2018 Soloist – Oleg Proskurnya

Oleg Proskurnya B.M.A., M.M.A., St. Petersburg (Leningrad) Conservatory D.M.A., University of South Carolina Born in Omsk – Russian Federation, Dr. Proskurnya earned a Master’s Degree in performance on violin from the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Conservatory. He was the violinist of the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and served as Associate concertmaster of the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra. In 1988, he immigrated to the USA and served as the principal violinist of the second violin section with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra until 2003. At the same time Dr. Proskurnya studied conducting under Professor Ilia Musin from 1994 to 1999. At 2004 Dr. Proskurnya received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of South Carolina in orchestral conducting. At 2005-6 he was adjunct professor at Georgia College and State University and guest faculty at Valdosta State University, GA. Also, Dr. Proskurnya has served as concertmaster of Ocala Symphony Orchestra (FL), 2006-17; Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Orchestras at Beloit College, 2006-11; and as the Music Director of the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra at the Texas A&M University (Kingsville), 2011-13. Dr. Proskurnya has taught master classes in the United States, Italy, Spain, Russian Federation, and Taiwan. He has performed ...
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2018 Summer Concert Series

As winter melts into spring on the Kenai Peninsula, the KPO prepares for its musical highlight of the year: the Summer Concert Series! The event lineup has officially been announced and we areso excited for the performances in store. The grand finale of the series is the Gala Concerts held in Homer and Kenai in August. This year, the Galas will feature a variety of pieces that you and your families will not want to miss! Concertgoers can expect to hear Overture to Candidate by Leonard Bernstein, The Four Seasons by Ástor Piazzolla which will feature guest soloist Oleg Proskurnya, and Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Márquez. In addition, the orchestra will be playing the music to Charlie Chaplin’s silent film The Rink live as the film is projected during the performance! Leading up to these concerts are a variety of other musical performances to see: from trios at your local library in the afternoon to elegant chamber concerts in the evening, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy ...
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Link Up – The Orchestra Swings

KPO presents its sixth Link Up program on February 2nd and 3rd! Link Up is a program, first developed and sponsored by Carnegie Hall, which provides workbooks for students and music for the orchestra. This year, we are performing their latest program, The Orchestra Swings, which will feature a jazz combo alongside the orchestra. The music is exciting and includes songs such as Duke’s Place, I Got Rhythm, It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing, When the Saints go Marching In, and other fun pieces. The orchestra will also perform Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance. We look forward to this annual performance as it engages children in the joys and skill of the orchestra. Please join us in Homer and Kenai on February 2nd and 3rd, respectively, for our Link Up performances! ...
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