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Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 86
June 2017
New 7-Concert Series Subscribers enjoy
25% off!

There’s never been a better time to subscribe to the Santa Rosa Symphony. In the 2017-2018 season, you’ll be guaranteed a seat to experience each of the talented Music Director Candidates and their carefully crafted programs, all of which feature a beloved piano concerto alongside a newer and a traditional piece. In addition, it’s Bruno’s final season and he’s pulling out all the stops in April and May.

Other season highlights include works by Grammy-nominated and Pulitzer-Prize-winning composers, an iconic Russian film score, Dvorak’s From the New World and Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.

Enjoy the benefits of being a subscriber at 25% off the full price. Besides the savings over single ticket prices, benefits include: Seat renewal privileges, highest priority for seat upgrades, a restaurant discount card and two complimentary SRS Youth Orchestra concert tickets.  In addition, NEW subscribers are invited to a special reception with a back stage tour.

SRS String Quintet
Performs at
Rincon Valley Library

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, a Santa Rosa Symphony string quintet will perform and entertain questions at Rincon Valley Regional Library. The 2 pm concert is geared for families, and the 3 pm concert is of more interest to adults. These free concerts are open to the public, but seating is limited. 

This interactive concert experience is one in a series of collaborative events with the Sonoma County libraries and the Symphony. The library is located at 6959 Montecito Boulevard in Santa Rosa.
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2017-2018 classical concert program  

There are a few spots available for advertising for the upcoming season. This is an easy way to support the Symphony, while getting quality, targeted exposure for your business. The deadline to reserve your space is Monday, June 12, 2017. The artwork deadline is Monday July 10, 2017. Need help with your ad? Ann Hutchinson, our advertising manager, can refer you to one of our trusted designers. Call (707) 546-7097 x 222 or email Ann at for more information.

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End of Season Message from President & CEO

At the close of the Symphony’s 89th season, let me thank all of you for contributing in so many different ways to making this another outstanding season of engaging and inspiring performances. Now, join me in looking forward to next season, which will be a rare milestone in both our history and our future. We will celebrate our 90th anniversary in the 2017-2018 season as the third-oldest professional orchestra in California. This is an amazing accomplishment that speaks volumes about the long-standing support of our community. Yet, as we appreciate the past, we are even more excited about our future, which heralds bittersweet goodbyes and a positive, goose-bump-enducing new chapter.

Next season will be our current, beloved Music Director Bruno Ferrandis’ twelfth and final year, which he will celebrate by conducting the final two sets, characterized by his special combination of powerhouse masterworks, a choral work and a U.S. premiere.

Preceding Bruno’s departure, you will have the opportunity, from October to February, to see five outstanding pianists, led by five superb music director candidates. Each candidate will conduct a classical series set, auditioning to be the next music director. As part of our inclusive process, your survey feedback, as well as the feedback from orchestra musicians, will be included in the search committee’s deliberations. The Board will make its final decision in March 2018. For the first time, all of the Symphony’s music director candidates come with established track records as successful music directors of other orchestras, which is an indicator of the high-caliber orchestra the Santa Rosa Symphony has become. Clearly the choice will be difficult, which in this case, I find to be a very good thing.

Get ready and spread the word. No one will want to miss what will surely be one of our most magical seasons of music-making in our 90 years of service.

Still time to sign up for Summer
Music Academy

Photo Credit: Susan and Neil Silverman Photography

There is still time to enroll in Summer Music Academy, which is July 10-28, Monday – Friday at Sonoma Country Day School. Register for instrumental workshops for beginners and continuing students “à la carte” or full day of 9 am - 3 pm. The full day includes choir, rhythm workshop and fundamentals. Full-day registration closes June 27. Experienced instrumentalists may audition for the Performance Academy to be placed in one of three levels of string orchestra, Jazz or Theater/Film Ensemble, all taught by experienced, engaging faculty. New this year, the Theater/Film Ensemble is a survey course about what it is like to be a working musician. Students will explore film score recording, video game music and what it’s like to accompany live dancers and actors. 
The final concert of the Performance Academy is Saturday, July 29 at 10 am at the Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School. The concert is free and open to the public, and no tickets or reservations are required.

Wells Fargo generously supports
the Symphony

From left: Ashoo Vaid, North Bay Region President, Wells Fargo; Jorge Perez, District Manager, Wells Fargo; Dora McClurkin Muir, Program Associate, Wells Fargo; Alan Silow, President & CEO, Santa Rosa Symphony; and Mario Diaz, Community Relations Consultant.

The Santa Rosa Symphony welcomed to its offices representatives from Wells Fargo, who presented the Symphony with a $12,500 check in support of the free music education and social development program, Simply Strings.

The program has seen considerable growth and is enjoying tremendous community support on the eve of its fifth year. The Symphony’s Board of Directors recently announced its commitment to permanently sustain Simply Strings at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland, while the program has extended its own commitment to each of its students to seven years (from the current 5-year program), serving them from second through eighth grade.

Also, thanks to the support of community leaders like Wells Fargo, Simply Strings now offers viola, cello and bass classes, in addition to violin instruction. Simply Strings student Camila Oregon praises the expansion:

“This is why I am at Simply Strings. It is to play a viola so that they’re not left out. It is so they are equal — viola, violin, bass and cello — all the same even if they’re big or small. They all have their own unique way. A lot of people say, ‘You play an instrument?’ A lot of people think that it is really cool. Not everyone gets a chance to play an instrument, and they really want to. That is why I respect Simply Strings and that is what everyone should do. Every instrument is important. If you play one, you should not ever give up because you will regret it!”

 A Musician's Perspective

Marcia Lotter

The following are the reflections of Marcia Lotter, the Symphony’s musician representative on the Board of Directors, regarding Bruno’s final concert set of the 2016-2017 season – specifically, the Shostakovich No. 11.

I was dreading the Shostakovich #11 because my recording (with the USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra) was so slow and ponderous--more than 10 minutes longer than our performances, if you can imagine. I thought Bruno did a wonderful job of telling the story and had a real genius for expressing the emotions behind the music. I think a lot of us felt the same way – dreading it in advance and being converted over the course of the rehearsals. I will never hear that music the same way again, after playing it with Bruno. Everyone put a lot of effort into doing it well, and we were all exhausted by the end. The days of rehearsals are exhausting for us, because everyone also has other responsibilities on those days. Our sheet music (for the violins) was almost 40 pages long, and we hardly ever stopped playing. But it was well worth the effort. 

Thank you to all who supported
the Human Race in May!

Photo Credit: Rosalie O’Connor Photography

Approximately 40 Santa Rosa Symphony runners and walkers joined thousands for the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County’s 36th annual Human Race on May 6.

The Symphony thanks the following sponsors, who led the community effort to raise almost $20,000 to benefit the Symphony’s nearly 400 Training Young Musicians students:

Redwood Credit Union
Fred & Susan David
The Santa Rosa Symphony League
Rubins Financial Strategies
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing
McBride Realty
St. Francis Winery
Madonna Estate

The Education Department
wrapped up a stellar season!

Photo Credit: Susan and Neil Silverman Photography

All 72 Simply Strings musicians performed in recital on April 28, demonstrating their newfound musical skills and string technique. A highlight was a surprise appearance by 16-year-old vocalist Dallas Caroline, who sang with the basses, led by instructor Robert Bowman. The concert ended with the Level 2 orchestra playing a rousing encore of "Stitches" by Shawn Mendez.

On April 30, Preparatory and Repertory Orchestras performed their Spring Concert to a filled Jackson Theater. Flutes were featured, with the inaugural performance by the Flute Choir as well as the Doppler Concerto by Lana Rodman and Peter Marsh, the winners of the First Annual Solo competition. The orchestras wowed the enthusiastic audience with fantastic renditions of Finlandia and selections from Midsummer Night’s Dream and Capriccio Italien (Prep) and Rhapsody in Blue with guest pianist Veronica Blanco, and Espana Cani (Rep).

Repertory Orchestra played an impressive set for two Free Concerts for Youth, including a Star Wars medley in a nod to the date: May the 4th (force) be with you! Twenty-five hundred students from 22 schools filled Weill Hall for this IGNITE! concert, which included audience participation with recorder and voice.

That evening, SRS guest soloist Vadim Gluzman presented a masterclass. Violinists Miranda Ronan and Alex Chui of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Caleb Forschen of Sonoma State University performed admirably for the master. The audience took away surprising information about the difference in sound between a baroque bow and a modern bow, along with Mr. Gluzman’s quips about peanut butter and mustard.

The place to be on Mother’s Day was the Green Center, as SRSYO played its final concert of the season. Grammy-award-winning, crossover violinist Mads Tolling soloed in Begejstring, his jazz concerto for violin and orchestra. Alex Chui, the orchestra’s concertmaster, brought the audience to its feet with his virtuosic performance of Saint-Saëns’ Introduction et rondo Capricioso for violin and orchestra and Anwen Lin, principal cellist, played a stunning interpretation of the first movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto. The concert began with a side-by-side with members of the Repertory Orchestra playing the finale of Brahms’ First Symphony.
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