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Auburn Symphony Orchestra to perform Poetry in Music; Brugger's work part of the program

The Auburn Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2011/2012 season with a varied and entertaining program, Poetry in Music, with performances April 28 and 29 at the Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St.

The symphony program includes a poem from Dick Brugger, Auburn’s poet laureate and a member of the Striped Water Poets.

ASO opens with the popular and festive March in B flat by Prokoviev. The piece sets the stage for the energy of the brilliant concertmaster, Brittany Boulding, and Shostakovich's complex and abstract work.

The Federal Way Chorale, under the direction of Laird Thornton, will join the orchestra for Vaughan Williams' highly acclaimed work, combining music and text and inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman. It was Elgar's "Enigma Variations" that catapulted him to fame in 1899 and easily his greatest large-scale work of all time.

Prior to the performance, an extended pre-concert lecture will be presented by Conductor Stewart Kershaw and KUOW host Dave Beck, focusing on the story behind the composers and their music.

The curtain opens at 7:30 p.m. April 28 and 2:30 p.m. April 29.

The concerts are sponsored in large part by the City of Auburn.

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

Reserved seats are $34 for adults, $27 for seniors and $10 for students.

To order, call 253-887-7777 or go online at

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