Classical music enthusiasts, or anyone who enjoys hearing a well-performed piece of music, will have an opportunity to experience a veritable smorgasbord of styles, instruments, composers and performers at 7 p.m. May 10 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.
The concert, An Evening of Classics, is sponsored as a fund-raiser by and for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. The orchestra won't perform as a whole, but several members will make appearances in the program, as will several other area musicians.
"Some of the people performing I haven't heard before," said Maria Allison, concert organizer and member of the orchestra. "There's going to be a lot of really interesting performances. I think a lot of people don't recognize how many really good amateur musicians we have in the community."
The program will include Rachmaninoff's "Prelude in C# Minor," performed by Natasha Vaisenberg; "The Last Rose of Summer" by Thomas Moore, performed by Kent Peterson and Mim McKay; a selection from the "Trout Quintet," by Schubert, performed by a quintet made up of Barney Wilborg on contrabass, Susie Lee on viola, Sue Biggs on violin, Jeanne Mabrey on cello and Allison on piano; and pieces by Bach.
The evening will conclude with an interactive musical dice game composed by Mozart. The game is a piece of music with numbered measures that can't be played as it's written from start to finish.
The only way to make it sound like a song is to role a dice to choose the order in which the measures are played. Each roll of the dice corresponds with a grid Mozart created that tells the performers which order they will play the measures in.
"Mozart was a very inventive guy who liked games," Allison said. "Every time you play the piece it's different. It's kind of fun and the audience will be involved in throwing dice, too, so you don't know what it's going to sound like until you do it with them."
Other performers include Bill Larned, Mike Morgan, Sarah Glaves, Emily Grossman, Judy Russell, Jean Brockel, Steve Hileman, Tammy Vollom-Matturro, Ida Pearson, Rosemary and Elena Bird, Heidi Biggs, Karen Syvrud, Synneva Lillevik, Glen Fraser, Varvara Sediakina-Larson, Brandi Harbaugh, Cherie Brewer and members of the Midnight Sun String Trio -- Paul Morin, Heather Paxson and Larissa Cochran.
Allison estimated the program will run about two hours, which is longer than originally planned. As such, the concert may not be suitable for children under sixth grade.
Allison wrote e-mails in September and October to area musicians and music teachers she thought would like to be involved in the concert.
"Everybody who wrote back to me is on the program," she said. "I thought it would be kind of neat to include as many people as possible."
The jam-packed content and variety of the program, including piano and vocal solos, as well as ensemble performances, will make it well worth the $5 admission fee, payable at the door.
Dave Forbes will emcee the program. All proceeds will go to the orchestra. For more information, call Allison at 283-3024.
"I'm definitely getting excited," Allison said. "I can't wait. I think it will be fun to hear all the different varieties of music."
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