Tag Archives: Sitka Summer Music Festival

Sitka Summer Music Festival comes to a close this weekend

sitkaZuill Bailey, artistic director for the Sitka Summer Music Festival and violist Martin Sher joined us in the studio. Sher will be performing in several festival concerts this week.

Founding festival musician to perform free concerts

Stevenson_Doris-02-300x300Stevenson is one of the five original musicians from the first festival in 1972, and she came to Sitka almost every year for the first 40 years.

Bailey: Building trust, connections through music

Bailey believes strongly in outreach. "Our mission is to have music everywhere," he says. (Zuill Bailey photo)Performing solo for the Sitka Chamber of Commerce, Cellist Zuill Bailey is a musical force of nature. He believes in the importance of the arts in Alaska, and he makes his case on a 17th-century instrument.

Quartet spends final weeks performing together in Sitka

The Cypress String Quartet, based in San Francisco, has been performing for over 20 years. This is the group's third time performing with the Sitka Summer Music Festival.Violinists Cecily Ward and violist Ethan Filner, founding members of the Cypress String Quartet, joined us in the studio with Zuill Bailey, artistic director for the Sitka Summer Music Festival. The Cypress String Quartet performs again Wednesday June 8, 6:30 p.m. at The Mean Queen.

Sitka Summer Music Festival starts with Beethoven

Indonesia_1300_v1The Sitka Summer Music Festival began with gusto this week. For the first half of the month-long chamber music residency, the Cypress String Quartet will be performing all of Beethoven’s string quartets. These performances are extra special because they are among the last for the San Francisco-based group, which has been performing for two decades.

String quartet to play Beethoven’s works

Indonesia_1300_v1The Sitka Summer Music Festival is here! Tom Stone and Jennifer Kletzel of the Cypress String Quartet, a San-Francisco based quartet, talks about playing the entire Beethoven string quartet cycle during their two weeks in Sitka and their final two weeks playing together as a group. Downloadable audio.

Chamber festival transforms dock for Steampunk Gala

Matt_Herskowitz-001Sitka Summer Music Festival executive director Kayla Boettcher and board member Cyndy Gibson describe how the Old Sitka Dock passenger building will be transformed for this Sunday's Steampunk Gala with the Matt Herskowitz Trio (Doors open 5 PM Sun Feb 28, Old Sitka Dock). Visit the Sitka Summer Music Festival for ticket information. Downloadable audio.

Sitkans detail impacts of 2016 ferry system cuts

The fast ferry Fairweather sails Chatham Strait, between Admiralty and Chichagof islands in 2010. One of its four new engines broke March 7 while sailing Prince William Sound. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Sitkans affected by substantial ferry service cuts will voice their concerns during a rally and legislative listening session at noon Friday (10-23-15). Here are some of the impacts they expect.

Cello-brate good times, c’mon!

webZuill Bailey, the Artistic Director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, was joined by Dr. Melissa Kraut, a co-founder of the Sitka Cello Seminar. In its second year, the seminar brings together promising cello students and instructors for 13 days of intensive cello study. Benjamin Francisco, one of the eight students participating in the seminar, talks about a day in the life and combining a love for the outdoors with music. Downloadable audio.

Imagine the Fantastic Four, with strings!

i21a6963Kurt Baldwin and Julia Sakharova, two members of Arianna String Quartet, talk about their upcoming performances with the Sitka Summer Music Festival. The quartet will perform today (6-25-15) at 12:30 and tomorrow (6-26-15) at 7:30 at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Downloadable audio.