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Issue 94 | April 2018

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This April, the orchestra, under Bruno Ferrandis' baton, joined by the SSU Symphonic Chorus and two soloists, performs for one of the last two concert weekends of the 2017-2018 season. On Tuesday, the Symphony will announce the new Music Director, even as we prepare for dear Bruno's departure. A bittersweet time indeed.

Speaking of departure's, the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra is preparing for its European Tour. On April 14, the Symphony League's "Evening in Vienna" at SRJC's Shone Farm in Forestville will help fund their tour. There are still tickets available for Evening in Vienna and for Merci Beaucoup, Maestro! farewell celebrations, which follow each of the May classical concerts, in Prelude Restaurant.

May April shower you with music.

Ode to California April 7, 8 & 9

Six-string, electric violin pioneer and virtuoso Tracy Silverman plays Adams' The Dharma at Big Sur for "Ode to California on April 7, 8 and 9, which brings Bruno Ferrandis back to the Weill Hall stage. The SSU Symphonic Chorus and Jacalyn Kreitzer join the Symphony for Prokofiev's famed silent film score Alexander Nevsky. The program opens with Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde.

The Dharma at Big Sur, said Bruno, evokes images of the sea and the sea shore and "the shock of recognition. Like reaching the end of the continent and seeing the sea." He especially chose these works for contrast. "I wanted something very romantic, something cinematic and something modern."

Tracy, for whom The Dharma at Big Sur was written, will be on hand to sign two of his CD titles during intermission.

Merci Beaucoup, Maestro!

A limited number of tickets are still available for this special opportunity to spend time with and celebrate our beloved Bruno's rich contributions to our Symphony. Tickets are $100 per person for these post-concert receptions in Prelude Restaurant at the Green Music Center. See for more information and to purchase your ticket today.

Evening in Vienna
Saturday April 14

Enjoy An Evening in Vienna on Saturday, April 14, 7-10 pm at Shone Farm, 7450 Steve Olson Ln., Forestville. Proceeds benefit the SRSYO European Tour this summer. Enjoy champagne and mouth-watering desserts. Bid on fabulous live and silent auction items, including 28 violins decorated by some of Sonoma County’s finest visual artists. Music provided by young musicians from the orchestra. Admission is $25. Tickets are available through the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Service Office, online or at 707-546-8742.

A potentially life-changing gift

The Santa Rosa Symphony, via the Stults Family Instrument Scholarship, presented Nathan Garcia-Diaz, a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), with a professional-quality oboe to further his musical career. The Stults Family Instrument Scholarship is made possible by the Stults Family. After years of playing on borrowed instruments, Garcia-Diaz, a junior at Santa Rosa High School, now has a new Lorée Royal Oboe.

Nathan's private oboe teacher of two years, Daniel Celidore, wrote, "Nathan is a natural musician, and he has excelled in technical skill and sound production on the oboe…It would be wonderful for Nathan to have an instrument that is able to express the musical nuances that Nathan can ask of it."

Nathan, who feels the challenges of his Latino ethnicity, said in his application, “Music has given protection from the chaos. . . Music has always allowed for growth, recovery and strength to pursue my passion . . . ."

Nathan has been playing oboe for two years for the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles and his high school Symphonic Band, directed by Mark Wardlaw. He began his musical studies at age seven, on the alto saxophone. In middle school, where he was inspired by Wardlaw, he branched out to not only the flute, but also the viola. After two years with the Santa Rosa Symphony's Repertory Orchestra, he rose to the SRSYO in 2017, playing oboe and English horn. In the SRSYO November 2017 concert, he played the English horn solo in Dvořák's New World Symphony. In college, Nathan plans to double major in Psychology and Music, with a motivation to return to his home of Sonoma County to work with other Latino immigrants, using music as therapy.

Masterclass with Tracy Silverman

The SRS May Classical Series concert electric violin soloist Tracy Silverman will give a masterclass/workshop on Friday, April 6, at 4 pm in Santa Rosa Junior College's Forsyth Hall, room 105 (choir room). Admission is free, but a ticket is required to enter. Contact SRS Patron Services for yours.

SRSYE Showcase Concert fan mail

SRSYO member Sophia Wahanik's grandmother, Diana Wood, came from Sacramento to see the  SRSYE Showcase concert on March 10 at Weill Hall, which featured Heroism by composer and SRS Principal Trumpet Douglas Morton, commissioned for the occasion for all youth ensembles to play. The subject matter of Heroism is the October wildfires and our reaction to them. Diana wrote a letter to the music education department to express her gratitude and praise for the performance. "The announcers did a lovely job of explaining the developmental arc of the students. I hadn’t realized what an excellent musical education your organization offers students." 
Her daughter's family lives in Rohnert Park and many of their friends and colleagues lost their homes. When Diana was young, she fought forest fires for the US Forest Service. "Between the Tubbs fire and the Thomas fire in the Santa Barbara area, where I often attend seminar in depth psychology, the raging infernos were having an activating effect on my consciousness that I couldn’t easily shake, despite the fact that I live in the Valley.
"Mr. Morton’s composition was stunning. . . .  I sat in my corner seat with my heart open and tears running down my cheeks…it was what we humans can do with tragedy and grief…we can make music and art out of it…thus potentiating our individual and collective healing and recovery.  Mr. Morton's composition did that for me, and by the look and feeling in the concert hall, I suspect he did that for many others also.  [At the conclusion], the audience sat silent for a few moments. I stood and began to clap and others stood until most of the audience were on their feet in their own deep healing moment in the recognition of the shared experience. Thank you very much for a heartfelt and healing musical afternoon." 

April Youth Ensemble Concerts

Repertory Orchestra performs a concert Sunday, April 22 at 1 pm at Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala. More information at Gualala Arts CenterTickets are $15 in advance and $20 on concert day. Youth 7-17 are free, but must still have a ticket. 

Hear Preparatory and Repertory Orchestras’ final concert of the season, Spring Bounty, Sunday, April 29 at 3 pm in Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 youth, $10 group in advance, and $20 and $10 at the door. 

Community leaders moved to tears
at music education fundraiser

On March 8, the Symphony welcomed 167 community leaders for an informational breakfast at the Vintners Inn Event Center, highlighting the Symphony’s expansive music education programs, which serve nearly 30,000 students annually.
Moved by inspiring speeches and a live performance by the Honor Ensemble of Simply Strings, the Symphony’s transformative after-school program for underserved children in Roseland, attendees donated more than $50,000 in support of these young musicians and the thousands of other students the Symphony touches every year.
“SRSYE gives every child musician the confidence necessary to continue in music and excel in every aspect of their lives. Playing with other students also encourages positive cooperation and promotes healthy relationships and friendships. This is what the program does for every student, no matter their background,” said Kalysta Schwartz, a current member of the Repertory Orchestra, who received a standing ovation after sharing her personal and deeply moving story of triumph over hardship.
Other speakers included Youth Orchestra alumna Elena Sloman, President and CEO Alan Silow, and Zsolt Haraszti—the father of a young Symphony musician whose clarinet was destroyed along with the family’s home in last year’s devastating wildfires. Through donations from an SRS board member and others, the Symphony raised enough funds to not only replace this instrument and others lost in the fire, but to upgrade them to better instruments that would last through college.
“The Santa Rosa Symphony is about so much more than just world-class concerts in the Green Music Center. It’s a big community. It’s deeply woven into the Sonoma County society. And it’s also an organization that keeps giving at so many different levels,” Haraszti said. “I cannot wish for a better education for my kids and a better extended family.”

37 Plays in 97 Minutes!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Join the Symphony League at 6th Street Playhouse Studio on Thursday, May 17 at 7 pm,  for Shakespearean hilarity with the REDUCED Shakespeare Company! If you like Shakespeare, you'll love this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you'll love this show. Three madcap actors in tights and Converse All-stars weave their way through all the bard's comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride. You'll be breathless with laughter. The show, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, starts at 7 pm and tickets are $40. Get your tickets online or mail a check to Santa Rosa Symphony League, Attn. Festival of Parties, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA  95404.
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