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Announcing the 2018 Autumn Classics!

July 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Alaska Airlines Autumn Classics! The first weekend of this year's Autumn Classics (September 7-9) will celebrate the fifth annual Sitka International Cello Seminar. Featured performers include Sitka International [...]

2018 Cello Seminar Highlights (Part 2)

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Highlights from the Second Week of the Sitka International Cello Seminar The participants in the 2018 Sitka International Cello Seminar have packed their bags and said their goodbyes as another wonderful week drew to [...]

2018 Cello Seminar Highlights (Part 1)

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Highlights from the first half of the 2018 Sitka International Cello Seminar Over the last 10 days, the Sitka International Cello Seminar participants have been actively engaging with the Sitka community in a variety [...]

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Highlights from the Second Week of the Sitka International Cello Seminar The participants in the 2018 [...]

2018 Cello Seminar Highlights (Part 1)

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For #ThrowbackThursday, we're traveling back to 2016 to the 3rd annual Sitka International Cello Seminar. 2016 certainly lived up to its reputation as an international festival, with Isa Alnajem joining us from Bahrain via Boston University and Kristiana Ignatjeva coming all the way from Latvia via the Royal College of Music in London. Other participants included Sarah Miller and Robyn Neidhold, who both joined us again this year for the 2018 seminar, as well as Chris Beroes-Haigis, Eliza Fath, Erica Ogihara, Benjamin Rogers, Sarah Swong, Alexander Wagner, and Marza Wilks.

Here’s the whole class in front of our longterm "mothership," Stevenson Hall.

Our instructors were Zuill Bailey, Melissa Kraut, and Elizabeth DeMio. #tbt
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For #ThrowbackThursday, were traveling back to 2016 to the 3rd annual Sitka International Cello Seminar. 2016 certainly lived up to its reputation as an international festival, with Isa Alnajem joining us from Bahrain via Boston University and Kristiana Ignatjeva coming all the way from Latvia via the Royal College of Music in London. Other participants included Sarah Miller and Robyn Neidhold, who both joined us again this year for the 2018 seminar, as well as Chris Beroes-Haigis, Eliza Fath, Erica Ogihara, Benjamin Rogers, Sarah Swong, Alexander Wagner, and Marza Wilks. 

Here’s the whole class in front of our longterm mothership, Stevenson Hall. 

Our instructors were Zuill Bailey, Melissa Kraut, and Elizabeth DeMio. #tbt

Cicely Parnas has performed recitals, concertos, and chamber music across the globe, often in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Granddaughter of the distinguished cellist Leslie Parnas, she started playing the cello at the age of four and made her concerto debut at eleven. She has studied with cellists Peter Wiley and Ronald Feldman, and earned an Artist Diploma from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she worked with Sharon Robinson.

Cicely first came to Sitka with her sister, violinist Madalyn Parnas, as part of Duo Parnas. The duo performed during the first weekend of 2015 Sitka Summer Music Festival, and Cicely fell in love with Alaska. In 2017 and 2018 she has returned to participate in the Sitka International Cello seminar as an Artist Apprentice to Zuill Bailey. This year she was also a guest artist for the 2018 Sitka Summer Music Festival and will be performing during the first weekend of the Autumn Classics series in Anchorage on September 7th, 8th, and 9th as part of a “Cello-bration” of the 5th anniversary of the Sitka International Cello Seminar. She will be joined by fellow cellists Zuill Bailey, Dr. Melissa Kraut, and Jared Blajian.

Cicely is also an active commissioner of new music for the cello, and has several works written specifically for her, including the “Etudes for Cicely” which she will perform during the September 7th Evening Concert.

Tickets and more information regarding the Autumn Classics series can be found at bit.ly/2K3VlZ6!
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Cicely Parnas has performed recitals, concertos, and chamber music across the globe, often in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Granddaughter of the distinguished cellist Leslie Parnas, she started playing the cello at the age of four and made her concerto debut at eleven. She has studied with cellists Peter Wiley and Ronald Feldman, and earned an Artist Diploma from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she worked with Sharon Robinson.

Cicely first came to Sitka with her sister, violinist Madalyn Parnas, as part of Duo Parnas. The duo performed during the first weekend of 2015 Sitka Summer Music Festival, and Cicely fell in love with Alaska. In 2017 and 2018 she has returned to participate in the Sitka International Cello seminar as an Artist Apprentice to Zuill Bailey. This year she was also a guest artist for the 2018 Sitka Summer Music Festival and will be performing during the first weekend of the Autumn Classics series in Anchorage on September 7th, 8th, and 9th as part of a “Cello-bration” of the 5th anniversary of the Sitka International Cello Seminar. She will be joined by fellow cellists Zuill Bailey, Dr. Melissa Kraut, and Jared Blajian.

Cicely is also an active commissioner of new music for the cello, and has several works written specifically for her, including the “Etudes for Cicely” which she will perform during the September 7th Evening Concert. 

Tickets and more information regarding the Autumn Classics series can be found at bit.ly/2K3VlZ6!

No stranger to the Sitka Summer Music Festival and Cello Seminar, Dr. Melissa Kraut will be making her Anchorage debut this year during the first weekend of the Autumn Classics.

Dr. Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. Having developed and trained some of the outstanding young musicians of today, Dr. Kraut has demonstrated a unique ability to teach all ages and stages of dedicated students, helping them reach their highest potential both at and away from the cello.

She enjoys reaching students from all over the world through master classes and workshops. Her status as a Suzuki Teacher Trainer, enables her to pass on her love of pedagogy to the next generation of teachers. In addition, she is passionate about public speaking and the ability to reach audiences of a larger scope, about topics broader than cello.

Dr. Kraut met Zuill Bailey when they were both instructors at the Meadowmount School of music. During their downtime, their conversations drifted towards starting their own Cello Seminar at some point, though the idea seemed a distant possibility at the time. When Zuill called her several years later with the proposition of co-founding the Sitka International Cello Seminar, she leapt at the opportunity, and has been a pillar of the seminar ever since.

The cello seminar celebrates its 5th Anniversary this year, and will be celebrated with three all-cello concerts during the Autumn Classics series in Anchorage on September 7th, 8th, and 9th. Dr. Kraut will be performing on all three programs, and will be joined by fellow cellists Zuill Bailey, Cicely Parnas, and Jared Blajian.

Tickets and more information regarding the Autumn Classics series can be found at bit.ly/2K3VlZ6!
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No stranger to the  Sitka Summer Music Festival and Cello Seminar, Dr. Melissa Kraut will be making her Anchorage debut this year during the first weekend of the Autumn Classics. 

Dr. Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. Having developed and trained some of the outstanding young musicians of today, Dr. Kraut has demonstrated a unique ability to teach all ages and stages of dedicated students, helping them reach their highest potential both at and away from the cello.

She enjoys reaching students from all over the world through master classes and workshops. Her status as a Suzuki Teacher Trainer, enables her to pass on her love of pedagogy to the next generation of teachers. In addition, she is passionate about public speaking and the ability to reach audiences of a larger scope, about topics broader than cello.

Dr. Kraut met Zuill Bailey when they were both instructors at the Meadowmount School of music. During their downtime, their conversations drifted towards starting their own Cello Seminar at some point, though the idea seemed a distant possibility at the time. When Zuill called her several years later with the proposition of co-founding the Sitka International Cello Seminar, she leapt at the opportunity, and has been a pillar of the seminar ever since. 

The cello seminar celebrates its 5th Anniversary this year, and will be celebrated with three all-cello concerts during the Autumn Classics series in Anchorage on September 7th, 8th, and 9th. Dr. Kraut will be performing on all three programs, and will be joined by fellow cellists Zuill Bailey, Cicely Parnas, and Jared Blajian. 

Tickets and more information regarding the Autumn Classics series can be found at bit.ly/2K3VlZ6!

 

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This week's #ThrowbackThursday takes us back to the summer of 2015! Among the cellists who joined us in Sitka for the 2nd Annual Sitka International Cello Seminar were Joseph Teeter, who was here again this year for the 2018 seminar, and Jared Blajian, who will be performing at the September 7th, 8th, and 9th Autumn Classics concerts in Anchorage. Tickets for these concerts are available at tickets.centertix.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1971.

The other cellists from 2015 were Benjamin Francisco, Noah Krauss, Hannah Moses, Brendon Phelps, Kyle Price, and Carolyn Ronning, and the instructors were Zuill Bailey, Melissa Kraut, and Elizabeth DeMio.

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This weeks #ThrowbackThursday takes us back to the summer of 2015! Among the cellists who joined us in Sitka for the 2nd Annual Sitka International Cello Seminar were Joseph Teeter, who was here again this year for the 2018 seminar, and Jared Blajian, who will be performing at the September 7th, 8th, and 9th Autumn Classics concerts in Anchorage. Tickets for these concerts are available at https://tickets.centertix.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1971.

The other cellists from 2015 were Benjamin Francisco, Noah Krauss, Hannah Moses, Brendon Phelps, Kyle Price, and Carolyn Ronning, and the instructors were Zuill Bailey, Melissa Kraut, and Elizabeth DeMio. 

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Subscriptions are on sale for our Autumn & Winter Classics series in Anchorage! To learn more about subscription options or to purchase your subscription, contact
CenterTix at (907) 263-2787 or tickets.centertix.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1971
For more info on our Anchorage concert series, visit us online at alaskaclassics.org.
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Subscriptions are on sale for our Autumn & Winter Classics series in Anchorage! To learn more about subscription options or to purchase your subscription, contact 
CenterTix at (907) 263-2787 or https://tickets.centertix.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1971
For more info on our Anchorage concert series, visit us online at alaskaclassics.org.
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