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Kristin Towers-Rowles at Oregon Cabaret Theatre


A Lovely Lineage Kirstin Towers-Rowles

March 16, 2016 — Tickets $15
Kristin Towers-Rowles, granddaughter of MGM star Kathryn Grayson, brings her one woman musical tribute to her Hollywood heritage

Head shot of Kristin Towers-Rowles at the Cabaret theater

Kristin Towers-Rowles

The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors. OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies.

The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies.

Cabaret is near accommodations and lodging in Ashland Oregon. Located in the heart of downtown Ashland. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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The Brothers Reed, March 9, 2016


The Brothers Reed, March 9, 2016 — Tickets $15

Popular local duo The Brothers Reed bring their tight harmonies, pretty riffs, and edgy humor to the Oregon Cabaret Theatre before setting out on their 2016 tour.

While playing around with their not so high-energy solo creations they developed something on the side. Musical tastes for both have changed over the years and evolved into a medley of folk/bluegrass/pop/country and so on…

The Brothers Reed want to bring you a unique listening experience often filling the between-time during shows with comedy and fun while balancing that with many serious songs about love and every day life. So come to a show or listen online for surely a pleasurable experience!

Brothers Reed in a field with Mt. Shasta in the background

The Brothers Reed

Tickets $15. To buy tickets click here for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre website.

The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors. OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies.

The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies.

There are many lodging offerings in Ashland Oregon to include B&Bs, vacation rentals and hotels near the Theater located in the heart of downtown Ashland Oregon. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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China Forbes of Pink Martini, Britt Orchestra Valentine Gala


Valentine Gala benefit for Britt Orchestra with China Forbes of Pink Martini

Live performance by China Forbes (of Pink Martini) for the Britt Orchestra’s gala.  The Valentine Gala will be at the Inn at the Commons in Medford. The evening will include wine from South Stage Cellars and a sumptuous three-course dinner, with an entrée choice of beef, chicken or vegan. Following dinner, Ms Forbes will be joined by Music Director Teddy Abrams for an intimate concert.

China Forbes

China Forbes

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Inn at The Commons, Medford, Oregon
PLATINUM TABLES OF TEN: platinum seating is sold out
GOLD TABLES OF TEN:$125 per person/$1250 per table
COCKTAIL HOUR: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
THREE COURSE DINNER + WINE: 7:00 p.m.

Silent Auction Packages include:

  • A package with Music Director Teddy Abrams, including a signed manuscript, conducting lesson and lunch with Teddy.
  • A gourmet dinner, private concert and reserved seat tickets for the Symphony Pops concert, for 8.
  • Deluxe lodging and dinner package to coincide with the Britt Orchestra performances at Crater Lake this summer.
  • Dinner for 10 at the Voorhies mansion, followed by a Britt Orchestra concert.
  • Biplane ride over Crater Lake.
  • Dinner at the former Bennett Estate, catered by the Jacksonville Inn, followed by a Britt concert and artist meet and greet.

To make the evening even more special, patrons can take a chance to win a “diamond toast,” in which you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, and one lucky winner will receive a 1/2 carat diamond, courtesy of The Crown Jewel in Jacksonville.

Ticket info:
* Tickets to the Valentine Gala include a seat at a table of ten, food, wine, and the performance.
* Member benefits do not apply to this special event.
* Online ticket orders will include a $7 fee per order. Call the box office to purchase without the $7 fee at 1-800-882-7488 or 541-773-6077, or visit the box office at 216 W. Main St. in Medford.
* Tickets for the Valentine Gala are limited to 300.

 

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Eliza Gilkyson in Ashland St Claire Productions 2/20/16


Eliza Gilkyson
and Nina Gerber

Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson, singer, songwriter and activist with Nina Gerber on guitar preforms in Ashland at the Unitarian Church as part of the St. Claire Productions Eclectic Music and More Concert Series.

The Lonesome Road Review says: Eliza Gilkyson’s “… string of nine albums recorded for Red House Records since 2000, including the trio album Red Horse, serve as a testament to her consistency and the magnitude of her talents as a vocalist, songwriter, and instrumentalist. If this were a competition, these albums would stand alongside and surpass those recorded over a similar period of time by Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams, and John Hiatt. Yeah, she’s that danged good.

2-time Grammy-nominated singer, a Eliza Gilkyson is a songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots, and Americana circles. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio, and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Dan Fogelberg.

Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush, and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials, and on prime-time TV. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and recognized with countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”

For Tickets and Info go to: St. Claire Productions Website
Saturday, February 20, 2016 • 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25/advance, $28/door, $10/teens 12-17,
Children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Location: Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland

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Rogue Suspects at Oregon Cabaret Theatre


Rogue Suspects, February 17, 2016

For 18 years, The Rogue Suspects have been Southern Oregon’s rock n’ roll band of choice. They have appeared with or behind the Who’s Who in the rock n’ roll world, or playing on most prominent stages in the area. The Suspects have earned the honor of being named the Rogue Valley’s favorite band over and over again.

Founding members, Dirk Price, and Greg Frederick have pulled together the finest musicians in the area to bring down the house all night and every night!

A Rogue Valley favorite band, plays at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre on February 17, 2016.

Members of the band:
Dirk Price – guitar and vocals
Greg Frederick – bass
Shae Johnson – lead vocals
Don Harriss – piano, organ
David Bolen – drums
Mary Rydman – percussion

Rogue Suspects on stage at the Cabaret

Rogue Suspects

Purchase tickets on the Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s website.

 

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Johnny Cash Review “Ring of Fire” 2016


Ring of Fire: a Johnny Cash Musical Review

Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland Oregon a salute to Johnny Cash

February 11th – April 17th 2016

Many classic hits — to include “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune “Ring of Fire” — performed by a multi-talented cast, portray a musical biography of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ homage to this unique American legend.

 

Johnny Cash ring of fire poster for the Cabaret theater

Ring of Fire

The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland is popular with locals as well as visitors. OCT presents musicals, revues, local musicians, and comedies.

The shows are presented in an elegant, theatre-dinner club setting in a restored, church and is on the National Historic register. The original church stained glass is still intact, as are the balconies.

Located in the heart of downtown Ashland Oregon near myriad of B&Bs, hotels and vacation rentals. A block from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Cabaret is located at the corner of First and Hargadine Street.

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The Britt Commissions Composer Michael Gordon


Britt Festivals commission composer Michael Gordon to capture the Crater Lake’s essence in sound.

By Bill Varble, for the Mail Tribune

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon to capture Crater Lake in Sound

Never mind the sound of one hand clapping. If Crater Lake were a symphony, what would it sound like? The question is no mere Zen koan. The Britt Music and Arts Festival has commissioned composer Michael Gordon to create a major musical work inspired by Oregon’s only national park.
Britt Music Director Teddy Abrams announced the ambitious project Saturday night at the last concert of Britt’s classical festival for 2015. The composition will have its world premiere the last weekend of July 2016 at the lake with the aim of connecting the iconic park’s unique vibe with an orchestra of 30 or 40 classical musicians performing live. Admission will be free.
The idea for a site-specific composition stemmed from Imagine Your Parks, a National Endowment for the Arts project celebrating the centennial of our nation’s national parks, a system that was created in August 1916. Britt officials have submitted a request for a matching grant of $100,000 to the NEA. The Neuman Hotel Group of Ashland has stepped up as the first major sponsor.
Michael Gordon, who lives in New York City, will make his first visit to the park this week when he and Abrams meet with park officials. He says the goal is to get a sense of the place.
“There’s a lot of sound in nature,” he says. “There’s rain and wind, thunder, birds, the rustling of leaves. But we push this stuff to the background and think about our walk or our drive.”
Abrams says the idea is to link the music specifically with the place.
“We want to use the actual park in the music as opposed to just having a concert there,” he says.
Famed for its beauty and its intensely blue water, Crater Lake was created nearly 7,000 years ago when so much material blew out of a half-million-year-old lava cone that the mountain collapsed, creating a caldera that filled with water from rain and snowmelt. It is the deepest lake in the United States and is noted for the purity of its water. It became a national park in 1902 only after a 17-year fight to preserve it led by William Gladstone Steel.
Michael Gordon is no stranger to translating famous places and our associations with them into structures of sound. In recent years he’s created major compositions based on New York City, Los Angeles and Beijing.
Over the last 25 years, he’s created music for a long list of major orchestras and high-energy ensembles.
In the past year or so alone, Gordon’s compositions have had world premieres performed by the Ensemble Modern, the Dublin Guitar Quartet and the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.
Critic Alex Ross, writing in The New Yorker, said Gordon’s music combines “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism.”
Gordon says he plans to visit Crater Lake, where he will be artist-in-residence, often in the coming months.
“You have to live with it,” Abrams says.
Although it’s much too early to say, Gordon is thinking that the composition might have three sections, each dealing with a different aspect of nature at the park, such as trees, animals and ultimately the merging of environmental sound and music. He says he thinks of the results to come as a “symphonic tone poem.”
His compositions cast a wide net. “Dystopia,” his L.A. piece, begins with a lyrical and pensive movement and soon suggests out-of-control sprawl. “Gotham,” his New York City composition, begins with a musical evocation of the kind of quiet place New Yorkers search for as a respite from crowds and skyscrapers and traffic and city noises.
“It’s very personal, of course,” he says of creating a musical response to a place.
He’s not the first to do so, he adds, mentioning George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Ferde Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite.”
He says the biggest hurdle in such an undertaking is finding a starting place.
“The first note is always the hardest,” Gordon says. “I usually sit around and stare off into space.”
Sometimes a musical theme will come to him in a dream.
“It’s always the greatest music I’ve ever heard,” he says. “The next day it’s never as good.”
Although the project is still in the conceptual stages, Britt officials say there will be at least two free performances at the park, perhaps with musicians dotting the landscape and playing here and there as visitors approach the site of the actual concert, which will be in full view of the lake.
Other plans include transporting veterans to the concert and possibly working with Southern Oregon University students to create a visual arts component.

Reach Medford freelance writer Bill Varble at varble.bill@gmail.com.

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St. Claire Productions presents: Josh Feinberg sitar and Ravi Albright tabla


Josh feinberg sitar

Josh Feinberg

Josh Feinberg sitar, with Ravi Albright, tabla traditional Indian ragas

Come and enjoy an evening of traditional Indian ragas with Feinberg and Albright this Saturday.

More about Josh Feinberg sitar and more about Ravi Albright tabla

Saturday, February 7, 2015 8pm
Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12-17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland

Often in the off-season the Chanticleer Inn B&B donates room(s) to Ariella St. Claire Production musicians. This coming weekend, we will be hosting Josh and Ravi.

 

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Mystic Treats Restaurant


Pizza and Salad at Mystic Treats Restaurant

After a day rafting on the Rogue river, we went for pizza at Mystic Treats, a newish restaurant on Ashland St. near Rite Aid.  Mystic Treats has a diverse menu of unusual pizza selections.  If none of those works for you, then you can assemble your own.  Never being one to pass over smoked salmon, we selected to share the Jeremiah Johnson pizza and had our own side salads.  It was tasty and if I’m in the mood for pizza and happen to in that part of town it’s THE place to go.

It was our good fortune that Mystic Treats had live music tonight.  Maurice Woodard was playing some blues and jazz with Lucy accompanying.   Most of the time, as Maurice’s service dog, Lucy quietly snoozes. But she has a special number in which she’s does a duet with Maurice.  The link below is a video of part of their act.

Maurice and Lucy

 

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“Backwards In High Heels” Oregon Cabaret Theatre Sept – Nov


Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents “Backwards In High Heels” Sept – Nov

Backwards in High Heels

Backwards in High Heels

A striking show about Rogue Valley’s very own former resident Ginger Rogers who famously said that she did everything Fred Astaire did but “backwards and in high heels”.
Best known for her partnership with Fred Astaire, Ginger had a successful Hollywood career including dramatic roles as well. The show follows her from her teen years in vaudeville to her Oscar win for 1940 film Kittly Foyle.
Backwards In High Heels combines cherished standards with new original songs, a compelling play, and many stunning dance sequences to tell Ginger’s fascinating story.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, and talented entertainment.  One of Ashland’s performing arts venues that have shows on Monday nights!
September 12 – November 9
Previews September 10 & 11
Performances Thursday – Monday @ 8:00
(No performance on October 31)
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
For more information visit their website

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