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Juneau Arts & Humanities Council kicks off 40th year Saturday

Posted: July 25, 2013 - 12:01am

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council turns 40 on Saturday and, in celebration of this milestone, they’ll be offering 40 percent off season passes for their concert season at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center from 1-1:40 p.m. Cake will be served.

Here’s a look at what they have lined up this year.

Boston Brass & Enso Quartet “Notes from the Balcony: ‘Romeo & Juliet’ in Music,” Friday, Sept. 20, JDHS Auditorium. The program, a musical exploration of the famous play, includes music from Prokofiev to Elvis Costello, to Leonard Bernstein.

Keola Beamer: Malama Ko Aloha (“Keep Your Love”), Saturday, Oct. 5, JDHS Auditorium. Slack key guitarist Keola Beamer will perform with Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer, and hula master Moanalani Beamer, as well as local dancers. Beamer, nominated for a Grammy in 2013, was labeled the “best slack key guitar player on the planet by Willie Nelson.

California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio, Monday, Jan 27, TMHS Auditorium. Six virtuoso guitarists from four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and the US) will play a selection of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.

Gospel Celebrations, Sunday, Feb. 23, JACC, and workshop, Feb 17 – 22. Rev. Bobbie Lewis and pianist Eustace Johnson of Harlem N.Y. will return to Juneau for this annual event, presented in collaboration with Juneau Black Awareness Association

Ruth Moody, Friday, March 7, TMHS Auditorium. Moody is a two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, and a member of the Canadian folk trio the Wailin’ Jennies.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Tuesday, March 25, JDHS Auditorium. A juggling, flame-throwing, kilt-and-tutu-wearing comedy troupe that’s been performing since 1973.

yMusic, Thursday, April 3, TMHS Auditorium. A sextet of young performers who play a blend of pop and classical chamber music.

Chick Corea & Bela Fleck, Monday, April 28, JDHS Auditorium. Keyboardist Corea and banjoist Fleck, both world-renowned performers, will play a range of music from bluegrass to classical.

In addition to Saturday’s special event, season tickets will go on sale July 27 at local bookstores, the JACC and online.

The concert series is but one of the JAHC’s many contributions to Juneau’s lively arts scene. They’re also the engine behind the annual Wearable Art Show, Food Truck Fridays at the JACC, Music on the Fly at the airport, the annual Poetry Out Loud competition, the Mayor’s Awards for the Arts, the Artists in the Schools program, monthly gallery exhibits at the JACC and an annual juried art show, along with other events and programs. They also organize professional development workshops and training for artists, administer grants and scholarships, and organize the busy schedule of the JACC, along with providing many other support systems and resources for local artists and arts organizations. Find out more at www.jahc.org.

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