Alaska symphony will perform work by Simpson University music professor

For Immediate Release


Dr. Dan PinkstonREDDING, Calif. - The Juneau Symphony Orchestra in Alaska will perform Symphony No. 2 by Simpson University music professor Dan Pinkston during its 2013-2014 season.

The original piece by Pinkston, an award-winning composer, was commissioned by the Shasta Symphony Orchestra for its “Redding’s 125th Anniversary Concert” in October 2012.

Kyle Wiley Pickett, conductor of the North State Symphony and Juneau Symphony Orchestra, heard the piece during its premiere and decided to take it to Juneau, Pinkston said. It will be performed April 5 and 6 at the Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium.

Symphony No. 2 consists of three movements played without pause and was inspired by Redding’s natural landscape. It includes some interesting musical quotations, including folk song, Gregorian chant and popular song.

Pinkston’s first symphony, Symphony No. 1, premiered in November 2010 at North State Symphony concerts in Chico and Redding.

Pinkston, who has taught at Simpson University since 2001, plans to travel to Alaska for the performance.


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