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Ashland’s music scene showcases local talent and welcomes nationally recognized artists. Whether it’s bluegrass, opera, reggae, or an orchestra, you can enjoy it in Ashland.  Historical Ashland roots show that SOU was instrumental in the creation of the nearby Britt Festival.  John Trudeau, an assistant professor of music at Portland State College, visited Ashland and Jacksonville in the summer of 1963 and conceived the idea of presenting classical music concerts on a hill-side in Jacksonville’s Britt Gardens.  The Music Department hastened to assist, and the College employed Trudeau for the following eight summers to develop Britt Festivals. Today, Britt presents dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class artists in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music. Brittfest.org 

Music venues in Ashland include many restaurants and bars, Live at the Armory, the Lithia Park Bandshell where the Ashland City Band plays throughout the summer and the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall where the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, Siskiyou Singers and the Chamber Music Concerts are held. St. Clair Production’s Folk Music Series runs from September through May. 

Chamber Music Concerts (CMC) is dedicated to bringing world-class chamber music to the Rogue Valley. Founded in 1984, CMC presents twelve concerts from October through April in the Music Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University. The series features only the most distinguished chamber music performers in the world — these are the same ensembles that perform at Carnegie and Wigmore Halls. CMC has presented such prestigious artists as the Emerson and Tokyo String Quartets; the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet; pianists Menahem Pressler, Angela Hewitt and Jon Nakamatsu; the American Brass Quintet; and Chanticleer. In order to help those that may find ticket prices a barrier, CMC provides discounted tickets to full-time students and individuals with an Oregon Trail Card (through the SNAP food-stamp program), and recently added a special price for ages 19-35. CMC also has a dynamic educational outreach program involving area schools, SOU, the youth orchestra, retirement communities, and social clubs, and all outreach events are free and open to the public. 

The Rogue Valley Symphony, led by conductor Martin Majkut, is the only professional orchestra in Southern Oregon. Founded in 1967, the Symphony performs each season a five-concert Masterworks Series between September and April in the three major cities of Ashland, Medford, and Grants Pass.  Each Masterworks concert typically features a world-renowned soloist performing with the orchestra. Soloists during the 2015-2016 season will include cellist Amit Peled, violinist Elena Urioste, guitarist Ana Vidovic, pianist Stanislav Kristenko, and pianist Alexander Schimpf.   Maestro Majkut, now in his 6th season as Music Director, has won the hearts of Rogue Valley audiences for his adventuresome programming, his engaging pre-concert lectures, and the tremendous artistic growth of the orchestra during his tenure. The Symphony also performs a Holiday Series of three performances and a two-concert Summer Series, performed in the lovely outdoor setting of EdenVale winery in Medford. The Symphony’s Ashland performances in the Recital Hall of the music building at SOU typically sell out so the public is encouraged to order tickets early. The Symphony also has a multi-faceted education and community engagement program that sends musicians and small ensembles into area schools to teach music, coach bands and orchestras, and give performances in classrooms. The Symphony makes its concerts accessible by providing discounted tickets to students and individuals with an Oregon Trail Card. Students and accompanying adults are able to attend Grants Pass performances through a free student voucher program, “Connecting with the Classics.”  For more information, visit www.rvsymphony.org.

 

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