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2017 featured artists are violinist Linda Rosenthal and actor Bill Blush.

Linda Rosenthal

Violinist Linda Rosenthal performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia in recitals, as soloist with orchestra and as a chamber musician. She has commissioned over a dozen works for violin and has earned national acclaim for Strings & Stories, which she created in 1995 at Kennedy Center. Linda is Founder and Artistic Director of Juneau Jazz & Classics, an annual festival that features internationally renowned jazz and classical artists. She is Professor of Music at the University of Alaska and Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar for Adults. Her five solo CDs feature favorite violin encores, sonatas by American composers, and a lively collection of Americna music for violin and piano. Linda plays a violin made in 1772 in Turin, Italy by J.B. Guadagnini.


Bill Blush

Bill Blush, a native of Los Angeles, has performed Strings & Stories with Linda since 2000. He has been involved in all aspects of theater including acting, writing and directing. His works have enjoyed successful Southern California runs including This Above All, About What?, Curse You! and Ziggy’s Right. As a performer he has played a variety of roles, including…the kitchen sink. A love for comedy has prompted Bill to perform in and direct several improvisational troupes and, more recently, to venture onstage as a stand-up comedian.


Strings & Stories

Linda and Bill will be presenting their program, Strings &Stories, to both youth and adults during the festival.  Strings & Stories is a two-person show, featuring Alaska violinist Linda Rosenthal and Los Angeles actor Bill Blush in a dynamic pairing of music and theater—an enjoyable and fun experience that has garnered rave views and enthusiastic praise from audiences, both the young and young at heart. 

An imaginative and exciting blend of music and theater, Strings & Stories appeals to audiences of all ages.  It mixes familiar stories with classical music in a program that is educational, interactive, fast-paced, and entertaining.  Through its unique format, audiences are exposed to a variety of art forms:  music, theater, storytelling, literature, improvisation, and comedy.

Art from our featured artist and local artists will be on display and available for purchase throughout the festival.

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