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I hope this message finds you and your loved ones staying well in these uncertain times. It breaks my heart not to be with you right now, sharing music together in person. And yet, it is more important than ever to keep beauty, hope and joy in our lives and stay connected to one another. Bringing a community together is one of the true joys of being a Music Director, and I am not about to give up on that idea, even as we are confined to our homes. There are so many wonderful online opportunities to experience live performance right now - from individual musicians putting on performances from their living room to archived performances of the Berlin Philharmonic being made available to the public. I have been working hard the past couple weeks to create an online community for our Santa Rosa Symphony family of music lovers on my website. There you can find out information on my Facebook Watch Parties, held Tuesday through Friday at 5:00 pm, where I curate great performances to view together live and interact in the comments section. You can also see archived Watch Parties there (or binge through all of them on my YouTube channel), listen to my weekly Spotify playlists, watch educational videos for students and discover other online resources. It's a small, but hopefully meaningful way to keep great music in our lives and connect with each other. It has already been wonderful to have many of you join me and say hello during Watch Parties - and hopefully we can continue to grow our online symphony community! 
I know I speak for all of us at the Symphony when I express my heartfelt thanks for your thoughts, encouragement and support during this time - and be assured that our dedicated musicians and I will be back on stage stronger than ever and more committed to making the world a kinder, more beautiful place. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy!
Sincerely yours,

Rescheduled Concert Dates

Showcasing Contemporary Women: June 6, 7 & 8
Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Family concert): June 14
Visions of Hope: July 11, 12 & 13
Remember When Rock Was Young – the Elton John Tribute (Pops):  August 9

SRS Youth Orchestra May 9 concert was canceled and will not be rescheduled. 

Ticket holders may retain their tickets for the new date.

If you are unable to attend on the new date, you may request one of the following:
Donation Receipt: Convert your ticket payment to a tax-deductible donation to Santa Rosa Symphony. This helps the organization, a nonprofit, navigate this challenging time, so that we can continue to support our musicians suffering severe financial hardship, remain financially viable and continue to bring the joy of classical music to this community. 
Ticket Voucher: The ticket voucher will be of equal value to your purchased tickets. Subscribers may use the voucher to bring friends next season. Single-ticket buyers may enjoy any Symphony Classical Series concert of their choosing in the 2020-2021 Season. All vouchers will be mailed in August and may be redeemed beginning August 10, 2020. 
Gift Certificate: The value of your concert ticket(s) may be applied to a gift certificate. Gift Certificates never expire and you may use them towards a season renewal or to purchase tickets to any Santa Rosa Symphony concert. 

To request a ticket voucher, gift certificate or a donation receipt, please contact SRS Patron Services at (707) 546-8742 or Hours: M, T, TH, F 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and W, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm. Please submit all requests by the Thursday prior to the concert date. 

Pops ticket holders will need to contact the Luther Burbank Center's box office at (707) 546-3600 or

Subscription renewal deadline extended to May 8

Renew your same-seats online!

The Symphony can now accept renewals online for Classical Series and Family Series subscriptions that do not include seat or day change requests. Clicking on the link below will take you to an information page, with clearly outlined instructions to complete your same-seat, same-day subscription renewal. 

In addition, to make it easier for subscribers whose lives may have been greatly disrupted by the shelter in place order, the deadline for renewals has been extended to May 8, 2020
Renew now
Francesco and his fiancé, harpist Chloe Tula, provide a remote lesson, based on materials from Carnegie Hall's Link Up for elementary school children, in which they learn to sing/play Beethoven's Ode to Joy. Enjoyable for adults, too! Find more videos on here.

Connect with Francesco virtually! 

Live-streamed videos, playlists and more . . .

Music heals, uplifts, inspires and invigorates. Combined with the sense of community and shared enjoyment of a live performance, it can transport the listener and suspend time itself. During this extended pause, in which we are unable to experience beauty collectively, please join Francesco, in the following virtual ways:

Watch Parties on his Facebook page
Archived Watch Parties and educational videos on YouTube
Playlists on Spotify

Symphony Institute gets creative

Connecting with its young musicians

The staff of the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education has been hard at work finding ways to keep our young musicians engaged with their instruments and with each other. We are scheduling virtual music activities and hope to bring joy and inspiration to our families.
Though in-person learning can't be truly simulated, the online learning initiatives adopted by all the ensemble managers and teachers have a few advantages:
  • Students can re-watch the videos for valuable repetition
  • Faculty connect on a deeper level, from their home space
  • Students have more opportunity to ask questions
  • Students have access to all youth ensemble videos and answers
Simply Strings students also continue to learn at home through the use of videos provided by the program's seven teaching artists. Faculty plans to post 2-3 videos per day, which have learning value with or without an instrument.

For the SRS Youth Orchestra musicians, remote learning has an added bonus. These orchestra members are gaining experience with click tracks to rehearse and record a piece that would have been performed at the canceled May 9 concert. Institute teachers will combine tracks the students record at home into a virtual performance of the commissioned Fanfare for Brass and Percussion written by alum composer Michael Murrin. The Institute hopes to post the recording by May 9.

Meet Our Musicians

Laura Reynolds, Principal Oboe

Principal Oboe Laura Reynolds earned that seat in 2014. In addition to SRS, she performs as Second Oboe/English Horn for the Marin Symphony and Principal Oboe for the California Symphony. Her first orchestral job was with the Santa Rosa Symphony, right out of graduate school and she's now on her fourth music director.  

Between performances and rehearsals, Laura also teaches students in her home studio and through the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Sonoma State University, as well as coaching band students at El Cerrito High School. "Students inspire me," she said. "It’s a two-way street!"
In addition to being on faculty at SFCM, teaching oboe in the Pre-College and Continuing Education Divisions, Laura serves as its Senior Program Manager, managing five large ensembles, 50+ chamber groups, two summer camp sessions and other administrative and support duties for the school.

"I’ve been working at SFCM since I was a graduate student there, and it has provided the outlet for many of my organizational, leadership and creative problem-solving skills."

Laura's music career approach is three pronged: performing, teaching and music administration. The highlight of the performance aspect, she said, was the opening of Weill Hall, with the opportunity to work with all three music directors, whose batons she had sat under to that point, in one concert.

"The acoustics of Weill Hall inspire me regularly. I often joke that I have a love affair with the hall. Of course, I have the best seat! Right in the center of the orchestra in the center of the stage!"

When playing and the never-ending task of reed-making allows, she enjoys hiking, bird watching, ice skating and reading.

Hear it again!

Francesco's first concert as Music Director airs April 26

Hear Francesco's first season-opening concert as the Symphony's Music Director. "Passion and Power," performed in October 2018, will be broadcast by Northern California Public Media on April 26, 2020 at 3 PM. Tune in to KRCB at 91.1 FM or 90.9 FM. 
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Arnaud Sussmann, violin
ZWILICH: Celebration for Orchestra         
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D major 
PAUL DOOLEY: Sonoma Strong
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
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Orchestra and youth musician photo by Susan and Neil Silverman Photography. 

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