Winners of the Anchorage Civic Orchestra's Concerto Competition will be featured in the orchestra's program at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Sydney Laurence Theater. Keeon Guzman of West High School will tackle a movement from Elgar's Cello Concerto and Dane Breitung of Chugiak High School will perform Claude Smith's Fantasia for Alto Sax. Also on the program are the overture to "La Gazza Ladra" by Rossini and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2. Tickets are available at centertix.net.
Bop like the mop tops
Classical Mystery Tour, a tribute to the Beatles with rock performers backed by the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, will have a second show at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Atwood Concert Hall. "Here Comes the Sun," "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" are among the Fab Four hits on the program. What's really cool is hearing the songs in their ear-tickling original arrangements, with a trumpet section in "Penny Lane" and string quartet in "Yesterday." The nostalgia's so thick you can smell the vinyl. Tickets are available at centertix.net.
As the raven flies
Alaska author and UAA teacher Don Rearden jumped for joy to hear that his novel "The Raven's Gift," set in a post-apocalyptic Bush Alaska landscape haunted by death and cannibalism, would be published by a big name in the industry. But things didn't work out exactly as he thought. Rearden will talk about it at the monthly luncheon for the Alaska Professional Communicators at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Kinley's Restaurant and Bar, 3230 Seward Hwy. The public is invited to hear him give his unique close-up view of the industry and pitfalls in "The Circuitous Route of a Raven: the story of publishing 'The Raven's Gift.'"