Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E Jackson St., Medford and Ashland Methodist Church, 175 N. Main
The Rogue Valley Peace Choir presents its 12th annual spring concert “Turn the World Around.” The concert will be presented twice. On Friday May 15, 7:30, the concert takes place at the Medford Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson. On Sunday, May 17, 3 p.m., the concert takes place at the Ashland Methodist Church, 175 N. Main. Admission is free with donations appreciated. More information at www.roguevalleypeacechoir.org or call 541-535-3562.
The Rogue Valley Peace Choir is a secular, non-auditioned choir dedicated to creating peace in our lives, community and world, through song. Members of the 100-voice choir submit the music we sing each season. Examples of this year’s songs include: “Touch the Sky” from the movie Brave; “Turn the World Around” by Raffi; “We Shall Be Free” by Garth Brooks; and “Ella’s Song” by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Now in his third year, Rob Lowry conducts the Rogue Valley Peace Choir. Lowry took up singing in jr. high school, played recorder, directed and sang in a 12- member a cappella madrigal/theatre troupe. He is currently also the music director at Ashland’s First Congregational Church as well as being a long-time member and frequent soloist with the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers.
The accompanist is Mikiko Petrucelli. Petrucelli studied piano in Japan and Germany, moving to the Rogue Valley in 2010. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Nebraska and taught at Doane College for three years. Petrucelli won the Chiara Competition in 2008 and the Josef Dichter Competition in Vienna, Austria in 2001.
The Rogue Valley Peace Choir was founded in 2003. It’s first conductor was Dave Marston, who passed away in 2009. During his tenure, the choir traveled to Japan to sing at the Peace Park in Hiroshima. Heather Hutton took over the choir in the fall of 2009 and conducted for three years. The choir regularly sings at events through out the Rogue Valley and has traveled to Eugene, Portland and Seattle.