Auburn Chamber Orchestra Celebrates 30th Concert Season

Auburn Chamber Orchestra performed its first concert on November 15, 1986, on the stage at East Middle School in Auburn.

On March 3 and 5, 2017, Auburn Players Community Theatre vocalists will join the orchestra in concert for a performance of HMS Pinafore. Approximately 30 musicians and 30 vocalists will be onstage in the Auburn High School auditorium to perform music from this beloved comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. This production is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program (administered locally by Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants) and by a grant from Cayuga Community Fund.

Since its premiere in 1878, Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly popular operetta ,H.M.S. Pinafore, has delighted audiences with a nautically-themed story of star-crossed lovers. The gentlemanly Captain Corcoran of the good ship Pinafore has a daughter, Josephine, who is in love with a lowly but gallant sailor named Ralph Rackstraw. The Captain forbids the marriage, wanting to match Josephine instead with the well-bred Sir Joseph, First Lord of the Admiralty. In the meantime, the Captain finds himself in nearly the same position as his daughter. His former nanny, Little Buttercup, falls in love with him, but he hesitates to reciprocate due to his higher social rank. The whole situation is turned on its head when Little Buttercup reveals a game-changing secret she has kept for decades. A rollicking farce with endearing characters, memorable tunes, and a hilariously happy ending, H.MS Pinafore is a classic, time-tested delight not to be missed.

The concert season will conclude on April 28, 2017, with A Night at the Movies, featuring well- known musical themes from the big screen. Joe Salzone, radio personality (formerly the host of Finger Lakes Morning News) will provide background information on each of the musical selections. As in years past this final concert of the season is expected to attract a full house for a fun-filled evening of familiar tunes.

Thanks to the dedication of area musicians, who volunteer their time and talents for rehearsals and concerts, and to music lovers from Cayuga County and surrounding counties who support Auburn Chamber Orchestra, we look forward to many more years of beautiful music as we celebrate our 30th anniversary season.