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April 21, 2020

Dear Juneau Symphony Family,

Over the past few weeks as we have closely monitored developments with the COVID-19 crisis, it has become clear that we will be unable to continue the Music Director Finalist Season concerts in June as we had planned. We deeply regret that we cannot be together for these performances, but be assured that when the time is right and it is safe for our community to gather, we will celebrate with great joy and have a new-found appreciation of the tremendous gift that the Juneau Symphony is to all of us.

To our faithful season ticket holders, we hope you understand that the cancellation of these concerts takes away our ability to generate income and that if you are able, you will consider donating your tickets back to the Symphony.  This is a challenging time but we know that we will get through it together. By donating your ticket you will help us defray some of the financial impact we are facing. If you cannot, we understand and will provide a refund in the amount of your purchased price for the two concerts we must cancel.

We are actively working to develop our next season and look forward to completing our Music Director selection process with Dr. Steven Radcliffe, our third Music Director finalist, who is set to direct our next concert. As we move into a new “Normal” we are planning at least four concerts in the 2020-2021 season, with the June 2021 concert being the much-anticipated “Night at the Oscars” under the direction of former Music Director, Troy Quinn!

Until we can be together again, we are working to find new creative ways to reach out and continue our mission to foster and create high-quality musical experiences that contribute to the cultural diversity and vitality of Alaska’s Capital City:  

  • Listen in to “Sundays with the Symphony” on KRNN at 1:00 p.m. to hear past performances;

  • Watch Facebook and Instagram for “Getting to know your Symphony” short videos featuring our musicians and staff; and

  • Join a Zoom afternoon tea/coffee virtual meeting.

In the coming weeks we will be holding Zoom meetings to give us an opportunity to get your input on a few questions pertaining to next season and tell you about an exciting new program we are considering launching: “Friends of the Juneau Symphony!”  Please watch your email for the invitation. Just give us a call if you need a little help with using Zoom. We’re happy to help get you set up and to feel comfortable participating.

As always, we’ll do our best to keep you informed as we are able to finalize our plans. We hope that you will continue to reach out and let us know if you have questions about season or single ticket refunds or need more information. Please contact us at info@juneausymphony.org.

Thank you again for your generosity and ongoing support!

Sincerely,

Stan Lujan, President
Beth Pendleton, Vice President
Charlotte Truitt, Executive Director
Juneau Symphony Board and Staff

P.S. Our largest fundraising event of the year—The 2020 Judy Knight Memorial Raffle—is ongoing!  We are grateful to our prize sponsors who have agreed to honor prizes through 2021.  To purchase your raffle tickets, please contact the Juneau Symphony office at 907-586-4676.  The drawing will be held early in the next concert season. 

March 30, 2020

See the Sunday Concert Schedule

Greetings Juneau Symphony Family, 

We hope this finds you healthy and managing well during this challenging time. 

We’ve been looking for ways to support the community and stay in contact with you and are pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with KRNN to begin…“Sundays with the Juneau Symphony!”

For the next several Sundays at 1:00 pm you can listen in and enjoy some of our best performances. This Sunday, April 5th, we begin by sharing with you one of our favorite concerts under the direction of former Music Director, Troy Quinn, “Opening Night” from 2017 which includes A Lark Ascending and Brahm’s Symphony No. 3.

Then, on Easter Sunday, April 12th join us for “Peace and Deliverance” from 2016, featuring Hovhaness’ Prayer of St. Gregory, Jeff Karlson, trumpet, Elgar’s Nimrod for Enigma Variations and William’s Dona Nobis Pacem with the Juneau Symphony Chorus and guest artists, Michelle Johnson and Steven La Brie. Maestro Quinn will provide an introduction and commentary for each concert to enrich our listening experience.

So, gather ’round the computer or radio and enjoy these concerts with us again! 

We are putting together more concerts to broadcast and if you have a favorite you’d like us to consider, please send us an email with your suggestion. Watch your email, as we will send updates with specific concert information as we finalize the schedule. While we are still hoping to provide the June main stage concerts in person (A Night at the Oscars on June 6 & 7 and Heroic Pictures on June 27 & 28), we hope you will enjoy reliving these previous concerts with us.

We are sincerely grateful for the ongoing support of the many season ticket holders, donors, sponsors, musicians, and volunteers that make the Juneau Symphony the strong, thriving community arts organization that we all love.  

If you are able and would like to make a donation or purchase a raffle ticket to help us during this time of uncertainty we would appreciate your support. The Judy Knight Memorial Raffle will continue throughout the summer and into the fall with an exact drawing date to be determined. If you purchase raffle tickets online, we will either mail your tickets to you or hold them at the office for pickup at a future date.

Thank you again and we’ll look forward to enjoying music with you this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm on KRNN.

Best wishes for good health for all!

Stan Lujan, President
Beth Pendleton, Vice President 
Charlotte Truitt, Executive Director…
and the entire JS Board of Directors and Staff 

March 14, 2020

Dear Juneau Symphony Patrons,

After careful consideration in consultation with our board leadership, local and state health authorities and officials we are rescheduling the April 4&5 concerts. Under the direction of Music Director Finalist, Dr. Stephen Radcliffe, we will perform Heroic Pictures June 27th & 28th at Juneau Douglas High School. 

We place the health and well-being of our community first and appreciate your understanding the need to reschedule. It is our sincere hope that for the good of our organization, our loyal patrons can attend one of these new dates and if not, will be willing to consider their tickets as donations back to the organization to help minimize our loses in this time of uncertainty.

If you have questions or need more information please visit our website. We will be updating the site with new information as it is available.

We are all in this together and trust that our community’s efforts to minimize the impact of COVID -19 will be effective and that the rescheduled date will be fine. We will of course respond to new developments if needed as they unfold.

In addition to the rescheduling of our mainstage concert, we are postponing our March 28th special fund raising event, Beethoven and Brews at Twisted Fish. We hope to reschedule the event, so please stay tuned for a new date.

Feel free to also reach out by phone to our office at 586-4676 or send an email to info@juneausymphony.org.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

-Juneau Symphony Board of Directors and Staff