Sound & fury in brief

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2008

CrossSound to present "Maroon Settings" Sept. 5

"Maroon Settings," a CrossSound concert featuring five premieres by composers from around the world, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Juneau Arts & Culture center. A pre-concert talk begins at 7:15 p.m.

A pay-as-you-can preview performance will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

The performance celebrates CrossSound's 10 years of commissioning new works for musicians, and commemorates 50 years of Alaska statehood.

State Writer Laureate John Straley of Sitka, who acted as curator, suggested selections from the works of contemporary Alaskan writers to inspire composers in creating their original works. Among the writers chosen were poets Robert Davis Hoffman of Sitka, Jerah Chadwick of Unalaska, John Haines of Fairbanks, Nora Marks Dauenhauer and Richard Dauenhauer of Juneau, and Danish author Gregers Dircking-Holmfeld.

Composers include Martin Brody of Boston, Gôn-Yong Lee of Korea, Polina Medyulyanova of Uzbekistan, Owen Underhill of Vancouver, B.C. and Bo Holten of Denmark.

Tickets are available at the arts center and are $18 in advance, or $20 at the door.

Arts council kicks off concert season with gypsy jazz

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council's concert season will begin in dramatic fashion with the gypsy jazz of the John Jorgenson Quintet. The quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Known as one of the pioneers of the gypsy jazz movement in America, John Jorgeson was a member of the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters, and was a six-year member of Elton John's band. He was also asked to recreate the music of renowned jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt for two feature films, "Gattica" and "Head in the Clouds." Jorgeson plays the clarinet as well as the guitar, and performs his own compositions in addition to standards..

For more information about the John Jorgenson Quintet, visit

Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 586-2787, or by visiting the arts council office at 350 Whittier St.

Rock the Vote starts rockin' at 4 p.m. on Saturday

Juneau musicians will perform at a Rock The Vote concert with non-stop music from 4-11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Performers will include Deering and Down, Slow Gun Runner, Travis Croteau and Libby Sterling, Pat Henry, Teri Tibbett and Alex Nelson, Trevor Nye, Carl George, T.J. Rifanburg, and Chris Silver and friends. A hip-hop show with Northkut Wolf Pack, DJ-Keys and friends will begin at 6 p.m.

Rock the Vote coordinates voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote events and voter education efforts with the intention of building political power for the nation's youth. Rock the Vote supports young people making changes in their communities, including standing up for diversity, tolerance and freedom of expression.

The event in Juneau is free and non-partisan. Political groups of all affiliations will provide literature at information tables. Registrars will be available to register voters.

For more information, call 586-3529 or e-mail

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