The musicians and board of the Juneau Symphony join me in thanking everyone who attended our Cosmic Adventure concerts in early February. It was a great concert, and is it especially wonderful to play to such appreciative audiences.
Special thanks to the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their support:
Princess Tours, for graciously providing bus transportation for all 4th and 5th graders in the school district to attend a special "Music in the Schools" concert by the Symphony. Princess has also donated a cruise for two on the Mexican Riviera as the grand prize for our 2002 travel raffle, tickets for which are on sale now through April 6;
The University of Alaska Southeast, for co-sponsoring Cosmic Adventure, and hosting our Youth Concerto Competition on April 7;
The Friends of Marie Drake Planetarium, with whom the Symphony was fortunate to collaborate for Cosmic Adventure. In addition to providing lobby displays and coloring pages for children of all ages, planetarium volunteers Michael Orelove, Scot Tiernan, Jason Ginter, Steve Kocsis, Patty Zimmerman, Erik Kellogg, and Chad Guertin worked create a visually stunning slide show that accompanied Holst's The Planets.
Cellist Bruce Simonson headed this project up, and we know it wouldn't have happened without his attention and enthusiasm. The community of Juneau is lucky to have such committed Planetarium volunteers in this town;
Symphony musicians who visited local classrooms to share their love of music with children: Bill Paulick, Russell Strandtmann, Amy Bibb, Wilson Valentine, Lisa Miles, Jana MacGinnis, and David Seid.
We also thank Leo and Llewellyn Lutchansky and their corps of dedicated Symphony volunteers for their concert production help, and Norma Jean and Jim McCorkle for their assistance with rehearsal setup.
And a final thank you to Daniel Wallen Gruenberg, our 2001 Youth Concerto Competition winner who performed with the Symphony on the Cosmic Adventure program. Daniel's talent and enthusiasm were an inspiration to all on stage, and we wish him well in his future musical endeavors.
See you at the Symphony!
Kyle Wiley Pickett