Tomoka Raften, who will be participating in the upcoming Evening of Classics on Oct. 6 with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra performs the flute at a recent orchestra event. (Photo courtesy of Debbie Boyle)

Tomoka Raften, who will be participating in the upcoming Evening of Classics on Oct. 6 with the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra performs the flute at a recent orchestra event. (Photo courtesy of Debbie Boyle)

An Evening of Classics on Oct. 6

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is gearing up for another evening of fun, laughter and music.

The orchestra will putting on its annual Evening of Classics as a fundraiser to support their yearly programming. The show will be held on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door.

“It will feature local musicians and the Redoubt Chamber Orchestra,” said conductor Tammy Vollom-Matturro. “There is lots of great variety again this year.”

The show will include vocal solos, quintets, quartets and trios. A string quartet from Anchorage will also be travelling to the peninsula to perform.

“If you think of every orchestral instrument you can, they are all pretty much featured in this concert,” Vollom-Matturro said.

All the proceeds will go into the operations budget for the orchestra.

“We’ll use it to buy music, rent music, to pay for venue space,” Vollom-Matturro said. “It costs a lost of money for our season and we don’t make all of it up in ticket sales throughout the year. So, we do fundraisers like Evening of Classics and our Christmas event which will be on Dec. 15.”

The orchestra will also auction off the conductor’s baton for a chance to conduct the orchestra. The winner of the auction will receive a brief lesson in conducting during the intermission and will get to conduct the last piece of the concert.

“That’s always really fun,” Vollom-Matturro said. “It’s ranged from 8 years old to 80 years old in the past. It’s always fun to see how that goes.”

The evening will be hosted by Jenny Neyman and a selection of desserts will be served.

“We have high quality performances with a lot of laughs,” Vollom-Matturro said. “I’m just smiling thinking about how much fun we have. … It’s expected to have laughing along with great classical music.”

The orchestra has been hosting an Evening of Classics or as long as Vollom-Matturro can remember, but she estimates about 25 years. This year’s event will feature seasoned musicians and some new faces.

Reach Kat Sorensen at kat.sorensen@peninsulaclarion.com.

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