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The Catalyst Quartet plays their arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Sitka’s Harrigan Centennial Hall. From left: Jessie Montgomery, Karla Donehew-Perez, Karlos Rodriguez, and Paul Laraia. (Rachel Waldholz / KCAW)
The Catalyst Quartet performed Thursday (6-12-14) at Harrigan Centennial Hall, as part of the Sitka Summer Music Festival’s free “Bach’s Lunch” concert series. The group has collaborated to arrange Bach’s Goldberg Variations for string quartet. In the process, said festival artistic director Zuill Bailey, they’ve transformed the classic into “truly new music.”
The Sitka Summer Music Festival continues through June. You can find a full schedule of events at sitkamusicfestival.org.
Linda Behnken, the Executive Director of the Alaska Longline Fisherman's Association was joined by Tori O'Connell, the Research Director of the Sitka Sound Science Center, to provide an update on SEASWAP (The Southeast Alaska Sperm Whale Avoidance Project). As O'Connell explains, the project just secured $311,000 in funding to continue research on a sperm whale avoidance network this fall. The avoidance network will tag whales in the Chatham Strait black cod fishery and give fisherman devices to communicate where the whales are located. Downloadable audio. more
A Sitka grand jury has indicted three people for tampering with physical evidence related to a police investigation into heroin trafficking. more