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Issue 71
January 2016
“To hear the talented young violinist Caroline Goulding play on an instrument of this caliber, and in the superb acoustical environment of Weill Hall, is an experience not to be missed!”
– Sara Woodfield, SRS Board President

CDs on sale at
January concerts

Caroline Goulding will available to sign copies of her CD at the intermission during the January concerts.

Happy New Year from the Symphony League!

Please make a resolution to do something really wonderful for our musically inclined children this coming year and volunteer some of your time to the Santa Rosa Symphony League. Your help will ensure we are successful in raising money to support youth education and orchestra programs.
New members are paired with experienced League members to join in planning a variety of events, including musicals, author talks, Lunch and Learn meetings and Gala events.
Our League is also unique in that, during Symphony season, we provide snacks during rehearsals for our musicians—volunteers who bring food for the musicians get an up close and personal experience observing Bruno Ferrandis interact with the musicians and see what it takes to put a symphony together.
If you would like to know more about the Santa Rosa Symphony League, please call Marilyn Chiotti, VP, Membership Development at 539-6073 or email her at

Santa Rosa Symphony
Receives NEA
Grant Award

The Santa Rosa Symphony recently received a $10,000 Challenge America Award from The National Endowment for the Arts to help support performances, a workshop and related outreach activities featuring pianist Gabriela Martinez during the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 88th season finale in May, 2016. 
Martinez, a music education advocate, will conduct a free bilingual “musical career day” workshop for elementary school violinists, participate in an open rehearsal for the community, and participate in 3 pre-concert talks before each Classical Concert performance.
For its first funding round for fiscal year 2016, the NEA has announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million, including this Challenge America award to the Santa Rosa Symphony. The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
Happy New Year from all of us at the Santa Rosa Symphony! May 2016 bring peace, health and joy to you and your family.
Join us for a year filled with excellent music!  There are four more classical series concerts to experience this season, and on January 24 you can bring your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews to Weill Hall for a modern re-telling of the beloved classic “Peter and the Wolf” presented with Toronto-based Platypus Theatre and conducted by Richard Loheyde.
On January 9, 10 & 11 we have a rare opportunity to hear the phenomenally talented young violinist Caroline Goulding perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on a priceless 1720 Stradivarius instrument in the world-class acoustics of Weill Hall.
This is a concert not to be missed!

The dynamic and engaging Maestra Mei-Ann Chen joins the Santa Rosa Symphony in January as guest conductor for the “Pastoral Pleasures” concert set. In addition to Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, the program includes the lively Saibei Dance by the Chinese composer An-Lun Huang and Antonín Dvořák’s idyllic Symphony No. 8, inspired by Bohemian folk music.
Maestra Mei-Ann Chen has been Music Director of the Memphis Symphony since 2010, and of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011. Her energy, enthusiasm and high level of music-making have brought vibrant new energy to their audiences and communities. Maestra Chen was recently named one of the most Influential Music Professionals of 2015 by the premier arts organization Musical America Worldwide. For more information about this award, visit
At 23 years of age, Caroline Goulding is a talent to watch. Named “precociously gifted” by Gramophone magazine, she has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s premier orchestras in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall and the Louvre Museum, among others. Goulding will be playing the “General Kyd” Stradivarius (circa 1720) courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.
One of the most popular violin concertos in the repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra contrasts technical fireworks with slow movements full of lyrical themes. 


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.


Platypus Theatre’s Peter and the Wolf at Weill Hall on January 24

Conductor Richard Loheyde and the Santa Rosa Symphony are joined by Platypus Theatre to present a modern and humorous re-telling of this enduring story.  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

Calling all ALUMNI of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra!

Celebrate Richard Loheyde’s tenth season as conductor of Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra! The fun begins on Saturday, March 5 at 3:00 pm at Weill Hall with a performance by the orchestra and special guests.
Alumni of the SRS Youth Orchestra will soon receive an e-mail announcing several ways you can participate in this exciting event. If you have moved recently, or want to ensure we have your current information, please contact Jane Shelly at You won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate our fabulous Youth Orchestra and Richard Loheyde!

String Orchestra Workshops
begin in January

The Santa Rosa Symphony String Orchestra Workshop Sessions II and III will begin in January. 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

Concerto Showcase on January 16, 2016 in Sebastopol

Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents a Showcase of musicians from the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. These outstanding soloists will perform movements of concerti with piano accompaniment on Saturday, January 16, at 7:30 pm. The recital is a benefit for the Education Department. Admission is $15 adults/$10 students and tickets are available at the door. Sebastopol Center for the Arts is located at 282 S High St, Sebastopol, CA 95472.

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