Auburn Symphony warming up for new season

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal features editor
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The Auburn Symphony is ready to give you an earful — this is a good thing. The symphony kicks off its 2011-2012 season with “Auburn Symphony in the Park,” which takes place Saturday at the Auburn School Park Preserve, 55 College Way. The free, family friendly concert runs from 6-8 p.m. “It originally started as a way to give back to the community and a way to introduce people to the qualities and the capabilities of the orchestra,”?said Bill Kenney, Auburn Symphony board president. This is the third year the symphony has kicked off its season with the al fresco performance. “The audience just keeps growing,”?said Liz Briggs, vice president of the symphony board. Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday. “People can come early and enjoy a picnic at the park,”?Briggs suggested. The Placer County Youth Orchestra goes on at 6 p.m. Margie Hartung, conductor and director of the Placer County Youth Orchestra, hopes Saturday’s show captures the interest of younger audience members. “It’s very difficult to take small children to a concert where they’re expected to sit for a long time,”?she said. “(This is) more informal. We really need to be courting our youth because they’re the next generation of classical musicians.” The Auburn Symphony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The symphony’s set list includes more light-hearted selections, including songs from the “Harry Potter” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. Briggs said her favorite song on the list is Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.” The concert also features a special tribute to the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Kenney said Saturday’s show is sure to appeal to a diverse audience. “It’s designed to be music for everybody, music everybody will like and recognize,”?he said. “It’s trying to be a little bit of all things to all people.” The show is also sure to lift people’s spirits, Kenney said. “It’s going to make them feel better,”?he said. “It allows them to escape a little bit to a place where their mind can expand.” __________ Auburn Symphony 2011-2012 season Events are at the Placer High School auditorium, 275 Orange St., unless otherwise noted. Contact the Auburn Symphony at (530) 823-6683 or for ticket prices Auburn Chamber Players presents “Great Classics” with Matthew Grasso, guitar soloist 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 (wine and appetizer reception at 6:30 p.m.), State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn; 3 p.m. Oct. 2, Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road Maestro Presentation: “Sibelius” 7 p.m. Oct. 15, home of Gerald and Audrey Mueller, Auburn Masterworks Concert One: “Spirit of the North” with Maquette Kuper, solo flute 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and 3 p.m. Oct. 30 Messiah Sing-Along 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 Masterworks Concert Two: “Cathedrals of Sound” with Konstantin Soukhovetski, solo piano 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and 3 p.m. Jan. 22 KinderKonzert with Alexis Keller, violin soloist 11 a.m. Feb. 11 Maestro Presentation: “Lee Actor Violin Concerto,” with the composer 7 p.m. March 10, State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn (Note: San Francisco composer Lee Actor will share the stage with Maestro Goodwin in this special presentation) Masterworks Concert Three: “Romantic Extravaganza” with Pip Clarke, solo violin 7:30 p.m. March 17 and 3 p.m. March 18 “With Love from Russia” with Apollo Chorus and Sierra College Choir 3 p.m. April 29, Robert &Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, U.C. Davis Auburn Symphony Chamber Players present “Handel Introduces Bach to the English” with Kay KyungHa Lee, solo violin 7:30 p.m. May 19 (includes wine and appetizer reception), State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn; 7:30 p.m. May 22, Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin