Cook Inlet Historical Society Presents: The 100th Anniversary of Anchorage’s First Classical Music Concert
4 p.m. Sunday, April 11Online
In the spring of 1921, ordinary people did something extraordinary: United by a desire to create art and entertain, early Anchorage residents produced Anchorage’s first full-length classical concert, A Longfellow Evening, at the Empress Theatre. On the exact centenary, Anchorage Festival of Music Artistic Director Laura Koenig presents the story behind the concert and the remarkable biographies of the original performers told through newly discovered historical images, archival documents and family recollections. This presentation is a companion piece to Anchorage Festival of Music’s full-length re-enactment of the 1921 program, released online the same day.
This is the sixth talk in the Cook Inlet Historical Society’s 2020-2021 Speaker Series, Disasters. This presentation series is virtual, free and open to the public via Crowdcast; the same link can be used to review the recorded event after the program conclusion.
Founded in 1956, the Anchorage Festival of Music is a non-profit community organization dedicated to providing local musicians and audiences great music. Now in its 65th season, Anchorage Festival of Music is known for its concerts frequently held in non-traditional venues with educational components woven into every performance.