Sally Schlichting, on flute, left, and Jetta Whittaker, on oboe, rehearse for the Con Brio Chamber Series’ September concerts. Friday and Saturday, Con Brio is presenting a pair of flute society concerts. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sally Schlichting, on flute, left, and Jetta Whittaker, on oboe, rehearse for the Con Brio Chamber Series’ September concerts. Friday and Saturday, Con Brio is presenting a pair of flute society concerts. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Hear flutes, lecture about ‘shocking’ Native court case, and Power and Privilege Symposium speakers

News briefs for the week of Nov. 7.

Con Brio presents two Juneau Flute Society concerts

The Con Brio Chamber Series puts the focus on flutes with a set of concerts by the Juneau Flute Society on Friday and Saturday.

The program, performed by 12 members of the JFS, will offer fun, new and modern works in ensembles large and small featuring the full range of instruments from the flute family, from piccolo to bass flute.

Formed in late 2018, the mission of the JFS is to celebrate flute playing and provide a performance and educational opportunity for flutists of all ages.

“With so many flute players in town, we thought it was way overdue to get together on a regular basis, share tips on playing, have some fun and maybe even do a concert,” said Stevi Spinka, a founding member of the flute quartet, Flutatious, in a press release.

The JFS has been planning the upcoming concerts since the beginning of the year.

“We thought it would be a great goal for the members to work toward, but also an opportunity to raise some funds to bring a guest artist to Juneau to give a flute concert and a masterclass for local flutists,” said Colleen Torrence, another JFS member, in a release.

Music by Gary Schocker, Felix Mendelssohn, Eric Ewazen, Graham Instrall, Herman Beeftink and Beethoven will be on the program along with works by local composers Beth Leibowitz and Robert Cohen.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday at Northern Light United Church, and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building. Admission is pay-as-you-can. For more information about the Juneau Flute Society, contact Torrence at 209-9203 or colleen.torrence@icloud.com.

The Con Brio Chamber Series was formed by Sally Schlichting three years ago to perform intimate settings of chamber works in Alaska’s capital city. For more information, contact her at 957-3488.

Sealaska Heritage Institute, UAS to present lecture on ‘shocking’ court case

Sealaska Heritage Institute, a nonprofit that promotes and protects Alaska Native arts and culture, will sponsor a lecture on one of the most impactful Native cases ever decided — the 1955 Tee-Hit-Ton decision.

The lecture, “Tee-Hit-Ton v. United States: A Case Study in Indigenous Injustice,” will be given by Walter Echo-Hawk, an author, attorney and legal scholar. In his talk, Echo-Hawk will examine a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the federal government’s outright confiscation of Tlingit aboriginal land to create the Tongass National Forest without compensating the Alaska Native landowners, as is normally required by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The free and public lecture is scheduled for noon-1 p.m., Thursday at Sealaska Heritage’s Walter Soboleff Building, 105 S. Seward St. in Juneau. The lecture will be recorded and put online after the talk. This course may also be taken for credit at the University of Alaska Southeast.

This program is provided under the Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools (PITAAS) program and funded by the Alaska Native Education Program.

This lecture is also co-sponsored by the University of Alaska Southeast. Echo-Hawk will give a second talk at 7 p.m., Friday, at the Egan Library for UAS’s Evening at Egan lecture series. In his lecture, “The Sea of Grass,” Echo-Hawk will tell the story of 10 generations of his Pawnee family in the Great Plains of North America.

Power and Privilege Symposium announces presenters, keynote speakers

The University of Alaska Southeast on Tuesday announced breakout session presenters for the Annual Power and Privilege Symposium on the Juneau campus.

The symposium is free and open to all, including students, faculty, staff and community members.

Student Maata Finau gives a hug to Alaska Writer Laureate Ernestine Hayes after Hayes’ keynote speech at the 2017 Power and Privilege Symposium at the University of Alaska Southeast. The fourth annual symposium takes place Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Student Maata Finau gives a hug to Alaska Writer Laureate Ernestine Hayes after Hayes’ keynote speech at the 2017 Power and Privilege Symposium at the University of Alaska Southeast. The fourth annual symposium takes place Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

The symposium will host 24 unique breakout sessions. All sessions located in the Egan Lecture Hall will be available via YouTube streaming. Participants will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions during five time slots.

Keynote speakers include Forest Wagner, UAS assistant professor of outdoor studies, and Heather Kendall-Miller, former senior staff with the Native American Rights Fund and Champion of Native American Civil Rights.

Wagner will speak at 9 a.m., and Kendall-Miller will speak at 1 p.m.

Breakout sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Complete information about each session is available on the UAS Power and Privilege Symposium website http://www.uas.alaska.edu/chancellor/power-and-privilege-symposium.html.

Haines Assisted Living donates building to SEARHC

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will be the new owner of the Soboleff-McRae Veteran’s Village Wellness Center, after the donation from the nonprofit organization Haines Assisted Living was approved, according to a release from SEARHC.

The HAL Board of Directors approached SEARHC with the potential donation of the facility, according to SEARHC. The ownership transaction is anticipated by Jan. 1, 2020.

“This donation recognizes HAL and SEARHC’s mutual desire to enhance and continually improve the quality of life for the people of Haines and Southeast Alaska,” said SEARHC President and CEO Charles Clement in a press release. “SEARHC is committed to engaging in community partnerships and this opportunity continues the good work of HAL.”

The Haines Wellness Center’s first floor is currently occupied by nonprofit health organizations, such as Southeast Alaska Independent Living, Hospice of Haines and Cornerstone Home Health, and the SEARHC Haines Dental Clinic. SEARHC will also relocate Lynn Canal Counseling Services, Haines’ outpatient behavioral health clinic, to vacant commercial space in the HWC.

The Soboleff McRae Veteran’s Village is located on the second floor of the facility. The SMVV is home to 11 apartments for lease to veterans or surviving spouses, with four units designated for low-income veterans.

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