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Community helps symphony ‘idea seed’ flourish in tough times

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By: Pat Steidel
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A while back an “idea seed” was planted by Janet North to use the Auburn School Park and Preserve as a different setting for an Auburn Symphony concert to be enjoyed by everyone. It was a terrific event and many people attended. Thank you, Janet, and the people who went forward with this idea to make it so successful. The free concert was Sept. 19, in the Park with the Auburn Symphony musicians under the direction of Maestro Michael Goodwin, playing beautiful music. What a great way to begin the new season and remind the Auburn community that the 2009-2010 concert season is offering wonderful selections for us to hear. I am taking this opportunity to boast about the extraordinary musicians who volunteer their time and talent to say nothing of our Maestro who takes special care to present music he feels you will want to hear over and over again. Thank you, Maestro and musicians. The directors of the Board and the Auburn Symphony League are planning fundraising activities this season. Right now the Symphony is tip-toeing around finances while facing changes which are affecting the Symphony office work place. The Board of Directors sadly had to lay off our Executive Director, Jennifer Keck, in July. We do not have an office manager, however, the symphony office is being managed by our most capable assistant, Barbara Burdick, to prevent any interruption in getting season tickets in the mail. Hopefully our directors are coming to realize all the thousands of hours Jennifer worked to be sure all details were taken care of before, during and after each concert and all other symphony functions. She also held together and maintained contact with the business community here in Auburn and in Sacramento. We think of and miss her every day. Though the symphony is experiencing these changes, with a positive outlook we are moving forward. Thank you, Auburn for all your support through sponsorships and donations. Thanks also to the Auburn Journal for the great articles about the Symphony in the Park event. We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the October Concert. Pat Steidel is a board member with the Auburn Symphony. ---------------------------------- Auburn Symphony What: The Auburn Symphony’s concert series starts this month with Tradition Meets Exotic, featuring Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture” Haydn’s “Oboe Concerto,” with soloist Curtis Kidwell, and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 Where: Placer High School Auditorium, 275 Orange St. Cost: $25 in advance/$35 at the door Info: To purchase tickets, visit auburnsymphony.com or call (530) 823-6683.