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April 2015 eNotes

Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 64
April 2015

Win a house... a doll house, that is

Santa Rosa Symphony League is raising funds for the Youth Orchestra China tour by holding a drawing for a beautifully crafted doll house. Over the years, it has been a family project for Marilyn and Dave Chiotti and their daughter Tina and granddaughter Tenae. The doll house has been restored, completely furnished, and enhanced with a miniature garden and bright yellow paint. It sits on a 4-foot wide base. Tickets for the doll house drawing can be purchased at  

Preparatory and Repertory orchestras present Spring Concert May 2

SAVE THE DATE for a performance by the youngest of our Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles—the Preparatory Orchestra, conducted by Tristan Arnold and the Repertory Orchestra, conducted by Bobby Rogers. The concert takes place at Santa Rosa High School Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. You’ll be amazed at how good these young musicians are!

Join the Human Race! Walk, run, sponsor… Saturday, May 9

Support the SRS Youth Ensembles! Parents, friends and supporters can participate in our 3K walking contingent, pledge financial support for individual walkers/runners, or become a sponsor and have your company name/logo on our race T-shirts. Please visit our Human Race fundraising website or call (707) 546-7097 x225. 

Summer Music Academy July 13-August 1 at Sonoma Country Day School

Register by April 1 for Early Bird Discount!
Applications and information on class schedules, tuition and financial aid are available online or by calling (707) 546-7097 ext.220.

Wine Magnum Raffle includes a year’s storage

Santa Rosa Wine Storage, a division of Wine Spectrum, Inc., has generously donated a year of wine storage for the winner of our benefit raffle. Tickets for the 20 magnum lot of award-winning wines from “Lords and Goddesses of the Vine” will continue to be available through May 4, and will be sold in the lobby at Viking River Cruises Classical Series concerts, by phone and by mail. Tickets are $50 for 1; $100 for 3. Call (707) 546-7097 x223 or write to: SRS Raffle, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. The drawing will take place at the last concert of the season: Monday, May 4, 2015.

The 2015-2016 season has been announced! Be sure to read highlights of our 88th performance year in this issue. Current subscribers should have received their renewal forms and are encouraged to renew before the April 10 deadline to retain their seats. If you are not a subscriber now, but would like to have seating priority over single ticket buyers, call our Patron Services office at 54-MUSIC and staff will be happy to guide you through the subscription order process.

Family Concert April 12 "Harry Potter and the Magic of Music" features magician and Roustabout Theater

Richard Loheyde conducts the Santa Rosa Symphony for the third of three performances of the 2014-2015 Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series on Sunday, April 12, at 3 p.m. Special guests for "Harry Potter and the Magic of Music” are: master magician and comedian Jay Alexander and the young singers and dancers of Roustabout Theater, the resident theater company of Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. 

Young audience members are invited to come dressed as their favorite character from the Harry Potter books and films. And, as always, members of the SRS Youth Ensembles will host an instrument petting zoo beginning one hour prior to the concert. With musical selections from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Fellowship of the Ring Suite, Danse Macabre, Night on Bald Mountain, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, as well as magical antics, this is sure to be an entertaining afternoon for the whole family!


More magic! Composer John Williams film music featured in April 26 Symphony Pops at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

With 49 Academy Award nominations (second only to Walt Disney), John Williams is one of the most celebrated and well-known film composers of all time. “May the Force Be with You: The Movie Magic of John Williams” is the Symphony Pops offering for Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. You’ll hear selections from Jaws, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, and of course, Star Wars. The kids and grandkids will be able to pose for photos with Star Wars Trilogy characters in the WFCA lobby.
Remember, tickets for Pops Concerts are available only through the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts: online, or by calling (707) 546-3600.

Simply Strings students to perform at Free Concerts for Youth April 30

In a culmination of their year’s work, Simply Strings students will perform an arrangement of Aaron Copland’s Simple Gifts at our Free Concerts for Youth performance April 30, 2015 at the Green Music Center. These second and third graders will be on stage with the SRS Repertory Orchestra –one of our accomplished Training Young Musicians ensembles – while more than 1,200 elementary students from SRS in-school music appreciation programs play recorders or sing the piece from their seats in the audience.
Simply Strings is the Symphony’s newest Music for Our Schools project, a social program enriching one of the region’s most underserved neighborhoods with hands-on orchestral training. The program is fully supported by the Symphony and is free to its students. Donations are welcome!

A success story from the SRS Summer Music Academy

Following is an edited version of a message from Julie Duranceau, the mother of Peter Duranceau. This young violinist (who will turn 20 in September) was one of the soloists who performed with guest artist Midori in the YO/YPCO concert in March of 2014. He is an alumnus of our Youth Ensembles currently living in New York City.
The story begins with a SRS Summer Music Academy Beginning Violin Class in July 2002 when Peter was almost seven years old. I enrolled him along with his four older brothers. Up to that point, he would just tag along and play while his brothers were in class. But I felt it was time for Peter to participate.
This was the 4th year of SMA for our family-- the perfect way to introduce our children to the string instruments (as well as all instruments) and we looked forward to spending three weeks in July with friends we had met in previous summers. We enjoyed the intensity of going every day, knowing we'd grow musically by leaps and bounds. Peter loved the violin and did well, continuing that fall with a SRS violin class held at Santa Rosa Junior College. He played the following year (2003), sharing part of a weekly lesson through May with his brothers Stephen and Daniel. Their teacher was SRS First Violinist Kathy Marshall. 
Peter continued violin, and later organ, until he turned 8 and then had to stop, although during the following 6 years he continued to study piano. When Peter turned 14 he told me he really missed the violin, so he began to study with Dr. Richard Loheyde, SRS Youth Orchestra Conductor, in October 2009. Peter sailed forward! In January 2010, he went from the String Orchestra Workshop to Preparatory Orchestra to Discovery (Repertory) Orchestra, and into Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, all in 8 months! He was involved in the Summer Music Academy every summer even taking a jazz piano class one summer in addition to string classes. He moved into the First Violin section of Youth Orchestra in 2011, was the Associate Concertmaster in 2012-2013 and Concertmaster in 2013-2014.
Peter participated in the Simply Strings program as a mentor in the fall of 2013. In addition to performing with Midori in Weill Hall in 2014, he performed a solo recital on violin and piano for the Santa Rosa Symphony League's Festival of Parties to raise support for music education.
Peter spent 7 weeks in the summer of 2014 studying violin and chamber music at Meadowmount School of Music, located in the Adirondack Mountains of Upper New York State. He then was invited by Sally Thomas, a senior faculty member at Juilliard, to study with her in NYC. He auditioned for the New York Youth Symphony and was invited to join as Principal Second Violin playing three concerts in Carnegie Hall. In summer 2015, he will join the NYYS as they travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on their first international tour in their 52-year history. Peter has been accepted to study violin at Mannes College The New School for Music in New York City beginning in Fall 2015.

We are all very grateful for the wonderful music opportunities provided by the Symphony for our youth in Sonoma County. Peter never would have tried a violin had it not been for the Summer Music Academy.


Add a gift with your 2015-2016 subscription renewal

Did you know that you can donate for the 2015-2016 year through the subscription renewal process? By adding a donation of any amount to your season renewal form, you strengthen your connection to a deeply-rooted community arts organization. We rely on the generosity of audience members to keep tickets affordable, to ensure that our young musicians thrive and that students in Sonoma County schools have access to musical experiences. Our substantial and loyal audience helps us fulfill our mission “to inspire and engage the residents of our region with the finest of musical performances and educational programs…” Thank you for your support.


Announcing our 2015-2016 Season

We are excited to announce our 88th performance year – YOUR ORCHESTRA, YOUR MUSIC!  Season subscribers have received their renewal notices and the 2015-2016 season brochures will soon be mailed to everyone who has purchased a ticket and/or asked to be included on our mailing list. The Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series (at Weill Hall) and the Symphony Pops Series (at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts) will return next season. You’ll find details in the May edition of eNotes and on our website. Highlights of the Classical Concert Series follow.
Maestro Bruno Ferrandis had said, “The programming for next season is like a kaleidoscope with something for everyone; it has an overall feeling of gathering of people and energies, building a sense of unity and reconciliation.”  The sentiment expressed by Ferrandis is echoed in the title of the opening piece of the first concert set in October—Pax Universalis (Universal Peace) by Mohammed Fairouz. The BBC has called Fairouz, who is in his twenties, “one of the most gifted composers of his generation.”
A second world premiere, Dances and Dreams of Dionysus, opens the April 2016 concert set. It is a commission for the Santa Rosa Symphony by Daniel Brewbaker whose awards include the Nadia Boulanger Award at the Ecole des Artes Americaines in Fontainebleau. The Brewbaker commission is underwritten through the generous support of Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.
Audiences will surely be delighted by an array of rising stars: twin sisters Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton performing concertos for two pianos; young violinist Caroline Goulding; the much-recorded violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and Argentine pianist Gabriela Martinez, called “a genius” by LA Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel. Also debuting on our stage will be mezzo-soprano Edith Dowd, singing Berio’s Folk Songs; and Bosnian-born pianist Pedja Muzijevic. And back by popular demand, the brilliant cellist Zuill Bailey.
Among the favorite works on the concert schedule are Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, the violin concertos of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, and the “noble ninth”—Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for our December “Joy to the World” program.
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