The Fairbanks Concert Association is excited to announce a new season with live presentations for the first time since March 2020.

We’re thrilled to tell you about what we think might be the most popular season we’ve ever put together. It’s filled with artists you know and love, and have asked us for. Looking at them all together, I’m struck by the number of true virtuosos.

The Artists:

We open our 74th Season with two big names: Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery: Two Lost Souls. This promises to be both great comedy and great music by two of the very best! Fun. Funny. Music. Together. All the things we’ve missed.

Chris Thile, MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, who the Guardian calls “that rare being: an all-round musician who can settle into any style, from bluegrass to classical,” and NPR calls a “genre-defying musical genius,” is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. For four years, Thile hosted public radio favorite Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion). Chris will be live from here in November!

In December, Lúnasa, Fairbanks’ favorite Celtic group will be here to celebrate the solstice season.

Jake Shimabukuro will shine in January. Meow Meow, that great Pink Martini find we’ve rescheduled 3 times, will be here in March and Beausoleil will be here on their last-ever tour in April. We’ll wrap things up with another celebratory act Postmodern Jukebox.

We know how much you value opportunities for more intimate events, so this year we have a series planned for the more intimate Pioneer Park Civic Center. This includes Royal Wood, International Guitar Night, Talisk, and the Small Glories. These will sell out fast. Don’t wait.

Covid is on the rise. Why announce now?

Our job is to provide connections between you and the artists. The resulting “collective effervescence” is essential to our community’s well-being. We need this.

We do go by what the authorities decide. Right now, gatherings are allowed, the school district hasn’t mandated distancing for Hering and the Borough hasn’t brought it back for the Civic Center. If that changes, we’ll reschedule and try again. As always, our tickets are completely refundable.

There are guidelines to mask up, vaccinated or not, when in proximity to others. For now, we will ask that everyone attending wear a mask. We’ll respect CDC guidelines and do our best to keep you informed.

What about my seats?

IF you were a season ticketholder, defined as someone who signed up for at least 3 events during the 2019-2020 season as either member or subscriber, you can call us and reserve your seats. Just let us know which events you’d like to attend. Not sure? Call us. 474-8081. We’ll know, even if you weren’t able to attend all your events. We need to hear from you by August 23rd.

On August 23rd you can go online and choose your own seats, as long as you select at least 3 events. For seats in the first 10 rows, please add a donation.

On September 5th tickets go on sale online for both individual events and subscriptions.

Why is this different?

Well, COVID-19 for one. And a shortened timeline. Another reason is that we now handle all ticket orders in-house.

What else is different?

Giving is different now too!

  1. We’ve changed the name from “member” to “program partner.” It’s the same support for bringing artists here, just a more apt name.
  2. You can now specify whether you’d like your contribution be unrestricted, or be a program partner, or education partner. Your benefits will be the same. You can get better seats, and Patron level and above get all our special perks.

That’s a lot of changes! Still have questions?

Call us! 474-8081

Want to see us?

Thursday, August 12th, 6:00 – 7:00pm we’ll have an information table prior to Music in the Garden at Georgeson Botanical Garden. (We miss you too!)

August 23 – September 4th we’ll open online subscription sales.

September 5th, Subscriptions and single events go on sale.

Finally…

We’ll adapt as the news changes. If we need to cancel because of changing guidelines, we’ll offer refunds, but we won’t cancel due to poor sales knowing that Fairbanks is last minute. However, artists may cancel for this reason.

We’ve survived so far because of low overhead and numerous relief efforts. Now we must make down payments on artist fees. You can help us by buying your tickets as soon as they go on sale. As always, if something comes up you can always get a refund. No questions asked.

Donate now and help sustain your concert association, we’ll thank you with the best seats in the house!

The 2021-2022 74th Season:

Jane Lynch & Kate Flannery “Two Lost Souls”:  Sunday, September 26, 2021 (Hering)

Royal Wood: Saturday, November 6, 2021 (Civic Center)

Chris Thile: Saturday, November 13, 2021 (Hering)

Lunasa: Friday, December 10, 2021 (Hering)

International Guitar Night: Sunday, January 9, 2022 (Civic Center)

Jake Shimabukuro: Friday, January 28, 2022 (Hering)

Talisk: Saturday, February 12, 2022 (Civic Center)

Meow Meow: Saturday, March 19, 2022 (Hering)

Small Glories: Saturday, March 26, 2022 (Civic Center)

BeauSoleil: Friday, April 1, 2022 (Hering)

Postmodern Jukebox: Friday, May 6, 2022 (Hering)

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