Young musicians to present concertos
Each year, the Juneau Symphony offers music students in Southeast Alaska the opportunity to compete for a chance to perform with the orchestra. The Youth Concerto Competition performance is free and open to the public. It will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Hendrickson Hall on the University of Alaska Southeast campus.
This event showcases some of Southeast Alaska's young talents, and this year includes violinist Stefan Hovik from Ketchikan competing in the junior division. Other competitors include Juneau violinists Megan Bush, Franz Felkl and Austin Moline. Clarinetist Niko Hoskin is the sole entrant in the senior division.
Students must be 14 years old or younger at the time of competition for the junior division; senior division participants must be between 15 and 18 years old, or finished with high school. Music must be memorized, and musicians play with a piano accompanist.
Winners perform with the Juneau Symphony at its Dec. 16 mainstage concert and at its Music in the Schools concert for fourth- and fifth-graders Feb. 2. For more information, contact symphony administrator Jetta Whittaker at 586-4676.
Ballet demonstration and dance slated
Ballet students at Juneau Dance Unlimited will give a dance performance at 6 p.m. Saturday illustrating a range of ballet techniques.
Austrian composer Karl Czerny, a contemporary of Mozart, composed a series of piano studies and sonatas titled "Etudes." These were choreographed for a dance that illustrates the eight levels of classical ballet, and Juneau dance master Christian Martinu has further adapted them.
"We made them a kind of fun and exciting thing," he said.
The dance demonstration is the first in a series of monthly free performances at the Juneau Dance Unlimited studio. The half-hour performance will be followed by the annual meeting of the JDU membership at 7 p.m., and a swing dance at 8 p.m. The JDU studio is in the Scottish Rite Temple at Fourth and Seward streets in downtown Juneau.
Alaska mystery writer John Straley to read
Sitka writer John Straley will read selections from his sixth and latest mystery novel, "Cold Water Burning," in a presentation at 7 p.m. Friday at the downtown library. He'll also answer questions about his work.
A poet and private investigator as well as a novelist, Straley has written five mysteries featuring detective Cecil Younger. His first novel, "The Woman Who Married a Bear," won the Shamus award for best first mystery. His books have been set in Juneau and other Southeast Alaska communities.
The free presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Juneau remembers World War II
Harriet Roberts and Kathy Ruddy conducted two public forums during the last year to document Juneau residents' memories of World War II. Video footage of interviews will be shown at noon, Saturday, at the JuneauDouglas City Museum, and Roberts and Ruddy will discuss their project.
The event is part of the museum's First Saturdays Program. On the first Saturday of each month, October through May, different community groups will present special activities at the museum. Admission is free.
Film series seeks subscribers
Film-maker and theater-owner Lisle Hebert hopes show a series of classic films at The Gold Town Nickelodeon in November. He is soliciting subscribers to the series to raise funds for ordering and presenting the films. A minimum of 65 subscriptions are needed, and tickets to the series are $50. The films will show once a week, on Thursday nights.
He plans to show "Runaway Train," "All Fall Down," "Das Boot," "The Effect of Gamma Rays On Man in the Moon Marigolds," "Wattstax," and "The Swimmer."
Those interested can contact Hebert at 463-5591 for more information.