Auburn Symphony beings new season
By Kelsie Leggett - Staff Reporter
For the first time in 22 years, the Auburn Symphony Orches- tra is set to open its upcoming season with a new musical di- rector this Sunday.
Wesley Shultz replaces sym- phony founder Stewart Ker- shaw, who left in 2015. The symphony spent two and a half years finding a replacement.
Shultz will lead the sympho- ny performing several pieces, including Kevin Puts' Millen- nium Canons; Eric Korngold's Concerto for Violin; and the highlight of the concert, Ot- torino Respighi's Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.
The performance will feature guest violinist Randall Goosby.
Respighi's works require an extra large orchestra, so the symphony has invited a number of local brass players to fill out the performance. The guest musical artists will
be using brass to augment the sound of the orchestra. In cases like these, the performers will be set in the balcony.
"It'll be a really cool sonic experience to hear all that," said Rachel Wooley, executive direc- tor of the symphony.
Shultz is known for his vi- sion of featuring live compos- ers with the normal symphonic composers which brings a more involved sound, Wooley said.
Not many people are aware of the level that the Auburn Symphony is able to perform at, Wooley said. They are a ful- ly professional orchestra, com- posed of artists filled with tal- ent and experience. Some of the original players stem from the Seattle ballet orchestra.
Goosby, the guest soloist, hails from New York and will be performing in Concerto for Violin.
"He is a really amazing, tal- ented, young artist," Wooley said. "[A] child prodigy, pre- miered with orchestras at the age of 9, winning national con- tests at the age of 13."
The concert will be Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. at the Au- burn Performing Arts Center, 702 4th St. N.E.
Tickets are $37 for general admission, $30 for seniors, and 10$ for students.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://auburn- symphony.org/20182019-season/