Juneau Student Symphonies get ready for Aug. concerts

Posted: Friday, August 12, 2005

Musicians of all ages are rehearsing for the Juneau Student Symphonies pops concerts that are scheduled for Friday Aug. 19, at the State Office Building and Marine Park.

Strings, percussion, brass and woodwind will combine to provide a program of popular music, including selections from "Fiddler on the Roof," "Phantom of the Opera" and "Hair."

The Juneau Student Symphonies is swinging into its 2005-06 season, and following auditions earlier in the month, the musicians, described as "young, old, and in between" have been rehearsing each weekday evening under the direction of conductor Rick Trostel.

"Our mission is to provide the opportunity for qualified musicians of all ages to play in full orchestras," Trostel said. "We aim to provide a beautiful musical performance for the joy of all musicians and audiences."

The group was formed about 20 years ago as the Juneau Youth Symphony, by school strings teacher Fred Mayer. The program was expanded by Julia Bastuscheck with the help of the University of Alaska Southeast and Linda Rosenthal, who was succeeded by Patrick Murphy. He in turn, handed the baton to Rick Trostel, the present conductor.

Because of its popularity, the symphony was split into two orchestras, the Student Symphony and the Student Sinfonia, catering to a wide range of musical ability.

The 2005-06 season includes the pops concerts on Aug. 19, the first at noon at the State Office Building and the second at 7:30 p.m. at Marine Park. This is followed by the fall concerts on Nov. 12-13, King Island Christmas from Dec. 1-4, winter concerts on Feb. 25-26, spring concerts on April 15-16 and a tour in June 2006.

"The academic year concerts will include music appropriate to the level of the orchestra, and will increase in challenge as the year progresses," Trostel said.

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