Performances at local venues: Jan. 20, 2011
Thursday, Jan. 20
Spotlight on Dinah Shore: The musical showcase will run through Sunday, Jan. 23, at Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. RenÃ©e Hewitt stars as the late vocalist whose smooth voice made hits out of dozens of standards written by Harold Arlen, Hoagie Carmichael, Johnny Mercer and others. Camelot's show features 24 songs that Shore made popular, such as "Blues in the Night," "Skylark" and others. After making many television appearances, Shore got her own show, "The Dinah Shore Show," on NBC from 1951 to '56. Then she hosted "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show" until 1963. The sponsor's theme song, "See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet," became a signature piece for Shore. She also had daytime, network TV talk shows in the '70s and '80s and on cable TV in the '90s. Tickets cost $20, $16 for the preview and are available at www.camelottheatre.org or by calling 541-535-5250.
Friday, Jan. 21
BOB BROZMAN: St. Clair Productions will present bluesman Bob Brozman in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. See story, Page 3.
Saturday, Jan. 22
BRIAN FREEMAN AND THE SONGS OF ROBERT BURNS: Guitarist, vocalist and mandolin player Brian Freeman will present his seventh annual Evening of Scottish Music featuring the songs of Robert Burns at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. The concert will celebrate Scotland's national poet, along with the release of Freeman's seventh CD, "Staffa." Burns' poetry will be read at the show, with Kathleen Page and Tish McFadden on harp and flute, respectively. Freeman also will be joined by pianist Don Harriss and vocalists Chris Williams and Jim Finnegan. Burns is known for giving voice to his fellow countrymen. Tickets cost $15, $5 for ages 11 and younger and are available at Paddington Station in Ashland. To reserve tickets, call 541-482-1915.
Tuesday, Jan. 25
AUDITIONS: The Siskiyou Singers invite those with choral experience to audition for its spring concerts, "South of the Border," to be presented April 30 and May 1. Auditions will be held at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Wesley Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. All voices are welcome, and no prepared material is necessary. Call 541-482-5290 for information.
'SWONDERFUL: This song-and-dance revue showcases the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, one of the most revered songwriting teams in the history of popular music. It features five, mini musicals overflowing with tunes such as "Fascinatin' Rhythm," "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Someone to Watch Over Me." The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets cost $24 to $30, $17 to $23 for ages 18 and younger and are available at the new Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St. The box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon until show time on performance dates. Will-call tickets will be held at the new box office. Call 541-779-3000 or see www.craterian.org for information.
Thursday, Jan. 27
BELLY-DANCE SUPERSTARS: The international dance and music troupe will present its family-friendly show, "Bombay Bellywood," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The all-new show features Indian dance and the troupe's first male dancer, formerly of Cirque du Soleil's "O," along with the troupe's mix of Egyptian-style cabaret and American tribal dance. Advance tickets cost $32 and $40, $27 and $34 for seniors 65 and older and $27 and $34 for youths 18 and younger. Tickets will cost $38 and $45, $32 and $38 for seniors and youths on the day of the show. Tickets are available at the new Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St. The box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon until show time on performance dates. Will-call tickets will be held at the new box office. Call 541-779-3000 or see www.craterian.org for information.
BENEFIT JAM SESSION AND dvd/cd RELEASE PARTY: The Steven Spring and Kipp Crawford Memorial Jam Session and Fundraiser will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. The fundraiser begins with a screening of the film "Drive," a screenplay about death, loss and grief by Peter Spring. Videos of Steven Spring's memorial ceremony and his performance with soul band Tower of Power also will be shown. Copies of "Drive," along with a companion CD, "Songs for the Living: A Musical Journey Through Grief," will be available. The CD features local musicians Steve Sutfin, Darcy Danielson, Michael Maisonneuve and Peter Spring. The jam session begins at 8:30 p.m. with drummer Tom Stamper, bassist Jeff Addicott, guitarists Dirk Price and Joe Diehl, Kent Heyward on sax and Dal Carver on keys. All musicians interested in jamming should call 541-324-8275. Admission to the event is by donation. Proceeds will benefit the Steve Spring Foundation and Kipp Crawford Memorial Fund of the Ashland Schools Foundation.
Friday, Jan. 28
ROGUE VALLEY SYMPHONY: Guest soloist Jon Manasse will perform Mozart's "Clarinet Concerto" with the Rogue Valley Symphony at three shows set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, in the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St. Manasse serves on the faculty of The Julliard School in New York City and Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. The Rogue Valley Symphony, under the direction of Martin Majkut, will perform other Mozart works, including "Symphony No. 41" and "Jupiter," along with Grieg's "Holberg Suite." Majkut and Manasse will present a free lecture at 1 p.m. Jan. 28 in the SOU Music Recital Hall. Tickets cost $33 and $40 for the Ashland show, $26 and $33 for the Medford show and $23 and $30 for the Grants Pass show. After Monday, Jan. 17, a limited number of $10 seats will be available for the Medford and Grants Pass shows. Students tickets cost $5 at each venue. See www.rvsymphony.org or call 541-552-6398 for ticket availability.
Saturday, Jan. 29
ROGUE WORLD ENSEMBLE WITH RUSULKA: The 30-member Rogue World Ensemble will present folk music from South Africa, North America, Peru, Bulgaria, Croatia and various other parts of the world at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the First United Methodist Church of Ashland, 175 N. Main St. Instrumentation for the choir will be provided by Steve Berman on mandolin and Olaf Sodderback on accordion. The quartet Rusulka will open the show with traditional Eastern European folk music. Advance tickets cost $10 and are available at Heart and Hands. Tickets cost $12 at the door. Senior and student tickets cost $8, and ages younger than 12 will be admitted free. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Proceeds from the show will benefit Rogue Valley Farm to School, a nonprofit that coordinates connections between local growers and school lunch rooms. Call 541-482-1429 for information.
Wednesday, Feb. 2
SPAMALOT: Eric Idle's musical adaptation of the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" tells the famous tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The show features a Tony Award-winning score by Idle and John du Prez, along with beautiful showgirls, cows, killer rabbits and French peasants. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets cost $50 to $68 and are available at the new Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St. The box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon until show time on performance dates. Will-call tickets will be held at the new box office. Call 541-779-3000 or see www.craterian.org for information.
SONGS OF uTAH pHILLIPS: A concert of songs by the late folk singer, storyteller, poet and labor organizer will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Unitarian Center, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. The concert will feature Phillips' son, Duncan Phillips, Kate McLeod, Doug Wintch and Gigi Love. The musicians hail from the state of Utah and are touring in support of a CD titled "Long Gone," a collection of songs that tells the story of the West as Utah Phillips saw it. The concert is sponsored by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice. Admission will be $15 at the door, $10 with a donation of nonperishable food for the Ashland Food Bank. Call 541-488-1561 for information.
Friday, Feb. 4
LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL: College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Based on the hit movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon, "Legally Blonde the Musical" is an award-winning Broadway hit with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hach and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets cost $46 to $64 and are available at the new Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St. The box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon until show time on performance dates. Will-call tickets will be held at the new box office. Call 541-779-3000 or see www.craterian.org for information.
Sunday, Feb. 6
JEFFERSON BAROQUE ORCHESTRA: The orchestra, under the direction of Margret Gries, will present "The Art of the Cornetto," baroque music by Riccio, Cesare, Strozzi, Frescobaldi and others at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St. Ashland. The concert will feature Doug Sears, Sarah Viens and Steven Bacon on cornetts, Jim Rich on recorder and dulcian, Mark Jacobs on sacbut (a trombone from the Renaissance and Baroque eras) and Gries on harpsichord and organ. Tickets cost $10, $5 for students and are available online at www.jeffersonbaroque.org, at the door or by calling 541-592-2681.