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Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 77
September 2016
In This Issue

Single Tickets Now on Sale

Become a Subscriber

Season Previews by
Kayleen Asbo

Community Concert — a great success!

New Board Members

Symphony League Events

Fun at Summer Music Academy 2016

Season tickets will be mailed in mid-September. Please watch for yours to arrive in the mail. If you have any questions about your tickets, please contact the Patron Services office immediately. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2016-2017 season!

Fun at Summer
Music Academy

Summer Music Academy was the largest ever, with possibly the most dynamic, creative, inspiring faculty yet. For three weeks (July 11-29) students learned music, enjoyed free time, and made friends.

The Eleven members of Chamber Strings performed at the Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market, and at Brookdale Chanate Retirement Home where they met Eugene Shepherd, the man who was instrumental in starting the Santa Rosa Symphony’s education program.

The last two days of the session were devoted to Open Houses, where students showcased their newfound skills. The final concert on July 20 featured students from Performance Academy classes – Jazz, string ensembles, and choir.

Parents told us, “I love the excitement of my daughter every day because she learned something new,” and, “We love that you have many different approaches to learning music: singing, rhythm, fundamentals of music, besides learning to play an instrument.” The most repeated comment was, “I wish it was longer!”

Get on the bus, Gus!

Don’t want to drive? Pure Luxury Transportation operates private bus service to Classical Series concerts. This service is available on Sundays from Oakmont, Spring Lake Village and Healdsburg/Santa Rosa. On Monday evenings, there is only one bus route: Healdsburg/Santa Rosa. Reservations are required. The cost is $77 for all seven Classical Series concerts or $15 for individual concerts. Buses are not provided for special concerts.

We do have a minimum number to operate each bus, so please let us know if you are interested as soon as possible. For details and specific bus schedules, please call SRS Patron Services at (707) 546-8742.
For the past decade, Bruno Ferrandis has graced us with his artistry, charm and warm personality. For his final season he will conduct all seven Classical Series concerts, each one packed with a selection of Bruno’s favorite pieces!

Single tickets now on sale

Can’t commit to all seven concerts? Don’t fret! Single tickets are now available for purchase. Buy now and get the best seats for these remarkable programs. From the romantic Tales of Love to the moving Poetic Bells, there’s a concert for everyone. Reserve today by calling (707) 546-8742, coming in person to our Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north entrance, first floor off elevator lobby) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or purchase online anytime.

Visit our website for detailed descriptions of the entire 2016-2017 season, or see our online brochure.


It’s not too late to subscribe

You can still order subscription seats for the Symphony’s 2016-2017 season. Enjoy the money-saving benefits of subscribing to the Classical Concert Series, the Discovery Open Rehearsal Series or Family Series—call Patron Services at 546-8742 today! All season tickets will be mailed in mid-September.


Classical Anatomy: A Preview of the Santa Rosa Symphony's 2016-2017 Season

Join cultural historian and San Francisco Conservatory of Music professor Dr. Kayleen Asbo for an enlivening, enlightening and entertaining free lecture on the mythic foundations of classical music and how they will be expressed in this season's Santa Rosa Symphony programs.

Dr. Asbo's courses on music and mythology have garnered rave reviews such as these:

"An addictive blend of pure passion and impeccable scholarship".

"Superlatives do not do her justice- Kayleen is a revelation".

"I leave every lecture filled with inspiration, hope and joy".

Friday, September 30 at 7:30 pm
Numina Center for the Arts at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

Sunday, October 2 at 3 pm
Norman Cram Hall (Behind St. John's Episcopal)
530 C Street, Petaluma

Tickets: FREE
Seating is limited. Call to reserve: 54-MUSIC (546-8742)


Free Community Concert Enjoyed by Many

Our free Community Concert featuring Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles alongside our orchestra was a tremendous success! Nearly 4,000 people attended this brilliant performance, labeled the “feel-good” event of the year for the Symphony. The ladies of Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles graciously signed autographs, took photos and chatted with the enthusiastic guests who swarmed the CD table at the concert’s end, leaving everyone in high spirits.

Symphony League Events

The League supports our music education programs—and provides unique, entertaining events for your enjoyment! Check out their upcoming offerings:

Pantheon of Poets
2PM Sunday, September 11

Six well-known local poets will read from and talk about their poetry at a private home in Wild Oak. It's a rare opportunity for lovers of verse to be inspired and entertained by this talented group coming together for the first time. $35 fee includes wine and appetizers. Pay online at

Big Bang Theory Redux
Noon, Friday, September 30

He's back! Allen Biggs, principal percussionist, will show us how he comes up with all those mysterious and not so mysterious sounds you hear during a performance. A delicious luncheon and wine will be served at Vista del Lago Clubhouse, 3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa. $40 per person. Pay online at


The Symphony welcomes
new board members

Five new members have been appointed to the Santa Rosa Symphony board of directors. They are Susan Anderman of Forestville, Cindy Butner of Windsor, Corinne Byrd of Santa Rosa, Jon Stark of Santa Rosa and Marcia Lotter.

Board President Sara Woodfield said, “We are delighted to welcome these new board members to the Santa Rosa Symphony. They are all accomplished in business, non-profit organizations and the arts, and bring strengths to help keep our symphony organization vigorous and relevant to our community.”

New Board Member Biographies

Susan Anderman loves music. She attended her first concert of the Santa Rosa Symphony in 1999 and she and her husband became subscribers in 2008.
From 1983 to 1993 Susan both managed and was the buyer for a small chain of unique women’s clothing stores. She was the marketing director and served on the Board of Directors of a small national corporation from 1993 to 1998. In 1999 Susan was the marketing director for Ellie Mae and served until 2002. In 2003, she retired in that capacity and became a volunteer docent at SFMOMA until it closed in 2013.

Currently Susan and her husband are creating Springboard Initiative, a non-profit organization they founded to promote high-tech careers in underserved communities. She also enjoys traveling with her husband and their six grandchildren. They currently have homes in San Francisco and Forestville.

Cindy Butner is an independent consultant with an extensive background in media marketing. She has produced results for entrepreneurs at global organizations like Peter Norton Computing (Norton Utilities), the Keyboard Company and Apple Computer, and applied that considerable start-up experience in the tech space to traditional media organizations like Pulitzer, Gannett and the New York Times Company.

Her ability to tame the complex is rooted in her early years as a vocal and orchestral performer.

She served as the chief marketer at Sonoma Media Investments, LLC from 2006 through early 2016. In that role, she was the brand ambassador for all titles and websites, producing events such as the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge Trade and Public Tasting, public forums such as Spotlight on the Homeless, and the Press Democrat Youth Services Awards. She also served as the Director of the Celebrate Community Partnership, which has donated over $15 million since its inception; here she managed all community sponsorships in addition to serving as the corporate public relations officer.

Corinne Byrd, a native of Missouri, studied voice and piano at the University of Houston. She is a ghostwriter, author and former newspaper columnist. Currently she is Vice President & CAO for Elkins Holdings LLC, global companies that specialize in maritime, military and security training. Byrd’s volunteer service includes: Co-chair of InspiRed Women for Go Red, American Heart Association North Bay; as well as the Executive Leadership Committee for the Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation “Catwalk for a Cure” annual fundraiser. She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband; together they have five children and five grandchildren.

Marcia Lotter of Gualala was raised in the Pacific Northwest and credits her initial passion for classical music to the time she spent playing in the Portland Junior Symphony as a student. She has studied with many noted teachers and has had private students of her own since she was 12 years old. Marcia especially loves the variety of experiences she has through playing the violin. She has played in back-up orchestras for Smokey Robinson, Judy Collins, and Johnny Mathis and once performed in a chamber group for a birthday party at the Francis Ford Coppola farmhouse. She won a seat in the first violins of the Santa Rosa Symphony in 1978 and has been making the lengthy journey back and forth ever since. She is concertmaster of the Symphony of the Redwoods and has been associate concertmaster of the Mendocino Music Festival for all 30 years of its existence. Marcia is the secretary of the Board of Directors of the Music Festival and has also worked part-time as a school psychologist. With the chamber group Sonatina Marcia plays for weddings and special events all over the county. She hosts a weekly radio program of contemporary classical music on KZYX and has published a book she hopes will be helpful to brides traveling from outside the area to get married in Mendocino.

Jon Stark was born in Iowa where he worked with his parents in their farm service business. He received his BA in economics from Cornell College. Upon graduation he earned a commission in the US Navy where he served four years during the Korean War. After getting his MBA at Stanford in 1958 he worked for four American companies in California, Zurich and London, in various financial management capacities and starting in 1971 ran his own small company financial consulting business for 40 years.

Jon has been active with a number of community organizations including: Cornell College – Board of Trustees; Catholic Charities of San Mateo County – Board of Directors; and the Town of Hillsborough –Finance Committee. He is presently on the Board of Directors of Burbank Housing Corporation and a member of Sunrise Rotary of Santa Rosa.

Jon and Terry were married in 1962, now live in Santa Rosa, and have been blessed with a son and a daughter plus four grandchildren.

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