Symphony Series

Auburn Performing Arts Center

702 4th St NE, Auburn, WA 98002

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Wesley Schulz, Conducting

Johan Botes, Piano

Sunday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m.

We conclude the first season with Music Director Schulz the best way we know how—by throwing a party! There’s no better way to start an orchestral party than with Anna Clyne’s raucous Masquerade! South African pianist Johan Botes performs Tchaikovsky’s towering Piano Concerto No. 1, among the best known of all piano concertos.  The second half of the program features the Auburn Symphony premiere of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, a favorite of Maestro Schulz. The work is in three movements with each movement comprising a dance.  The first is bold, confident, and highly expressive, especially when a saxophone enters with an intoxicating and seamless melody.  The second movement waltz contains quirks and twists while the last movement rushes toward an ending that leaves you breathless.

Chamber Series

St. Matthew (San Mateo) Episcopal Church

123 L St NE, Auburn, WA 98002

Past Concerts

Romantic Brothers

Sunday, March 31 at 4 p.m.

Mendelssohn and Brahms are known for their soaring romantic melodies with waves of magical phrases that wash over you in a concert.  Both works in this concert feature an iconic movement.  Mendelssohn’s String Quartet features the charming and second movement Canzonetta, so popular with the public that is has been played as a separate work.  Brahms’ String Sextet features an additional viola and cello complementing the typical quartet ensemble.   The Hungarian theme and its variations from the second movement have been used in several movies and TV series.

Emilie and Ingrid Fredrickson- violins
Joyce Ramee and Mike Watson- violas
Brian Wharton and Andrea Chandler- cellos

Pines of Rome

Wesley Schulz, Conducting

Randall Goosby, Violin

Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Music Director Wesley Schulz begins his tenure with the Auburn Symphony Orchestra in epic fashion by putting the orchestra in the spotlight. These outstanding musicians will dazzle your senses as they perform two of Ottorino Respighi’s monumental tone poems, Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome. The Eternal City comes to life through Respighi’s musical depiction of the landscape, people and festivals of Italy. It takes an extra large orchestra to perform this work and the ASO is happy to welcome high school and college brass players from around the Pacific Northwest to bring Respighi’s music to a stunning conclusion. The hall will literally be FULL of music and musicians!

The program will open with the celebratory Millennium Canons by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. Also featured is rising violin sensation Randall Goosby, a laureate of the 2018 Sphinx Competition.  Goosby will perform Eric Korngold’s cinematic Concerto for Violin. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the next chapter of Auburn Symphony Orchestra’s musical history!

Chamber Music From Around The World

Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m.

  • At Kent Lutheran Church

Sunday, November 18 at 4 p.m.

This concert celebrates composers Beethoven, Britten, and Loeffler and samples all the different textures and sounds they have to offer. Loeffler enjoyed a performing and playing career in the United States. His work highlights the rich tones of the Viola and Oboe in a unique and little used combination of instruments. The Britten blends the Oboe's sounds with strings in a fantastic world of color and rhythm. The Beethoven Trio op. 1 No. 1 is an early and beautiful work.

Shannon Spicciati- oboe
Jennifer Cain- violin
Betty Agent- viola
Brian Wharton- cello
Oksana Ezhokina- piano

Rockin’ Christmas Eve!

Wesley Schulz, Conducting

Brittany Boulding, Electric Violin

Rachel DeShon, Soprano

Monday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family and rock out this holiday season with Auburn Symphony! Rachel DeShon, a "powerful soprano with show-stopping appeal," will join the orchestra to perform The Twelve Gifts of Christmas and her signature version of O Holy Night. Additional treats include Trans-Siberian Orchestra rock arrangements of Christmas songs, with ASO concertmaster Brittany Boulding on the electric violin, and the beautiful Concert Suite from The Polar Express, the 2004 computer-animated film.  And, in the spirit of the season, we will add more goodies to your already-full Christmas stocking!

Youth Movement

Sunday, January 20 at 4 p.m.

Mark Salman, who has performed two piano concertos with the Auburn Symphony, joins concertmaster Brittany Boulding and principal cello Brian Wharton in works by two musical geniuses and prodigies.  Richard Strauss’ Sonata for Violin and Piano, known for its lyrical beauty and technical demands of the musicians was written by the young composer in 1887.  This Violin Sonata is suggestive of Mendelssohn’s influence.  And while Mendelssohn had written the Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture at 17, and is compared to Mozart in his early ability to compose and perform, this Piano Trio came at age 36, only two years before his death.

Brittany Boulding- violin
Brian Wharton- cello
Mark Salman- piano

Brahms and Sibelius

Wesley Schulz, Conducting

Michael Lim, Violin

Sunday, February 17 at 2:30 p.m.

This concert begins with music by Emily Cooley. Her work, Argo, calmly rises and falls with a gentle pulse as a slow moving and beautiful melody fades in and out of a lush background. Michael Lim, concertmaster of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, makes his Auburn Symphony debut performing Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, one of the most revered and celebrated violin concertos in all the repertory. Sibelius’ masterpiece is extraordinarily difficult and, at the same time, one of the most captivating and songful works written for violin. The concert concludes with Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor. All of the emotions of the human experience are found in this symphony:  ebullience and cheerfulness are hallmarks of the inner movements while melancholy and tinges of sorrow can be found in the outer movements.  Brahms’ mastery of the orchestra is found throughout, impressing upon the listener melodies that stick to the soul and an orchestral sound that stirs the heart.