Mark Reppert directs the Siskiyou Singers during the choir's 2012 winter concert series - Photo courtesy of David Gibb Pho

Siskiyou Singers at Southern Oregon University

The Siskiyou Singers' spring concert series is saturated with references to water. The 65-member community choir, directed by Mark Reppert, will present "Down the River to the Sea," a program of water-related songs, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

"Songs range from raucous sea shanties, like 'What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor,' to songs with mystical themes, including 'Water Night' by Eric Whitacre, based on poetry by Octavio Paz," Reppert says.

The program features songs about sailors ("Blow the Man Down"), love songs ("The Water is Wide" and "I Love My Love"), fun favorites ("Under the Sea" from Disney's "The Little Mermaid"), folk songs ("Cool Water," originally sung by the Sons of the Pioneers) and classics, including an excerpt of Handel's "Israel in Egypt" and an eerie musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The choir will close with Harry Woods' "Paddlin' Madelin' Home," featuring "fun and corny choreography with jazz hands all over," Reppert says.

Sopranos Virginia Abbott, Laura Derocher, Suzanne Barnes, Marilyn Reppert, Karen Douglas and Karen Campbell, as well as trio Keith Baldwin, Jim Gleaves and Scott Nelson, will perform solos, and pianist Mikiko Petrucelli will accompany the choir.

Tickets to the concert cost $15, $5 for students, and can be purchased at Music Coop and Paddington Station in Ashland, Grocery Outlet in Medford, online at www.siskiyousingers.org or by calling 541-482-5290.

— Teresa Thomas

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