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Student symphony to play show tunes at Friday concert

Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2005

The Juneau Student Symphony, a community orchestra of kids and adults, will play show tune medleys for its annual summer pops concerts this Friday, noon at the State Office Building and 7:30 p.m. at Marine Park.

Both shows are free, but donations are accepted.

This is the fourth year that the symphony has performed a pops concert. Last year, the theme was movie music.

The show combines the more-experienced Juneau Student Symphony with the Juneau Student Sinfonietta. The whole group includes about 50 students and has been rehearsing daily during the summer.

"This is an opportunity for people, if they're school-age, to get their chops back in shape in musical terms," director Rick Trostel said. "We have a compressed rehearsal cycle, and that's a lot of fun. No one forgets what they did from rehearsal to rehearsal."

Concerts

What: Juneau Student Symphony summer pops concerts.

When and where: Friday, Aug. 19, noon at State Office Building, 7:30 p.m at Marine Park.

Admission: Free, but donations accepted.

The symphony is finally tackling "Phantom of the Opera," a longtime request from its students. The medley includes "Think of Me," "The Phantom of the Opera" theme, "Angel of Music," "Music of the Night," "Masquerade" and "All I Ask of You."

A medley from "Hair" will include: "Aquarius," "Easy to be Hard," "Good Morning Starshine," "Hair" and "Let the Sun Shine In."

From "Wizard of Oz," the symphony will play "Over the Rainbow" and "We're Off to See the Wizard."

From "Fiddler on the Roof," the medley includes "Fiddler on the Roof" theme, "Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise Sunset" and "The Wedding Dance."

The group will also play "Send in the Clowns" from Stephen Sondheim's 1973 musical "A Little Night Music."

"The whole show is pretty challenging, especially for the students in the less-experienced orchestra," Trostel said. "They know the tunes, they've heard them before, and that makes a huge difference, as opposed to playing a huge piece that no one's heard before."



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