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Tomáseen Foley’s ‘A Celtic Christmas’, on December 22 at the Craterian Theatre, captures the spirit of mid-century Ireland on Christmas Eve with song, instrumentation and dance. [Courtesy photo]

Tomáseen Foley will bring her troupe to the Craterian Theater on December 22 for an old-fashioned Irish Christmas celebration. [Courtesy photo]

The marimba takes center stage when international percussionist Britton-Rene Collins performs November 18-20 with the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra. [Courtesy photo]

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers Music Director Paul French will lead the popular Rogue Valley band in two performances Dec. 17 and 18 of “And the Stars Looked Down,” a mix of art music and Christmas carols for the holidays at Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall. [Courtesy photo]

As the old saying goes, music makes the world go round, and perhaps never more so than during the holidays.

The musical offerings in Rogue Valley this season are varied and tempting, with something for just about everyone.

Wineries, restaurants and bars will present performances in a variety of genres, from pop to rock to folk and more.

There will be musicals and plays with music staged by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (“It’s Christmas, Carol!”), Oregon Cabaret Theater (“Christmas Carol” and “White Christmas “), the Randall Theater (“Nunsense”) and the Camelot Theater (“Mathilde”).

And plenty of music-only shows are scheduled, with themed revues, choirs, and classical music at venues across Rogue Valley.

Here’s what’s happening on music stages between now and the end of the year:

Rogue Valley Symphony: November 18-20. The marimba takes center stage when RVS welcomes percussionist Britton-Rene Collins as guest soloist, international performer and grand prize winner of the 2021 Chicago International Music Competition.

The Masterworks 3 concert program includes “Prism Rhapsody for Marimba and Orchestra”, “Amen! by Carlos Simon. and “Negro Folk Symphony” by William Levi Dawson.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland; and 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, 313 NE Olive St. Purchase tickets at rvsymphony.org or by calling 541-708-6400.

SOU Percussion Ensembles: November 29. Directed by Bryan Jeffs, the concert will also be streamed live at youtu.be/rDKPGX2RVHs.

The show is at 7:30 p.m., SOU Music Recital Hall. Tickets can be purchased at sou.universitytickets.com.

SOU Chamber Choir: 1st December. “Between the Light” weaves themes of stillness, darkness and sleep throughout. It will be directed by Jerron Jorgensen and streamed live at youtu.be/2i3jEWseMP8.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m., SOU Music Recital Hall. Tickets are available at sou.universitytickets.com.

Spectrum Concert: December 3. The concert will feature SOU’s many musical ensembles, led by Christine Lundahl and streamed live on youtu.be/6Li_exRlk7Q.

The show is at 7:30 p.m. at the SOU Music Recital Hall.

Rogue Valley Choir: December 3-4. “A Chorale Christmas” is a four-part concert centered on the themes of hope, love, joy and peace, accompanied by oral reflections. The choir will celebrate its 50-year history with works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, R. Nathaniel Dett, Francis Poulenc, John Rutter, Egil Hovland and others.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Craterian Theater at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are available at the Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., Medford, 541-779-3000 or craterian.org.

High School Honor Band: December 4. High school music students from across southern Oregon will perform a free concert after a weekend of events and workshops.

Performances are at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the SOU Music Recital Hall.

Siskiyou singers: December 9-11. Musical director Mark Reppert and his choir celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary with “Very Merry Mozart,” featuring Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” and “Regina Coeli,” performed with a full orchestra and soloists. The second half will feature a variety of holiday favorites, including Jason Robert Brown’s “Chanukah Suite,” a jazz rendition of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and a shimmering version of “Silent Night,” arranged by Matthew Culloton.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on December 9 and 3 p.m. on December 10 and 11 at the SOU Music Recital Hall. Tickets are available from Choir Members, Music Coop and Paddington Station in Ashland, online at siskiyousingers.org.

Southern Oregon Repertoire Singers: December 17-18. “And the Stars Looked Down” will feature Rep Singers’ traditional mix of art music and Christmas carols, both familiar and unique. There will be music from new composers and established masters such as John Rutter, Bob Chilcot and Ola Gjeilo. Jodi French’s “Auld Lang Syne” will be performed by popular demand.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on December 17 and 3 p.m. on December 18 at the SOU Music Recital Hall. Tickets are available at repsingers.org.

“A Celtic Christmas” by Tomáseen Foley: December 22. The program’s music is designed to take audiences back to a night before Christmas in Ireland at a time when the automobile, television and telephone were little more than improbable rumors. Songs, instrumentals and dances will be performed in a home-like atmosphere.

Two shows, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., are at the Craterian Theater. Tickets are available at the Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., Medford, 541-779-3000 or craterian.org.

Straight No Chaser: December 30. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the a cappella boy band formed at Indiana University in the 1996-97 school year. There will be a mix of party staples, smooth R&B jams and stadium anthems with swagger and wit.

The group on a world tour with two gold albums and over a billion streams will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Craterian Theater. Tickets are available at the Craterian box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., Medford, 541-779-3000 or craterian.org.

Contact freelance writer Jim Flint at [email protected]

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