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, 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
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.