Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 3:41 PM on Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Still making beautiful music

Once again the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is presenting our Summer Music Festival, with two weeks of music in Homer, Kenai and Soldotna. The orchestra has been around since the summer of 1983 and the festival has been happening since 1999. Can you believe it? I find it totally amazing.

When I compare the orchestra of 1983 with the one that performed Beethovens Symphony No. 9 last summer, I am even more amazed, and tremendously proud. I hope that everyone in the Kenai Peninsula community is proud as well. If you arent, you should be. The talent and dedication of the musicians on this peninsula is incredible. Just to get everyone and their instruments in one place to rehearse is a major feat.

I want to thank the Ninilchik Fairgrounds for allowing us to meet in the middle now if only they had a full set of percussion instruments stashed there ...

While I am thanking people, I want to mention a few organizations that have been supporting us for years, particularly the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Homer Council on the Arts, ConocoPhillips and Chevron. When we perform a combined orchestra and choir number as we did last year, the Homer Foundation, using support from the Jessica Stevens Memorial Fund, a Field of Interest Fund to support youth in the performing and visual arts, and the Jack and Mary Lentfer Fund, a Donor Advised Fund, helps us purchase vocal scores so that the high school students can participate and so that we can have an ever-increasing community choral library which will enable us to revisit the masterpieces we have performed in the last 20 years.

Without the ongoing support of these organizations we would be unable to present the caliber of music that we have performed in recent years. We are all very grateful for their help.

Whether you are a regular supporter of the KPO or are just now discovering that we have an orchestra on the peninsula, I hope you are enjoying this years Summer Music Festival. Be sure to catch our performance of the 1812 Overture and the New World Symphony (two of my personal favorites) on Aug. 10 in Homer and Aug. 11 in Kenai.

See you at the concerts.

Laura Norton, outgoing manager

Kenai Peninsula Orchestra