Best Bets: 5 picks for entertainment
The choir, conducted by Mark Reppert, will perform Antonin Dvorák’s Mass in D major, along with other holiday favorites, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University, Ashland. The singers will be joined by an orchestra and soloists Michelle Cipollone, Shelly Cox-Thornill, Christopher Bingham and Daniel Gibbs. Tickets are $20, $5 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders, and can be purchased at Music Coop or Paddington Station in Ashland and Grocery Outlet in Medford.
Tommy Emmanuel with Jerry Douglas
Guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Jerry Douglas will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Emmanuel’s newest, “Accomplice One,” was released early this year and features duets with Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Amanda Shires and Douglas. Douglas released his “What If” in 2017 on Rounder Records. Tickets are $35 or $45 and can be purchased at roguetheatre.com, the box office, or by calling 541-471-1316. The show is open to age 21 and older.
Portland pianist, composer and recording artist John Nilsen will holiday classics, jazz and originals in the Rogue Valley at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Upper Rogue United Methodist Church, 18977 Highway 62, Shady Cove; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Newman United Methodist Church, 132 N.E. B St., Grants Pass; 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent Club, 114 Talent Ave., Talent, 541-535-2721; and 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford. Admission is $10 at all shows, except RoxyAnn which is $5 to $7.
Ashland Blues Society Jam w/Bluesdusters
The Bluesdusters — slide guitarist John Hauschild, guitarist Leonard Griffie, bassist Doug McAlister, keyboard player Don Harriss and drummer Kent Clinkinbeard — will play a set of music from the “Bluesdusters” album, along with electric blues covers, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Grape Street Bar & Grill, 31 S. Grape St., Medford. Blues musicians can sit in with the Bluesdusters after the set. Admission is free. Call 541-500-8881.
Southern Oregon Photographic Association
The local camera club will host landscape and travel photographer Sean Bagshaw, who will discuss and present a slide show of his trip to the Faroe Islands and Iceland at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Town Hall at Twin Creeks Retirement Community, 888 Twin Creeks Crossing, Central Point. Bagshaw’s expeditions take him to all corners of the globe. He is a founding member of Photo Cascadia, a Pacific Northwest-based photography team, and a digital image enthusiast and photography educator. Admission is free.