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Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 81
January 2017

KDFC’s gift of instruments

Santa Rosa Symphony was once again the recipient of instruments from KDFC’s Instrument Drive. The Symphony received two dozen instruments from KDFC’s nonprofit partner, Music in Schools Today. 

Would you like a book 
with those tickets? 

Don Green’s biography, Defining Moments, will be available for sale in our Patron Services office downtown. 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. Proceeds from sales support the Symphony’s four youth orchestras. The book, which is beautifully hardbound with many supporting photos, sells for $43.50. 

"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

Musical Mondays with Kayleen Asbo!

Kayleen Asbo, our engaging pre-concert talk presenter for February’s “Tales of Love,” is launching a new four-week class at the Petaluma Historical Museum, 40 Fourth Street. Her Winter Musical Mondays series, From the Age of Enlightenment to Crazy Love, is held four consecutive Mondays,10:30 am to 12:30 pm, and include the following topics:  Mozart and Haydn (Jan 23), Beethoven and Schubert (Jan. 30), Chopin and Liszt (Feb. 6), Robert Schumann, Clara Shumann and Brahms (Feb. 13). 

Registration for the entire series is $100. Tickets are available at the door as space allows, for $30 per lecture. See for more information. 

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.

As the 2016 calendar flips for the last time, many people begin to reflect on the past year and make plans for the next, even considering shedding old habits or starting new hobbies.  Whatever your plans are for the coming year, Santa Rosa Symphony is privileged to continue to provide quality orchestral music, internationally acclaimed guest artists, music education for youth and community outreach to help keep that MORE MUSIC box ticked on those lists of resolutions.

May your 2017 be filled with good friends, good times and good music!


Heavenly Harp with
Marie-Pierre Langlamet

The Santa Rosa Symphony is starting off 2017 with “Heavenly Harp” on January 7, 8 and 9, with world-renowned harp virtuoso Marie-Pierre Langlamet. She will be playing Ginastera’s dancing Harp Concerto, with its alternating rhythms and Debussy’s Dances Sacred and Profane. 

Langlamet won the top prize at the Maria Korchinska International Harp Competition when she was 15, first prize at the International Harp Competition of the Cité des Arts of Paris the following year and became Principal Harpist for the Nice Opera Orchestra at 17. 

For a preview of this amazing harpist’s talents, enjoy this 15-minute video on the Berlin Philharmonic website, in which Langlamet, its Principal Harpist, speaks about her background, the art of harp playing, and the background to Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto. She also plays a short piece from Ginastera’s Danzas Artentinas. 

Heavenly Harp opens with Rossini’s Overture to The Thieving Magpie and concludes with the orchestral suites 1 & 2 from Ravel’s sensual and passionate ballet, Daphnis and Chloé. 



Magic Circle Mime shares the art of listening

Santa Rosa Symphony presents “The Listener,” an innovative family program of Magic Circle Mime Company at 3 pm on January 22, 2017 at Weill Hall. In The Listener, the conductor’s carefully prepared program is complicated by the unexpected participation of two clowning  “audience members,” as they climb onto the stage, dance, play instruments, swipe hats and bows, and bring the audience along as their accomplice, while teaching ticketholders of all ages, the art of listening. Watch highlights of the one-hour program here.

This family program, conducted by Richard Loheyde, includes Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Swans from Swan Lake, Mozart’s Finale from Symphony No. 39, Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.”

Come early to explore the Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the SRS’ Education Department which begins at 2 pm. Tickets are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and younger). All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Seats are reserved. 


 Meet our musicians

Welcome Heeguen Song

Santa Rosa Symphony’s newest violist, Heeguen Song, hales from Albany, California and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance from State University of New Jersey, Rutgers. Song is a multiple prize-winner, whose awards include: Rutgers Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (2008), Artists International Special Presentation award, NY (2008), Yale Chamber Music Society Competition, CT (2005), Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition, Mexico (2003) and others. She has also participated in music festivals in Canada, New Mexico, Vermont and Colorado.

Song said, “I am very much looking forward to playing with Santa Rosa Symphony and being part of the SRS family.”  

Song currently plays in the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley and Oakland Symphony Orchestra.  


SRS Youth Ensembles news

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles have had a wonderfully successful Practice-a-Thon. Over 35 days, musicians practiced a total of 742 hours and raised $5,167.50! Purchases of flower bulbs from Dutch Mill Bulbs and See’s Candies also helped meet the Education Department fundraising goal for the fall.

On January 14, Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO) will hold a Concerto Competition for current members. The competition, at 1:30 pm at Santa Rosa Junior College Forsyth Hall, is free and open to the public. Participants will perform in a Showcase Concert on Saturday, January 21, at 7:30 pm at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. The Showcase Concert is a benefit for Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles. Winners of the Concerto Competition will perform with SRSYO on March 4 at 3:00 pm at the Green Music Center. Tickets are available online and through Patron Services (707) 546-8742. Adult Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door; student admission is $5 in advance, $10 at the door, and group admission, only available in advance, is $10. 

See “You Got Older” to support the SRS League

The Santa Rosa Symphony League is partnering with Left Edge Theatre and the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts to present “You Got Older” on February 2, 6:30 pm. This comedy by Claire Baron was rated five stars by Time Out New York and is the winner of the 2015 Obie Award for play writing and performance. Reserve early for your spot in this intimate, 70-seat theater. Make reservations online.


The return of Ben Taylor

Santa Rosa Symphony is pleased to announce the return of Ben Taylor, who has stepped in as Director of Development. Taylor formally served the Symphony in the Education Department, lastly as its Director. Taylor has more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has been Music Director for the Albany Community Chorus and the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Santa Rosa.

Taylor is also an accomplished composer, his works being performed across North America and China by ensembles such as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Festival Choir of Madison (WI) and the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. He has also sung tenor in Philharmonia Baroque, Berkeley Symphony, Sonoma Bach and the Folger Consort. 

When asked what it felt like to be coming back to the Santa Rosa Symphony, but in a different role, Taylor said, “I am thrilled. It feels like coming home to family.” 

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