Hello, Anchorage friends!

The first week of the Autumn Classics was one to remember! An enormous thank you goes out to our guest artists, everyone who attended our concerts and events, and to Alaska Airlines, whose sponsorship of this concert series plays a vital role in helping us fulfill our statewide mission. We’re thrilled to bring you one more week world-class chamber music this fall. Here is what you have to look forward to:

On Thursday, a few of our guest artists will pay a visit to the Anchorage Museum, where they will perform selections from the upcoming weekend’s programs. Music begins at 12:15pm. This concert is free with admission to the museum.

Friday evening, SSMF Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will take the stage with the world-renowned Matt Herskowitz Trio to perform Herskowitz’s own arrangement of Bach’s “Prelude for Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major,” followed by “Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio,” written by French jazz legend Claude Bolling. The remainder of the program will feature original works by Matt Herskowitz and drummer David Rozenblatt, as well as a special performance of Bach’s “Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major,” arranged by the late jazz trumpet player Lew Soloff. Music begins at 7:30pm in the UAA Recital Hall.

We have a lot happening on Saturday! At 10 am, join us in the UAA Recital Hall for an “Informance” – a free open rehearsal where the musicians work through a piece and tell you about the process.

Then at 12:30 pm, join us for a Wine & Cheese Tasting, with special guest Matt Herskowitz. This fundraising event features a selection of cheeses from Fromagio’s and wines from Mike McVittie, plus music by Matt Herskowitz. Learn more and get your tickets here.

Then, at the Saturday evening concert, the Matt Herskowitz Trio will present “Chopin Reimagined,” a unique programing blending jazz improvisation with classical virtuosity. The program will begin with an original nocturne by Matt Herskowitz, followed by four Chopin etudes. The evening will close with a performance of Herskowitz’s own arrangement of Chopin’s famous “Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor.” Music begins at 7:30pm in the UAA Recital Hall.

On Sunday, we will wrap up the Autumn Classics with a special Grammy celebration concert featuring SSMF Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and pianist Susan Wingrove-Reed. The afternoon will begin with a performance of Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei,” followed by Bloch’s Hebraic Rhapsody, “Schelomo.” The concert will close with a performance of Michael Daugherty’s “Tales of Hemingway,” which garnered Zuill his first Grammy this past year. Please note that this concert begins at 4pm in the UAA Recital Hall, not 7:30pm.

Tickets are available by phone at (907) 263-2787, or online through through CenterTix. For more information, visit our Autumn & Winter Classics page.