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So. Oregon Repertory Singers “Charms & Delights”, 10/30/11


Charms and Delights” Sunday, October 30, 2011 – 3:00pm
SOU Music Recital Hall, S. Mountain Ave., Ashland
Free pre-concert lecture one hour prior to each performance.
Tickets: $20, $5 students with ID

The Southern Oregon Repertory Singers begin their 26th year with a concert dedicated to early music: small concerted works by Baroque and Renaissance masters. Featured will be pieces by Monteverdi and Johann Sebastian Bach as well as the Mass for Four Voices of William Byrd. Joining the choir will be an intimate Baroque ensemble including Joanna Blendulf, cellist, and traverso player Sherril Kannasto Wood.

We will hear excerpts from Monteverdi’s opera L’Orfeo, also from his Vespers, one of the most important sacred compositions of the Baroque and from his Madrigals – Book VIII. Johann Sebastian Bach’s Aus der tiefe is a beautiful piece – a particular favorite of SORS conductor, Dr. Paul French.
William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices is considered one of the crowning achievements of the entire Renaissance. The dona nobis, in which Byrd (a practicing Catholic in a Protestant era) pours forth a heart-rending cry for peace, is especially moving.

Join us in celebrating the beginning of our second quarter century of vibrant, life-giving, artistic choral music.

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October 13th, 2011

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Bagpipe and Didgeridoo Workshop with Richardson & Reid, 11/13


Bagpipe and Didgeridoo Workshop with Angus Richardson and Drew Reid
Sunday, November 13 • Time: TBA
Place: Community Food Co-op Community Classroom, 300 N. Pioneer, Ashland
Cost: $35 includes making didgeridoo
$20 to be there and not make a didgeridoo
Come, settle in to the Celtic tribal trance of DidgeriDrew and Angus. Learn about two of Earth’s ancient instruments – the didgeridoo and the bagpipes – and how Angus and Drew weave them in to today.
With the soundscape set, get ready to make and decorate your own didgeridoo – a simple yet profound instrument. A gift from the timeless Aboriginal culture of Australia.
DidgeriDrew and Angus will then guide you and before long you will be playing the world’s oldest instrument. The playshop will finish with an all-in didg-jam with the fellas. Then go forth, and carry the buzz with you all day…
For more information, please go to St Clair Productions

 

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October 13th, 2011

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BROTHER, Celtic Tribal Fusion, 11/12


BROTHER, Celtic Tribal Fusion
Saturday, November 12, 2011 • 8pm
Tickets: $18/advance, $20/door, $10/teens 12–17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland
BROTHER was so popular last season that we just had to have them back again. Their music is high energy and unique. The audience kept wanting more.
BROTHER delivers a riveting performance – a Celtic and tribal fusion of contrasting instruments and sounds. Fusing signature vocals and guitar with the deep pulse of the didgeridoo, the soaring highs of the bagpipes, and tribal percussion, BROTHER is wholly original. The band’s powerhouse live performances are an energetic celebration, captivating and engaging audiences from the first song to the last.

For more information, please go to St Clair Productions

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October 12th, 2011

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Taking Steps” at SOU Theater


Southern Oregon University Theater – Nov 4–14, 2011
Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn

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October 4th, 2011

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Crooked Still, Non-traditional Bluegrass Quintet, 11/4


Crooked Still, Non-traditional Bluegrass Quintet
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland
Friday, November 4, 2011 • 8pm
$20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12–17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Purveyors of the nu-folk, bluegrass movement, Crooked Still are equal parts ambassador and innovators as evidenced on their newest release Some Strange Country available on Signature Sounds. The musical prowess of this defiantly non-traditional bluegrass quintet is on display as radically re-imagined traditional fare blends seamlessly alongside four original compositions and a surprising take on the Rolling Stones’ “You Got The Silver”.
For their fourth effort, Crooked Still were snowed into the studio with Grammy award winning producer and engineer Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss and Union Station, Tim O’Brien, Dolly Parton) in Charlottesville, Virginia. The isolation left little room for distraction and fueled more ambitious collaboration – quasi-orchestral string arrangements and unique vocal distortion techniques. Special guest vocalists include Ricky Skaggs, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, and Annalisa Tornfelt.
For more information, please go to St Clair Productions

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October 4th, 2011

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The Scarlet Pimpernel” 11/30 thru 12/31/11 at the Camelot Theater


The Scarlet Pimpernel” Book and lyrics by Nan Knighton, music by Frank Wildhorn, based on the novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy at the Camelot Theatre Nov 3 – Dec 31, 2011.
Celebrate the holiday season with this action/adventure musical about the French Revolution and the battle for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. A love story that is funny as well as inspiring, moving and passionate. At the peak of the French Revolution, a beautiful French actress falls in love with an English lord after a whirlwind courtship. The actress’ former lover, a revolutionary official, is furious. On the night she is to leave for England and marriage, he blackmails her into giving him secret information. When the groom hears of his bride’s responsibility for the deaths of many, he persuades his compatriots to join him in a “private war” against the French regime. They call themselves The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel and work to save as many innocent lives as they can.
For more information: Camelot Theater

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October 4th, 2011

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Workshop: The Joys of Celtic Music, 10/29


Workshop: The Joys of Celtic Music
Exploring the melodies of Turlough O’Carolan with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter.
Saturday, October 29 • 10am
Tickets – $30
Place: Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland • Cost: $30
Three world class multi-instrumentalists and Celtic harpers will share their experience in creating and collaborating in the Celtic Tradition. No matter what instrument you play, whether you are a novice or professional you will benefit from this overview of one of the worlds most beloved styles of acoustic music.
You will learn some history of one of the most famous and prolific composers Turlough O’Carolan. Whether you read music or play by ear you will enjoy learning a few of O’Carolans most beloved melodies on your instrument.
Participants will also have an opportunity for a hands-on experience with the nylon strung Celtic harps. Don’t have your own harp — no problem. There will be harps available for you to play.
Demonstrations of tunes and instruments from various regions will be presented such as Swedish Nyckelharpa, mandolin, Cittern, Dadgad Guitar, Bouzouki and fiddle. Bring your instrument of choice, and learn a few of our favorite Traditional melodies.
For more information, please go to St. Clair Productions

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September 28th, 2011

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Legends of the Celtic Harp, 10/28


Legends of the Celtic Harp with Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfuter, Celtic Harp and Storytelling

Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland, 8 pm October 28th
$20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12–17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.

Each time Patrick Ball has performed in Ashland, he has brought a totally new show. This time he is bringing along two other accomplished Celtic harpists and storytellers to present Legends of the Celtic Harp.

For more information go to St Clair Productions

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September 27th, 2011

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2011 Ashland New Plays Festival (October 19th-23rd)


Festival Week Is Right Around the Corner

ANPF 2011 begins Wednesday, October 19, and closes Sunday, October 23. EM Lewis is returning as our host playwright. See the schedule for festival week.

Congratulations to this year’s winning playwrights: Gary Dontzig of New Mexico for Couples; Steven Haworth of New York for Fernando; Thomas W. Stephens of Washington, DC, for Countdown to the Happy Day; and Carol Verburg of San Francisco for Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians. Read their bios and synopses of the winning plays.

All performances are at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th Street.

The readings are directed by Claudia Alick, Brain Demar Jones, Lenny Neimark, Caroline Shaffer, and John Stadelman. Cast members include Mark Barsekian, Brandy Carson, Benajah Cobb, Ted Deasy, Gina Daniels, Michael Elich, Jim Garcia, Rodney Gardiner, Cristofer Jean, David Kelly, Miriam Laube, Christopher Livingston, Holly Weber Neimark, Terri McMahon, Douglas Rowe, Kimberly Scott, Dayvin Turchiano, Ellie von Radics, and Rex Young.


Tickets for ANPF 2011 Are on Sale Now!

Advance tickets are also available for $15 at ShowTix4U.com, by e‐mailing tickets@AshlandNewPlays.org, calling (541) 488‐7995, or visiting Paddington Station at 125 East Main Street

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September 26th, 2011

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Bathtub Gin Seranaders at Liquid Assets (Oct 7, 9pm)


Ellen’s favorite band.
Formed in the fall of 2009, The Bathtub Gin Serenaders are a Rogue Valley band that came together out of a shared love of pre-war hot jazz and early blues; and the pure fun of playing music together. Boasting a jug band mentality but without the jug, they perform as an all-acoustic band, just as it was done in the 20s and 30s.
Liquid Assets, 96 N. Main St. Ashland, October 7, 11 9pm

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September 26th, 2011

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