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I hope you're getting a chance to enjoy this beautiful spring weather we've been having! Since moving to Santa Rosa last August, Chloe and I haven't been able to get out too much, but we've made a point of exploring more of Sonoma County recently. Having a new Corgi puppy that needs to interact with other dogs is a perfect excuse for excursions to parks and beaches.
Musically-speaking, there is certainly a feeling of cautious optimism around our industry. My colleagues across the U.S. and I are starting to dust off old projects that had been put on hold and think about applying some of the lessons we've learned in 2020. As you may have guessed, one of the most important lessons is how to continue using new technology effectively – whether video recording performances or raising awareness of our work through social media. One of the many wonderful unintended consequences of streaming our performances for free online is that the Santa Rosa Symphony now has a considerable reach to music lovers throughout our county, country, and even the world. I am not sure if streaming full performances online, once our concert hall is full, will continue, but I am excited that we have a new way to tell our story even when we're not performing – maybe it's giving a behind-the-scenes look at a special project, sharing our amazing new commissioned works online so that our performance is truly a "world" premiere, or creating a more complete concert experience with in-depth interviews with guest artists, which could be enjoyed before you even come to the concert hall.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, of course, and I look forward to sharing more ideas as we continue to look towards the fall. In the meantime, all of us at the Santa Rosa Symphony continue to be so grateful for your support and enthusiasm as we continue this virtual season! Dreaming big for the future is only possible because of the work we are doing today, and you are keeping us going! Thank you!
Sincerely yours,
SRS Apr 25: 2 record-breaking women in 1 concert!
A word to season subscribers
Summer Music Academy registration is open
Aspirante Youth Orchestra performs April 24
Meet Our Musicians: Meg Eldridge, viola
Simply Strings resumes
The Redwood Violin is finished!
Free Concerts for Youth goes virtual again on April 29
Auditions open for Training Young Musicians Ensembles
SRS League offers virtual spring events

SRS Apr 25: 2 record-breaking women in 1 concert!

Each earned Pulitzer Prize firsts in Music Composition

Caroline Shaw

Youngest Recipient

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

First Female Recipient 

On April 25, Francesco and the Symphony offer works by these two powerhouses, along with Arturo Márquez' festive Danzón No. 4 for Chamber Orchestra and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Sting Orchestra. The multi-talented Caroline Shaw is an award-winning composer, a violinist, a vocalist and a producer. Shaw's Entr'acte for String Orchestra, which will open the concert, delights musicians and captures audiences as it takes a minuet and a trio on a play date.

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, the Symphony's Artistic Partner, is a prolific composer, who is one of the most-performed living composers in the United States. Beloved Concertmaster Joseph "Joe" Edelberg steps into the spotlight for Zwilich's Romance for Violin and Orchestra, a work that she says "celebrates some of the simple pleasures of playing the fiddle...." 
The SRS @ Home Apr 25 virtual concert is sponsored by Viking Cruises, which is matching donations, dollar for dollar, during the event. 

A word to season subscribers

The Symphony typically sends out season subscription renewal information in March for the upcoming season. Given the uncertainty our region is still experiencing due to the pandemic, we have postponed subscription renewals to allow more time to determine what the next season might look like and when we can expect to be back in the hall. We will continue to keep you informed as we move through this process.  

In these uncertain times, one thing is certain: The Santa Rosa Symphony will continue, in the 2021-2022 season, to provide you the very best possible musical offerings with imagination, innovation and inspiration. Thank you again for being a part of the Symphony family and supporting us through this challenging time. 


Summer Music Academy registration is open!

Summer Music Academy takes place July 12-30, 2021, Monday through Friday 9 am-3 pm at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa. With strict COVID-19 health and safety protocols, young musicians ages 7-23 have fun while learning to play an instrument for the first time or enriching their music studies, with workshops for violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar. This three-week, music-immersion camp also features classes in movement, theory and rhythm. Advanced students enjoy chamber or jazz ensembles, and may choose from composition, conducting and improvisation classes. Faculty are professional musicians, including members of the Santa Rosa Symphony.  
Register a young person for SMA

Aspirante Youth Orchestra performs April 24

Aspirante Youth Orchestra presents a virtual performance of The Moldau by Smetana on April 24. Enjoy the event on the SRS Education YouTube Channel.
AYO Concert on YouTube - available April 24

Meet Our Musicians

Meg Eldridge, Viola

Meg Eldridge has played the viola since she was nine years old. Her uncle played the viola in the San Francisco Symphony. Entranced by the viola’s tone, Meg followed in his footsteps. Meg has played in all the Bay Area orchestras. Prior to the pandemic, she had regular engagements with the Monterey Symphony, the Sacramento Philharmonic and the Symphony Silicon Valley. She currently plays with the Marin Symphony and the Carmel Bach Festival, and also performs Baroque music in various chamber orchestras.
During the pandemic, she has performed with a piano quartet, various string quartets and trios for live streaming, and in trios for summer outdoor festivals. Her teaching schedule includes in-person string lessons at a private school, private students and coaching chamber music groups for the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra. 
Meg’s favorite Santa Rosa Symphony memories include performing Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with Jeffrey Kahane conducting and “the stupendous baritone soloist Thomas Quastoff,” in addition to performing on stage with Yo-Yo Ma and Hilary Hahn. 
Outside of music, Meg’s passions are running, tennis, CrossFit, reading, gardening and her long-haired dachshunds. She also climbed to the base camp of Mt Everest! 

Simply Strings resumes

For the first time since the onset of the pandemic, Simply Strings is holding socially distanced, in-person classes for violin, viola, cello and bass, as well as musicianship and music theory, after school, four days a week at the Bayer Farm community garden across the street from Sheppard Elementary School. The Simply Strings Integrated Roseland Program has been so successful that it may continue for a third session, serving all nine third-grade classrooms in the Roseland School District, and the Institute is looking for ways for it to continue once children return to the classroom.

The Redwood Violin is finished!

The Redwood Violin is ready to be played! The hand-off of this lovingly made, locally sourced artwork will take place April 9 at the studio of the creator of the project, Andrew Carruthers. Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (YPCO) Director Aaron Westman and composer Gwendolyn Przyjazna (17), who has composed Concertina for Violin and Strings specifically for this instrument, will be present when Aeden Seaver (16), co-concertmaster of YPCO who will perform the premiere, receives the instrument. The premiere is part of a concert that will be recorded at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma. The program will also feature a piece with SRS Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong as guest soloist on the harpsichord. The performance will be on YouTube in May. Stay tuned!

If you missed the big spread in The Press Democrat about the luthier and this project, you can still find it here

Free Concerts for Youth goes virtual again on April 29

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra presents virtual Free Concerts for Youth on April 29. As they did for a similar event in February, schools have signed up for the popular concerts and, because there is no transportation expense, more children from the same schools will be able to attend. The young musicians from the youth orchestra will explain and demonstrate how their instruments work, and the members of the orchestra will play for the schoolchildren.

Auditions open for Training Young Musicians Ensembles

The Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education has a place for young musicians ages 5 to 23, with five levels of performing ensembles. All auditions are virtual and are due in early August. Find more information and audition materials for the 2021-22 season on the website by clicking on the button below. The Institute staff looks forward to more exciting musical adventures in the fall as they welcome new students. 
Learn more about auditions

SRS League offers virtual spring events

The SRS League's usual comprehensive list of “Festival of Parties” events is revised this year as free YouTube productions. Available now is Brahm’s Trio Opus 114 for clarinet, cello and piano performed by Roy Zajac, clarinet faculty at SSU and principal clarinetist at Santa Rosa Symphony. Joining him will be Marilyn Thompson, piano faculty at SSU, Jill Brindel, cellist at San Francisco Symphony and cello faculty at SSU. The concert was performed at the home of Marilyn Thompson.

“I think we all just needed some Brahms time," said Roy. "This is also a great piece in light of the Symphony doing the Brahm’s Serenade #2 [in March]." Festival of Parties organizers, Julia Wilkinson and former League President, Jackie Reinhardt asked Roy last fall if he would do a music piece for FOP. This concert was his amazing and gracious response. Please find this uplifting program on the League YouTube channel. Look for Santa Rosa Symphony League House Concert.
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Photos of Francesco and boy playing trumpet by Susan and Neil Silverman Photography. Shaw by Kait Moreno, Zwilich by Bill Keefrey and SMA girls by Kate Maywychuk. 

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