The Auburn Community Orchestra married Auburn’s history and music Sunday in its Tribute to History’s Hometown concert at the Carriage House Theater.
The small 100-seat venue that is part of the Cayuga Museum of History and Art in Auburn was packed with people who had come to hear works honoring the three hometown heroes: Harriet Tubman, William H. Seward and Theodore Case.
The event grew out of a brainstorming session by the orchestra board, said Music Director Steve Frackenpohl. The theme — History’s Hometown — is a great way to celebrate Auburn’s heroes and its musical culture, he said.
Tubman’s great great-grandniece, Pauline Copes Johnson, spoke about her great great aunt’s spirituality, perseverance and accomplishments. Tubman settled in Auburn after her escape from slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.