Posted: Thursday, March 02, 2000

Choirfest 2000 features massed anthems

ANCHORAGE - Musicians and singers from throughout the community will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday for Choirfest 2000.

Six choirs will join to sing a variety of songs at the free event. Child care will be provided and donations will be accepted to cover costs and to support the Cooperative Church Council.

Performing groups will include the Juneau Brass and the Resurrection Lutheran Handbell Ringers, and singers from Chapel by the Lake, Cathedral of the Nativity, Holy Trinity, Seventh Day Adventist, Glacier Valley Baptist and Northern Light United churches.

Singers wishing to participate are invited to attend the rehearsal at 10 a.m. Saturday at Resurrection Lutheran Church at 10th Street and Glacier Highway, and the rehearsal at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Northern Light United Church at 11th and A streets. Contact Lena Simmons 789-4604 or Allan MacKinnon at 789-0320 for more information.

Performance includes ballet to hip-hop

JUNEAU - Ballet, hip-hop, funk and modern dance will be performed at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Dance Unlimited studio.

Ballet dancers Christian Martinu and Rio Mitani, who are also JDU artistic directors, will perform excerpts from ``Swan Lake.'' Dance teacher and choreographer Becky Engstrom will talk about modern dance and demonstrate some of the different styles of modern dance. Dancer Anisha Lumiansky will also do a lecture demonstration on hip-hop and funk dance styles. Dancer Angela Fowler will perform her original choreography, and Ballet III students will perform the ``Blue Danube Waltz,'' as choreographed by Rio Mitani.

The 50-minute show is pay-as-you-can. JDU is located at Fourth and Seward streets in downtown Juneau.

Series covers dinos, Russians and ravens

JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum's annual spring lecture series is underway, offering free presentations every Saturday morning through May.

Scientists, historians, scholars and specialists in different fields will share their knowledge. Most of the presentations will be from 9 to 11 Saturday mornings at the museum.

This week author Rosemary Carlton from Sitka will present ``Collecting Alaska's History and Cultures: A Focus on Sheldon Jackson.'' Next week geologist Cathy Connor will present a program on dinosaurs in Alaska, and docent Debra Gerrish will talk about the Bering Land Bridge and ice-age migrations.

Other presentations will include an overview of Alaska Native cultures, Russian history in Alaska, repatriation and intellectual property rights issues, Alaska in the 1870s and raven intelligence.

The primary purpose is to train and inform the museum volunteers who host tours during the busy summer months, but every presentation is open to the public. For more information on the series, or to learn about volunteering at the museum, call Mary Irvine at 465-2901.

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