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June 2014 eNotes

Issue 56
June 2014

Discount for new full series subscribers

There are still subscription seats available for the Symphony’s 2014-2015 season. New subscribers to the full 7-concert Classical Series receive 25% off. The discount packages range from $98-$343. Call Patron Services today at (707) 546-8742 to order.

Thanks for joining
The Human Race

In keeping with the Human Race theme of “A Time to Soar,” the SRS walkers sported t-shirts (designed by Youth Ensembles parent Melinda Maniscalco) which proclaimed “Music is in the Air.” Participants and sponsors raised $15,700 for our young musicians. That total was just $300 shy of the fundraising goal.


Advertise in the
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 2014 through May 2015. Call Jennie at (707) 546-7097 x222 or email for advertising rates. Space reservation deadline is June 13, art deadline is July 14.

Participate in
Symphony Month

Agree to display the Symphony’s 2014-2015 season poster and make concert schedules available at your office or retail business. As a thank-you, we’ll provide a ticket voucher good for two seats to any one Classical Series concert. Call Jennie at (707) 546-7097 x222 or email for more information. Also, volunteers are needed to deliver the posters and schedule card to Symphony Month businesses.

Summer Music Academy July 7-26

Compose, conduct, play jazz, chamber music, percussion and more! Advanced musicians can excel at our Summer Music Academy taking place at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa. Full day or “a la carte” options include ensembles and specialty classes for students ages 5-23 (and some classes accept adults). Application and information on class schedules, faculty and financial aid are available online or by calling (707) 546-7097 x225. Join us for summer fun from July 7-25 with final performances open to the public on July 26.


We hope you’ve found eNotes interesting and informative during the past season. After a two-month break, we’ll be back August 26 with our September issue, full of news and previews. Season tickets are still available, and we hope you’ll find a subscription package that best suits your budget and schedule. Order soon for best seats by calling 54–MUSIC. Individual tickets go on sale to the general public on July 28.

End-of-season message from SRS Executive Director Alan Silow

This fiscal year was a milestone as we offered more to you, our community, than ever before. It required the highest budget in our 86-year history, as we swam through uncharted financial waters with new competitive risks. Yet, we completed a $4 million transformation campaign and had enormous success with orchestral premieres and new educational initiatives such as the Midori residency and the Simply Strings program. We should all take pride in these accomplishments, particularly when so many other orchestras continue to struggle with deficits, cutbacks and even bankruptcies.
Next season gets even better, and includes a free community concert for over 4,000 people on July 31. We will also present the world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell in an exclusive benefit recital on October 24, and end the season with a historic tour to China by our accomplished Youth Orchestra.
We perform and we educate. With the support of many stakeholders—ticket buyers, donors, staff, board and musicians—I strongly believe the Symphony is well-positioned to effectively respond to the challenges and opportunities ahead and to leverage our position of being the resident orchestra of a world class concert hall that will serve this region for generations to come.

Free concert featuring Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández with the Santa Rosa Symphony at Weill Hall and Lawn on July 31

In appreciation of the community and to kick off the 46th annual conference of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, the Santa Rosa Symphony presents a free concert with Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7 p.m. This premier Mariachi ensemble has collaborated with Willie Nelson, the Beach Boys, Jose Feliciano, Vicente Fernandez, Selena and others, as well as performed at the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards. The 13 musicians and singers of Sol de Mexico together with the Santa Rosa Symphony musicians will perform under the baton of Michael Berkowitz, the Symphony’s engaging Principal Pops Conductor.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and Weill Hall lobby opens at 6 p.m. Patrons may bring in food, but no outside beverages are permitted. Water bottle filling stations will be available and food and beverages may be purchased on site. Only low lawn chairs or blankets are permitted on the lawn, and all items, including coolers, picnic baskets, bags, backpacks and purses, will be subject to search upon entry or re-entry.
This is a FREE concert, but a TICKET IS REQUIRED TO ENTER. Patrons may choose reserved seats inside Weill Hall, reserved table seats on the terraces, or general lawn seating. Tickets will be available beginning June 2 online or by calling (707) 546-8742. 

The Youth Orchestra is going to China!

Yes, the “2013 Youth Orchestra of the Year” (awarded by the Classics Alive Foundation) is embarking on their second international tour; the first was for the Youth Orchestra’s 50th anniversary in 2009. The young musicians, parents, chaperones and staff will depart for Beijing on June 17, 2015 and return 10 days later. In addition to sightseeing, the orchestra will perform multiple concerts in Chinese cities under the baton of conductor Richard Loheyde.

Throughout the 2014-15 season, the Youth Orchestra parents will be organizing fundraisers for the tour and the Youth Orchestra members will be busking around the area to help raise the $60,000 needed. Most of the funds will go for scholarships to insure that all qualified and interested young musicians will be able to participate. The Lindsay Deutch residency and concert will also contribute to the fundraising effort.

We encourage all Symphony supporters to contribute above and beyond the usual to help underwrite this life-changing experience for our young musicians. A gift of any amount is appreciated. For information on sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 Youth Orchestra China Tour, call (707) 546-7097 x214, or email Development Director Kathleen Morgan.

Recently awarded grants

The Santa Rosa Symphony is happy to announce three grants in support of our music education programs. Our thanks goes out to Rotary Club of Santa Rosa West and Wells Fargo Bank which contributed specifically for Simply Strings —our 5-year pilot program for music training and social development—and to the US Bank Foundation. In addition, the Symphony received a grant from the Sonoma County Advertising Program to promote our 2014-2015 season offerings beyond Sonoma County.

“Kahane & Ferrandis: One Night Only”
a grand success

Piano soloist extraordinaire and SRS Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane joined forces with Music Director Bruno Ferrandis and the orchestra to present two magnificent concertos on the evening of May 22 for our major fundraiser of the year. Over 1,200 enjoyed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Weill Hall; donors and premier ticket holders relaxed at the after-party with Local Honey Swing Band providing a slightly different genre of music. A heartfelt thank-you to Jeffrey and Bruno for donating their services, and to all who worked so hard to make this benefit special.
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