Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2000

Workshop to enhance string technique

JUNEAU - String musicians in search of better bowing and subtler pianissimo may find it at the Juneau Jazz and Classics string workshop this weekend.

Kathleen Butler-Hopkins will be the instructor. She is the professor of violin-viola and chamber music at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and also serves as concertmaster of the Fairbanks Symphony. About 40 musicians attended Butler-Hopkins' workshop last year.

The workshop is open to all musicians who play string instruments. Private lessons with Butler-Hopkins have already been booked up.

The string technique workshop meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, and the cost is $20. There is an open rehearsal from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, with a free recital at 4 p.m. All events will be in Hendrickson Building 113 at the University of Alaska Southeast.

``It's a pretty comprehensive workshop, covering everything from bowing to a variety of string techniques,'' said Jazz and Classics administrator Greg Cohen. ``It's not just for violin. Any string player could benefit.''

In addition to Jazz and Classics, the workshop is sponsored by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, UAS, the City of Juneau and the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

School seeks art proposals


The Sitka School District and the Borough of Sitka invite artists to submit proposals for artwork for the Sitka High School. The amount available for the project is $89,000, and may include several commissions.

Questions and submittal requirements may be addressed to Barbara Stocker of the Sitka School District at (907) 747-8622. Questions about the building and proposed art locations should be directed to Paul Voelckers of MRV architects at 586-1371.

Theater holds auditions for band

JUNEAU - Juneau Douglas Little Theatre is putting together a band for the upcoming production, ``archy and mehitabel.'' A drummer, guitarist, trumpeter, trombonist, saxophonist and flutist are needed.

Bill Hurr, who is organizing the musicians, said the music is a mixture of big band and show tunes. He said the production was staged on Broadway in the mid-1950s.

The show opens Feb. 18 and runs through March 12. Interested musicians should contact Hurr at 780-4370.

Festival awards prizes for plays

JUNEAU - Five prizes of $1,000 will be awarded for new plays at an Alaska theater festival this summer, and playwrights are encouraged to submit their works.

The Prince William Sound Community College Last Frontier Theatre Conference was founded in Valdez in the early 1990s by playwright Edward Albee. The annual gathering of playwrights, actors and artists features internationally known playwrights such as Arthur Miller, A.R. Gurney and Paula Vogel. Academy-Award-winning actresses Patricia Neal and Eva Marie Saint have also participated.

Writers, directors and actors participate in the annual play lab component of the conference. About 50 plays are selected each year to be read, judged and evaluated. Five of the works are selected for the Yukon Pacific New Play Award, which carries a $1,000 prize for each.

Last year 100 plays were submitted. For more information, call (907) 834-1612. The deadline is March 1, 2000.

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