Thanks to you, our cherished friends and supporters, for what has been an inspiring year. Your support and encouragement has allowed us to reach hundreds around the state of Alaska, by bringing over 60 chambers to life from Barrow to Eagle River to Sitka and in between; by hosting, mentoring and training next-generation musicians through [...]
All 16 Beethoven String Quartets will be performed during the first two weeks of the 2016 Sitka Summer Music Festival. The Cypress String Quartet has been gearing up for this musical treat as a part of their farewell tour. According to a press release from the Quartet, "For the past several seasons, the Cypress String Quartet (CSQ) [...]
We've taken some exciting steps in the last 6 months to begin restoring Stevenson Hall, the home base we purchased last year on the Historic Sheldon Jackson Campus. This wonderful building has already served for four years as home for the Sitka guest artists and as our administrative building. To stabilize it, maximize the space for our mission, [...]
We welcome Shira Kahan to our team as our new (and first!) Promotions and Production Coordinator. A few things about Shira: Hometown: Washington, DC Favorite type of music (besides classical, of course) : Musical Theater Hidden Talent : Curing hiccups Musical instruments Shira has played in her lifetime (as an amateur) : violin, piano, ukulele Favorite/Least Favorite Hike [...]
The 2016 Winter Classics tour and concert series brought incredible concerts and educational opportunities to several Alaska communities the first week of February. Zuill traveled with two members of the Cypress String Quartet (violinist Cecily Ward and violist Ethan Filner) to the North Slope, performing for students and community members in Barrow and Alpine Oil Field. [...]
We were dazzled to have the Matt Herskowitz Trio back in Sitka last month for our annual "Wine and Music with Friends" fundraiser. Over a hundred guests joined us for a transformative evening of music in a Steampunk salon. Tickets included a delicious dinner catered by Beth Short-Rhodes and wine. An exciting live and silent auction, [...]
This is a very special performance of duo parnas and Zuill Bailey at the blue.holloman gallery in Anchorage Alaska. duo parnas is the stunning collaboration of supremely musical sisters, violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist Cicely Parnas. Their profound artistry speaks of their life-long partnership and performance career. Zuill Bailey is widely considered one of the premiere cellists in [...]
At the Winter Classics in 2015, Zuill asked Rachel Barton Pine to perform a Paganini Caprice. This was a "teaser" for the next evening's concert, which featured Rachel performing all 24 Caprices in an unforgettable show.