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Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 78
October 2016

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. Grey Stack, Hook & Ladder Winery, Mazzocco Sonoma, Rodney Strong Vineyards and Korbel will be graciously providing libations for our Private Reserve Club.

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 half-off). 

Our thanks to the following restaurants for honoring the Symphony Restaurant Discount Card from September 2016 through August 2017:
Bacchus Restaurant & Wine Bar, Bistro 29, Cafe Zazzle, Criminal Bakery Co., East West Café-Sebastopol, El Coqui Puerto Rican Cuisine, Graffiti, La Vera Pizza, Luma, Shangri-La Cafe & Grill, Shuffle’s Magical Ice Cream Shoppe, Sky Lounge Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, The Spinster Sisters, Willie Bird’s Restaurant, Zazu Kitchen & Farm

CDs on sale at October concert

J. S. Bach – Trio Sonatas featuring Jean Ferrandis will be on sale in the lobby at every performance October 8-10.
The opening of the season is nearly upon us, and we here at the Santa Rosa Symphony have been busy as bees getting ready for this fantastic and multifaceted concert.

This October 8-10, we look forward to celebrating the joyous musical reunion of Bruno and his brother, Jean Ferrandis, in our program The Magic of the Flute. We’ll also be celebrating the centenary of Leonard Bernstein with Jean’s performance of his Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Small Orchestra. 

Join us at this concert and marvel at Mozart’s inventive Flute Concerto No. 1, revel in Beethoven’s cheerfully cheeky Symphony No. 8, and be lulled by the rhythm of the ocean in Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Finally, we’ll celebrate our beloved Bruno, as he kicks off his final full season with us. Don’t miss this program full of Bruno’s favorites!

To find out more and buy tickets, visit our website, call (707) 546-8742, or come and see us at the Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north entrance, first floor off elevator lobby) Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Wednesday from 10:30 am to 5 pm.

Check out our online program notes for the inside scoop on these composers, their works and the nitty-gritty of creating musical masterpieces.


Masterclass with Flutist Jean Ferrandis

Prize-winning soloist, teacher and conductor Jean Ferrandis will join us on October 10 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in Weill Hall to lead a masterclass with three of our Youth Orchestra students. This event is free and open to the public, however a ticket is required to enter. Call Patron Services at 546-8742 to reserve your spot. 


Pop Quiz!

Think you’re a classical music buff? Test your knowledge of the composers and pieces in our opening concert by taking the pop quiz below! Find the answers in the program notes, now available on our website as well as at the concert. Or, wait for next month’s eNotes to see how you fared!

1. For what romantic reason did Mozart procrastinate while composing his flute concerto?

2. What does the word “Halil” translate to in English?

3. What humorous response did Beethoven give when his pupil asked why his Eighth symphony was less popular than his Seventh? 

4. What is the connection between Leonard Bernstein and Natalie Wood, Shakespeare, frightening sea creatures and supersonic aircraft?

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

6. In his Eighth Symphony, what mechanical marvel did Beethoven musically reference and jokingly imply had broken down?

7. Did Mozart really hate the flute?

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”?

9. What family scandal involving a young housekeeper did Beethoven contend with while writing his cheerful Eighth Symphony?

Bonus Question (find the answer here): Which composer, upon hearing our guest artist Jean Ferrandis play, exclaimed “it is Pan himself!” and proceeded to compose a cadenza for him?

Find the answers in the online program notes


Peggy Anne Covington
Family Concert Series

The Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series opens on Sunday, October 16 at 3 pm with the imaginative “Land of Make Believe”. Come early to enjoy the photo booth and Instrument Petting Zoo starting at 2 pm.

This vivid musical journey features works inspired by classic stories, such as Mother Goose, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, as well as music from your favorite modern-day tales like Harry Potter and Frozen. Come sing along with “Let It Go”!

Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character from their favorite story.

The series continues on Sunday, January 22 with a comic tale, “The Listener” presented by Magic Circle Mime Company. On Sunday, April 30, Platypus Theatre will wrap up the series with the toe-tapping “Presto Mambo!”.

Subscriptions for all three performances are available at $45/adults, $30/child. (Discounted family packages are still available).  Tickets for individual concerts are $17 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Call Symphony Patron Services at (707) 546-8742 or purchase online. 


Symphony POPS Series

Now entering its 12th season, the Symphony Pops Series features acclaimed soloists under the baton of the charismatic Maestro Michael Berkowitz. Don’t miss this exciting season showcasing the best in popular music!

Maestro’s Greatest Hits
Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 3 pm

A Charlie Brown Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3 pm

Ann Hampton Callaway Sings The Great American Songbook
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3 pm

Country Legends
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3 pm

Pops tickets may be purchased from the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 12 – 6 pm daily (707) 546-3600


Beautify your Garden with Spring Flower Bulbs

Once again, you can support our Youth Ensembles by purchasing flower bulbs from the acclaimed Dutch Mill Bulb company. Dutch Mill Bulbs are guaranteed to bloom—just cover them with soil, give them water and enjoy a beautiful spring garden.  50% of all sales through this offer will be donated to the Youth Ensemble programs. Click here to order your bulbs. Happy planting!


New website for the Santa Rosa Symphony League

The Santa Rosa Symphony League has a new web site that is easy to navigate and makes it easy to purchase tickets online for their many entertaining events in support of the Symphony’s music education programs: Coming up are the ever popular Sing-Along Messiah on Sunday afternoon, December 18 and “Dinner is Served” on Thursday, March 2. The League also sponsors a Festival of Parties that includes “Let the Games Begin” on Thursday, February 16, “Norma & Corrick & Friends” on Saturday, April 22 and Flamenco Fire on May 14. It’s not too soon to mark your calendar. Or better yet, go online and buy your ticket now. For more information on Festival of Parties, contact

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