A musical treat for the Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2011

Central Kenai Peninsula residents are in for a musical treat Monday when musicians from the Sitka Summer Musical Festival make a stop in town for the night.

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Jeffrey Solow, a musician from the Sitka Summer Musci Festival, will perform Monday at 7 :30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran church in Soldotna.

The Performing Arts Society is bringing the classical ensemble to Soldotna with a performance at Christ Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m.

The winter tour concert includes Paul Rosenthal on violin, Jeffrey Solow on violoncello, and Yoni Levytov on piano.

Rosenthal, who is based in Sitka, is the artistic director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival and has been the driving force behind the festival and various tours for more than 30 years.

"Paul travels the world in concert and as he goes along he finds all these wonderful musicians to play with him," said Jean Brockel, president of the Performing Arts Society. "We are lucky enough that Paul finds them for us and brings them to Alaska to tour."

The idea behind the winter tour concert in Alaska is to play chamber music for communities that might not otherwise get to hear it, said Roberta Rinehart, the executive director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival.

Rosenthal "just likes exposing people to classical music that don't get to see it as much," she said.

Like on Wednesday he was performing in Chevak, a small Western Alaskan town situated on Hooper Bay, she said.

"From Carnegie Hall to Chevak. How often does that happen?" Rinehart said.

She said the Kenai Peninsula has become a tour stop for the musicians because of the support from the local community.

There are "sophisticated ears in your area" and "lots of great fans that appreciate the music," Rinehart said.

The Sitka Summer Music Festival winter tour concert Monday should be a delight even for the most refined listeners.

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