Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2002

Music scholarship auditions to be held

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who displays musical talent, dedication and a desire to continue advanced music studies.

The Mary and Lucian Cassetta Memorial Scholarship competition is open to instrumentalists and vocalists. Applications must be postmarked by April 9.

For more information, contact the Anchorage Symphony at 274-8668.

Visual arts scholarships offered

The Kenai Peninsula Art Guild is offering art scholarships to people 18 or older who are in college or show continual interest in visual arts. The scholarships may be used to defer educational costs or to provide assistance in a private setting.

Applications are available at the art guild in Old Town Kenai. For more information, call 260-7652.

Percussion workshop to be held in Homer

Percussionist Eddie Wood will conduct an introductory percussion workshop with Dotti Harness' and Laurie Decker's ninth- and 10th-grade math class March 27 through April 4.

The students will arrange and compose different rhythmic patterns to correspond with fractions, decimals, percentages and other mathematical concepts using a wide variety of percussion instruments from around the world.

The first week of the workshop will be devoted to music-time signature, dividing a measure into 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 notes and musical notation.

By the second week, Wood will lead students through rhythmic activities and guide them to composing pieces, while encouraging improvisation to meet the diverse musical styles. During the third week, the students will "fine-tune" their percussion styles in preparation for a performance.

As a finale, Wood will present an introductory percussion workshop at 6 p.m. April 4 at the Homer Art Council Building that will emphasize the connections between math and music. The students will demonstrate the percussion pieces they have composed.

Parents, teachers, family and friends are invited to the event and are encouraged to bring their favorite percussion instrument. A suggested donation of $5 will go to the Homer Foundation for Future Arts Opportunities in Homer.

Writers conference planned

Registration is being held for the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference to be held June 23-27 at Land's End Resort in Homer. Sponsored by Kenai Peninsula College's Kachemak Bay Campus.

There will be more than 30 visiting writers and faculty attending with keynote presenter being nationally-acclaimed novelist Russell Banks.

For more information, visit the Web site at http://chinook. or call 235-7743.

Irish musicians to play in Soldotna

Irish musicians Emer Mayock and Eamon O'Leary will celebrate the season March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The event is sponsored by World Music for the Kenai, the Alaska Irish Music Festival and Kenai peninsula College's Multi-Cultural Consortium.

Tickets will be sold only at the door. General Admission is $12; seniors and KPC students are $10; and children under 10 years are free.

For more information, call 262-6548.

--Staff reports

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