The 2019-2020 Kodiak Arts Council performing arts series will kick off with Latin bluegrass band Che Apalache at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The group’s repertoire ranges from Latin rhythms to a cappella mountain gospel songs sung in four-part harmony, according to the series brochure.
This year’s series will include performances by four visiting professional artists and two community theater performances.
The visiting artists will include a diverse crowd of musicians.
In November, vocal percussion and live looping artist Rup Sidhu will bring his show “RupLoops: The Human Radio to the Rock.”
According to the brochure, his music ranges from hip hop beats to contemporary fusions of classical Indian music, to film scores and remixes of vintage Bollywood tunes, to experimental compositions for dance and theater productions.
For International Guitar Night in January, a variety of guitarists will perform, including virtuoso Olli Soikkeli from Finland and Hawaiian slack key musician Jim Kimo West. They will perform solos, duets, and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity of their styles and instruments, according to the brochure.
In March, Bronx-born fiddler Eileen Ivers will bring her award-winning talent to the island.
“When we do the visiting artists, we usually get around 300 to 350 people, and slightly more for some of our community theater events,” said Katie Oliver, executive director of the Kodiak Arts Council.
This year’s community theater productions are “The Crucible” in October and November and “The Nutcracker” in December.
The Kodiak Arts Council has been hosting these performing arts series since it became the resident theater company for the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.
The series is a “long-standing tradition,” Oliver said. “Our theater is well loved and well used. We do exit surveys of what kinds of genres of performing art (the community) would be interested in.”
The most popular performances are the Celtic music shows, she said.
“We are starting to plan next year. We are looking at the genres we may not have done for a while and what is something that might speak to Kodiak’s population,” Oliver said.
She said they host a variety of shows, from visiting theater companies to magic shows, as well as music, comedy and dance.
This year, when members of the public purchase tickets there is an option to donate to the Tix for Teens program, with which the Arts Council will provide complimentary tickets to middle and high school students.
“We (the council) work with teachers, coaches, and youth service providers to identify students who could benefit from this program,” Oliver said.
More information on shows and tickets are available on the arts council’s website, www.kodiakarts.org.