Concert offers humor and harmony

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2004

Organizers and performers of Saturday's Evening of Classics concert have set out to disprove the notion that classical music is boring.

Area musicians and singers will perform a variety of pieces from historic composers like Bach and Handel to more modern classical composers with even a little opera thrown in. The underlying theme through all of it, from the introductions and monologues between the performances to a musical satire piece, will be fun.

"It's always done in a kind of lighthearted kind of fun attitude in that we have done things from twisting people's biographies to make them a little more amusing than they would otherwise be to a few, shall we say, less than serious performances -- although we always try to keep the quality up," said Marc Berezin, who will be master of ceremonies at the concert.

Saturday's performance will be the third Evening of Classics.

"My subjective impression was that we did a great job," Berezin said of past shows, which he remembers as being sell-out performances.

"We always like our culture, when we can get it," he said. "... If (people) want to see some incredible local talent that they may or may not be aware of, this is the place to see it."

The show is a fund-raiser for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. According to Maria Allison, orchestra member and Evening of Classics organizer, the previous two events have each raised about $1,000, which goes to help cover the orchestra's various expenses -- everything from getting sheet music to renting rehearsal and performance space and paying travel costs for visiting musicians and clinicians.

"There's just a lot of expenses involved with maintaining an orchestra," Allison said.

By attending the show, patrons will be helping ensure future orchestra endeavors as well as experiencing an event that combines class and clowning.

"Even though it's all classical music and people think of classical music as very serious, it's a fun concert," Allison said.

The concert is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. A reception will follow.

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