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January 2015 eNotes

Issue 61
January 2015

Mark O’Connor CDs available at January concert set

You’ll love these recordings by our guest artist: Liberty! (with the Nashville Symphony); Appalachia Waltz; and Appalachian Journey (with Yo Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer). Stop at the CD sales table in the lobby to purchase. ($20 each). Mark O’Conner will be on hand to sign your copy. 

String Orchestra
Workshop dates
January 10 - May 2

Beginning musicians have an opportunity to learn to play in a small ensemble in preparation for the full orchestra experience. SRS string coaches work directly with the players. Saturday mornings at SRJC. Tuition: $275



In Memoriam:
Jean Stevens

Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown gives us the news that a 30-year member of our orchestra, Jean Stevens of Springfield, Missouri, passed away on October 3. Corrick noted that “she was an extraordinary oboist, one of our greatest assets.” Jean was also a principal oboist with the Marin Symphony, music director and organist for St. James United Methodist Church until 2011, and raised award-winning German Shepherds.

The Symphony extends best wishes to you and your loved ones for a healthy, happy and prosperous new year. Maestro Ferrandis will be busy this month conducting Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten at the Opéra de Nice in France. Co-incidentally, our guest conductor for the January classical set, Michael Christie, is the Music Director of the Minnesota Opera (among his many other credits). Please join us!

“Fiddler” Mark O’Connor headlines January 10, 11 and 12 concerts

Santa Rosa Symphony’s Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series continues with a program titled, “Wild West.”  Guest conductor Michael Christie will lead the orchestra in quintessential American sounds from Aaron Copland, including his Billy the Kid Suite, and two works by guest violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. The multiple Grammy-winning artist performs his Fiddle Concerto, which has become the most-performed modern violin concerto composed in the last 40 years, with more than 200 performances. Recently married, O’Connor will be joined on stage by his wife, the former Maggie Dixon, to perform his Strings and Threads Suite. Maggie O’Connor, like her husband, is well versed in both classical and diverse styles of music, and the couple has multiple joint concert and workshop engagements throughout the 2015-2016 season.

“Tchaikovsky Discovers America” January 25 at Weill Hall

Children of all ages will enjoy Classical Kids Live! performing with our orchestra under the baton of SRS Assistant Conductor Richard Loheyde on Sunday, January 25 at 3 p.m. for the second of three concerts in the Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series. Tchaikovsky’s most beloved music is magically woven into the drama as two actors recreate historical incidents from the composer’s life, including his arrival in New York for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891. Hear more than 25 excerpts of the master’s music, including passages from Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.
Come one hour early and enjoy our Instrument Petting Zoo. Performance is at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. $17/adult; $12/child (12 and under). Parking is free.

Lindsay Deutsch residency and concert – an inspiration!

World class violinist, educator and guest artist-in-residence Lindsay Deutsch was a definite hit during her five days in Santa Rosa. She rehearsed with and performed with SRS Youth Ensembles in a well-attended performance at Weill Hall on November 22. The 29-year-old, wearing a pony-tail and looking like a big sister, led a mini workshop for students in our Simply Strings program at Sheppard School. It garnered a video and article in the Press Democrat

Ms. Deutsch was in town as a result of the SRS Youth Orchestra being named Youth Orchestra of the Year for 2013 by the Classics Alive foundation, the organization Deutsch heads. 

Symphony League “Lunch and Learn” with French author Anne Prah-Perochon benefits Music Education

Art lovers will learn about the racy side of the Impressionists from a noted French scholar and author on Thursday, January 22 at the Sons of Norway Hall, 617 West Ninth St. in Santa Rosa. The illustrated lecture beginning at 11:30 a.m. will be presented by Dr. Anne Prah-Perochon, a Fulbright Scholar who has been awarded France’s highest distinction, the Legion of Honor, for her contributions to French culture and language in the United States. Dr. Prah-Perochon is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal Francais and France Today.
Tickets for this Symphony League Festival of Parties event are $40 each and can be purchased online or by sending a check to Symphony League, FOP, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.


February 22 “Night at the Oscars” benefits music education

Dodge the paparazzi as you walk the red carpet dressed as your favorite movie character or in your glitziest glam. You are invited to the most coveted ticket on Oscar night—the Symphony League’s first annual Academy Awards party. Beginning at 6 p.m., you’ll watch the show on a big screen, and enjoy a banquet of heavy hors d’oeuvres. Test your knowledge of movie lore and win fun prizes in the Movie Trivia Contest. Snag a great deal from the silent auction; win a prize for best costume. It will be an evening to remember at Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor. Tickets are $75 per person ($45 may be tax deductible). Reserve online now. Call Liz for further information. (707) 292-9787

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