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The Sitka Summer Music Festival will present seven concerts in five Alaska cities for the 33rd annual Alaska Airlines Winter Classics concert series. The Juneau performance was Friday, Feb. 7.
London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has performed in more than 40 countries. Highlights of the past few years have included a sold-out performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Alexander Verdernikov at London's Royal Festival Hall, concerto performances at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and five concerts for the opening of the Recital Centre in Melbourne. His wide-ranging concerto repertoire exceeds 80 works. This is his third trip to Alaska with the Sitka Summer Music Festival.
Lane will also perform in Fairbanks, Soldotna, Anchorage and Sitka.
The Soldotna concert will Feb. 17. Lane will be joined by violinist Paul Rosenthal, and the two will present works from Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.
Concerts in Anchorage on Feb. 14, 15, and 16 will feature Lane, Rosenthal, and cellist Zuill Bailey, with masterworks by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Chopin and Beethoven.
The performance in Sitka will be Feb. 22 and will feature Lane's performance of the complete Chopin Nocturnes. He will also give a free community concert Feb. 20 and host a master class with students of the Sitka Piano Teachers Association.
The Sitka Summer Music Festival was founded in 1972 by Paul Rosenthal, who also directed the festival's affiliated Autumn Classics and Winter Classics series in Anchorage. The flagship five-week festival is held each June in Sitka. Two concert series are presented in Anchorage each year: six concerts in September and six in February. In addition, Festival musicians travel to at least three other Alaska communities each year. Tours across Alaska are made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, visit sitkamusicfestival.org.
For more information on Lane, visit www.pierslane.co.uk.