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The 'Three Sopranos' perform

The Rogue Valley Symphony introduces "The Three Sopranos", Nancy Caudill, Ellie Holt-Murray and Susan Olson-White performing the most famous arias of Strauss, Puccini, Giannini and Bernstein. Under the direction of Arthur Shaw, the concert also features Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and Rossini's William Tell Overture. Performances are Friday, March 2, 8 p.m. in Ashland at the SOU Music Recital Hall, Saturday, March 3, 8 p..m in Medford at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater and Sunday, March 4, — p.m. in Grants Pass at the GPHS Performing Arts Center.

Rossini's final opera, Guillaume Tell, celebrates the Swiss movement for independence from the Austrians during the 1300's. Rossini was only 37 when he composed the opera and the William Tell Overture has become one of the best known pieces from the opera. Broken into four parts depicting a sunrise, storm, calm after the storm and finale, its music is well known to all ages associated with the Lone Ranger and Disney's Fantasia. —

Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony was begun in 1877 during a tumultuous time in the composer's life. Supported by one woman and married to another the Fourth Symphony is a reflection of the emotional conflict in his life. In Tchaikovsky's words "This is Fate, the force of destiny, which ever prevents our pursuit of happiness from reaching its goal It is invincible, inescapable. Ought not a symphony &

that is, the most lyrical of all forms &

to be such a work? Should it not express everything for which there are no words, but which the soul wishes to express, and which requires to be expressed?" Completed one year later Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony is a masterpiece of emotion and lyricism.

Mezzo-soprano Nancy Caudill will sing "What a Movie" from Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti. Described by critics as "having a remarkably focused instrument, clean throughout the mezzo range", Ms. Caudill has recently been a featured soloist at New York's Carnegie Hall in works by Vaughan Williams, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Bloch, Barber, and Dvorak. She has toured with The Orotorio Society of New York as a soloist in Europe as well as performing under the direction of Robert Shaw, Julius Rudel and Leonard Bernstein.

Soprano Ellie Holt Murray will perform "Musetta's Waltz" from Puccini's La Boh&

232;me. Well known throughout the Northwest as a top educator and performer her extensive career includes solos performances with numerous symphony orchestras and opera companies. Locally she has performed with Rogue Music Theater, Rogue Opera, Britt, SORS and Oregon Cabaret, as well as the Musical Vocal Coach for OSF for two seasons and the co-founder of SING IT! SAY IT! DANCE IT! an intensive two week musical theater summer workshop for children.

Soprano Susan Olson-White will sing Giannini's "Thou Blind Fool, Love" from Taming of the Shrew. A student of Brian Swingle and Dr. Myra Brand, Susan Olson studied last summer in Graz, Austria. A frequent performer with Rogue Opera she has sung Gilda in Rigoletto, Mimi in La Boh&

232;me, Adina in The Elixir of Love, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Micaela in Carmen, Cinderella in La Cenerentola and Natalie in Merry Widow.

The Rogue Valley Symphony would like to recognize Jim Collier as our season sponsor for the second year in a row. We are also thankful to the Kinsman Foundation for support of our concert series, Yellow Book USA, Braemer Charitable Trust and Jim and Kirsten Hendershot for sponsoring our concerts in Ashland, Medford and Grants Pass, and Marian A. Ruggless, John and Joyce Graham, and Arline Borella for sponsoring our soloists.

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