Tag: Music

The space is the place–4th Avenue Theatre

KSKA: Friday, May 26 at 2:45pm Of the three elements that go into making performing arts what it is, one is the space in which both performers and audience share. It is that place where we, as a community, come to share common experiences. Seventy years ago, Cap Lathrop created such a space in the 4th Avenue Theatre. This weekend, a 70th Anniversary Celebration is occurring to commemorate that founding and on today's Stage Talk Sandy Harper and Ron Holmstrom gather to share stories about the theatre and to let us in on some of the goings on of the celebration. The Celebration will happen May 27-29 on 4th Avenue, the Performing Arts Center and the Anchorage Museum. LISTEN HERE

Cyrano’s presents Noel Coward’s Private Lives

KSKA: Friday, March 10 at 2:45pm Cyrano's Theatre Company is presenting Noel Coward's classic Comedy of Manners, Private Lives about a divorced couple, now on honeymoons with their new spouses, who meet and discover that they are still attracted to each other. Director Teresa Pond and actors Frank Delaney and Stefanie Suydam drop by Stage Talk this week to talk about how this play is still as "fantastically funny" as it was back when it was first produced in 1930. Private Lives runs March 10 through April 2 at Cyrano's Theatre Company. LISTEN NOW

Anchorage Opera’s Glory Denied

KSKA: Friday, February 10 at 2:45pm Anchorage Opera Company is presenting Tom Cipullo's opera Glory Denied based on the true story of the longest held American captive during the Vietnam War and what happens with his life when he returns. Stage Director Helena Binder and Conductor Douglas Kinney Frost drop by the studio this week to tell us about their unique concept of how they have chosen to present this moving story. Glory Denied performs in the Sydney Laurence Theatre starting February 10th and going through the 18th. LISTEN NOW

ACT’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

KSKA: Friday, February 3 at 2:45pm What's better than going to hear Billie Holiday perform at Emerson's Bar and Grill? Hearing four Billie Holidays performing at Anchorage Community Theatre in Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill performing at ACT February 4th-19. Director Matt Fernandez, along with two of the "Billies", Vivian Melde and Kinley Norman drop by Stage Talk this week to give us the scoop on how they do it. LISTEN NOW

Anchorage Symphony goes to the movies

KSKA: Friday, January 13 at 2:45pm The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor/Maestro Randy Fleischer, brings back its annual collaboration between music and film as it performs the original soundtracks to two of Charlie Chaplin's more popular films, The Kid and The Idle Class while the films are shown. Fleischer and Education Coordinator Susan Windgrove-Reed come by Stage Talk today to give some background on Chaplin and how Fleischer works to combine the music with the films during the showings. Both films, along with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra perform Saturday at 8pm in the Atwood Concert Hall. LISTEN NOW

Iñupiaq Drum and Dance: A Cultural Renaissance

KSKA: Tuesday, October 18, at 2:00 p.m. Iñupiaq Drum and Dance: A Cultural Renaissance introduces listeners to the Iñupiaq people who carry on the traditions of song and dance, while sharing stories of their ancestors. LISTEN NOW

Perseverance Theatre’s Peter and the Starcatcher

KSKA: Friday, September 30 at 2:45pm Perseverance Theatre of Juneau opens their Anchorage season with Peter and the Starcatcher, a play by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson running September 30th through October 16 in the Sydney Laurence Theatre. Director Teresa Pond, actor Sylvia Kwan and PT's Anchorage General Manager Josh Lowman drop by Stage Talk this week to talk about this "prequel" to the story of Peter Pan. LISTEN NOW

Anchorage Community Theatre’s Laura

KSKA: Friday, September 23 at 2:45pm A murder mystery, a love story and curiously enough, a statement about a woman's quest for identity from a play written in 1947 by Vera Caspary and George Sklar, based on Caspary's novel of the same name, Laura opens at Anchorage Community Theatre September 23rd and runs through October 16th. Some may remember the film noir version that came out in 1944 or the popular Raskin/Mercer song that followed, but even if you're not familiar with either, ACT's Executive Director Sara Athans and actor Jan Jones will fill you in on this intriguing play this week on Stage Talk. LISTEN NOW

Pulse Dance Company’s 2016-2017 season

KSKA: Friday, September 2 at 2:45pm Pulse Dance Company will be offering a little bit of everything this year from contemporary modern to burlesque and rock and roll. Join Artistic Director Stephanie Wonchala as she drops by Stage Talk this week to talk about what's coming up. Their first offering is Haus Pulse, performing at the Church of Love in Spenard on Saturday, September 10th. LISTEN NOW 

Anchorage Opera’s 2016-2017 season

KSKA: Friday, August 26 at 2:45pm Anchorage Opera is celebrating its 55th anniversary with something old, something new and something... well, extravagant! Join Reed Smith, AO's General Director and Judy Berry, AO's Marketing and Development Director this week on Stage Talk as they sing the praises of the upcoming season. LISTEN NOW

The Music Machine is 35 years old

It's showtime! The Music Machine is celebrating its 35th anniversary with its annual revue featuring music and dance, but is also bringing back many alumni from all the way back to its beginnings to join the other 75 regular cast members. Director and founder Janet Carr-Campbell along with cast member Abby Webster drop by Stage Talk this week to let us in on what this year's exciting show will be offering. The Music Machine performs August 3-6 in the Discovery Theatre. KSKA: Friday, July 29 at 2:45pm Listen Now

Meet AFAA’S New Executive Director: Lailani Cook

Alaska Fine Arts Academy has a new Executive Director and she has a lot of plans for the Eagle River company. Join Lailani Cook this week on Stage Talk as she tells us about herself, her plans and the upcoming theatre season. KSKA: June 17 at 2:45pm

Eire 1916: A Tale of Revolution

KSKA: Friday, April 22 at 2:45pm History comes alive this weekend at APU's Grant Hall Theatre as Eire 1916: A Tale of Revolution comes to the stage. Inspired by the events of the so-called "Easter Rising" or "Easter Rebellion", which happened 100 years ago this month in Ireland, Eire 1916: A Tale of Revolution uses a mix of live actors, multi-media and music to tell its tale. Phillip Price, who did the lion's share of research for the project (and also appears in the play) joins Director Rodney Lamb and Actor Jodi Clark this week on Stage Talk. The play is produced in association with The Irish Club of Alaska. DOWNLOAD AUDIO

Anchorage Opera’s Carmen

Stage director David Lefkowich and conductor Brian DeMaris from Anchorage Opera's production of George Bizet's once scandalous opera Carmen drop by Stage Talk this week. Carmen performs in the Discovery Theatre October 23, 24 and 25. KSKA: Friday, Oct. 23 at 2:45 p.m. Listen Now:

Sandy Harper of Cyrano’s Theatre Company

Sandy Harper, Artistic Director for Cyrano's Theatre Company, drops by to give an update on the "Ten Decades, Ten Plays" event Cyrano's has been holding this summer to celebrate Anchorage's Centennial as well as to give us a preview of their 2016 season this week on Stage Talk. KSKA: Friday, August 21, at 2:45 p.m. Listen Now:

Anchorage Chamber Music Festival

Co-founders and directors of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival (currently in residence at Alaska Pacific UniversityChristine Harada Li and Nathaniel Pierce take time from their busy teaching and performing schedule to drop by the studio to let us know about this exciting and relatively new music fest. KSKA: Friday, August 14, at 2:45 p.m. Listen Now:

The Music Machine

Seventy-five local young singers and dancers come together in The Music Machine's 34th anniversary show this August 5-8th at the Discovery Theatre and co-Founder Janet Carr-Campbell along with performer Morgan Cruz drop by the studio this week to talk about all the hard work it takes to put on such an extravaganza. KSKA: Friday, July 31, at 2:45pm Listen Now:

Sixteen-Year-Old Saxophone Sensation | INDIE ALASKA

In this episode of Indie Alaska, we meet Anchorage's own saxophone sensation and the local musical legends who have helped guide him through Alaska's music scene.

Spirit–The 7th Fire of Alaska

If collaboration is the common denominator of all performing arts, Spirit--The 7th Fire of Alaska is the ubber-collaboration as it brings together people from Alaska Dance Theatre, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Theatre Artists United, Alaska Children's Choir, members of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and local actors, dancers and musicians. Join Stage Talk this week to listen to Artistic Executive Producer Steven Alvarez and Artistic Stage Director Teresa Pond as they tell us how it all goes together. Spirit--The 7th Fire of Alaska performs February 20th-22nd at the Performing Arts Center. KSKA: Friday, Feb. 20, at 2:45pm Listen Now:

West High and Anchorage Opera’s co-production of two Holocaust shows

West High School and Anchorage Opera have come together to produce two moving productions that have one thing in common: Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia during WWII. Join Director Dave Block and actors Suparat Prasannet and Luke Haneck as they give us the story about these extraordinary events: the one-act opera Brundibar, music by Hans Krasa with a new libretto by Tony Kushner and the one-act play I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Celeste Raspanti performing this weekend at West High School. KSKA: Friday, Jan. 23 at 2:45pm Listen Now: