Sunday, April 29, 2012
Lee Murray Wilkins, at left, directed his Youth Philharmonic in his own transcriptions of three pieces by Dmitri Shostakovich, originally written for two violins and piano.
Young (15 years old) Harrison Greenough (in the middle) directed the Youth Philharmonic in the first movement from Mozart's Symphony No. 25. The music became well-known as the opening music heard in the movie Amadeus.
I directed the combined Anchorage Youth Philharmonic and Anchorage Civic Orchestra in the world premiere of Dr. Wilkins' new work, The American 1812 Overture. Lee's new piece, very ably played by the two ensembles, received a very warm reception.