UAA Faculty perform to benefit future students

By: John Callahan   Jan 13, 2005

UAA faculty members — including some of Alaska’s most talented and prominent musicians — will stage two benefit concerts at the Recital Hall in UAA’s Arts Building on Jan. 22 and 23.

 The music professors, all members of the Music Educators National Convention’s UAA Collegiate Division, will perform an exciting repertoire of classical music, traditional folksongs and original compositions.

All proceeds will go into a scholarship fund for future UAA music students, giving aspiring musicians the chance to develop their talents and explore their gifts.

The vocal lineup will feature Dr. Mari Hahn, Stacia Jamieson and Jean Saunders (soprano), Mickey Belden (alto) and Bill Garry (bass). Instrumentalists include: Rozanne Wilson-Marsh (guitar); Nina Bingham and Walter Olivares (violin); Berin Stephens (saxophone); Karen Strid-Chadwick (jazz piano); John Damberg (percussion); Dr. Laura Koenig (flute); Dr. Mark Wolbers (clarinet); Rumi Smith, Dr. Timothy Smith and Svetlana Velichco (piano); and Philip Munger and Dr. George Belden (trombone).

Dr. Belden will also serve as master of ceremonies.

Classical works to be performed include pieces by Arban, Bach, Chopin, Khachaturian, Larsen, Lehan, Muczynski, Schumann-Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Vaughn, Weill, Williams and others.

The performances begin Saturday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. Both concerts will be held at the UAA Recital Hall in the Arts Building. Each concert will feature a different program and performers.

Tickets, sold at the door, are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for any student (K-12 and up) with a current student I.D.