Fairbanks Concert Association

FCA: A new musical adventure awaits!

When it seemed apparent that we would not be going back to Hering this fall we started focusing on what we could do. We still wanted to connect you to great music. We wanted it to have a familiar flair, to connect you not only to the artists but to each other. We thought about what we could do virtually that we couldn’t do in person.

We reached out to our friend Robert Franz, known to us all for his many years as conductor of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra. He’s the Music Director for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and, not surprisingly, was already leading them in a virtual concert series. Robert had already generously participated in our educational video series #musicianlife. It was a perfect partnership!

Starting this week the WSO begins twelve weekly concerts, each one explores great music and the people who make it.
We hope you’ll join us to Re-Imagine 2020 with the WSO’s Digital Concert Series.

Here’s the really fun part – you can watch these concerts as often as you like! You’re welcome to start and stop each video at your leisure. It’s even possible to curl up on the couch with your favorite libation in your most comfortable clothes and let the music wash over you.

Make it your own!
We invite you to create your own musical “book club” – a watch party with your friends! You decide who gets to be in your club. You decide when you get to watch. You can even watch it with friends and family in different time zones. You can choose how you want to make it special! (light some candles? create “Windsor Wednesdays?” facetime, google meet, or zoom with your group while watching?) Attend with your friends, just as you would a live event – it’s just a little more convenient

We love that the first concert by our Canadian friends includes work by a great American composer: Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring! – celebrating the vernal equinox – just as the autumnal equinox brings us into these cooler, darker, shorter days. The opening episode also features works by two rising stars in the field of music composition: Maxime Goulet’s delightful and delicious Symphonic Chocolates, a musical suite that invites the listener to pair the concert with four classic chocolates, and Jessie Montgomery through Strum, a composition which the Washington Post describes as “turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life.” Montgomery recently appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is the composer-in-residence with Sphinx, a Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Goulet and Montgomery join Maestro Franz for intimate interviews.

As part of the first performance, FCA invites you to pair your musical experience with the pleasures of chocolate: Soft and lyrical music– think chocolate and caramel. Fresh and light music – think mint-infused chocolate. Savor the intenseness of dark chocolate with passionate music and coffee-flavored chocolate with rhythmic and fast-paced music…

Making it local!
We’re partnering with local business owner Monica Mazakis at Just the Tips for some wonderful, locally-made chocolates!

These decadent organic chocolates are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo. $16 for a set of four. (We recommend one set per person for the full experience!)

These special chocolates are custom made for this event and will need to be pre-ordered before pick-up.
To order your delicious Symphony Sweets, please contact Monica at 750-9911 or e-mail at: Justthetipsalaska@gmail.com

Pick up available from 11am- 3pm weekdays at 1773 College Road.

Join us and re-imagine 2020!