Art Briefs

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2003

Community chorus looking for members

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is accepting community members to join the community chorus that will perform Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" in April. Registration and rehearsals for the chorus start in January. Singers in the central Kenai Peninsula can register for a community chorus class at Kenai Peninsula College so they can learn the music and rehearse locally until the rehearsals begin in Homer in January. The class meets Monday and Thursday nights in November and December at the college. The class can be taken for college credit or for no credit, though some fees apply either way. The class begins Nov. 4 but anyone interested in taking it needs to register at the college soon.

Anyone interested in joining the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra can call Maria Allison at 283-3024. The orchestra rehearses in Ninilchik.

For more information, call Jean Brockel at 262-4084 or Maria Allison at 283-3024.

Symphony holding auditions

The Anchorage Symphony is holding auditions from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Atwood Concert Hall in Anchorage. Auditions are by appointment only. All instruments are welcome to audition to be substitutes, however, the orchestra has permanent openings for violin one and two, viola, cello and assistant principal string bass. For more information, call (907) 274-8668.

Song of the Year deadline nears

The deadline to enter the eighth annual Song of the Year Contest, put on by the Alaska Public radio Network, is Sept. 12.

This statewide event helps artists gain recognition of their work, provides feedback to songwriters and helps to raise money for APRN.

Songwriters can enter their original songs in one of the 16 different categories and have a chance to win prizes, including gift certificates from Mammoth Musical Instruments as well as studio time at Mirror Studios. Category winners and top five finalists will be invited to perform their song at the annual Song of the Year Concert at the Sydney Lawrence Theater in November. This year, the winner of the country category will be invited to open for national artist Nashville Underground when they play in Anchorage in November. Regional judging will be conducted in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks.

For complete contest information, including entry forms, rules, regulations, past winners and a list of categories, log onto the APRN Web site at, or call (800) 752-APRN to request an entry form.

Guitar class offered

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula is offering beginning guitar class taught by Dustin Aaronson starting Sept. 22 at the Kenai club. The class will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Participants must be between the ages of 8 and 18. The cost is $50 for club members. Nonclub members also must pay $20 in membership dues.

The club has 12 acoustic guitars available for students during class sessions. Participants should request a guitar when they register, since they are available in order of who signs up first .

Registrations will be taken through Sept. 15 or until the 15-student limit is met. Registration can be done at the Kenai club office, by mail or by fax with a credit card payment. Forms are available at the Web site For more information, call 283-2682.

Museum seeks artwork

The Pratt Museum is seeking donated artwork for the Ritz 2003 Art Show, which will be on display from Oct. 1 through Nov. 6. Anchorage artist David Edlefsen will critique the artwork and select several pieces to be awarded prizes. There will be an artists' review and reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The Ritz 2003 gala and auction will be Nov. 8.

All pieces must be at the museum by Sept. 19. For more information, call Heidi Stage or Pam Kocer at (907) 235-8635 or e-mail them at or

Clay show open for entry

The Kenai Peninsula Potters Guild is seeking entries for its Clay Art Show, to be held in November. It is an open show for Southcentral Alaska potters to exhibit their work. For entry forms and additional information, call Sue Akaran at 776-8443 or Carol Walkiewitz at 283-4337.

Artists in Schools solicits interest

The Artists in Schools program is accepting applications for professional performing artists to be an artist in residence for the program.

The program is accepting applications from performing artists including actors, puppeteers, singers, dancers, mimes, musicians, circus artists as well as Alaska Native drummers, dancers and storytellers.

Applications are due Nov. 1.

For more information or for an application, call (907) 269-6682, e-mail or write Artists in Schools, P.O. Box 113413, Anchorage, AK 99511.

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