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Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 85
May 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 accomplished Music Director Candidates and their carefully crafted programs, each featuring 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.

Quintets from SRS and SRSYO perform at Courthouse Square!  

Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square is nearly reunified again! The fences come down and the party begins Saturday, April 29, 2017, with a Santa Rosa Symphony Brass Quintet playing for the 12:30 pm ribbon-cutting ceremony. The festivities continue throughout the afternoon with music, sidewalk sale, historical information in the Empire Building lobby, local wine, craft beer, food and children’s activities.
On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, a Brass Quintet from the SRSYO will be playing at the downtown Wednesday Night Market in the same square from 5 – 6 pm. Mark your calendars and visit the all-new Courthouse Square for quality classical music al fresco!

SRS League Paint Party

Join the Santa Rosa Symphony League on Saturday, June 3, to support youth music education in Sonoma County. This fun afternoon event is perfect for beginners and experienced painters. The amusing Festival of Parties* team will guide participants through fun and easy activities resulting in a finished painting to take home.

Saturday, June 3, 2017 
1 pm - 4 pm
$40 per person
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 South High Street, Sebastopol
It’s a good idea to bring an old shirt or apron, as artists often wear some paint home. All materials will be provided. Wine and light snacks will keep the creative juices flowing.
Purchase tickets online at or mail a check to Santa Rosa Symphony League, Attn: Festival of Parties, 50 Santa Rosa Ave - Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
*Festival of Parties is a year-round array of events with something for everyone, from private recitals to stimulating lectures, dining opportunities and much more.

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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May is nearly upon us and while the classical concert season is coming to a close, the fun is definitely not over. In addition to having world-renowned violin virtuoso Vadim Gluzman back with the Symphony May 6-8, we have a number of other opportunities to hear excellent classical music, starting this week. The Education Department has been hard at work in April, preparing for a whirlwind of events this week and next month, the last of which is on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. "Mother’s Day with Mads" is the last SRS Youth Ensembles concert of the season and features acclaimed violinist and composer Mads Tolling and SRSYO concerto competition winners.

Whatever your springtime plans, we hope it is filled with music.


Season Finale! Vadim Returns!

Vadim Returns,” May 6, 7 and 8, the last concert in Bruno Ferrandis’ final full season features Vadim Gluzman, winner of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award, playing Prokofiev’s soaring and energetic Violin Concerto No. 2, less than a fortnight beyond the 125th anniversary of the great composer’s birth. Even better, Gluzman will play the Concerto on the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivarius, on extended loan to him from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

“No tricks. No gimmicks—just high art from a thrilling artist capable of fire-walking while fiddling on his Stradivari.”  ~STRINGS MAGAZINE

Gluzman is acclaimed for his old-world lyricism, passion and virtuosity and is considered a torchbearer to the Golden Age of violin playing heard during Prokofiev’s lifetime. His extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries, making him the closest thing to being able to hear Heifetz play once more in a concert hall. 

Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin studies at seven, studied with Roman Sne in Latvia, Zakhar Bron in Russia,Yair Kless in Israel, Arkady Fomin in Dallas and with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School. He was also encouraged and mentored by Isaac Stern until Stern’s passing.

An entire chapter, “In the footsteps of the great old masters,” in Jean-Michel Molkhou's Great Violinists of the Twentieth Century, Volume 2, is about Vadim Gluzman. The book highlights the careers and artistry of the top 30 contemporary violinists.

This 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.

Come one hour early for the pre-concert talk with Bruno Ferrandis, The 30-minute pre-concert talks are free to ticket holders and are general seating. Program notes for the concert are also available on the SRS website.


Presto, Mambo!
Affordable fun for the whole family!

Platypus Theatre joins Santa Rosa Symphony on Sunday, April 30 at 3 pm, to present “Presto Mambo!,” the last concert in this year’s Family Concert Series sponsored by the Peggy Anne Covington Fund.

As Richard Loheyde begins conducting the orchestra in music of the Americas, 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.

Platypus Theatre’s hero’s journey speaks to embracing the unknown and community collaboration while exposing young audiences to Latin-American rhythms, rhythmic layering and music as a universal language.

Patrons are invited to arrive early to explore the Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, which is available beginning at 2 pm.

Tickets are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under).



2017-2018 Family Concert Series

Music, drama, history and fun…It’s all here! The Family Concert Series, conducted by Richard Loheyde, returns with three afternoon concerts sure to delight small children, while also entertaining their adult family members and friends.

Creature Features
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Roustabout Theater
Experience the colorful sounds of the Symphony as it explores treasured classics depicting favorite members of the animal kingdom, creatures of the silver screen and imagined beings of all shapes and sizes. Greatest hits of classical music depicting goblins, wolves, wasps, bats, dinosaurs and even some extraterrestrials will be performed during this thrilling Creature Feature!

Come early for the photo Booth.

Green Eggs & Ham & Tubby the Tuba
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Really Inventive Stuff
Would you like Green Eggs and Ham? Sam-I-Am serves up a feast of endless surprises for a Seussical Diva in this Dr. Seuss classic. Then, with the help of an unlikely friend, Tubby the Tuba discovers that dreams can come true. Follow the adventures of a red polkadot yo-yo, a dapper bullfrog puppet and a small piece of ribbon for a charming virtuoso performance.

Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Classical Kids Live!
Join Mozart’s young son, Karl, as he visits his father and learns of his extraordinary life: from the meeting of the Queen of England and the Pope, to visiting the Sistine Chapel and experiencing Carnivale. Discover the great master’s passion for composing as they embark on a journey into the world of The Magic Flute, rescuing a princess from an enchanted castle.

All 2017-2018 Family Series Concerts are at Weill Hall at 3 pm. Instrument Petting Zoo begins at 2 pm. Subscriptions are on sale now at 2016-2017 prices!


Exciting Ed Dept events!

The Education Department is hosting some amazing events this week and beyond. Make sure to mark your calendars and get tickets to all your favorites.

Friday, April 28, 6 pm
Roseland Collegiate Prep High School

All 72 musicians of the Simply Strings program perform. Admission is free and no tickets nor reservations are required.

Sunday, April 30, 3 pm
Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School

The program includes music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Gershwin. Featured is Doppler’s Andante and Rondo for Two Flutes played by the winners of the First Annual Solo competition, Lana Rodman and Peter Marsh.

Tickets in advance: adults $15, students $5, group $10 (10 or more). At the door: adults $20, students $10. SRS Patron services: 707-546-8742 or


May 4, 4 pm
Weill Hall,Green Music Center
Two violinists from the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform for Gluzman to hear his comments. A masterclass is an open lesson, during which participating students perform a solo work and are coached by a master teacher. The audience listens and learns as observers. It is a fun and informative opportunity to see a top-flight musician share his insights and techniques and to see a student learn and grow in that short period of time. The masterclass is free and open to the public. Reserve a place through SRS Patron Services at 707-546-8742.

Saturday, May 6
Howarth and Spring Lake Parks
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. The May 6th race features a 3K and 10K run and walk through Howarth and Spring Lake Parks. And it’s FUN! Join the Human Race. We’re all in this together!

Sunday, May, 7 by appointment

Auditions are for string musicians who would like to join the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra or Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (with an upcoming tour to Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest!) for the 2017-2018 season. Details and applications are available online.

May 14, 3 pm
Weill Hall, Green Music Center
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra presents a concert featuring special guest Mads Tolling, a Grammy-award-winning crossover violinist, who will perform his composition, Begejstring, a jazz concerto for violin and orchestra, and concerto competition winners Anwen Lin who will play the first movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto, and Alex Chui who will play Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capricioso for violin and orchestra. Also on the program are works by Brahms (with members of the Repertory Orhcestra), Shostakovich (with alumni string musicians), and Dvořák Slovanic Dances.

Tickets in advance: adults $15, students $5, group $10 (10 or more). At the door: adults $20, students $10. Patron services: 707-546-8742 or


Nearly 10,000 children benefit from the SRS’ Elementary School Listening Program

The Santa Rosa Symphony Elementary School Listening program provides classroom teachers with a three- to five-minute clip of classical music to play. The children listen to this clip every day for one week. There is very short script that changes slightly each day. For instance, the first day, the name of the composer is mentioned and, by Friday, the children are asked to name the composer.

An Olivet Elementary School teacher wrote, upon returning from Spring Break:

When we came back on Monday, my second graders were coming in from lunch. They immediately went to their "listening" spot. I walked in behind them and smiled when they were sprawled on the rug, or relaxing at their seat, or sitting in the back on a cushioned cube, lights down, settling in. I introduced March week 4, the Bartok Rondos, and sat back, watching my students hearing a new piece for the first time. Some tapped their legs to the rhythm, some made quiet comments about the mood of the pieces, and I realized just how much they have become accustomed to new music, how better they are able to be still and listen, how they are making acquaintance with each composer. This is truly a lovely, amazing, inspiring and effective program.

Thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart, for this experience for our little ones.

She included these reactive drawings by her students:



Multi-generational support of the SRS from the Bippart Family!

Meet John Bippart and his daughter Liz Bippart. For three years, John was a member of the Board of Directors and a volunteer in the Education Department of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Each month, the SRS sends out CDs to each classroom teacher in 25 schools, who are participating in the Elementary School Listening program (see previous article). Someone has to reproduce all those CDs and scripts and get them into the mail in a timely fashion. For many years, that someone was John Bippart. That someone is now our tireless volunteer Lynn Miller.

Liz Bippart has taken on many roles for the Symphony. She is Vice President of Music Education for the Symphony League and the League Liaison to the SRS Board of Directors. Liz is also a member of the Healdsburg Kiwanis and advocates with her fellow Kiwanians for support for the Education Department of the Symphony.
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