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Issue 79
November 2016

Orion: J.S. Bach, Scriabin, Mozart, Carter 

Hear Orion’s brilliance at home with a signed compact disc. “Orion: J.S. Bach, Scriabin, Mozart, Carter” comprises: Bach’s Overture in the French Manner, Scriabin’s Sonata for Piano No. 5, Mozart’s Variations (6) for Piano and Carter’s Sonata for Piano. This widely varied album demonstrates Weiss’ mastery of the instrument and his excellent interpretive skills. The album, available in the Weill Hall lobby at intermission and after the Nov. 5-7 concerts, was recorded in Zipper Hall at Colburn School in Los Angeles. 

Kayleen Asbo returns for Pre-concert Talks!

Cultural historian, composer, musician, writer and teacher, Kayleen Asbo, returns to the Santa Rosa Symphony to engage, excite and educate audiences one hour before the performances of “Piano Brilliance.” Kayleen Asbo is always well-received, with her engaging manner and clear descriptions, as she shares her passion for classical music. The talk will include a Q&A session.

Asbo has been a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for seventeen years, lectures for the San Francisco Opera and teaches regularly for the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley and Dominican University.

In addition to these lectures and talks, as Creative Director for the Mythica Foundation for Education, Contemplation and the Arts, she leads workshops and retreats across the country and annually offers pilgrimages to France, integrating music, art and history. Learn more at Kayleen Asbo and
As we move into the rainy season, we are grateful for the rain and for the showering of generosity from our patrons and donors. Last month, we kicked off the season in grand style with a spectacular Legacy Celebration honoring long-time Symphony supporter and philanthropist Evert Person at the Green Music Center. We also welcomed back Maestro Bruno Ferrandis for his last full season with the Santa Rosa Symphony. 

We are looking forward to rising star, Orion Weiss, on piano with “Keyboard Brilliance,” featuring Lizst, Bartók and Schumann. Bruno declares Bartók’s Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, the “summit of piano virtuosity,” – extremely difficult to play, and requiring “machine gun” hands. The Bartók Concerto is set on either side by Franz Liszt’s Les Préludes, a symphonic poem (after Lamartine), and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, a romantic masterpiece. 

Click here for a peek at the talent you will witness from Orion Weiss.

Orion Weiss has won an impressive list of awards for his brilliant playing, which include: 
Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist of the Year (2010)
Gilmore Young Artist Award
Avery Fisher Career Grant
Gina Bachauer Scholarship (Juilliard)
William Petshek Recital Award (Juilliard, 2005)
Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship

Weiss has played with many prestigious orchestras throughout the nation, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic. He has also performed with chamber orchestras at Seattle Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest and Chamber Music Northwest. 

In February of 1999, Weiss performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in his debut in the Cleveland Orchestra. In March of that year, with less than a days’ notice, he replaced André Watts for Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and received an immediate invitation to return in October for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto. 

Conductor Candidates Revealed
November 5, 6 & 7!

Come early – 30 minutes before the pre-concert talk, Saturday and Monday 6:30; Sunday at 1:30—to see a short video, which introduces our five conductor candidates, who will each conduct one of the first five classical concert sets next season. This event is free and open to all ticket holders; general seating. 
May you have many things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving and always. 


Don Green’s Defining Moments

Don Green’s biography, Defining Moments, will be available for sale at the Sunday, November 6, and Monday, November 7, “Keyboard Brilliance” performances. Following the Sunday performance, there will be an author meet and greet with Don Green. We are so grateful to Don Green for our beautiful, acoustically exquisite concert hall, and for his long-time and ongoing support of the Symphony. He has truly been a huge part of the Symphony’s entire journey. 

A generous portion of the proceeds supports Santa Rosa Symphony’s four youth orchestras. 

"People who write memoirs write history . . . It is a real-life adventure story with plenty of drama and humor and suspense."
—Gaye Lebaron, Columnist for The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Celebrating Evert Person

Friday, October 7, the Santa Rosa Symphony ushered in the 2016-2017 Concert Season with a Legacy Celebration to honor philanthropist Evert Person for his many years of support to the community, and the Symphony in particular. 

An elegant reception preceded a magical recital on Weill Hall stage by guest artist, flutist Jean Ferrandis, accompanied by our principal pianist Kymry Esainko. Legacy Celebration guests enjoyed the recital from their seats on the concert stage. After the recital, Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown, and historian and long-time Press Democrat columnist, Gaye LeBaron, spoke about Evert Person during a dinner at Prelude restaurant. Two talented youth orchestra musicians also performed, followed by the fundraising portion, the popular paddle raise.

Executive Director Alan Silow said, “It was a genuine pleasure to honor Evert Person in this meaningful way, and we are so gratified at such generosity from patrons who share his love of the Symphony.” 

This season-opening fundraiser was an intimate, meaningful affair with 112 patrons. The event’s gross revenue exceeded that of any similar fundraiser in the Symphony’s 12-year history of such events. In fact, it also had the highest net – more than $200,000, during that same period. 

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensemble News and Concerts

It’s not too late to support Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles by purchasing flower bulbs from the Dutch Mill Bulb company. Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles receive 50% of all sales through this offer. Order here.

SRS Youth Ensembles is holding a Practice-a-Thon fundraiser. Ensemble members are encouraged to practice as much as possible between Oct. 15 and Nov. 19, requesting sponsor pledges for practice time. If you know one of our young musicians, please speak to him or her directly to offer practice-time support. 

Upcoming SRSYE Concerts

Sunday, November 13, 3 pm
Preparatory Orchestra and Repertory Orchestras 
Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School 

Saturday, November 19, 4 pm
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra welcomes guests from the Fresno Youth Philharmonic for a dynamic collaborative concert 
Weill Hall, Green Music Center

Advance tickets $15 adults, $5 youth, $10 group; $20 adults, $10 youth at the door Contact SRS Patron Services at (707) 546-8742.  

Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, 8 pm
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra performs with Live Oak Baroque Orchestra
Schroeder Hall. Buy tickets

Pop Quiz! Answers

See how you did on last month’s quiz. 

1. For what romantic reason did Mozart procrastinate while composing his flute concerto? Mozart took a commission for what would become his Flute Concerto No. 1 while he was in Mannheim. He took his time composing it in order to justify staying in Mannheim, where he had fallen in love with an opera singer, Aloysia Weber.

2. What does the word “Halil” translate to in English? It is Hebrew for “flute”.

3. What humorous response did Beethoven give when his pupil asked why his Eighth Symphony was less popular than his Seventh? Beethoven replied gruffly, “That’s because it’s so much better.”

4. What is the connection between Leonard Bernstein, Natalie Wood, Shakespeare, frightening sea creatures and supersonic aircraft? Bernstein wrote the Broadway musical West Side Story, which was based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, starred Natalie Wood in the movie adaptation, and famously featured two rival, snap-happy gangs called the Sharks and the Jets.

5. In Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes, the line “What harbor shelters peace?” heralds what tempestuously titled interlude? Storm.

6. In his Eighth Symphony, what mechanical marvel did Beethoven musically reference and jokingly imply had broken down? The metronome, invented by his friend, Mälzel.

7. Did Mozart really hate the flute? Probably not, but in a letter to his father, he claimed that it took him longer to compose for an instrument he didn’t like. Most likely another excuse to get his father off his back

8. Which composer described his piece as “involving wars and the threat of wars, the overwhelming desire to live, and the consolations of art, love, and the hope for peace”? Leonard Bernstein

9. What family scandal involving a young housekeeper did Beethoven contend with while writing his cheerful Eighth Symphony? The puritanical Beethoven strongly disapproved of his thirty-five-year-old brother Johann’s liaison with Johann’s young housekeeper. Beethoven traveled to Linz to obtain a police order to remove her. After an ugly confrontation, Johann evaded the issue by marrying the girl.

Bonus Question: Which composer, upon hearing our guest artist Jean Ferrandis play, exclaimed “It is Pan himself!” and proceeded to compose a cadenza for him? Leonard Bernstein.
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