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Juneau Jazz and Classical Fest to Be Held in May

Renowned for its lush green mountains, icy blue waterways and more, Juneau will provide the backdrop for its 20th annual musical celebration, the Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival. One of Alaska’s most highly anticipated musical events will return May 19-27, 2006. Over 15 concerts will be held in the capital city’s scenic churches, cruise boats, auditoriums, the Mendenhall Glacier and other venues. The festival will showcase more than twenty-five musicians performing jazz, blues, gospel and classical, including the Campbell Brothers and the Paul deLay Band with special guest Duffy Bishop, along with classical artists Philippe Djokic, Annaliesa Place, Linda Rosenthal, Evan Drachman and Laura Klugherz.

The Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival was formed to provide a rich musical experience to the isolated communities of Southeast Alaska that have few opportunities to experience high quality music performed by professional artists.

In accordance with their mission, organizers also ensured that the event serves both those who can afford to purchase tickets and those who cannot, as well as meeting the interests of all age groups. Highlights of the festival include a classical cruise along the Northern Inside Passage; two blues cruises, also along the Northern Inside Passage; jazz performances by Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts, featuring Terell Stafford (trumpet and flugelhorn), Larry Goldings (piano), Dennis Irwin (bass) and Matt Wilson (drums); a free Brown Bag Concert series; and a finale concert with gospel group the Campbell Brothers.

Visit www.jazzandclassics.org for more information on performances and ticket information. Travel packages are available through participating hotels, and include lodging and performance tickets.

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