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There continues to be a light at the end of this long pandemic tunnel. For the first time since last March, I have been able to start planning long-term. That means starting to shape our 2021-2022 season by bringing amazing guest artists, finding spots for our amazing commissions, and with my new five-year contract, looking to start an exciting multi-year project! I look forward to updating you as our future plans develop! 

By being able to continue this season in a virtual format, we have been able to reach a wider audience than ever before and launch ourselves into this 21st-century world by embracing technological innovations. I truly believe that overcoming the challenges of this season has set us up to be an even stronger, more innovative orchestra, and we will certainly continue to be a leader in our industry. All of this has only been possible because of your support and enthusiasm, combined with our incredible team of musicians, staff and board. As always, in this season, I remain amazed, grateful and humbled by the unfaltering work of our orchestra and community.

Even with a bright future, we all still have some challenging months ahead of us as we work to get back to a full orchestra and audience. Please continue to help spread the word of our virtual concerts and encourage others to subscribe to our YouTube channel. We still have many opportunities to broaden our reach and ensure everyone has a chance to be a part of our community and experience the joy of our music. 

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm! Please continue to stay safe and well in these times.

Sincerely yours,
Francesco

IN THIS ISSUE
AYO and DYO: Virtual Concert on YouTube this Saturday!
SRS @ Home Feb 28
Music for Our Schools goes virtual!
Meet Our Musicians: Suzanne Chasalow, Horn

SRS Debut Youth Orchestra and Aspirante Youth Orchestra

Concert on YouTube Wednesday, February 20

The Santa Rosa Symphony Debut Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Luis Zuniga, and the Santa Rosa Symphony Aspirante Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Jennifer Huang, present a joint, compact virtual concert this Wednesday, February 20, at 3 pm on YouTube. The virtual concert, with recordings of the young musicians, who contributed their parts from the safety of their homes, will feature works by Beethoven and Grieg. Special thanks to Children's Museum of Sonoma County for providing rehearsal space. 
SRS Institute for Music Education YouTube Channel

SRS @ Home Feb 28

Celebrate life and love!

On the last Sunday in February, the month of love, the Symphony offers a Serenade by William Grant Still, a love poem by Wagner and a lively embrace of Czech traditional dances by Dvořák. The Symphony's Artistic Partner adds some spice with her multi-textured Prologue and Variations. Mark your calendars and tell your friends. 

WILLIAM GRANT STILL: Serenade for Small Orchestra
WAGNER: Siegfired Idyll for Small Orchestra
ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH: Prologue and Variations for String Orchestra
DVOŘÁK: Czech Suite for Small Orchestra
 
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Music for Our Schools goes virtual!

The Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education’s Music for Our Schools includes field trips, called Free Concerts for Youth, and assemblies for area school children. Thanks to modern technology, these offerings will continue online as webinars. 
 
Thursday, February 11, Aspirante Youth Orchestra (AYO), with a little help from the SRS Youth Orchestra (SRSYO) and the SRS Debut Youth Orchestra, will present Free Concerts For Youth. The young AYO musicians will explain and demonstrate how their instruments work, and members of the orchestra will perform for the schoolchildren. There will be an opportunity for children, via their teachers, to ask questions and interact with the musicians and the conductor. 
 
The Free Concerts for Youth on April 29, featuring the SRSYO, will include the opportunity for students to play their recorders along with the SRSYO in this year’s piece “Simple Gifts.” Participating schools are provided with pre-recorded recorder lessons to prepare the students to participate. Currently, 18 elementary schools from Petaluma to Kenwood to Cloverdale and Alexander Valley, including the 9 elementary schools in Santa Rosa City Schools District are receiving the lessons. With no transportation costs or logistics, more children from these schools can “attend.”
 
For the assemblies, small ensembles of the Santa Rosa Symphony will present chamber music programs for the It’s Elementary partner schools and schools in the final year of the Institute’s four-year Primarily Classical program. These assemblies, like the concerts, will be a mixture of live and pre-recorded content, with opportunities for live Q & A.
 
Starved for interesting virtual content for their classes, teachers and school administrators have expressed gratitude that the Institute continues to provide musical programs throughout this challenging school year. 

These concerts are made possible, in part, by the generosity of Kiwanis Club of Santa Rosa and Clover Sonoma. 
 

Meet Our Musicians

Suzanne Chasalow, horn



 
Suzanne Chasalow has performed as a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony since 1997. She has been playing the horn since she was 10. When asked why she chose the horn, she said, “I loved the look, sound, and the fact that it was different. . . . I was a very shy child, and I think it gave me a powerful, fun, nonverbal way to express myself.”

In addition to playing third horn with the Symphony, she enjoys playing with the SRS woodwind quintet - especially when they participate in school assemblies as part of the Music for Our Schools program. She performs with most of the Bay Area orchestras, ballets, operas and choirs, as well as chamber groups of all kinds. Prior to moving to California in 1994 she performed for 10 years with the Boston Brass.
 
Suzanne finds playing chamber music very rewarding, because it gives her an opportunity to “collaborate more closely, make music more intimately.” 

Suzanne manages to maintain a busy mentoring and teaching schedule between performances. She appreciates witnessing the hard work of her students of all ages as they grow as musicians and as people.

An avid dancer, Suzanne has studied many types of movement, practiced yoga for 30 years and is currently in a performing belly dance troupe. Her hobbies include swimming, organic gardening and cooking. With her twins, whom she homeschooled, graduating from high school, she is following a lifelong dream of working in the health field. In September, she began a 15-month program to become a holistic nutrition consultant.
 
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