Making Music in Southern Oregon

SSO Friday

Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra Tackles New Music by Oregon Composers.

(Ashland, Ore.) –The Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Rhett Bender, will perform music by composers of Oregon on Friday, February 18th at 7:30 PM at the SOU Music Recital Hall. Audience members are invited to a cake reception following the concert.

The concert will feature music by the Southern Oregon composers Barry Ulrich, Ken Deveney, L’lana Cotton, and Keith Smelcer. The artists are part of the National Association of Composers USA. The concert will conclude with a new arrangement of a Rossini march by SOU Associate Dean Dr. Vicki T. Purslow.

The Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra (SSO) is a collaboration of students, faculty, and staff at Southern Oregon University. Under the direction of Rhett Bender, Professor of Music at SOU, the SSO arranges, composes and commissions music of all styles and musical periods. In April student members of the SSO will travel to China to perform with students at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.

Tickets for this performance are only $5 for general admission and free for students. Tickets and season passes may be purchased by calling 541-552-6101 or at the Music Box Office prior to the performance. For more information, please visit Southern Oregon University’s Department website at

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