The 2017 Alaska Airlines Winter Classics series and Alaska Tour were a great success, bringing over 1,100 Alaskans together between Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Bristol Bay.

As early as February 4th Natasha Paremski, pianist, and Wendy Sutter, cellist, were en route to Naknek, Dillingham, and Aleknagik for community performances and classical music education events with local children. Cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Susan Reed stayed on the road system, performing at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in Talkeetna on February 7 and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center on February 10.

Back in Anchorage, Wendy and Natasha were joined by Sitka Summer Music Festival founder and violinist Paul Rosenthal for the weekend concert series at the University of Alaska: Anchorage Department of Music Recital Hall. It was a weekend filled with the vibrant sounds of classical music, from Brahms to Beethoven and more.

We thank our generous sponsors, without whom the concert series would be impossible: ConocoPhillips, Alaska Airlines, the National Endowment for the Arts, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Avis Alaska, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, the Atwood Foundation, University of Alaska: Anchorage, Alaska Eagle Eye, Camai Community Health Center, Bristol Bay Borough School District, Dillingham Arts Council, Dillingham City School District and the following restaurants: Snow City Cafe, South, and Spenard Roadhouse.

A small gallery of images from communities and performances:

 

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