Arctic Chamber Orchestra opens concert season with an exceptional performance

Alisha Drumm/Sun Star Reporter
October 2, 2012

The Fairbanks Symphony Arctic Chamber Orchestra had their first concert of the 2012-2013 season Sunday, Sept. 30. The Davis concert hall was packed almost to full capacity, as the FSO opened up their season with a concert featuring Jun Watabe on alto saxophone. Watabe, a UAF woodwinds professors and classical saxophonist who has performed at concerts across the nation.

Excited chatter died down in the concert hall as all lights and eyes were set on the FSO waiting for the first notes of the season to be played. When director Eduard Zilberkant entered the stage, he led the orchestra into their performance of Overture in D, in Italian Style, a composition by Franz Schubert.

After their opening song, soloist Jun Watabe joined the orchestra for Concerto for Saxaphone and Strings composed by Alexander Glazunov and Concertino Da Camera composed by Jacques Ibert. Jun Watabe played each precise note with passion as he and the FSO blended with one another flawlessly. Jun Watabe filled the concert hall with both heartbreaking and energetic tones on his alto saxophone. After their performance of the Schubert piece, Jun Watabe and the FSO received a standing ovation for their moving performance.

After intermission, the FSO returned to the stage for their last song of the night: Symphony No. 4 “Italian” composed by Felix Mendelssohn. Their last performance was full of tension and sweet flowing melodies. Zilberkant and the orchestra became one with the music. The orchestra emitted passion with every note they played in this opening performance. The last movement, Saltarello: Presto, of Symphony No. 4 “Italian” resonated excitement throughout the concert hall.

The Arctic Chamber Ochestra gave an incredible performance, proving that the FSO will once again have a concert season to anticipate this year.

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