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Residents of both Juneau and Sitka will have the opportunity this weekend to hear a variety of original compositions commissioned for CrossSound, including two world premieres.
CrossSound's 2009 concert series, "Refugium," culminates with performances in Juneau on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center; and in Sitka on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. The Friday and Saturday concerts will offer pre-concert discussions with the composers at 7 p.m.
Working around the idea of Alaska as an artistic "refugium," the concert brings together two culture-bridging ensembles, IIIZ+ and United Berlin, onto "creative common ground in Alaska."
Building on previously commissioned works that allow the Asian zithers of IIIZ+ and the European fiddles of UnitedBerlin to play together, this year's festival is premiering two new commissions.
Taiwanese composer Hwang-Long Pan has composed "East and West V" for Zheng (a Chinese zither) and String Quartet. According to Pan, the composition consists of three movements symbolizing the "immediate," "future," and "past" - the three dimensions of music creation.
The second commissioned piece to be premiered at the concert is "Moments in Human Life" by German composer and former Juneau resident Stefan Hakenberg. Commissioned for IIIZ+ and United Berlin, the piece is to be played by two violins, viola, cello, koto, kayag m, percussion and zheng.
The "Refugium" program will also include the composition "Texture Mapping," which was commissioned for CrossSound in 2002 by Yunkyung Lee. The piece, for violin, viola, cello and kayag m, "is inspired by the archipelago and temperate rain forest, and weaves visual and musical themes together to create a metaphorical 'map' of water.," according to Lee.
Concert tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Season ticket holders at Perseverance Theatre will get a 10 percent discount. If anyone wants to attend but can't afford a ticket, contact Jocelyn Clark at 586-9601 for arrangements.
For more information about the program, visit http://crosssound.com.