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Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 84
April 2017

“Vadim Returns!”
May 6, 7 & 8

Vadim Gluzman, winner of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award, returns to the Santa Rosa Symphony to play Prokofiev’s soaring and energetic Violin Concerto No. 2 on the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivarius on extended loan to him from the Stradivari Society of Chicago. “Vadim Returns,” the final set in the Symphony’s 2016-2017 Classical Concert Season begins with Khachaturian’s Suite from Masquerade and concludes with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905.

Summer Music Academy registration still open!

Summer Music Academy is three weeks of intensive music instruction and plenty of fun for musicians ages 5-23, beginning to advanced. A new addition this summer is Kinder Violin for the youngest musicians, and Theater/Film Ensemble for the most advanced. Workshops and ensembles include Beginning Guitar, Brass, Jazz and Chamber Strings. Classes include Choir, Rhythm, Instrumental and Fundamentals workshops. Students may sign up for full-day (9 am - 3 pm) or a la carte. Applications and information: or (707) 546-7097 x225.

Flamenco Fire –
May 14, 2017

The Santa Rosa Symphony League presents Famenco Fire. Thrill to the exciting songs and rhythms of flamenco, as the Flamenco Arts Company entertains you with the pageantry of Andalusia on May 14, at 3 pm.

This exhilarating performance takes place against the backdrop of a beautiful water garden at the R-Trees Wholesale Nursery in Santa Rosa. The spirited afternoon is complete with tapas and sangria.

Proceeds support the Santa Rosa Symphony’s music education programs. Purchase tickets ($40/person) at the Symphony League website.

Kitaro live in Marin
April 20

Kitaro, who kicked off his “Symphonic World Tour 2014” with the Santa Rosa Symphony, performs live in a rare, intimate performance April 20 at the Marin Center Showcase Theater. Presenting a totally unique visual experience, “Kojiki and The Universe” merges Kitaro’s Grammy-nominated music from the album “Kojiki" with space-age photographic scenes of the Universe. "Kojiki and The Universe LIVE" features time-lapse images, expertly intertwined with real-time films provided by and in cooperation with NASA and Kyoto University.

Created by Kitaro in collaboration with Astronomy Professor Kazunari Shibata, the entire production was developed using modern film-editing techniques, as well as state-of-the-art hardware and software.

In Japanese mythology, Kojiki is a story closely related to evolution of the universe. It describes the origin of Heaven, Earth and the creation of the Gods. Utilizing Kitaro’s “Kojiki" score as the soundtrack, “Kojiki and The Universe” is a chronicle of astronomical research as well as a beautiful introduction to modern astronomy for everyone.

Tickets are on sale at www.marincenter,org. The exclusive, very limited access KITARO VIP EXPERIENCE includes Gold Circle seating, an intimate, in-person post-concert wine and appetizers reception with Kitaro, an autographed tour poster, a Kojiki & The Universe DVD signed by the artist and a personally autographed copy of Kitaro’s newest Domo Music CD, Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5.

Wine sponsors

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

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Music expresses what mere words cannot, conjuring every emotion, shifting moods, soothing the beast within, or calling it into action. It is a gift to be shared. Early and often. The Santa Rosa Symphony has been sharing music with people of all ages, in Sonoma County and beyond, for nearly 90 years. 
If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them. ~  Luciano Pavarotti
At the recent Keep Music Alive breakfast fundraiser, the Symphony’s impact on the county was celebrated, honored and supported. The depth and breadth of the Symphony’s education programs was almost startling—even to the Symphony’s directors, staff, Board and supporters who make it happen. 
If you have a child who plays, or wants to play a musical instrument, consider the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Summer Music Academy as an excellent way to spark or enhance their musical experience (see the sidebar for more information).
The Symphony’s final Peggy Anne Covington Family Series concert on April 30 is another valuable opportunity to share music with children—and equally enjoyable for the parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles who bring them. Come early to give youngsters a chance to handle and play instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo, which begins one hour prior to the 3 pm performance. We hope you join us in sharing the gift of music with the next generation.
Finally, the Symphony ends its 2016-2017 Season with a treat for the grownups with returning favorite, Vadim Gluzman, on May 6, 7 and 8, playing a famous seventeenth century Stradivarius for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

Presto Mambo! Fun for all ages!

Spend a family afternoon with the Symphony on April 30th for Presto Mambo! featuring Platypus Theatre. In this final Peggy Anne Covington Family Series concert, Max – an energetic but impulsive young boy – makes his way onto the stage to “help” the orchestra. Soon Max is on a whirlwind adventure that takes him from the concert hall to the vibrant lands of Latin America where – with the help of his new friend, Mambo the dog, the orchestra and the audience – Max learns the magic of Latin rhythms and how to “dance” with the music. National Arts Centre Orchestra calls Presto Mambo! “brilliant dramaturgy and storytelling.” Preview Presto Mambo! here.

Conducted by Richard Loheyde, this fun-filled family program includes Pedro Elías Gutiérrez’s Alam Llanera Pajarillo, John Phillip Sousa’s Liberty Bell March, Silvestre Revueltas’ Duelo from Hommaje a Fereico Garcia Lorca, La Bruja (Traditional), Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission, Manuel De Falla’s Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve and Bernstein’s “Mambo” from West Side Story and more.  

Arrive early to explore the Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, available beginning at 2 pm.

Tickets are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket. Seats are reserved.



A preview of “A Choice Season” – 2017-2018 highlights

Santa Rosa Symphony’s 90th season is “A Choice Season,” with five uniquely-qualified Music Director Candidates each raising their batons for a chance to be chosen as the Symphony’s next Music Director. Each of the guest conductor’s programs includes a well-known piano concerto and a classic and modern work.

“From Bates to Beethoven” begins the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 90th season on October 7, 8 & 9 with Garages of the Valley, a picturesque ode to Silicon Valley dot-com titans, by Grammy-nominated Mason Bates, recently named the most performed composer of his generation. Award-winning pianist Joyce Yang plays Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with its breathtaking solo lines. Music Director Candidate Francesco Lecce-Chong pairs this passionate piece with Tchaikovsky’s awe-inspiring Fourth Symphony. From its terrifying brass fanfares to its painfully lonely moment with a single bassoon, it moves from tragedy to triumph.

In “Exhilarating Journey”, on November 4, 5 & 6, Music Director Candidate Mei-Ann Chen encompasses 160 years, beginning with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, a joyful time capsule of the October Revolution. The wildly imaginative Nareh Arghamanyan commands the Steinway for Tchaikovsky’s monumental Piano Concerto No. 1. Higdon’s blue cathedral contrasts the older works with a touching, personal tribute to the composer's sibling, which contemplates the subject of life itself. Mendelssohn's exuberant Italian Symphony concludes the program.

Music Director Candidate Andrew Grams’ “Luscious Euro Sound,” on December 2, 3 & 4 begins with Overture to King Lear by Berlioz, which musically depicts the King’s entry to the council chamber, the storm on the heath, the terrible prison scene and the lament of Cordelia. Ravel sets off a sublime, elegant—even delicate—second movement with a jazzy first and third in his Piano Concerto, played by Stewart Goodyear. Grams contrasts the light, upbeat Ravel with Rachmaninoff’s dark-hued and brooding Symphonic Dances. Finally, Debussy’s beloved Clair de lune, with its luscious sound, resonates in the heart.

On January 13, 14 & 15, for “Timeless Treasures”, Orli Shaham, heralded as a first-rate Mozartean by the Chicago Tribune, plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, with its emotional mixture of charm, joy and sadness. Music Director Candidate Graeme Jenkins places the popular Mozart Concerto between Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, which travels from Viennese charm to military bombast, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, a tour de force that speaks of destruction and triumph.

“Entering the New World” runs February 10, 11 & 12 with Bernstein’s On the Waterfront, which demonstrates Bernstein’s equal ease with jazz rhythm and memorable, soaring melody. Prokofiev’s riveting Third Piano Concerto performed by Anna Fedorova, one of the world’s premier young pianists, blends joyful rhythms with interludes of quiet reflection, followed by a sweeping final movement which builds to a thrilling conclusion. Music Director Candidate Michael Christie’s rich and varied program concludes with Dvorak’s masterpiece From the New World Symphony, which is seeded with American melody and folklore.

Bruno Ferrandis returns for his twelfth and final season as music director, conducting the 6th and 7th concert sets in April and May. Bruno’s April offering, "Ode to California", features Tracy Silverman playing Electric Violin for The Dharma at Big Sur, a composition written specifically for him by Pulitzer prizewinner John Adams. The concert also features the iconic Russian film score, Alexander Nevsky with the SSU Symphonic Chorus and mezzo-soprano Jacalyn Kreitzer.

In May, Bruno bids “Au Revoir” with a US premiere of Michal Rataj’s Temporis and Mahler’s “farewell” Symphony No. 9, a masterpiece played by 90 musicians. Bruno says, “With my last concert program for the Santa Rosa Symphony, I will say goodbye literally and symbolically with Mahler’s ‘farewell’ Ninth Symphony, a piece which is filled with emotional intensity and contrasting nuance.”

Celebrate Bruno at “Merci Beaucoup, Maestro!” receptions following each of the performances May 5, 6 & 7, 2018. Tickets for the receptions are $100 per person ($80 tax deductible) and include hors d’oeuvres, wine and a chance to meet the Maestro.


Subscription ticket packages 

The Symphony is offering two new subscription packages in the 2017-2018 season: Five-concert Candidate Series (October-February concerts) and the Sweetheart Series (four Saturday performance vouchers). These packages are in addition to the seven-concert season ticket package, four-concert mini-season package and the flexible Come-As-You-Can vouchers (eight vouchers).

Subscription package prices vary based on seat locations: Classical Series seven-concert subscriptions range from $168 to $546; Candidate Series (five concerts) seats are $130 - $415; and Mini subscriptions (four concerts of your choice) range from $104 - $332. Also new, in the 2017-2018 season, are more orchestra-floor seats available at the lowest offered price.
Santa Rosa Symphony’s Patron Services staff is ready to help you. This is the season to become a Subscriber and enjoy the many additional benefits of a season subscription, which include: up to 20% savings over single tickets, free ticket exchanges, restaurant discounts and two complimentary tickets to any SRS Youth Orchestra concert at Weill Hall. Call 54-MUSIC and take advantage of the many benefits of being part of our subscriber family.

Season renewals

Season Subscribers, remember to renew by April 14, to keep your chosen seats. Need a little change for this Choice Season? Current subscribers also have first priority for changing seats.
“The orchestra, the conductor, the programming, the hall – they’re ALL extraordinary. I attend whenever possible!” – Robert L. Shedd

Subscribe by phone or in person: (707) 546-8742, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa (first-floor lobby).


Refer-a-Friend Raffle winner announced

Nancy Gross is the lucky winner of the Refer-a-Friend campaign Raffle – winning a free subscription for the 2017-2018 season. She has been a loyal subscriber to Santa Rosa Symphony since 1990.
Nancy referred two friends, who both became Santa Rosa Symphony subscribers for the 2016-2017 season. We notified her at a recent concert, which she attended with her daughter. Nancy says, “It is magic to be rewarded with the Refer-a-Friend win for the 61 years of Santa Rosa Symphony subscriptions (1956-2017), allowing me untold hours of glorious, appreciative listening and learning. Thank yous abound.”

Subscribers will have a chance to win a free subscription like Nancy did. Watch for this special offer in April.


SRS Education Department on tour!

The Repertory Orchestra (RO) will travel to Sacramento for a mini-tour on Sunday, April 9. The bus leaves early in the morning and returns after a full day of fun and music, including two performances. The first concert is hosted by Conductor Bobby Rogers’ school orchestra of Pioneer High School in Woodland. After hosting RO for lunch, the Sacramento Youth Orchestra will join the Repertory Orchestra onstage for a combined concert at The Performing Arts Center at Sacramento City College.
String auditions will be held May 7 by appointment only. Auditions are for string musicians who would like to join Young People’s Chamber Orchestra or Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (with a tour to Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest!) for the 2017-2018 season. Details and applications are available through our website.
Join the Human Race! Raise money for Santa Rosa Symphony youth ensembles and walk, run, or pledge for this great community event, organized by The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County. The Sonoma County Human Race is the largest collaborative fundraising event in the county, as well as the largest Human Race in the nation! The Race takes place on Saturday, May 6, and features a 3K and 10K run and walk through Howarth and Spring Lake Parks. And it’s FUN!! Pledge your support now. We’re all in this together!


Stults Family Instrument Scholarship awarded to Nicholas Hidy

Nick Hidy, Ken Stults

The Santa Rosa Symphony, via the Stults Family Instrument Scholarship, presented Nicholas Hidy, a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), with a professional-quality French horn to further his musical career. The Stults Family Instrument Scholarship is made possible by a donation of $15,000 by the Stults Family.

The award was based on talent and need. Only applicants who were enrolled in private lessons and who agreed to remain with the orchestra for at least one more season were considered. Hidy has been taking private lessons from SRS trumpet player Daniel Gianola-Norris for five years. 

After an exhaustive search, sampling several instruments, Nicholas and his parents chose a New Alexander 200MAL double horn from the Wichita Band Instrument Co., Inc. Hidy’s father says the search for a professional-quality instrument has “changed Nick’s life. He described the difference between two of the horns he tried, like the difference between a Subaru and a Ferrari.” He chose the Ferrari.

SRS President and CEO Alan Silow says, “This is the largest donation we’ve ever received for a young musician scholarship, and it is the first of its kind for our Training Young Musicians program. The Symphony is very grateful for this opportunity to help support one of our young musicians in such a tangible and meaningful way.” 

A serious young musician, Hidy has played the French horn for six years, at school and with the SRS’ Preparatory and Repertory Orchestras, before being accepted into SRSYO in the 2014-2015 season, which took him on tour in China. He also plays trombone, piano, ukulele, trumpet and digeridoo. In addition to playing in the Analy High School Honor and Jazz bands and its orchestra and youth orchestra, Hidy, inspired by his SRSYO China tour, formed his own Dixieland Jazz band, The Rusty Suspenders, which performed at a Cajun festival in Sebastopol in 2016.

Keep the Music Alive breakfast fundraiser – a success in every way

President and CEO Alan Silow addresses guests
Neil and Susan Silverman Photography

On March 9, the Symphony greeted 200 guests from the community for an informational breakfast at the Vintners Inn Event Center to learn about the Symphony’s expansive education programs, which serve nearly 23,000 students annually. Moved by inspiring speeches and an orchestral performance by the Honor Ensemble of SRS’ Simply Strings, a program for underserved children in Roseland, these community leaders donated more than $60,000. Speakers included a student, parent, alumnus and SRS President and CEO Alan Silow.  The Symphony’s education and outreach programs, once considered among Sonoma County’s best-kept secrets, are becoming fully recognized for their impact on our youth!
Lisa Cannon of the Child Parent Institute had this to say: “I actually didn’t know much about the Santa Rosa Symphony. I think what touched me the most was hearing  [Soledad Guittierez, the mother of the young man in the Repertory Orchestra] speak. As a mother myself, and as a mother of a child with anxiety, I really related to her. I think that music is beautiful medicine for anything.” And local author Waights Taylor says, “Just wonderful!  I loved the mother’s talk about the impact of the program on her son. . . lovely, wonderful story.”
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