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Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 67
September 2015

Summer Music Academy

“He’s loving it!” “She’s having the time of her life!” “My son practices as soon as he gets home. We can’t pull him away from his instrument.” These are a few comments from parents of Summer Music Academy students. The three-week program culminated July 31-August 1 with exciting concerts at Sonoma Country Day School’s Jackson Theater, and one by Chamber Strings at Varenna Retirement Community. 
Friday’s event featured guitar and woodwind workshops and the finger-snapping Jazz Ensemble. Saturday’s concert opened with the entire string program spilling from stage to aisles for Can Can, followed by delightful performances by string, brass and percussion workshops, four choirs, and impressive composition and rhythm demonstrations. Some of the 158 participants, aged 5-23, held an instrument for the first time while others have been playing for years. Many thanks to our dedicated faculty, interns and staff who guided these young musicians with creativity and enthusiasm!

Bus transportation appreciation

We gratefully acknowledge Pure Luxury Transportation for providing bus transportation to and from the San Francisco Airport for our Youth Orchestra members who travelled to China in June.

Thank you to our Hotel and Restaurant Partners

The Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for once again hosting this season’s guest artists. For a second year, Ancient Oak Cellars are generously donating the wine to be served at our donor receptions held in the Founder’s Room at every performance.

Great restaurant deals for subscribers

Subscribers to the Santa Rosa Symphony Classical Series receive a special Restaurant Discount Card each year. Each restaurant listed on the card will provide a special discount available only to Santa Rosa Symphony subscribers (for example: buy one entrée, get the second at half off).
Our thanks to the following restaurants for honoring the Symphony Restaurant Discount Card from September 2015 through August 2016:  
Ancient Oak Cellars & Downtown Deli, Bacchus Restaurant/Wine Bar, Bistro 29, Cafe Zazzle, East West Café - Sebastopol, El Coqui Puerto Rican Cuisine, Grafitti , La Vera Pizza, Luma, Redwood Café, Sally Tomatoes, Shangri-La Cafe & Grill, Shuffle’s Magical Ice Cream Shoppe, Sky Lounge Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, The Spinster Sisters, Ting Hau, Willie Bird’s Restaurant, Zazu Kitchen & Farm.


Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel—Bruckner, Dvořák, Schumann, Tchaikovsky…and more! For his 10th anniversary as music director of the Santa Rosa Symphony, Bruno Ferrandis has crafted a season filled with more masterpieces than ever before!

15% off tickets for Classical Series performances –– available through August 28!

FOR THREE MORE DAYS until 5pm on August 28th, tickets for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 2015-16 season are being offered at 15% off (discounted tickets begin at $17). The offer is valid for the Saturday and Monday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. performances only (excluding the Discovery Open Rehearsal performances on Saturday afternoon).

Reserve today for best seating by calling (707) 546-8742, coming in person to our Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north entrance, first floor off elevator lobby) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or purchase online anytime.

Click on our virtual brochure here for detailed descriptions of the entire 2015-2016 season.

Remember, you have just three more days to take advantage of this 15% discount offer.

It’s not too late to subscribe

New subscribers will be invited to attend a reception, orchestra rehearsal and backstage tour at Weill Hall on Thursday, October 8. Subscribe now and join us for this festive event!

Free community concert Sept. 6—every seat is taken!

Free Community Concert tickets were reserved in record time this year!  This concert, co-presented by the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Green Music Center, will be held on Sunday, September 6, 2015.

"A Symphonic Night in Havana" featuring Tiempo Libre and the Santa Rosa Symphony at Weill Hall + Lawn at the Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
The Lawn will open for outdoor seating at 5 p.m. Weill Hall Lobby opens at 6 p.m. Concert begins promptly at 7 p.m. You may bring in food, but outside beverages are not permitted at the venue. Water bottle filling stations will be available and food and beverages may be purchased on site. Only low lawn chairs or blankets are permitted on the lawn.
For your safety and the safety of all our guests, all items brought into the Green Music Center including coolers, picnic baskets, bags, backpacks and purses are subject to search upon entry or re-entry.
If you are unable to use any of your reserved tickets, PLEASE call (707) 546-8742, so that others may enjoy this memorable event.

Youth Orchestra trip to China
is a big success

Conductor Richard Loheyde was joined by forty-eight talented musicians of the Symphony’s Youth Orchestra for a once-in-a-lifetime Musical Journey Through China, June 17 through June 25. The orchestra performed in renowned concert halls in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai. In addition, the young musicians enjoyed plenty of sight-seeing and cultural exchange. See photos and read more about their journey here.


Symphony welcomes
new board members

Seven new members have been appointed to the Santa Rosa Symphony board of directors. They are: Hallie Beacham, Nancy Doyle, Bob Giddings, Elizabeth Kern, Kirk McAfee, Kathleen Reynolds and Eunice Valentine.
These respected leaders join 30 existing board members who are committed to operating our symphony organization with integrity and fiscal stability, and to serving our community with the highest level of orchestral music.
New Board Member Biographies
Hallie Beacham
Hallie Beacham is a retired Obstetrician-Gynecologist residing in Healdsburg with her husband, retired investment banker Paul Downey since 1997. In San Francisco Hallie had varied board experiences serving as a director of Blue Cross of California, San Francisco Medical Society, San Francisco Hearing and Speech Center, and as one of the founding directors of The California Endowment.

Since being a resident of Healdsburg the last seventeen years she has served as a director of the Raven Theater, and as President of Healthcare Foundation, Northern California, spearheading a successful $14 million campaign to raise funds for a revitalization plan for the local 85 bed hospital. She also served on the Sonoma County Fetal and Infant and Mortality Review board for 17 years.

Hallie’s introduction to musical instruments started with piano lessons, violin and viola lessons and she still enjoys playing the piano in their home.
Nancy E. Doyle
Nancy was born in Washington DC. Her father was a sergeant in the Air Force. In the first 18 years of her life, Nancy lived in a total 8 states. Her current positions are as UCSF Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine, Faculty at Sutter Santa Rosa Family Practice Residency Program, and a pediatrician at Sutter Santa Rosa Pediatrics.

Nancy and George Smith were married in 1971 and came to Santa Rosa in 1975 to begin their careers in medicine and raise a family. They started John Ash & Co in 1980 and helped found Sonoma Country Day School.

Nancy’s introduction to music was via the phonograph. Her father, one of 12 on a homestead in Montana, always talked about listening to his mother’s records of Caruso. They listened to collections of the classics daily.

Nancy has 2 children and 2 grandchildren and is enjoying introducing them to music.
Bob Giddings
Bob and Nancy moved to Santa Rosa in 2003 from Easton, Connecticut.  Although they are both California natives, Bob spent the last thirteen years of his reinsurance career working in Manhattan, Hartford and Princeton.  Since arriving in Sonoma County, Bob has served as a director for Mapfre Reinsurance (Madrid) and Insurance Company; director & treasurer of The Oakmont Village Association; and founding director, secretary and president of the Oakmont Community Foundation, a 501 [c][3] charity.
About his appointment to the Board, Bob said: “I want to protect the music I love. And to do that we must support the musicians of the Santa Rosa Symphony and the stage where these artist perform for the community. This Board plays a critical role in providing great and exciting musical art to audiences of today and tomorrow who are experiencing an ever-increasing diversity of competing entertainment often from electronic sources.  
Elizabeth Kern
A native of Chicago, Elizabeth received a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. Thirty years later she received a Masters of Liberal Arts degree from Stanford.

In addition to raising a family, Elizabeth has had a rewarding career managing communications, most recently at Apple. After 23 years in corporate life, she felt like a plant needing repotting and left Apple to write historical fiction.

Although she does not play an instrument, music factors into her writing. In Elizabeth’s debut novel, Wanting to Be Jackie Kennedy, is a coming-of-age story set in the 1960s, a priest plays an accordion in this novel. She just completed her third novel, Fire Angels, the Day Chicago Wept, about a tragic fire in an elementary school started by a 10-year-old boy. In this novel, a stately gentleman (not unlike Joseph Edelberg) plays the violin. 

Elizabeth is currently president of the Santa Rosa Symphony League. She and her husband, Lee, (a Chicagoan she met at Apple) live in Petaluma.
Kirk McAfee
Kirk has over 30 years of experience in investment banking, industrial project development and process technology commercialization, most recently as CEO of Virterras Group that develops projects in energy, food and water. Kirk spent most of his career working in New York City where he co-founded an investment banking group Ring McAfee & Company after working at Morgan Stanley & Co.

He has served in a variety of volunteer capacities with non-profit organizations supporting the arts, the homeless, the elderly, and run-away youth. When not working or volunteering, Kirk enjoys time with family at their Lake Tahoe cabin skiing, rock climbing, sailing or hiking.

Kirk & Debbie McAfee live in Sebastopol with their three sons, two of whom play bassoon and clarinet in the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. Their oldest son just graduated from Analy High School and is attending his first year in college.

Kathleen Reynolds
A graduate of Montgomery High School, Kathleen attended Sacramento State University as a music major, not intending to pursue a career as a flutist. A turn of events occurred when Kathleen was a winner of the California Young Artist woodwind performance competition. For the next two years, she played 2nd flute in the Santa Rosa Symphony while completing her degree.

Kathleen then moved to New York City and received her Master’s in Flute Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. In the early 1980's, Kathleen returned to California, met her husband, Jeff, won the principal flute position with the Santa Rosa Symphony, and became a Lecturer in Music at Sonoma State University—where she maintains a busy flute studio.

She has performed in many ensembles and orchestras at venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Arts, and the Lincoln Center, with the Marlboro Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, at Tanglewood, and more. Married for over 30 years, she has two sons, and also teaches 4th grade at Hidden Valley School in Santa Rosa.
Eunice E. Valentine
Eunice has enjoyed a richly diverse career in management positions of nonprofit service organizations in human services, civic and cultural organizations. She is currently Senior Staff/North Bay Manager of Pacific Foundation Services, (PFS) a company that provides customized management services for private foundations in Northern California. Prior to joining PFS she served as the Executive Director of The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, a hub for over 10 services.

Eunice holds a Masters of Social Work from Ohio State University and an MFA in writing and literature from Emerson College, Boston, MA. She received a B.S. degree from George Fox University in Psychology and Sociology. Eunice is a published writer and has served on numerous boards, including the YWCA of San Francisco/Marin, Health Action Council in Sonoma County, the Junior League of Sonoma/Napa; she volunteers as a mentor and advisor for several international women’s programs.

Eunice lives in Santa Rosa, CA. with her husband, Joe, and enjoys hiking, long walks on the beaches, golf and is a writer and avid reader.
For a complete list of Santa Rosa Symphony board members and officers, click here.


A Legacy Celebration of Henry Trione
October 9 at 6 pm

Please join the family and friends of beloved community leader and long-time Santa Rosa Symphony supporter Henry Trione, as we gather at the Green Music Center to raise a glass, honor his memory, his love of music and his lifetime legacy of giving back. The evening begins with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Trione Courtyard (with complimentary dirty martinis, Henry’s favorite), followed by  an intimate private recital in Weill Hall by the piano duo of twins Christina and Michelle Naughton and conclude with coffee, dessert and liqueurs in the Person Lobby. The evening will include toasts and testimonials in honor of Henry.
All proceeds benefit Santa Rosa Symphony and music education programs
Package: $150 per person ($100 tax deductible donation)
For tickets, please call the SRS Patron Services Office at (707) 546-8742 (Dinner Package is Sold Out)

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