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Courtesy Photo The Castalian String Quartet, which is part of the chamber music concert season, will perform at SOU on November 19 and 20.

Courtesy Photo Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow will be the guest pianists at the concert on December 10 of the Tutunov Piano Series 10th anniversary season.

Santa has something for everyone at the Oregon Center for the Arts, an academic division of the University of Southern Oregon, as well as an artistic presenter, partner and producer.

By Christmas, there will be more than a dozen events on campus, including concerts and recitals. In addition to the musical performances, there is a special exhibition at the Schneider Museum of Art.

Below is a list of events, all taking place at Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland, unless otherwise noted. Some events are live, some are online and some are both. The list includes a few Music Hall productions that are not associated with SOU.

November 19: Castalian String Quartet, as part of the chamber music concert season, 7:30 pm The London quartet has performed internationally for nine years.

November 20: Castilian String Quartet, 3 p.m.

Nov. 30: Chamber ensemble concert, 7:30 p.m., with Elena Patterson, cello; Tatjana Luce, clarinet; and Ivana Petrovich, violin.

Dec 1 : Ryan Freiheit, percussion, senior recital, 7:30 p.m.

December 2: SOU Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.

December 4: Band O Rama concert, with the Oregon High School Honor Orchestras, 7:30 p.m.

Dec 5 : Concert by the SOU chamber choir, 3 p.m.

December 10: Tutunov Piano Series with Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow, 7:30 pm Cheng is professor of piano at Oberlin College and Conservatory. Chow, who has performed across North America and Asia, performs extensively as a duet with Cheng, his wife, and with his twin brother, Alan Chow.

December 12: Rogue Valley Symphonic Band Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m.

December 18: Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

December 19: Representative singers, 3 p.m.

Until December 9: exhibition at the Schneider Museum of Art, Bruce Burris: “A sanctuary for a sanctuary”. The Corvallis-based artist’s personal exhibition can be viewed during normal museum hours, 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Thursday. A 2018 Hallie Ford Fellow in the visual arts, Burris is known for his brightly colored, text-based paintings, collages and assemblages.

For more information on OCA events, visit For tickets, go online, call the box office at 541-552-6348, or check with independent organizations using the venue.

For more information on the exhibitions at the Schneider Museum of Art, visit

Siskiyou Singers Holiday Concert Online This Year

As the pandemic continues, Siskiyou Singers will present an online holiday concert, which will premiere on Saturday, December 10, on the choir’s website,

“Over the past few years, the Siskiyou Singers have presented two holiday concert programs at SOU’s Music Recital Hall,” said director Mark Reppert. “The pandemic has forced the choir to suspend rehearsals and in-person performances, but we have continued to create video concerts every season for the past two years. “

The concert, “The Most Wonderful Time”, is free and can be viewed any time after the premiere date.

Choir members participated in weekly rehearsals remotely, using a variety of online and streaming tools. Then they recorded their individual parts of each composition at home, with Reppert putting them together to produce the concert online.

“As it has done for many years, the choir will be presenting a version of ‘Silent Night’,” said Reppert, “this one from Mark Hayes. And we’ll end with John Rutter’s arrangement of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.

The program will include a collection of pieces in a wide range of styles, from traditional to contemporary and from spirituals to jazz.

Among the selections:

  • “When Mary walked through the thorny woods,” a delicate German Christmas carol;
  • “Lullay My Liking”, a lullaby based on a 15th century Middle English lyric poem and composed by Gustav Holst;
  • “Here’s a cute little baby,” an energetic Christmas spiritual;
  • “It’s the most wonderful time of year,” a lush jazz waltz arrangement of the holiday standard;
  • “Winter Wonderland”, another jazz interpretation of a classic.

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