Several months after the Juneau Symphony performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony last spring, Roald Simonson began sorting through the live concert footage he'd gathered on film.
The soloist glides her bow across the two silk strings of her erhu, drawing the music of China from across the sea. Behind her, a violinist echoes the motion. A mandolin joins in. Then from center stage, a delicate woman plucks notes like Japanese haiku from a 13-stringed koto.
The CrossSound Music Festival promises to be an entertaining and culturally rich event, and musicians and composers from Douglas, Asia and Europe will participate. You've heard the erhu before, but probably didn't realize it.
The vintage bags are from private collections. The contemporary bags were created by Alaska bead artists Lisa Graham, Bob Fink, Salty Hanes, Tulip Morrow, Shawn Hatt Cohen and Angela Rorem. This is the ninth year that bead artist and teacher Salty Hanes of Spirit Beads has hosted the show.
The CrossSound Music Festival continues this weekend with a second Juneau concert. The musicians flew to Sitka last week for two performances and return this weekend with some Sitka musicians for a completely different concert.
Two fine movies open tonight in Juneau, and they share the same engaging characters. Filmmaker John Sayles has given us two movies in one with ``Limbo,'' and they're both exceptional.
Tone color: Musician and music teacher Julia Bastuscheck is the principal violist with the Juneau Symphony and also plays with the Nimbus Ensemble.
A good musical score can actually be the key selling point for any production. A best supporting actor, if you will, that compliments solid performances.
Sensuous and dramatic, melancholy and lovely is how Juneau pianist Phil Miscovich described Frederic Chopin's "Nocturne in B flat minor." The melody contains all the mystic crooning and lurking voluptuousness of its composer, he added.
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