Arts Scene: Jazz Week Benefit, 'The Syringa Tree,' Winter Music Fest

Arts Reporter
Mark Wolbers leads a dress rehearsal of the 2013 Winter Music Fest.
Photo by Sara Guhl

Jazz Week Benefit

Pianist Evgeny Chernonog is featured in the next Jazz Week Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 22, in the UAA Arts Building Recital Hall. Chernonog will be joined by Bob Andrews on bass, George Pierce on trumpet and John Nyman hitting the drums. General admission is $10 in advance -- call 785-1766 -- or $15 at the door, with discounts for seniors, students and military.

'The Syringa Tree'

Nava Sarracino is the entire cast -- 24 different roles -- in the South African drama "The Syringa Tree," now being presented at Cyrano's, 413 D St. It's the 22nd anniversary of the theater company and the 20th anniversary of the election of Nelson Mandela. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 2. Tickets are $18-$20 at

Winter Music Fest

Something like 200 high school students from all over Alaska will come together for a gala concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Bartlett High School. Performers include an honor band, orchestra and chorus, working with UAA music majors and faculty in rehearsal intensives and master classes this week. If last year's inaugural program is anything to go by, listeners can expect to hear outstanding music. This is an ideal concert for the family to attend and it's free.

Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham