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Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 69
November 2015

CDs on Sale at November concerts

CDs by Pedja Muzijevic and of the Brahms Symphony No. 1 will be on sale in the lobby. 

Symphony League Invitation, Open House Receptions at November Concerts

Symphony League volunteers make a difference each year by raising funds for music education programs for children and teens— including Free concerts for Youth, the Elementary School Listening Programs and in-school performances, to name a few. Every year we help reach nearly 20,000 students.

If you’d like to learn about the Santa Rosa Symphony League, you're invited to attend a special open house for prospective members in the Founders Room, thirty minutes before the November concerts—immediately after the pre-concert talk. League members will be there to meet you and answer questions.

Come meet us in the Founders Room (near Prelude) on Saturday, Nov. 7, Sunday, Nov. 8 or Monday, Nov. 9.

We look forward to seeing you there.  If you’re unable to stop by, but would like to know more, call our membership chairperson, Marilyn Chiotti at 707.539.6073. And, of course, visit the League's website,

In this month of November we give thanks for the generous support of our patrons and donors. Your participation and financial support for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s outreach and education programs makes a difference in the lives of thousands of young people throughout Sonoma County. 
In particular we want to acknowledge the many donors who gave generously at the Henry Trione Legacy Celebration on October 9thThis heartwarming and magical evening was a huge success.

Friends and family of Henry Trione, along with many Symphony supporters, gathered at the Green Music Center for a reception followed by a piano recital given by Christina and Michelle Naughton. During the evening, a record number of donations were made to support the Symphony and its education programs.  Thank you to everyone who gave so generously!
We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Pianist Pedja Muzijevic performs November 7, 8 & 9

Outstanding pianist Pedja Muzijevic joins the Santa Rosa Symphony on November 7, 8 and 9th, performing Schumann’s Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, and quasi una fantasia… by György Kurtág.
Music director Bruno Ferrandis concludes the program with the majestic Symphony No. 1 by Brahms. Completed in 1876 when the composer was 43 years old, the Symphony No. 1 had its beginning in themes he composed as early as 1868 and shared in a letter to Clara Schumann.
Many have referred to the First Symphony of Brahms as “Beethoven’s 10th," a comparison that Brahms might not have appreciated during his lifetime. However, the comparison remains a tribute to the mastery evident in Brahms’ first symphony.
The Juilliard-trained Muzijevic is a versatile pianist equally at home playing Bach’s Brandenburg concertos on harpsichord or performing in more modern concerts. The Financial Times of London has called Muzijevic “a virtuoso with formidable fingers and a musician with fiercely original ideas about the music he plays.”
The Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra is one of the most beloved works in the Schumann repertoire; the first movement was begun in 1841, shortly after Robert married his wife Clara. Four years later, Schumann returned to the piece and composed the remaining movements of the concerto in the spring and summer of 1845.
Kurtág’s showpiece…quasi una fantasia… places musicians in the upper and lower levels of Weill Hall, maximizing the acoustics of the auditorium for a deeply moving and enlightening effect.

To purchase tickets, call (707) 546-8742, come in person to our Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north entrance, first floor off elevator lobby) Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm or purchase online anytime.  

NEW One-For-One discount program Kids attend Classical concerts free with a paid adult ticket!

Starting with the November 7-9 concerts, an adult can bring one child free of charge to any Classical Series concert in the 2015-16 season. Purchase one adult ticket and receive one free ticket for a child aged 7-17. This promotion is available ONLY by telephone (707) 546-8742, or in person to our Patron Services Office. This promotion is not available online and excludes Discovery Series concerts.

Library Concert Series

The Santa Rosa Symphony’s Library concert series continues with three separate performances in Cloverdale, Healdsburg and Windsor on November 21. Join us for one of these popular FREE concerts at the Sonoma Public Libraries.

Saturday, November 21: String Quintet performances
Cloverdale Regional Library (401 N Cloverdale Blvd, Cloverdale)
1:00 pm - Performance for Children
2:30 pm - Performance for Adults

Musicians: Stephanie Bibbo, Violin; Genie Wie, Violin; Meg Eldridge, Viola; Kelley Maulbetsch, Cello; Randy Keith, Bass

Saturday, November 21: Percussion Trio for the whole family
Healdsburg Library (139 Piper Street, Healdsburg)
11:00 am - Performance for Familes

Windsor Library (9291 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor)
12:40 pm - Performance for Familes

Musicians: Allen Biggs, Stan Muncy, Susan Jette

Youth Orchestra Concerts

Come support our youth orchestras with your presence at their first two concerts of the season!
Concert I: Preparatory Orchestra & Repertory Orchestra
Sunday, November 15, 3 pm | Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School

Preparatory Orchestra
CORRELI: Little Suite for Orchestr, arr. Gordon
BACH: Brandenburg Sinfonia, arr. Isaac
HANDEL: Song of Jupiter, arr. Anderson
Repertory Orchestra
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5, finale
TCHAIKOVSKY: Selections from Nutcracker
MOZART: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”, movement, arr. Isaac

Concert II: Youth Orchestra & Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, November 21, 3 pm | Weill Hall, Green Music Center

Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 2
BIBER: Sonata No. 6 from Fidicinium Sacro Profanum
HAYDN: Symphony No. 7
MASCAGNI: Intermezzo Sinfonico
Youth Orchestra
HANSEN: Symphony No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake Suite
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2, first movement (guest soloist Misha Galant)
Tickets for Youth Orchestra concerts are $17 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, contact Patron Services at (707) 546-8742 or purchase online anytime


Education Update

Our youth orchestras and the Saturday string orchestra workshops for the 2015-16 school year are now meeting regularly. All ensembles are well attended; with only two spaces still available in the Youth Orchestra.
The eleven-member Simply Strings Honor Ensemble participated in the Seminario held on the UC Berkeley campus on September 26. This event was a gathering of El Sistema-inspired organizations from Northern California that included small-group workshops and rehearsals. The children participated in a concluding performance in which they played side by side with students from UC Berkeley and visiting members of the renowned Simón Bolívar Symphony of Venezuela. It was an exhilarating experience for these young musicians!
In October, the Education Department hosted El Sistema fellow Lorrie Heagy for a weekend of professional development for Simply Strings faculty and staff. Ms. Heagy, who lives in Juneau, Alaska, is a nationally recognized advocate and trainer.


Beautify your Garden—
NO irrigation required!

There is still time to support our Youth Ensembles by purchasing flower bulbs from the acclaimed Dutch Mill Bulb company. Dutch Mill Bulbs are guaranteed to bloom— Plant your bulbs in early December, and Mother Nature will deliver blossoms in the Spring, no irrigation is required. With El Niño on the way, the spring display in your yard is sure to be spectacular! 

50% of all sales will be donated to the Youth Ensemble programs. This offer is available through December 1.  Click here to order your bulbs. Happy planting!

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