Last weekend I had the pleasure of listening to the stunning live performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony by the Juneau Symphony and Chorus. Under the direction of Kyle Wylie Pickett, the Juneau Symphony has reached a new artistic level. The dynamic range, precision and balance of the ensemble, aided by the "super-sized" string section and 100-person chorus, conveyed all the intense emotions of Beethoven's work.
The concert marked not only a decisive step in Juneau's musical life, but also a significant development in Juneau's out-of-state online community. I listened to the concert on Sunday afternoon from my home in Berkeley, Calif. With my headphones plugged into my laptop, I was able to listen to the Internet stream from KTOO's first live broadcast of the Juneau Symphony. These Internet broadcasts (hopefully they'll continue!) are a welcome addition to the other online offerings of Pat Costello's "JuneauPhotos.com" and "juneauempire.com." Thank you and congratulations to the Juneau Symphony and Chorus! And thank you KTOO!
Editor's note: The Juneau Empire plans to post a free download of the symphony's performance at www.juneauempire.com later this week.