Anchorage Youth Symphony concert features premiere, local composers

Posted on: April 24, 2012

Sunday’s (4/22) Anchorage Daily News (Alaska) reports, “The big attraction at the Anchorage Youth Symphony’s performance on May 5 will be Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which closes the program. The Anchorage Concert Chorus will join the orchestra with soloists Anastasia Jamieson, Marlene Bateman, John Ken Nuzzo and Anton Belov. But the first half of the program is equally intriguing for a number of new—or rarely heard—pieces by Alaskans. They include the premiere of Philip Munger’s ‘Four Alaska Trees,’ ‘A Sonnet Against Regret’ by George Belden, ‘Sky with Four Suns’ and ‘Sky with Four Moons’ by John Luther Adams and ‘Alaska’ by Victoria Fraser. Of the four, Fraser is the new composer on the block. The 2006 graduate of Service High School is now in her last year of graduate school at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, majoring in vocal performance. … She sent the finished score to Anchorage Concert Chorus director Grant Cochran and asked if any local groups might perform the 17-minute piece. In January he called her and said the chorus would like to do it as part of the Youth Symphony concert.”

Posted April 24, 2012