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Family-friendly &

145;Chicago&

features aerial elegance

From April 27 through April 30 the Historic Ashland Armory will be transformed, using five stages, floor-to-ceiling elements, and cutting-edge dance and theatrical innovations to deliver a visually-stunning and family-friendly version of the hit Broadway show &

Chicago.&

Le Cirque Centre&

s performance of &

Chicago&

interweaves dance, song, aerial acrobatics and stunning characters in a theatre-in-the-round setting designed by director Lorenzo SantaBarbara to create a multi-dimensional theatre adaptation of the powerful Broadway musical, adapted for families and audiences of all ages.

Visiting guest artist and Cirque du Soleil performer Elsie Smith will join the ensemble, which also includes Aubrey Bauer as Velma Kelly, Emma Harding as Roxy Hart, Elronn Ferguson as lawyer Billy Flynn, and a strong complement of dancers and cast members from the Rogue Valley. David Young serves as master of ceremonies.

Acrobat Elsie Smith has appeared as part of the duo trapeze act in Cirque du Soleil&

s Saltimbanco. She also performs as a Gemini twin with her sister, and runs a circus school. Her teaching and performance background include Ringling Bros. Barnum Bailey Circus, Circus Kids, The Circus, Pilobolus, Canopy, Sea World Circus Smirkus. She and her sister are also noted for their television moments with Coca Cola, Hewlett-Packard, and Pacific Bell.

Tickets are $10 for the April 27 show and $15 for all other shows, and are available at Tree House Books and The Music Coop. For more information call 301-6804.

Around town

— — PianoVoce

Petrov series carries on with PianoVoce

PianoVoce, a group from the Eureka area of Northern California consisting of two pianists, two singers and a narrator, will give a recital of piano duets and art songs at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., on Sunday at 4 p.m.

In this 21st concert in fellowship&

s Petrof series, PianoVoce will present a program of piano duets and art songs, including Mendelssohn&

s sparkling &

Allegro Brilliant,&

ten of the &

Hungarian Dances&

by Brahms and the jazzy, jagged and hilarious &

Arias and Barcarolles&

by Leonard Bernstein. PianoVoce specializes in seldom-heard, intimate music for piano and voice.

PianoVoce specializes in works written for piano duet, and the duet of pianist and singer found in the classical art song. For these intimate chamber pieces, composers often wrote their most personal, freshest work, according to event organizers.

Admission is $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and students, with children under 12 free. Tickets are available at the door. For additional information call the church office at 482-4755, or Don Black at 535-6629.

Music of ancient Turkey

— — — Latif Bolat

The Latif Bolat Ensemble performs the music of ancient Turkey at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th St. (4th and C Streets), Ashland, on Saturday at 8 p.m. The show includes music, poetry, Sufi mystic stories and slide images from Turkey.

Bolat performs a vast repertory that includes songs in classical, folk and Sufi mystic music styles. He accompanies his singing on the baglama (long-necked lute). Turkish devotional poetry from the 13th century mystics Rumi and Yunus Emre, as well as later Turkish mystic poets, also are sprinkled throughout the program.

By creating an intimate, almost &

storytelling&

atmosphere, Bolat explains Turkish folk and mystic music and its sociopolitical and cultural elements. The performance both entertains and invites the audience to ponder questions such as how major sociopolitical factors influence culture and the art it produces.

Appearing with Bolat is Jennifer Ferraro on bendir and performing devotional dances and poetry and Chris Henke on Ney (Turkish flute) and flute. There also will be one or two whirling dervishes.

Bolat is on a mission to introduce the ancient music of his homeland to as many people as he can. A staunch traditionalist, he presents the music in a historically accurate way while incorporating a few non-traditional flourishes.

Now residing in Santa Fe, N.M., Bolat is a native of the Turkish Mediterranean town of Mersin. After receiving his degree in folklore and music at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, he taught traditional music throughout the country. He then went on to manage Ankara Halk Tiyatrosu, a musical theater company, which performed traditional musical plays.

Bolat received additional degrees in Turkish History and Middle East Religion and Politics from Ankara University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

Bolat&

s four CDs include: Gul: &

The Rose,&

&

Eyvalah,&

&

Ashk Olsun: Let There Be Love,&

and &

Infinite Beginning.&

Bolat has recorded music for the soundtracks of George Lucas Studios TV series Young Indiana Jones and the PBS documentary &

Mohammed: Legacy of a Prophet.&

Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door and $8 for kids 5-17. Tickets are available at the Music Coop in the A Street Marketplace, on-line at www.stclairevents.com or by calling 535-3562.

Hyim brings urban world beat to Havurah

— — Hyim

Hyim, an urban world beat singer/songwriter from the San Francisco Bay Area, will perform in concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland. Hyim is a singer/songwriter, pianist, producer, poet and freedom fighter who was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland. He possesses an internationally eclectic palate of arrangement and delivery styles. Hyim and his band, The Fat Foakland Orchestra, were nominated for a 2004 California Music Award. Hyim is a Yamaha Corporation sponsored artist, a KFOG Local Scene Artist, and is featured in press and on the radio across the country. Hyim&

s solo shows bring the audience on a soaring sonic journey, ranging from shake-your-booty loops (he records himself live playing percussion, guitar, piano, beat boxing, while looping the tracks) to breath-taking, soul stirring ballads.

&

Growing up on a commune in the late &

145;70s was an amazing and unusual childhood experience,&

says Hyim.

Hyim believes he is following in the footsteps of Peter Gabriel, Michael Franti, Manu Chao, and Paul Simon. This San Francisco native flower-child was raised in the Oakland public schools and went on to learn classical guitar in New Zealand, has played piano since he was three, studied sitar in India, Turkish rhythms, Persian poetry, and the Torah, as well as produce and write award-winning ballads, and study dance in Cuba. Hyim has traveled and studied music throughout the globe and blends the rhythms of the world as chariots for his songs. During his shows, his live percussion loops coupled with his storytelling &

from the tale of his dog going to doggy jail to political sensual love stories &

are all capped by his multi-instrumental talent and spirit.

Tickets are available in advance by calling Havurah Shir Hadash at 488-7716, and at the door. Ticket price range is $7 to $15 on a sliding scale.

&

Hyim is also an inspiring role model for our youth and we want to make what promises to be an amazing concert available to everyone,&

says Ayala Zonnenschein, program director at the Havurah.

The Havurah is located at 185 N. Mountain Ave. in Ashland. Log onto the Havurah Web site at www.havurahshirhadash.org for event information.

Seismic to shake the Siskiyou Brew Pub

— — Seismic is: James Lake on guitar, vocals; Paul — Barone on keyboards, vocals; Jason Rappaport on bass, vocals; and Perry — Ostrin on drums.

Improvisational rock band Seismic returns to Ashland to play the Siskiyou Brew Pub on Friday. The Los Angeles-based quartet is touring in support of its independently-released debut CD &

seismogenic.&

The full-length, original album is laden with diverse influences such as funk, jazz, bluegrass, and rock.

Ashland&

s music club Siskiyou Brew Pub hosts an eclectic mix of music and art and is just one stop on Seismic&

s upcoming Pacific Northwest tour, which features show dates throughout Washington, Oregon, and northern California.

Seismic plays Friday at 9 p.m. at Siskiyou Brew Pub, 31 Water St., No. B. The cost is $5 and the show is limited to ages 21 and older.

For information call 482-7718 or see the Web site www.SeismicBand.com or e-mail jrapp@seismicband.com.

&

145;Spotlight on The Life and Music of George and Ira Gershwin&

— — —

Left to right, Rebecca Campbell, Don Matthews, — Rennee Hewitt star in Camelot Theatre Company&

s &

Spotlight on — George and Ira Gershwin.&

Photo by Steve Sutfin

Camelot Theatre Company presents the second in its Second Stage Music Series for 2006: &

Spotlight on The Life and Music of George and Ira Gershwin &

133; a Little Biography and a Lot of Music!&

starring Rebecca Campbell, Renee Hewitt and Don Mathews.

Since 2002, Camelot&

s Second Stage Music Series &

Spotlight On&

133;A Little Biography and a Lot of Music!&

has featured the life and works of many popular composers and singers, including Cole Porter, Patsy Cline, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Peggy Lee and Rosemary Clooney. Camelot will feature spotlights on Bing Crosby in September and the Andrew Sisters in November.

George and Ira Gershwin were born to Russian immigrants Rosa and Moishe Gershowitz. Ira was born December 6, 1896 in New York City and George was born September 26, 1898 in Brooklyn. By 1918 George and Ira had their first song heard on Broadway &

The Real American Folk Song (Is A Rag)&

which was reprised in the 1992 smash hit musical &

Crazy For You.&

Then in 1919 came that famous tune &

Swanee&

and in 1921 Ira had his first Broadway hit with &

Two Little Girls.&

Although they had collaborated with several lyricists and composers, after their smash hit &

Lady, Be Good!&

in 1924, they wrote almost exclusively with one another until George&

s death from a brain tumor in 1937. In that time they composed over two dozen scores for Broadway and Hollywood producing such well known hits as &

Someone To Watch Over Me,&

&

Embraceable You,&

&

&

145;S Wonderful,&

&

Let&

s Call The Whole Thing Off&

and &

They Can&

t Take That Away From Me.&

They took musical comedy and made it an American Art form. While doing this George received great accolades as a piano virtuoso, conductor and composer of such amazing works as &

Rhapsody In Blue,&

&

An American In Paris&

and the Concerto in F. After George&

s death at the age of 38, Ira continued to work in theatre and film with such people as Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill and Burton Lane. Ira also annotated the manuscripts and consigned to the Library of Congress all the materials that pertain to their careers. Ira died in 1983 in his Beverly Hills home at 86 years of age.

Featuring over 27 George and Ira Gershwin standards including &

Summertime,&

&

Someone To Watch Over Me,&

&

Embraceable You,&

&

I Got Rhythm&

and &

They Can&

t Take That Away From Me,&

&

Spotlight on The Life and Music of George and Ira Gershwin&

133;a Little Biography and a Lot of Music!&

stars Camelot resident artists Rebecca Campbell, Renee Hewitt, and Don Mathews, who also provide narration from a script by Hewitt.

&

Spotlight on The Life and Music of George and Ira Gershwin &

133; a Little Biography and a Lot of Music!&

will be performed April 21, 22, 23, and 28, 29, 30. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $13 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. Reserved seats are available for an additional $2. Call 535-5250 ext. — for reservations. Tickets may be obtained at the Camelot Theatre box office, located at the corner of Talent Avenue and Main Street in Talent. Camelot box office hours are Mondays through Saturdays from — to 5 p.m., or one hour before performances.

&

145;Party with a Purpose&

on Earth Night

On Earth Day Saturday at the Historic Armory, the King Britt Experience will play original funk, soul, hip hop, deep house, and Nigerian grooves in a free show starting at 9 p.m.

Just after the 5th Annual Rogue Valley Earth Day Celebration from 11-4 p.m. at North Mountain Park, Earth Day&

s Earth Night multimedia world-tronica party begins.

For up to five hours, these heavy Philly cats mix the live old soul vocals of Lady Alma Horton, the legendary percussion of Doc Gibbs, the funky guitar of Tim Motzer, and the brilliant turntablism of one of the world&

s most musical DJ/Producers. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. and continues until 2 a.m.

This is an all ages show, with a beer and wine garden.

This is a launch party for the Equilibrium Institute and EQ.TV, both Ashland-based with global missions: The Equilibrium Institute purchases damaged lands, does habitat restoration and builds eco educational projects; EQ.TV is a web based eco-conscious entertainment TV channel. For more information go to www.eq.tv and stay tuned for new the latest projects that include a documentary on Fairtrade and Biofueled bands touring Africa.

Quartetto Gelato: A new kind of chamber group

Chamber Music Concerts (CMC) will present Quartetto Gelato on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the SOU Music Recital Hall.

Quartetto Gelato is a chamber group in which the four members play oboe, English horn, violin, cello, accordion, keyboard, mandolin, and one is an operatic tenor.

The program, "Quartetto Gelato Travels the Orient Express," explores the music from the countries visited in the 1883 odyssey of the famous train, including music from London, Paris, Munich, Vienna, Budapest and Bucharest. Arrangements of Under the Paris Skies and Slow Train are in unique contrast to Ravels&

Tombeau de Couperin and Carl Maria von Weber&

s Konzertstück. The program also includes favorites by Brahms, Handel and Kodaly.

In addition to the concert, Quartetto Gelato will present an educational program for Ashland High School students and a seminar on music as a business for SOU music and business majors on April 21.

For over a decade, Quartetto Gelato has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and charismatic presence. This dazzling ensemble established themselves as dominant forces on the emerging "new classical" scene early in their career by winning the coveted title of NPR Performance Today&

s Debut Artist of the Year in 1996. Today, Quartetto Gelato continues its reign as an international sensation with repeat sold-out performances throughout the globe.

Classical in intent, eclectic by design, Quartetto Gelato not only thrills its audiences with the mastery of eight instruments, but offers the wonderfully unexpected bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. With a performance repertoire that travels imaginatively between classical masterworks, operatic arias and the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the group&

s relaxed stage presence and delightful humor establishes an immediate rapport with traditional and non-traditional classical audiences alike. Performed without scores, their shows radiate a sense of spontaneity and excitement rarely seen on the classical stage.

Classical radio listeners across the continent know Quartetto Gelato by their instantly recognizable sound, which is broadcast frequently on the CBC, PRI and NPR networks. In particular, the band has been featured regularly on NPR&

s Performance Today program, which recognized Quartetto Gelato in 1996 by presenting them with their award for &

Debut Artist of the Year.&

The panel of music critics who made that selection characterized the quartet as &

an amazing ensemble that achieves the nearly impossible: they play salon music with real style and classical music with real precision; great chops and a commitment in all that they play.&

Tickets are $23/$25, with a special student price of $5. Call 541-552-6154 for tickets, or visit CMC&

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

Memorable melodies close the Rogue Valley Symphony&

s season

— — — Katheryn McElrath

The Rogue Valley Symphony, under the direction of Arthur Shaw, will bring the 05-06 Symphony season to a close this weekend. The orchestra will open the concert with Prokofiev&

s &

Lieutenant Kijé Suite,&

and the second half of the program will feature Grofé&

s &

Grand Canyon Suite.&

The featured soloist, flutist Katheryn McElrath, will perform Rodrigo&

s &

Fantasia para un gentilhombre&

(Fantasy for a gentleman), arranged by James Galway.

The concerts will be performed Friday at 8 p.m. in Ashland at the SOU Music Recital Hall, Saturday at 8 p.m. in Medford at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater and Sunday at — p.m. in Grants Pass at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center.

The Symphony&

s 05-06 Travel Raffle drawing will take place at intermission at the Grants Pass performance. This concert series is sponsored in part by the Rogue Valley Symphony Guild, Dr. Linda Harris, and our season sponsor Jim Collier.

Ferde Grofé&

s musical career began at a young age performing for dances, parades and picnics. He was interested in composition at an early age and wrote his first commissioned work at the age of 17 for an Elks Club convention in Los Angeles. Continuing his career, he played viola with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra for over a decade and in the evenings played in nightclubs where he became popular for his original arrangements and jazz improvisation. In 1917 the famous jazz band leader Paul Whiteman invited him to join his orchestra where Grofé served as pianist, assistant conductor, orchestrator and librarian. After years in the industry, 1924 was the year Grofé&

s name became a household word. Gershwin requested he orchestrate Rhapsody in Blue which was a smashing success and his reputation as an arranger was established.

Grofé&

s &

Grand Canyon Suite&

is one of his most beloved works and is considered a classic pictorial representation of the scenic beauty of the American west. Inspired by a trip in the desert and mountain country, the suite was composed in 1934 and describes Grofé&

s grand vision of one of the most memorable landscapes of the country.

Set in five movements, &

Sunrise,&

&

The Painted Desert,&

&

On the Trail,&

&

Sunset&

and &

Cloudburst&

&

the suite describes an episode of life in the canyon with beautiful melodies and imaginative sound effects.

Flutist Katheryn McElrath maintains an active musical career, filling the roles of orchestral player, studio musician, chamber artist and teacher. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and has studied with such noted teachers as Julius Baker, Samuel Baron, Paula Robison, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion.

The current principal flutist of the Rogue Valley Symphony, she has also served as principal of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the North State Symphony. She has been a featured soloist with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Holy Names Orchestra and the International Festival Orchestra in Aberdeen, Scotland. She has appeared with the San Francisco Opera, Pocket Opera, the Oakland Ballet, Oakland Opera, the Marin Symphony, the Skywalker Symphony, the San Francisco Bach Orchestra, the Britt Festival Orchestra, Rogue Music Theatre and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

McElrath has also recorded with Randy Newman, Ray Charles and with Sir John Williams and the Skywalker Symphony and can be heard on Linda Ronstadt&

s CD&

s &

Frenesi&

and &

Mas Canciones.&

She currently is an adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University and has taught at California State University, Chico, Mills College and Westminster Choir College.

Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999) has been described as the aural poet of 20th century Spain and his music a tribute to the rich and varied cultures of the country. &

Fantasia para un Gentilhombre&

was composed in 1954 to honor two of Spain&

s great musicians, the Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia, for whom the work was written, and 17th-century Spanish court guitarist Gaspar Sanz, upon whose dance compositions the work is based. Full of energy, and elegance, sensitivity and robustness, the piece has spoken to the hearts of many musicians of other instruments. Flutist James Galway was just such a musician and 20 years later asked Rodrigo for permission to make an arrangement for solo flute. Rodrigo was pleased and took an active role in the project, suggesting appropriate amendments when necessary. Galway recorded &

Fantasia&

in 1978 with Rodrigo in attendance.

Sergei Prokofiev&

s &

Lieutenant Kijé Suite&

will open the concert. Originally composed as a movie score in 1933, Prokofiev arranged the suite in 1934, composing five movements which maintain the central plot of the film, which is a satire on of the universal &

emperor has no clothes&

condition. An ever-popular piece, it has been used in movie scores as well as having some of the melodies borrowed for other composer&

s compositions.

There will also be a pre-concert talk led by Pat Daly, one hour before each performance. For details on this performance and upcoming events, visit the Web site www.rvsymphony.org. Call the Rogue Valley Symphony Box Office at 552-6398 to reserve a seat.

Ticket costs are: For Ashland performances, $39 premium, $32 general reserved, and $5 student; in Medford, $32 premium, $25 general reserved, and $5 student; and in Grants Pass, $29 premium, $22 general reserved, and $5 student.

A limited number of $10 economy seats are available in Medford and Grants Pass available for purchase two weeks prior to the concert date. For $10 tickets in Medford call the Craterian Theater at 779-3000. Rush Tickets in Ashland are $20 and begin at 7:45 p.m. at the box office window, subject to availability.

— — —

— —

— —

— —

Foreign films start Friday at the Varsity, including — from top, &

Cache,&

&

Mongolian Ping Pong,&

&

Turtles — Can Fly&

and &

Ushpizin.&

*all photos on page submitted unless otherwise — stated

Foreign Film Week at the Varsity

The 18 th Annual Foreign Film Week will be held at the Varsity Theatre, 166 E Main St., Ashland, Friday through April 27.

The scheduled films are &

Ushpizin&

(&

The Guests&

) from Israel, &

Cache&

(&

Hidden&

) from France, &

Overture&

(&

Hom Rong&

) from Thailand, &

Mongolian Ping Pong&

from Mongolia, &

President&

s Last Bang&

from Korea, and &

Turtles Can fly&

from Iran.

Festival tickets good for all six films are now on sale at the Varsity Theatre. General admission festival tickets are $35 per festival ticket for all six films. Student and senior festival tickets for all six films are $25. Tickets for individual films are also available at the door, adults $7 or $7.25 at door, seniors 62 and older $5.

For further information call 800-541-0912, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 488-0619 on evenings and weekends.