Concert underscores symphony’s worth

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I want to personally thank everyone who attended Saturday’s Auburn Symphony Kinderkonzert performance, a fitting tribute to Maestro Michael Goodwin, who we tragically lost last week in a fatal automobile accident. In a packed house full of children and families — some hearing classical music for the first time — our amazing orchestra members performed brilliantly under very emotional circumstances and the standing-room-only crowd filled all of our hearts with joy as they gave standing ovations to our 12-year-old Young Artist Competition (winner) Alexis Keller, who performed as a soloist, and the rest of the symphony, as well. If there is one thing this concert underscored, it was how important the symphony’s music is to the community of Auburn and the surrounding areas. Maestro Goodwin would surely have wanted the music to live on. It did on Saturday and it surely will in the future. The Auburn Symphony will move forward with the rest of its 2011-2012 season and beyond. Details about a memorial concert for Michael Goodwin will be announced soon. Again, thanks so much for all the people who made this past Saturday’s concert a success and have helped make the Auburn Symphony an integral part of the community for the past 24 years. Rob Haswell, business manager, Auburn Symphony