Arts Scene: Great songs at UAA, ASD artistes, 'The House of Yes'

The cast of “The House of Yes.”
Photo Britany Lynne White Photography
Steel engraving of naturalist Charles Darwin from 1882
Ralf Hettler
Marlene Bateman, Nancy Caudill and Kate Egan ham up the Habanera from “Carmen&rduo; in Anchorage Opera's “Power of Love,” April 2, 2010.

Great songs at UAA

Several of Anchorage's leading ladies of song will present a recital of German lieder at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28. Mari Hahn, Stasia Jamieson, Marlene Bateman and Nancy Caudill will present work by Richard Strauss, Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler. Music master Stephen Sulich is back in town to accompany them. Tickets are available at The recital by winners of the Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition will take place at 7 p.m. on March 1. The contest features singers of various ages and different styles of classical and musical theater performance. It's free, as is the NATS artist auditions bi-annual competition for advanced artists at 11 a.m. Sunday, also in the UAA Arts Building Recital Hall. The Sunday competition will be followed at 1:30 p.m. by a master class led by Sulich. Admission to that event is $5. All events take place in the UAA Fine Arts Building Recital Hall.

Bach and java

The Alaska Chamber Singers continue their impressive traversal of the works of J.S. Bach with a program that features the motet "Jesu, meine Freude," one of Bach's most profound pieces, and the "Coffee Cantata," one of his more frivolous and comic works. Performances take place at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 and March 1 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 3900 Wisconsin St. Tickets are available at

ASD artistes

Perhaps Anchorage's biggest annual art show will open at the Anchorage Museum on March 1. The Anchorage School District Exhibition showcases extraordinary work by local students from kindergarten through high school. The drawings, paintings, sculpture and mixed media pieces are chosen for the show by teachers and always include art that reveals a level of talent that can only be described as astonishing.

The rich are different

A new company, Synesthesia Artist Collective, will make its debut with the Alaska premiere of the dark comedy "The House of Yes." Scott Heverling directs the modern cult classic about a family that's a walking advertisement for confiscatory income and asset taxes for the very rich (they live next to the Kennedys). Shows are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through March 9 at APU's Grant Hall. Tickets are $15.

Also opening Friday, in Atwood Concert Hall, is "The Addams Family." The Broadway touring production is described as "a rib-tickling, lunatic musical." Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 and March 1, 2 p.m. March 1-2, and 7:30 p.m. March 2 and March 4-6. Tickets are available at

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