Symphonies get in the spirit
By Kelsie Leggett - Staff Reporter
Two local symphonies will be performing holiday-themed concerts later this month.
The Auburn Symphony starts with a bang, as Wesley Schultz leads the orchestra performing Rockin' Christmas Eve.
The performance will take place on Dec, 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Auburn Performing Arts Center, 702 4th St. N.E.
Rachel Woolsey, executive di- rector of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, spoke on the upcom- ing performance.
A few pieces from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra rock arrangements will give the con- cert high energy. Two special guests will be performing Dec. 17, Rachel DeShon and Brittany Boulding.
Rachel DeShon is a soprano and joins the orchestra to sing her rendition of O Holy Night.
"She's a very talented singer. We're honored to have her join our orchestra," said Woolsey.
DeShon will also join the orchestra in performing The
Twelve Days of Christmas.
Boulding will be accompa- nying for some holiday classics with her electric violin. Woolsey said she hopes people will get into the holiday spirit with the Auburn Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets are $37 for general admission, $30 for seniors, and $10 for students. For more infor- mation visit auburnsymphony. org/.
Rainier Symphony is set to perform The Spirit of Christmas also this month.
There will be two concerts, Dec. 15 and 16 at the Foster Performing Arts Center, 4242 S 144th St., Tukwilla.
Their set includes many classic pieces, including four pieces from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, 'Twas the Night Be-
fore Christmas arranged by Bill Holcombe, and Winter Won- derland by Felix Bernard.
Jeff Lund, musical director for the Rainier Symphony, said he's been preparing for this performance for months.
"It's a dynamic concert," said Lund. Much of the music to be performed is part of traditional Christmas celebrations.
It's a very western influenced celebration of Christmas. "Per- fect for families and those who just enjoy the holiday season," said Lund.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and children 12 and under are free.
For more information visit www.rainiersymphony.org/ tickets.shtml.