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April 2013 eNotes

Issue 44
May 2013
Symphony Pops
Tribute to Neil Diamond
April 21
Soak up the legendary music of the great singer-songwriter Neil Diamond as presented by Super Diamond and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Dozens of hits including “Love on the Rocks,” "America,” “Sweet Caroline.” Remember, tickets are available only from Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. (707) 546-3600.
SMA July 8-27
Early Bird Discount

To receive a $25 discount on tuition for this year’s Summer Music Academy, your full payment with completed registration form is due by April 1, 2013. For fee information and detailed descriptions of our exciting, expanded offerings, click here.
Symphony Youth Ensembles
in Human Race May 11
Please join us on Saturday, May 11 in a benefit for our young musicians. Walk, run, or simply pledge your support for the SRS Youth Ensembles here. In the next issue of eNotes, you will find information about this year’s Human Race and how to walk with our contingent. It’s fun!
Peter & the Wolf
Family Concert 
Symphony musicians got into the spirit on Sunday, February 24. They are pictured here with Maggie Petersen and Douglas MacIntyre of Magic Circle Mime Co. From left: Laura Reynolds, oboe (the Duck), Maggie Petersen (Peter); Roy Zajac, clarinet (the Cat); Douglas MacIntyre, (the Wolf); and Kathleen Reynolds, flute (the Bird). More than 1400 tickets were sold for this show.

Be sure to read the highlights of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 2013-2014 season, our 86 performance year, in this issue. Current subscribers are encouraged to renew before the April 12 deadline to retain their seats. If you are not a subscriber but would like to have seating priority and other benefits available only to season subscribers, call our Patron Services office at 54-MUSIC and staff will be happy to guide you through the subscription order process.
The third performance in the Sonoma Paradiso Foundation Family Concert Series is coming up on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. Join conductor Randall Craig Fleischer and narrator Heidi Joyce for laughs and audience participation in a program that explores the relationship between rhythm in music and rhythm in daily life. Don’t forget to visit our pre-concert Instrument Petting Zoo at 2 p.m. Kids of all ages will have a delightful time.
The Discovery Open Rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 2 p.m. has been moved due to Sonoma State University graduation ceremonies that afternoon.

The new date is Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Weill Hall. Those who have already purchased tickets may attend the Friday evening Open Rehearsal; your tickets are still valid. If you are not able to attend on May 10, please call the Symphony Patron Services Office and staff will assist you in exchanging your tickets for another performance or in returning them for a tax deductible donation.
Did you know that you can donate for the 2013-2014 year through the subscription renewal process? By adding a donation of any amount to your season renewal form, you strengthen your connection to a deeply-rooted community arts organization. We rely on the generosity of audience members to keep tickets affordable, to ensure that our young musicians thrive and that students in Sonoma County schools have access to musical experiences.
Everyone, no matter what age or income level, deserves to have music in their lives. Our substantial and loyal audience helps us fulfill our mission “to inspire and engage the residents of our region with the finest of musical performances and educational programs…” Thank you.
This is an event sure to interest the baby boomers among us who remember black-and-white TVs, party-line telephones and the Camelot years of the 60s when Jacqueline Kennedy’s style and grace influenced the world. League member Elizabeth Kern’s first novel, Wanting to be Jackie Kennedy, was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition. Hear the author read from her book at a Symphony League Festival of Parties luncheon on Thursday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m.  Tickets are $35. For reservations and location, call (707) 539-6073.
SRS Youth Ensembles perform their end-of-year concerts at the beginning of May. The next issue of eNotes contains performance details and features an interview with the Preparatory Orchestra conductor Tristan Arnold.
Preparatory Orchestra Concert
Friday, May 3
7 p.m.  Glaser Center
547 Mendocino Avenue


Youth Orchestra & Repertory Orchestra Concert
Saturday, May 4

3 p.m.  Weill Hall
Green Music Center

Maestro Bruno Ferrandis returns for his eighth illustrious season presiding over a blend of encore performances by favorite guest soloists and debut appearances by other stellar performers. Three prestigious premieres—one world and two American—get top billing, and combine with Ferrandis’ trademark blend of classic and contemporary programming choices.
“The season is eclectic and full of grand works,” Ferrandis said, “audience artistic favorites, new works and an exciting expansion of our educational efforts, including the residency with famed violinist Midori.”
The 7-concert Classical Series – “Encores and Debuts”
The Classical Series consists of seven triple sets: seven Saturdays at 8 p.m., seven Sundays at 3 p.m. and seven Mondays at 8 p.m. This year the series features a blend of masterwork encores including: Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony; Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony; Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius; and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Among the pieces never before played on the SRS stage are: Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony; several selections from Gershwin; the Haydn Mass No. 10; a John Adams fanfare; and Mozart’s Symphony No. 15.
The Santa Rosa Symphony is honored to present three prestigious premieres:
1) A world premiere viola concerto by the critically-acclaimed, Iranian-born composer Behzad Ranjbaran. It will be performed by principal violist of the London Symphony Orchestra, virtuoso Paul Silverthorne, making his debut with the Santa Rosa Symphony; 2) The American premiere of Resurgence by contemporary Norwegian composer Ørjan Matre; 3) The American premiere of Zhao Jiping’s Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra conducted by Enrique Diemecke, in a return podium engagement. Wu Man, Musical America’s 2013 “Instrumentalist of the Year,” will perform the concerto for her exquisite Chinese stringed instrument in her debut with our orchestra.
While the brilliant soloists mentioned above are making their first appearance with the Santa Rosa Symphony, the other five guest artists are “back by popular demand.” Tedi Papavrami returns to play Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Maya Beiser plays not one, but two cello concertos. Mezzo-soprano Christine Brandes is featured in Bernstein’s Jeremiah. Van Cliburn silver medalist Philippe Bianconi, returns to perform Grieg’s piano concerto. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker encores with Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Music of the Spheres: Sounds of Eternity
Orchestral Choral Concert

Saturday November 23, 2014  at 3 p.m. 
Santa Rosa Symphony’s annual collaboration with Sonoma Bach Choir, conducted by Robert Worth, will present masters of the Renaissance, Baroque and modern era to paint “the beyond” in musical terms.
The Sonoma Paradiso Foundation
Family Concert Series

October 20, 2013; January 19 and April 6, 2014 at 3 p.m. 
Children of all ages are invited for hands-on family fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo at three Sunday matinee performances: Wild Animal Kingdom; The Mozart Experience with Magic Circle Mime Company; and Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Classical Kids Live!

Kahane and Ferrandis: One Night Only
A Special Benefit Performance
Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7 p.m. 
Symphony subscribers have the first opportunity to select their seats for this tour de force performance—Jeffrey Kahane at the piano and Bruno Ferrandis conducting the orchestra for Santa Rosa Symphony’s major fundraiser of the year.  On the program are the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 and the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2. Proceeds support the Symphony’s artistic and educational programs. Tickets: are $50, $75, $125. Enhance your concert experience with a black-tie-optional reception in Prelude Restaurant for $250 per person.
Please call Symphony Patron Services at (707) 54-MUSIC with questions about the musical offerings or tickets for our “Encores & Debuts” 2013-2014 season. Details about individual concerts can be found at the Symphony website.
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