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I can't tell you how thrilled and grateful I am that we will be joining together back in the Green Music Center for the start of our season! Having our full orchestra on stage and our beloved audience in the hall is a moment I have long been waiting for—as I'm sure you have as well! I have had plenty of time to think about just how incredible it is to experience a live orchestra: over seventy musicians all perfectly in sync—technically, artistically and emotionally. That focused energy, the expressive range and the timbres of all the different instruments is something I know we have all missed. Our first program celebrates all of this, and the way music connects us. Elgar's magnificent Enigma Variations is inspired by friendships and each variation explores both intimate moments, as well as awe-inspiring fanfares. I also look forward to celebrating the brilliant and exciting voices of today through our Composer-in-Residence Gabriella Smith and guest violinist Julian Rhee.
Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support as we return to live performances!
Sincerely yours,


Elgar & Mozart is this weekend!
Celebration 2021! Honoring SRS Pres & CEO Alan Silow
Youth Ensembles together again
Music education making a difference
SRS League is looking for friends

ELGAR & MOZART is this weekend!

October 2-4

Prize-winning violinist Julian Rhee takes the spotlight for Mozart's most-beloved Violin Concerto, his Turkish. Inspired by the exotic folk music of the Hungarian empire, Mozart’s festive and playful last, and most mature, violin concerto delights with endless invention as it alternates the gracious elegance of a Minuet with a boisterous Bachanalian frenzy.

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor 
Julian Rhee, violin

LIBBY LARSENDeep Summer Music
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
EDWARD ELGAREnigma Variations

Health & Safety requirements for Elgar & Mozart 

 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 (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
Get your tickets for Elgar & Mozart

Honoring SRS Pres & CEO Alan Silow

November 5, 5:30 pm

Join your friends and fellow Symphony supporters for an elegant evening of fine wine, gourmet food, a music recital, engaging conversation with other music lovers, and an opportunity to celebrate the Symphony's stalwart leader (on his birthday!), while supporting young Sonoma County students with the gift of music. An evening to remember, as you invest in their future. 

This intimate affair will have no more than 166 people in attendance, with plenty of room to spread out in the spacious Green Music Center. With your safety in mind, all attendees will provide proof of full vaccination and remain masked when not eating or drinking.  

Ticket includes reception, recital and dinner.
$350/person ($265/person is tax-deductible)

The evening includes a recital by the renowned clarinetist, David Krakauer, who is the soloist for "Klezmer & Krakauer" and co-composer of that November concert's world premiere. You'll also hear young musicians play and one of them share their testimonial before a paddle raise for the SRS Institute for Music Education's many programs.

Tickets available by phone:
Enid Rickley-Myres: (707) 546-7097 x 223
Patron Services: (707) 546-8742

Youth Ensembles are together again

In-person rehearsals for the complete orchestras of all of the SRS Youth Ensembles began in mid-September with safety measures like masks, health questionnaires and proper ventilation. Several of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearsals have been open to prospective students. There are still a few spots available for this advanced-level ensemble, which will be touring Spain next summer. 

Sting Orchestra Workshop, which rehearses indoors at Sonoma Academy, includes returning students, students from Summer Music Academy and some students who are new to SRS education programs.

Simply Strings' enrollment is back to the level it enjoyed before the pause back in spring 2020. Many of the 17 Pre-Orchestra Simply Strings students gathered on Saturday, September 25 at Bayer Farm to construct their cardboard violins, which they will use to learn basics about the instrument. Simply Strings has welcomed some new teaching artists this season as well: SRS musician Jeanette Isenberg; SRS Youth Ensemble alum Kyle Craft and school music teacher Trevor Kinsel.

Simply Strings Roseland Integrated Music Program, which began virtually while schools were closed, now offers in-person music instruction to students in three Roseland elementary schools, serving 200 third graders. Darina Drapkin and SRS musician Alex Volonts meet with their classes twice weekly for 20 minutes.    

Music education making a difference

The Symphony's Education Impact Report on the invaluable work of the SRS Institute for Music Education throughout this trying 2020-2021 school year is a quick and uplifting read. It is a snapshot of the positive role music plays in young people’s lives, and a look at the creative new educational opportunities that the dedicated program staff and teaching artists have been able to implement during the pandemic, while putting students’ safety first.
You can view the report on the Symphony's Education Overview page, along with other information on all the SRS education programs and an education video featuring Francesco.
All of the Symphony's impactful education services are made possible through indispensable donor support. The Symphony is grateful for that heartfelt support.
Read the Education Impact Report

SRS League is looking for friends 

The Santa Rosa Symphony League will begin the year with our “Friends of the League” mailing campaign. As always, the funds received will be directed toward music education for students involved in the SRS Institute for Music Education. If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to support music education, please send your check to the League at 50 Santa Rose Ave, Suite 410; Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
A special spring event is in the planning stages. More details to follow. 

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 Alan Silow photos by Susan and Neil Silverman Photography;
Julian Rhee by Todd Rosenberg; David Krakauer by GMD

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