Symphony Series

at Auburn Performing Arts Center

Wesley Schulz, Music Director

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Summer Series

Catch musicians out and about in the Auburn community!


Chamber Series

Join Auburn Symphony Orchestra musicians for an intimate concert experience

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Pictures at an Exhibition

With visuals by Adrian Wyard

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 /  2:30 PM

GLINKA - Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila

ADAM SCHOENBERG - Picture Studies

MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL - Pictures at an Exhibition

Art inspires art. Our season opening concert brings back Seattle artist Adrian Wyard and his stunning visuals as the Auburn Symphony Orchestra performs Mussorgsky’s epic Pictures at an Exhibition. “The Gnome”, “Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks”, “The Market” and more are brought to life with Wyard’s visuals. Also featured is the overture to Russlan and Ludmilla by Mikhail Glinka and Adam Schoenberg’s GrammyⓇ-nominated Picture Studies: a “Pictures at an Exhibition” for the 21st century.


An Auburn Holiday Celebration

Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 / 7:30 PM

Celebrate the holidays with Auburn Symphony Orchestra! Bring the entire family for an evening of holiday cheer and musical delight. Don’t miss Sleigh Ride, our traditional Sing-Along, and a few holiday surprises!


Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

Sam Almaguer, clarinet

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 / 2:30 PM

BERNSTEIN - Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

GEORGE WALKER - Lyric for Strings

COPLAND - Clarinet Concerto

BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92

Few composers loom as large as Ludwig van Beethoven, born 250 years ago this year. His monumental Symphony No. 7, alongside the rest of his canon, inspired composers for centuries including three iconic American composers: Leonard Bernstein, George Walker, and Aaron Copland. Sam Almaguer, principal clarinetist of the North Carolina Symphony, joins Maestro Schulz and the Orchestra for Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, a jazzy American masterpiece. Experience Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from the blues Broadway hit On the Town and Walker’s Lyric for Strings, noted for its eloquent beauty.


Music of Richard Strauss

Anton Nel, piano

Sunday, Apr. 26, 2020 / 2:30 PM

ETHEL SMYTH - Overture to The Wreckers

STRAUSS, R. - Burleske, TrV 145

STRAUSS, R. - Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op. 28

STRAUSS, R. - Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, op. 59

From operas to tone poems, Richard Strauss’ compositions tell a compelling story. Celebrate the varied repertoire of this great German composer through the prankster in Till Eulenspiegel and the complicated and comical love story in Der Rosenkavalier. Pianist Anton Nel joins the Orchestra for Strauss’ Burleske which includes playful themes, dramatic moments, and exuberant energy. The program begins with the Overture to The Wreckers, an opera by Ethel Smyth produced in 1903 by the Metropolitan Opera which remained for more than a century the only opera by a woman composer ever mounted by the company.


From the Stage!

Thursday, June 27, 2019 / 7:00 PM - Mary Olson Farm

Rachel DeShon, soprano

Bill Boyd and Karen Sorenson, violins

Mike Watson, viola

Brian Wharton, cello

Kick off the sunny season with a family-friendly outdoor concert at the historic Mary Olson Farm. Pack a picnic, bring your blanket, and revel in a musical journey through the ages. One of Seattle’s outstanding classical crossovers, Soprano Rachel DeShon, teams up with Auburn Symphony’s dazzling string members for an eclectic program with something for everyone to enjoy!


Bach, Beethoven, and Brews

Thursday, July 11, 2019 / 7:00 PM - Geaux Brewing

John Kim and Lynn Bartlett Johnson, violins

Eileen Swanson, viola

Brian Wharton, cello

BACH- Trio Sonata in G Major

HAYDN- String Quartet Op. 77 No. 1

BEETHOVEN- String Quartet Op. 59 No. 1

You may have heard a string quartet before, but you have never heard it like this! Sip on your favorite beverage and nibble on Cajun-inspired cuisine all while listening to hearty works by German composers, full of rich sounds and full-bodied melodies. The relaxed atmosphere of Geaux Brewing with top-notch music is a combo not to be missed!


FREE Performance at the Auburn International Farmer’s Market

Sunday, July 21, 2019 / 10:30 AM - Les Gove Park

Nothing says “summer” like fresh fruits and veggies, sunshine, and good music. Join Auburn Symphony Orchestra musicians for a family-friendly performance full of popular tunes and then take a stroll through the market.

Cello Collection

Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 / 7:00 PM - Geaux Brewing

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 / 4:00 PM - St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

Page Smith

Olga Ruvinov

Meg Brennand

Brian Wharton

Cellos can portray heroic moments, sorrowful melodies, as well as energetic tunes. Come hear why the cello is one of the most beloved instruments in a wide-ranging program of delightful music, from Bach and Vivaldi, to tangos, and everything in between. Whether in the relaxed atmosphere of Geaux Brewing, or the beautiful St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, you are sure to enjoy the smorgasbord of music!


Clara and Johannes

Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 / 7:00 PM - Kent Lutheran Church

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 / 4:00 PM - St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

Denise Lumm, clarinet

Rachael Pearson, violin

Brian Wharton, cello

Tanya Stambuk, piano

CLARA SCHUMANN- Piano Trio No. 1

BRAHMS- Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 114

The relationship between Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann, wife of the composer Robert Schumann, is one for the ages. Was their relationship a friendship? A love triangle? Something more, something less? This program brings together the sublime music of both Brahms and Clara in this most complicated of musical relationships.


Uncommon Voices: Music for Woodwind Quintet

Friday, Mar. 6, 2020 / 7:00 PM - Kent Lutheran Church

Sunday, Mar. 8, 2020 / 4:00 PM - St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

Jennifer Nelson, clarinet

Wendy Wilhelmi, flute

Shannon Spicciati, oboe,

Mona Butler, bassoon

Rodger Burnett, horn

There’s no time like the present to highlight some of the many voices that are often overlooked, sidelined, disparaged, and discounted. Enjoy a taste of new and rarely heard works by a diverse set of composers with the dynamic musicians of the Auburn Wind Quintet. Composers include Claude Arrieu, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Kevin Scott, Godwin Sadoh, Gwyneth Walker, and many others.