• Kachemak Peninsula Orchestra offers free noon concerts, strings in Seldovia and a little Shostokovich
By Randi Somers
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra will perform “Noon-Time Tunes” at the Duncan House today, Wednesday, as part of their marathon of free performances over the next two weeks. Performances begin at noon and last through the lunch hour, five days a week.
This week’s performances are scheduled as follows:
Thursday: Don Jose’s
Friday: Two Sisters
Monday: Homer Public Library
Tuesday: Bunnell Street Art Center
Wednesday: A.J.’s Steak House
Thursday: Fresh Sourdough Express
Friday: Pratt Museum
On the far side of the Bay, the “Strings at Sunset” show is a collaboration between the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, the Seldovia Arts Council and the Seldovia Village Tribe. They were assisted by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
Homer patrons will leave the harbor at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug 4, aboard the Seldovia Bay Ferry’s fast catamaran, M/V Kachemak Voyager. (The ferry is tied up on Ramp 7, and accessed down Freight Dock Road to the back side of the harbor.) A spokesperson for the show said it is advisable to arrive 30 minutes early for boarding. Passengers will be served refreshments while traveling, and will then join Seldovia patrons for champagne and hors d’oeuvres on the deck of the tribe’s conference center.
What follows is a classical chamber concert by the Madison String Quartet in the upstairs room overlooking Seldovia Bay. Following the concert, Homer patrons will enjoy dessert on their sunset return aboard the Voyager. The $85 ticket covers the entire event, including ferry rides.
The Madison String Quartet with Maria Allison and Mark Wolbers will perform at the Homer Faith Lutheran Church this Monday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s first “Gala Symphony Concert” of the season is slated for Friday Aug. 9 at the Homer High School Mariner Theatre. Concerts will include Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” Grieg’s “Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Shostokovich’s Symphony No. 5 and more.
Formed in 1983, KPO comprises players from all over the Kenai Peninsula, including Soldotna, Homer, Kenai, Seward and other, smaller towns. This diverse group of volunteers, ranging in age from 12-75, also comes with diverse levels of talent. Some are students of only a few years, while others are professional musicians. They play for the love of music.
General admission for performances:
Strings at Sunset: Ferry trip to Seldovia, Aug. 4. Tickets $85
Chamber Concerts (Madison String Quartet and Friends)
General public tickets, $15;
Seniors, youth and Crescendo Club members, $12.
Gala Concerts, $18 gen. admission; $15 seniors; $12 youth, Crescendo Club members. Tickets for these events are available at the Homer Bookstore, at the door, or both.
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