Symphonic Songs

November 10th and 11th, 2018

The JSO’s ’18-’19 season will open with “Symphonic Songs,” a thrilling concert featuring orchestral masterworks inspired by folk songs and operas. Guest conductor Dr. Dwayne Corbin will lead the JSO in selections from one of the most beloved operas of all time, Bizet’s Carmen. Dvorak’s folk-song-inspired Eighth Symphony will anchor the concert, and Veteran’s Day will be honored with a performance of a beautiful rendition of America the Beautiful. Perhaps most exciting for our audience will be the return of Juneau violinist Lisa Ibias as our featured concerto soloist, performing works by Saint-Saëns and Arvo Pärt. Come hear all the instruments of the orchestra sing beautifully in our season opening show!

We will have our signature silent auction running at the Symphonic Songs concerts. Look at this list of prizes local businesses and donors have generously provided to help raise money to produce season after season of high quality symphonic music.
Hone those bidding chops, plan your attack, bid before the concert and during intermission, bring your checkbooks and credit cards, and take your prizes home after the concert. New this year, be sure to stick around after the concert to pay because you don’t need to wait to claim your prize.
Auction Prize spotlight:
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to conduct the Juneau Symphony? Here’s your chance to find out. Bid on and win the conducting prize, and YOU can be on the podium conducting a piece at the Pops concert next June.

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Dwayne Corbin, Guest Conductor

Dr. Corbin serves as Associate Professor of Instrument Music at George Fox University, a comprehensive Liberal Arts university of over 4,000 students just outside of Portland, OR. In this new role at GFU, Dr. Corbin leads the band and orchestra, and oversees the music education major. He also serves as the Resident Conductor of the North State Symphony, where he conducts the annual Youth Concert Series for over 4,000 students a year.

Prior to his appointment at GFU, Dr. Corbin proved himself to be a successful and vital part of Northern California’s musical community. Through eight seasons as Music Director of the Shasta Symphony Orchestra, he led inspiring and often sold-out traditional orchestral concerts, as well as pops shows, chamber music concerts, choral/orchestra events, and three years of “Symphony on the Beach” shows in partnership with the National Park Service. He also conducted the Shasta College Symphonic Band, a 100-person college/community ensemble with a forty-year legacy, and for twelve years served as the Associate Professor of Instrumental Music at Simpson University, where he was responsible for conducting & music education courses, world music, and percussion studies.
Familiar to Juneau’s audiences, Dr. Corbin was the interim Assistant Conductor of the JSO in 2014-15, and has appeared in the percussion section of the orchestra regularly since 2009, including as xylophone soloist in a suite of 1920’s ragtime pieces. He has also guest conducted the Taku Winds, and performed with them as part of their 2016 Alaskan Composer and David Maslanka festival.
In 2016, Dr. Corbin was a Conducting Fellow at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, where he studied with Robert Franz of the Houston Symphony. He has also studied at summer festivals and workshops hosted by the Cabrillo Festival, The National Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern University, Peabody Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory of Music, and received conducting tutoring from such legends as Gerard Schwarz, Frank Battisti, Donald Hunsberger, Mallory Thompson, and others. Corbin earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Masters of Music in percussion performance from Central Washington University, and a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Wheaton College.
Corbin regularly presents jazz and classical recitals, and held the position of Principal Percussionist in the North State Symphony from 2007-2018. Dr. Corbin’s composition Cage for One won first place in the 2009 Percussive Arts Society composition contest and is published by C. F. Peters. He resides in Newberg, OR with his wife, Caryn, and their two sons, Andrew and Peter.

Lisa Ibias, Violinist

A resident of Juneau since 1982, Lisa Ibias served as Juneau Symphony concertmaster for 11 years.  She has performed with the Amalga Chamber Orchestra, the Anchorage Symphony, the Fairbanks Symphony, as a guest artist with The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and in more than 75 concerts with the Juneau Symphony, as well as a soloist and chamber musician.  Lisa is currently studying with violinist Dr. Bryan Emmon Hall at the University of Fairbanks.