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'Notes from the Balcony' to kick off JAHC 40th anniversary concert series Friday

Boston Brass and the Enso String Quartet to present Romeo and Juliet in music

Posted: September 19, 2013 - 12:02am

Boston Brass and the Enso String Quartet will start out the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s concert series with “Notes from the Balcony -- Romeo & Juliet in Music." The strings and brass collaboration will be presented at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium at 8 p.m., Sept. 20.

The joint program features music based on productions of “Romeo and Juliet” with scores written by Elvis Costello, Leonard Bernstein and more. In addition, Southeast Alaskan Ed Littlefield of the Native Jazz Quartet will join the musicians as a percussionist for the performance.

Boston Brass, established 26 years ago, plays a wide variety of musical styles in unique arrangements, as part of a vision to bridge classical formality with music that is fun for all ages. The Enso String Quartet, based in New York City, was nominated for a Grammy nomination for “Best Chamber Music Performance” in 2010. The ensemble’s name, enso, is derived from the Japanese zen painting of the circle which represents many things, including the idea of perfection and imperfection, the endless circle of life and the fullness of the spirit.

The 40th anniversary concert season continues Oct. 5 with slack key guitarist Keola Beamer and Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai. Later in the season, the JAHC will host the California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio (Jan. 27), the annual Gospel Choir Workshop and Performance with Rev. Bobby Lewis and Eustace Johnson (Feb. 17-23), Ruth Moody (March 7), The Flying Karamazov Brothers (March 25), yMusic (April 3), and Chick Corea and Bela Fleck (April 28). 

Tickets for the Sept. 20 show are available at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center and Hearthside Books, and online at www.jahc.org.

The concert is sponsored by KATH, and brought to Juneau with major support from the NEA.

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