Summer Music finale for Kenai Peninsula Orchestra

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra has a cure for the forecasted drizzly nights this weekend -- a chamber music concert.

"It's a good way to spend a rainy evening -- come to listen to classical music played by an orchestra," said Tammy Vollom-Matturro, artistic director and conductor of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra.

The gala concerts this Friday and Saturday will end the orchestra's two-week long summer music festival of lunchtime concerts everyday at different locations around the greater Peninsula.

She said many residents do not know there is an orchestra here on the Peninsula, let alone an orchestra of such a high caliber.

Saturday's program will feature music from Mozart, in addition to a couple other more daring pieces called "Finlandia" and "Night on Bald Mountain," she said.

"There should be something for everybody because there is quite a variety," Vollom-Matturro said.

She described "Finlandia" as "brassy and fanfare-ish" with a rendition of the Finnish national anthem right in the middle of the arrangement.

"Night on Bald Mountain" is more of an eerie song than is "flamboyant mood music," she said. "Bald Mountain" is maybe best remembered as the finale from the Walt Disney animation classic, "Fantasia," of 1940. Vollom-Matturro said it is especially fitting because the orchestra's first concert is on Friday the 13th in Homer.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, with members all around the area, have been busily practicing for this weekend's gala concerts, rehearsing for two weeks in Ninilchik.

"We meet halfway between Homer and Soldotna," Vollom-Matturro said.

For "the summer music festival we get people from the east coast to the west coast to the Peninsula to Anchorage to Juneau," she said. "It's always a challenge when we finally get everybody together."

The Madison String Quartet from the New York area will be playing in the concert, as well.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will perform Friday at the Homer Marine Theater and Saturday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors/youth and $10 for members of the orchestra's Raven's Club.

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