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Minguet String Quartett

Presented by Chamber Music Concerts, Germany’s Minguet String Quartett will perform music by Haydn, Ruzicka, Mahler and Beethoven at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. A preconcert lecture will be offered at 6:30 p.m. in Room 132 of the Music Building. Tickets are $35 or $42, $5 for full-time SOU students, children 8 and younger and Oregon Trail Card holders, and can be purchased at chambermusicconcerts.org or by calling 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348.

A Taste of Ashland

The Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fundraising event, A Taste of Ashland, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday April 27-28, at 17 different venues throughout town. Restaurants, wineries, galleries and others team up to offer food and drink pairings for participants who stroll about viewing art. Tickets are $65 for both Saturday and Sunday, $55 for Saturday only, or $45 for Sunday only. A free shuttle will be available to offer rides to all galleries, though most are within walking distance. For more information and tickets, call 541-951-9442 or see atasteofashland.com.

Siskiyou Singers

The choir, directed by Mark Reppert, will present “From the Americas to the Baltics” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. The choir will perform Aaron Copland’s “The Promise of Living,” Gwyneth Walker’s arrangement of “How Can I Keep From Singing,” Japanese folk song “Fuyugeshiki,” Cuban ballad “El Mambi,” and Eriks Esenvalds’ “Stars.” Also, the choir will present the world premiere of “Butterfly,” a work commissioned from local composer I’lana S. Cotton honoring a courageous diplomat in 1940s Lithuania who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis. Tickets are $20, $5 for seniors and Oregon Trail cardholders, and can be purchased at Music Coop or Paddington Station in Ashland, Grocery Outlet in Medford, online at siskiyousingers.org or by calling 541-482-5290. Musicologist Ed Wight will present a free lecture one hour before each concert.

Sundays at the Farm

Historic Hanley Farm hosts open houses from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through May 26. Visitors can stroll the Shakespeare garden, orchards, vineyards and producing fields at the farm, see the chickens, sheep and lambs, hear live music and take part in gardening activities from 11:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Bring a picnic or purchase lunch prepared by local chefs using farm-fresh food. Farmhouse tours are available from noon to 3 p.m. Admission to the farm is free; Hanley house tours are $5, $3 for kids 12 and younger. See sohs.org.

Oregon Fringe Festival

The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University will hold its sixth annual Fringe Festival through Sunday, April 28, at a variety of venues throughout Ashland. The festival highlights unconventional work in unconventional spaces. Look for visual art, music and theater performances and more. For a full listing of events and details, see oregonfringefestival.org.

Siskiyou Singers.
Chef Sky Elder of Brickroom Gathering House creates delicious bites at the 2017 A Taste of Ashland. (Photo by Steven Addington)