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Did you miss Shelly Watson’s live concert on Thursday?

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This video will be available through Sunday, Jan 17.
Many thanks to Shelly Watson for an amazing night!

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4 days ago

Sitka Music Festival

Virtuosic vocalist Shelly Watson will perform live for the Sitka Music Festival: Thursday, January 14, 6:00 pm AK time. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you! We have room for all your gowns. Please come to Sitka, bring your music, sit in our hot tub, and count whales! Dr. Don and Penny

I wanna be Shelly Watson when I grow up! 😍

Thank you for allowing us to view this concert.

Thank you for bringing music to Whale Island in Sitka Sound!

Watching from East Wenatchee Washington. This is great!! Thank You. ❤❤💖💖

Thank you for "visiting" Alaska again, Shelly.... I so enjoyed your Juneau Jazz & Classics concert a few months ago!

Love this performance! Love your dog, BTW! 🐶

This is so perfvect for this dark and stormy night! I am loving you Shelly!

My 4 year old Natalie says "I love y our singing. You are so good at singing. And you are really pretty."

Davidoff Dinner Theater loves you. You are our headliner!,

I’ll waltz with the fella delivering my Thai red curry. Won’t he be surprised!

Looking forward to meeting you in June. Thank you for a lovely evening.

That is such a fabulous mic for a fabulous show!

Thank YOU, Shelly........ as well as our wonderful family of supporters from Alaska and beyond!

Shelley we love you in Midtown Manhattan!!

So glad to have you back "in Alaska." Everyone really is in for a treat.

We are watching in Sitka.

Watching from Tennessee. Darrell

Good-by Shelly, Thank you!

Thank you, this is cool.

Hello from Sitka!

Shelly is not only a wonderful musician, but a costume designer, set designer, comedian, jeweler, actor, make up artist, technology master, epic story teller...... great friend.... oh you get it now. She is the BEST!

A mbassador Dr Don and Penny in Whale island

Good to see you again ! Thank you!

Miss Zelda's got the stuff

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7 days ago

Sitka Music Festival

🎻 Applications are now being accepted for our 2021 Sitka International Cello Seminars. Two sessions are offered this summer with the Sitka-based residential seminar scheduled for July 5 - 25 and the separate one-week virtual seminar set for June 28 - July 3, 2021. Visit sitkamusicfestival.org for details. ... See MoreSee Less

🎻 Applications are now being accepted for our 2021 Sitka International Cello Seminars.  Two sessions are offered this summer with the Sitka-based residential seminar scheduled for July 5 - 25 and the separate one-week virtual seminar set for June 28 - July 3, 2021.  Visit sitkamusicfestival.org for details.

As part of our ongoing Autumn & Winter Classics, we are pleased to present virtuoso vocalist Shelly Watson for an epic night of artistry on Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 pm (AKT). Described by the NY Times as "A rambunctious, over-the-top soprano of considerable charm," Shelly will host a unique, interactive evening of entertainment that she has curated especially for the Festival.

This event will be streamed LIVE! The show will also be recorded and available for viewing through Sunday, Jan 17. Learn more at sitkamusicfestival.org.
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As part of our ongoing Autumn & Winter Classics, we are pleased to present virtuoso vocalist Shelly Watson for an epic night of artistry on Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 pm (AKT). Described by the NY Times as A rambunctious, over-the-top soprano of considerable charm, Shelly will host a unique, interactive evening of entertainment that she has curated especially for the Festival.
 
This event will be streamed LIVE!  The show will also be recorded and available for viewing through Sunday, Jan 17. Learn more at sitkamusicfestival.org.

Sitka Music Festival Artistic Director Zuill Bailey during a recent visit to Sitka's Fortress of the Bear! ... See MoreSee Less

As a fiery sun sets on 2020, we wish you a bright 2021!

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Photo credit: Rich McClear
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As a fiery sun sets on 2020, we wish you a bright 2021!

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Photo credit: Rich McClear

We are thrilled about our January "virtual" concert! Our first concert in 2021 will feature award-winning singer @shellywatsonsings! Stay tuned for more details ... See MoreSee Less

We are thrilled about our January virtual concert! Our first concert in 2021 will feature award-winning singer @shellywatsonsings!  Stay tuned for more details

Thank you Alaska Airlines, the Atwood Foundation, and YOU for being a bright light of support! Our "Virtual" Autumn & Winter Classics concert series couldn't happen without you. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you Alaska Airlines, the Atwood Foundation, and YOU for being a bright light of support!  Our Virtual Autumn & Winter Classics concert series couldnt happen without you.

This Thursday at 6:00pm, join us to see Pianist Adam Golka as he performs three of Beethoven's piano sonatas plus a special accompanying interviews. The program is as follows:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1+ interview with Leon Fleisher, renowned pianist and pedagogue, and Adam’s teacher at the Peabody Conservatory

Piano Sonata No. 26 in Eb Major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”+ interview with Jan Swafford, noted composer and author of "Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph"

Piano Sonata No. 31 in Ab Major, Op. 110+ interview with Arnold Steinhardt, acclaimed violinist best known in his role with the Guarneri Quartet

More details can be found at sitkamusicfestival.org
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This Thursday at 6:00pm, join us to see Pianist Adam Golka as he performs three of Beethovens piano sonatas plus a special accompanying interviews. The program is as follows:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1+ interview with Leon Fleisher, renowned pianist and pedagogue, and Adam’s teacher at the Peabody Conservatory

Piano Sonata No. 26 in Eb Major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux”+ interview with Jan Swafford, noted composer and author of Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph

Piano Sonata No. 31 in Ab Major, Op. 110+ interview with Arnold Steinhardt, acclaimed violinist best known in his role with the Guarneri Quartet

More details can be found at sitkamusicfestival.org

1 month ago

Sitka Music Festival

⚡🎻 Pass the word about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to your favorite young cellist now! Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Sitka International Cello Seminar. Two options are now available with the Sitka-based residential seminar scheduled for July 5-25 and a 1-week virtual seminar set for June 28-July 3. More information and a link to apply are available at:. sitkamusicfestival.org/sitka-cello-seminar/ ... See MoreSee Less

⚡🎻 Pass the word about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to your favorite young cellist now! Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Sitka International Cello Seminar. Two options are now available with the Sitka-based residential seminar scheduled for July 5-25 and a 1-week virtual seminar set for June 28-July 3.  More information and a link to apply are available at:. https://sitkamusicfestival.org/sitka-cello-seminar/

2 months ago

Sitka Music Festival

We are pleased to announce that pianist Adam Golka will be the featured artist for our Autumn & Winter Classics concert on December 10! To help celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday, Adam will play three complete Beethoven piano sonatas as well as interview three special guests. This is an event you don't want to miss. For details, visit Sitka Music Festival. ... See MoreSee Less

We are pleased to announce that pianist Adam Golka will be the featured artist for our Autumn & Winter Classics concert on December 10!  To help celebrate Beethovens 250th birthday, Adam will play three complete Beethoven piano sonatas as well as interview three special guests.  This is an event you dont want to miss. For details, visit Sitka Music Festival.

2 months ago

Sitka Music Festival

Radiant light filters through the trees of Sitka National Historical Park.

Thank you @sophieneth for the lovely shot.
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Radiant light filters through the trees of Sitka National Historical Park.

Thank you @sophieneth for the lovely shot.

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Wish I could still run through Totem Park. It’s gorgeous!

Exquisitely beautiful.

2 months ago

Sitka Music Festival

🎻The Sitka Music Festival is now accepting applications for the 2021 Sitka International Cello Seminar! The Sitka-based residential seminar is scheduled for July 5 - 25 with a one-week virtual seminar set for June 28 - July 3, 2021. More information and link to apply is available at:
sitkamusicfestival.org/sitka-cello-seminar/
... See MoreSee Less

🎻The Sitka Music Festival is now accepting applications for the 2021 Sitka International Cello Seminar! The Sitka-based residential seminar is scheduled for July 5 - 25 with a one-week virtual seminar set for June 28 - July 3, 2021.  More information and link to apply is available at:
https://sitkamusicfestival.org/sitka-cello-seminar/

Comment on Facebook 🎻The Sitka Music ...

I sent the video to your site. Quite an inspiration to young people to interact with such a talent, I think.

I'm not sure if you know who I speak of, but he is from Croatia. He did a video with school children performing with them a classic. Done outside with a big circle of school kids playing their instruments. A must see.

you should invite Hauser.

2 months ago

Sitka Music Festival

A stormy Autumn day in Southeast Alaska!

Thanks to @rafe_hanson for this awesome photo.
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A stormy Autumn day in Southeast Alaska!

Thanks to @rafe_hanson for this awesome photo.
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