Sitka Summer Music Festival

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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 2019 Festival will be held June 4-30. Our general weekly schedule is listed below; we’ll update this page with details about artists and programs as they’re revealed.

**Dates are subject to change and not guaranteed at this point.


June 4-9: Violinist Kurt Nikkanen; Violist Scott Rawls; Cellist Zuill Bailey; Pianist Richard Dowling — featuring the complete Beethoven string trios and music by Scott Joplin

June 11-16: Violinists Paul Rosenthal and Benjamin Breen; Violist Martin Sher; Cellists Jia Kim and Zuill Bailey; Pianists Matt Herskowitz and Natasha Paremski — solo piano from Ravel, Prokofiev, and “From Gershwin to Gottschalk”; Shostakovich Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano; Beethoven Piano Quartet in E-flat Major; Walton Cello Concerto

June 18-23: Violinists Alison Bailey and Helen Kim; Flutist Amy Taylor; Violists Christian Colberg and Martin Sher; Cellist Zuill Bailey — featuring string sextets by Dvorak, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky

June 25-30: Violinists Alison Bailey and Helen Kim; Clarinetist Ted Gurch; Violist Martin Sher; Cellists Zuill Bailey and Melissa Kraut; Pianist Piers Lane — featured works include Beethoven Clarinet Trio, Brahms Clarinet Trio, Turina Piano Quartet, Brahms A Major Piano Quartet

Our weekly schedule looks like this:

Tuesdays – The Week in Preview

5:45 pm at Stevenson Hall– Music educator Susan Reed hosts an informal discussion about the composers & pieces that are on the programs for the week. You’ll also have a chance to meet a guest artist and hear a brief performance!

Wednesdays – Cafe Concert

6:30pm – A free 1-hr concert at the Mean Queen restaurant

Thursdays – Bach’s Lunch

12:15 at Odess Theater – A free 1-hr concert (June 6, 13, and 20 only – no concert June 27)

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: the concerts on the last weekend will be held Thursday and Friday, June 27 & 28; not Friday and Saturday. There will be no concert on Saturday, June 29.

Sundays – Special Events (dates subject to change)

June 9 – Free family concert
June 16 – 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 23 – A 3-hour dinner cruise with Allen Marine Tours in Sitka Sound including a live musical performance
June 30 – Brunch in a private home with concert


It takes a city to put on this festival, and we’d love your help! From ushering to set-up and clean-up for our big events, your time is appreciated. If you’d like to know more about volunteer opportunities, call Amy at 907-747-6774.

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