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NEWS Capital City Weekly From January through December, there was rarely a lull in the artistic life of Southeast. In 2009, our region welcomed new performers and artists to the spotlight, and some venerable local artists reached high points of their careers. In the course of the year, The Capital City Weekly interviewed artists old and young, experienced and the novice. Seen together, these representatives of Southeast's large artistic communities begin to paint a picture of the vibrant contemporary culture of our region.

Creative community members spice up Southeast life

Leaving a Musical Mark: Albert McDonnell: 2009 marked a musician milestone for The Preserves. In September the Juneau band, which had been together for 15 years, performed their first - and possibly last - solo gig. The main reason for the performance was the imminent departure of Albert McDonnell, bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer, who, along with Tony Tengs, played a prominent role in shaping the Preserves over the year.
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Leaving a Musical Mark: Albert McDonnell: 2009 marked a musician milestone for The Preserves. In September the Juneau band, which had been together for 15 years, performed their first - and possibly last - solo gig. The main reason for the performance was the imminent departure of Albert McDonnell, bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer, who, along with Tony Tengs, played a prominent role in shaping the Preserves over the year. "He's probably a musical genius," said singer-songwriter Buddy Tabor of McDonnell. "He's got great, innovative ideas and he's levelheaded in the most stressful times. He can take a mess and turn it into gold."
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