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Christine Lundahl leads a rehearsal of the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band in preparation for their spring concert on May 21. RGBS photo

The theme for the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band’s spring concert is about the season and full of optimism.

“Through the Sun and Rain, You Will Bloom All the Same” will feature music from Leonard Bernstein, Percy Grainger, Richard Strauss and Lili Boulanger, among others, and will be performed at

3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at SOU Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

The concert will feature the first place winner of the 2022 Young Artists Competition and honor the two finalists. Also on the program, a student conductor and a student composer. Although they were not winners of the competition, they were selected to participate as part of the celebration of young artists.

The Young Artist Competition was launched in 2019 by RVSB to reward and recognize the talent and hard work of young artists. After a pandemic hiatus, the program was renewed this year. Winners receive scholarships from the RVSB Board of Directors.

First place winner Elinor McGary is a student at North Medford High School. She won a $1,000 scholarship and will perform Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 with the group.

The second and third place winners are Clara Dyson and James Dyson, both students at Ashland High School, who received scholarships of $500 and $300 respectively. They will not perform, but their biographies will be featured in the program.

A panel of judges based their decisions on the audition videos submitted by the contestants.

Asher Howell’s piece “Honor and Glory” will be performed and recorded by RVSB. The young composer is a student at South Medford High School.

Travis Muñoz will take the podium to conduct Bernstein’s Candide Overture. He majored in music at SOU.

The following numbers will be played:

n “Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein, from an operetta based on the 1759 short story of the same name by Voltaire.

n Percy Grainger’s March of the Children, a playful piece with whimsical rhythms and unique tonal colors.

n “Horn Concerto No. 1” by Richard Strauss, one of only two composed by Strauss, who was himself a horn virtuoso.

n “D’un Matin De Printemps” by Lili Boulanger, a work of vibrant energy in the style of French “Impressionist” composers.

n “Honor and Glory” by Asher Howell, a “New Age” piece composed and arranged for a concert band by the student of South Medford High School.

n “Against Who, Rose” by Morten Lauridsen, originally written as the second movement of a choral cycle.

n “The Hounds of Spring” by Alfred Reed, based on a Victorian poem by Algernon Charles Swinburne. Elements of the good humor and innocence of tender love are reflected in the music.

The program will last approximately one hour with an intermission. Tickets, $15 for adults and $5 for children and students, can be purchased at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., in Ashland or online at roguevalleysymphonicband.org.

Christine Lundahl, conductor of the RVSB, is conductor of orchestras at SOU and assistant professor of instrumental music. In her freshman year at college, she is pleased with the group’s progress as COVID-19 wanes.

“I am very grateful for everything we have achieved this year,” she said, “despite the difficulties of the pandemic. There has been some amazing music made with this set.

She looks forward to raising community awareness of RVSB and expanding her audience.

“We are looking for donors to sponsor our band members and our season next year,” Lundahl said.

She invites those interested in supporting the RVSB to contact her at 541-552-6546 or by email at [email protected]

Contact Ashland writer Jim Flint at [email protected]

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