The Eureka Symphony, with conductor Carol Jacobson, opens its 2012-13 season with “A Night with the Bard: Music inspired by Shakespeare” at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts in Eureka.

An opening night gala and auction will be held at the Avalon Restaurant Friday before the concert.

The season opens with a performance of Antonin Dvorak's “Othello Overture.” Bay Area trumpet play Graham Taylor will then likely dazzle the audience with his presentation of American composer Alexander Arutiunian's “Trumpet Concerto.”

It's on to Dimitri Shostakovich's “Hamlet Suite,” a piece extracted from the 1964 Russian film adaptation of “Hamlet.”

”This piece is a parody-filled ironic farce through the famed play,” according to the Eureka Symphony's announcement. “Shostakovich knew just how to balance irony and sarcasm with popular music, injecting satire into his music as political commentary.”

The Eureka Symphony will continue its informal pre-concert Music Notes Program from 7 to 7:30 p .m. in which pianists John Chernoff and Daniela Mineva explain -- from the piano -- the musical structure, historical context and present-day significance of the music being performed.

Tickets are available through the Arkley Center box office, 442-1956, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The Eureka Symphony's website, www.eurekasymphony.com, is a good source of additional information.

If you go

What: Eureka Symphony

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Arkley Center for the Performing Arts, 412 G St., Eureka

Admission: $19 to $34, depending upon seating; $9 students, free for children under 12.