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Duo offers unique brand of classical concert

Posted: January 26, 2012 - 9:53am
Low and Lower musicians, Brooks Whitehouse, Cellist and Paul Sharpe, Bassist.  Courtesy of Low and Lower
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Low and Lower musicians, Brooks Whitehouse, Cellist and Paul Sharpe, Bassist.

When Low and Lower performs Saturday night, it should be a different type of musical experience.

Low and Lower is Paul Sharpe, a bassist, and Brooks Whitehouse, a cellist. The two men offer renditions of classical staples while entertaining the crowd with narration and humor.

The concert, sponsored by the Performing Arts Society, will take place at the Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m.

"It's going to be combining some classical things and some theater-type presentation," said Maria Allison, a PAS board member. "They're going to do some narration while they're playing and they're doing some music that's novelty as well as the serious stuff.

"So it should be a very different type of concert."

There were a few reasons why Allison wanted Low and Lower to play on the Kenai Peninsula, she said.

"We don't get a chance to have a bass player here very often," she said. "The thing that's special about (Sharpe) is that he grew up in Anchorage and studied in the public school music programs and played in the Anchorage Youth Symphony."

Allison believes that Sharpe will be a role model and a reminder of what can come from growing up in Alaska.

"You can still become a professional musician," Allison said. "And go from Alaska to somewhere else and make a name for yourself in the field. It's kind of fun to have him come back because he's such a success story."

In addition to the Saturday concert, the duo will visit Tustumena Elementary, Kaleidoscope School and Nikiski North Star on Friday.

"(Sharpe) and (Whitehouse) both are great with audiences and they really like performing for kids," Allison said.

According to a press release, Sharpe performs quite frequently with the Anchorage Symphony and Anchorage Youth Symphony, traveling from wherever he is working to continue to share his music with his home state. Whitehouse matches him in his interest in education and promotion of the lower string instruments. They decided that playing music should occasionally have moments when it's more fun and relaxing. The seriousness of the genre can be tempered with jokes, spoofs, and "playing with" the music. Jazz, tango, the blues, folk, and Haydn all mix in their concert.

General admission tickets will be $20, and student tickets (including adult students) will be $10. Tickets are available at Northcountry Fair, Sweeney's, River City Books, Already Read, Country Liquor and Charlotte's. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Following Saturday's concert there will be a reception where the audience can meet the musicians.

Logan Tuttle can be reached at logan.tuttle@peninsulaclarion.com.

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