Noteworthy – April 2015

Now that spring seems to have sprung on the Kenai Peninsula, KPO is very busy planning our Summer Music Festival!

Thank you to all of you who attended our Pops concert series!  We are thrilled that you all enjoyed it so much and are looking forward to making Pops a regular part of our season each year!

As we continue to improve KPO’s performances, we also strive to improve our communication with you, our valuable supporters.  The program we are using to send these newsletters, unfortunately, does not import lists from Gmail.  To help us with this transition, we ask that you please enter your email address and name in the fields to the left and sign up for our newsletter.  Quick & easy, and very appreciated!

This year’s Summer Music Festival will bring some new and exciting changes!  Our NoonTime Tunes will expand beyond the 2 weeks of the festival – Tuesday NoonTunes will take place throughout July!  Our guest string clinicians, Madison String Quartet, will return to bring their Latin flair to our MSQ & Friends chamber concert series.  KPO’s Gala concerts will offer three treats – the Latin dances of Ginastera’s Estancia, Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez featuring UAA professor of guitar, Armin Abdihodzic, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  During our performances of Pictures, we will present a multimedia presentation of art from local artists inspired by Mussorgsky’s work and the art of his friend, Vicktor Hartmann.  If you are interested in submitting art for this project, please visit for full details on the project.

These pieces will require KPO to bring in a few out of town musicians to cover key parts that we don’t have local musicians to play.  If you have a spare room or couch that you would have available for our musicians to stay for a few days the week of August 2-8, KPO will happily provide you 2 complimentary tickets!  Please contact me at or call 907-252-8370.

Attention Homer Area Residents: KPO is looking for a person who is passionate about the orchestra, has good organization and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively to fill the position of Homer Area Coordinator. This position is year-round, part time, but monthly hours vary based on the orchestra schedule (5 hours per month to 100 hours in July/August).  Stipend to be established upon hire date.  Please contact me at or 907-252-8370 for a copy of the job description or for questions.

KPO continues to work hard toward completing our Percussion and Equipment project!  We have been able to obtain nearly all the percussion equipment on our list, thanks to the generous support of the Rasmuson Foundation!  Through your generous support, our Take a Stand fundraiser is over halfway to our goal of 20 stands!  Our focus now is on obtaining a trailer to carry our equipment in.  All donations to KPO are tax-deductible, and if you would like to help us reach our goal and complete our percussion and equipment project, please visit for more information.

All of the work KPO does to bring classical music to the Kenai Peninsula would not be possible without the support of countless volunteers and our financial membership supporters.  As a thank you to our Crescendo Club members, discounted tickets are available to most of our events!  If you have not become a member yet, please visit to download a form or submit your membership online.

Thank you all for your continued support, as musicians, volunteers, audience members and Crescendo Club members.  Without you, there is no KPO!

Mellisa Nill

Executive Director