- Guest Artists
A magical effect happens as we listen to great symphonic pieces: or imagination takes a kind of adventure. This seems natural for works initially inspired by a specific plot - like Rossini's William Tell, Copland's Billy the Kid, or Strauss's Death and Transfiguration -- yet each one of us might react to the music differently. Just as we conjure up our own images when reading a novel, in the concert hall each of us listens in our own unique way. Mahler knew this all too well: even though he reluctantly provided a framework "story" for his epic First Symphony, he preferred that we appreciate the music on its own terms and let our imaginations roam. And for masterworks not tied at al to preexisting narratives -- like Dvorak's Eighth, Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, or Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue -- doesn't it feel as if we're on an emotional excursion nevertheless? The very fact that we live through music as it unfolds in time encourages us to equate the experience to a dramatic journey, even if the musical elements might seem abstract.
Our virtuoso guest artists lend their own sense of heroic adventure to our Masterworks series, a talented Young Artist Competition winner stars in our Family Concert, and a stellar vocal quartet will enhance our traditional Messiah sing-along in December -- with you contributing vocal talent for the jubilant occasion. We hope our live performances create stirring passions and intense memories for you to take home. You are the headline story for the Auburn Symphony -- your fabulous patronage and support make a big difference in helping our wonderful orchestra to thrive!
MUSIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR