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Death of Gordan Wright
By Roger McDonald


February 18, 2007
Sunday PM

Alaska has lost a fine musician and conductor in the death of Gordan Wright a few days ago. I was priviledged to be able to attend a number of his concerts during my time in Fairbanks but one stands out in particular. I believe it was one of the first concerts held in the new concert/theater/library/fine arts center built at the University in Fairbanks in the mid-late '70's. It was a performance of the "1812 Overture" and at the finale, when the bells are ringing and the cannon firing, Gordan Wright arranged with the Army to station some howitzers outside the back wall of the hall. At the appropiate time the howitzers were fired, shooting large pieces of cork against the wall of the building. It was a glorious ending to a rousing piece of music and brought the entire concert hall to our feet in a thunderous ovation.

I would hope there are other readers out there with some comments on other Gordan Wright performances.

Roger McDonald
Ketchikan, AK

Received February 18, 2007 - Published February 18, 2007

About: "Lived in Fairbanks prior to moving to Ketchikan in '79"


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