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Story last updated at 6:24 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

KPO's Gala Concert features Beethoven

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

With its stirring "Ode to Joy" final choral movement, Ludwig van Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" demands big voices and a large choir. Kenai Peninsula Orchestra artistic director and conductor Tammy Vollom-Matturro calls Beethoven's masterpiece "one of the greatest works in all orchestral literature."

Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Gala Concerts

"Russian Easter Overture," by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Directed by Tammy Vollom-Matturro

"Symphony No. 9," by Ludwig van Beethoven

Directed by Mark Robinson

7:30 p.m. Saturday Homer Mariner Theatre

Lecture at 6:45 p.m.

$18 general, $15 senior/parent, $12 youth, member

Brass Chamber Concert

Amy and Todd Schendel, Anthony Cecere, Mary and Eric Simondsen and Harvey Ambrose

7:30 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church

$15 general, $12 senior/youth/member

All tickets available at Homer Bookstore and Etude Music

In the KPO performance starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Mariner Theatre, a 150-member choir from Homer, Kenai and Soldotna and four professional soloists give the work the proper treatment.

KPO conductor emeritus Mark Robinson leads the performance.

Vollom-Matturro also conducts "Russian Easter Overture" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in KPO's annual gala concert. The concert also is performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium in Kenai.

Ending KPO's Summer Music Festival is a brass chamber concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church. Musicians Amy and Todd Schendel, Anthony Cecere, Mary and Eric Simondsen and Harvey Ambrose perform.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.