Juneau Student Symphony & Sinfonia to perform Saturday

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2005

The Juneau Student Symphony & Sinfonia begins its busy 2005-2006 season with its fall concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons.

Both concerts are free, and there will be a reception after each performance. The two symphonies are associated with the Juneau Symphony and include kids and adults.

The Student Sinfonia, the less-experienced of the two orchestras, will open each performance with a series of selections from Europe, Asia and the Americas. "Chariots of Fire" will be followed by "Arirang," a Korean folk song; "El Choclo," an Argentinian tango; and Beethoven's "Turkish March" from "The Ruins of Athens."

"'Arirang' is a Korean folk song that's been used as a vehicle for all kinds of sentiments in Korea, from nationalism to the love of nature to a protest against the Japanese," director Rick Trostel said. "And then we have a European take on a Turkish melody. It's a survey of music from all over the world."

in concert

juneau student symphony & sinfonia

when: 7:30 p.m. saturday, nov. 12; 4 p.m. sunday, nov. 13.

where: dzantik'i heeni middle school commons.

After an intermission, the Student Symphony will take the stage. Robin Woodby, an eighth-grader at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, and Colin Zheng, a sixth-grader at the school, are the featured soloists in Bach's "Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor."

The two violinists were winners at last spring's Juneau Symphony Concerto Competition.

Woodby, 14, has been a violin student of Guo Hua Xia since the third grade. He's played with the Juneau Student Symphony for three years and is also a member of the Aurora Strings Ensemble.

Zheng has playing violin for 512 years with Xia and also plays in Aurora Strings.

"The double concerto is a really difficult piece, and it's so intricate," Trostel said. "It's just strings; there are no woodwinds, brass or percussion. What the audience ends up hearing is a shimmer of sounds that varies with the instrumentation and the range as the piece goes along. It's typically baroque, in style."

The second half will continue with Wagner's "Overture to Reinzl;" Holst's "Jupiter;" Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice; and a piece by Bizet.

"It turns out that all of the composers in the second half - Bizet and Dukas and Holst - they all loved Wagner," Trostel said. "They all just thought he was a musical god. He was the model for what a Hollywood star would be like these days."

The two student symphonies will play in February. In April, they will host the Anchorage youth symphony. A condensed version of the symphonies will provide the pit orchestra accompaniment for Perseverance Theatre's upcoming presentation of "King Island Christmas."

• Korry Keeker can be reached at korry.keeker@juneauempire.com

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