Spring Arts at Egan series begins with two presentations on whales

The University of Alaska Southeast’s Sound and Motion series will kick off this week with the first of two presentations on whale songs.

Friday, Juneau Symphony Music Director and Conductor Kyle Pickett will discuss the upcoming Juneau Symphony performance of Alan Hovhaness’ “And God Created Great Whales,” which combines orchestra and whale songs as well as similar techniques in 20th century orchestral music. Pickett’s presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Egan Lecture Hallon the UAS Auke Bay campus.

Next week, Jan. 20, renowned whale researcher Jim Darling will present on his research into humpback whale songs, including their structure and composition, similarities and differences across the North Pacific and what it all might mean.

The 2012 Sound and Motion series consists of 11 events scheduled from January through April.

February is Film month, with showings of the award-winning “Journey on the Wild Coast,” the Winter JUMP festival films and the annual collection of films from the Alaska State Film Library.

March events will include a talk by UAS art program seniors on artistic process and identity, a diversity panel hosted by Perseverance Theatre and a community poetry reading organized by UAS English students. Details will be announced soon on how local poets can sign up to recite their original work.

Voices is the theme for April with a performance by the new UAS student Alaskapella choir, the 10th annual launch of the Tidal Echoes literary and arts journal featuring the work of writer Kim Heacox and photographer Patrice Helmar and Nearly Normal Tales by storyteller Tom Cosgrove.

All Sound and Motion events are held Friday nights at the Egan Lecture Hall at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Details and full schedule are available at www.uas.alaska.edu/sound_motion.

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