The 27th annual Jazz & Classics festival runs this week and next, offering Juneau a full lineup of music every day through May 18. Here’s a look at what’s happening this week.
Monday: The Jasper String Quartet will perform a free lunchtime concert at noon at the State Office Building atrium. Later that night, at 5:30 p.m., they’ll be down at the Alaskan Brewing Co. Depot for “Brew & Beethoven,” another free performance.
Tuesday: The Jasper String Quartet will be offering string workshops from 7-9 p.m. at the UAS Egan Classroom Wing out at UAS. Workshops are open to all ages and all levels of ability in violin, viola and cello.
Wednesday: Wednesday there will be another free lunchtime concert at the State Office Building atrium, this time featuring pianist Richard Dowling and cellist Evan Drachman. Later that night, at 7:30 p.m., Dowling will perform a “Ragtime to Rhapsody” concert at T.K. Maquire’s at the Prospector. Dowling's program will include works from the 1920s and '30s, including Zez Confrey's "Kitten on the Keys" and "Dizzy Fingers" along with George Gershwin's iconic "Rhapsody in Blue."
Thursday: The Jasper String Quartet, Evan Drachman and Juneau’s own Paul Rosenthal will perform “Brahms Away!” at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Works will include Haydn's String Quartet Op. 77 No. 2; Webern's Five Movements; and Brahms' Sextet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18.
Friday: Richard Dowling and Evan Drachman will perform the week’s third free lunchtime concert at noon, this time at the Nugget Mall. That night, at 8 p.m., blues band Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials will perform at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.
Check the May 9 Arts section for more events, or visit www.jazzandclassics.org for more details.
Tickets are available online at www.jazzandclassics.org, at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Box Office (JACC) and Hearthside Books, or by phone at 586-ARTS (2787), 463-FEST (3378). They are also usually available at the door for each concert; check with the box office 60 minutes prior to show time.