In October, 2002, three classical guitarists from Ashland, united by their love for the passion-filled music of Spain, France, and Russia, formed The Dark Rose Trio.




The group will play a concert of classical guitar music at — p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the First Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The concert is sponsored by the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society.




The concert is a celebration of the release of the group's first CD. The program will present works from the CD including original arrangements of Ravel's "Pavan for a Dead Princess," "Spanish Dances" by Granados, "Sinfonias" by J. S. Bach, and "Milonga" by the Argentine tango composer, Astor Piazzola. Also on the program will be selections by George Gershwin, Paul Hindemith, and Joseph Thompson.




The members of the Dark Rose Trio; Joseph Thompson, Grant Ruiz, and Steve Berman, have performed as soloists and with other ensembles.




The ensemble has performed in concerts for the Pistol River Concert Association, Southern Oregon University Music Department, and multiple concerts for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, including OSF's 2003 Daedalus Project.




In May of this year, they played the inaugural concert of the Mildred Hill Concert Series in Port Orford. On July 14 they will play a concert in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Pistol River Concert Association, in Pistol River.




Tickets for the Ashland concert are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors, and $5 for students. Children under 12 are admitted free. Tickets will be available at the door before the concert.