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 tickets.shtml.

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