Just because Anchorage sits amidst a giant frontier doesn’t mean that it doesn't have big-city sophistication. This longtime non-profit organization brings fine classical musicians, Broadway performances, and internationally acclaimed artists to Alaska’s biggest city.
A Passion for World-Class Performing Arts
Indeed, the organization dates back to a time when Anchorage was still establishing itself as an urban center. The ACA was founded in 1950 by a group of classical music enthusiasts who were committed to bringing the finest classical musicians to perform for the people of Anchorage—and the group has been a small but powerful presence ever since. The ACA has presented more than 700 performances—music, dance, and theatre—under the guidance of a small staff and a team of volunteers.
From Broadway Shows to Pop-Up Performances
Today, the ACA is the largest performing arts presenter in Alaska: it's the only organization that presents Broadway shows in the state, and it’s the largest resident company that uses the city’s Alaska Center for the Performing Arts (known to locals as the PAC), home to both the Atwood Concert Hall and the Discovery Theatre. (Recent shows have included 15-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck and classic Broadway productions of Peter Pan and Mamma Mia!.) But the PAC is not the ACA’s only venue: it also presents secret shows, pop-up concerts and in-home concerts at various locations around Anchorage.
Being that nimble has helped the ACA build its loyal following, drawing an audience from all over the state—from the Anchorage area, of course, but also the Mat-Su Valley, Kenai Peninsula, and even as far away as Barrow. And for non-Alaskans, it’s yet another reason to time your Alaska travels during the shoulder seasons of May or September: the ACA’s season only runs from the fall through the spring, but offers a cosmopolitan accent to the Anchorage experience.