Audience plays big role in music

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra just completed our two-week Music Festival, celebrating 25 years of existence.

Our conductor, Mark Robinson, as well as our founding conductor, Bob Richardson, led approximately 85 people onstage in performances of Beethoven, Holst and original works by Bob Richardson.

As I reflected on these events and the past 25 years of our history on the Kenai Peninsula, I realized that we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to our audiences who have faithfully come to our many concerts, who have sat in various venues over the years, listening to us as we played, struggled, worked and built ourselves into the group that performed last weekend.

All of you, our loyal listeners, deserve a huge round of applause. We could not have had this amazing experience without an audience. Preparing and rehearsing our music is fun, but if we didn't know that soon we would be playing this music for an audience of lovely community members, our friends and families, there would not be much point in doing it.

So, to all of you many wonderful people who have allowed us to do what we love to do, and who have stood by us in the good years and the years where only a handful of musicians were onstage, thank you.

Maria Allison


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