Name that tune
Lee Wilkins, Laura Koenig, Timothy Smith and John Lutterman are among the UAA Department of Music faculty members and students who will present a remarkable program of chamber music at 4 p.m. Sunday in the UAA Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. Titled "Deja entendu," the concert will feature pieces that you'll swear you've heard before, but can't remember when or where, even though the composers are heavyweights like Vivaldi and Shostakovich. Seldom-heard ear-candy will include incidental music for "Much Ado About Nothing," by Hollywood soundtrack master Erich Korngold, and the Violin Sonata of Edward Elgar. Expect to be surprised. General admission is $18 at uaatix.com.
Survival through the eons
Conductor David Hagen's observations on music history and analysis of compositions have often provided insightful contributions to Alaska Chamber Singers programs. The professor and the chorus will present a tidy Music 101 program titled "Darwin Sings: The Evolution of Choral Music" at 8 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 3900 Wisconsin St., and 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at St. Andrew Church in Eagle River. The idea behind the title is to present "a natural selection of works by the great composers of each period" starting with the Dark Ages and evolving through the centuries right into our own times. This program will please your ears and enlighten your mind at the same time. Tickets are $30, available at centertix.net.
Wells Fargo is covering the cost of admission for everyone to the Anchorage Museum, 625 C St., on Sunday. The highlight will be festivities for Hispanic Heritage Month, 2-4 p.m., with music by Mariachi Agave Azul, dancing by Xochiquetzal-Tiqun and several participant activities. It's also a great chance to check out the museum's excellent Dena'ina exhibit, the juried Earth, Fire and Fiber and Alaska Watercolor Society exhibitions and a curious display of famous Alaska footwear -- including the very tennis shoe that Binky chewed.
Omar Faruk Tekbilek's Anchorage trip was in jeopardy when the local sponsor, Out North, folded in July. Then two former employees of the defunct company arranged to present the Turkish music master in a public performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Anchorage Museum. Admission is free, but donations are requested.