Brian Wharton playing Lalo’s Cello Concerto. Courtesy photo

Brian Wharton playing Lalo’s Cello Concerto. Courtesy photo

Auburn Symphony Orchestra presents its winter schedule

Music can calm troubled waters and offer new experiences when we are in a rut.

This winter, the Auburn Symphony Orchestra wants to help people fend off the cacophonies of life with pleasant sounds and fresh music.

ASO continues to produce and share music for the 2020-21 season and has many programs lined up for the beginning of 2021, all of them available to stream for free from auburnsymphony.org.

Here is ASO’s upcoming schedule.

• Available through Feb. 21 is an encore performance available for the first time on video. Édouard Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor is both lyrical and powerfully emotional. Soloist Brian Wharton loves it for its romantic melodies, fiery passages and Spanish flavor.

• Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet offers a little something for every type of listener. From angst and vivacity to soothing melodies and finally exalted rhythms. Don’t miss this piece from the zenith of 19th century chamber music starting Feb. 18. Featuring musicians, Emilie Choi and Sol Im, violin; Betty Agent, viola; Brian Wharton, cello; and William Chapman Nyaho, piano.

• As winter turns to spring, hear the Nonets of Bohuslav Jan Martinů and Louise Farrenc, conducted by Music Director Wesley Schulz. The music on this program by French composer Louise Farrenc and Czech composer Bohuslav Jan Martinů is perfectly splendid: soothing harmonies and contagious melodies run rampant in these luxurious chamber works. Streaming begins March 11. Featuring musicians Wendy Wilhelmi, flute; Shannon Spicciati, oboe; Jennifer Nelson, clarinet; Mona Butler, bassoon; Rodger Burnett, horn; Emilie Choi, violin; Betty Agent, viola; Brian Wharton, cello; and Steve Schermer, double bass.

Check auburnsymphony.org regularly for updates including performances and links to learning and listening resources. The Symphony is offering its concerts for free as a commitment to remain “creatively connected” to the community during this time. More information is available online or by calling 253-887-7777.


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