the Arts in Brief

Help with cut-paper project

Artist Desiree Hagen will display a cut-paper installation in February at Bunnell Street Arts Center. To help with her installation, she asks people to join her from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays this month to prepare paper for the project. She is looking for people to paint large pieces of paper (for example with wood grain patterns, sky patterns or grass patterns) that then get cut up and become the colors and patterns behind her cut-paper stencils. Bring art supplies if you have them (paper, paints, etc), as well as snacks and beverages.


KPO seeks choir members

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra seeks choir members for a performance of Serge Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky” with choir and orchestra as part of the Summer Music Festival Gala concerts on Aug. 12 and 13. The choir will be conducted by Kenai Central High School choir director Simon Nissen. 

There are ongoing rehearsals in Kenai on Monday nights and there will be rehearsals 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays in Homer in the Homer High School choir room on the following tentative schedule: Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, March 10, March 24, April 14 and April 28. There also will also be a few rehearsals in the early summer and then with the orchestra in August.

There is a participation fee of $20 and scores cost $10. Participants must be high school age or older for this project. For more information, contact Laura Norton at 299-2453.


Youth Orchestra starts new semester

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club (HYSOC) has begun their second semester. This is a group of serious student musicians in Homer under the leadership of Lisa Schallock.

It is not too late to register and participate in making orchestral music with a congenial group of peers. HYSOC offers  orchestra at a beginning and intermediate level (Scherzos and Allegros) for $150 for the semester. The more serious musicians have a Chamber group for $120. There also is an adult beginner (or re-beginner) group, the Codas, for $90. 

Rehearsals are Thursdays at the West Homer Elementary School music room, starting with the Codas at 3:30 p.m.

HYSOC offers discounts for musicians who participate in more than one group or for more than one student in a family participating. Scholarships also are offered for tuition assistance. It is HYSCOC’s intention that everyone who wants to play should have the opportunity to participate.

For more information or to support the youth orchestra with a donation, visit or email HYSOC manager Kara Clemens at


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