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String Orchestra Performing At Denali National Park


Denali National Park and Preserve is hosting a special free string orchestra concert on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the Denali Visitor Center.

The concert features Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival’s 16-piece string orchestra playing “Denali,” a piece inspired by composer Stephen Lias’ visit to the park last year. Special guest Caitlin Warbelow, an award-winning fiddler, will accompany the orchestra during part of the performance. The orchestra is led by music director Robert Franz. It is the first orchestra performance to take place inside Denali National Park.

A reception follows immediately afterwards at the Morino Grill, hosted by Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture.

The concert is the culmination of a week-long Denali Music Festival, which will include performances by Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival artists throughout the Denali Borough. This special outreach is the result of a new collaboration between the longtime study-performance Festival and the Denali Arts & Humanities Alliance.

On Sunday, July 22, the orchestra and the Tri-Valley High School Choir will travel to the Eielson Visitor Center for a special collaboration performance taking place around noon – 1 p.m.

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, July 15-29, 2012, is an annual two-week study-performance Festival that encourages personal growth and arts appreciation at all levels. Additional information is available at Denali Arts & Humanities Alliance is a volunteer consortium of community groups whose mission is to support, sustain and enhance arts/humanities in the Denali Borough schools and communities.

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