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Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2005

Tutunov to teach piano class at UAS

JUNEAU - Belorussian pianist and keyboard studies professor Alexander Tutunov will teach a four-session master piano class spread over the fall and spring semesters at University of Alaska Southeast.

Tutunov, a professor at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore., plays about 35 concerts a year internationally. He has performed in Juneau several times in the last two years, including last September as part of the UAS Piano Campaign

Tutunov will perform with the Juneau Symphony in its annual pops concert, June 17-18, 2006.

"He's very amusing, but he gets right to the heart of what the student needs to do to improve and he explains it well and explains it nicely," said Allison Browne of UAS. "And while he's talking to the student he's talking to the audience too."

The four Saturday sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 17, Jan. 28, April 1 and April 29, at the Egan Lecture Hall.

Students who perform will receive one college credit. Students who wish to observe may register to audit the class. Credit will not be awarded.

Master class students must register by Friday, Sept. 16. Register online at or at the Novatney Building on campus. Senior citizens may apply for tuition waivers but not until after the class starts. They should attend the Sept. 17 master class, sign their name and register the following Monday.

A UAS Dual Enrollment Signature Form is required for high school students and students under 16.

Filipino recording artist to perform in Juneau

JUNEAU - Miss Joey Albert, the top female recording artist in the Philippines during the 1980s, will make her first Juneau appearance, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Centennial Hall.

Albert will also appear in Sitka, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

Both shows are sponsored by SP3J Production, out of Juneau. Harold Caparas and Kathleen Olivas will open.

Tickets are $35, $45 or $65 and are available at the door, or by calling one of nine phone numbers:

Rey Mel Oriental, 790-4684; Fernando Manalo, (619) 632-8645; Fejie and Gernan Manalo, 209-0515; Romeo and Lyn Jaravata, 321-3295; Cliff and Arsenia Sales, 789-0103; Maria Luciano, 209-7518; Gerlie Monta, 723-1446; Frontier Gifts, 586-3559; or Bernadette's Special BBQ at 209-8016.

Albert graduated from college in 1981 with a degree in communication arts and began touring the five-star hotel circuit, singing with showbands. In 1982, she was named Ms. Dreamgirl Filipina. Later, a string of shows at the Hyatt Regency in Manila led to a deal with one of the city's top record companies.

She was the top recording artist in the Philippines during the 1980s - the golden age of the country's music industry.

Her hits include "Tell Me," "A Million Miles Away," "Points of View," "Yakapin Mo Ako," "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin," "I Remember the Boy," "Lisa Pa Lamang," "Sa Iyo Lamang" and "It's Over Now."

Albert was named Best Female Recording Artist at the 1985 Cecil Awards for "Tell Me," which went gold and was turned into a hit again in 1998 by The Side A Band.

Since 1981, Albert has recorded 11 albums and compact discs, appeared in countless television shows, movies and advertisements, performed with foreign acts including Julio Iglesias and El DeBarge and played concerts all over the United States, Southeast Asia and the Philippines.

Albert is also the first Filipino artist to release a compact disc in the Philippines.

In 1985, she went into semi-hiatus, deciding to spend most of her time in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family. She still tours occasionally in the United States and returns to Manila annually.

Albert has survived uterine cancer and completed chemotherapy for colon cancer in March 2004.

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