Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2000

Youth Concerto competition

Applications for the Juneau Symphony's 2000 Youth Concerto Competition are now available.

The competition will be held Oct. 8 at the University of Alaska Southeast. The deadline to apply for the Youth Concerto Competition is Sept. 15. The competition is open to young instrumentalists through age 18 who live in Southeast Alaska and who meet the competition rules. Winners will perform with the symphony at the December 2000 and February 2001 concerts. The competition has two age categories, with a winner in the junior division (14 and younger) and the senior division (18 or completion of high school).

To receive an application and a set of competition rules, contact the Juneau Symphony at 586-4676.

Perseverance Theatre season kick-off

Perseverance Theatre is celebrating the opening of its 22nd season with a champagne reception and brunch aboard the MV Galaxy.

The benefit Sept. 10 will include a preview of the season with vignettes from some of the upcoming plays, a presentation by artistic director Peter DuBois, live music with Curt Terrall and Mike Fieldhouse, a drawing for a cruise for two and a four-course lunch with wine.

The event is from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Cost is $50, and all proceeds support the upcoming season at Perseverance Theatre. Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are hosting the benefit. Tickets are available by calling Annie Stokes at Perseverance at 364-2421, ext. 46. Call by the end of the day Friday.

Juneau Symphony begins rehearsals

Rehearsals begin next week for the Juneau Symphony's upcoming season.

New and returning musicians are invited to a potluck at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Juneau-Douglas High School band room. The first rehearsal of the season will follow from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Jetta Whittaker, symphony administrator, said the symphony is especially interested in new string players.

"People move to town who might have played the violin years ago, and those we want to drum up support for," she said.

Wind instrumentalists are invited, but the symphony currently does not have any openings for wind players.

"All string players are welcome, just bring your instrument and come," said Whittaker. "We have all the wind slots covered, but we would like to put you on the roster for future concerts."

Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings at the high school, sometimes with additional sessions. Kyle Wyllie Pickett is the music director.

The first concert Oct. 7 features the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Respighi's "Pines of Rome'" and Brahms "Piano Concerto Number One."

Call 586-4676 for more information.

Sitka WhaleFest seeks logo

The Sitka WhaleFest is holding a contest to find a permanent logo.

The nonprofit organization is offering $500 to the creator of the selected black and white design for the annual celebration of marine wildlife. It will be used on stationery, signs, T-shirts, mugs and other promotional items.

The logo will become the property of the WhaleFest. Original artwork must be submitted, no larger than 9 by 12 inches and no smaller than 4 by 6 inches. If text is incorporated into the design, it must read "Sitka WhaleFest."

The WhaleFest is a three-day event in November that features biologists, educators and researchers offering presentations on recent studies of whales and marine wildlife. Slide shows, workshops, whale-watching trips, panel discussions, an art show, trade fair and performances are included in the festival.

The deadline is Oct. 27. Entries may be mailed to Sitka WhaleFest, c/o Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau, 303 Lincoln St., P.O. Box 1226, Sitka, AK 99835. Call 747-4708 for details or e-mail

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