Kyle Farley-Robinson, left, Jon Hays, center, and Dr. Alexander Tutunov play Romance And Waltz For Six Hands Piano by Sergei Rachmaninoff during the Juneau Piano Series featuring Dr. Tutunov at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Kyle Farley-Robinson, left, Jon Hays, center, and Dr. Alexander Tutunov play Romance And Waltz For Six Hands Piano by Sergei Rachmaninoff during the Juneau Piano Series featuring Dr. Tutunov at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

JDHS student is latest performer in piano series

Schubert and Beethoven are on the setlist

Kyle Farley-Robinson is the latest and the youngest performer in the Juneau Piano Series.

The 18-year-old senior at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé will play the baby grand piano in the Juneau Arts & Culture Center at 7 p.m. Friday.

“I’m really happy to be part of such a group of really excellent pianists who have performed or will perform” Farley-Robinson said.

Robinson is a previous winner of the Juneau Symphony Youth Concerto Competition and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s Jane and Tom Stewart Memorial Award for Excellence in Music.

Jon Hays, Nic Temple and Alexander Tutunov were past performers in the series.

During Tutunov’s performance, Hays and Farley-Robinson joined him at the JACC’s piano for a six-handed waltz.

[Look ma, six hands]

The ongoing series is one of Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s Art2 (Art for the People Art by the People) programs, and Hays, its organizer, said it is meant to highlight the JACC’s piano and piano music in general.

While Farley-Robinson will be the only talented young adult on stage Friday, he said Juneau is home to a fair number of classically inclined, talented musicians in his age group.

“A lot of my friends actually play other instruments,” Farley said. “I know a really good cellist and clarinetist.”

Farley-Robinson will play a piece by Beethoven, “Appassionata,” and a piece by Schubert,”Little A Major.”

“I’ve been working on the ‘Appassionata off and on for a little over two years now,” Farley-Robinson said. “I’ve never actually gotten the opportunity to perform it together. I’m really looking forward to performing the whole thing. Plus, it’s a really cool piece. It’s got a lot of different emotions in it —a lot of really nice contrasts in it.”

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While the Schubert piece is a “really sweet piece” that contrasts nicely with the Beethoven selection, Farley-Robinson said.

“I’m looking forward to being able to share music with people,” Farley-Robinson said.

Know & Go

What: Juneau Piano Series: Kyle Farley-Robinson.

When: 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8.

Where: Juneau Arts & Culture Center, 350 Whittier St.

Admission: Tickets cost $20 for general admission, or $5 for seniors, students and youth. They are available at the JACC or online through jahc.org.


• Contact reporter Ben Hohenstatt at (907)523-2243 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter @BenHohenstatt.


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