5 picks for live entertainment
Chamber Music Concerts will present New York City ensemble Sō Percussion at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in the Oregon Center for the Arts' Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The ensemble garnered critical acclaim from The New Yorker for its "exhilarating blend of precision, anarchy, rigor and bedlam." The performance will feature Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet, Glenn Kotche’s Drumkit Quartet No. 51, John Cage’s "Third Construction" and Bryce Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings. Tickets are $33 or $38, $5 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders, and can be purchased online at chambermusicconcerts.org or by calling 541-552-6154 or 541-552-6348. In addition, Sō Percussion will offer a master class for SOU's percussion students at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, and a concert for SOU music students at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Admission is free to these events.
The Gizmo Guys
Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have shared their comedic juggling act with audiences since 1987. They mix hilarious banter with award-winning juggling techniques. See them at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $15, $10 for ages 18 and younger, and can be purchased online at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
Robert Burns and Brian Freeman
From the fields and townships of 18th-century Scotland come the songs of Robert Burns and Andy M. Stewart, along with contemporary songs by singer, guitarist and octave-mandolin player Brian Freeman accompanied by fiddle and mandolin player Crystal Reeves. Freeman's 11th annual Evening of Scottish Music will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Pre-show music will be presented by Kathleen Page on Celtic harp and Tish McFadden on flute. Tickets are $15, $5 for ages 11 and younger, and can be purchased at Music Coop, 426 E. Main St., or at the door. Call 541-482-1915 for reservations.
Blades of Grass
The duo — acoustic guitarist Kathryn Casternovia and mandolinist Jef Ramsey — perform original instrumentals along with some classic bluegrass, vintage country and Texas swing. Also look for a smattering of world music, folk-rock and more. Casternovia and Ramsey perform from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Frau Kemmling Schoolhaus Brewhaus — a traditional German restaurant and bar housed in a quaint, former schoolhouse — at 525 Bigham Knoll Drive, Jacksonville. Admission is free. Call 541-899-1000.
Oregon Wind Quintet
The ensemble in residence at University of Oregon's School of Music and Dance — Molly Barth on flute and piccolo, Melissa Pena on oboe, Louis DeMartino on clarinet, Steve Vacchi on bassoon and Lydia Van Dreel on horn — will perform traditional band works, chamber works and more at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Black Box Theatre in Music Building C on the Rogue Community College campus, 130 E. Eighth St., Medford. Admission is $10; free for students and children 12 and younger.