Tag Archives: Sitka Summer Music Festival

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.

Nikkanen, Rawls share ‘journey’ with Goldberg Variations

Nikkanen_RawlsViolinist Kurt Nikkanen and violist Scott Rawls will join Sitka Summer Music Festival Artistic Director Zuill Bailey this afternoon to perform Bach's Goldberg Variations as a string trio (12:30 PM Thu Jun 18, Harrigan Centennial Hall, free). Despite the contemplative nature of the piece, the pair describe it as a 'journey' in performance. Visit the Sitka Summer Music Festival online for a complete concert schedule and ticket information. Downloadable audio.

Herskowtiz: Classical virtuoso with a jazz twist

biographyMatt Herskowitz, a Montreal-based pianist, composer and arranger, will be performing with his jazz trio at the Sitka Summer Music Festival this year. A graduate of the Julliard School in New York City and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Herskowtiz is known for fusing the technique of a classical virtuoso with a prowess in jazz. Downloadable audio.

“Sound your A!” Thom Moore brings oboe to SSMF

Moore_ThomThomas C. Moore is an oboist and audio recording producer. Moore was joined by SSMF Artistic Director Zuill Bailey to talk about oboe music through the centuries and his Grammy-winning audio production work. Downloadable audio.

A preview of the 43rd Sitka Summer Music Festival

Bailey_Zuill-e1427043515261-222x222Kayla Boettcher, the Executive Director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, was joined by Artistic Director Zuill Bailey. Founded in 1972, SSMF is a month-long classical chamber music festival that begins today (06-02-15) and runs through Sunday, June 28. Downloadable audio.

A ‘season of gratitude’ at the Sitka Summer Music Festival

StevensonHall Stevenson Hall, as it appears in the Historic American Building Survey.[/caption]Kayla Boettcher, executive director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, reports on her organization's receipt of a $260,000 grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust, which will allow for the purchase of the festival's headquarters at Stevenson Hall. The Murdock Trust, plus a number of individual funders, contributed a total of $530,000 in capital funding, some of which will be used toward repairs of the historic building. Downloadable audio.

Sitka’s Cello Seminar brings music to the people

Robert Lee (l.) and Alex Cox study at the Cleveland Institute and the Julliard School respectively. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka is packed with students in the summertime, but these students have the largest luggage. The Sitka Cello Seminar is at its halfway point. Ten students from around the country are in town, living in Stevenson Hall on the Sitka Fine Arts Campus, and taking daily master classes with a pair of renown faculty. The seminar performed for the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (7-9-14).


The morning interview host welcomes Sitka Summer Music Festival Zuill Bailey and Melissa Kraut to talk about the inaugural cello seminar current happening in Sitka