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PUBLISHED: 1:19 PM on Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Juneau Symphony performs Mahler's Titan

Tickets are now on sale for the Juneau Symphony's winter concert series. The Juneau Symphony performs Saturday, January 29th, 8:00 pm and Sunday, January 30th, 3:00 pm at the JDHS auditorium. The program includes Handel's Overture to "The Musick for the Royal Fireworks," Grieg's Piano Concerto No. 1 in A minor, First Movement, and Mahler's Symphony No. 1, "The Titan."

The program begins with George Frideric Handel's overture that accompanied King George II of England's fireworks celebration for the 1748 treaty that ended the War of Austrian Succession. The Symphony will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Norway's Independence with Sons of Norway who have graciously sponsored pianist Abraham Douglas Levy. Abe is the winner of the 2004 Youth Concerto Competition and will be the soloist in Norwegian favorite Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor.

Performance Information

When: Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 8:00 pm (concert conversation at 7:00 pm) Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 3:00 pm (concert conversation at 2:00 pm)

Where: JDHS auditorium (both performances)

Ticket Information: Advanced tickets are now available at hearthside books and online at www.juneausymphony.org. for more information, visit www.juneausymphony.org or call the symphony office at 907-586-horn (4676).

The program ends with Gustav Mahler's first symphony, called the "Titan" and for good reason. For this piece, more musicians will be on stage than ever before: seven French horns, four trumpets, four oboes, four clarinets, four flutes, three bassoons, two timpanists, and an expanded complement of strings. It is also perhaps the most difficult piece this orchestra has ever played.

In addition to the Saturday and Sunday performances, the Symphony will perform on Friday morning (Jan. 28) a special student assembly concert for all 4th and 5th grade classes in the Juneau school district. Thanks in part to a generous contribution from Princess Tours, the Symphony will provide transportation to the high school for all students. Prior to the concert, the Symphony prepared and distributed to the teachers a study guide and CD recordings for them to share with the students, providing some background on the music as well as tips on concert etiquette. Symphony musicians also visit the classrooms prior to the concert to demonstrate their instruments and share their enthusiasm for music making.

The concert promises to be truly remarkable, and KTOO-FM will also be broadcasting live the performance on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm. More information about the broadcast can be found by visiting KTOO's website at www.ktoo.org.


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