Santa Rosa Symphony Logo
You are here:   HOME > News & Press > E-Notes > 2021 November eNotes
I hope you had the opportunity to join us in person or virtually for our season opening concert! What a thrill it was to fill the Green Music Center with the powerful sounds of a full orchestra again and to finally share the space with an enthusiastic audience! It was certainly a weekend I will always remember. We still have a long road ahead and the future remains uncertain, but opening weekend was a powerful reminder that the Santa Rosa Symphony continues to be an important and necessary point of inspiration in our community.
Every so often, musicians have milestone concerts, maybe the first time playing a piece we loved as a child or getting to perform in a hall where we heard our first concert. These milestone concerts remind us of how far we've come and how fortunate we've been in our work. Our November program is a milestone concert for me. Our special guest, David Krakauer, is joining us both as a virtuoso clarinetist and brilliant composer in the premiere of his new klezmer concerto. I am so excited for you all to experience his unique style as a genre-defying artist, who is widely considered as one of the greatest klezmer clarinetists ever. I'm sure you will never have experienced a concert like what David and I have put together for this November program. With one of the beloved classics, Scheherazade, it will be a dazzling evening of musical storytelling.
But why is this a milestone concert for me? Well, I feel like I've known David my entire musical life. As a teenager, I remember seeing him perform with the Colorado Music Festival; as a college student, I studied chamber music with him at the Mannes College of Music; and since then, we've stayed in touch as friends and colleagues. Through it all, he's remained a constant inspiration to me as a performer, composer and communicator. Bringing David to Santa Rosa to premiere his new work is a milestone for me because in all the years that he's been a mentor and friend, I dreamed of this moment: getting to collaborate closely together and bring to life a new work. It's yet another reason I am so grateful to be with the Santa Rosa Symphony where dreams like this can become a reality!

I'm looking forward to seeing you for these amazing concerts when I can share this music with you!
Sincerely yours,


Opening weekend gets rave reviews!
Orchestral klezmer and Scheherazade on Nov. 6-8!
Symphony concert health & safety requirements
David and Kathleen sign CDs
New manager for String Orchestra Workshop
Practice-a-thon raises funds and encourages practice
Masterclass with clarinetist David Krakauer
SRSYO perform first in-person concert of the season
SRS Debut and Aspirate Orchestras perform 
Giving Tuesday gifts matched dollar for dollar!


Opening weekend gets rave reviews!

Here's what classical music reviewer Steve Osborn said in Classical Sonoma.
"It is often the case that a single piece or performer steals the show at a symphony concert, but at the Oct. 3 performance of the Santa Rosa Symphony, the show itself stole the show." He also highly praised young Julian Rhee's performance in detail. Read the full review here

And here's what some of the Elgar & Mozart attendees had to say. . . 

"I was absolutely transported by the whole experience! The program was excellent, Francesco was so enthusiastic and right on with the music, the soloist was extraordinary, and finally being in the hall hearing live music for the first time in 18 months was beyond wonderful! Elgar’s Enigma Variations have always been one of my favorite pieces. The Nimrod Variation brought me to tears!"  —Bonnie Brooks (Classical Series Subscriber) 

"I had such a fabulous experience on Sunday, October 3, that I bought a second ticket for Monday, October 4! Our symphony is phenomenal, led by the most amazing conductor, Francesco!" —Anonymous 

"It was just so delightful to once again be in the concert hall and be surrounded by the music- the orchestra and the maestro were excellent, maybe even better than before the pandemic." —Linda Kramer (Discovery Series Subscriber) 

Orchestral Klezmer & Scheherazade

November 6, 7 & 8

Francesco Lecce-Chong leads the orchestra in two traditional klezmer works arranged by and featuring renowned clarinetist David Krakauer, paving the way for the world premiere of the concerto for klezmer clarinet, The Fretless Clarinet, David co-composed with Kathleen Tagg.  

Be transported through time and space with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, based on One Thousand and One Nights, an irresistible symphonic suite that has charmed audiences since the late 19th century.

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
David Krakauer, clarinet

ABRAHAM ELLSTEIN: Chassidic Dance (Duet: David Krakauer, clarinet; Kathleen Tagg, piano) 
DAVID KRAKAUER/KATHLEEN TAGG: The Fretless Clarinet: Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet and Orchestra (World Premiere)    
Get your tickets for Klezmer & Krakauer

Symphony concert health & safety requirements 

Please read carefully.
Masks are required 
Photo ID is required
And one of the following:
  • Proof of vaccination (See COVID Updates page for acceptable forms)
  • Negative PCR COVID test (within 72 hours prior to performance)
No one will be admitted without a mask, photo ID and either proof of vaccine or negative COVID test. 

Your health and safety is very important to us. See the Symphony's COVID-19 Updates page for the latest on protocols and restrictions, acceptable forms of proof and unacceptable mask types. 
Visit the Symphony's COVID-19 Updates page

David and Kathleen sign CDs

David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg will be on hand at intermission to sign CDs. The titles shown below and more will be available for sale at Klezmer & Krakauer performances for $20 each.

New manager for String Orchestra Workshop

The SRS Institute for Music Education welcomes Grant Bramham as its new Orchestra Manager for String Orchestra Workshop. Grant is a member of Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. Grant is a professional percussionist who has performed with SRYO, the United Nations Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performs with various ensembles in the county. Grant will be attending Sonoma State in the spring with a concentration in Contemporary Percussion.


raises funds and
encourages practice

The Practice-a-thon fundraiser ends November 13. Youth ensemble members practice as much as possible for five weeks. Each musician obtains sponsors, who pledge a certain amount of money for every hour the member practices or rehearses. Support young musicians and encourage them to practice as they support the ensembles they enjoy! Every penny raised goes back to the ensembles! To sponsor a young musician, email Wendy Cilman or visit the Giving Staff (pictured here) in the lobby of the Green Music Center when you come to the hear the Santa Rosa Symphony perform November 6-8.

Masterclass with clarinetist David Krakauer

Thursday, November 4, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Weill Hall

You are invited to observe a FREE masterclass* with the guest artist for the November 6-8 Symphony performances, clarinetist David Krakauer. During the masterclass, David will work with two SRS Youth Orchestra clarinetists, a Sonoma State University student, and SRSYO alum Timothy Kulawiak, who won the Concerto Competition in 2019. 
Much of the advice given in any masterclass can be applied to any instrument. Therefore, all musicians are encouraged to observe the masterclasses, regardless of the instrument they play. 
*What is a masterclass?
A masterclass is an open lesson, during which a student performs a solo work and is coached by a master teacher. Attending audience (that’s you) listen and learn as observers. It is a fun and informative opportunity to see a top-flight musician and music educator share insights and techniques and to watch a student learn and grow before your eyes.

Admission is free, but a reservation and mask are required.  Please call Patron Services at 707-546-8742 to reserve a seat.
Reserve your seat for the Masterclass

SRSYO perform first in-person concert of the season

"Back in the Saddle Again" November 13, 3:00 pm, Weill Hall

The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra returns to the Weill Hall stage at the Green Music Center on November 13 at 3:00 pm, with a concert aptly called "Back in the Saddle Again." The program features the full orchestra, as well as one chamber piece each for strings, woodwinds and brass/percussion, including Anton Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony (first movement), Mozart’s Serenade No. 10, Gran Partita for winds, and Copland’s Outdoor Overture.
Get tickets to SRSYO's "Back in the Saddle Again"

SRS Debut and Aspirante Orchestras perform 

November 21, 3:00 pm, Jackson Theater

On November 21 at 3:00 pm, Debut Youth Orchestra and Aspirante Youth Orchestra, both under the direction of conductor Luis Zuniga, perform a concert entitled "Songs of Hope, Love and Longing" at Sonoma Country Day School's Jackson Theater. The program includes arrangements of works by Beethoven, Dvořák and Shostakovich, Anton Stepanovich Arensky's  Danse des Ghazies and Minnie the Moocher, a jazz tune originally recorded by Cab Calloway in 1931 and inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. 
Get tickets for "Songs of Hope, Love and Longing"

Giving Tuesday gifts matched dollar for dollar!

Giving Tuesday will be especially exciting this year! A generous donor has agreed to match all new donations up to $10,000! Donations to the Symphony between now and November 30 will have double the impact.
With your support, the Symphony will continue bringing transformative musical experiences to all who need it, including incredible young people like Allie (name changed to protect student’s privacy).

Allie's Story

Recently diagnosed with a rare condition called Functional Neurological Disorder, Allie’s condition meant that any unexpected noise or stressor could trigger severe symptoms, including seizures. These triggers seemed ever present, leading to persistent anxiety, leading to further symptoms—just 16 years old, she had resorted to using a wheelchair to prevent injuries during her episodes.
But then something wonderful happened. Allie enrolled in the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Summer Music Academy to pursue her violin playing. Thanks to this unique musical learning environment, and her will to persevere, Allie underwent a miraculous change in those few weeks. Her symptoms began to diminish dramatically. Episodes became less frequent and not so overwhelming, and she gained the confidence to give two public performances. Allie is now joining the Symphony's award-winning youth orchestra system with renewed hope and a path forward.
“The Symphony is incredible: they are supporting me through one of the hardest times of my life, finding ways to enable me to continue to participate in the program and reminding me that I am not alone,” said Allie. “The kindness and inclusivity of everyone is an incredible feat that I see them striving to fulfill."

In troubling times, the Symphony has never ceased to inspire and uplift thousands of community members of all ages, bringing free virtual concerts and safe education programs to everyone throughout the pandemic. And it’s thanks to the vital generosity of donors like you that the comfort, hope and joy of music continues uninterrupted.
Please consider making the Symphony your nonprofit of choice for Giving Tuesday with a gift any time before November 30.
Give your doubled gift now

2021-2022 Season - Classical Reunion

(707) 54-MUSIC (546-8742)

Santa Rosa Symphony    
50 Santa Rosa Ave, Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Patron Services  54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742
Hours: M-F 9 am-5 pm; W 10:30 am-5 pm. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Programs, pricing, dates and artists subject to change.
Francesco Lecce-Chong and Grant Bramham photos by Susan and Neil Silverman Photography,
Julian Rhee by Colin Talcroft, David Krakauer by GMD

Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.


Contact Us

Administrative Office:
50 Santa Rosa Ave
Suite 410
Santa Rosa CA 95404
Phone:  (707) 546-7097

Patron Services | Box Office:
Phone: (707) 546-8742


Request A Season Brochure