Festival guests

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2002

Little Charlie and the Nightcats

Music: Chicago-style blues, rockabilly and swing.

When and where: 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Marlintini's Lounge, $20, $16 for students and seniors. Also two-hour blues cruise shows aboard Allen Marine catamaran, leaving from Marine Park 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, May 18, $50.

Little Charlie and the Nightcats have been playing together since Charlie Baty and Rick Estrin were students at the University of California at Berkeley in the mid-1970s. Baty started on harmonica and switched to guitar; Estrin plays harmonica and sings.

After a couple of dozen years of playing together and 11 albums, Baty is hailed as a versatile and imaginative guitarist and Estrin has become an award-winning songwriter. Estrin's songs have been recorded by artists such as Koko Taylor, John Hammond Jr. and Robert Cray.

The band includes Ronnie James Weber playing stand-up bass and June Core on drums.

The Chenille Sisters

Music: Tight, jazzy harmonies, acoustic pop, range of material from kids' music to adult.

When and where: Two-hour brunch cruise shows aboard Allen Marine catamaran, leaving from Marine Park 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, $50. Also family concert 4 p.m., Saturday at JuneauDouglas High School auditorium, $15 for adults, $5 for kids, and under age 3 free.

They have songs about chocolate, big hair and Albert Einstein, social issues and having fun. The Chenille Sisters have seven CDs for adults and three CDs for kids.

"They're great singers and I bet they're really exciting live," said Julie Pigott, a Juneau musician. "They're colorful and playful. They're nationally well-known children's musicians, but they're not early-childhood musicians. They're more complicated and stylized; they're jazzy with a more mature sound."

Beethoven, Brie and Bordeaux

Pianist Shari Rhoads, French horn player Jeffrey Agrell, violinist Kathryn Lucktenberg and cellist Steven Pologe.

Music: Violin and cello duets, piano and French horn duets, solo piano.

When and where: 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, Baranof Hotel Treadwell Room, $25.

An afternoon of wine, cheese and classical music with two musical couples performing in several different combinations.

Cellist Steven Pologe and violinist Kathryn Lucktenberg are a couple, and tour and perform as a duo. They are also two-thirds of Trio Pacifica, which performs Monday evening. The two will perform violin and cello pieces Sunday.

They live in Eugene, Ore., and have served on the faculty at the University of Oregon since 1993. Prior to that, they lived in Hawaii, where Lucktenberg was concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony for 13 years.

Pologe performs frequently as concerto soloist with a number of Northwest orchestras and performs annually with the Oregon Bach Festival. He was principal cellist with the Honolulu Symphony for 13 seasons and was on the University of Hawaii music faculty.

Pianist Shari Rhoads is a conductor, opera and piano coach and opera theater director. Agrell is a composer and both teach at the University of Iowa.

"She's playing with Jeffrey Agrell, the French horn player; they're married and a duo as well," Rosenthal said.

Rosenthal said Rhoads and Agrell will perform a set and then Agrell will enjoy the brie and Bordeaux as Rhoads showcases Beethoven's first published work, Opus 1, No. 1, on piano.

"Its charming," she said of the work, which Beethoven composed in his early 20s. "It's young Beethoven - it's fresh. It has all the charm you'd expect from the period, but the boldness and his personality is shining through."

Juneau Jazz and Classics Free Noon Concerts

Monday-Thursday, noon to 1 p.m. May 20-24, in the State Office Building atrium; Friday, May 24, noon at Nugget Mall.

Music: The festival musicians are featured in short performances. Monday is Jeffrey Agrell and Shari Rhoads; Tuesday is Kathryn Lucktenberg and Victor Steinhardt; Wednesday is Sharon Isbin, Steven Pologe and Victor Steinhardt; Thursday is Victor Steinhardt.

Brahms and Beyond

7:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, Chapel by the Lake.

Trio Pacifica, Jeffrey Agrell and Shari Rhoads

$20, $16 students and seniors

Music: Brahms Piano Sonata in C, "Sonata Boogie" for piano and violin, "Inner World" for cello and CD, Beethoven's sonata for French horn and violin.

"They will change configurations," Rosenthal said of the Monday concert. "They'll be mixing and matching in the first half. The trio is the second half, featuring the Brahms."

Violinist Kathryn Lucktenberg, cellist Steven Pologe and pianist Victor Steinhardt formed Trio Pacifica in Eugene, Ore., in 1993. Since then the trio has performed throughout the western United States and Taiwan. Trio Pacifica has one CD featuring works of American composer Jon Deak.

Steinhardt is professor of piano at the University of Oregon, where he has been on the faculty since 1968. He's collaborated with singers, horn players, chamber groups and violinists to record a number of CDs embracing a variety of styles. He's also recorded a CD of ragtime piano and his own composition, "Sonata Boogie," for violin and piano. He also composed "Running Blue" for clarinet, violin, and piano, and "Ein Heldenboogie," a piano solo.

"I've played Victor Steinhardt's music. He has a jazzy, very high-spirited style," Rosenthal said.

"Inner World" is an unusual cello piece featuring a Pologe solo, accompanied by a pre-recorded CD created by the composer, Australian Carl Vine.

"That's his ensemble; the composer created sounds in his studio, sounds we wouldn't hear by human beings," Rosenthal said. "It's not like there could be a pianist sitting there, or an orchestra; it's all created electronically."

Jazz and Classics workshops

Open to musicians of all levels and ages; violin and viola, cello, piano, voice, French horn. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, University of Alaska Hendrickson Building, $20.

Non-jazz improvisation workshop with Jeffrey Agrell

Thursday, May 23, same time and place.

"This is for people who are not jazz musicians," Rosenthal said. "It's for people like me, people who play classical or other kinds of music with other kinds of training. It's a class to learn some ground rules to open up and improvise, at your level and with your training, in the music language you already speak."

The class is open to all instrumentalists at all levels.

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