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Symphony's first chamber concert to be held Friday

Posted: September 13, 2012 - 12:01am  |  Updated: September 13, 2012 - 7:15am

The Juneau Symphony opens their chamber concert series Friday with the local quartet Lisa Ibias, Sally Schlichting, Mary Watson, and Sue Kazama. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday at Northern Light United Church.

The quartet will perform Violin Sonata by Handel, Elgar’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano,” Tangos by Astor Piazzolla for flute and piano. Copland’s “Duo for Flute and Piano,” and Nino Rota’s “Trio for Flute, Violin, and Piano.”

Chamber concert performer Lisa Ibias has been the Juneau Symphony’s concertmaster since 2008. She began playing the violin at age 8 while living in Bend, Ore. At the age of 14, her family moved to Juneau where she continued her violin studies with Linda Rosenthal and played for the Juneau Symphony. After high school, Ibias’ passion drove her to attend the University of North Texas where she majored in violin performance. In 1991, she returned to Juneau where she now resides with her husband and two daughters.

Sally Schlichting, raised in Juneau, studied classical flute at the University of Southern California and the University of Washington.Since returning to Juneau in 1990, she has performed nearly continuously with the Juneau Symphony as principal flutist, as well as with the Juneau Lyric Opera, Opera to Go, Amalga Chamber Orchestra, Crosssound Contemporary Music Festival, and in chamber and recital settings with many musicians, though most often with her aunt, pianist Mary Watson.

Watson grew up in Juneau and started piano when she was 9. She has taught piano in Juneau since 1978.

Sue Kazama has been playing with the Juneau Symphony for close to 30 years. She enjoys many types of playing, including chamber groups, working with vocalists and solo recitalists, as well as solo playing.

The chamber concert series is part of the Symphony’s 50th Anniversary season. There will be four chamber concert weekends this year in addition to the Symphony’s four larger concerts with the full orchestra. The chamber concerts will include the annual Symphony Showcase in March, two performances by trio Candace LiVolsi, Beth Madsen Bradford and Bill Paulick in April, and two performances by Alexander Tutanov and Franz Felkl in June 2013.

Tickets for the Friday night concert are available at Hearthside Books, the JACC and online at www.juneausymphony.org. Tickets will also be sold at the door. For more information, visit www.juneausymphony.org.

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