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Issue 91 | January 2018

During the first half of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 2017-2018 CHOICE Season, the Symphony presented you with three Music Director Candidates; dedicated its entire season to first responders and those who lost homes in the wildfires; produced a fire-relief benefit concert which raised $112,000, bringing together the current and previous two Music Directors; replaced instruments for SRSYE musicians, who lost theirs in the fires; and presented the first Finley Foundation Family Concert Series concert at the Green Music Center and a holiday Symphony Pops concert at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. 

The balance of this 90th Anniversary Season holds much promise with the announcement of the Symphony’s new Music Director and a long, luxurious au revoir for our beloved Music Director, Bruno Ferrandis, a celebration which will span three days with post-concert receptions in Prelude.

Thank you for joining the Symphony on this musical journey and may your new year be filled with music!

Start the new year with Timeless Treasures

Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes Graeme Jenkins as the fourth of five Music Director Candidates on January 13, 14 & 15. “Timeless Treasures” contrasts the elegance and grace of Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, Military and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan with Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, a passionate and dancing tour de force.
Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, Military, includes brass references to marching bands, Turkish influence and exudes sublime symmetry. In his Concerto for Orchestra, Bartók includes a solo for every principal player in the orchestra. “Bartok's late great work takes every element of the orchestra to the extremes of its ability both with virtuoso and with the depths of the music within,” said Graeme.

Orli Shaham, a consummate musician hailed by critics on four continents, will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, which was chosen for the 1967 Swedish film Elvira Madigan because of its mix of charm, joy and sadness. Orli is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of standard and modern repertoire. The New York Times called her a "brilliant pianist," The Chicago Tribune recently referred to her as “a first-rate Mozartean” in a performance with the Chicago Symphony, and London's Guardian called her playing “perfection." 

Music Director Candidate Graeme Jenkins, an English Orchestral and Choral Conductor, is noted for his interpretations of Mozart and Richard Strauss, as well as all the major choral works. He has been in charge of conducting the finals of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and the ARD Finals in Munich in 2012 for Clarinet and Voice. In 2015, he conducted the finals of the Neue Stimme Competition in Germany. Learn more about Graeme Jenkins and the other four Candidates in this short video.



Gain insights into the music and composers of
Timeless Treasures with Kayleen Asbo


Take Me To the Symphony

The Santa Rosa Symphony provides bus service to Sunday Symphony concerts. No more worrying about driving at night or in inclement weather, or finding a good parking space. And it’s especially convenient for those living in or near Oakmont, Spring Lake Village or central Santa Rosa.
Tickets are $15 per ride. This affordable service will get you to the Green Music Center on time for the pre-concert talks, which you are sure to enjoy, especially this year, with Kayleen Asbo introducing you to the Music Director Candidates in the first five concert sets. Tickets may be purchased by calling Patron Services at (707) 546-8742 (not available online).

The Symphony is very grateful to Pure Luxury for providing this vital service for our patrons. 

Bus Schedule:

Oakmont Bus – Berger Center Parking Lot, 310 White Oak Drive (at Oakmont Drive), Santa Rosa
Arrives Oakmont 1 pm
Departs Oakmont 1:20 pm
Arrives GMC 1:45 pm
Spring Lake Village Bus - Spring Lake Village roundabout, 5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
With stop at Santa Rosa Park & Ride, Hwy 12 and Brookwood Ave. (Hwy 12 overpass, between Vets Building and Fairgrounds)
Arrives SLV 12:30 pm
Departs SLV 12:50 pm
Arrives SRP&R 1:05
Departs SRP&R 1:20
Arrives GMC 1:45 pm


Replacing instruments lost in the fires for SRSYE musicians

When President and CEO Alan Silow heard of all the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensemble families affected by the fires, he immediately reached out for donations to replace lost instruments for these young musicians. With donations from an SRS board member and others, sufficient funds were raised to not only replace instruments for the musicians who lost theirs in the fires, but upgrade them to a better instrument that would last through college. The following instruments, suited to the specific needs of the SRSYE musicians, were purchased and are being distributed:
Two violins for Repertory Orchestra musicians
One cello for a Preparatory Orchestra musician
One violin for a Preparatory Orchestra musician
One flute for a SRS Youth Orchestra musician
One clarinet for a SRS Youth Orchestra musician
“We are so gratified by the outpouring of support for our young musicians,” said Alan Silow. “They and their parents are very appreciative and deeply touched by the gift of these fine instruments that are sure to bring solace during this holiday season and more great music into our lives.”

Community Instrument Drive

Patter and Penny Hatfield of Redwood City with some instruments they collected within their networks

Soon after SRS Youth Ensembles Manager Matt Payne checked on all SRS youth ensemble members a couple days into the fires, a community instrument drive emerged, which amassed approximately 300 instruments of varying quality for people, mostly youth, who lost theirs in the fires. Word spread through Facebook, word of mouth and an email that went out from the Santa Rosa Junior College.
Like-minded individuals and organizations joined forces and gathered donations from as far as the South Bay. Elizabeth Ingber organized a Skyline College music department benefit for the instrument drive on December 9th in San Bruno. The concert featured a piano trio. The finale, a song entitled Goin’ Home, was dedicated to those who lost their lives in the fires. The song is based on Dvořák’s 9th Symphony, which the SRS is performing in February, and which much of the 2017-2018 SRSYE curriculum is built around.

Dave Silva of Play It Forward Music School, near Coffey Park, has worked closely with Matt on this joint effort. Local music stores Stanroy’s Music Center, Loveland Violin Shop and Loud and Clear Music stepped up with donations of cases and needed repair for some of the donated instruments.
This ad-hoc group, spearheaded by Matt, has already distributed 100 of the 300 instruments received to youth throughout the county from children in band to amateur and professional musicians. Instruments gathered, in addition to classical instruments, included guitars, pianos and drum kits.

Drummer Bailey Creager can broadcast her work to YouTube again


Chris Kuhl, who lost his home at Journey’s End,
and Matt Payne

SRJC student Kassidy Sharp

Matt hopes to receive more lists of children who lost instruments from local band directors and music teachers at private and public schools and music studios. You can contact Matt at (707) 546-7097 x 216.


Advertise in SRSYE program books

Your business could be advertised on the back cover of the SRS Youth Ensembles program book at a special, mid-season reduced rate. For $450, your ad will reach more than 3,000 people, and will help the Education Department continue to provide quality programs. If interested, please fill out and return the program ad form with your payment and artwork by February 9.  


Performance anxiety holding you back?

Come to a free workshop on Performance Anxiety on Tuesday, January 30, at 7 pm at Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center. Led by Alex Kahn, Director of Orchestral Studies at Sonoma State University, the workshop will provide strategies to address issues all performers face. Open to all ages and levels, as well as non-musicians. No tickets or reservations are required for this free event. 


SRSYO Concerto Competition

The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Competition takes place Saturday, January 6, at 1 pm at the Santa Rosa Junior College Forsyth Hall. Nine candidates, performing on violin, flute, oboe, trumpet and bassoon, compete for the privilege of playing a solo with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. The Competition is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

All candidates will perform with piano accompaniment in a Concerto Showcase recital on Sunday, January 21, at 4 pm at the Sebastopol Center for the Performing Arts. The recital is a benefit for the SRSYO Tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. The winner(s) of the competition will perform with the orchestra on Saturday, March 3, at 3 pm at the Green Music Center. Concerto Showcase tickets will be available at BrownPaperTickets soonand will also be available at the door ($15/adult and $10/student).


All SRSYE Concert with commissioned work March 10

Save the date, March 10, for a spectacular concert by all the SRS Youth Ensembles at 3 pm at Weill Hall. More than 300 young musicians will fill the stage, in various combinations, to play an ambitious, spectacular program, which includes a composition commissioned by SRS Principal Trumpet Douglas Morton for the entire group.


Pops concert pays tribute to Satchmo

It’s not too late to get tickets for “What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong,” Saturday, January 6 at the Luther Burbank Center. This concert had been rescheduled after the wildfires. The concert begins at 3 pm, with a pre-concert talk with SRS Principal Pops Conductor Michael Berkowitz at 2 pm. Call (707) 546-3600, visit or the LBC box office at 50 Mark West Springs Road for Symphony Pops tickets.  


Parents of the SRS Youth Orchestra and the SRS League invite you to An Evening in Vienna on Saturday, April 14, 7-10 pm. Waltz to music provided by SRS youth ensemble musicians. Sonoma County Dance Beat's Ann and Kevin Hutchinson will show us how it's done. Enjoy champagne and pastries, too, while you place bids on the live and silent auction items. The winner of the London/Paris raffle will also be drawn at this elegant, European affair at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm, 7450 Steve Olson Lane, Forestville. Proceeds benefit the SRSYO 2018 European Tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. Tickets are only $25 and available online and at Corrick’s in downtown Santa Rosa.  

Learn how “Sleeping Beauty” became a cultural and political metaphor during and after WWI

If you love history and art, don't miss the Santa Rosa Symphony League’s compelling lecture, Sweet Dreams and Grim Nightmares on Saturday, January 6, at 6th Street Playhouse. The League’s guest speaker, Tenae Chiotti Stewart, traces artistic renditions of “Sleeping Beauty” through the lens of French and German versions of this classic fairy tale. An art historian who has presented papers at historical symposiums, including The DeYoung, Stewart brings to light themes of vulnerability, eroticism, loneliness and violence as opposed to the happily ever after scenario most associate with Sleeping Beauty.

This 3 - 5 pm presentation, held in the Playhouse’s Studio Theatre (52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa), explores early 20th century interpretations, accompanied by champagne and patisseries from Chloe's French Café.

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