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Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 70
December 2015

An easy Christmas gift idea for the music lovers in your life!

Give the joy of music this Christmas—gift certificates for the Santa Rosa Symphony make great stocking stuffers or even a main gift! Symphony gift certificates are available in any amount and can be purchased online or by calling Patron Services at 707-54-MUSIC.

Bring a child to the Symphony for FREE

Now you can introduce your child or grandchild to the beauty and wonder of classical music—for free!

For each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert, you can now receive ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17.

Please call or visit our Patron Services office to redeem this offer; it is not available online.

Final audit confirms
record-breaking year
for SRS

The audited results for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 confirm that the SRS finished in the black for the twelfth consecutive fiscal year. The organization reached a record level of ticket sales and donations, contributing to an operating surplus of $104,486 with $4.14 million in gross revenue. The completion of the For the Love of Music Transformation Campaign helped raise the endowment to exceed $10 million for the first time and brought total assets to a record level of $15,673,000.

“Peter and the Wolf”
Sun, Jan 24 at 3 pm
Reserve early for best seats!

This fresh take on a well-loved classic includes incredible masks, dancers, and colorful sets. Peter, a dreamer dealing with the pressures of everyday life, suddenly finds himself in the middle of a mystifying mission to capture a wily wolf.
Tickets: $17 adult, $12 child (age 12 and under)
Or call Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services at 707-546-8742

Make the Sing-Along Messiah your holiday tradition!

The Symphony League Sing-Along Messiah to benefit SRS Music Education programs has become a holiday tradition for many families. Come join us for this festive event on Saturday, December 19 at 7:00 pm, Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School. Tickets are $20, available in advance or at the door.

Tickets and information at
Prepare to be swept away by the grandeur of one of Beethoven’s finest works! The Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir, the Santa Rosa Symphony and four outstanding guest soloists will join together to perform Beethoven’s magnificent choral Ninth Symphony in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on December 5, 6 and 7th.
Just in time for the holiday season, this performance of Beethoven’s epic masterpiece is a fitting celebration of our common humanity and the goal of peace among all people.
As 2015 comes to a close, we wish you a holiday season filled with an abundance of joy as you share good food, good company and last but NOT least, good music! 

Joy to the World
December 5, 6 and 7, 2015

On December 5-7 2015, the Santa Rosa Symphony and more than 180 singers take the stage at Weill Hall to perform what many consider Beethoven’s greatest masterpiece—his Ninth Symphony.
Mezzo-soprano Edith Dowd, soprano Shawnette Sulker, tenor J. Raymond Meyers, bass-baritone Philip Skinner and the Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir are the voices that will join the SRS to perform this epic work.
The Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir, led by SRS Choral Director Robert Worth, is comprised of members from the Sonoma Bach Choir, also directed by Robert Worth; the Santa Rosa High School Choir, directed by Kira Bombace; and the SSU Symphonic Choir, led by Director of Choral Activities, Jenny Bent. 
Decades before he began the actual composition of the Ninth Symphony, Beethoven had decided he wanted to set Schiller’s 1785 poem “Ode to Joy” to music. Only after he was fully engrossed in composing his ninth and final symphony did Beethoven achieve a choral arrangement of Schiller’s text that satisfied him.
The Ninth Symphony was received enthusiastically at its premiere on May 7, 1824. Beethoven was present on stage and beating time for the performance, but he had already gone completely deaf—the actual conductor was Michael Umlauf. At the conclusion of the concert Beethoven was a few beats behind and still conducting, unaware of the reaction to his work.
One of the singers had to take his sleeve and turn Beethoven around to see the audience’s enthusiastic response. During a series of five standing ovations, people raised their hands and tossed handkerchiefs and hats into the air—Beethoven could see their ecstatic gestures although he couldn’t hear their applause.
Don’t miss out! Reserve your tickets today—space is already limited for some performances of this popular concert.

For 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 – 5:30 pm or purchase online anytime.

A Very Merry Holiday Pops Concert December 13 at 3 pm at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Joined by special guests Roustabout Theater and the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, Maestro Michael Berkowitz and the Santa Rosa Symphony present the third annual Holiday Pops concert—a treat for the whole family. This all-new program will get you into the holiday spirit with favorites like I’ll be Home for Christmas, Let it Snow, Santa Claus is Tappin’ to Town, Silent Night, The First Noël and many more!
Tickets must be purchased online from the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, or by phone at 707-546-3600.

Orchestra students receive
a visit from Bruno!

On Saturday, November 7, Maestro Bruno Ferrandis paid a visit to the Preparatory and Repertory Orchestra rehearsals. Along with some important musical advice, he gave conductor Tristan Arnold a lesson in how to waltz!

String Orchestra Workshop-
Session II and III

Registration is now open for the Santa Rosa Symphony String Orchestra Workshop Sessions II and III. Beginning string players of all ages are encouraged to join!

Workshops take place Saturday mornings 9 am – 10 am on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus.

Click here for more information, or call Lisa Ferroggiaro at (707) 546-7097 x 216


Mid-Season Auditions for
SRS Youth Ensembles

If you know a young music student who is interested in participating in the SRS Youth Ensembles, they can still join the fun!  We are especially looking for oboe, viola and bass players. Mid-season auditions will be held by appointment in the month of December. Please call Lisa Ferroggiaro at (707) 546-7097 x216 to schedule an audition. Click here for more information.


Simply Strings Honor Ensemble
and YO quartet to perform
Saturday, December 12 at 1 pm

The Honor Ensemble of the Simply Strings program and the Sempre Strings quartet from the Youth Orchestra will perform in celebration of the opening of the new Roseland Library on Saturday, December 12th at 1 pm. The library is located at 779 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, 95407 in the Shopping Center (corner of Dutton and Sebastopol).
The 12 members of the Honor Ensemble are in the fourth grade and have participated in the program for three years. To apply for the Honor Ensemble, students were required to pass an audition and submit a statement of civic responsibility. The four musicians of the Sempre Strings quartet are members of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra.


Support the Music You Love

With just half of our yearly expenses covered by ticket sales, we are especially reliant on the support of people just like you who share our love of classical music and live performance.
Won’t you please take a few moments out of your busy schedule to remember all the joy the Symphony has brought to your life this year? If you cherish those memories, please support us in our efforts to make the Symphony thrive.
Make your gift today and help insure another year of beautiful music!

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