Performers in the upcoming Juneau Piano Series group recital are, from left to right, Jon Hays, Judith Mitchell, Sue Kazama, Mei Xue and Douglas Smith.

Performers in the upcoming Juneau Piano Series group recital are, from left to right, Jon Hays, Judith Mitchell, Sue Kazama, Mei Xue and Douglas Smith.

Piano series ends, theater season approaches

Concerts, productions coming up

Juneau Piano Series set for grand finale

The Juneau Piano Series will close with a group recital, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, 350 Whittier St.

Mei Xue, Sue Kazama, Douglas Smith, Judith Mitchell and series organizer Jon Hays will be performing.

“For me, it was important to put together this recital of talented locals because they are a representative sampling of the larger community of piano enthusiasts in Juneau,” Hays said. “It’s people like them that make the series possible and their musicianship is to be embraced. Many of us meet regularly for ‘piano club’ and play for each other and discuss various topics of music history and performance. While I have had the privilege of attending the masterclasses and recitals of some of the great pianists of the world, I always learn something fundamental about music making from hearing our local players perform. High level music making is not the sole domain of those with college degrees and pedigreed careers.”

The series was part of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s Art by the People Art for the People series, and Hays said it will resume in the fall.

Tickets are available online through Jahc.org.

General admission is $20, and admission for seniors, students and youths is $5.

Sign-ups are open for Perseverance Theatre auditions

Perseverance Theatre is holding auditions for its 2019-2020 season, and actors of all skill levels are welcome.

Auditions will be held in the Phoenix — Black Box — at Perseverance Theatre, Saturday, May 18 noon-6 p.m., and Sunday, May 19 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Michaela Escarcega performs in the Perseverance Theatre’s production of “Franklin” by Samantha Noble at Perseverance Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Michaela Escarcega performs in the Perseverance Theatre’s production of “Franklin” by Samantha Noble at Perseverance Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

For more information or to sign up for a 15-minute audition slot, follow instructions at ptalaska.org/audition. Audition sides will be provided upon receipt of materials. Monologues up to two minutes are welcome but not required. Vocal audition required for “Fun Home” consideration.

Shows in the 2019-2020 season are: “Devilfish” by Vera Starbard, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Dale Wasserman, “A Christmas Carol” by Arlitia Jones / Michael Evan Haney (Anchorage Only), “With” by Carter W. Lewis, “Fun Home,” by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron and “The Winter Bear Project” by Anne Hanley.

For more information email Enrique Bravo at enrique@ptalaska.org.

Juneau Pride Chorus announces annual concert

Juneau Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Pride Chorus’ annual concert is only a few weeks away.

“It Takes A Village” is planned for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at Northern Light United Church, 400 W. 11th St.

There will be a silent auction beforehand at 6:30 p.m.

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