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Symphony Pops 2021-2022 Season

Fiedler’s Favorites | October 17, 2021

Sunday, October 17, 2021  3 PM
Mike Berkowitz, conductor
Bill Cunliffe, piano

Featuring Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

The Santa Rosa Pops celebrates the tradition started by the Boston Pops with its exciting and accessible mix of light classics and popular hits made famous by the incomparable Arthur Fiedler! This festive tribute features pianist Bill Cunliffe playing George Gershwin’s iconic “Rhapsody in Blue,” Marvin Hamlisch’s “Music and the Mirror” and a jazz piano feature with Maestro Michael Berkowitz on drums. Also, Santa Rosa’s own Mark Wardlaw will be featured playing a “Tribute to Benny Goodman,” originally written for the Boston Pops. Enjoy this homage to Arthur Fiedler, iconic former conductor of the Boston Pops. Celebrating the 50 years of Fiedler on the Podium, the concert features delectable bites of musical joy: “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Jalousie,” Leroy Anderson’s” The Typewriter,” “Strike Up the Band,”” Love Is A Many Splendored Thing,” excerpts from Bizet’s “Carmen” and “Mambo” from West Side Story and more.

Arthur Fiedler began his career with the Boston Pops in 1915 as a violinist. After filling in as conductor for four years, he officially became the first American-born conductor to lead the orchestra in 1930. on July 4, 1929, Fiedler inaugurated a series of concerts that continues to this day. He made his mark on the Boston Pops by programming the kind of music that was then known as “symphonic jazz,” compiling an enormous collection of marches, overtures, suites, symphonies, rhapsodies, show tunes and novelty songs. In addition, he showcased the work of young American composers and arrangers, and featured young American soloists.

This performance generously made possible by Gordon Blumenfeld

Holly Jolly Pops | December 12, 2021

Sunday, December 12, 2021  3 PM
Mike Berkowitz, conductor
Swing Dolls, guest artist

Featuring the classic songs of Christmas made famous by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

Holly Jolly Pops with a special holiday tribute to Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters. Join the Santa Rosa Pops with special guests The Swing Dolls and singer D. Scott Eads as they create a one of a kind holiday spectacular featuring “Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You the Merriest,” “Christmas Candles,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” and of course, Bing’s best-selling version of “White Christmas.” Santa will be there and all your other holiday favorites too, including our annual Singalong.

Return to a Galaxy Far, Far Away | Febuary 20, 2022

Sunday, February 20, 2022  3 PM
Mike Berkowitz, conductor

The Music of John Williams
Experience the awe and excitement of cinema’s greatest music featuring the scores of the world’s most beloved film composer, John Williams. This magical evening will include music from the latest Star Wars films, Schindler’s ListSupermanRaiders of the Lost ArkET and much more.

This performance generously made possible by The Heck Foundation and The Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust

Hotel California | April 24, 2022

Sunday, April 24, 2022  3 PM
Mike Berkowitz, conductor

A Tribute to the Eagles

For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans all over the world, by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award winning sounds of the Eagles. See how a spirited blend of originality and the pursuit of excellence have taken Hotel California to a level of international recognition normally reserved only for gold and platinum recording artists.

This dynamic, highly acclaimed show incorporates their very own world-renowned vocal harmony, and authentic instrumentation, including all specialty instruments in a stage spectacle that is both modern and exciting. Each concert presents an exciting, showcase of The Eagles megahits such as “Take it Easy” “Heartache Tonight” and of course “Hotel California” as well as selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh.

To purchase tickets, please call the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts at (707) 546-3600 or visit their website

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Banner photo by Susan and Neil Silverman Photography

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