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2015 May eNotes

Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 65
May 2015

Award-winning Wine Magnums looking for permanent home!

The 25 magnum lot of wines from “Lords and Goddesses of the Vine” has been safely transported to Santa Rosa Wine Storage for a complimentary year of temperature controlled storage. The drawing for this luscious assortment will take place at the last concert of our season, Monday, May 4 at 8 pm. Tickets will be sold by phone, mail, and at the concerts up until the drawing. Tickets are $50 for 1; $100 for 3. To purchase, call (707) 546-7097 x223 or write to: SRS Raffle, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

Human Race May 9 – Walk with us!

The SRS walking contingent will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, 302 Sonoma Avenue, front lawn. There you’ll get your participant T-shirt and requisite kazoo. As in previous years, there will be shuttle vans to the race site (locations here) and a pancake breakfast at Herbert Slater Middle School from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Visit our Human Race website page to participate or call (707) 546-7097 x 225. This very colorful community event is a lot of fun and great exercise too.

Summer Music Academy
begins July 13

There is still time to apply but the financial aid deadline is coming up soon—June 1. Application forms and information on class schedules, tuition and financial aid are available online or by calling (707) 546-7097 ext. 220.
Try playing music this summer!! All levels of ability are welcome.

Save the Date: YO Bon Voyage Concert June 6

Join us at Weill Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6, for the Youth Orchestra’s send-off concert for their China Tour. You’ll hear music from Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Morton Gould, Wang Zilian, and a world premiere by local composer Benjamin Taylor who was SRS Director of Education from November 2010 until April 2015. Proceeds support expenses and financial aid for this once-in-a-lifetime cultural and musical exchange.
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We wrap up our season with a masterpiece by Mahler that contains one of the most original and daring in the variety of music it includes. We also celebrate the 20th anniversary of one  of our youth ensembles with a special concert, and we continue to preview what’s in store for the 2015-2016 season. Stay tuned!

Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 is grand finale of 2014-2015 season

Our May 2, 3 and 4 Viking River Cruises Classical Series concerts feature Gustav Mahler’s multi-faceted and emotionally wide-ranging Third Symphony. This monumental work is the sole item on the program and will be performed without an intermission—just the way the composer intended it to be heard.
Besides showcasing the prodigious talents of our musicians, this production expands the orchestra to include a women’s chorus from the SRS Honor Choir (Robert Worth, director) and the Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus (Carol Menke, director). Special guest soloist Abigail Fischer performs in the 4th movement in a setting for mezzo-soprano of the “Midnight Song” from Nietzsche’s 
Also sprach Zarathustra.  In the 5th movement, the text for the soloists and choruses is 
drawn from Des Knaben Wundehorn.
Mahler composed his third symphony in a tiny hut on the edge of a great meadow and on the shore of the Attersee near Salzburg. From this room containing only a piano, a desk a bookcase and a wood-burning stove, he could see only the lake and the mountains beyond. Here the 36-year-old finished the music he said “the like of which the world has never yet heard! …In it all of nature finds a voice.”

May 2 concert celebrates Repertory Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary

On Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, the SRS Preparatory and Repertory orchestras present their Spring Concert. The Preparatory Orchestra (PO) provides a solid foundation for younger students and is conducted by Tristan Arnold. The Repertory Orchestra (RO) is for intermediate to advanced students, currently under the baton of Bobby Rogers.
The 3 p.m. performance will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Repertory Orchestra. Founded in 1994, it was originally called the Discovery Orchestra, and was conducted by William R. “Bob” Williams (a violinist with the Symphony’s professional orchestra) until 2010.
In honor of this anniversary, Bay Area composer Martha Stoddard has been commissioned to create a new work based on the personalities of the RO members she encountered during visits with the orchestra. The world premiere piece is titled, Thought Process. Also on the program is the overture to Mozart’s Don Giovanni; and Romeo & Juliet by Tchaikovsky.

NEW 7-concert Classical Series subscribers get 25% off for 2015-2016

Brand new and former subscribers or buyers of tickets concert- by-concert are invited to become full series subscribers for the 2015-2016 season at 25% off. You can enjoy the benefits of subscribing (guaranteed seating, seat renewal privileges, priority consideration for seat upgrades, free ticket exchanges and special restaurant discounts) as well as save up to $119!  Depending on seating, your seven-concert package can range from $98 to $350 for a full season of fabulous music.
Our Patron Services staff is ready to assist you with your new subscription. Call 707-546-8742 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

2015-2016 Family Concerts –
better than ever

In collaboration with series sponsor Sonoma Paradiso Foundation, the Santa Rosa Symphony again presents three delightful Sunday afternoon performances that pique imaginations and welcome participation. Dr. Richard Loheyde conducts the orchestra for the Family Series concerts in Weill Hall, Green Music Center, each beginning at 3 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to come one hour early for pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo.

On October 18, 2015, in Music from Out of This World, composers reach beyond the borders of the usual imagination, to infinity!  Blast off with movie music from Star Wars, 2001: Space Odyssey and E.T. as well as Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and Holst’s The Planets. We encourage children to come dressed as their favorite characters—from Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker to Buzz Lightyear.

The rendition of Peter and the Wolf on January 24, 2016, is a fresh take on the well-loved classic. Peter is a dreamer dealing with the pressures of everyday life when he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure: a mystifying mission to capture a wily wolf. Two dancers, colorful sets and incredible masks, all from Platypus Theatre, make for a modern and humorous re-telling of this enduring tale.
On March 13, 2016, Classical Kids Live! returns to our stage to present Gershwin’s Magic Key. In this story, a poor newspaper boy and the great American composer George Gershwin meet by chance on the streets of New York City. While the orchestra magically weaves 20 of Gershwin’s greatest hits, like “I Got Rhythm” and “Rhapsody in Blue,” into the drama, the boy explores the vast melting pot of American music and unlocks his own musical potential.
Subscriptions are $45 adults, $30 child (age 12 and under). Family Series discount packages start at $126. Call Patron Services (707) 546-8742 for more information. 


Preview of the 11th Annual Symphony Pops

The Symphony Pops Series, Santa Rosa Symphony’s collaboration with Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, consists of four concerts, all taking place on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Michael Berkowitz returns for his 11th season as SRS Principal Pops Conductor.
Symphony Pops begins on October 25, 2015, with The Great Ladies of Swing, featuring jazz vocalist Dee Daniels in a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan.
The series continues on December 13, 2015, with A Very Merry Holiday Pops, a Yuletide variety show for the entire family. From delightful novelty numbers to inspiring Christmas hymns, this Pops will be imbued with the spirit of the season. Roustabout Theater will add their dancers to two numbers and the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus will assist in the sing-along of carols and Christmas music from Broadway.
Love is a Many Splendored Thing on February 14, 2016, welcomes singer/pianist Billy Stritch and vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli for a perfect show for Valentine’s Day.  Among the tunes are classics like My Funny Valentine, The Man I Love, Save the Last Dance for Me, and many more.
The Pops Series concludes on April 17, 2016, with The King: The Music of Elvis. Vocalists Lee Lessack, Scott Coulter, Johnny Rodgers (also on piano), Brian Wilson and drummer Danny Mallon perform the greatest hits of Elvis Presley in a rock ‘n’ roll tribute to “The King”— from “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Jailhouse Rock” to “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”
Although the Santa Rosa Symphony’s other concerts are at the Green Music Center, Symphony Pops concerts continue at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in 2015-2016.
NOTE: Subscription tickets for the Symphony Pops concerts will be available ONLY through the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts box office: (707) 546-3600
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