Six string serenade
The newest member of the University of Alaska Anchorage music faculty, Armin Abdihodzic, will present his first Alaska solo recital at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the UAA Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. The guitarist, who hails from Bosnia, will present music from the 17th to the 20th centuries, with work by J.S. Bach, William Walton, Mauro Giuliani and Francisco Tarraga. He'll also showcase guitar repertoire from Latin America. General admission is $18.
The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra will open its 2013-14 season -- and mark its 25th year at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts -- with a pair of monumental works. Pianist Ilya Yakushev will be the guest soloist in the massive and passionate Piano Concerto No. 2 by Johannes Brahms. The second half of the program will be occupied by Hector Berlioz psychedelic, cinematic "Symphonie Fantastique," with musical depictions of a drug overdose, a crowd cheering at a beheading and dancing witches. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday in Atwood Concert Hall. Tickets are available at centertix.net.
The Linden String Quartet will perform at the next Anchorage Concert Association program, 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Discovery Theatre. A recent review from a performance in their home base of Cleveland praised the ensemble's "technical expertise and rich, compact sound," particularly noting the players "warm tone," "sensitive playing" and "fine sense of tempo." The Lindens have been quartet-in-residence at the elite Caramoor Festival and are noted for expansive programs that can range from Haydn and Beethoven to moody modern works by John Corigliano and infectious arrangements of William Bolcom's rags. Tickets are available at centertix.net.