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June 2013 eNotes

Issue 46
June 2013
 
 
Symphony of Food Wine & Art benefits music education
Mark your calendars for the Symphony League’s 38th annual Symphony of Food, Wine & Art on Sunday, June 23 from 3-6 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Community Center, 5401 Synder Lane. Sonoma County wineries, restaurants and producer of artisanal foods, as well as an array of visual artists will showcase their best. Music provided by Local Honey Swing Band and Roy Zajac and Friends. Tickets are $45, available online or at the door. 
 
Space available in our
Summer Music Academy July 8 to 27
No experience required for our beginning classes. Students of all ages are welcome. Enjoy new full day options as well as "a la carte" ensembles and workshops. Specialty classes include a violin/viola master class. Options for more advanced and more experienced instrumentalists are also available. For more information, call (707) 546-7097 x225, or download the application packet.
 
Advertise in SRS
Concert Program
Make your product or service visible to a highly desirable demographic! 23,000 program books are used in 28 Classical Series concerts from October 2013 through May 2014. Call Jennie at 546-7097 ext.222 for advertising rates and details. Space reservation deadline is June 14, art deadline July 15.
 
Youth Ensembles Auditions
Auditions for Santa Rosa Youth Ensembles (Preparatory Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, Young People’s Chamber Orchestra and Youth Orchestra) take place August 10 - 29 at the SRS Administrative Offices. Requirements and tips on how to prepare for an audition can be found here. Musical excerpts will be released on June 1. Call (707) 546-7097 ext.225 for more information.
 
Participate in Symphony Month
Agree to display the Symphony’s 2013-2014 season poster and distribute concert schedules at your office or retail business. As a thank-you, we’ll provide a ticket voucher good for two seats to any one Discovery Open Rehearsal concert. Call Jennie at 546-7097 ext.222.
 

We hope you’ve found eNotes informative and enjoyable during the past season. After a two-month break, we’ll be back August 27 with our September issue, full of news and previews. Subscriptions for the 2013-2014 Classical Series season are still available. Order soon for best seats by calling 54-MUSIC. Single tickets go on sale to the general public on July 30.
 
Alan SilowTen years ago the Board of Directors of the Santa Rosa Symphony set a strategic course with a new, bold vision—to become one of the leading regional symphony orchestras, not in Northern California, or the West, but in America as a model for artistic excellence, community engagement and fiscal vitality. No one envisioned the great recession of 2008 and its aftermath as so many orchestras across the country faced increasing deficits, cuts in their service to their community and, in some painful cases, strikes and bankruptcies. Yet this orchestral organization—your Santa Rosa Symphony—persevered and has not only survived but thrived.
 
The 2012-2013 season has been a historic milestone as we entered the Green Music Center as Resident Orchestra, a recognition well-deserved and earned by helping Sonoma State University raise $20 million through the support of our audience and patrons over the past 14 years. We branded our grand vision “Community + Excellence” and fulfilled it with an orchestral opening concert free to thousands, a new wonderfully-received family concert series, and free concerts bringing nearly 6,000 elementary school children to our beautiful new home. And our performances, led by our illustrious music director Bruno Ferrandis, won praise far beyond Sonoma County’s borders with National Public Radio broadcasts, concert reviews in national publications including the New York Times and a first prize national award for adventurous programming.
 
To sustain and expand our service to you, our Board astutely approved “For the Love of Music: A Transformation Campaign” with an ambitious goal to raise $4 million by June 2015. We have been humbled by the community’s response: $3.2 million in pledges already received as we turn to complete that final lap.
 
But the best is yet to come. Our “Encores and Debuts” 2013-2014 season features the return of beloved works and soloists such as Jeffrey Kahane, as well as American and world premiere compositions performed by stunning soloists such as Wu Man. There will also be a very special debut by renowned violinist Midori who will spend a week mentoring young musicians and performing with our Youth Orchestra.
 
Let me conclude by applauding you, our friends and supporters. What you have made possible by your attendance and donations has generated a bounty of artistic vibrancy that will benefit our community for generations to come.
 
From June 8–16, Sonoma State University is hosting the Berkshire Choral Festival, “an intense learning experience for singers who want to reach more deeply into the choral music experience…and rehearse and perform masterpieces of the choral repertoire under the direction of world-class conductors and professional music staff.”
 
On June 15 in Weill Hall, the Santa Rosa Symphony, with festival conductor Joshua Habermann on the podium, is featured in an 8 p.m. concert which is open to the public. The festival chorus and orchestra perform Mozart’s Requiem in D minor and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D major.
 
Maestro Habermann is the conductor of the Dallas Symphony Chorus and music director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. 


IMPORTANT NOTE: Tickets for the June 15 Berkshire Choral Festival concert are available ONLY FROM THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER BOX OFFICE. Call 866-955-6040.
 
Spend July 4th with the
Santa Rosa Symphony
It’s the revival of a community tradition—a family-friendly Independence Day concert with the Santa Rosa Symphony on the campus of Sonoma State University. On Thursday, July 4, at 7:30 p.m. you’ll enjoy an orchestral concert conducted by SRS Principal Pops Conductor Michael Berkowitz and featuring the popular vocalists Doug LaBrecque and Lisa Vroman. Following the concert, a fireworks display set to music will commence over the Sonoma State University campus.
 
Seats inside the hall: $45-$85; tickets outside (lawn and table seating) $25-$45. Lawn seating (only) for youth 12 and under is half price.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Tickets for the July 4 Independence Day Celebration are available ONLY FROM THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER BOX OFFICE. Call 866-955-6040.
 
 
Josh Groban in concert with the
Santa Rosa Symphony
The SRS orchestra performs with the very popular singer and songwriter Josh Groban on July 24 as part of the Weill Hall Summer 2013 series of indoor/outdoor concerts. Groban’s success has extended beyond the classical genre and into the mainstream following his rise to fame in the early 2000s with such Grammy-nominated singles as “You Raise Me Up.” Sean O’Loughlin conducts.
 
Seats inside the hall: $55-$225; tickets outside (lawn and table seating) $35-$55. Lawn seating (only) for youth 12 and under is half price.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Tickets for the Josh Groban performance are available
ONLY FROM THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER BOX OFFICE.  Call 866-955-6040. 
 
The Classics Alive Foundation, headed by celebrated violinist Lindsay Deutsch, has named Santa Rosa Symphony’s Youth Orchestra “Youth Orchestra of the Year” for 2013 and awarded a $500 cash prize to be used for music or equipment for the ensemble. The award also includes the Foundation’s sponsorship of a mini residency or a master class for our young musicians by the violinist herself. The SRS Youth Orchestra is highlighted on the Classics Alive Foundation website.
 
What is particularly notable about this honor is that the Classics Alive nomination process was completed exclusively by the youth orchestra musicians. They responded to a questionnaire and described their “involvement with music and how it has contributed to their wholeness as a person.” The ensembles completed nomination materials were not seen or overseen by Symphony staff.
 
Dr. Richard Loheyde, SRS assistant conductor and conductor of the Youth Orchestra, said, “"I was so very pleased to learn of this tremendous award from the Classics Alive Foundation. To be named Youth Orchestra of the Year is such a great honor. We are all thrilled! I could not be more proud of the  hard working young musicians of our orchestra."
 
 
Due to the enthusiastic support from parents and friends, our young musicians met their Human Race fundraising goal of $16,000. A big thank-you to the 80+ participants who joined our colorful contingent on the morning of May 11. And much appreciation goes out to our generous sponsors who helped considerably in the goal busting effort!


We want to especially acknowledge Morgaine Leopard, a cellist in our Preparatory Orchestra, who was the top Human Race fundraiser from our Youth Ensembles. Not only did she raise the most money ever raised by a young musician ($1,373), but she also engaged the highest number of contributors.

Morgaine, who lives in Sebastopol, is 12 years old and in 6th grade at Summerfield Waldorf. About her accomplishment, she said, “I couldn’t have done it without help from my mom and dad.”

Congratulations and thanks to the whole Leopard family! 
 
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