Juneau Jazz & Classics announces the program of the Fall Festival
If you’ve been feeling a bit locked in the past few months and looking for a fully vaccinated event to ease your cabin fever, Juneau Jazz & Classics has a solution.
The group will present a fall festival in person, from September 29 to October 2, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.
The concert series will feature award-winning and Grammy-nominated jazz and classical artists including the Judy Carmichael Trio, Helen Hwaya Kim, Jasmin Arakawa and group artistic director Zuill Bailey playing on cello.
“Artists are coming to town. Flights are booked, ”said Sandy Fortier, Executive Director of Juneau Jazz & Classics.
Fortier said members of the public will be required to produce vaccination cards upon entering the concert to make the event possible live and in person. She noted that mask-wearing and social distancing procedures will be in place to ensure public safety.
“All of us – presenters, audiences and musicians – are excited about the return of live music. The world of touring music has gone through the pandemic. We want to continue to do everything in our power to keep the show safe and sound, ”said Zane Jones, Chairman of the Board of Juneau Jazz & Classics, in a recent press release.
The vaccine requirement means that children under 12 will not be able to participate in concerts this season.
“We’ll make up for it with families in the spring,” said Fortier. “We will have a lot of family events then.”
Fortier said she had seen responses on social media to concert announcements tagged as “date night” or “girls’ night.”
At previous music festivals, free community concerts were held across the city. Fortier said decisions regarding pop-up concerts are on hold and will depend on the community’s COVID-19 situation during festival week.
She also said the group is monitoring the level of risk and is ready to pivot if necessary.
“Our plan now is to present the 2021-2022 festival season as we normally would, doing what we need to do to stay safe, but behind the scenes we are still working on the unexpected and exploring alternatives,” he said. declared Fortier. “Our first concern is the health and safety of our patrons, volunteers and artists, so we take recommendations from qualified public health officials very seriously.”
Meet the artists
Fortier said the concert lineup is full of exceptional talent. Here are the profiles of the featured artists, provided by Juneau Jazz & Classics.
The Judy Carmichael Trio includes Grammy-nominated pianist / singer / songwriter / radio host Judy Carmichael, one of the greatest stride and swing piano performers in the world. She is accompanied on stage by a guitarist and a saxophonist. Count Basie nicknamed Carmichael “Stride”, acknowledging the mastery with which she plays this technically and physically demanding style of jazz piano. Also famous comedian, Carmichael, has been described as “Fats Waller meets Peggy Lee meets Paula Poundstone”.
Violinist Helen Hwaya Kim made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at the age of 6 and has become a respected and sought-after artist. She has performed as a soloist with the Boston Pops at Boston’s Symphony Hall and the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. During her time at Juilliard, she was principal violin of the Juilliard Orchestra and won the Juilliard Concerto Competition at the pre-college and college levels. She is the recipient of more than a hundred national and international awards. She won the prestigious Artists International Competition in New York City and, as a result, gave recitals for the first time at Carnegie Weill Hall and the Aspen Summer Music Festival.
Hailed by Gramophone for her “brilliance of character”, Jasmin Arakawa has performed widely on her piano in North America, Central and South America, Europe, China and Japan. Jasmin Arakawa graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts. She holds a doctorate in music and a master’s degree in piano performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She studied with Emile Naoumoff, the last protege of Nadia Boulanger.
Juneau Jazz & Classics Artistic Director Zuill Bailey will join Kim and Arakawa at various parties. Considered one of the world’s premier cellists, Bailey is an internationally renowned Grammy Award-winning soloist, recitalist, artistic director and teacher.
• Contact reporter Dana Zigmund at [email protected] or 907-308-4891.
Know and go
Visit www.jazzadclassics.org to find a complete list of shows and workshops or to purchase tickets.