Since 1972, the Sitka Summer Music Festival has been Alaska’s premiere classical music festival, presenting exquisite music in the pristine setting of Southeast Alaska. The finest musicians from around the world gather in this rarefied paradise for four weeks of events that will challenge and excite your senses.

The 2017 Festival will run June 6 – July 2.

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Our weekly schedule looks like this:

Tuesdays – The Week in Preview

5:30pm at Stevenson Hall– Music educator Susan Reed hosts an informal discussion about the composers & pieces that are on the programs for the week. Guest artists will often drop by!

Wednesdays – Cafe Concert

6:30pm – A free 1-hr concert in a local restaurant (rotates weekly)

Thursdays – Bach’s Lunch

12:15 at Odess Theater – A free 1-hr concert (June 8, 15, and 22 only – no concert June 29)

Fridays & Saturdays – Formal Evening Concerts

7:30 pm at Harrigan Centennial Hall – Pre-concert lecture and interview with an artist begins at 6:45. NOTE: for the final week of the Festival, these concerts will held on Thursday & Friday, June 29-30, instead of Friday-Saturday.

Sundays – Special Events

June 11 at 3pm – Free family concert at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi
June 18 at 3pm – Crab feed (no music, but it’s a popular community event – outdoor picnic of crab and all the fixings; a fundraiser for our organization)
June 25 at 6pm – A 3-hour dinner cruise with Allen Marine Tours in Sitka Sound including a live musical performance
July 2 at 11am – Brunch in a private home with concert

Guest Artists

Week 1 | June 6 – 12: The Attacca Quartet; violinist Kurt Nikkanen; violist Scott Rawls; cellist Zuill Bailey; pianists Maria Asteriadou and Natasha Paremski

Week 2 | June 13-19: soprano Kate Bass; violinist Ben Breen; cellist Zuill Bailey; pianists Yuliya Gorenman, Natasha Paremski, and Susan Reed
Week 3 | June 14-19: June 20-26: flutist Amy Taylor; violinist/violist Christian Colberg; violist Martin Sher; cellists Zuill Bailey and Jia Kim; pianists Natasha Paremski and Susan Reed
Week 4 | June 27-July 2: violinists Nikita Borisevich and Paul Rosenthal; violist Martin Sher; cellists Zuill Bailey, Jia Kim, & Melissa Kraut; pianists Margarita Borisevich and Navah Perlman