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Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 72
February 2016

Rachel Barton Pine CDs on sale at February concerts

CDs by Rachel Barton Pine will be for sale during the February concerts. She will be available to sign copies of her CD at intermission during all three concerts.

Calling all alumni of the SRS Youth Orchestra

Have you received your invitation to our special alumni concert celebrating Richard Loheyde’s Tenth Anniversary as the Youth Orchestra conductor? If yes, please respond as soon as you can!

If you have not received your invitation, please e-mail Youth Orchestra Manager Jane Shelly with your updated contact information. 

Please help us find other alumni with whom we may have lost contact! 

Thanks so much.

News from the Symphony League

Upcoming Symphony League fundraising events include “Let the Games Begin” and “Dinner is Served.” On February 25, “Let the Games Begin” combines lunch and wine with a fashion show and an afternoon of team games such as bridge, bunco and mahjong.

On March 3, you can dine out and support the Symphony’s music education programs. Fourteen restaurants in Sonoma County from Santa Rosa to Healdsburg will each offer special menus with no corkage fees.

Tickets range from $50 to $100. For more information about both of these events, visit
As winter begins to move toward spring and the clouds continue to bless us with rain, it is so refreshing to see green fields practically everywhere we look in Sonoma County!

Strokes of Genius
February 20, 21 & 22


On February 20, 21 and 22, the striking and charismatic violinist Rachel Barton Pine will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in Weill Hall with the Santa Rosa Symphony. Bruno Ferrandis conducts Strokes of Genius—a program that includes the unfinished Ninth Symphony by Anton Bruckner.
Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works, Rachel Barton Pine’s lustrous tone, dazzling technique and joyful music-making have thrilled audiences around the world. The cadenzas in this February’s performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto were composed by Rachel Barton Pine herself.
Barton Pine plays on the instrument known as the “ex-Bazzini ex-Soldat,” made in 1742 by Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu.” It is on lifetime loan to her by an anonymous patron. Rachel Barton Pine and her violin’s history here.

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.

Valentine’s Day Pops Concert, February 14

Join conductor Michael Berkowitz and the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Wells Fargo Center on Valentine’s Day, February 14 at 3 pm for Love is a Many Splendored Thing, with the legendary singer-pianist Billy Stritch and guest vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli. 
Enjoy a romantic afternoon that will include songs such as Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, The Man I Love, Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry, L-O-V-E, A Fine Romance, I Wish I Were In Love Again, Maybe This Time, Save The Last Dance For Me, and of course, My Funny Valentine. A pre-concert talk with Maestro Berkowitz will be held one hour before the performance.

Tickets must be purchased online from the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, or by phone at 707-546-3600.

Masterclass with Rachel Barton Pine on February 22

Prior to her evening performance on Monday February 22, Rachel Barton Pine will present a masterclass from 4:00–5:30 pm in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. The class will feature selected violinists from the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. This event is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are required! Please call Patron Services at 707-546-8742 to RSVP.

In Memoriam

We are sad to report that Polly Holbrook, longtime Symphony violinist and former concertmaster, passed away on January 2 at the age of 79. Polly Holbrook was a vibrant and vital force in the development and growth of the Santa Rosa Symphony for over three decades, from the early 1960’s until her retirement in 2000.
About Polly, Corrick Brown said, “Building a Symphony orchestra required developing a great string section. When Polly Holbrook came to Santa Rosa, it was a godsend. The success of the orchestra owes a great deal to her.”
Born in Santa Rosa and raised in San Francisco, Polly Holbrook returned to Sonoma County with her husband and their two young sons in the early 60’s, and she joined the Symphony in 1964.  Polly served as assistant concertmaster from 1970 to 1983 and concertmaster from 1983 to 1996—furthermore, she helped the orchestra make the transition from Corrick Brown to Jeffrey Kahane as conductor.  She also served as the symphony librarian from 1974 to 1984.  Polly’s full obituary can be read here.
After her retirement, Polly continued to remain a staunch supporter of the Symphony, funding Education scholarships to help young musicians develop their own musical potential.  Those of us who enjoy the Symphony’s excellence today owe her a great debt of gratitude.

Repertory Orchestra to perform for “Free Concerts For Youth”

The “Free Concerts For Youth” program organized for local schoolchildren continues on Thursday, Feb. 18 with a performance by the SRS Repertory Orchestra from 8:30–noon at Weill Hall. This event is by invitation only. For more information about Free Concerts For Youth, contact Jane Shelley.

Simply Strings recital
Thursday, February 25

The students in the SRS Simply Strings program invite you to a free recital at 6:00 pm on February 25 at Resurrection Parish, Stony Point Road and 3rd Street in Santa Rosa.

Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed social action music network, Simply Strings is in its third year of training young string players. Now encompassing second, third and fourth graders at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School, sixty students are learning violin technique and fundamental music skills. This event is free and open to the public.
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