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Issue 97 | September 2018
The Symphony is in high gear preparing all of the pieces and parts for the 91st season, the first with the Symphony's new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. He will conduct three Classical Series concerts (October, November and January), as well as the last Family Series concert in April. Although Francesco will also be conducting across the nation and in Eugene as Music Director, he'll still be staying in touch, via a short note in eNotes, during the Classical Series season, October - May. Also new in eNotes during that time will be musician spotlights. Quizzes may also make a comeback. Don't miss a single issue.

The Symphony artistic and administrative staff look forward to seeing you in October. 

Single ticket 15% discount ends Friday

Getting your single tickets early ensures a better seat selection, and if you purchase them before 5 pm this Friday, August 31, you receive a 15% discount over regular ticket prices. You don't want your favorite concert to sell out before you secure your seats. 

Whether its outstanding programming, talented artists or superb conducting that is most important to you, you'll find plenty of concerts you will have a hard time choosing between. Peruse the seven concerts here or "thumb through" the 2018-2019 Season brochure flipbook to pick your favorites. Then you may order online or call patron services at (707) 546-8742 for assistance. 
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A life-changing cello

Tule (which means hummingbird in the Pomoan tongue) lives with a tribal elder in Stewart’s Point and attends Kashia School on the Pomo Indian Reservation. When the SRS Institute for Music Education contacted Tule's school principal about bringing a group from SRS to perform there as part of the Primarily Classical program, she mentioned Tule, who had her heart set on learning to play the cello. The cello search ensued. 

Because of the fire relief instrument drive, the Symphony did have a cello and had a luthier repair it. In the picture above, Amelia Stock-Cummings, principal cello of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra is giving Tule her first cello lesson. They will have Skype lessons and, on occasion, Amelia will travel to Stewart’s Point for a face-to-face meeting.

Additionally, the school has been gifted with a number of recorders and the IGNITE! recorder teaching guide. Symphony staff may not always see the lives its programs touch, but, in this case, it is clear!


Summer Music Academy - a resounding success!

Two-hundred and one young musicians in the Summer Music Academy learned all aspects of music for three weeks, July 9-27. The last two days of the session were devoted to open houses, during which students showcased their newfound skills. The final concert on July 28 featured students from Performance Academy classes, including the new chamber ensembles.

SRS Institute for Music Education looks forward
to the 2018-2019 season

With our new name and some new conductors, the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education looks forward to a jam-packed season filled with music by and for young people throughout Sonoma County. The Primarily Classical series continues for the second season, with SRS musicians playing in small ensembles in 27 elementary schools. Simply Strings, our El Sistema-inspired social action program, enters its sixth season at Sheppard Elementary School, with 90 new and continuing young string musicians. This year there will be one Simply Strings Orchestra, conducted by Jerome Fleg. Here are some other highlights of the 2018-2019 season:
  • SRSYO Retreat
  • Two concerts featuring Debut Youth Orchestra and Aspirante Youth Orchestra: “Stories in Sound” November 11, and “Spring Dreams” in April at the Jackson Theater.
  • Members of SRSYO will perform Leonard Bernstein’s Candide side-by-side with SRS on November 3 and 4.
  • Two concerts featuring Young People’s Chamber Orchestra. "Ariadne meets Frankenstein: Mythology and Monsters" on November 4, at the historic, artsy Phoenix Theater in Petaluma. The final concert will also be there in March.
  • Three concerts featuring Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra: “New Beginnings,” November 10; “Concerto Concert,” March 9; and “Good Grief, Mr. Brahms!” May 11, all at Weill Hall in the Green Music Center.
  • Simply Strings recitals at Piner High School in November, March and May.
  • Free Concerts for Youth (FCFY) Feb. 7, with SRSYO and Simply Strings.
  • A side-by-side with Debut Youth Orchestra and Napa Valley Youth Symphony in Napa in February.
  • FCFY May 3, with Aspirante Youth Orchestra & IGNITE!

California Arts Council doubles support of Symphony

The California Arts Council, recognizing  the incredible community value of the Symphony’s educational outreach, has doubled its grant support! The Symphony received 2018–2019 grant awards for It’s Elementary and the El Sistema-inspired afterschool program, Simply Strings.

The California Arts Council is in its second year supporting It’s Elementary, a program of the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education, run by the Institute in six elementary schools annually, fulfilling Common Core, Visual & Performing Arts, and Next Generation Science Standards with a curriculum of daily listening and response, professional development for teachers, instrument training and interactive, educational concerts, on and off campus, by professional and peer musicians.

California Arts Council Chair Nashormeh Lindo said, “These early life experiences can spark interests, provoke thought, and build a student’s capacity for success. The path of what’s possible is widened by every opportunity to step outside the familiar."

This is the California Arts Council’s first year providing grant funds for Simply Strings, the Symphony’s transformative afterschool program, which aims to improve access to music education for under-served children and spark positive, community-wide social change. In partnership with Roseland Public Schools, Simply Strings makes a seven-year commitment to each of its students, from grades two through eight, fostering academic success, emotional health, and pro-social skills through free, daily instruction and mentorship.

"Projects like Simply Strings allow for the positive impacts of arts engagement to continue undeterred,” said Lindo, in that award letter.

It's not too late to join the family

Secure your same seat for all seven Classical Series Concerts at a 20% discount over single ticket prices, enjoy free ticket exchanges, a restaurant discount card for participating restaurants, two complimentary tickets to a SRS Youth Orchestra concert, purchase additional tickets at 15% off. And best of all? Don't miss a single concert in this superbly programmed season.
Photo by Susan and Neil Silverman Photography.
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If you already purchased Classical Series season tickets,
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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.
This affordable service will get you to the Green Music Center on time for the pre-concert talks, which you are sure to enjoy. Tickets may be purchased by calling Patron Services at (707) 546-8742 (not available online).

Bus Schedule:

Oakmont Bus – Berger Center Parking Lot, 310 White Oak Drive (at Oakmont Drive), Santa Rosa
Arrives Oakmont 1:00 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


Interactive concert with Allen Biggs

Join the Santa Rosa Symphony League on Thursday, October 4, for a memorable afternoon of music making with SRS principal percussionist Allen Biggs, as he introduces audience members to the interesting instruments he uses to create sounds or voices for the orchestra, which cannot be created with traditional instruments. This fun, interactive event will take place at 2 pm in the beautiful ballroom at Fountaingrove Lodge (4210 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa). Refreshments will be served.
Order tickets ($50/person) through the Santa Rosa Symphony League's website at

Don't forget the program notes!

The Symphony's program notes are a great way to learn more about the works and composers for each concert. You can also learn fun insider news like how Ellen Taffe Zwilich handles the oft-asked question, "What's it like to be the first woman to win the Pulitzer for music composition?" Or what instrument Beethoven added to the standard orchestra instrumentation for his Fifth Symphony. These helpful guides are now available on the SRS website as a printable, color document, both on the event page and on our Get Cued In & Concert Extras page.

Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes new board members

The Santa Rosa Symphony Board welcomed the following new board members in July. The Symphony relies heavily on its fantastic Board of Directors to contribute to the strength of the organization and its mission. The Symphony also announced its list of officers as follows: Jamei Haswell, Board Chair; Alan Seidenfeld, Vice Chair; Jon Stark, Treasurer; and Linda Castiglioni, Secretary. If you know any of these dedicated individuals, or meet them, please tell them thank you. 


Jackie Reinhardt, who has been a Santa Rosa Symphony League member and served as the League's VP Public Relations for many years, is the new League President and will represent the League on the SRS Board of Directors. Reinhardt has an extensive background in journalism and public relations and retired from Easter Seals Northern California as CEO of that organization.


Marty Behr, a classical music enthusiast with a head for business, was part of the Stanford Business School MBA Alumni pro-bono consulting team that recently worked with the Symphony on an audience development project, and is enthusiastic about helping with youth programs and audience development, leveraging his tourism experience for the latter to develop group sales packages.   


Betty Ferris, a long-time music teacher who enjoys the Symphony, opera, ballet, museums and travel, has volunteered for The Family Justice Center of the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office, the Santa Rosa Community Health Center and with various political campaigns. She currently sits on the Board of the Sonoma County Forum and the Board of the Sister Antonia Spiritual Enrichment Center.


Andrew Lewis, who has been a musician since college and music teacher most of his life, is currently the Principal Timpanist for the Santa Rosa Symphony and many other area symphonies. He has performed in many symphonies here and abroad and holds a patent for - and has produced - a metronome. Though he has played and taught many instruments and conducted, he is a drummer at heart.

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