UAA’s Sinfonia is more than just a symphony. This year, the performance is a collaborative effort with the UAA wind ensemble, offering a night of strings, woodwinds, percussion and brass played by students, faculty and the Anchorage community.
The musicians consist of UAA students, both music-focused and not, and are joined by university faculty from the music and other departments, high school students and members of the community. In past Sinfonia shows, even the military has been involved.
“Being able to work with all ages and people from all over the state is really great for us to learn how to interact as musicians, but also just how to play an ensemble better,” Katie Wasko, a violinist in this year’s Sinfonia, said.
Wasko is a senior this year, majoring in music education with a concentration in violin.
“We are very lucky to have such a wide range of people playing with us,” Wasko said.
The musicians rehearse twice a week for over an hour and a half per rehearsal. Wasko said many of the musicians, including herself, have put in additional hours outside of class to practice, to work with private instructors and to perfect the pieces to be presented.
Wasko called this year’s Sinfonia one of the “most difficult but most rewarding shows” she’s ever been involved in at UAA and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.
Collaborating with the wind ensemble this year gives the audience more to look forward to, but also gives the musicians a chance to experience being a part of a bigger group.
“We managed to put two groups together and be able to play a symphonic repertoire so the students will have an experience not just playing in the sort of smaller settings [as one] wind ensemble or string ensemble, but will have a chance to experience a component music which includes winds, brass, percussion and so on,” Oleg Proskurnya, director of Sinfonia, said.
Terri Hubble, director of the wind ensemble, said the opportunity working with others outside of the classroom and campus gave the musicians a “more realistic experience” and is a good way to continue to build the music programs, something that the music department is always continuing to do.
“It’s a lot of work, but Oleg [Proskurnya] and I are working really hard trying to build the program. We’re working hard and together and it’s been a lot of fun,” Hubble said.
Sinfonia is a one-night-only performance, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The show will run roughly 90 minutes with an intermission at the Recital Hall in UAA’s Fine Arts Building. From supporting the arts to enjoying talented musicians and classical music, Sinfonia is a night for all ages.
“All the pieces we are playing are so dynamic and they’re so passionate. Every time I play them I feel very empowered and I think the same will be for listeners as well,” Wasko said.
Tickets for Sinfonia are $9.99 for students, $14.99 for military and seniors and $19.99 for general public adults. Tickets can be purchased at artsuaa.com.