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The program for the Alaska Airlines Autumn Classics in Anchorage has been set! Jump over to the Anchorage page to see details of what is scheduled so far. We'll keep updating the schedule as we get more details on special programs and outreach.
The 2016 International Cello Seminar entered 2016 as it's biggest and best season yet, featuring MORE students and MORE time in Sitka, which meant MORE performances for the public to enjoy. The Cello Seminar had its big performance "Cellobration" on Tuesday, July 19th at 7:30pm in Odess Theater at Allen Hall. The performance included cello solos, small ensembles and [...]
Over the past few months we’ve been working with NorthWind Architects on schematic drawings for the remodel of Stevenson Hall, the “mother ship” of the Sitka Summer Music Festival. We’re excited to share our ideas with you, which include a slight expansion on the back of the building, giving us a little more elbow room [...]
We welcome young cellists from around the world to Sitka for the 2016 Sitka Cello Seminar. Here are this year's participants! Isa Al Najem was born in Bahrain in 1994 and was initially taught by his father the oud, which is a traditional Middle-Eastern instrument that is similar to the lute, which was intended to be his primary [...]
All 16 Beethoven String Quartets will be performed during the first two weeks of the 2016 Sitka Summer Music Festival. The Cypress String Quartet has been gearing up for this musical treat as a part of their farewell tour. According to a press release from the Quartet, "For the past several seasons, the Cypress String Quartet (CSQ) [...]
We've taken some exciting steps in the last 6 months to begin restoring Stevenson Hall, the home base we purchased last year on the Historic Sheldon Jackson Campus. This wonderful building has already served for four years as home for the Sitka guest artists and as our administrative building. To stabilize it, maximize the space for our mission, [...]
We welcome Shira Kahan to our team as our new (and first!) Promotions and Production Coordinator. A few things about Shira: Hometown: Washington, DC Favorite type of music (besides classical, of course) : Musical Theater Hidden Talent : Curing hiccups Musical instruments Shira has played in her lifetime (as an amateur) : violin, piano, ukulele Favorite/Least Favorite Hike [...]
The 2016 Winter Classics tour and concert series brought incredible concerts and educational opportunities to several Alaska communities the first week of February. Zuill traveled with two members of the Cypress String Quartet (violinist Cecily Ward and violist Ethan Filner) to the North Slope, performing for students and community members in Barrow and Alpine Oil Field. [...]
We were dazzled to have the Matt Herskowitz Trio back in Sitka last month for our annual "Wine and Music with Friends" fundraiser. Over a hundred guests joined us for a transformative evening of music in a Steampunk salon. Tickets included a delicious dinner catered by Beth Short-Rhodes and wine. An exciting live and silent auction, [...]