Ray Troll & The Ratfish Wranglers

Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers will be in Petersburg during Mayfest 2018!

Ray Troll Talk EventOn Thursday, May 17, Ray Troll will be offering a community talk about his art, his inspiration, and how he works to create his art. This is a free presentation at the PIA Conference Room (12th near Howkan) at 7 p.m. There will be time for Q&A and Ray will be available to sign his items following the talk.

Ratfish FB EventOn Saturday, May 9, the Ratfish Wranglers will be bringing music to the Sons of Norway Hall. The band begins playing at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30. Advance tickets are $15 and available for purchase at FireLight Gallery & Framing. Any remaining tickets will be offered on first-come-first-serve at the door for $20. Bar service will be provided. Come dressed to dance and party for a few hours!

 

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Katharine Dain and Jeffrey Grossman

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Admission is free. Donations accepted to assist with artists’ expenses.

THE PIATIGORSKY FOUNDATION FOCUSES ON ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE AND PUBLIC OUTREACH

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Petersburg Lutheran Church in Petersburg, Alaska*

*This concert is generously sponsored in part by Petersburg Arts Council, Petersburg Lutheran Church & Petersburg Piano Society

The program will feature masterpieces performed by two outstanding Piatigorsky Foundation artists: Katharine Dain, soprano and Jeffrey Grossman, piano

For over 27 years, The Piatigorsky Foundation’s commitment to artistic excellence and public outreach has fascinated many avid concert goers as well as curious first-timers.  It is this combination of complimentary access, flamboyant performances, and human warmth that makes Piatigorsky Foundation concerts so appealing to diverse audiences. Last year, the Foundation presented its inaugural tour of Alaska with 5 concerts reaching over 325 people in Sitka, Petersburg, Gustavus, and Haines.   Likewise, this year The Piatigorsky Foundation aims to reach hundreds of people across Alaska as it continues its mission to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music in communities throughout the country.

American soprano KATHARINE DAIN, acclaimed for “thrilling,” “heart-piercing” performances (Irish Times), has sung with the Netherlands Opera (Claude Vivier Kopernikus), Sinfonia Teatro Comunale di Bologna under Roberto Abbado, Südwestradiofunkorchester Freiburg & Baden-Baden under Ingo Metzmacher, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble under Reinbert de Leeuw, Nieuw Ensemble under Ed Spanjaard, and with orchestras and opera companies throughout Europe and the United States.  Opera roles include Donizetti’s Lucia and Mozart’s Donna Anna and Fiordiligi; 2018 will see her role debut as Konstanze in five French opera houses. She has appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris Philharmonie, and at festivals including Aldeburgh Music, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Holland Festival, and the Ravinia Festival.  Ms. Dain was educated at Harvard University (Boston), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), and Mannes College of Music (New York). She currently lives in the Netherlands. www.katharinedain.com

Keyboardist and conductor JEFFREY GROSSMAN specializes in vital, engaging performances of music of the past, through processes that are intensely collaborative and historically informed.  This season, Jeffrey directs from the harpsichord and organ concerts with the acclaimed baroque ensemble The Sebastians and returns to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as featured harpsichord soloist in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti.  In addition to serving as artistic director of The Sebastians, Jeffrey also performs this year with TENET, The Green Mountain Project, Chamber Music Northwest, Quodlibet, New York Baroque Incorporated, and the Bach Players of Holy Trinity.  Jeffrey can be heard on the Avie, Gothic, Naxos, Albany, Soundspells, Métier, and MSR Classics record labels. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he holds degrees from Harvard, Juilliard, and Carnegie Mellon University. He currently resides in New York City. http://www.jeffreygrossman.com

About The Piatigorsky Foundation:  Evan Drachman established The Piatigorsky Foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather Gregor Piatigorsky.  Piatigorsky deeply believed in the healing and inspiration power of classical music. He once said, “Music makes life better.  Music is a necessity. It is rich.  It is imaginative. It is magnificent.  And it is for everyone.”  The Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky’s mission by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances.

Foghorn Stringband – April 4

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A midweek concert at the Wright Auditorium. Take a break from your work week and come enjoy some music by this fine acoustic string band offering American Roots music.

Tickets $10 at Lee’s Clothing and at the door.

Band Bio

The Foghorn Stringband is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead.

American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration, and Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity.

The Foghorn Stringband is comprised four master performers and historians: -Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) – From Orcas Island, Washington -Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar) – From rural Farmer, Washington -Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) – From the Gaspé Coast, Eastern Quebec -Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) – From Minneapolis, Minnesota

Each member of Foghorn Stringband exemplifies the best of the roots music traditions from their respective native cultures. Caleb Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapidfire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as they are by his upbringing in the sea islands of coastal Washington State. Reeb Willms hails from the wind swept Eastern farmlands of Washington. Her musical family and rural upbringing are are on display with every note she sings and every heart she breaks. Nadine Landry’s roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Québec, and her high lonesome vocals have delighted audiences the world over. Her earth-shaking bass playing is the rumbling backbone of the Foghorn sound. Minnesotan Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, simply put, is the old-time fiddler of his generation whose tone and voice are as old as the same hills that gave birth to this music. Together, these four have forged a sound like no other.

Band website: foghornstringband.com

Petersburg LIVE! February 27

This year’s edition of Petersburg LIVE arrives February 27! Artfest is being held in Craig for 2018 and you can help the students with their travel expenses by attending this event, by offering your talent through performing at the event, or by supporting PAC through your contribution to a silent dessert auction.

Contact Ashley Lohr if you have any questions or you have something to contribute to the event: a performance and/or a dessert item. Here is an online form to sign-up to perform and/or donate a dessert item.

Thank you from the PHS Art Department and the Petersburg Arts Council!

Ernestine Hayes, Alaska Writer Laureate

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Ernestine Hayes, the current Alaska Writer Laureate is coming to Petersburg to hold two public events on January 11 and 12, 2018.

Hayes belongs to the Kaagwaantaan clan of the Tlingit nation. Current Alaska Writer Laureate, she is best known for award-winning Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir. Her latest book, The Tao of Raven, weaves narratives and reflection in the context of the story “Raven and the Box of Daylight.

Author Event

An opportunity to meet Ernestine and a time to hear from her and experience her writing.

At the Petersburg Pubic Library, Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Writing Workshop: Writing Our Lives

Through exercises and discussion, participants draw on their own life experiences to explore personal and cultural histories. Hayes discusses elements of craft and offers insights into the writing and publishing process. Open to any writing level.

At the Petersburg Pubic Library, Friday, January 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Workshop is free, but registration is required. Register Online.


The Petersburg Arts Council is pleased to co-sponsor these events with the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Petersburg Public Library, and the Petersburg Community Foundation.

One Man Star Wars Trilogy – November 27

“A one-man reenactment of Star Wars is nerdier – and funnier – than you can possibly imagine!” – SPIN

 

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“You had better start investing in a light saber” – The New York Times

Canadian actor and uber geek, Charles Ross, brings his solo madcap creation One-Man Star Wars Trilogy to the stage in this mind-bending whirlwind of a show.  Ross retells the classic bad hair trilogy in 60 minutes- no costumes, no props, no sets — all the characters, the music, the ships, and the battles.

If your kid’s name is Chewbacca, this show is a no-brainer. If not, get your nerd on and experience the global sensation loved by audiences from London’s West End, Off-Broadway, Dubai, the Sydney Opera House, Lucasfilm, and Charlie’s mom. The Force is strong with this one.

“Ross makes an impressive Star Wars run in less than 12 parsecs!” – Chicago Sun Times

Written and Performed by Charles Ross
Directed by TJ Dawe.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/charlie__ross

Web: http://www.onemanstarwars.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/One-­‐Man-­‐Star-­‐Wars-­‐Trilogy-­‐Charlie-­‐Ross/122299621167356

One Man Star Wars Trilogy performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. All ‘Star Wars’ elements property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.