The Kodiak Arts Council has announced the line up for its 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series including musicians, letters read aloud and a local production of “The Music Man.”

Kicking off the season in mid-September is Pink Martini, a musical group performing pieces “crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop,” according to the KAC website.

“We wanted to do a little bit of a stretch show; bring in a group that was going to fill the stage, someone with a lot of name recognition,” said arts council executive director Katie Oliver. “We jumped on that to launch the year with Pink Martini.”

Next is the Martha Redbone Roots Project in October.

“She’s touring an album that she’s produced that’s the poetry of William Blake set to Appalachian folk and piedmont blues music, which is one of the most interesting and creative mash-ups I’ve seen in a long time,” Oliver said.

The third performance is Letters Aloud, a series of letters from well-known people read aloud. The subject is fame.

“They are a readers theatre-style group reading the correspondence of some of history’s famous literary minds with an audio-visual component and an accompanying musician,” Oliver said.

In February, ukulele-player Jake Shimabukuro will perform.

“I’d wanted to bring him a couple years ago, and I saw that he was coming back to the state and thought, ‘Now’s our chance,’” Oliver said. “I think he may be one of the performers that folks will be most familiar with. He’s toured extensively in recent years.”

Finally, Veronica Costa-Bolton will direct a local production of “The Music Man” about a con man whose plan to swindle a town by posing as a bandleader runs into trouble with the local librarian.

For people who’ve been in Kodiak a few decades, “The Music Man” will be familiar.

Oliver said it was the first musical theatre production by the council performed in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium, and the auditorium’s namesake directed it.

“There’s a little bit of nostalgia for us,” Oliver said.

The Music Man will run for four shows in March, and auditions will be in December.

More information about the performances and ticket purchasing can be found at www.kodiakartscouncil.org.

Julie Herrmann is a staff reporter at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact her at 486-3227 ext. 627.

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