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Issue 92 | February 2018

This sweet, expectant time of the last half of the Classical Season holds more expectation than most, with the Music Director selection in March. However, that’s not the only excitement this spring. SRS Youth Ensemble concerts, scheduled for March, include a special, all-ensemble showcase concert on March 10, with a work commissioned by Doug Morton, who is also SRS’ Principal Trumpet. The final of the three-concert Family series, Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage will delight young and old on March 18. “A Night in Vienna,” April 14 at SRJC’s Shone Farm, includes young SRSYO string musicians and provides an evening of wine, music, waltzing and more, to raise funds for the SRSYO’s tour of Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest this summer.

Join us as we look forward to a joyful, harmonious spring. 

SRS, Michael Christie and Anna Fedorova in
“Enter the New World” February 10, 11 & 12

Michael Christie, Music Director Candidate
Anna Fedorova, piano
Santa Rosa Symphony’s fifth Classical Series concert “Enter the New World” begins with Leonard Bernstein’s On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite, composed after his film score. Music Director Candidate Michael Christie says, “Leonard Bernstein’s music is so fun because he is equally comfortable with jazz rhythm as he is with memorable, soaring melody.”

Young premier pianist Anna Fedorova, who has played in prestigious halls on three continents, joins the Symphony for Prokofiev’s monumental Piano Concerto No. 3. SRS Music Historian Kayleen Asbo describes the concerto as a virtuosic showcase, marrying classical form, lush lyricism and ravishingly beautiful melodies, which the composer constantly interrupts with irony, anger and sarcasm.

Dvořák’s From the New World stands out as a poignant and heartfelt tapestry with toe-tapping rhythms and sweeping melodies. Michael says of the program, “We’ve created an evening of wit, humor and beautiful melody. I know all of these elements coming together with the orchestra in the amazing Weill Hall is a recipe for electric music-making.”
SRS Music Historian Kayleen Asbo speaks about the "Enter the New World" program

Candidate search – your opinion matters!

Just following each of the first five concert sets (Oct – Feb), patrons who attended the concert will receive an email with a link to a survey to provide experiential feedback, which will inform the Music Director Selection committee as they make their final decision between the five highly-qualified, extremely talented candidates. Please take the time to fill out the post-concert survey with your impressions.

Subscribers: Don't forget your rewards!  

The Santa Rosa Symphony has increased the benefits for Full Series Subscribers! Now, 7-Concert Series Subscribers may purchase additional single tickets at a 15% discount all season long, request two complimentary tickets to one SRS Youth Orchestra concert at Weill Hall and have ticket fees waived for any additional single tickets they may purchase. Visit the SRS website for a complete list of benefits.

Practice makes perfect – and raises funds!


SRSYO member Chiara Rackerby, is an intern for the SRS music education department, as part of  the Academic Internship Program at Healdsburg High, where she is a junior. 

From February 4 - March 10, Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles are holding a Practice-a-Thon as a fundraiser for the youth orchestras. Each musician obtains sponsors, who pledge money for each hour the musician practices his or her instrument during the 35-day fundraising drive. Support our young musicians and encourage them to practice, as they support the ensembles they enjoy!
Come to a perfectly-timed, free workshop on the Art of Practicing at Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center on Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00 pm. Led by Alex Kahn, Director of Orchestral Studies at Sonoma State University, this popular workshop offers solutions to an essential component of playing a musical instrument: how to practice well. Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.


Frobeck and Trebuchet play the Phoenix for
SRSYO Tour benefit February 3

Local rock bands Frobeck and Trebuchet will perform a benefit concert Saturday, February 3, at Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, to help send the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra to Europe in June. The SRSYO, recognized for its artistic excellence and community engagement, will perform three concerts on a 10-day tour of Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest, which will include cultural exploration and create indelible impressions and memories for these young musicians that will echo throughout their lives.
This 21+ show begins at 8:00 pm and is $10 at the door. Bear Republic Brewing Co. has graciously offered beer for sale.
Frobeck plays high-octane funk, soul and rock with horns, organ and “thick, juicy” vocal harmonies. This award-winning band has entertained audiences with its unique blend of pop, funk and rock music since 2005, earning multiple awards and sharing the stage with national and international acts.
Trebuchet, an indie rock quartet founded in 2010, released a self-titled EP in 2012. In 2014, the band released its first full-length, "Carry On," and played Napa's Bottle Rock Festival. In 2015, they performed an original piece at Weill Hall with the Santa Rosa Young People's Chamber Orchestra.
Performance: Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington Street, Petaluma
Admission: $10 at the door

Hear 90 Simply Strings musicians perform in recital

The ninety, second- to sixth-grade musicians of Simply Strings perform their second recital of the year on Friday, March 2, at 6:00 pm at Piner High School Auditorium. The recital is free and open to the public, and requires no tickets or reservations. Come at 5:00 pm for dinner - proceeds benefit the Simply Strings parent volunteer association.

SRSYO Concerto and All Ensemble Showcase Concerts 

David Green, winner of the concerto competition, will perform Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major with the SRS Youth Orchestra on Saturday, March 3 at 3:00 pm at the Green Music Center. Also on this program: a side-by-side with members of the Repertory Orchestra; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
Get your tickets for the All Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Showcase Concert, March 10, 3:00 pm at Weill Hall! More than 300 young musicians will perform in their individual ensemble, then join together for the premiere of Heroism, a composition reflecting on the heroes of the Northbay fires by Douglas Morton, which SRS commissioned for this concert.


Nautilus Music: the spiraling, cyclical nature of music

The Young People’s Chamber Orchestra’s next concert features a collaborative work with Bay Area classical cellist/composer/rock star Lewis Patzner. There are two opportunities to hear this concert: Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 pm at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center (Cloverdale Performing Arts tickets here), and Sunday, March 11 at 3:00 pm at Phoenix Theater in Petaluma (tickets here).

SRS' 90 years of symphonic music in Sonoma County!

Celebrate and explore the Symphony’s 90-year history in a beautiful, commemorative booklet. The Santa Rosa Symphony looks back through its history and achievements, thanking those people who made its rise to the largest regional symphony in California, north of Los Angeles, possible. Get yours in the lobby at any Classical Series Concert or at our downtown Patron Services office for $5 per booklet.

Summer Music Academy registration opens Feb 1!

Summer Music Academy provides three weeks of intensive - and fun- music instruction for musicians ages 5-23, beginning to advanced. Learn more at

Symphony presents $48,000 check to RCU for fire relief

Director of Development Ben Taylor (left) and President & CEO Alan Silow of the Santa Rosa Symphony present a $48,000 check to Redwood Credit Union President & CEO Brett Martinez and Assistant Vice President of Community Programs Meg Cadiz. Photo Credit: Redwood Credit Union

The Symphony presented a $48,000 check to Redwood Credit Union for the North Bay Fire Relief Fund December 6, a testament to SRS patrons’ generous outpouring of support at our free November 20 concert, benefiting the recovery efforts and victims of last year’s devastating wildfires.
The concert drew 1,300 attendees and raised nearly $115,000 to date, allowing the Symphony to also donate $48,000 to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund of Community Foundation Sonoma County and $10,300 to Sonoma State University’s Noma Gives, which supports mid- to long-term recovery efforts for fire-affected students, faculty and staff of Sonoma State. In the weeks following these donations, the Symphony received fire-relief gifts totaling more than $8,000, which will be distributed among the same three fire relief funds.

Clover Sonoma increases music education support

Clover Sonoma deepened its commitment and support of SRS music education programs by becoming the naming sponsor of the Clover Sonoma Free Concerts for Youth on February 8, and Clover Sonoma IGNITE! Concerts on May 3.
For more than a decade, Clover Sonoma has been a generous supporter of SRS music education. For the last several years, it helped provide access to inspirational and engaging performances for 1,500–2,000 local students annually.
IGNITE! provides curricular materials to non-music teachers, at no cost, that help fulfill English, music and science state standards. These lessons culminate in a free, collaborative performance that invites students to join in making music by playing recorders or singing from their seats. Both Free Concerts for Youth and IGNITE! seek to foster a connection to classical music and live performance in our young people, empowering their engagement with an art form to which they might otherwise not be exposed. These free, interactive performances reach 7,700 students and teachers a year and feature the Symphony’s professional orchestra or award-winning youth orchestras at the world-class Green Music Center.


Lunch and Dinner with friends supports music education

Have lunch and dinner at these Santa Rosa Symphony League’s spring fundraisers and help support SRS music education. “Let the Games Begin,” on February 15, is a luncheon paired with wine and a fun afternoon of games at St. Patrick’s Church parish in Kenwood. It’s a chance to get together with friends, enjoy a luncheon and games you love to play together [Bridge, Canasta, Mahjong etc.]. One winner at every table wins a bottle of wine. Cost is $45 per person. Save $5 per person if you sign up by February 1. Pay online or send a check to Santa Rosa Symphony League, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.

Whether spending a quiet evening for two or a gathering with friends, Dinner Is Served, one of the Symphony League’s newest and most popular fundraisers, is a one-night-only opportunity March 1, to dine and donate. Fabulous Sonoma County restaurants partner with the League to offer limited seats for a three-course meal with tax and gratuity included. With corkage fees waived for this special evening, bring your favorite wine and toast the excellence of the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra.  

Make your dinner reservations on the League website. Choose from these restaurants and more:  Barndiva, Bistro 29, Café Lucia, Catelli’s, East-West Café, K&L Bistro, Pamposh, Pullman Kitchen, Quail Inn, Sazon and Yeti’s in Glen Ellen and Santa Rosa. For information, call Liz Bippart at 707-227-4314. Please do not call the restaurant directly.

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