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Victoria native to conduct final Bach Festival concert

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
June 8, 2012 at 1:08 a.m.
Updated June 9, 2012 at 1:09 a.m.

Jerry Junkin, 55,  will return to his Victorian roots as the conductor for the Victoria Bach Festival. His Saturday evening concert "Summer Serenade" will feature work from Mozart, Brant, Gershwin, and Grofe. "I'm honored and humbled to be a part of this festival," he said.

Jerry Junkin was born with musical DNA.

His talents have afforded him the opportunity to visit Europe and Asia.

He's received the University Distinguished Teaching Professor honor at University of Texas at Austin.

Junkin has served as the artistic director and conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony.

He also led the world premiere performance of Corgliano's Circus Maximus: Symphony No. 3 in Austin and New York's Carnegie Hall.

The New York Times named his CD Bells for Stokowski, "one of the best classicals of the year."

On Saturday evening, he will take a final bow in front of his first audience - Victoria. The 55-year-old musician remembers when the Victoria Bach Festival began in 1976.

"I'm honored and humbled to be a part of this festival," he said.

Junkin will conduct the Victoria Bach Festival Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band Saturday evening in the "Summer Serenade" concert.

The two-act event will feature the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henry Brant, George Gershwin and Ferde Grofé.

The accomplished musician doesn't feel pressure to be in the final show, but he wants to show respect to the original composers.

"There's a sense of importance, you always want to do your best," he said.

Fred Junkin, Jerry Junkin's father, is proud but not surprised by his son's accomplishments.

"I always knew he had it in him," his father said.

The 84-year-old Victoria resident served as the band director for Victoria High School for 31 years. He said his musically-inclined son decided at age 13 that he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps.

The proud dad will be cheering his son in the audience at the Victoria Fine Arts Center. Fred Junkin said he hopes the community will come to support.

"It's a concert that everyone would enjoy," he said. And his son agreed.

Jerry Junkin said each person reacts differently to the same music. He also said there's something special about live music.

"You'll have an experience that no one else is going to have. It's something you cannot get anywhere else," he said.



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