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ASO chamber concert is A Tale of Two Composers

Brittany Boulding, Auburn Symphony Orchestra concertmaster. - Courtesy photo
Brittany Boulding, Auburn Symphony Orchestra concertmaster.
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Auburn Symphony Orchestra continues its chamber series at St. Matthew Episcopal Church on Jan. 19, performing Igor Stravinsky's The Suite from L'Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier's Tale) and Bela Bartok's Contrasts.

ASO's A Tale of Two Composers begins at 4 p.m. at the church, 123 L St. NE, Auburn.

ASO concertmaster Brittany Boulding, violin; Denise Lum, clarinet; and Tanya Stambuk, professor of piano, University of Puget Sound, will perform the works.

While The Suite from L'Histoire du Soldat was originally scored for seven musicians, Stravinsky's five-movement adaptation for a trio is wonderfully effective in conveying the jazzy snap and sauciness of the original.

According to one source, "the piece is full of the Stravinsky's wit and humor. Bela Bartok wrote Contrasts at the suggestion of his friend, violinist Joseph Szigeti. The work was commissioned by the world-renowned jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman, also a friend of Szigeti, with the idea that the three of them could perform the piece together.

The concert is sponsored in part by the City of Auburn.

Founded in 1996, the fully-professional orchestra is led by Stewart Kershaw, internationally-renowned conductor and former music director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra.

Festival seating is $17 for adults, $10 for students. Call 253-887-7777 or purchase online at

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