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“great musicians in Anchorage, from middle school and up”

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Anchorage Symphony Orchestra
Ranked #105 of 229 things to do in Anchorage
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Reviewed April 10, 2010

yeah, they're crazy good musicians, but sometimes the concerts can be a bit...long. but if you're really into long, classical concerts, go for it! but if you are looking for a more interesting (not quite as STRICTLY classical) and shorter of a concert, check out the Junior Youth Symphony (they're middle schooled audition kids). you may think they're bad because they're middle school, but they have great music choices, doesn't last as long as ASO, and they truly as AMAZING musicians! the conductor is great and lots of fun, and they play beautifully. the musicians are auditioned, so don't hesitate because you think the middle schoolers will sound bad, because they don't. they are significantly better than a normal middle school orchestra (not to insult them, but just for a comparison). Even the AYS (the auditioned high schoolers) are pretty good. NOT as good music choices as JYS, but still good, and shorter than ASO, but longer than JYS. the AYS is more experienced than JYS, but I must say that their songs are a bit more dry. But less dry than ASO (the most experienced). However, I say this as a person who likes modern music, but also interesting and exciting classical music. so overall, check out JYS for sure, and if you want one notch up (as in longer concert time length/more classical-y long music) go to AYS, and two notches up would be ASO (anchorage symphony orchestra). I didn't mean to put any of the orchestras down by this review, but it's jus my opinion. I personally like the JYS better, as they choose in my opinion interesting songs. You'd be surprised how JYS can find INTERESTING classical music as well as good non classical-ish type music. Like Pirates of the caribbean, pink panther, etc. They also find difficult/complex versions of these pieces. so whether you see JYS, AYS, or ASO, just be sure to see at least one of them during your trip!

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