Violinists David and Wynn Rife with the Southwest String Quartet earlier this year at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.
An Evening of Classics is in store this weekend at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna on the Spur Highway, “Our concert is a fund raiser for the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and we’ll be featuring many local musicians who will be performing classical music and that’s why it’s being called an Evening of Classics,” said pianist Maria Allison. The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra has become well known for blending local talented musicians with the expertise of professional groups such as the Southwest String Quartet and virtuoso Paul Rosenthal who thrilled a large audience last summer at the Kenai Auditorium with their unique musical styling’s and a full 80 piece orchestra, “It was an honor for me and a thrill for our orchestra to accompany the piece Paul performed, he is an incredible talent and a fabulous musician, the result was a mesmerizing performance,” said Mark Robinson the director of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra.
This summer the Peninsula Orchestra presented Native American Flutist Gary Stroustos at a special summer concert at KCHS.
The dedication and perseverance of musicians such as Maria Allison and Cherie Curry, who have played with the orchestra since its early beginnings, have earned the orchestra a reputation for providing world class musical performances here on the Peninsula. “We’ve grown and seen a lot of changes over the years, but I think we have also gotten to be better players too,” added Allison.
Saturday nights performance will be made up of sixteen different soloists or ensembles who will be performing various types of classical music, “Jean Brockel will be our master of ceremonies and we’ll have two local orchestras made up of musicians from the Central Peninsula, the Youth Orchestra and the Redoubt Orchestra,” said Allison who also will be playing at the concert.
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra in addition to performing three concerts or more every year, sponsor two $500 scholarships for young people graduating from local high schools who want to pursue their study of music in college. Proceeds from Saturday’s performance will also be used to underwrite the youth orchestra in the central peninsula as well as in Homer and also provide funds to the Redoubt Orchestra for literature according to Allison. Tickets for an Evening of Classics will be $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 years of age and younger and may only be purchased at the door. Seating is limited and people are advised to arrive early to be sure tickets will be available. The concert will begin at 7:00pm at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.
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