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Juneau Student Symphony concerts to be held this weekend

Posted: February 27, 2014 - 1:03am

The Juneau Student Symphony will present a pops concert featuring music from the movies, ”As Seen on Screen,” twice this weekend. On Friday, Feb. 28, they’ll perform at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, March 1, they’ll play at Glacier Valley Elementary School at 2 p.m. Admission for both concerts is pay-as-you-can.

Student symphony musicians will play well-known movie themes including “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” and “Jurassic Park.” For part of the program, the symphony will be joined by students from the Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM) program. The performances will also feature the winner of the 2013 Youth Solo Concert Junior Division, Kyle Farley-Robinson, who will play a movement from Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21,” accompanied by the symphony.

The Juneau Student Symphony is made up of student musicians of all ages, who come together to improve their music skills and learn the basics of playing in an orchestra. There are four sessions throughout the year, each culminating in a concert performance, and the group accepts new musicians at any time during the season. Basic music reading skills are required, but instrument coaches provide music instruction and help with learning each piece. Music coaches for the 2013-2014 season are Brian VanKirk (woodwinds), Amy Bibb (brass), Lisa Miles (high strings), Tyree Pini (low strings) and Alyson Cooper (percussion).

Since the fall of 2013, the group has been led by Pini, who took over from Rick Trostel upon his move to Portland.

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