August 2021 eNotes
Dear Friend,

It’s finally here—after much more than a year, we are so very happy to announce that concert season ticket sales are now open! Keep your eyes peeled for the season brochure in your mailbox, it has all the information you will need. Heads up— some things are different for this season only! You’ll want to buy your season ticket package as soon as possible for optimal seat assignment. Also, this season your purchase must be made over the phone or in person during regular business hours—Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will not be able to purchase tickets online just yet.

We have a most wonderful reason for this departure from our usual structure of concerts—we’re auditioning three talented conductors for our Music Director position, and have designed the experience from start to finish to let our musicians and YOU have time to hear, see and know them. Each of our first three concerts will include a pre-concert talk and post-concert Q&A time. Seats will be assigned as your choice (if available) or as “best available” since we’ll be having one concert on a Sunday afternoon. Our historic concert hall at Placer High School has enough seats for ALL our regular season ticket holders to attend the Sunday matinees, although you might be in a different seat than you are used to.  Early purchase of your season tickets will give you the best choices!
Our fourth concert of the package is on Mother’s Day weekend and will follow our usual Masterworks format (Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts). Season ticket holders can expect their usual seats to be available. If you have any questions at all, call us at the office at 530-823-6683 or check our FAQs on our website.
Speaking of live performances, we jubilantly welcomed almost 130 of our friends and neighbors to the Auburn State Theatre on Sunday, July 25th, for a screening of the documentary, Auburn Symphony: Scaling the Heights! Many thanks to longtime supporters Susan and Don Rushton for sponsoring the event so we could offer it free to the public as a gift from the Auburn Symphony to celebrate “re-opening!” If you couldn’t be with us that day, you may have missed the frivolity, wonderful live music from Symphony Duo Serenade (Cellist George Weis and David Thorp on viola) and sharing birthday cake with Maestro Jaffe but you can still catch the documentary on our YouTube channel.  It truly is one of our “COVID silver linings projects” from the past year!
We are happy to now share last season’s Young Artists Competition winners in their video recital AND the Grand Prize winners will be featured soloists at our finale Mother’s Day Extravaganza concert!
Throughout last year, in each month’s eNotes, I shared with you a look at our Auburn Symphony leadership from the deck of the Board of Directors. This season’s monthly spotlights will be a behind-the-scenes look at the staff and volunteers that REALLY make things happen and put on the shows! It is only fitting to shine a light this “Box Office Open Month” on Jennifer Sanders, our Auburn Symphony Business Manager (and all-around Center-of-Everything-Office).

Jennifer has been with the Symphony for 12 years, after working locally as a bookkeeper. In addition to staffing our office four days a week, she and husband Brent are steadfast supporters and personally involved in “front of show” concert responsibilities as well as present for leading roles in all of our fundraisers (sometimes roping in college-student son Mac when he’s around). Since coming into the position, Jennifer has seen many changes and has worked for two Executive Directors. She has professionally grown as the Symphony has expanded technologically, adding Quickbooks and two online ticketing systems to her resume skills. My highest praise of Jennifer is when I ask if she might be able to figure something out or extract data for me to use. I always get a quick “Sure!” or a cheerful, “Hmmm— let me see what I can do!” She says her favorite part of the job is hearing those first notes fire up and knowing that she's helped everyone get settled in a seat for incredible live music. When buying your season tickets this year, Jennifer is truly your best friend in the Auburn Symphony office! If you haven’t already met, be sure and introduce yourself when you see her in the concert hall.
Excitement is mounting all around us here at “Symphony Central". We are keeping our Auburn Symphony profile alive in the public by participating with local arts partners, so look for news about where you might catch a performance by a quartet or duo.  In addition to now selling season ticket packages, we also have giving opportunities available for season sponsors and unlimited Circle of Friends donations! (Click here for our sponsorship information sheet.
Our musicians are making plans to begin rehearsals soon with Dr. Sergey Bogza, our first-up guest conductor and Music Director finalist. Rest assured we are also keeping up with the latest community health alerts so we can navigate the season as sensibly and safely as possible. And so the fun begins as we prepare to welcome you back to the concert hall!

Stay calm and buy your season tickets!
Stephanie Snyder, President
Auburn Symphony Board of Directors

2021/2022 Season Signature Sponsors

Bobbi Machado
Dr. Dwight & Mary Odom
Bob & Stephanie Snyder

2021/2022 Concertmaster Sponsors

Bud & LaRaine Beadles
Dean Prigmore & Patrice Taylor

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