2020-2021 VIRTUAL Autumn & Winter Classics

We are excited to announce a 6-concert virtual series for this autumn and winter! We will present one concert per month – on the 2nd Thursday of each month – starting in October. Each concert will be released at 6:00 pm AK time on those dates.

The concerts will be available through a page on this website, but you will need a password to enter the concert page. This password is being provided in a letter sent in early October to our mailing list, and through regular updates to our email list. If you haven’t received the password, feel free to contact our office for the information: 907-747-6774.


Details for each concert are included below.

Of course we wish we could be gathering with you in person at the wonderful UAA Recital Hall, but we also wish to keep you and our artists safe and healthy. Please stay well, and keep in touch.

October 8, 2020
Matt Herskowitz: Chopin Etudes +

Festival favorite Matt Herskowitz presents selections of his new Chopin Etudes +  project, showcasing his exceptional talent for creating original jazz arrangements of classical works. The evening will include a pre-concert interview with Matt hosted by Zuill Bailey.

Matt says: “This project contributes a new, cross-genre interpretation of the Chopin Etudes, infusing contemporary jazz language and grooves into the original pieces. In the tradition of Leopold Godowsky’s “Etudes on the Etudes”, my aim was to create “Jazz Etudes on the Etudes”, making Chopin’s original etudes all the more challenging by layering in new rhythmic and virtuosic demands in the jazz idiom.”

Learn more at www.mattherskowitzpiano.com

November 12, 2020:
Rob Kapilow – “What Makes It Great?”: The music of Cole Porter

Conductor, composer, commentator, and author Rob Kapilow brings us a very special look at the music of Cole Porter. Rob’s “What Makes It Great” programs bring listeners inside the music: for the first half of each program, he takes a piece of great music, tears it apart, and puts it back together again. In the second half, the audience hears the piece in its entirety – hopefully with a new pair of ears. “What Makes It Great” is about the difference between hearing and listening.

Watch an example from PBS News Hour here. 

Learn more about Rob at his website: robkapilow.com

December 10, 2020:
Adam Golka – Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Ludvig van Beethoven was born in December, 1770, and we are thrilled to celebrate his 250thbirthday with Adam Golka. Adam has immersed himself in studying Beethoven’s works ever since he first presented all 32 piano sonatas at the age of 18. He is honoring Beethoven’s birthday this year by releasing his first volume of recorded Sonatas, and producing an accompanying video series called “32@32”, where he has a series of 32 conversations – one corresponding to each of Beethoven’s piano sonatas – with a dazzling array of special guests.

View the trailer for 32@32

Learn more about Adam

January 14, 2021:
Shelley Watson – Live from New York!

Experience the exciting world of Shelly Watson, a multi-dimensional musician of the 21stcentury. An award-winning opera singer and graduate of Juilliard, Shelly has created her own brand of entertainment excellence for highly-engaging, interactive performances. Shelly will present this concert LIVE and specifically geared to our audience, using an impressive display of improvisational skills, comedic patter, and vocal virtuosity.

Learn more about Shelly and see some sample performances

February 11, 2021:
Duo Parnas

Sisters and longtime chamber music collaborators Madalyn Parnas Möller and Cicely Parnas first distinguished Duo Parnas by taking 1st prize in Carnegie Hall’s International Chamber Music Competition in 2007. Since then, they have appeared at countless festivals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Israel, including the 2015 Sitka Summer Music Festival and 2018 Winter Classics. Cicely is also a two-time apprentice of the Sitka International Cello Seminar. Join us for an exciting evening celebrating the next generation of musicians!

Learn more about Madalyn

Learn more about Cicely

March 11, 2021:
Richard Dowling – Music of Chopin, Beethoven, and Gottschalk

Hailed by The New York Times as an “especially impressive fine pianist”, Richard has received performance reviews that praise him as “a master of creating beautiful sounds with impeccable control of colors and textures” and as a “musician with something to say, the skill to say it, and the magnetic power to make you want to listen.” Richard has performed in Alaska numerous times with Juneau Jazz & Classics, the Piatigorsky Foundation, and most recently in 2019 at the Sitka Summer Music Festival.

Learn more about Richard

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