The Wartburg Community Symphony opens its 2015-16 season Saturday, Oct. 3, with pianist Sean Botkin.

“Autumn Ovation” will begin at 8 p.m. in Neumann Auditorium with a preconcert set starting at 7:30 p.m.

Botkin, an associate professor of piano at the University of Northern Iowa, has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Spokane Symphony and Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. He also is a member of the Toradze Piano Studio and performer and faculty member at the Aloha International Piano Festival in Honolulu.

He will play Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2.” The concert also will include several well-known Hollywood tunes, including Rossini's “The Barber of Seville,” made popular by Looney Toons skits featuring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd; Barber's “Adagio for Strings” from “Platoon”; and Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik,” which was used in “Alien,” “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Batman” and several other films.

Tickets are available at the Wartburg College Ticket Office in Saemann Student Center or at the door for $16.50 for adults and $6.50 for students. Children 5 and under are free. Wartburg College students are admitted free with their student IDs. For ticket information, call 319-352-8691; 800-77-2-2085, ext. 8691; or email

The Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation of Waterloo supports the symphony’s performance. Attendees are invited to join the Association of the Wartburg Community Symphony. Memberships will be available in the lobby. Members are issued priority-reserved seats and receive a tax-deductible gift credit.