The debut of the Rogue Valley's newest choir, the Rogue World Ensemble, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland.

The debut of the Rogue Valley's newest choir, the Rogue World Ensemble, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland.

Megan Danforth, who was a member of the women's Eastern European singing group Samovila, started early in 2009 to form a new chorus called the Rogue World Ensemble. With the help of Samovila directors Joyce Gilbrick and Janice O'Connor, the choir began as a casual, unauditioned group that was open to anyone who wanted to sing gospel, shape note, South African and Eastern European music — and the occasional sea shanty.

In September, Samovila's executive committee came up with a broader view for its singing group, and a large mixed chorus with a repertoire of world music evolved from the small women's ensemble. Cyrise Beatty, formerly of San Francisco, began as artistic director of the new chorus in January, bringing 15 years of performance and teaching experience to the group.

Rusulka, a quartet within the Rogue World Ensemble, features Beatty, Danforth, Laura Rich and Gaelyn Larrick. The quartet will present a program inspired by Eastern European folk music.

Advance tickets cost $10 and are available at Heart & Hands, 255 E. Main St. Tickets will cost $12 at the door, $5 for ages 11 and younger. Call 541-482-1429 or 541-488-2909.

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