In the spring of 1921, ordinary people did something extraordinary.
Early Anchorage residents, united by a desire to create art and entertain, formed the Anchorage Choral Society and produced Anchorage’s first full-length classical concert, A Longfellow Evening, at the Empress Theatre on April 11, 1921— just five months after the city was incorporated.
A Re-enactment and Celebration of Anchorage’s First Classical Music Concert is now available on AFM’s YouTube Channel. Modern-day Anchorage performers and special guests re-enact the entire concert just as it was presented in 1921.
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Admission is free – donations in any amount gratefully accepted. For a limited time, donate $100 or more and receive this special concert’s beautiful printed commemorative program booklet with our thanks. Packed with historical Anchorage photos, biographies of the 32 original performers, stories of the highly successful A Longfellow Evening (and earlier efforts not quite as successful), recipes from the ladies in the 1921 concert, and more! Click here to donate, and email your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org so we know where to send your booklet. Thanks!
Founded in 1956, the Anchorage Festival of Music (AFM) is dedicated to providing performance and enrichment opportunities to local musicians and audiences. AFM organizes an annual concert series of classical, baroque, and contemporary music. AFM sponsors an annual Young Alaskan Artist Award competition to recognize young, aspiring Alaskan classical performers pursuing a college degree or program in music. The Anchorage Festival of Music (AFM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.