Auburn Chamber Orchestra performed its first concert on November 15, 1986, on the stage at East Middle School in Auburn. Thirty years later, the orchestra’s first concert of the 2016-17 concert season will be performed on that very same stage on Friday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. The name of the school has been changed to Auburn Junior High School but Auburn Chamber Orchestra continues with its original name and its founding mission of offering a variety of musical opportunities to area musicians and music lovers.
The October 28, 2016 concert, Beethoven’s Footprints, will trace the development of the symphony with familiar movements from symphonies by Schumann, Beethoven, Holst, Tschaikowsky, Brahms and Hanson. Steven Frackenpohl, conductor, will explain Beethoven’s influence on the compositions of the composers who followed in Beethoven’s musical footprints.
The December 11, 2016 concert, A Christmas Celebration, will continue the tradition of serving as a featured event for Auburn’s Holiday Open Houses. This concert at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 299 Clark Street, will fill the beautiful venue with the sounds of orchestral arrangements of well-known Christmas music. This special concert, celebrating the spirit of Christmas in our community, always attracts a large and enthusiastic audience.
For the March 3 and 5, 2017 concert, Auburn Players Community Theatre vocalists will join the orchestra in a stage performance of HMS Pinafore. This production, which is funded in part by a grant from Cayuga Community Fund, will showcase the talents of approximately 30 musicians and 30 vocalists performing this beloved comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan on the stage of the Auburn High School auditorium.
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.