Arts Scene: 'M. Butterfly,' A taste of Iberia, Tracy Silverman

Arts Reporter
An AT-6 Texan from the “Wings of Freedom” warbird collection lands at Merrill Field Airport.
M. Bautista (in the kimono) and Daniel Alvarez-Lemp in UAA's “M. Butterfly.”
Photo by Jessica L. Jacob

Electric strings

Tracy Silverman, formerly with Turtle Island String Quartet, collaborator with talent ranging from Bela Fleck to Bob Geldof to country stars Big and Rich, will perform with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. on March 29 in Atwood Concert Hall. Silverman, who's been visiting local schools this week, gave a terrific demonstration of what his unique six-string instrument can do on Tuesday night at SubZero. The Atwood program will feature him in works for electric violin and orchestra, including Kenji Bunch's "Embrace," receiving its West Coast premiere. Also on the bill is ASO's first-ever performance of Schumann's Symphony No. 4. Tickets are available at

A taste of Iberia

"The Kingdoms of Castille" earned a Grammy nomination for El Mundo, an ensemble specializing in music from the Spanish Empire in the Old World and the New. The group's founder, Richard Savino, has made an international reputation with his study of period music and performance practices from the Middle Ages through the early Baroque era and the group's programs have been described as "an adventure in sound." Just looking at the exquisite instruments is worth the price of admission. The performance will take place at 4 p.m. on March 30 in the UAA Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. Tickets are available at or by calling 786-4849.

Tryst with a twist

The UAA Department of Theatre and Dance presents its last theater production of the season, "M. Butterfly," about a French diplomat in China, convicted of espionage, who is prisoner to his government and enslaved by his fantasy of the Perfect Woman. A review of UAA's fine production is posted at Performances take place at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through April 6 in the Fine Arts Building's Jerry Harper Studio. Tickets are available at or by calling 786-4849.

Quake Wake

Lovers of old airplanes will want to chow down at the spaghetti feed, 4-8 p.m. Saturday at 2400 E. 5th Ave., across from Wendy's. The event is being held to remember the 1964 earthquake and to raise funds for the Commemorative Air Force and Wings of Freedom. In addition to the grub, it will include a silent auction featuring rides and instruction in World War II vintage aircraft, artwork, travel and more. There's a suggested donation of $10.

Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham