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January 2014 eNotes

Issue 51
January 2014

Wu Man Recordings

We will have several CDs (From A Distance—Pipa Music; Traditions and Transformations—Sounds of Silk Road Chicago; and Elegant Pipa Classics) as well as a DVD (Discovering a Musical Heartland) featuring our guest soloist for January. Wu Man will be available at intermission to autograph your copy.

Tickets still available for “The Mozart Experience” January 19

Magic Circle Mime Company presents the story of a mischievous street musician and her prankster companion who confront the dilemmas and opportunities similar to those faced by the great composer. An exciting musical adventure for the whole family! Weill Hall, Green Music Center. 3 p.m. concert. 2 p.m. Instrument Petting Zoo. $17 adults/$12 children (under 12).



Thank you, E.R. Sawyer Jewelers

Santa Rosa Symphony thanks E.R. Sawyer Jewelers for sponsoring A Very Merry Holiday Pops. It was a family affair, with the Van Dykes there at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on Sunday, December 15, to greet patrons with candy canes, holiday wishes and coupons for generous discounts on gorgeous jewelry. We encourage all of our patrons to visit E.R Sawyer Jewelers at 638 Fourth Street in downtown Santa Rosa.

Pictured: Ame Van Dyke, Alivia Van Dyke, Paris Van Dyke, Andrew Van Dyke, Doug Van Dyke

Get on the bus, Gus!

You can still take the bus to the Symphony on Sunday from Oakmont, Spring Lake Village and Healdsburg/Santa Rosa, and on Monday from Healdsburg/Santa Rosa. In these dark months of winter, take advantage of this convenience for only $15 per person.
Whether we can continue to offer this service next season depends on filling the buses, so consider leaving the driving to us (or actually to Pure Luxury Transportation)!
For details and specific bus schedules, please call SRS Patron Services at (707) 546-8742.


Our best wishes to you and your loved ones for a healthy, happy and prosperous new year. This month we present the American premiere of a concerto for the exquisite Chinese stringed instrument called a pipa. We hope you’ll join guest conductor Enrique Arturo Diemecke and our orchestra for this unique performance. A most exciting beginning for 2014!

American premiere pipa concerto featured in January 11, 12 and 13 concerts

The exquisite artist Wu Man, named Musical America’s 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, graces our stage in January to perform the American premiere of a concerto for pipa by her colleague in the Silk Road Project, Zhao Jiping. This composer has been called “the John Adams of China.”
Also on the program for this East/West Musical Dialogue is Mozart’s Symphony No. 15 and Beethoven’s  Symphony No. 6, Pastorale. It promises to be a unique and multi-layered concert experience, conducted by Enrique Arturo Diemecke, one of our orchestra’s favorite guest maestros. We hope you’ll join us for this sweeping program.

RECA partners with SRS for World Premiere of Pipa Concerto

The Redwood Empire Chinese Association (RECA) has assisted the Santa Rosa Symphony with fundraising and publicizing the American premiere concerto performance by Wu Man. In return, our January concerts have provided the Association with a great opportunity to share the rich cultural heritage of China with our patrons one week prior to their Year of the Horse celebrations. RECA youth cultural ambassadors in traditional dance costumes will greet symphony-goers as they arrive. Lion Dancers and the Emperor of Good Luck will welcome patrons in the Evert and Norma Person Lobby. 
RECA’s purpose is to introduce the local communities in Sonoma County to Chinese arts, culture, food and entertainments. The non-profit organization, founded in 1988, has sponsored workshops in Mandarin and Cantonese, in Chinese dance and Tai Chi as well as providing services for immigrants in translation and communication for legal or medical issues. SRS appreciates the support, friendship and cultural exchange with the Redwood Empire Chinese Association and welcomes their members to our performance home.

Kitaro kicks off “Symphonic World Tour 2014” with special concert on February 14 with Santa Rosa Symphony

Multiple Grammy & Golden Globe-winning artist Kitaro, who was recently honored with his 15th Grammy nomination in the “Best New Age Album” category, will embark on his first-ever Eastern European concert tour and debut his live production with the Santa Rosa Symphony orchestra at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, on Friday, February 14. This is the first California appearance in 10 years for the artist, who lives in Sonoma County, and the kick-off date of the tour.
This special concert on Valentine’s Day precedes our Classical Series on the same weekend.
Tickets are on sale now at $40, $65, $80 and $250 (which includes premier seating and a post-concert reception with Kitaro).
For over a quarter century, Kitaro has been an internationally-recognized icon, globally acclaimed composer and musician.  He’s one of the founding architects of the New Age music category and movement. Influenced by American rock and R&B, his pioneering fusion of electronic artistry, traditional Japanese forms, and pop-inflected Western idioms created a lush, harmonic, and poetic sound that won the now legendary artist a huge international following. Complete bio here

Save the date: March 2, 2014 at Weill Hall
MIDORI in concert with SRS Youth Ensembles

The renowned violinist Midori  performs in concert with the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Youth Orchestra (YO) and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (YPCO) in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on Sunday, March 2.  Midori’s appearance is a result of the Symphony’s being awarded a week-long residency with the artist from her Orchestra Residencies Program (ORP), a comprehensive community engagement and performance project. This prestigious 2013-2014 residency was one of only two awarded nationally.
YPCO members Emily Chu, Peter Duranceau, Aimee Gruen and Zachary Jorin will perform as soloists. Midori will perform a Bach concerto with YPCO and a Mendelssohn concerto with the YO in the second half. This event is not to be missed!

Bring music into a child’s life in 2014

Begun by the Symphony in 2013, Simply Strings  is a five-year program that targets underserved Sonoma County primary grade school children.
Every contribution you make helps us bring the joy of classical music to the children of the North Bay. Won’t you donate today?

“This is a very special kind of program that is not offered anywhere. I am very grateful and we are very lucky that our daughter can be part of it….and can grow and have good self-esteem and value herself.”
 – Simply Strings second grade parent.

New Sunday Hours for
Prelude Restaurant

Chef Josef would like to remind our concert patrons that Prelude Restaurant at the Green Music Center is open on Sunday afternoon of concert weekends from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and open post-concert for dinner. On Saturday and Monday, Prelude’s dinner service begins at 5 p.m. and is open post-concert for dessert and cocktails on those nights.
The best way to make reservations is to call (707) 664-4243. “Understated elegance and chic sophistication await.”
HOURS: Open before the concert on Sunday 1-3 p.m., and  post concert for dinner. Open Saturday and Monday at 5 p.m. for dinner and after concert for cocktails
For reservations:  (707) 664-4243
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