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December 2014 eNotes

Issue 59
December 2014

Boys Choir CDs on sale at December concerts

We will have recordings by the Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir for sale in the lobby during our December concerts: there will be two Bach Christmas Oratorio recordings and Still oh Erden (Augsburger Domsingknaben selections for vocal soloists, choir and orchestra).

Thank you!

We appreciate the generous support of the following donors for the performances of the Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir:

Mr. Wil Craig


Next Family Concert January 25. Reserve early for best seats!

It was a swashbuckling good time for all the little pirates who tried out violins at our Instrument Petting Zoo and enjoyed the October 19 performance of our Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series. Order your tickets now for the Sunday, January 25 show, “Tchaikovsky Discovers America,” featuring the performers of Classical Kids Live and our orchestra.

Joshua Bell concert and fundraiser a success

The Joshua Bell Fundraiser was a rousing success! Special thanks to our dinner guests that evening who helped us raise over $83,000 for Music Education. Our event sponsors included: Jackson Family Wines, Alan and Susan Seidenfeld, Henry and Eileen Trione and Gordon and Ann Blumenfeld. Beautiful wines and champagne were provided by Jackson Family Wines, Iron Horse Vineyards and Family Wineries Dry Creek. 

We may not have a white Christmas or even a wet winter here, but our days will be merry and bright due to seasonal programs that emphasize exceptional singing: our “Angelic Voices” concerts in Weill Hall and our Holiday Pops at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts featuring the swinging quintet, Five By Design. And don’t forget to flex your own vocal chords at the Redwood Empire Sing-Along Messiah presented by the Symphony League on December 20. (see ad in this issue) Happy Holidays!

Be prepared for a celestial experience at December 6, 7 and 8 performances

For our December concert set, Maestro Bruno Ferrandis and the orchestra welcome to our stage the Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir, directed by Reinhard Kammler. The 40-member ensemble of boys and young men perform a cappella motets from William Byrd, Michael Praetorius, Orlande de Lassus and Andreas Raselius, an Advent song for five voices by Otto Jochum, and a Christmas song by Friedrich Silcher.

According to Gazeta Wyborcza, a newspaper from Warsaw, Poland, the Boys Choir members are “gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty that carry on the illustrious tradition of Germany’s finest boys choirs.” The choir is also featured in Mozart’s Mass in C Major for Orchestra and Chorus, Coronation, one of the composer’s finest Salzburg masses. 

Also performing in the Mozart mass, and in Stravinsky’s ballet about the amorous adventures of a traditional Italian hero, Pulcinella, are three young operatic stars: mezzo soprano Kindra Scharich, of whom the San Francisco Examiner wrote, “She truly stood out with a terrific vocal and theatrical performance;” tenor Jonathan Smucker, of whom Classical Sonoma wrote, “clear, assured, capable of evoking every changing emotion;” and bass Kirk Eichelberger who inspired Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle to enthuse, “The star here was Eichelberger who added yet another item to his list of local triumphs…uproarious and commandingly sung…endowed every episode with grandeur and controlled temperament.”
For those who love to experience the heights, depths and powers of the human voice, this is a concert not to be missed!

“A Very Merry Holiday Pops” December 14 at WFCA

The Symphony Pops Series continues its tenth anniversary season on Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Featuring the fun-loving quintet, Five By Design, this program consists of up-beat and multicultural holiday music from traditional to swing to rock that’s perfect for the whole family. Tickets must be purchased through the Wells Fargo Center Box Office (not SRS). Call (707) 546-3600. Last year’s Holiday Pops sold out, so don’t wait to reserve your seats.

Newly released:
SRS Music Education Video

Whether it’s through our in-school music programs or training young musicians, the Santa Rosa Symphony is proud to offer the most extensive education outreach of any regional orchestra in California. Our multi-faceted programs reach more than 23,000 children and youth each year.  Click below for an up-close look.


Congratuations, Tristan!

Tristan Arnold, conductor of Santa Rosa Symphony’s Preparatory Orchestra (and an alumnus of the SRS Youth Orchestra), has recently been appointed artistic director and conductor of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony. Besides conducting the PO since 2011, Tristan is also in his fourth year as the director of music at Lincoln High School in San Francisco and is assistant conductor of the American Philharmonic of Sonoma County.

We are fortunate to have such a committed music educator on our artistic staff and congratulate Tristan on his latest accomplishment.

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