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Sitka Summer Music Festival artistic director Zuill Bailey explains some musical backstories at Sunday’s final concert. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)
Sunday marked the final public concert of the 43rd annual Sitka Summer Music Festival, titled “Brunch with Schubert.” Barbara Hames hosted the event at her Halibut Point Road home, and a sold-out crowd enjoyed a full concert and post-concert brunch buffet of crab cakes, moose sliders and cream-and-berry-stuffed french toast.
Guests line up for a brunch buffet. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)
SSMF artistic director and cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Natasha Paremski performed Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne for Cello and Piano, while the Cypress String Quartet (Cecily Ward, Tom Stone, Ethan Filner, and Jennifer Kloetzel) opened the concert with Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C Minor, D. 703, and closed with the rarely-played “2 Sketches Based on Indian (Native American) Themes, A.99″ by Charles Tomlinson Griffes.
Sitka's Alaska Day celebrations got underway early Saturday morning (10-18-14) with a ribbon cutting at the Sitka Sound Science Center to celebrate the renovation of the center's Sage Building. The building has a new roof, new windows, and a newly repaired exterior -- the glass for the front doors arrived late Friday night, just in time to open them to the public on Saturday morning. more
Earlier this year Sitka had a tarot card reader in residence -- he read over seventy people’s cards in a downtown coffee shop. The Tarot, it turns out, is mystical -- but not magic. Like professional therapy, it's really about looking into a mirror, as KCAW’s resident tarot skeptic, Robert Woolsey, discovered. more