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Issue 93 | March 2018

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This March, SRS Youth Ensemble concerts and the last Finley Foundation Family Concert will keep young musicians and audience of all ages fortified and delighted with superb symphonic music. During this time of newness and growth, of green returning to our hillsides, the Symphony will announce its next Music Director. Do you have a favorite? Your curiosity will be satisfied in late March or early April.

Subscription Renewals in April

The Symphony's season ticket renewal campaign will come a little later this season, due to the timing of the selection and announcement of the new Music Director. Subscribers can expect renewals to commence in late April. Watch for more details in the April eNotes.


Mozart's Magnificent Voyage March 18

Bring the young children in your life to the Green Music Center on Sunday, March 18, at 3 pm, to hear music from The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and other engaging works by Mozart as, with the aid of Classical Kids LIVE!, Mozart and his son Karl journey through Mozart's incredible life and music. Richard Loheyde will conduct the final Finley Foundation Family Concert "Mozart's Magnificent Voyage."
Karl longs to escape his boarding school and spend more time with his famous father. His wish is fulfilled when Wolfgang Amadeus takes him to a performance of The Magic Flute, giving Karl a chance to understand Mozart’s extraordinary life as a travelling prodigy, his pressures from family and fame, his passion for composing and the common bonds they both share. Karl and his father relive young Mozart’s meeting of the Queen of England and the Pope in Rome, visit the Sistine Chapel and enjoy Carnivale. Mozart, his son and the audience follow the Prince and Papageno as they try to rescue Princess Pamina from the Queen of the Night in Sarastro's enchanted castle. In the end, Karl knows he is well loved and  will always have his father by his side through his timeless music.
Come an hour early to handle and play instruments in the Instrument Petting Zoo, which is free to all ticket holders.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger. Seating is reserved and all patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.



Santa Rosa Symphony makes national news

Symphony Magazine, the publication of the League of American Orchestras, featured several orchestras that survived recent natural disasters in its winter issue. The article explores how the Santa Rosa Symphony and other orchestras not only survived, but responded with music, donations and support, celebrating the resiliency of these orchestras and the indomitable human spirit. Read the full article here.

This particular story did not make the article, but is very much worth sharing. Jennifer Hendrickson prints the programs for the SRS Youth Ensemble concerts. Youth Ensembles Manager Matt Payne organized help for her family when they lost their home in the October fires. Below is Jennifer's message of gratitude (used with permission).

"The Saturday everyone got together right after the fires, we were not expecting what happened. There were other families all wanting to hug us and help us, and [Repertory Orchestra Conductor] Bobby Rogers was sweating, hauling stuff out of a big trailer. Everyone was holding out things like toilet paper, sheets and towels, asking what we needed, and there was this super nice 12-year-old boy, who kept hoisting things over his shoulder and cheerfully putting them in the back of my car. It was an overwhelmingly generous display of community, and it was one of the events that still make me tear up with gratitude every time I think about it. So, we are very grateful to the [Youth Ensemble] folks."


Mission and Vision statements refreshed

The Symphony Board recently reviewed the guiding principles and vision of the Symphony, making minor adjustments, in keeping with its commitment to relevancy and vibrancy. Here are the updated statements.
Santa Rosa Symphony Mission Statement
The Santa Rosa Symphony inspires and engages the residents of our region with the finest musical performances and educational programs through its core values of organizational strength, innovative programming, fiscal responsibility, and community service.
Santa Rosa Symphony Vision Statement:
Santa Rosa Symphony’s vision is to create one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras, recognized as a model of artistic vibrancy, educational leadership, fiscal vitality, and community engagement.


Practice-a-thon continues

The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Practice-a-thon fundraiser continues through March 10. It's not too late to make a pledge to support our young musicians. Don't know a young SRS youth ensemble musician? Call the Music Education department at (707) 546-7097 x220 and someone can help you.


Three concerts by young musicians in three days!

Young People’s Chamber Orchestra’s Nautilus Music: the spiraling, cyclical nature of music, featuring a collaborative work with Bay Area classical cellist/composer/rock star Lewis Patzner, is this Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 pm at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center (tickets: You have another opportunity to hear this concert on Sunday, March 11 at 3 pm at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma. See for those tickets.  
The ninety second- to sixth-grade musicians of our Simply Strings program will perform their second recital of the year on Friday, March 2 at 6 pm at Piner High School Auditorium. This performance is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. Come at 5 pm for dinner - proceeds benefit the Simply Strings parent volunteer association.
Concerto Competition winner David Green will perform with Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra on Saturday, March 3 at 3 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. Tickets, available at the Symphony website, are $15 for adults, $5 for students, and $10 for groups 10 or more when placed in advance. They are $20 for adults and $10 for students at the door. 


300 young musicians premiere 
Heroism by Douglas Morton

A spectacular showcase concert this year features all youth ensemble orchestras – more than 300 young musicians! – who will perform together in a festival-like concert at Weill Hall, Green Music Center on Saturday, March 10 at 3 pm.

This special performance includes the premiere of composer and Santa Rosa Symphony musician Doug Morton’s new piece written for the combined orchestras. According to Morton, Heroism, a tone poem, represents the many aspects of last October's firestorm: calm but eerie, building tension, explosion and fire, call to the heroes, the battle, the overcoming, the peace and reflection. The stage will brim and overflow with musicians, with the strings in the choir loft “conversing” with the sections on the stage.

In addition, the audience will enjoy pieces ranging from Rossini’s William Tell to Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

The ensembles for this concert include Simply Strings from Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School, String Orchestra Workshop, Preparatory Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets are $5 in advance or at the door.



Preserving our past

The Symphony has accumulated a lot of historical publications during its 90 years. Most of that, unfortunately, fell victim to the October wildfires. If you have brochures, programs, etc., anywhere from 1928 to 2010 and would like to donate them to the Symphony to be kept for future generations, please contact Ann at (707) 546-7097 x 222. Your help in piecing together our many years of dedication to the community is most appreciated.


Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles performed with the Santa Rosa Symphony at the 2016 free community concert. Photo by Will Bucquoy.

Symphony awarded NEA grant

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Symphony a $10,000 grant through its Challenge America program, which supports projects that reach out to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

The Symphony’s grant will support the 2018 free community concert on July 29 and additional youth engagement activities by the concert’s guest artist (to be announced), who will partner with the Symphony’s Summer Music Academy and Luther Burbank Center for the Arts’ Mariachi Camp to deliver an inspirational and engaging presentation to a diverse group of local young musicians of varying skill levels.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to the Santa Rosa Symphony, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.” 


Great composers film series at the Rialto Cinemas

The Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol presents "Great Composer Series" on Thursdays in April. One third of the proceeds for these films benefits the Santa Rosa Symphony League, which in turn, benefits the Symphony's music education programs. Learn about Mozart on April 5, Beethoven on April 12, Haydn on April 19 and Chopin on April 26. Show times are 1 pm and 7 pm and tickets are $15. Read more about the series and purchase tickets in advance on the League's website (scroll down). 


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.



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