Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2006

Parry Moore benefit set for Sunday at Northern Light United Church

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JUNEAU - Friends and supporters of Joyce Parry Moore will present "The Healing Power of Music" at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at Northern Light United Church.

The benefit includes a silent auction, a live dessert auction and performances by more than 19 of Juneau's finest artists.

Musical acts include Robert Cohen, Patricia Hull and the Juneau Pride Chorus. Performer John Leo and storyteller Ishmael Hope are also part of the evening.

Members of the Juneau community have benefitted from Parry Moore's work as artistic director of Opera to GO!, as well as her private vocal lessons.

Proceeds will be used for living expenses for Parry Moore and her family while she receives treatment for breast cancer later this summer in Portland, Ore.

Tickets are $10 to $20 on a sliding scale and are available at the door. For more information, contact Dawn Pisel-Davis at and (907) 463-1571, or Sarah Denhardt at and (907) 523-5698.

CrossSound forms Southcentral tour of esoteric music

JUNEAU -CrossSound, Juneau purveyors of esoteric, avant-garde and improvisational musics, are basing a spring 2006 tour out of Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska.

The tour begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the University of Alaska-Anchorage Recital Hall with a recital featuring Greek mandolin player Dimitris Marinos and Japanese contra bass player Saitoh Tetsu.

The 10-day concert resumes the following weekend with three concerts by the CrossSound Sinfonietta KnikKlang Ensemble: Stewart Emerson, conductor; Kenneth Wright, violin; Kathryn Hoffer, violin; Jared Carlson, cello; Laura Koenig, flute; Mark Wolbers, clarinet; Christopher Sweeney, trombone; Ossie Kairaiyuak, Yup'ik drum; and Jocelyn Clark, kayagum. The ensemble will play Thursday, May 18, at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Wasilla; Friday, May 19, at the University of Alaska-Anchorage Recital Hall; and Saturday, May 20, at the Mariner Theater in Homer High School. Marinos and Tetsu will perform another recital, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer.

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Hope one of 13 to win Rasmuson Individual Artist Award

JUNEAU - Juneau playwright Ishmael Hope is one of 13 Alaska artists to win a spring 2006 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation's Individual Artist Award Program. The awards provide Alaska artist up to $5,000, at any stage in their career, to support short-term projects that have a clear benefit to their growth as an artist.

Hope will develop and produce a public performance of his original musical theater script with the money.

The other winners are: Dimitrios Macheras, multidiscipline/newgenre, Anchorage; Barry McWayne, visual arts, Fairbanks; Larry Merculieff, literary arts, Anchorage; Michael Nakoneczny, visual arts, Fairbanks; Cinthia Ritchie, literary arts, Anchorage; Robert Rose, crafts, Sitka; Bill Sherwonit, literary arts, Anchorage; Mark Wedekind, crafts, Anchorage; Caleb Aronson, music composition, Kenai; Jennifer Baron, visual arts, Talkeetna; Beverly Cover, visual arts, Anchorage; and Andrew Hilsabeck, multi-discipline/newgenre, Homer.

The deadline for the Project, Fellowship and Distinguished Artist awards is Sept. 1. More information is available at or call Victoria Lord at (907) 297-2827 or (877) 366-2700.

Alaska Youth Choir to perform 'A Tribute to Mothers'

JUNEAU - The Alaska Youth Choir will hold "A Tribute to Mothers," its spring concert in dedication to Grace Akiyama, at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Northern Light United Church.

The performance will feature choir music sun by children ages 6 through 18.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $20 for families.

Clown show 'Number's Up' returns for 4 performances

JUNEAU - "Number's Up!" John Leo's one-clown, mystery-and-vaudeville play about catastrophe, existence and searching, returns for four performances, 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 12-13 and May 19-20, at Perseverance Theatre's Phoenix Room.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale of $5 to $15. The play is suitable for theatergoers more than 12 years old.

"Number's Up!" chronicles a clown who struggles with displacement after a series of horrific events. The performances include magic, ventriloquism, magic, dance and physical theater.

The play is directed by Roblin Gray Davis and produced by Lil' Buoy Physical Theatre.

JDHS to host end-of-year concerts, May 16-18

JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School music department will host three concerts, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, May 16-18, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

On Tuesday, the jazz band, intermediate band, concert band, wind ensemble and concert choir will perform. On Wednesday, the chamber orchestra, strings orchestra, men's choir, women's choir and show choir will play. On Thursday, the jazz choir will be featured, along with a selection of solos and ensembles from the Southeast Music Festival in Sitka.

Band director Ken Guiher, orchestra director Julia Bastuscheck and choir director Richard Moore will lead the performances.

College of the Ozarks choir to perform Tuesday at Marine Park

JUNEAU -The 55-singer Chapel Choir of College of the Ozarks will perform a 45-minute concert of patriotic and gospel music at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at Marine Park.

The school is a four-year liberal arts college in Branson, Mo. All students work 15 hours a week during the school year to cover their entire tuition.

Under the direction of Joe Hardin and accompanied by college president Jerry C. Davis, the chaperoned, student-choir is traveling on the NCL Star cruise ship and is also performing in Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia.

Northern Light Church looking for new home for three-manual organ

JUNEAU -The 1963 model solid-state electronic Rodgers Organ formerly at Northern Light United Church is available for the cost of transportation to a new church or home.

The three-manual organ has seven channels of sound, plus cabinets with speakers and amplifiers. All parts are available, but the loud speakers are of dated material and may need replacement.

Several rebuilt amplifiers are also available. The roll-top console could be adapted for a sound booth in a church or a desk in a home.

For more information, call (907) 723-3644.

JAHC accepting Concerts in the Park applications

JUNEAU -The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is accepting applications from performers for its summer Concerts in the Park series, 7-8:30 p.m. Friday nights at Marine Park in downtown Juneau.

The series will begin June 9 and run through Aug. 11, with the exception of Aug. 4, when Bearfoot Bluegrass will play at Centennial Hall.

Performer applications can be downloaded at

Three sets are scheduled each night, and each set lasts 25 minutes. A sound technician will be available, and there will be access to microphones and speakers. For more information, call the arts council at (907) 586-2787.

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