Live music hits holiday high notes
As the old saying goes, music makes the world go ’round, and perhaps never so much as during the holidays.
Musical offerings in the Rogue Valley this season are varied and tempting, with something for just about everybody.
Wineries, eateries and bars will feature performances in a variety of genres, ranging from pop to rock to folk and more.
There will be musicals and plays with music staged by Oregon Shakespeare Festival (“It’s Christmas, Carol!”), Oregon Cabaret Theatre (“Christmas Carol” and “White Christmas”), Randall Theatre (“Nunsense”) and Camelot Theatre (“Matilda”).
And there are many music-only performances scheduled, featuring themed revues, choral groups and classical music at venues throughout the Rogue Valley.
Here’s what’s happening on music stages between now and the end of the year:
Rogue Valley Symphony: Nov. 18-20. The marimba takes center stage when RVS welcomes percussionist Britton-Rene Collins as guest soloist, an international performer and a grand prize winner of the 2021 Chicago International Music Competition.
The Masterworks 3 concert program includes “Prism Rhapsody for Marimba and Orchestra,” Carlos Simon’s “Amen!” and William Levi Dawson’s “Negro Folk Symphony.”
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland; and at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, 313 N.E. Olive St. Purchase tickets at rvsymphony.org or by calling 541-708-6400.
SOU Percussion Ensembles: Nov. 29. Directed by Bryan Jeffs, the concert will also be livestreamed at youtu.be/rDKPGX2RVHs.
The performance is at 7:30 p.m., SOU Music Recital Hall. Tickets can be purchased at sou.universitytickets.com.
SOU Chamber Choir: Dec. 1. “Between the Light” weaves themes of stillness, darkness and sleep throughout. It will be directed by Jerron Jorgensen and livestreamed at youtu.be/2i3jEWseMP8.
The concert is at 7:30 p.m., SOU Music Recital Hall. Tickets are available at sou.universitytickets.com.
Spectrum Concert: Dec. 3. The concert will showcase SOU’s many music ensembles, directed by Christine Lundahl and livestreamed at youtu.be/6Li_exRlk7Q.
The performance is at 7:30 p.m. at SOU Music Recital Hall.
Rogue Valley Chorale: Dec. 3-4. “A Chorale Christmas” is a four-part concert centered on themes of hope, love, joy and peace, accompanied by spoken reflections. The choir will celebrate its 50-year history with works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, R. Nathaniel Dett, Francis Poulenc, John Rutter, Egil Hovland and others.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at Craterian Theater at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are available at the Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., Medford, 541-779-3000 or craterian.org.
High School Honor Band: Dec. 4. High school band students from across Southern Oregon will perform a free concert after a weekend of events and workshops.
Performances are at 3 and 4:30 p.m. at SOU Music Recital Hall.
Siskiyou Singers: Dec. 9-11. Music Director Mark Reppert and his choir celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary with “Very Merry Mozart,” featuring Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” and “Regina Coeli,” performed with full orchestra and soloists. The second half will include a variety of holiday favorites, including Jason Robert Brown’s “Chanukah Suite,” a jazz interpretation of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and a shimmering version of “Silent Night,” arranged by Matthew Culloton.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 3 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 at SOU Music Recital Hall. Tickets are available from choir members, the Music Coop and Paddington Station in Ashland, online at siskiyousingers.org.
Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: Dec. 17-18. “And the Stars Looked Down” will include Rep Singers’ traditional holiday mix of art music and carols, both familiar and unique. There will be music by new composers and by established masters such as John Rutter, Bob Chilcot and Ola Gjeilo. Jodi French’s “Auld Lang Syne” will be reprised by popular request.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at SOU Music Recital Hall. Tickets are available at repsingers.org.
Tomáseen Foley’s “A Celtic Christmas”: Dec. 22. Music on the program is designed to take the audience back to a night before Christmas in Ireland at a time when the motor car, the television and the telephone were little more than unlikely rumors. Songs, instrumentals and dances will be performed in an at-home atmosphere.
Two shows, at 3 and 7:30 p.m., are at Craterian Theater. Tickets are available at the Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., Medford, 541-779-3000 or craterian.org.
Straight No Chaser: Dec. 30. A 25th-anniversary celebration of the male a cappella group formed at Indiana University during the 1996-97 school year. There will be a mix of holiday staples, R&B smooth jams and stadium anthems with swagger and spirit.
The world-touring group with two gold albums and more than a billion streams will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Craterian Theater. Tickets are available at the Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., Medford, 541-779-3000 or craterian.org.
Reach freelance writer Jim Flint at firstname.lastname@example.org.