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

Gamble and the High Costa Living – September 16

Come out to Sons of Norway on September 16 to welcome Autumn and the new 2017-18 Petersburg Arts Council season with Gamble and the High Costa Living! Come to dance, or just listen to some great music!

Advance purchase tickets now available at Lee’s Clothing for $15 each. At-the-door prices go up to $20, so get them early.

About the Band

Gamble & the High Costa Living have been together for either two or twenty years, depending on who’s counting, with a collective performance history of about two centuries! Fronted by Mike Gamble and Collette Costa, both of whom originally hail from the Motown area (aka Detroit), and joined by Terry Schwarz on guitar, Alexei Painter on bass, Jason Messing on drums, Doug Bridges on tenor sax, Tim Powers on soprano sax, Michael Stanley on bari sax, Jill Taylor on trumpet, and Katy Giorgio on trombone, they strive to pay tribute to the most righteous of musical genres, old-school soul and R&B, mixed with a little Southeast Alaskan rhythm.

Living somewhere between The Blues Brothers and The Commitments, HCL covers the majestical likes of Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves & The Vandells, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and more, and they play with a 100% dance guarantee!

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Evan Drachman and Doris Stevenson

The Piatigorsky Foundation, the Sitka Summer Music Festival, the Petersburg Arts Council, and the Petersburg Lutheran Church present a classical concert featuring Evan Drachman on cello and Doris Stevenson on piano. They will be featuring Norwegian music.

The concert takes place on Friday, May 19 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Lutheran Church. Donations will be taken at the door to help cover travel expenses. Suggested $10-15 per person.

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A one-hour, intimate and enchanting concert featuring two amazing artists.

Cellist EVAN DRACHMAN has combined artistic talent with great personal compassion and warmth to create a distinctive musical career.  Mr. Drachman is increasingly sought-after for his solo and chamber music performances, and as Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of the most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music for diverse audiences everywhere.  In 1999, Mr. Drachman recorded his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with pianist Richard Dowling.  Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released two more recordings titled, Infinity in 2004 and Romance and Revelation in 2007.  Mr. Drachman has appeared regularly as soloist with orchestras, and in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States, Europe and Asia.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music.  He has spent his summers performing at music festivals in the United States and abroad.  Mr. Drachman currently lives in Maryland with his wife Joan and their two sons, Eli and Oliver.

Pianist DORIS STEVENSON has won lavish praise from critics and the public alike for her solo and collaborative performances.  She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Salle Pleyel in Paris and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.   In addition, Stevenson has performed with the leading lights in string playing such as Gregor Piatigorsky, Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier.  Early in her career, she was invited to play with Heifetz and Piatigorsky together.  Stevenson is a founding member of the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska, and has participated in numerous chamber music festivals throughout the United States.

Through their musical performance and comprehensive commentaries, you will gain an unparalleled understanding of the classical music pieces and composers. Please come and be inspired by this live concert!

Following the concert, please stay to meet the artists

For information please call:  907-650-7210

The Piatigorsky Foundation

14 Penn Plaza, Suite 1800 NY, NY  10122 • Phone (212) 971-5309 • Fax (212) 947-3878 • info@piatigorskyfoundation.org

 

The Defibulators – May 8

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“Rowdy, punk-fueled twang highlighted by heaps of blue-collar wit”
– Washington Post

Performing in Petersburg, Alaska on May 8, 2017 at the Wright Auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with the concert starting at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at Lee’s Clothing and at the door. Prices are $20 general admission, and $10 for students and seniors. 

“A rockabilly bluegrass band from Brooklyn? Don’t scoff! With the release of their new album Corn Money earning plenty of attention, these city bumpkins are causing a barrel o’ buzz. Trading children’s acid-washed jeans and Ray-Bans for long johns and denim overalls? Now that’s how you change things up in the Brooklyn music scene.”
– BuzzFeed

CBGB’s meet the Grand Ole Opry. Hailing form New York, the six-man, one-woman band blends bluegrass, country, rockabilly, and a sucker punch of punk for a rubber-meets-the-road roots sound. Many of their songs tow a thin line between serious and satire. But don’t let irreverence fool you. These accomplished musicians create artistic arrangements that feature harmonies worthy of Gram and Emmylou, and a virtuosic chicken-pickin’ guitar that belies their geographic origin.

Call it what you will, Americana, indie honky-tonk, truckerpunk, or Brooklyn Country, the proof is in the listening. There is a unique familiarity that percolates throughout Debt’ll Get ‘Em. The reverence for traditional country forms combined with an irreverent rock and roll attitude is a trademark of the Defibs sound. Gear-grinding twang and sawing fiddles saturate songs rooted in the debt-laden and downtrodden, the moods swinging between satirical and sentimental, with unpredictable outbursts into total country chaos.

“If the Blues Brothers played more than just covers at Bob’s Country Bunker, this is what it would sound like. Making music that’s both “country” and “Western,” the Defibulators deliver tunes informed by rock and jazz…But female vocalist Erin Bru’s crooning on a song like “Wandering Eye” melts any notions of cynicism or insincerity. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, The Defibulators flatter the hell out of country music.
– INDY


Band website: http://thedefibulators.com/

The Defibulators program was made possible with funding by Rasmuson Foundation through the Harper Arts Touring Fund, and is administered, under contract, by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Chris Proctor in Petersburg

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Concert at Sons of Norway, September 27

The Petersburg Arts Council presents Chris Proctor’s “Steel String Guitar for the New World” on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. If you think that you know how a solo acoustic guitar concert sounds, prepare to be amazed and delighted. Bringing 6 and 12-string steel-string guitars, Chris will present a concert of both stunning arrangements and sparkling original compositions, drawn from folk, bluegrass, blues, jazz, Celtic rock, pop, and world music sources. You’ll think that you’re hearing 3 guitarists at once, as Chris coaxes sound you’ve never heard from a guitar with techniques that you’ve never seen.

Tickets are $15 and available for advance purchase at Lee’s Clothing and also at the door. Light appetizer fare and punch will be provided and is included in the admission price. Kito’s Kave will be offering wine and beer for purchase. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Chris is a former U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, has recorded 10 CD’s of his original compositions and arrangements for Windham Hill, Rounder, Flying Fish and Sugarhouse Records, has produced 6 and 12-string instructional guitar videos for Homespun Tapes, and has toured the U.S. Canada, Mexico and Europe for 30 years. You can read all about his music and career, listen to more than 40 complete pieces, and watch 10 performance videos at www.chrisproctor.com.

Free Guitar Workshop, September 26

On the evening prior to his concert, Chris Proctor will be offering a guitar workshop for guitarists. It will take place on Monday, September 26 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Public Library’s Community Room.

Each participant needs to bring his or her own guitar. The workshop is intended for any age, but to obtain the most from it, participants should be comfortable with basic chords.

There is a limit of 15 participants. Please call Mark Kubo at (907) 650-7210 to reserve a spot.

Additional space is available for those who want to observe and audit the workshop without participating. This is offered on a space-available basis on the workshop evening.