet includes Miriam Fried, violin; Nicholas Mann, violin; Daniel Panner, viola; and Marcy Rosen, cello. The Quartet tours annually throughout North America with regular trips to foreign destinations.

The Mendelssohn Quartet was for nine years the Blodgett Artists in Residence at Harvard University, and has performed at such distinguished venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Washington DC&

s Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Tonhalle in Zurich. The resident quartet of the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival and formerly resident quartet of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Mendelssohn Quartet has performed at the Caramoor Festival, the Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, France, and makes frequent appearances at New York&

s Mostly Mozart Festival as well as the Ravinia, Aspen, and Saratoga Music Festivals. They were the first American ensemble invited to appear at the International Dialogues Festival in Kiev, Ukraine. The Quartet is often heard across the United States on Minnesota Public Radio&

s Saint Paul Sunday.

In the summer of 2005 the quartet returned to the Ravinia Festival, and in 05-06 their performances include a return to the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society with guest artists Kim Kashkashian and Timothy Eddy in a program of twentieth century masterworks entitled &

A Little Night Music.&

They will also return to Carnegie&

s Weill Recital Hall for a special all-Mozart program with pianist Robert Levin, and New York&

s Metropolitan Museum for a performance with pianist Jonathan Biss. The upcoming season also includes performances with baritone Sanford Sylvan, as well as appearances in Pittsburgh, Houston, Connecticut, Rochester, California, Alabama and Oregon.

In the 2004-05 season the Mendelssohn String Quartet performed at Dartmouth College with actress Rosemary Harris in a concert of Beethoven, Shakespeare, and Huxley. Other performances included U.S. cities including Washington, DC, Boston, Buffalo, Syracuse, San Antonio, and the Caramoor Festival. The quartet also performed with violist Robert Mann, pianist Jonathan Biss, and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein.

The Mendelssohn String Quartet has a strong commitment to contemporary music and has given world premieres of works commissioned by and for them. During the past several seasons, the Quartet performed the world premieres of string quartets by Bernard Rands, Augusta Read Thomas, David Horne, and Scott Wheeler. Additional composers who have written for the Quartet include Shulamit Ran, Ned Rorem, Bruce Adolphe, Mario Davidovsky, and Tina Davidson. The group has also performed the complete quartets of Arnold Schoenberg in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

The Mendelssohn String Quartet&

s most recent projects include a 2-CD release on the BIS label of the Mendelssohn Viola Quintets (with Robert Mann, viola), and of composers associated with Harvard University featuring works by Mario Davidovsky, Bernard Rands, Walter Piston, Leon Kirchner, and Earl Kim (with Lucy Shelton, soprano). Other recordings by the Quartet include the Quartets Op. 26 and Op. 70 with the Divertimenti Op. 37 by Ernst Toch for Laurel Records, Tobias Picker&

s New Memories for String Quartet for Nonesuch, and the music of George Antheil and George Gershwin for Music Masters Classics. Additional recordings on the Music Masters label include the Mozart and Weber Clarinet Quintets (with Charles Neidich, clarinet), and the first quartet of Arnold Schoenberg.

Other guests who have appeared with the Mendelssohn String Quartet in recent years include pianists Claude Frank, Ursula Oppens, Peter Serkin, and Menahem Pressler; sopranos Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Lucy Shelton; violinists Jaime Laredo and violist Scott Nickrenz; cellist David Soyer; and clarinetists Richard Stoltzman and Charles Neidich.

Tickets are $26/$29, with a special student price of $5. Call 552-6154 for tickets, or visit CMC&

s Web site at www.sou.edu/cmc for more information.

Pianist blurs lines between classical, jazz

— — —

Pianist Jovino Santos Neto kicks off the Siskiyou — Institutes Spring Concert Workshop Series Friday.

Photo by Lara Hoef

Brazilian-born Jovino Santos Neto plays at the Old Siskiyou Barn

The Siskiyou Institute Spring Concert Workshop Series will begin Friday with a series of four concerts and workshops featuring world-class performers in the intimate setting of the Old Siskiyou Barn just outside of Ashland.

The first concert will be Friday at 8 p.m. and will feature the Jovino Santos Neto Trio from Seattle.

The barriers between classical music, jazz, and indigenous Brazilian music have been obscured by Rio de Janeiro-born and Seattle-based pianist, flutist, and composer Jovino Santos Neto. A member of Hermeto Pascoal&

s legendary band from 1977 to1992, Santos Neto has continued to expand on his world music-influenced vocabulary. He built on his knowledge of Brazilian music during a stint with Airto Moreira and Flora Purim&

s group, Fourth World, from 1993 until 1997. He also worked with such artists as Mike Marshall, Richard Boukas, Celso Machado and Chitravina N. Ravikiran. He has recorded several albums with flutist Gary Stroutsos, including the Native American-influenced People of the Willows in 2000.

In 2004, he was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. He also received commissions by the IAJE and ASCAP, Jack Straw Foundation, Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust and Meet the Composer. Jovino was the recipient of a Golden Ear Award as the Best Jazz Instrumentalist of the Pacific Northwest in 2004.

Studying classical piano from the age of 12, he began to focus on jazz while studying biology at McGill University in Montreal. Invited to tour Brazil with Hermeto Pascoal in 1977, Santos Neto remained an important part of the Brazilian multi-instrumentalist&

s band for 15 years, co-producing six albums, including Festa dos Deuses, which received a Sharp Prize as Best Instrumental Album in 1992, and archiving thousands of Pascoal&

s compositions. Relocating to the United States in1993 after performing on Sergio Mendes&

s Grammy award-winning world music album, Brasileiro, Santos Neto studied conducting at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he continues to teach piano, composition, and jazz ensemble. He gives lectures and workshops on Brazilian music worldwide and continues to collaborate with his long time mentor Hermeto Pascoal as the music director of the Hermeto Pascoal Big Band.

The cost of each concert is $20 and a10 percent discount is available if purchasing any three events in advance.

Saturday morning workshops will follow each concert at 11 a.m. which cost $5 for students and teachers and $10 for observers.

To make reservations, please call 488-3869 or e-mail info@siskiyouinstitute.com. See the Web site at www.siskiyouinstitute.com for more information.

Other artist performing this spring are Gene Bertoncini, Solo Nylon String Jazz Guitar on April 28; pianist Alexander Tutunov and violinist Larry Stubson on May 12; and from the group Oregon, bassist Glen Moore Duo with pianist Dan Gaynor on June 2.

SOU hosts 14th Spring Powwow

Southern Oregon University students and community members come together again to organize the 14th annual spring powwow. The event will be held at SOU&

s McNeal Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday. Both days begin with the Grand Entry at noon Saturday there will be a dinner break from 5-6:30 p.m. followed by an Evening Grand Entry at 7 p.m. One element that will make the powwow fun is the College Student Special, a competition consisting of two categories: men&

s all-around and women&

s all-around.

The SOU Native American Student Union and Takelma elder Agnes Baker-Pilgrim will be welcoming Maori native Margery Wong during the festivities on Saturday. Margery will be visiting SOU from New Zealand for a presentation on Monday to recipients of the Office of Indian Education grant, SOU faculty and the public on native issues surrounding education.

An addition to this year&

s powwow is the growing partnership between NASU and the Latino Student Union, who have teamed up to bring &

In Tlanextli Tlacopan,&

traditional Aztec (Mexica) Fire Dancers from Tacuba (Tlacopan), Mexico City. NASU and LSU hope to enlighten people about the issues of indigenous identity.

Summarizing the collaborative work of the two student unions, NASU co-chair Pancho Becraft explains, &

There is a popular saying among the Tohono O&

odham, &

145;We didn&

t cross the border &

the border crossed us.&

This, in effect, is the reason why collaboration between NASU and LSU has proceeded thus far &

because there is recognition that we are relatives on both sides of the wall.&

This year&

s host drum, Black Lodge, is a Grammy-nominated group from White Swan Wash. Important people to note are this year&

s emcee Mark McNair, Arena Director Lynn Schonchin, Head Man Abby Summers and Head Woman Joanne Smith.

This event is funded in part by the Office of Indian Education Grant, housed in the SOU School of Education. The purpose of this grant is to financially and academically support Native American students in SOU&

s Masters in Arts of Teaching program. Anyone interested in this program can contact Grant Assistant Adria Medeiros at medeiroa@sou.edu or Project Director Dr. Gerald McCain at mccaing@sou.edu

This is free and open to the public. It is a children-friendly, drug- and alcohol-free environment. For information, contact the Native American Student Union at 552-6463 or Pancho Becraft at 324-2961.

OSF talks continue with Kimberley Jean Barry

— — Kimberley Jean Barry

Oregon Shakespeare Festival production stage manager Kimberley Jean Barry will give a free talk this Saturday at noon in Carpenter Hall.

Barry has been production stage manager at OSF since 1991, and has been at the Festival for a total of 28 seasons, during which time she has stage managed 36 productions.

She is a resource on the history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and all of the various elements that go into planning and executing OSF&

s 11-play seasons.

She has worked with three of the four artistic directors who have run OSF: Jerry Turner, Henry Woronicz and Libby Appel. Admission to the talk is free.

OSF talks and lectures are held through September 22. See the Web site www.osfashland.org or call 482-4331 for information. Tickets are $7, $6 for members $6; youths 6 to 17, $5.25.

Future talks include:

Saturday, April 15, &

About The Winter&

s Tale,&

Libby Appel, Artistic Director; director (The Winter&

s Tale, Bus Stop)

Saturday, April 29, &

About Intimate Apparel,&

Timothy Bond, Associate Artistic Director; director (Intimate Apparel)

Saturday, May 13, &

About The Diary of Anne Frank,&

James Edmondson, Associate Artist, director (The Diary of Anne Frank)

&

145;Women With Attitude&

Wilkins-O&

Riley Zinn&

s latest exhibit, &

You and Your Big Mouth: Insight and Irreverence from Irrepressible Women,&

will be featured at the Jega Gallery Sculpture Garden from Friday through May 21 as part of the gallery&

s 10th annual Women with Attitude (and Men Who Like Women with Attitude) event.

Singer Zan Nix will perform with Richard Williams for the opening of the show Friday evening when Ashland galleries extend their hours into the evening for the First Friday Art Walk.

Zinn&

s recent work was inspired by 12,000-mile cross-country trip that included a visit to the National Women&

s Hall of Fame and the Women&

s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y., followed by a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

&

There was no comparison between the two halls of fame &

one in a storefront, and the other an elaborate multi-story warren of displays and interactive exhibits and marble and brass,&

Zinn said. &

I realized that the wisdom and lore of baseball is readily recalled by countless fans who keep the game and its players alive year after year, but that women&

s history is a once-a-year thing, and women&

s words and accomplishments are often forgotten because there are no fans&

130; to keep them alive.&

She said her exhibit is a salute to the women who came before her, as well as those who live today and refuse to keep their mouths shut. Her signature black and white bricolage uses patchworking that echoes the creative output of women whose artistic pursuits are restrained by multiple responsibilities. It is bit-piece work that can be incorporated into the spaces of a busy life.

She was also inspired by a traditional cut paper method from Mexico following a visit to Los Angeles shortly before El Dia de Los Muertes, or The Day of the Dead, when images of grinning skulls and skeletons abound.

Zinn&

s work touches on issues that continue to affect women, such as wage disparity. She said Sojourner Truth, who died in 1883, once complained, &

I used to work in the fields and bind grain, keeping up with the cradler, but men doing no more, got twice as much pay.&

Gallery owner J. Ellen Austin, whose work can be seen on the poster for the A Taste of Ashland event later this month, also will display works.

The gallery is located at 625 A St., in Ashland&

s historic Railroad District.

Around town

Classical guitar performance

Classical guitarist and Southern Oregon Music Department faculty member David Rogers plays music from his CD &

The Lone Wild Bird, at The SOU Music Recital Hall on Sunday at — p.m. Also featured on the program will be baroque and South American ensemble music, classical guitar favorites and a new piece for solo guitar by Mark Jacobs.

Rogers will be joined by fellow Music Department faculty Fredna Grimland, soprano, and Nancy Elliott, recorder, in a performance of the Händel cantata: Nel Dolce dell&

Oblio for soprano, recorder and archlute. Rogers will also play a suite for guitar by area composer and SOU colleague, Mark Jacobs. Also joining Rogers will be the Ashland Guitar Quartet, an ensemble comprised of Rogers and SOU guitar performance scholarship students Eddie Condon, Matt Gwinup and Pat Mayfield playing an up-tempo Brazilian piece by Paulo Bellinati written in 1997.

The Washington Post has praised David&

s &

145;astonishingly florid&

solo improvisational passage work. He has been called a &

145;modern master&

of the classical guitar by 20th Century Guitar. Classics today.com has praised his &

145;first rate instrumental artistry,&

and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has written-&

David Rogers played like a lead guitarist in a rock band.

Tickets for this performance are $12 for general admission, $9 for seniors and free for students. Tickets and season passes may be purchased by calling 552-6101 or at the Music Box Office prior to the performance. For more information, visit Southern Oregon University&

s Music Department Web site at http:www.sou.edu/music.

— — — Sparro

Sparro at the A Street Market Place

Sparro performs a free show of original songs every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the A Street Market Place, at A and Oak streets. There is no age limit for the performance. Refreshments are available, with beer and wine on hand for those over 21.Camelot Theatre staff positions

Camelot Theatre Company, a semi-professional theatre in the Rogue Valley, is looking to fill several positions for its 2006 season. All positions receive a stipend. Positions open include: Directors (must have previous directing experience) ; stage managers (must be organized, will mentor or train); and house managers (must have computer skills and customer service skills; will mentor or train).

For information and to schedule an interview, call 535-5250 ext. 3. Send a current picture and a resume, including any and all experience in the arts. For information about Camelot Theatre Company, see the Web site: www.camelottheatre.org. Camelot Theatre is located at 101 Talent Ave. in Talent.

2nd Street Musicians concert

The 2nd Street Musicians celebrate spring at The Ashland Masonic Lodge with a free concert Sunday at — p.m. at The Ashland Masonic Lodge, 570 Clover Lane.

Planned as a one-hour vigorous welcome to spring, the April 9 event at The Ashland Masonic Lodge No. 23 presents dance numbers that celebrate both the wild and gentle moods of the green season. The &

wilder&

tunes include the jogging rhythms of Peter Warlock&

s &

Capriol Suite,&

a collection of medieval dance numbers and two &

banned&

renaissance dances, popular during the reign of Elizabeth I. The Second Street Musicians offers a song by the 12th century female troubadour Beatriz de Dia, featuring the soprano Alexandra Schireman, and the first instrumental sonata published by a woman.