Orchestra plans multimedia performance for ‘Exhibition’

Now in its 20th year, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will offer an Aug. 7 Homer concert entitled, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” that localizes a 141-year-old story of friendship between a composer and his artist friend. KPO then takes the show to Kenai for a performance on Aug. 8.
In an effort to whet music lovers’ appetites, the orchestra is offering two weeks of smaller concerts meant to reach all ages and audiences at cafes, galleries and the library.
The grand finale at the Homer Mariner Theatre was written for the piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. He wrote it in remembrance of his friend, Viktor Hartmann, after getting inspired by Hartmann’s work following his death.

Local singer/songwriter’s music has healing touch

When Shawn Zuke first saw a photograph of a leather-vested, tassel-wearing Emily Lou Harris performing on stage, she had no idea who the woman was — only that she wanted to be like her; singing onstage like a hippie rock star.
Zuke grew up listening to her parent’s eight-track tapes, and her first two albums were Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and the self-titled “Fleetwood Mac.” She got her first guitar when she was in her early 20s, and this January, she released her fourth album, “Undefined.”
Zuke describes her music as being all about messages of peace, love and learning to be still and calm in the midst of turbulent times. The lyrics of her recent title track song begins with, “calm yourself down, don’t give into the feeling, you can turn it all around, just by breathing …”

Blues in the schools – honoring Black history month

For the past 36 years, Michael “Hawkeye” Herman has taught Blues in the Schools programs to more than half a million students in more than 500 schools. He’s visited learning establishments from elementary to college level, in 30 states and 10 foreign nations.
“All popular music has its roots in the blues,” Hawkeye said. “From rock to pop — and even to country music.”
Lesson plans apply blues music to fields of study including African American studies, English, art, math, science, American history and music. The goal of the program is to teach students the history and importance of the music.
“The Blues shares the truth about life and is the depository for African American history,” he said. “If you want to know what they were wearing, thinking, driving or eating at any time up until the late 20th century, listen to a blues song.”

Seattle-based singer/songwriter returns to his Homer roots

Music is what feeds Andrew Vait’s soul.
“When I write a new song, I think, ‘this is what it feels like to be alive’,” he said.
In 2011, the Seattle-based, Homer-born-and-raised singer/songwriter released “Closer To The Setting Sun.” He describes this set of solo recordings as having a “folksy, country vibe.”

Theatre program allows youth to ‘find their voice’

When you get a group of creative youth together to form their own production, anything can happen.

Fully immersed in art

When Jessica Anne Williams’ Coast Guard husband told her they were moving to Alaska, at first she thought he was kidding.

Jessica and Tristen Williams
“When Tristen called to tell me we were moving to Alaska, I was in Chicago, sitting outside on an 80-degree day, near the Trump Tower building and looking at the river,” she said. “At first I laughed because I thought he was joking, but when I realized he was serious, I imagined the trees and mountains and thought to myself how beautiful and refreshing it would be.”

Homer ensemble to present Beatles’ White Album

The name “Mothers Superior” may not immediately bring to mind a varied cast of Homer musicians, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Alice’s this weekend. Led by guitarist and producer Steve Collins – a staple of local band Holy Santos Gang – the group of 17 musicians is taking on the Beatles’ acclaimed White Album. All of it.

Lindianne Sarno – artist and educator at play

Lindianne Sarno first found her niche in Homer through the arts – specifically, knitting socks, selling books and playing music.
Sarno’s father was a singer, guitarist and pianist who chose to pursue medicine and became a physician and an author.

Local contributes in ‘big’ and ‘little’ ways

Jenny Martin has a special place in her heart for kids. It’s a passion inspired —in great part — by her mother, and one that consistently fuels her tireless efforts as Community Director with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Homer.

Salmonstock raises money to protect wild salmon habitat

A blend of salmon, music, food, art and beer spread three days over the weekend at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds, where the gray, threatening skies weren’t enough to dampen the vibrant mood of the third annual Salmonstock festival.

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