Arts Scene: Orchestral panorama, 'Sleying the Reed' and 'Back to Basics'

Mike DunhamNovember 14, 2013 

Orchestral panorama

"Landscapes," the next Anchorage Symphony Orchestra concert, will feature Vaughan Williams' pastorale "Suite for Viola and Orchestra" with soloist Anne Gantz Burns, Beethoven's picturesque "Pastorale Symphony" and the pictures of photographer Ansel Adams projected above the Atwood Concert Hall stage, accompanied by the music of Dave and Chris Brubeck. Tickets, $20-$42, are available at The performance will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday. Brown-bag it to the Public Conference Room at Loussac Library at noon Friday to join conductor Randy Fleischer in a discussion of the music. The "Lunch and Learn" event is free.

Tough times with a beat

The UAA Dance Ensemble presents "Sleying the Reed," with choreography by Katherine Kramer, Joanne Barrett and others. The all-new collaboration explores "the brutal conditions of women's lives around the world" in "a movement meditation." Performances take place at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 24 in the Harper Theater in the Fine Arts Building. General admission is $14 at, or call 786-4849.

Basically great

Violinist and UAA music professor Walter Olivares and powerhouse pianist Michael Gurt team up for a recital they're calling "Back to Basics." The program will feature music by Handel, Beethoven and Brahms, work, the collaborators note, that "survives the test of time." The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Fine Arts Building recital hall. Tickets, $19, are available at

Down the rabbit hole

The Royal Ballet's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" will receive a cinema screening at Century 16 at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The corps performs to music by Joby Talbot in a theatrical extravaganza that includes dancing playing cards, tap dancers, a winding caterpillar, an eerie Cheshire Cat, puppetry and projections bringing the tale to life. The show lasts three hours with two intermissions. We don't see any other productions coming to Anchorage from the Royal Ballet's parent company, the Royal Opera House, in the lineup at the website, but you may want to check it out when making travel plans,

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