The Southern Oregon University Department of Performing Arts presents the SOU Symphonic Band in concert on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the SOU Music Recital Hall. The concert is a program of authentic music for winds and percussion dating from the French revolution to the beginning of the 20th century. It features Dr. Mark Eliot Jacobs on the Ophicleide, a nineteenth-century brass musical instrument that is an ancestor to the modern tuba.
Dr. Jacobs is an adjunct instructor of music at Southern Oregon University. He has been involved in musical theater and opera as an orchestra member for many years, most recently playing trombone and Ophicleide in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2011 production of "The Pirates of Penzance." In November 2010, his tone poem “Las Ranas de Katanchel” was premiered by the Rogue Valley Symphony.
An instructor in low brass at SOU, Mark is also the principal trombone in the Rogue Valley Symphony. He plays trombone and euphonium with various performing groups throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California. He also plays early low brass instruments: the sackbut, the serpent, the English bass horn and the ophicleide.
The concert will be conducted by Cynthia Hutton, SOU’s Director of Bands. Associate Professor of Music at the University, she teaches classes in conducting, aural skills, brass methods and instrumental music education. In addition, Dr. Hutton is the Music Director of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and has served as Conductor of Youth Symphony and Youth Orchestra since 1995. As a horn artist, Dr. Hutton is a member of the Rogue Valley Symphony and the SOU Faculty Brass Quintet. She has served on the boards of the Oregon Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association - Northwest Division. Dr. Hutton is a recipient of the Alteria M. Bryant Award honoring women in the arts, as well as SOU’s Elmo Stevenson Presidential Award. Dr. Hutton is an active clinician throughout Oregon and the region. She has appeared as guest conductor for the California All State Band and regularly serves as guest conductor throughout the Northwest region. Prior to coming to southern Oregon, Dr. Hutton served as Director of Bands and horn instructor at the University of California, San Diego, and was Assistant Conductor of the La Jolla Civic University Orchestra.
Tickets are $5 for general admission. Admission for full-time students at any educational institution is free. The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Theatre Arts Building lobby. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card over the phone by calling 541-552-6348, online at sou.edu/performingarts or at the door. For more information, visit sou.edu/music.