Thursday, Nov. 4

Thursday, Nov. 4

KRIS GRUEN: The Vermont-based singer and songwriter will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at Diversions on the lower level of the Stevenson Union on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Gruen is touring in support of his new CD, "Part of it All." Admission is free. Call 541-552-6461.

Friday, Nov. 5

ROGUE VALLEY SYMPHONY: The Rogue Valley Symphony, under the direction of Martin Majkut, will present three concerts featuring the premiere of "Las Ranas de Katanchel" (The Frogs of Katanchel), a piece composed by the symphony's principal trombonist, Mark Eliot Jacobs. The concert also will feature Schubert's Symphony No. 4, "Tragic," and Elar's "Enigma Variations." Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. See story, Page 7.

Saturday, Nov. 6

KLEZMERFEST: A Klezmer music festival, featuring the Klezmonauts of Eugene, the Rogue Klezmer All-Stars and the Bar Misfits Klezmer Band of Ashland, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Kosher bratwurst, knockwurst and vegetarian dinners will be available, along with local beers and wine. Tickets cost $20 and are available at Music Coop, at the temple, online at www.emekshalom.org, by calling 541-488-2909 or at the door. Advance tickets include one free beverage.

BELLY DANCE BENEFIT FOR CASA: Portland-based belly dancer Sedona Ruiz, along with Ayesha's Oasis Dance Company of Medford and dancers Adena, Maia Alexandra and others will present a show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Carpenter Hall on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. The show, titled "Enchanted Evening," will feature Middle Eastern dance culture. Advance tickets cost $10 and are available online at www.tasseledcamel.com or at the office of Paul Schroder, 1910 E. Barnett Ave., Suite 102, Medford. Tickets will cost $12 at the door. Ruiz will offer dance technique workshops at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. For workshop information, visit www.tasseledcamel.com, e-mail idenasuzanne@yahoo.com for call 541-951-2522.

SCOTT AUGUST: St. Clair Productions will present American Indian flutist Scott August in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. See story, Page 6.

Thursday, Nov. 11

VETERANS DAY CONCERT: The Southern Oregon Concert Band, under the direction of its new conductor, Martin Behnke, will present a Veterans Day concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. Admission is free. Call 541-708-0365 or visit www.socband.org for information.

WORDS AND MUSIC: Ashland writer and poet Marcy Green will read from her new book, "The Chemistry of Buddha's Brain," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Illahe Studios and Gallery, 215 Fourth St., Ashland. Green's reading will by accompanied by classical guitarist Joseph Thompson. Thompson's compositions were written for poems selected from the book. Also, Kathleen Meagher will read poems from her book, "Facing the Light," to be published this winter. Admission is $5. Call 541-488-5072.

BUILT TO SPILL: The Boise, Idaho, based indie rock band will perform at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. Portland pop band The Prids will open the show. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Bad Ass Coffee in Medford, Music Coop in Ashland and online at www.ticketswest.com. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 12

SISKIYOU SAXOPHONE ORCHESTRA: The orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. General admission is $5. Visit www.sou.edu/music or call 541-552-6101.

SKY IN THE ROAD: Songwriting duo Daniel Rhiger and Rahmana Wiest will perform acoustic harmonies on guitar, bouzouki and harmonium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Hidden Springs Wellness Center, 1651 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The duo will be joined by singer and songwriter. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Call 541-708-0238 for information.

Saturday, Nov. 13

DANCING WITH THE ROGUE VALLEY STARS: The second annual local dance competition and exhibition featuring professional dancers from Evergreen Ballroom and members of the Southern Oregon community will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, in the North Medford High School Auditorium, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive. Advance tickets cost $15 and are available at Answer Page, the Black Oak branch of PremierWest Bank and online at www.dwtrvs.com. Tickets will cost $20 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Southern Oregon Sparrow Clubs and the Southern Oregon Chapter of USA Dance. Call 541-621-1126.

YOUTH SYMPHONY OF SOUTHERN OREGON: Three ensembles of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, under the direction of Cynthia Hutton, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The Youth Symphony will perform Saint-Saëns "La Muse et le poète," Op. 132 featuring soloists Ashley Hoe, violinist, and Chas Barnard, principal cellist. Hoe and Barnard are two of the winners of the 2010 YSSO Concerto Competition. YSSO's Youth Symphony will perform Franck's "Le Chasseur maudit," and the Youth Orchestra will perform several works including "The King's Musicians," "Orpheus in the Underworld" and "Overture to Lucille." Tickets cost $10, $5 for students and seniors, and are available at Paddington Station in Ashland and Larry's Music in Medford. Tickets for the Nov. 13 concert are available at the Craterian Theater box office. Visit www.ysso.org or call 541-858-8859 for information.

Sunday, Nov. 14

BRAVA! OPERA THEATER: The opera theater's Young Artist Program, under the direction of Willene Gunn and Lorrie Hall, will present a concert of opera arias at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, 1615 Clark Ave. The concert is the culmination of an opera workshop and will feature Koral Aakre, Beatriz Abella, Elsa Bishop, Brianne Cardona, Amanda Gerig, Dann Gibbs, Karli Krueger, Mandee Light, Brandt Nakamura and Rose Passione singing arias from Bellini, Mozart, Moore, Gluck and Gounod. Accompaniment will be provided by pianist Laurie Anne Hunter. Admission is free. Call 541-261-5776.

harmonies of tomorrow: A benefit for Semilla Nueva, a nonprofit organization that promotes and teaches sustainable farming in Guatemala, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. The event will include poetry reading by Lawson Inada, Jonah Bornstein and others, story telling by Deborah Zaslow, dancing to live salsa music by the Havana Club, food and beverages. There will be a silent auction of Guatemalan art. Tickets cost $10, $5 for students and are available at Music Coop, online at www.semillanueva.org or at the door. Call 541-326-5443.

Thursday, Nov. 18

SOU PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE: The ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased at the music hall box office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or at the door. Tickets may be reserved by calling 552-6101. Visit www.sou.edu/music for information.

Friday, Nov. 19

KUSS QUARTET: Chamber Music Concerts will present the Kuss Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The Berlin-based quartet features violinists Jana Kuss and Oliver Wille, violist William Coleman and cellist Mikayel Hakhnazaryan. The program will include works by Mozart, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Beethoven. Tickets cost $27 and $32, $5 for ages 22 and younger. Visit www.chambermusicconcerts.org or call 541-552-6154 for tickets and information.

VOICES OF THE APPLEGATE: The 30-member community choir, under the direction of Blake Weller, will present its Autumn Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, 425 Middle St., and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Applegate Lodge, 15100 Highway 238, Applegate. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Call 541-846-6988.