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Auburn Symphony Partnered with ARHS Orchestra For Holiday Concert

Students from Auburn Riverside High School Orchestra and Band joined Auburn Symphony Orchestra for the first songs of the holiday concert on December 9 at Auburn Performing Arts Center. The student musicians sat side-by-side with their professional counterparts on stage for an enthusiastic audience.

“I am so pleased that the Auburn Symphony reached out to our school to create this connection between student musicians and professionals! What an incredible opportunity for our students to sit next to experts on their instruments and to learn from Maestro Schulz! Our students carry this valuable experience back to the school and enrich the quality of our music programs,” says Meghan Wagner, band director and Performing Arts Department Head at ARHS.

Melinda Wharton, orchestra director at Auburn Riverside HS, appreciates the partnership between Auburn Symphony and the local school. “I am incredibly thankful for Wesley Schulz and all of the musicians for allowing our ARHS Orchestra students to share their concert.  It was a fantastic learning experience for all of the students and for myself.  This orchestra is a gem in this community, and I believe that including these students could help new families start attending the Auburn Symphony concerts.  I sincerely hope we have a chance to do this again.”

The concert continued with music that delved into history, traditions (old and new) and a touch of nostalgia. The audience heard tunes from Ireland, Hanukkah traditions and a variety of songs from holiday movies. The evening ended with ASO’s annual sing-along.

Auburn Symphony’s next concert in the Symphony Series is Happy Birthday, Beethoven!, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Performance is Sunday, February 16th at 2:30 pm in the Auburn Performing Arts Center. Tickets and information can be found at or by calling the Auburn Symphony office at 253-887-7777.

This concert was sponsored in part by the City of Auburn.

The above is a press release from the Auburn Symphony.  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents.

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