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The latest update about the impact of COVID-19 on SRS

PLEASE NOTE: The Santa Rosa Symphony administrative and patron services offices will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Symphony staff, working from home, continue to monitor voicemails, email and mail.

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Last updated: November 2, 2020

Calton Senior Living Symphony Pops Series 2020-2021 season postponed to 2021-2022

In an effort to continue keeping the Carlton Senior Living Symphony Pops Series an important part of the cultural landscape for the North Bay, and in response to the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting safe gatherings, we have made the difficult decision to postpone 2020-2021 season until 2021-2022. We look forward to welcoming everyone in person safely back to the venue when we can all celebrate live music together once again.

A message from Maestro Mike Berkowitz


Last updated: September 4, 2020

Virtual concerts brought to your home this fall
October 11, November 15 and December 13 at 3 PM

At last, we have all the exciting details to share with you regarding the reimagined 2020-2021 season. The unique features of these performances will make them true events you won’t want to miss!
In October, November and December, members of the orchestra and Francesco Lecce-Chong will gather on stage for three spectacular concerts with rich, dynamic programming to replace the originally planned live concerts. This will be new and different, we know, but we are very excited to share these virtual performances with you.
A professional video production team will get you closer than ever before to the orchestra, Francesco, individual musicians you’ve come to know and love, and even take you backstage! You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a post-concert Q & A with Francesco—all in the comfort of your home. 

“This Fall as we come together to celebrate the power of music to connect us—bringing joy, hope and comfort to our lives. We may not be in the Green Music Center in person, but imagine that across our community, we will all be gathered for a performance—in living rooms and backyards, on phones and TV's, with family or maybe some neighbors. In the face of the difficulties behind us and the struggles ahead, we will share the same uplifting musical experience together as we have during past crises from 9/11 to the Tubbs fire. This is truly a historic moment in our Symphony's long history, and we are so glad you will be a part of our first concerts specifically programmed, directed and filmed for you to enjoy in your homes.” – Francesco

Dates for SRS @ HOME Virtual Concert Series Conducted by Francesco Lecce-Chong

Sunday, October 11:  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and works by Strauss, Frank and more
Sunday, November 15:  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and works by Bach, Scott Joplin and more
Sunday, December 13:  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and works by Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams and more
All concerts at 3 PM. See the full repertoire on the end of this letter.
Music for All at a Time of Need
This orchestra has long focused on serving our community, from free post-wildfire concerts to free educational training for those underserved. As we all shelter safely in place, the Symphony now has an opportunity to reach more people than ever before by providing these virtual Fall concerts free and open to all. Through these virtual concerts we are able to attract new audiences for this art—audiences that will help sustain inspiring music and essential music education through their donations at these virtual concerts, now and in the future. The Symphony can only pursue this greater good and vital opportunity because of deeply supportive subscribers like you.

For more information, please click on the links below.
SRS @ Home - October 11
SRS @ Home - November 15
SRS @ Home - December 13
Ways to Watch
Read article about Francesco Lecce-Chong and SRS @ Home

Last updated: July 28, 2020

Dear Symphony Subscribers,
We know you may have questions about what is happening at the Santa Rosa Symphony given ever-changing pandemic conditions.
I am writing to you today to tell you that the Symphony staff and Board of Directors have been working diligently to develop an exciting and safe plan to bring you the orchestra and the music you cherish beginning as planned in October.
Yet as government public health orders change, we must not only plan but also adjust. So while we can’t yet confirm what form the concerts will be presented this Fall, please know we continue to work through various scenarios and a myriad of ideas. You may imagine the tremendous amount of details to be worked out; the most important of which is keeping musicians, patrons and staff safe and healthy.
We ask for your patience while we continue to reimagine a Santa Rosa Symphony concert experience that you will find both inspiring and insightful. Discussion and planning continues daily through meetings with administrative staff, the Board of Directors, musician leadership, the Green Music Center and Symphony colleagues across the country.
We have not lost hope and neither should you. Our promise to you–our most loyal patron–is that you will be the first to hear when we announce the new plan.
Symphony staff continue to work remotely but check e-mail and phone messages frequently. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Patron Services by leaving a message at (707) 546-8742 or emailing your questions to
Wishing you health and joy,
Alan Silow,
President and CEO

Last updated: July 10, 2020

We have good news! The 2019-2020 Classical Series and Family Series spring concerts, which had been postponed to this summer, will be performed in the spring of 2021 at the Green Music Center.

The new dates for the postponed 2019-2020 concerts are as follows:

Beethoven Lives Upstairs Family Concert | New Date: March 28, 2021
Concert program remains as originally planned.

Showcasing Contemporary Women | New Dates: April 10, 11 & 12, 2021
These concerts now feature Francesco Lecce-Chong as conductor, the program remains as originally planned.

Visions of Hope | New Dates: June 12, 13, 14, 2021
Concert program remains as originally planned.

Please Note: Ticket holders will receive reprinted tickets for the new dates at the end of February 2021—for your same seats in the Green Music Center. Please mark your calendars for these long-awaited concerts.

Magic Flute: If you hold tickets for Mozart’s Magic Flute on April 10, 2021, please know this concert is being rescheduled to the 2021-2022 season. Tickets will roll over into the new concert date once it is determined, and you will be notified with additional information.

More Exciting News to Come: Watch your mailbox in early August for exciting new features for the Symphony's Fall 2020 Classical Series concerts.

Last updated: April 13, 2020

The Symphony continues to follow the developments of this pandemic, especially locally, with the safety and health of its patrons, musicians and staff as its number one concern. Based on modeling projections announced by the Sonoma County Health officer, Sonoma State University is extending the closure of its campus to include the month of June. This closure includes our valued partner and home of our orchestra, the Green Music Center. This means that the Symphony's three classical performances of Showcasing Contemporary Women and the family concert Beethoven Lives Upstairs, which had been rescheduled for June 6-8 and June 14, have been postponed again.

Despite this postponement, the Santa Rosa Symphony is continuing to move forward with our commitment to pay our musicians during regularly scheduled concert dates as well as working to reschedule these performances for you at future dates.

We are grateful for everyone in our community showing collective patience and positivity during this unprecedented time. Look for communications regarding future dates via email, social media and the Symphony's website.

Stay safe and well – until we are together again.

Alan Silow
President & CEO
Santa Rosa Symphony

Last updated: March 24, 2020

Santa Rosa Symphony Reschedules All Spring Concerts
Compensates musicians now to ease their financial hardship
(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —The Santa Rosa Symphony Board of Directors, in response to county and state health agencies' shelter-in-place orders, and for the safety and health of its patrons, musicians and staff in this daily evolving situation, has postponed all of its remaining 2019-2020 concerts. These include two Classical Series sets, one Family Series concert and one Pops concert.
The Santa Rosa Symphony Association’s Board of Directors, via a video conference on Tuesday, March 24, confirmed the new dates as follows:
Showcasing Contemporary Women: rescheduled from March 21-23 to June 6, 7 & 8, 2020
Beethoven Lives Upstairs: rescheduled from April 19 to June 14, 2020
Visions of Hope: rescheduled from May 2-4 to July 11, 12 & 13, 2020
Remember When Rock Was Young – the Elton John Tribute Symphony Pops: rescheduled from April 26 to August 9, 2020
The programming for these concerts is unchanged, with the exception of Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong stepping in to conduct Showcasing Contemporary Women.
The Santa Rosa Santa Youth Orchestra concert on May 9, 2020 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
Ticket holder information is covered at the bottom of this release.
"We are thrilled to be able to reschedule all of these concerts. It is a way forward through this challenging situation and one that will best provide for our subscribers, patrons, musicians and staff," said Symphony President and CEO Alan Silow.
“In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to have beauty in our lives—especially as we are unable to join together in person to experience art,” said Lecce-Chong.
Most importantly, the Santa Rosa Symphony recognizes that many of its musicians are experiencing financial hardship due to the widespread concert cancellations throughout the Bay Area. In that light, the Symphony Board of Directors has approved an unprecedented plan which guarantees that any musician, who was hired by Santa Rosa Symphony to perform services in March, April or May 2020, will be paid promptly for those services, even though the work itself will happen at a later date.
"I am grateful for the leadership of our Board and the long-standing generosity of our patrons, both of which will allows us to provide immediate financial assistance to lessen the economic challenges that our fine, professional musicians currently face," said Silow.
Santa Rosa Symphony’s Board of Directors and staff leadership continue to closely monitor this very fluid and unprecedented situation, and will communicate clearly, promptly and directly with patrons, if there are any new developments or changes. The Symphony staff are working from their homes and retrieving mail, which has included many subscription renewals, a bright spot that further underscores the value of what the Symphony offers—especially during uncertain times.
“As many other organizations and musicians are doing, Santa Rosa Symphony is turning to technology to stay connected with our patrons," added Lecce-Chong. "I’ve started hosting regular 'Watch Parties' on my Facebook page, where we can all hang out and experience great performances together. My fiancĂ©e Chloe and I are also creating music education videos, which are great for parents and children to do together at home.”
The Symphony invites patrons to follow its Facebook page, visit its website and sign up for its email list (via the website) to stay informed about Lecce-Chong's Facebook Watch Parties, detailed concert information, summer offerings, education opportunities, the new season and more.

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ATTENTION: Symphony offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. Symphony staff, working from home, continue to monitor voicemails, email and mail.

Administrative Office:
50 Santa Rosa Ave, Suite 410
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone:  (707) 546-7097

Patron Services:
Phone: (707) 546-8742


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