Q. When will we be hearing the Auburn Symphony Orchestra live again?
None of us fully know the answer to this question! Our orchestra cannot play on the stage and remain “physically distant.” Keeping our musicians, patrons, staff, and volunteers safe is our first priority. We are taking the guidance and advice of our county and state officials regarding the timeline for gathering for our usual concerts.
At this time, the indoor gathering of large groups in live performance venues has many considerations and restrictions. Our Symphony’s primary “concert hall” is on the campus of our local high school, and we also rehearse in their music rooms. In addition to following state and county guidelines, we are governed by the school district’s policies allowing outside organizations’ use of campus facilities. Please know that we stay in close contact with school district officials for the latest information. They are currently not able to make any statement.
With all of this information, we are assuming and planning that live performances will not resume prior to the beginning of January 2021 at the very earliest. Check the Auburn Symphony website for updates!
Q. Is Maestro Peter Jaffe continuing in his role as Music Director/Conductor?
Absolutely! Our maestro had planned to be with the Auburn Symphony through the 2020/2021 season pre-COVID 19, and that has not changed in spite of the new circumstances.
Q. Will subscriptions be offered this season and do I still get my regularly reserved seats?
This 2020/2021 season is going to be different in several capacities which will affect our Subscribers.
- We fully anticipate the season will begin later – after January 2021 – and will therefore be shorter.
- We are in the middle of a new conductor search, and our audiences will be part of the process.
- In order to accommodate the auditions of our candidates, our concerts will be compressed to one day, Sunday afternoon, rather than the Saturday/Sunday pattern we are accustomed to.
- We anticipate that the 2021/2022 season will allow us to return to our customary format and your reserved seats as a Subscriber from previous seasons will be restored.
- Ticket purchases for our Finalist Showcase Series will be available once we have confirmed dates. More details about pricing and seating options will be available as we move forward.
Q. Will “Symphony in the Park” concert exist this fall since it is outside?
This is a GREAT question! Unfortunately, not this year. We know this is a favorite evening for many in our community. We are crossing our fingers and toes that it will return in 2021, led by our new Music Director and Conductor!
Q. How many people may attend August’s Young Artists’ Recital and how do I get a ticket?
The Young Artists’ Recital is still scheduled for August 2020. However, as much as we would love to be able to congregate to hear live performances, for the safety of the children and their families we have decided to film them onstage sequentially and edit their performances into a virtual recital that you can watch on demand on our YouTube channel. Check back to find out when it will be available!
Q. Is the Symphony still planning to perform the May concert at the Mondavi Center?
This is still unknown at this time, although it is not looking hopeful and we are unable to plan on it.
Q. Where can I learn about the search for our new conductor?
Please see our website for further information about the upcoming auditions of our three candidates, the process to this point, and the candidates’ bios.
Q. Is the Symphony office open?
Yes! The office will be open with a condensed schedule from 1 July through 31 December 2020. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday only. We anticipate that office hours will return to the normal schedule of Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. starting in January 2021. If you plan to visit us, please bring your face mask! We also have hand sanitizer available.