2018 Gala Concert program

Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, conducted by Tammy Vollom-Matturro, presents its Gala Concert, Celebrating the Americas.  The program opens with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, and includes Arturo Márquez’s Danzon No. 2.  The audience will be treated to a viewing of Charlie Chaplin’s silent film, The Rink, for which the orchestra provides the soundtrack of ragtime pieces and well-timed percussion effects.  Guest artist Oleg Proskurnya, adjunct professor of UAA and director of the UAA Sinfonia and Anchorage Civic Orchestra, performs Ástor Piazzolla’s violin concerto, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. $20 General, $15 Crscendo Club Members, 18 and under FREE August 10 at the Mariner Theatre in Homer August 11 at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai ...
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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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2016 Evening of…

2016 Dates Evening of Classics Friday, October 7 at 7pm, Christ Lutheran Church, Soldotn Tickets: $15 at the door, Youth 18 & Under Free Evening of Classics Friday, December 16 at 7pm, Renee C. Henderson Auditorium, Kenai Tickets: $15 at the door, Youth 18 & Under Free Our “Evening of…” series of concerts are very diverse, featuring solo works, orchestral works and everything in between. The Evening of Classics, usually scheduled in October, features the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra along with various soloists (accompanied by Maria Allison) and small ensembles.  Regular Master of Ceremonies Marc Berezin’s biographies of performers along with the auctioning of the baton (a chance to conduct the orchestra) make it a fun night for all! The Evening of Christmas, usually scheduled in December also features the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and other soloists and ensembles.  On a snowy night, what could be better than an evening of holiday music, capped off by an audience sing-along of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”? ...
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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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2017 Summer Concert Series

Welcome, visitors from far and near! What a beautiful summer is unfolding on the Kenai Peninsula. First come the lupine, then the peonies, and along with the fireweed comes summer music with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra! Over 70 musicians are busily preparing a variety of musical experiences for music lovers of all ages. The theme for this year’s gala concerts is “Music of the Masters”. The gala will feature works by master compsers Dvorak, Vivaldi, Shostakovich and Berlioz. As we anticipate the thrill of recreating and experiencing the live performance of these signature works, we remember that all masters begin as students, and students begin as listeners. Our Summer Concert Series will feature masters, virtuosos, teachers, as well as students, each on their own musical journeys, joining together to create memorable playing and listening experiences for all, and hoping to inspire others along the path of personal musicianship. Our Children’s Library concerts will delight all who are young at heart while putting children within feet and inches of high quality, live classical music, some perhaps for the first time. Students themselves will display their progress and triumphs in a performance by the Soldotna Youth Chamber Ensemble. Special guests, Woodwind Trio ...
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