The 21 or so nocturnes by Frederic Chopin are widely counted among the most elegant piano music ever composed, regularly heard in recitals 180 years after they were written. But you hardly ever hear them all in one sitting. A rare reading of the complete set of Chopin nocturnes will take place at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Discovery Theatre with pianist Piers Lane. It's part of the Alaska Airlines Autumn Classics chamber music series, which continues in its more familiar digs at Grant Hall on the campus of Alaska Pacific University at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Highlights will include Lane accompanying Zuill Bailey in Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata (Saturday) and the two joined by violinist Gil Morgenstern in the Mendelssohn Trio in D Minor (Sunday). Tickets at centertix.net.
The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra opens its season with a Latin theme at 8 p.m. Saturday. The program includes Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" and Marquez "Danzon No. 2" plus the Harlem String Quartet in a concerto arrangement of music from Bernstein's "West Side Story" as penned by conductor Randall Craig Fleischer. The "Fiesta!" program will take place in Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are available at centertix.net.
Tuned in show
"Radio Land" is an exhibit "celebrating the medium of radio with audio, visual and 3D art." Sponsored by UAA campus radio station KRUA, the show incorporates a contest for UAA students, with cash prizes for the top three winners. Those have already been determined by juror Mariano Gonzalez -- but you can be the judge in the People Choice Award and help pick which artist gets the coveted $50 gift certificate to Moose's Tooth. The show is open through Oct. 11 at the Student Union Gallery in the UAA Student Union Building. There'll be a midday reception 1:30-3 p.m. Monday. Turn out, tune in and vote.