The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon will present its Chamber Music Series performances on Dec. 13 and 14.

The first concert takes place at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Jacksonville's Historic First Presbyterian Church, 405 E. California St. The second concert will be presented at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Carpenter Hall on South Pioneer Street in Ashland. The performances are free and open to the public.

String quartets, a violin ensemble and a horn ensemble will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven and others, as well as music for the holiday season. Beth Goldstein, Cynthia Hutton, Gary Kroll and Heidi Strahm coached the YSSO musicians in preparation for the concerts this year.

The Carpenter Foundation, City of Ashland and the Collins Foundation have provided funding to support the YSSO's 2008 Chamber Music Series concerts. The project is funded, in part, by support from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the United Arts Fund, a program of the Jackson County United Way and the Arts Council of Southern Oregon.

The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing young people with opportunities to expand their knowledge of classical music by learning and performing challenging repertoire. The mission of the YSSO is to provide exceptional performance experiences for young musicians under the leadership of professional conductors and music coaches and to foster a lifelong appreciation of classical music and the arts.

For information about the 2008-09 concert season, contact the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, P.O. Box 4291, Medford, OR 97501, call 858-8859, e-mail ysso@mind.net or visit www.ysso.org.