The 2019-20 season begins October 26th! Get your tickets now.
2019-20 Season Overview by Music Director, Dr. Paul French
Our opening concert, “She Walks in Beauty,” sets the tone for a season of great beauty. Beauty is at the very core of each concert; beauty that refreshes, delights, and inspires. At a time when the world can be harsh and confusing, our music offers heart and hope.
This season’s repertoire explores the beautiful in many of its infinite expressions, from the passionate perfection of the Spanish Renaissance to the finest in contemporary art music.
Two of the concert sets include orchestra: English composer Joby Talbot’s, “A Sheen of Dew on Flowers,” and G.F. Handel’s, “Alexander’s Feast.” Talbot’s “A Sheen of Dew” was premiered in London this past spring, making our James M. Collier New Works Festival performance in March, 2020 one of the very first performances in the world. Kelley O’Connor, who sang the premiere in London, will be the mezzo soprano soloist.
Our orchestra for “Alexander’s Feast” will be a period orchestra drawn from baroque specialists from across the country. The libretto is based on Dryden’s famous poem in praise of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, and Handel’s music is absolutely delightful.
The sixty-five voice Rep Singers choir is dedicated to bringing professional-level choral music to the Rogue Valley. Taken as a whole, the season offers a tremendous variety that is sure to please, and always with an eye to beauty and music’s power to delight and inspire.
“Breathtakenly beautiful! This performance compares with any of the best worldwide.”
“Exquisite sound-chorus keeps getting better and better. Very moving.”
“Incredibly rich and perfectly performed music. Love the enthusiasm of Dr. French and the great voices he finds.”
“Amazing performance of superb music. Nowhere else puts on this level and quality of performance anywhere in Southern Oregon. Love it!”
“It is wonderful to be able to enjoy this high level of choral music in the Rogue Valley. As a choral singer for many years, I truly appreciate the quality of the Repertory Singers.”
“Thank you for the soul-drenching magnificence!”
“I’m brand new to choral music. I love it! I’ll be back next year as a subscriber.”
“Best choral performance in the West.”
“I am happy and proud to be a donor.”
“The pre-concert lecture and chorus are always excellent, thrilling and spiritually uplifting in my life.”
“I love the Repertory Singers and the selections of Paul French. They touch my heart and soul and fill me with joy and peace.”
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"Good Night Moon" by Eric Whitacre
"I'll Be On My Way" by Shawn Kirchne
"O Salutoris Hostia" by Ēriks Ešenvalds
"Ancient Prairie" by Ēriks Ešenvalds
"Underneath the Stars" by Kate Rusby
"Wanting Memories" by Ysaye M. Barnwell
"Light of a Clear Blue Morning" by Dolly Parton
"John the Revelator" arr. by Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory
"Good Night Moon" by Eric WhitacrePerformed in Ashland, Oregon on October 27, 2019. Featuring soloist Lindsay Kuzmitz, with Jodi French, piano.
"I'll Be On My Way" by Shawn KirchnePerformed in Ashland, Oregon on October 27, 2019. Featuring Tom Prislac, soloist, with Kathleen Strahm, violin, and Jodi French, piano.
"O Salutoris Hostia" by Ēriks EšenvaldsPerformed in Ashland, Oregon on October 27, 2019. Featuring soloists, Jeffri Carrington and Jennifer Matsuura.
"Ancient Prairie" by Ēriks EšenvaldsPerformed in Ashland, Oregon on October 27, 2019. Featuring soloists: Muriel Sadleir Hart, Gracie Ewert, Shelly Cox-Thornhill, Phil Koenig, Josh Ewert, Don Matthews, and Kathleen Strahm, violin.
"Underneath the Stars" by Kate RusbyPerformed in Ashland, Oregon on October 27, 2019. Featuring Molly Williams, soloist. F
"Wanting Memories" by Ysaye M. BarnwellPerformed in Ashland, Oregon on October 27, 2019
"Light of a Clear Blue Morning" by Dolly PartonPerformed in Ashland, Oregon on October 27, 2019. Featuring soloists: Michaela Brynn, Kendra Taylor, Erin Morlan, Shelly-Cox Thornhill. Jodi French, piano.
"John the Revelator" arr. by Paul Caldwell & Sean IvoryPerformed in Ashland, Oregon on October 27, 2019. Featuring Jodi French, piano.
Major Funding Provided By:
Additional supporters include:
- City of Ashland Lodging Tax Revenues
- Jackson County Cultural Coalition funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust
- Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts
- The Oregon Cultural Trust
- Pacific Power Foundation