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Sitka: A musical oasis

By Rhonda McBride 10:40 PM May 27, 2014
SITKA –

From its rugged wilderness and remoteness to its extreme weather, Alaska is considered a frontier for many things. But great classical music isn’t what usually what comes to mind when people think of what Alaska has to offer, unless they’ve been to the Sitka Summer Music Festival, which gets underway Saturday, May 31.

The festival’s artistic director — Zuill Bailey, a nationally known cellist — said a lot more is involved than just a month-long series of concerts. He believes Sikta is gaining a worldwide reputation for pushing the boundaries of performance.

Bailey credits the beauty of Alaska for creating an atmosphere of artistic freedom, where performers feel inspired to experiment with new kinds of music and even take some risks.

In the second part of her series, “Zuill!,” KTVA’s Rhonda McBride looks at Sitka’s role as a musical oasis for some of classical music’s finest performers.

To see Part 1, click here.

For more information, here’s the link to the Sitka Summer Music Festival: http://www.sitkamusicfestival.org

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