Denali Music Festival

Woman introduces two children to a small cello

A performer with "Concert Black" introduces two children to a small cello.

NPS Photo / Katie Thoresen

Saturday, July 18

This annual event is presented in partnership with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Beyond these park-based offerings, another 14 events take place July 11 to 25 at venues throughout the area, including – Anderson Riverside Park Bandstand, Black Diamond Resort, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, The Overlook/Crows's Nest Resort, McKinley Chalet Resort, McKinley Creekside Cafe and Tonglen Lake Lodge. (See complete schedule, PDF 400kb)
Murie Science and Learning Center
Mile 1.4 of the Denali Park Road

12 pm
The Art of Listening – Join renowned sound recordist Hank Lentfer to hear stories and sounds collected in two years of deeply listening and recording the natural world, particularly at Glacier Bay National Park and coastal Alaska. Lentfer encourages visitors to listen and explore the power of aesthetic recordings to connect to the value of national parks.

Denali Visitor Center
Mile 1.5 of the Denali Park Road

10 am to 3 pm
World Listening Day – Join Davyd Betchkal, NPS soundscape researcher, for informal discussions, demonstrations, and displays about the importance of listening to the sounds of the natural world and what it might be trying to tell us.

3 pm
Concert Black – This ensemble based in New York City, with ongoing ties to Alaska, offers visitors a concert, demonstration and performance workshop with hands-on kid-size instruments.

5 pm
Nenana Native Dancers – The park is honored to host local dancers and drummers performing traditional dances and songs. Most members of the group are young people who are learning to express and sustain their heritage for generations to come.
7 pm
Evening Concert – Under direction of Music Director Robert Franz, Denali Chamber Orchestra musicians perform pieces by past participants in Alaska Geographic's field camp seminar, Composing in the Wilderness.
• "Denali" for String Orchestra, by Josh Coe, 2014
• "Teklanika," by Stephen Wood, 2012-2014

Schedule of local events

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