Story last updated at 1/23/2013 - 2:07 pm
On Jan. 26 and 27 the Juneau Symphony will perform their winter mainstage concerts, The Tender Land, in the JDHS Auditorium. More than 60 musicians will take the stage to play pieces by Aaron Copland and Michael Torke plus Youth Solo Competition winner David Miller will perform a violin concerto by Max Bruch. The Tender Land concerts will also feature a special multi-media presentation created by Roald Simonson using photographs taken by Juneau 4th grade students and historical footage from the State Library archives. These are the second mainstage concerts of the Symphony's 50th Anniversary year.
The concert is 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 (pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.); 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 (pre-concert talk at 2 p.m.) both at the Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at Hearthside Books, The JACC, and www.juneausymphony.org.
In 2012 the Juneau Symphony distributed 180 cameras to fourth grade students in the Juneau School District. The students were asked to take pictures of people, places and things that are important to them and that they would want to share with others. The resulting photographs were collected, sorted and scanned for use in the multimedia presentation. Local filmmaker Roald Simonson will combine over 100 of the photos with historical videos of the capital city and professional photographs taken throughout the 20th century and choreograph them into a slideshow for the live performance of The Tender Land suite by Aaron Copland. The slideshow will be shown at both Tender Land performances, at the Symphony's Family Concert on Jan. 25 and at an assembly performance for all 4th and 5th grade students in the Juneau School District. Simonson and conductor Kyle Pickett have collaborated on similar projects in the past, including the 2004 Juneau Symphony Our Town concert and performances with the North State Symphony in California.
Seventeen-year-old David Miller will perform Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra. Miller won the Symphony's 2012 Youth Solo Competition which has a grand prize of performing with the Symphony as a soloist. Miller has played the violin since he was four years old and now plays in several local groups including the Juneau Bach Society, the Amalga Chamber Orchestra, and the Juneau Symphony. Music has opened many experiences for David Miller, such as travelling to China with a string ensemble when he was thirteen. David has played multiple times in the All State Music Fest and in summer he attends an intensive chamber orchestra program in Portland, Oregon.
The concerts will end with Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, where audiences will recognize the folk tune "Simple Gifts" woven into the third movement. The ballet Appalachian Spring was the culmination of Copland's series of "Americana" in dance, having been preceded by Billy the Kid (1938) and Rodeo (1942). The concert suite, arranged by the composer shortly after the ballet's premiere, was introduced by the New York Philharmonic on Oct. 4, 1945, and won both the Pulitzer Prize in Music and the New York Music Critics' Circle Award for that year.
One hour prior to each performance, conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett will give an informal lecture about the music, composers and multi-media project and will also answer any questions from the audience. Dubbed Concert Conversations, these talks provide audiences with a much rounder picture of the composers personalities and background stories about the music than can be found in the printed program notes.
Tickets are on sale now for The Tender Land concerts. All tickets will have reserved seating. Pay-as-you-can seats will be available at both performances and can be purchased at the door.