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April 2014 eNotes

Issue 54
April 2014

Symphony League’s “Concert in the Caves” at Deerfield Ranch Winery April 24

Beethoven by Arrangement

A one-time-only, must-attend event! Board member Charlie Schlangen, baritone extraordinaire, and super soprano Susan Witt-Butler, present a vocal recital in the gorgeous acoustics of the wine caves at Deerfield Ranch Winery in Kenwood, 10200 Sonoma Highway.

Fuchs: Atlantic Riband

This special Symphony fundraiser takes place on Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. Award-winning wines will be served and hors d’oeuvres will be bountiful. The last time Charlie sang for a League event, it sold out, so reserve quickly by calling (707) 292-9687 or emailing Liz.  $50 per person benefits the Symphony’s music education programs for youth ($30 may be tax deductible.)

Summer Music Academy July 7-26 at Sonoma Country Day School

Boy with violin

Register before April 1 for Early Bird Discount!

Applications and information on class schedules, tuition and financial aid are available online or by calling (707) 546-7097 x225.

Kentucky Derby “Bonnets & Bowties”

This Symphony League party on Saturday, May 3, is all mint juleps, “Southern appetizers,” awards for best bonnet and best tie, and prizes for those who pick the winning horses. Watch the Derby on a big screen TV and enjoy a lovely afternoon in a beautiful private home in Santa Rosa. Begins at 1:30 pm. $40 per person. Reserve at (707) 292-9687 or by emailing Liz.

A Free Community Concert

Thursday, July 31, 7 pm
Weill Hall and Lawn

This concert is a thank you to the Symphony’s new and old friends and supporters, and is sponsored in part by a donation from the Ernest L &. Ruth W. Finley Foundation.
You won’t want to miss the Santa Rosa Symphony’s free community concert with Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernàndez. This premier American mariachi group features 13 musicians/singers in “an unrivaled, uninhibited experience reflecting Mexico’s rich cultural heritage.”
Choose to enjoy the music from reserved seats inside or reserved table seats on the terrace, or general seating on the lawn. Even though the concert is free, a ticket will be required to enter the venue. 

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The 2014-2015 season has been announced! Be sure to read the highlights of our 87th performance year in this issue. Current subscribers are encouraged to renew before the April 11 deadline to retain their seats. If you are not a subscriber now, but would like to have seating priority and be able to purchase tickets for our special Symphony benefit with violin superstar Joshua Bell, call our Patron Services office at 54-MUSIC and staff will be happy to guide you through the subscription order process.

Family Concert April 6
“Beethoven Lives Upstairs”
features Classical Kids Live!

On Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m., Weill Hall will again be filled with families for the third of three concerts in our Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series. Featuring the personnel of Classical Kids Live, the program “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” is, according to Billboard Magazine, “one of the most wondrous examples of children’s entertainment ever!”  In this drama, which incorporates 25 selections from the master’s music, a young boy comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the beauty of his compositions and the torment of his deafness. The popular Instrument Petting Zoo, hosted by the SRS Education Department, begins at 2 p.m.
$17 adult; $12 child (12 and under). Performance at Weill Hall, Green Music Center

Symphony Pops: Tribute to The Beatles Sunday, April 27

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ breakthrough U.S. tour (and famous appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show) with a nationally-acclaimed tribute band featuring original members of the Broadway sensation “Beatlemania.” Together with the Santa Rosa Symphony, they’ll perform your favorite Beatles tunes just as they were written. Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. PLEASE NOTE: tickets for this performance are only available through the WFCA Box Office at (707) 546-3600 or online here.

Next season marks 10th Anniversary of Symphony Pops

With next season’s star-studded line-up, SRS and Wells Fargo Center for the Arts will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their successful collaboration. The Symphony Pops Series of four Sunday afternoon performances continues to be helmed by conductor/drummer/raconteur Michael Berkowitz, who has proved himself an audience favorite.
The 2014-2015 Pops concerts begin on October 26, 2014, with The Way They Were: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch and Barbra Streisand, featuring guest vocalist Haven Burton. On December 14, 2014, A Very Merry Holiday Pops features Five by Design. This group embraces the unforgettable melodies, lush harmonies, and swinging rhythms that evoke the names of Miller, Mancini and Mercer. The Music of ABBA on February 22, 2015, features the group ARRIVAL from Sweden, the world's leading ABBA tribute group-and the only touring group sanctioned by ABBA. You’ll hear "Take a Chance on Me," "Mamma Mia," "Dancing Queen," and more. The Pops Series concludes on April 26, 2015, with May the Force Be with You: Movie Magic of John Williams: an all-orchestral program with some of the most famous film scores in history from Star Wars to ET, from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Schindler’s List.
Now a Sonoma County tradition, the Symphony Pops concerts have been attended by more than 40,000 members of the community over the past 9 years. Subscriptions are now on sale through the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Box Office. Read more here.

Join the Human Race! Walk, run, sponsor… Saturday, May 10

Support the SRS Youth Ensembles! Parents, friends and supporters can participate in our 3K walking contingent, pledge financial support for individual walkers/runners, or become a sponsor and have your company name/logo on our race T-shirts. Please visit our Human Race fundraising website or call (707) 546-7097 x225. 

Add a gift with your 2014-2015 subscription renewal

Did you know that you can donate for the 2014-2015 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.

Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series 2014-2015 Season

A Swashbuckling Pirates Voyage
Sunday, October 19, 2014 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Marcy Smothers, narrator
Paul Murray, baritone
Tchaikovsky Discovers America
Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Classical Kids Live!
Harry Potter and the Magic of Music
Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Roustabout Theater
Subscribe now and save:
$45 for adults; $30 for children 12 and under.
Family Packages for four start at $126.

Overview of the 2014-2015 Season:
“Your Orchestra…Your Music!”

Space does not allow every detail of our 87th performance season to be listed in this issue. But anyone can call (707) 54-MUSIC and request our new season brochure. The Symphony Pops and Sonoma Paradiso Family Series return, and a special symphony benefit with Joshua Bell all await your participation. Maestro Bruno Ferrandis has gathered the best musicians to deliver the best programming for your inspiration and enjoyment.

Viking Cruises Classical Concert Series

The Santa Rosa Symphony is pleased to announce the first named sponsorship for the entire 28 performances of the Classical Series in the oganization’s history. We are happy to have Viking Cruises as our corporate partner and to name the “Viking Cruises Classical Concert Series.”
Classical Season Highlights

Each performance of this 7-concert series contains a masterpiece of the repertoire. Among them: Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and 7th Symphony; Mozart’s Coronation Mass; Copland’s Billy the Kid and El Salón México; Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, and the monumental Mahler Symphony No. 3.

Among the international array of stellar soloists are Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra and two passionate Russian pianists, Yevgeny Sudbin and Olga Kern. Travelling from Germany, the Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir is featured in the annual choral performance in December. Grammy award-winning violinist/composer and cross-over artist Mark O’Conner enlivens January with his Fiddle Concerto. And Argentine JP Jofre, performs a world premiere concerto for bandeoneón and orchestra by Pablo Ortiz in February.

New subscribers are welcome! Our Patron Services staff is ready to help. Call 54-MUSIC.

A 7-concert subscription package ranges in price from $126-$525; 4-concert subscription packages range from $76-$272; a flexible Come-As-You-Can (8-voucher) subscription is $392.

Concert dates are Oct. 11, 12, 13; Nov. 8, 9, 10; Dec. 6, 7, 8, 2014; Jan. 10, 11, 12; Feb. 7, 8, 9; Mar. 21, 22, 23: May 2, 3, 4, 2015. Concert times are Saturday and Monday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm. All Classical Series concerts take place at Weill Hall, Green Music Center.
Subscribe now for best choice of seats. Tickets for individual concerts will be available to the public beginning July 28, 2014.

Joshua Bell in Recital – A Special Symphony Benefit
Friday, October 24, 2014, 8 pm

Accompanied by pianist Alessio Bax, superstar violinist Joshua Bell performs a benefit on behalf of the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on October 24, 2014. Of the 1500 seats available, the special “Meet Joshua Bell” concert package is limited to only 80 people. Included in this $500 per person package are: the best seats, reserved parking, a cocktail reception, dinner in the Carston Cabaret, a gift Joshua Bell CD, and a dessert buffet during which supporters will have an opportunity to meet Joshua bell in person.

The Joshua Bell Recital is our major fundraiser for the year, supporting all the symphony’s educational and artistic programs, including our Youth Ensembles training and public performances, musical outreach for our schools, community concerts and esteemed guest artists.
Santa Rosa Symphony 7-concert full series subscribers have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the Joshua Bell in Recital benefit. Non-subscribers will be able to purchase tickets, if available, beginning July 28, 2014.

Dinner Party and Concert Package: $500 per person ($250 tax deductible)
Benefit Concert Tickets: $55, $100, $150, $200
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