Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2003

Lyric Opera hosts Musical High Tea

JUNEAU - The Juneau Lyric Opera is hosting its annual Musical High Tea and Silent Teapot Auction with two shows, 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19, at the Westmark Baranof.

Both shows celebrate the music of the 1930s.

"It was a great time for lyrical melodies," the opera company said in a statement.

"Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and the Gershwins were busy writing for Broadway and the Silver Screen. Jazz and blues influenced the beginning of the Big Band Sound. Singers like Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, the Andrews Sisters and the Dorsey Brothers were household names thanks in great part to radio. While America was in a great depression, Americans continued to sing," the company said in its statement.

Singers include Brett Crawford, Phillipe Damerval, Jay Query, Cheryl Crawford, Cathy Pashigian, Cyndee Simpson-Sugar and Hannah Hoshide. They will be accompanied by pianist Sue Kazama.

Tickets are available at Hearthside Books for $25 or at the door for $28. Senior and student tickets are $22 at Hearthside or $25 at the door.

Former University of Alaska Southeast professor John d'Armand is the artistic director of the tea.

"John is old school in the best sense of the word," Damerval said. "His spirit makes you laugh and makes you sing."

"I grew up on this music," d'Armand said.

"It is a time of the great American songwriters. There is a wealth of music to choose from, and if we were to present it all we would be having tea from 4 in the afternoon until breakfast the next morning," he said.

Celebrating Alaska Day

JUNEAU - Local artist Jim Fowler will appear at the downtown library at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 - Alaska Day - to talk about the process by which he illustrated "Benny's Flag," a 2003 book written by Phyllis Krasilovsky.

"Benny's Flag" is the story of Benny Benson, the 13-year-old boy who won a contest to design the Alaska state flag. Fowler will present some new illustrations for the book and talk about some of his other works.

The Gastineau Primary Room Singers, children from Dirk Miller and Paige Merrian's joint primary class at Gastineau Elementary in Douglas, will sing the Alaska Flag Song.

The library will be closed on Alaska Day but will open specially at 7 p.m.

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