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The Return of Rogue Valley Chorale

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2020 Rogue Valley Chorale at Hanley Farm

The return of Rogue Valley Chorale to live performances is perhaps the most encouraging and stirring indicator that we are finally and fully (?) rebounding from our COVID hibernation and isolation. Sure, a solo singer-songwriter performing in a venue will be and is a welcome return to normal, but consider how foreign the concept of dozens of singers gathering together was just a few months ago, when advisories still required no more than half-dozen people together.

On June 11 and 13, the Rogue Valley Chorale will perform Carmina Burana, a cantata based on medieval poems. It is a stirring and direct collection. First performed in the 1930s during The Great Depression, there is perhaps a historical echo, in the idea of voices as an expression of strength and determination.

“There is nothing like a live show or concert,” says Brad Nelson, Executive Director for Rogue Valley Chorale. “The young child who can now feel the beat of the percussion drum for the first time or another watching our conductor as he so gracefully  guides the 120-person chorus alongside the 42 orchestra members. What a treat that we once  took for granted.”

7 pm Friday, June 11 and 3 pm Sunday June 13. Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada, Ashland. $23 adults, $7 students and children under 12. Parking is limited. Car pooling, if possible, is requested.


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