Auburn Chamber players wow patrons

First concert held at Sierra College
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Classical guitarist Matthew Grasso’s virtuoso performance of Giuliani’s Guitar Concerto in A Major highlighted the Auburn Symphony Chamber Player’s first-ever concert at Dietrich Theatre on the Sierra College campus in Rocklin on Oct. 2. Grasso, widely considered one of the finest seven-string guitarists in California, was accompanied by the 17-piece chamber orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Michael Goodwin. The concert marked the beginning of a fledgling partnership between the Auburn Symphony and the Sierra College Foundation with the goal of offering premium classical music to South Placer residents and beyond. The concert programs are designed to fill the void left when Chamber Music Alive! Founder and Artistic Director Ben Dominitz disbanded that long-running program when he moved out of the area this past year. Auburn Symphony Board President Bill Kenney said he thinks the partnership is off to a great start. “I spoke to many people at the concert who had attended previous classical performances at Sierra College and they were unanimous in their praise of the Auburn Symphony,” Kenney said. The Chamber Orchestra also delivered passionate performances of Haydn’s Sympony No. 44 in E Minor and Mozart’s sublime masterpiece, the Symphony No. 29 in A Major, bookending Grasso’s dazzling guitar work. “Sunday’s concert performance by the Auburn Symphony Chamber Players really was a wonderful affair. Our hope is that this marks the beginning of a long and successful joint venture between our organizations,” said Sierra College Foundation Executive Director SonbolAliabadi. The Spring concert will be performed Tuesday, May 22, at Dietrich Theatre. Titled “Handel introduces Bach to the English,” it will feature compositions by Handel, Bach, Elgar and Holst. Violinist Kay KyungHa Lee will perform Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major. For more information about the Auburn Symphony or upcoming concerts, visit Or call the box office at (530) 823-6683 or email at ABOUT THE AUBURN SYMPHONY The Auburn Symphony was founded 24 years ago with the intention of bringing greatclassical music to the Sierra Foothills. The orchestra has grown from its original 30 volunteermembers to number more than 75, many of whom travel long distances each week forrehearsals and performances. Under the direction of Maestro Michael Goodwin, Music Directorsince 1995, the Auburn Symphony has developed into what world-renowned conductorEnrique Batiz hailed as “one of the finest community orchestras in the nation," performing avariety of programs each season. A highlight is the annual gala concert at the Mondavi Centerof UC Davis, which regularly attracts an audience of close to 1,000. ABOUT THE SIERRA COLLEGE FOUNDATION The Sierra College Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt organization that raises money from private donors to support students, college programs and the future of Sierra College. The Foundation was formed in 1972 and incorporated in 1973 with a mission of “giving the community the opportunity to invest in the development of quality educational opportunities for all.”From its early years when it established its first scholarship, the Sierra College Foundation now awards more than $250,000 in scholarships to more than 200 students each year. The Foundation encourages gifts to enhance college programs, for faculty support, and facility improvements.