Story last updated at 6/10/2009 - 1:36 pm
JUNEAU - The Juneau Symphony will perform their annual pops concert featuring local pianist, Sue Kazama, at 8 p.m. on June 13 in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The concert will include music by American composers George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Lerner and Loewe and Irving Berlin. This is the final performance of the season for the Symphony.
All of the music in the concert is taken from 20th century American Broadway theatre shows including Showboat, Porgy and Bess and Camelot. The performance will be a little more informal than normal Symphony shows. Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett will introduce each piece to the audience throughout the concert and provide some history and background information. These introductions will be in lieu of his popular Concert Conversation lectures that usually take place before each concert.
Kazama has been part of the musical community in Juneau for over 30 years. After growing up in Medford, Oregon, where she studied with Tatiana Anderson, she studied for two years at Drake University with Guy Wuellner and David Harris. In 1977 she and her husband, Blake, came to Juneau and she continued her piano studies at UAS with Jean Paul Billaud, Alberto Rafols, Neal O'Doan and Alexander Tutunov. She also studied chamber music, music appreciation and performance techniques with Linda Rosenthal.
Many in Juneau know Sue as an accompanist and teacher. As a teacher she has worked almost exclusively with children, hoping to share with them the joy of music as they grow up. In recent years she has seen that her skills are needed more as an accompanist than as a teacher and has worked with almost every organization involved with the arts here in Juneau. Some of those organizations are: the Juneau Symphony Orchestra, the University of Alaska Southeast, the Juneau-Douglas School District, JAHC, Perseverance Theater, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Juneau Oratorio Choir and the Juneau Bach Society. Her biggest projects have been with Juneau Lyric Opera and Opera to Go as rehearsal pianist and vocal coach.
On Saturday, Kazama will perform the piano solo for the piece "I Got Rhythm" by George Gershwin.
After the June concert, the Symphony will take a break until their next concert series on October 17 and 18 at Thunder Mountain High School. Season ticket sales for the 2009-2010 season will begin on August 1.
Advance tickets are available at Hearthside Books, The Juneau Arts and Culture Center, the Symphony office and online at www.juneausymphony.org.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are also available at the door for $2 extra.