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February 2014 eNotes

Issue 52
February 2014

Philippe Bianconi recordings


We will have Philippe Bianconi’s CD, Debussy: Preludes, on sale at all performances, including the Discovery Open Rehearsal. The artist will be on hand to sign your copy during intermission at the Saturday and Monday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts.


Symphony League Festival of Parties: Let the games begin!

On Thursday, February 6, you can support music education while enjoying the afternoon with friends playing the card game you love (Bridge, Canasta, Mahjong, Hearts…) Includes lunch, prizes, a Barbara Friday sneak peek of upcoming fashion trends and senior make-up tips. Register as a foursome or come by yourself and you will be assigned to a convivial table. $35 per person. St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 9000 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. Call (707) 292-9687 to reserve your space.

Year of the Horse

3 Girls

January concert attendees were greeted by Redwood Empire Chinese Association (RECA) youth and adults in coordination with Wu Man’s performance and to celebrate Chinese New Year. RECA president Nancy Wang said, “Our young entertainers were very impressed with the magnificence of the theater. Our accompanying parents were appreciative of the opportunity for their children to participate in such a self-esteem boosting event… I’m so glad we could work together to make the concert series a grand success.”

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Our Valentine’s weekend contains a bounty of musical pleasures. On Friday, Kitaro and our orchestra kick off the New Age artist’s Symphonic World Tour with a special performance. Then follows our “Sons of the Fjord” concert set which includes the American premiere of a work by a young Norwegian composer, and the encore appearance of pianist Philippe Bianconi. Join us!

French pianist Philippe Bianconi featured in Grieg concerto
February 15, 16 and 17

Bianconi and PianoBack for an encore after performing with the Santa Rosa Symphony and conductor Bruno Ferrandis in 2008, the brilliant Philippe Bianconi will perform Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto on February 15, 16 and 17 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Le Figaro of France called Bianconi’s playing “gorgeous” and The Washington Post described the pianist as “always close to the soul of the music.”
Maestro Ferrandis noted that he and Philippe Bianconi grew up in the same city and studied music in the same school. “I’m looking forward to working with him again on the Grieg. With its dramatic opening cadenza and sweeping final chords, it will be a passionate concerto for Valentine’s weekend.”
Opening the program is the American premiere of Resurgence by 34-year-old, multiple award-winning Norwegian composer Ørjan Matre. Closing the program is the second Symphony of Jean Sibelius, the third Scandinavian composer whose work is being performed this month. His symphony is infused with the cold, clean air of Finland, with its snowy terrain and mysterious deep-walled fjords. 

Congratulations to YO Concerto Competition Winner

Zachery JorinSeven entrants, representing trombone, piano, flute (2) and violin (3), participated in the 2013-2014 Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition on January 4. The esteemed judges were: Analy High School band and orchestra director Kelly Stewart; SRS orchestra musicians Doug Morton and Marcia Lotter; and SRS Youth Orchestra conductor Richard Loheyde. After thoughtful consideration, the panel selected 14-year-old violinist Zachary Jörin as the winner.
Zachary, who is in his second year with the Youth Orchestra and serves as Assistant Concert Master, played the first movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major to win the competition. Audiences will hear him featured in the Youth Orchestra concert in Weill Hall on May 17.

Kitaro World Tour debuts with
SRS on Valentine’s Day


Don’t wait to order tickets for the performance by Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning artist Kitaro, his group (which includes Kitaro’s wife Keiko Takahashi on keyboards), and the Santa Rosa Symphony on Friday, February 14 at 8 p.m. in Weill Hall. Kitaro will perform memorable music from his albums: Silk Road, Kojiki, Heaven & Earth and Thinking of You. The artist has recently been honored with his 15th Grammy nomination in the “Best New Age Album” category.
This concert kicks off Kitaro’s 2014 Symphonic World Tour and benefits Sonoma Land Trust, Everybody is a Star Foundation and the Santa Rosa Symphony’s artistic and music education programs.
Tickets are $40, $65, $80. $250 ticket includes premier seating and a post-concert reception with Kitaro. For best seats, reserve now!

Violinist Midori in Residency with SRS Feb 26-Mar 2

In addition to rehearsals and a concert with the Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra in Weill Hall on March 2 at 3 p.m., the renowned violinist Midori will collaborate in a range of community activities open to the public. These include:
  • Thurs. 2/17 at 4 pm – Masterclass at Santa Rosa High School
  • Saturday 3/1 at 3 pm – Free public performance by a string orchestra of musicians from across Sonoma County with special guest Midori. Weill Hall, Green Music Center
  • Sunday 3/2 at noon – Free panel discussion and short masterclass. Weill Hall, Green Music Center
  • Sunday 3/2 at 3 pm – Midori in Concert performing as soloist on Bach Double Violin Concerto and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Midori with Violin
For further information on Midori Residency activities, contact SRS Director of Education Ben Taylor.
For tickets to Midori in Concert, click here.
Midori’s stay in Santa Rosa is a result of the Symphony’s being awarded a week-long residency with the artist from her Orchestra Residencies Program.This prestigious 2013-2014 residency was one of only two awarded nationally.

Symphony Heritage Society members honored with luncheon and private recital

On January 10, Heritage Society members were honored with an exclusive luncheon at John Ash and Co. and a recital featuring pipa master Wu Man. The Heritage Society is made up of individuals who have made a gift through their will, living trust or other plan and have provided the Symphony with notification.
Have you provided us with documentation naming the Santa Rosa Symphony as a beneficiary of your estate, along with the terms of the gift and contact information for your primary estate advisor? Have you decided how you want to be recognized? If you do not inform us of the complete details of your intentions, we lose the chance to say thank you and to make sure that your dreams and wishes are properly carried out.

If you would like to discuss the terms of your Heritage Society gift, please call Kathleen Morgen at 707-546-7097 x214.
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