Music from Sitka stage

Quartet from music festival to play in Juneau this weekend

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2000

After serenading Sitka for several weeks, four of the musicians from the Sitka Summer Music Festival will perform in Juneau this weekend.

Since the beginning of June, 18 musicians from around the globe have converged on Sitka for the annual music festival created by Paul Rosenthal of Juneau. This Saturday, Rosenthal and a handful of his colleagues will perform a special summer concert at 8 p.m. at the Northern Light Church.

Rosenthal, who has played violin since the age of 3, created Sitka's music festival in 1972. For this year's program, the violinist made a concerted effort to include musical compositions that have never been heard during the festival's long history.

``I would say that half of the pieces were never played before in town,'' said Heather MacLean, the Sitka Summer Music Festival's coordinator.

``The response has been overwhelmingly positive,'' she added. ``People have been really happy with the program.''

The annual Juneau concert usually takes place the day after the Sitka festival closes and is similar to the last program performed at the larger event.

``For the last few years, Paul usually brings the same musicians that appear in the closing program of the festival to Juneau. They play Friday night in Sitka and then fly to Juneau for our concert,'' said J. Allan MacKinnon of the Juneau Oratorio Choir, which is sponsoring the Juneau performance.

This year, four of the six musicians that will perform the final concert in Sitka will play in Juneau. The quartet consists of Rosenthal and Diane Monroe playing violin, Jeffrey Solow on cello and Edward Auer at the piano.

``Every year it's a new and different program but it's always excellent musicians,'' MacKinnon said.

``A lot of people from here can't be in Sitka for the festival so this is our opportunity to see absolutely top shelf musicians perform in Juneau,'' he added.

Tickets are available at Hearthside Books for $14 adults, $12 for students and senior citizens.

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