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Issue 90 | December 2017

The holidays will look very different this year for many of us. Losing a home can hit harder around the this time, when they are traditionally decked out with memories of holidays past. Our hearts continue to go out to all those affected. In addition to dedicating the 2017-2018 Classical Concert Series to first responders and those who lost homes (see yellow box below for free ticket details), the Symphony, with the support of Sonoma State University's Green Music Center, presented a free, fire-relief benefit.

On Monday, November 20, we brought together Music Director Bruno Ferrandis; Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown; and Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane, who played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The conductors, musicians, stage and production crews, staff and ushers all donated their time and talent for this tremendously well-received, free event, ensuring that all donations would go to local fire relief funds. Alan Silow, President and CEO, shared, “We are astonished and deeply touched by the outpouring of support that exceeded $112,000, nearly twice the amount we raised for Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, which was a record for a U.S. orchestra.”

The atmosphere was electric with community spirit as 1,300 people enjoyed the healing balm of our music. Corrick was warmly welcomed back with cheers of delight, as were Bruno and Jeffrey. Encouraged by a standing ovation, Jeffrey played an encore of America the Beautiful

From all of us at the Symphony, have a peaceful holiday season.
The Santa Rosa Symphony extends its heartfelt concern for all those who have lost their homes and tremendous gratitude to all the first responders who worked so tirelessly for this community. 

We have dedicated the 2017-2018 Classical Concert Series to both of these groups of people so that they might enjoy the healing grace of music at no cost. Call Patron services during the two weeks preceding 2017-2018 Classical Series concerts and to request your complimentary tickets for either the Saturday or Monday performance. 

(707) 546-8742

A Luscious Euro Sound - December 2, 3 & 4



Music Director Candidate Andrew Grams / Stewart Goodyear, piano


Music Director Candidate Andrew Grams will present “A Luscious Euro Sound” with works by Berlioz, Rachmaninoff and Debussy as well as Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major, played by Stewart Goodyear, declared “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The program will begin with Berlioz’ Overture to King Lear, which traces the story arc of self-deception, revelation, hard-won wisdom and love lost. Ravel’s jazzy Piano Concerto in G definitely reflects the composer’s exposure to American jazz of the 1930s. The first and third movements move between two rhythms, one of them a lighthearted waltz. “Ravel was trying to get some swing on,” says Grams. Rachmaninoff’s dark-hued and brooding Symphonic Dances and the timeless Clair de lune finish the program. Learn more about the program by listening to the Spotify playlist or watching SRS Music Historian Kayleen Asbo's engaging and informative video
If you haven’t heard of a sonatathon, its time you did. You’ll admire Stewart before you ever hear him play. He’s been all about opus-length, when listening or playing, since he was very young. He has played 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in one day at Koerner Hall, McCarter Theatre, the Mondavi Center and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. He is also a performed composer.
Andrew Grams was interviewed in The Press Democrat. When Diane Peterson asked about his approach to programming, he said, "How an orchestra plays together is a very intimate thing, and it's easier to undertand one another when you are on familiar ground." Read the entire article to learn more. Andrew has led orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Grams began his music studies on the violin at eight years old and is also an accomplished violinist.



Education – in concert!

A group of young musicians from the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra received complimentary tickets to the Band Together Bay Area concert at AT&T Park on Thursday, November 9. The concert, featuring Metallica, the heavy metal band with North Bay roots, was organized by Tipping Point Community and raised more than $20 million for North Bay fire survivors.

YPCO musicians presented their own concert two days later, “From Biber to Patzner: The Heavy Metal String Orchestra.” In an informative and entertaining concert at Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, the 17-member string ensemble performed music from the middle Baroque period to a world premiere by composer Lewis Patzner, who joined the group onstage. The program included “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica (the reason YPCO was invited to AT&T Park) and demonstrated how heavy metal music is influenced by music written three hundred years earlier.
The concert on November 11 also introduced Young People’s Chamber Winds, a new chamber music program made up of woodwind players from the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Simply Strings performed a delightful recital in a new venue, Piner High School auditorium, on Friday, November 10. On Sunday, Preparatory Orchestra gave a knock out first performance, and Repertory Orchestra, led by guest conductor Dana Sadava, also gave an outstanding performance, both in Jackson Theater. The following Sunday, Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra opened its tour season with a dynamite program including the world premiere of Blues Cello Concerto featuring Rebecca Roudman and The Dirty Cello Band and Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Rebecca is also a professional musician with the Santa Rosa Symphony.



A Holly Jolly Pops concert

On December 10 at Luther Burbank Center, join the Symphony for A Holly Jolly Pops, led by Michael Berkowitz. Roustabout Theatre, Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, Tina Meals and Jonathan Poretz join in for magical holiday songs sure to bring cheer to the whole family. Performance is at 3 pm.
“What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong,” the October Symphony Pops concert, has been rescheduled for January 6, 2018 at 3 pm. Call (707) 546-3600 or visit or the LBC box office at 50 Mark West Springs Road for Symphony Pops tickets.



Sing-Along Messiah Recognizes Firefighters and First Responders

The Santa Rosa Symphony League invites you to the Redwood Empire Sing-Along Messiah, in its 37th year, for soothing tradition and holiday fun on December 17 at Jackson Theater at the Sonoma Country Day School at 3 pm. The Symphony League recognizes firefighters and first responders by offering them free admission at the door.
“This is a special year for us that signals all the strength and stability of our long performance history and yet carries the promise of recovery and a resilience of spirit,” said R. Daniel Earl, long-time Messiah conductor. 
Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra, accompanied by the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, the Santa Rosa Junior College Concert Choir and the Santa Rosa Junior College Chamber Singers and soloists will perform Handel’s Messiah, with audience participation on the Hallelujah Chorus and other selections. This year’s soloists are: Wendy Wheelwright, soprano; Liesel Hall, mezzo; Mark Kratz, tenor and Gene Wright, bass.   
Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults, available at the door, at Stanroy Music Center, 850 4th Street, Santa Rosa, and online. Proceeds benefit Santa Rosa Symphony education programs. For ticket information call (707) 227-4314.


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