November 15, 2015
Dear KPO Members,
As many of you have already heard, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is sadly accepting the resignations of our Executive Director, Mellisa Nill, and our Summer Music Festival Coordinator, Monica Mullet. We have benefitted greatly from the work and expertise these two ladies provided. Fortunately, both have agreed to continue as active members, and with their continued help and the rearrangement of their many tasks we are planning an exciting 2016 season for KPO.
The traditional Evening of Christmas event that KPO produces in conjunction with the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra will be presented at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium on Friday, December 18th, at 7:00 with tickets available at the door for $15 for adults, youth are free. This event includes performances by various participating groups, as well as the traditional sing-along. Remember our policy of all musical events being admission free for students through high school.
In January we will present for the fourth year the Link Up program. This is a music education program sponsored by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute of Music that offers elementary age students the opportunity to learn about music and to perform with the full orchestra. These performances will be admission free events (though we always accept donations) in Homer at the Mariner Theater on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. and in Kenai at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.. Rehearsals for this event will be held at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. on December 6th, and 13th, and on January 3rd, and 10th.
In addition to these upcoming events we are working hard to arrange a visit from The Navy Winds this summer. At this time, it looks very hopeful that they will be able to bring us their military band, and perhaps even a jazz and a rock-and-roll band. Our traditional two-week Summer Music Festival will occur from July 31st through August 13th and will include our daily free Noontime Tunes concerts. For our Gala concerts, we are planning an orchestra and chorus performance of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky under the combined batons of Tammy Vollom-Matturro and Simon Nissen. We are inviting the Madison String Quartet to return for their 8th year. This year, in addition to their very popular Chamber Concerts, they are featuring an enhanced children’s program at both upper and lower peninsula libraries.
KPO wishes to thank all of you who have supported us with your memberships and with your donations through PICK. CLICK. GIVE. We remind you to choose that option when you apply for your Permanent Fund Dividend in January and watch for their “Double Your Dividend” drawing, too. If you choose, you can mail a donation at any time to us at 355 W. Pioneer, Ste.200, Homer AK, 99603. Please include the information on the form below.
We thank you for your participation and your support and we look forward to providing another year of exciting music. Be sure to check our website kpoalaska.com regularly as we have several exciting ideas for new events.