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February 2015 - eNotes

Issue 62
February 2015

Jofre CDs on sale
Feb. 7-9


Our guest artist JP Jofre will be bringing us two of his newest recordings: Hard Tango and Be Like Water. Stop at the CD sales table in the concert hall lobby to purchase. ($20 each) The artist will be happy to sign your copy at intermission. 

Save the Date: Youth Ensembles Concert March 6, 7pm

Reserve your tickets now for the Friday, March 6 performance of the Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra concert at Weill Hall. Special guests include Concerto Competition winner Calvin Jin performing with YO and the indi-folk rock quartet Trebuchet (pictured) performing with YPCO. Violinist Adam Dvorak is the featured violin soloist with YPCO.

Season renewals are coming soon!

The 2015-2016 musical program is set and the new season brochure is in production. We’re excited about what’s in store! In the beginning of March, all current subscribers will receive their renewal packets in the mail. Watch for yours.

Celebrate the month that celebrates love by indulging your love of music. Our February concert set includes a world premiere concerto performed on an instrument made famous by its association with Argentine tango music and dancing—the accordion-like instrument called the bandoneón. Take your sweetheart on a date to the Symphony!

World Premiere Concerto for Bandoneón featured at February concerts

Santa Rosa Symphony’s Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series continues on February 7, 8 and 9, 2015, in Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Music Director Bruno Ferrandis leads the orchestra in a program titled, “An Exotic Mix.”  Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2, which evokes the energetic atmosphere of a Veracruz ballroom, and Pablo Ortiz’s world premiere bandoneón concerto contrast wonderfully with Brahms’ radiant, pastoral Second Symphony. However, the Brahms too has its sensuous quality, pulsing with the sounds of nature.
Argentine JP Jofre, considered the premier bandoneónista of the modern age, performs the Ortiz composition. Jofre’s virtuosity astonishes critics as well as his growing legion of fans. He has been hailed as one of today’s leading artists by Lincoln Center and praised by The New York Times for his “soulful, artful playing”  and by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as having “technique and personality in abundance for this music.”

Composer Pablo Ortiz, who was born in Argentina, had written a few earlier pieces for bandoneón before this concerto. He says, “I grew up listening to tango music, as well as the Western Classical canon and other popular genres, such as rock, jazz and blues. All of these influences are present in my work.” Ortiz is currently a professor of composition at U.C. Davis. He will be Maestro Ferrandis’ guest for Concert Conversations taking place one hour before each performance (except Discovery Open Rehearsal).


Symphony receives largest individual gift in its 87-year history

In December, the managers of the Carolyn Stone estate informed the Santa Rosa Symphony that, by the end of 2014, we would receive a second distribution in the amount of $725,000. This distribution, which goes directly into the Endowment Fund based on Symphony policy, brought the total giving from Carolyn Stone to $1,725,000—the largest individual gift in our history!
Carolyn Stone, who was a long-time subscriber to the Santa Rosa Symphony, passed away in August 2013 at the age of 82. She was a resident of Oakmont, an active adult community located in Santa Rosa. She was born in Berkeley, California, and completed her education at UC Berkeley in 1952. She worked for years as a ticket agent for United Airlines and also as a secretary for Safeway Stores. An avid traveler, Carolyn visited gardens all over the world and contributed pieces to Pacific Horticulture magazine. Her love of gardening was rivaled only by her love of music. Carolyn was also a member of the Mensa Society.

SRS and Musicians’ Union sign
multi-year contract

The Santa Rosa Symphony Association and the Musicians’ Union Local 6 of the American Federation of Musicians have come to agreement on a five-year contract, extending from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019. The agreement includes: the highest minimum guarantee of paid orchestral services among Northern California regional orchestras; a total 14% service rate increase over five years; and the addition of three string musicians, one each to the first violin, second violin and bass sections beginning in fiscal year 2015-2016.
Executive Director Alan Silow said, “The management and union teams worked diligently and respectfully to produce a new agreement that reflects a long-term commitment to insuring the artistic and financial health of the orchestra.”

$5,000 Challenge Grant established for Youth Orchestra China Tour

Susan and Bruce Dzieza and Willow Creek Wealth Management have challenged Santa Rosa Symphony patrons to join them in supporting the Youth Orchestra’s “Musical Journey through China,” scheduled for June 2015 with the establishment of a $5,000 Matching Grant. Our goal is to match their generosity dollar for dollar, raising an additional $5,000 over the course of our February concert weekend…and we know we can do it, with your help!!

The overall amount needed to support the travel expenses and scholarships for the young musicians’ China tour is $60,000, and over $30,000 has been raised to date. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will provide performance opportunities in Beijing, Hangzhau and Shanghai, as well as cultural immersion and exchange. Please look for the special donation envelope in your concert program on February 7, 8 and 9 when we will announce the $5,000 matching grant from the Weill Hall stage.
To contribute right away to the match fund, please call (707) 546-7097 ext. 214 or make a donation online. (Click on the campaign dropdown: 2015 Musical Journey through China).


Youth Ensembles March 6 concert features concerto competition winner

Congratulations to violinist Calvin Jin who bested five other competitors to win the 2015 Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition in January. He performed the first movement of Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto in C major, Op 48, before a 3-judge panel consisting of Cory Antipa, SRS cellist and Youth Orchestra coach; Jerome Flegg; Director of Instrumental Music at Santa Rosa Junior College; and Ruth Wilson of the Sonoma State University music faculty. 

Jin will be the featured soloist in the SRS Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra joint concert on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in Weill Hall. Jin is 15 years old and a junior at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma. In 2011 and 2013, he was the leader of the pit orchestra for the Cinnabar Theater Young Rep shows. He is also a member of the Rafael Ensemble, a student musician group based in San Rafael which performs at nursing homes, fundraisers and private parties. Jin, joined the SRS Youth Orchestra in Fall 2014 and is currently the concertmaster. 


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