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Terry Longshore and Tessa Brinckman have long pushed musical boundaries with their flute-and-percussion duo, Caballito Negro. 

They join forces with Left Edge Percussion for a performance of "The Stone Tapestry," a work written for flute and percussion soloists. 

A performance was planned for Friday evening, (March 13), but the temporary ban on large gatherings in Oregon caused its postponement. 

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The poetry of women is showcased in a new musical work coming to the stage this weekend (February 29 and March 1). 

Rogue Valley composer Joby Talbot set the poetry to music in the form of a cantata, an hour-long choral work featuring choir, orchestra, and male and female soloists.  The work, "A Sheen of Dew on Flowers," will be performed by the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, under the direction of Paul French. 

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It's time for some rosin on the bows; the musicians have arrived.  The Mill City String Quartet from Minnesota comes to the Rogue Valley for a short residency with the education program of the Britt Festival. 

Two violins, viola, and cello make up the quartet, which plays music for audiences familiar with chamber music--and not. 

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Taiko drumming and swing music are not frequently mentioned in the same sentence.  So here's a new sentence: San Jose Taiko and the Humboldt State University Jazz Orchestra are teaming up for Swingposium on the Road

It goes beyond music; the presentation features a series of living history events set in a mess hall at a World War II Japanese-American concentration camp. 

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Some of us got told by our parents to stop drumming our hands on the furniture.  We might have ended up great drummers, like Ivan Trevino.  He is a Mexican-American composer and percussionist who has wowed crowds in many places with his musical skill. 

Trevino is headed for Ashland for the SOU Percussion Festival (Saturday, February 1).  The festival features both performances and feedback from the professionals to up-and-coming percussionists. 

The other headliners are Terry Longshore, both individually and with his group Left Edge Percussion. 

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Have horns, will travel.  No, not car horns; Peter and Will Anderson are musicians and brothers, and both capable on saxophone and clarinet. 

They've played the Northwest before, and return for a short residency with the Britt Festival education program as well as concerts at Paschal Winery and Ashland High School.  Did we mention they are identical twins? 

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There are not a lot of people in Josephine County (86,000+), but a more than a few play musical instruments. 

In fact, enough of them play music and play it well that they formed the Three Rivers Community Orchestra a couple of years ago.  It's a creative outlet for the musicians, and an entertainment option for the community. 

TRCO can always use more quality string players, and has a few other needs. 

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Folk music was BIG for a time in the early 1960s.  There was even a TV show featuring folk music, until the British Invasion (Beatles, anyone?) eclipsed the folk revival. 

The Kingston Trio played a major role in the revival, and the trio--albeit with different members--still tours today.  Bob Haworth, who grew up in Medford, sang with the trio a few times since 1985. 

He plays and sings a tribute to the trio's music with a pair of fellow Rogue Valley musicians. 

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Jazz is alive, and played enthusiastically across the country.  Even on a big scale: proof comes from right here in the region, from Martin Behnke's Timberline Express Big Band

The band features two score of some of the most accomplished jazz musicians of the Rogue Valley, playing big-band standards and advancing the genre of big-band jazz as well. 

The band's "Late November" gig comes Sunday (November 24th) in Medford. 

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People learned a long time ago the beauty of human voices raised together in song.  But that doesn't mean the only good choral music is old choral music. 

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers continue to prove that in the first concert of their new season, this weekend (October 26-27).  "She Walks in Beauty" is the title and featured piece, a contemporary work by Paul Mealor composed from Byron poem. 

The concert also features modern works by Eric Whitacre and Eriks Ešenvalds, plus some vintage pieces. 

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Malek Jandali creates music and believes in peace.  It's no surprise he's combined the two in an ongoing project called "Pianos for Peace."

It was only last fall that the Rogue Valley Symphony brought Jandali to town to oversee the debut of a viola concerto.  Now the composer is back for a series of events related to "Pianos for Peace," including the temporary placement of two pianos in Ashland for the public to enjoy. 

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Sergei Eisenstein's silent film, "Battleship Potemkin," retains its status as one of the most influential and deeply studied films of all time. But as with all silent films, the experience of watching it is much better with music.

Nearly 100 years after it was made,  Britt Festival Orchestra director Teddy Abrams asked orchestra bassist Nathan Farrington to create a new musical soundtrack to accompany the film.

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Benares, India (Varanasi, if you prefer) is nearly 7,500 miles from the Rogue Valley.  But Deobrat Mishra, musician and teacher, made the long trip to share his music. 

And it's not the first time; this marks our second visit with the sitar master and teacher, who comes from a long line of musicians and composers. 

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The Oregon Bach Festival's 2019 season starts Friday in Eugene and runs through July 13. One highlight is the Bach in Motion project premiering on Friday, July 5. 

DanceAbility International partners with OBF to connect Bach's music to dance. Choreographed by DanceAbility founder Alito Alessi, co-choreographed by Shannon Mockli, and led by conductor Jane Glover, this is a centerpiece event for the two-week festival.

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"How do I get to Carnegie Hall?"  "Practice, practice, practice."  An old joke, maybe, but also a reality for the leaders of the Jefferson State Choral Coalition, based in the Rogue Valley. 

JSCC premieres a new work called "Turn The World Around" in Medford on the first of June, then the piece moves to New York for a performance a week later.  At Carnegie Hall.  The work is composed by JSCC Musical Director Kirby Shaw, with lyrics by Markita Shaw. 

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The longstanding connection between Southern Oregon University and its sister school in Guanajuato, Mexico includes many cultural interchanges. 

And those include percussion groups from SOU and Guanajuato University playing together.  The first of two concerts comes this week in Ashland (May 24), the second six days later in Guanajuato, with the theme “From North: Rugged Landscapes…to South: Celebración de la hermandad.” 

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If you have a favorite song, here's a test: explain why you like it.  Music has a way of penetrating the soul in ways that can defy description.  "It has a good beat and I can dance to it" is just one of many many reasons to like a song. 

Nolan Gasser can explain it, up to a point.  He plays, composes, and studies music.  And he was a major figure in the Music Genome Project, which makes Pandora Radio work. 

Gasser gets into the reasons why we like, dislike, and move to music, in his book Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste

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Many heroes emerged from the Second World War, some more obscure than others. 

Chiune Sugihara is credited with saving thousands of European Jews by letting them escape through Japan.  He is remembered in a choral composition, "Butterfly," by Rogue Valley composer I'lana Cotton

The piece premieres at a concert (April 27 & 28) by the Siskiyou Singers, which commissioned it. 

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The Rogue Valley Symphony reached out for a world-class pianist to perform in its final concerts of the season, "Masterworks 6." 

And RVSO reached all the way to... Ashland.  That's where Alexander Tutunov works and plays and teaches piano. 

He'll play Beethoven's Piano Concerto #3 in the concert.  And we get a musical preview, as Tutunov and RVSO Musical Director Martin Majkut pay us a visit... in the music studio, complete with piano. 

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We'd call Josh Gross a music aficionado, but it's hard to say that on the radio.  What he has is great love for, and knowledge of, music. 

And we ask him to share it with us once a month on a segment we call Rogue Sounds.  Josh scans the lists of musical acts coming to the region, and gives us a list of five to consider.  This month: Larry and His Flask, Patrimony, Reverend Horton Heat, Dravus House, and Wordsauce. 

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