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Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 83
March 2017

"Dinner is Served"
March 2

Enjoy a delicious meal on Thursday, March 2, with friends at one of your favorite restaurants and the Symphony benefits too. Which is your favorite? Here are just a handful of the participating restaurants: Barndiva, Bistro 29, Ca` Bianca, Café Lucia, Catelli’s, K&L Bistro, Mateo’s Cucina Latina, Pamposh, Pullman Kitchen, Sazon and two Yeti locations. The proceeds support the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Youth Education programs. Prices vary by restaurant and corkage, tax and gratuity are all included. Purchase tickets at the Symphony League website. Call Liz Bippart for more info at (707) 227-4313. 

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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It’s time to pull out your calendars! March is a busy month for Santa Rosa Symphony. Season renewals are upon us and we can’t wait for you to see what’s in store in our 90th Season! This month holds several opportunities to hear music and/or enjoy good food with friends while benefiting the Symphony and its youth programs.
  • March 2 – Dine out with the Symphony League (see sidebar).  
  • March 4 – Joint concert with Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Orchestra with Baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock
  • March 9 – Keep Music Alive Fundraiser at John Ash – space is limited!
  • March 25, 26 & 27 – “Bring on the Strings” with three soloists (and SRSYO March 25) 
We hope to see you at one or more of these events!

Bring on the Strings with three soloists from SRS’s talented ranks March 25, 26 & 27

(L to R): Concertmaster Joseph Edelberg, principal cellist Adelle-Akiko Kearns and principal violist Elizabeth Prior. 

Bring on the Strings,” features three principal players from the Santa Rosa Symphony as soloists for works by Mozart and Fauré on March 25 and March 27 at 8 pm, and March 26 at 3 pm. Maestro Bruno Ferrandis’ “string-sational” program begins with Hovhaness’ Meditation on Orpheus and concludes with two works by Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 and Finlandia.

This program spotlights: Joseph Edelberg, who has been the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Concertmaster for 20 years; International Spring Competition-winner, and principal violist Elizabeth Prior; Artist International Award-winner, principal cellist Adelle-Akiko Kearns.

Fauré’s small, lyrical Élegie begins with a solemn, long-breathed melody and returns to echo it again after a dynamic middle section in which the Adelle-Akiko’s cello raises its voice.

In Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, written in 1779, Joseph and Elizabeth’s instruments share a rich and equal partnership, conversing and blending for a rich sound, which reflects much of Mozart’s character. 

Joseph was soloist with SRS for this piece in 1999. Playing Sinfonia concertante with 17 more years’ experience, a different conductor, different violist and in the acoustically magnificent Weill Hall, he said, will make this time a very different experience. This will be Joseph’s seventh appearance as a featured soloist with the Symphony.
Elizabeth, who will be guest soloist with the Symphony for her first time says that Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante is one of the most thrilling, well-written scores to play. “It’s one of my all-time favorite pieces.” Elizabeth has performed it in South Africa and San Francisco, and is very excited to be playing it with the Symphony and being able to collaborate with Bruno during his final full season. “And the orchestra sounds wonderful and the space is glorious.”

Finlandia was ostensibly written to raise money for the pension fund of Finnish journalists. The actual intent was to provide moral and financial support to a free press in a largely Russian-controlled Finland. Sibelius co-opted the name after being asked to write an overture entitled Finlandia to express Finland’s dream of a bright future.



90th Anniversary Season renewals are coming soon

The coming Symphony Season is full of talent and variety: Five Music Director Candidates conduct their carefully-crafted programs, Bruno leads the orchestra in his final two sets, three innovative Family Series concerts, four Symphony Pops concerts, special concerts and more. The 2017-2018 season brochure is printed and renewal packets for current season subscribers will soon be on their way! 

As always, current subscribers keep their seats or have first priority for changing them. Not a season subscriber yet? This is the season to say yes 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. 

“I enjoy every concert, and will always renew as long as I'm around. I have been a subscriber for over 25 years.” – Helen Hargrave, season subscriber

SRSYO and YPCO Orchestra in Concert March 4 with special guest artist – Elizabeth Blumenstock

Internationally-recognized Baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock is the featured guest soloist for a concert of the two most advanced Santa Rosa Symphony youth ensembles on Saturday, March 4 at 3 pm at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.
Blumenstock, concertmaster of famed Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, joins Young People’s Chamber Orchestra and 16-year-old YPCO musician Alex Chui and YPCO Director Aaron Westman in Vivaldi's Concerto for Three Violins, Strings, and Continuo. Also on the program are Handel’s Concerto Grosso in A minor, No. 4, Respighi’s Ancient Dances and Airs, Suite No. 3, and Janáček’s Suite for Strings. Young People’s Chamber Orchestra comprises 14 young string musicians who perform without a conductor. The group rehearses weekly throughout the school year. YPCO will also perform Thursday, March 2, at 7 pm at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, though Blumenstock will not perform at that concert.
Following intermission the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, conducted by Richard Loheyde, takes the stage. Sixteen-year-old concerto competition winner Chiara Rackerby is featured on Hendel’s Oboe Concerto and 18-year-old concerto competition winter Shania Harsono, is the soloist for Stamitz’ Flute Concerto.  
Next is the evocative tone poem by Jean Sibelius, Finlandia, which the SRS Youth Orchestra will perform, in its entirety, with SRS’ Bring on the Strings performance and rehearsal on March 25. The afternoon ends with excerpts from the luscious Spartacus Suites No. 1 & 2, written by Aram Khatchaturian.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for youth, and $10 for groups of 10 or more in advance; $20/$10 at the door.


Summer Music Academy registration open!

Summer Music Academy is three weeks of intensive music instruction and plenty of fun for musicians ages 5-23, beginning to advanced. New additions this summer are Kinder Violin for the youngest musicians and Theater/Film Ensemble for the most advanced. Students may sign up for Full-Day or A La Carte workshops, ensembles and classes, choosing from offerings such as: Beginning Guitar, Brass, Jazz, Chamber Strings, Choir, Rhythm, Instrumental, Fundamentals and more. Applications and information: or (707) 546-7097 x225.

Encore Society Luncheon with Marie-Pierre Langlamet

The Santa Rosa Symphony held its annual Encore Society Luncheon at the elegant John Ash & Co. Restaurant on Friday, January 6, thanking those generous donors who support the Endowment Fund.
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, world-renowned principal harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Symphony’s guest artist for January, performed an intimate, private recital for attendees, including 21 guests from the Encore Society as well as Music Director and Conductor Bruno Ferrandis.
Members of the Encore Society have given $5,000 or more to the Santa Rosa Symphony’s endowment fund in addition to their annual donation. The Symphony relies on the Endowment, which currently exceeds $11 million, to remain artistically adventurous, financially strong and organizationally vibrant.

Welcome newest staff members 

Nathan Duckworth has joined the Santa Rosa Symphony’s development department. Nathan previously served as editor-in-chief of the Patterson Irrigator newspaper in Patterson, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Stanislaus. Nathan says, “I’m excited to be working in a position that directly supports community building and the arts.” In his downtime, he finds refuge in reading, writing and seeking out critical conversations around everything from music to games to literature.

Regarding the recent hire, Executive Director Alan Silow says, “Nathan’s strong journalistic background will serve him and the organization well in his capacity as our major grant writer.”.

Ann Hutchinson joined the Symphony as Marketing Associate at the end of September. Ann has been writing from every side of the equation for years: published author of fiction and memoir, journalist and publicist. Her favorite form of fiction, flash (a short story of fewer than 1000 words), honed her ability to be concise. She loves writing brief, attention-getting copy. When she’s not at work, she’s out dancing with her husband, writing songs or running Sonoma County Dance Beat.

“Ann brings a wealth of diverse experience in writing, marketing and public relations that will serve her and us well in her capacity as marketing associate of the Santa Rosa Symphony,” says Silow.

Keep the Music Alive breakfast fundraiser

You are invited to join the Santa Rosa Symphony at Vintners Inn Event Center (adjacent to John Ash & Co. restaurant) for a morning of music, film and inspiration at the Symphony’s second annual Keep the Music Alive breakfast fundraiser on Thursday, March 9 (check-in at 7 am for a prompt 7:30 program). Enjoy a lovely complimentary breakfast and an inspiring presentation about the Symphony’s music education and outreach programs that touch nearly 23,000 children every year. 

Who will be there? Business and civic leaders, professionals, parents and people just like you who are engaged in our community and passionate about keeping music programs alive for the youth of Sonoma County. All guests will be invited to contribute to the Santa Rosa Symphony at the end of the breakfast.
Space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Enid Rickley-Myres, Donor Liaison, at or 7(07) 546-7097, ext 223.
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