Jake Shimabukuro has taken the underdog of the strings section to new levels throughout his musical career.

Jeri Kopet
A new concerto commissioned for the Anchorage Symphony lacks any flashy music for the featured soloists.Mike Dunham
Post hard-core band Thera's third EP features the track “Ancient Mariner,” a song inspired by “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Samantha Davenport
Jeffery Broussard has been a torchbearer for zydeco, influencing young musicians while maintaining the traditional methods he learned decades ago.Chris Bieri
One of Alaska’s biggest summer festivals has announced their initial lineup for Salmonfest 2016.Alaska Dispatch staff
"Maria de Buenos Aires," a unique melding of tango and opera, has its Alaska debut this week.Mike Dunham
Still, as much as anything, the festival hangs its hat on participation -- from Alaska artists who perform and other members of the community, which come for the free shows and workshops.Chris Bieri
New work by Don Decker and Sarah Melissa Whalen are on display at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, and an ensemble of Anchorage Symphony brass players will perform. Mike Dunham
Additional seating has been put on the stage to handle demand for tickets to the Alaska Airlines Winter Classics chamber music series. Mike Dunham
Alaska Dance Theatre's "Winter's Dance" program will combine contemporary dance and the uniquely Alaskan pop vocals of Pamyua.Mike Dunham