Northern Light to host Winter Classics
JUNEAU - The Alaska Airlines Winter Classics, an affiliated event of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, will bring violinist Paul Rosenthal, cellist Armen Ksajikian and pianist Arnulf von Arnim to Northern Light United Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for youth (high school and college students) and seniors and are available at both Hearthside Books locations. Children must be at least 6 to attend.
Saturday's schedule includes: Bach's "Three Movements from Partita No. 3 in E Major for Violin Solo," Beethoven's "Piano Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, 'Appassionata,'" Haydn's "Divertimento in D Major for Cello and Piano," and Beethoven's "Piano Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1."
Rosenthal, a native New Yorker, founded the Sitka Summer Music Festival in 1972. The festival attracts musicians from all over the world and is recognized as one of the outstanding chamber music festivals in the United States. Rosenthal has lived in Alaska since 1969, served on the University of Alaska faculty in Anchorage and Fairbanks, has given master classes in Europe, Japan and Korea.
Von Arnim has appeared in recital and as soloist in most European counties, the United States and Japan. He has been engaged to perform at the Berlin Festival, Schwetzinger Festival, Ludwigsburg Festival and has performed with the Brodsky Quartet of London, cellists Julius Berger, Maria Kliegel, Ivan Monighetti, David Gerings and violinists Valery Klimov and Sasehko Gavriloff.
Ksajikian has participated in such music festivals as Cabrillo, Colorado, Banff, Sitka, Fairbanks and the Juneau Jazz and Classics. Since 1992, he has been a member of the Armadillo String Quartet, a group known for unusual ventures. He has toured with Mikhail Barysknikov and the White Oak Dance Project throughout the U.S. and Europe.
He has performed on more than 800 motion picture soundtracks.
Five share stage at Friendly Planet
JUNEAU - Masha Herbst, Riley Woodford, Buddy Tabor, Patrice Helmar and C. Scott Fry, all local musicians, will share the stage in a singer-songwriter showcase 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Friendly Planet, the corner of Seward and Second. Admission is $5 and coffee and cookies will be served.
The five musicians will rotate, playing one song at a time.
Fry is a longtime local musician who recently played bass with III. Helmar hosts the popular Thursday open mic night at the Alaskan. Tabor, another well-known local, has recently released, "Edge of Despair Children's Album." Woodford plays in the Bobb Family Band. Herbst, semi-fluent in Russian, is an up-and-coming musician in the local scene.