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Issue 75
May 2016

McDonald Mansion
Hat Tea (& Wine)

Come join the Santa Rosa Symphony League and experience the grandeur of the Historic McDonald Mansion on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Join us for a beautiful afternoon in the gardens and the “Hat Making” studio of Jennifer Webley. A plant expert from Luther Burbank Home and Gardens will also talk about her lovely garden.
Hat Contest for those who wish to participate—for the “Most Beautiful Hat”, “Wacky Hat” and “Black & White Hat.”  Enjoy tea (in beautiful antique cups and saucers) and wine with appropriate nibbles.
Cost $50 per person (suggested $30 tax deduction)
Visit or email Liz Martin to make your reservation today.

Calling all Modern
art lovers!


Symphony League Festival of Parties
May 21st reception and viewing of private art collection

Reserve the afternoon of Saturday, May 21, to see the work of Chuck Close, Roy Liechtenstein, Lucien Freud and other celebrated contemporary artists in a coveted private collection. Besides viewing art lent to the Smithsonian, you’ll gain insight from Christopher Schink, a widely-respected local artist and teacher.
Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres from the terrace of this beautiful Bennett Valley home. This Santa Rosa Symphony League event – part of the Festival of Parties – starts at 4 pm. Tickets are $75 per person. Visit or email Liz Martin for more information.

Santa Rosa Symphony receives 2016 City Merit Award for Cultural Enrichment

On Monday, April 25, Mayor John Sawyer presented the City of Santa Rosa Merit Award for Cultural Enrichment to the Santa Rosa Symphony in recognition of the Simply Strings Program.
City of Santa Rosa Merit Award
Santa Rosa Symphony’s Simply Strings Program
Cultural Enrichment 2016
Christina Penrose, Simply Strings Coordinator, and Wendy Cilman, Director of Education accepted the award on behalf of the Symphony.
As April showers give way to May flowers, we can enjoy the beauty of our surroundings here in Sonoma County, and celebrate the abundance of excellent music ahead in 2016-2017 season.
In May, we will experience “Jazzy Impressions” with sensational Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez on May 7, 8 and 9—the Classical Series finale concert for this season! 
IT’S NOT TOO LATE to renew your subscription for 2016-2017! There is still time to renew and retain your same seats—Un-renewed seats will be released on May 2. Call Patron Services today at 707-546-8742 to reserve your seats for the memorable season ahead.

Jazzy Impressions, the 2015-2016 Season finale May 7, 8 & 9

Featuring acclaimed pianist Gabriela Martinez

Jazzy Impressions
Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 pm and Discovery Rehearsal Concert at 2 pm
Sunday, May 8, matinee at 3:00 pm
Monday, May 9 at 8:00 pm
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Gabriela Martinez, piano
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Debussy: Ibéria
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole 
On May 7, 8 and 9, Gabriela Martinez joins the Santa Rosa Symphony to perform Gershwin’s vibrant Piano Concerto in F.
During her visit to Sonoma County, Martinez will also speak to local Latino elementary and high school students about music as a career. Born and raised in Venezuela, Martinez earned her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from The Juilliard School and currently lives in the United States.
George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F was a commission by the New York Philharmonic offered to the 27-year-old composer as a result of the outstanding success of his composition Rhapsody in Blue. 
With characteristic confidence, Gershwin signed a contract in April of 1925 that stipulated the concerto had to be completed in time for a performance on December 3 of that year—a daunting deadline, especially considering that Gershwin had never yet orchestrated a full length concerto.  The result is a spine-tingling piano concerto ideally suited to the talent and versatility of pianist Gabriela Martinez.
Jazz, habanera and dance-inspired rhythms weave through this program, which includes Ibéria and Rapsodie espagnole—impressions and memories of Spain by Debussy and Ravel.
The program opens with a performance of the three dance episodes from Leonard Bernstein’s 1944 hit On the Town, a hit that sparked not only his own career, but also that  of choreographer Jerome Robbins.

New subscribers receive 25% off
on full concert series subscriptions
in 2016-2017

New subscribers (all those who were not full Classical Series subscribers in 2015-2016) can receive a 25% discount on their 7-concert full series subscription to the 2016-2017 season.
Enjoy the benefits of subscribing (guaranteed seating, seat renewal privileges, priority consideration for seat upgrades, free ticket exchanges and special restaurant discounts) AND save as much as $119! 
Depending on seating, your 7-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 am – 5:30 pm.

Join us for the Human Race, Saturday, May 7, 8 am to noon

Run, Walk or Cheer at the Human Race on Saturday, May 7—and support the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles.
The young musicians in the Santa Rosa Youth Ensembles need your help to meet our fundraising goal of $15,000 in this year’s Human Race. The funds raised will help support our five youth orchestras and Summer Music Academy.
Tuition only covers one third of the cost to educate each child who participates in our youth orchestras. The remainder must be raised each year from generous contributors like YOU!
Visit this link to donate.
Thank you for helping these talented and hard-working young people achieve their musical goals!

Announcing the 2016-2017
Peggy Anne Covington
Family Concert Series

Throughout 2016-2017, we celebrate the remarkable legacy of the late Peggy Anne Covington by establishing the Peggy Anne Covington fund in our endowment and renaming the 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series in her honor.
Peggy Anne Covington’s life and career as a singer with the San Francisco Opera and her desire to leave an impactful legacy led her to gift her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony, to help ensure that classical music remains available to future generations. We are honored to receive this gift.
Honoring a life dedicated to music
Born in Crisfield Maryland on December 26, 1929, Peggy Anne Covington began singing as a very young child. She first performed publicly at age 14, and entered the Boston Conservatory at age 19. After graduation, she moved to the Bay Area and married Arthur Howard in 1956. In her married life she was known as Peggy Howard.
She began her career with the SF Opera in 1959 and retired in 1975. After her retirement, she and her husband moved to Windsor and attended the Santa Rosa Symphony for a number of years. Toward the end of her life, Covington was also able to experience the Santa Rosa Symphony performing at the Green Music Center.


Enjoy delightful musical adventures
for the whole family

Land of Make Believe
Sunday, October 16, 2016 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor 
Alicia Morley, narrator
Roustabout Theater
Journey with us into the Land of Make Believe! On this vivid musical excursion into imagination, you will hear how composers tell much beloved stories through music—from Mother Goose, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty to modern day tales like Frozen and Harry Potter. Come dressed as a character from your favorite story!

The Santa Rosa Symphony acknowledges the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for the inspiration of the Land of Make Believe program.

The Listener
Sunday, January 22, 2017 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Magic Circle Mime Company
In this comic tale a conductor faces the unexpected participation of two rambunctious audience members and together they explore the active relationship between the audience and the musician. Playful humor, drama and dance introduce works by Britten, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Williams, and more. The audience leaves appreciating their own abilities as well as that of the orchestra.

Platypus Theatre’s
Presto, Mambo!
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Platypus Theater
In this interactive and toe-tapping concert we meet Max, an energetic young boy who embarks on a whirlwind adventure to the vibrant lands of Latin America. With the help of the orchestra, the audience, and his new friend Mambo the dog, Max learns the magic of Latin rhythms and how to “dance” with the music.
A production of

May is a wonderfully busy
month for Music Education!

Simply Strings Recital at Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School.
May 7 at 5:00 pm            
Free admission.    
All sixty violinists in three levels of Simply Strings join in a spectacular year-end performance. Admission is free and no tickets or reservations are required.

Preparatory Orchestra and Repertory Orchestra Concert
May 14 at 3:00 pm          
Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School
Admission $17 adults, $12 students/seniors
The Preparatory Orchestra, conducted by Tristan Arnold, and the Repertory Orchestra, conducted by Robert Rogers, present a program featuring classical favorites such as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, and Bizet’s beloved Carmen Suite. Also on the program is Leroy Anderson’s Fiddle Faddle, with the violin solo performed by 13-year-old Miranda Ronan.
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra with guests Analy High School Orchestra
May 15  at 3:00 pm          
Weill Hall, Green Music Center
Admission $17 adults, $12 students/seniors
The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Richard Loheyde, presents their final concert in collaboration with Sebastopol’s Analy High School Orchestra conducted by Kelly Stewart. Analy’s portion features Danzas Cubanas by Robert Sheldon and the second movement of Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 7. Next, 16-year old violinist Calvin Jin, 2016 SRSYO Concerto Competition winner, is the soloist for the first movement of Mendelssohn’s famed Violin Concerto. Jin, a senior at St. Vincent’s High School in Petaluma, is the concertmaster of SRSYO.

After intermission, the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform works by Kabalevsky, Strauss and Mahler. The two orchestras join together for a rousing finale of Star Trek Into Darkness by Giacchino.
SRSYE perform at Wednesday Night Market
May 18 at 5:00 pm
Repertory Orchestra and Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra will appear at the Wednesday Night Market to end the season. Join us for a delightful performance at Fourth Street and Mendocino.

Summer Music Academy
registration is now open—
Full Day spaces are available

Registration is now open for Summer Music Academy. Join us for three weeks of fun, friends, and music, July 11 to July 30, 2016, taking place at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa.  We offer a variety of classes to suit every age, from 5 to 23.
Instrumental Workshops for beginners and continuing students are available in violin, viola, cello, trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, percussion, guitar—and new this year, recorder!
The full day for Instrumental Workshops also includes choir, rhythm workshop and FUNdamentals classes.
Performance Academy for experienced musicians includes three ensembles for string players (Prelude, Intermezzo or Chamber), Double Bass Intensive, and Jazz Ensemble for all instruments.  Placement auditions for Performance Academy are required.
The full day of Performance Academy also includes conducting and composition.
Full Day registration deadline is June 27, 2016

Full Day Tuition ranges from $600-$700 depending on length and level of class. Can’t do a full day? Ask us about a la carte options. 
Applications and information on class schedules, tuition and financial aid are available online at or by calling 707-546-7097 x219.
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