Festival musicians bring anniversary performances from Sitka to Juneau

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2001

Ten musicians from the Sitka Summer Music Festival will perform in Juneau this weekend.

"This is the most musicians that they have ever brought over to Juneau for a concert," said J. Allan MacKinnon, director of music at Northern Light Church.

Usually, three guest musicians and Paul Rosenthal, founder of the music festival, play for Juneau audiences. However, 2001 marks the 30th anniversary of the festival, and a record number of musicians have come to Alaska to play in the last month.

Those extra numbers spilled over into the Juneau concert, which takes place at 7 p.m. Sunday at Northern Light Church.

"There's a group of folks that just can't make a trip over to Sitka," MacKinnon said. "They're working and they just don't have the resources and that sort of thing. ... (The Juneau concert) is very convenient and it's terrific to be able to hear chamber music live."

Cellists Toby Saks and Eugene Osadchy, violist Marcus Thompson, violinists Christiaan Bor, Agnes Gottschewski and Rosenthal, double bass player David Brown, clarinetist Monica Kaenzig, bassoonist Patricia Kindel and French horn player Beth Cook-Shen will perform Rossini's "String Sonata in C Major," Mortari's "Duettini Concertati Per Violino E Contrabasso" and Beethoven's "Septet in E-Flat Major."

"It's a wonderful kind of event," MacKinnon said. "These folks travel and leave from Juneau and will go on to summer festivals all over the world."

Tickets are on sale at Hearthside Books, and cost $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

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