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March 2013 eNotes

Issue 43
March 2013
 
 
Zuill Bailey signs his new recording
Pick up Elgar’s Cello Concerto performed by Zuill Bailey and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the CD sales table in the concert hall lobby. The artist will sign your copy during intermission.
 
Season Renewal Table at March Concerts
 
For your convenience, subscribers will be able to renew their subscriptions before, during intermission and after the March 16, 17 and 18 concerts. Look for the renewal table in the lobby!
 
Youth Orchestra Festival Photo Essay
 
San Francisco Classical Voice posted a great photo essay on the Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival hosted by Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Music Center on January 20. Click this link and enjoy!
 
String Orchestra Workshop
March 9-May 4
Begin to play a stringed instrument in this workshop for adults and children!


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       Coming in March is the first official day of spring and also the Symphony's Season Brochure for 2013-2014. If you are not on our mailing list, please call (707) 546-8742 and ask that your name and address be added. It will be an exciting 86th performance year for Santa Rosa Symphony, Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center.
 

Prepare to be swept away by
March 16-18 concerts

In our “Sweeping Emotions” program on March 16, 17 and 18, Bruno Ferrandis and the orchestra begin with a Neo-Romantic gem by three-time Grammy-winning Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. Maestro Ferrandis says of this piece: “Penderecki was fascinated by the power of sound and used repeated notes, strings glissando and the inclusion of the haunting tones of the ocarina in The Awakening of Jacob. The tonal masses and timbres mix and move freely. The effect is really stunning.”

This contemporary work complements Tchaikovsky’s visionary and poignant Sixth Symphony (also his last), of which the composer said, “I love it as I have never loved any of my musical children.”
 
Completing a deeply emotional program is one of classical music’s most famous cello concertos performed by a musician of extraordinary talent. “Cellist Zuill Bailey has few rivals in terms of sheer sound,” wrote the Cleveland Plain Dealer in January. “His performance of the Elgar Concerto on his new live disc…represents the ne plus ultra of musical suavity.”
 
Not only will patrons be able to hear cello star Zuill Bailey in the glorious acoustics of Weill Hall, but they will be able to purchase the CD that the above reviewer raved about, and have the artist autograph it as well.

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The musical program and guest artists have been chosen and the 2013-2014 Season Brochure has been printed. This year’s subscribers will receive their brochure and personalized renewal form (with their current seats indicated) at the beginning of March.
 
If you are not a current subscriber, but would like to have seating priority and other benefits available only to season subscribers, call our Patron Services office and ask to be put on our mailing list. 
 
Details about the musical program and guest artists for 2013-2014 will follow in the April eNotes. Click here for a complete list of programs for our “Encores & Debuts” performance season.
 
We’ve heard from many of our subscribers and concert patrons about the difficulty of parking at the Green Music Center.

So we think you will be happy to learn that there will be no fee for event parking (Lots L, M, N, O) at the Green Music Center for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts during the 2013-2014 performance season. Symphony parking passes will not be required.
 
At 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall will resound with the music from two of Santa Rosa Symphony’s most prestigious youth ensembles -- the Youth Orchestra conducted by Dr. Richard Loheyde and the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra directed by Dawn Dover.

This concert features a solo turn by violinist 
Victoria Lam (pictured left), one of the two winners of the Youth Orchestra’s 2012 Concerto Competition. The other Concerto Competition winner, Maverick Chen, will be featured in the May 4 Youth Orchestra concert. 

If you have never heard our youth ensembles play, you are in for a treat, especially in this wonderful venue. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
 
Leslie Berrios de la Rosa has generously donated a total of 18 string instruments, all of which are child sized (for example: 1/4, 1/8, 1/10 1/16 sized violins) to the SRS Education Department. We plan to have any necessary repairs made and use the instruments for the Family Concert Petting Zoo, Summer Music Academy students with financial need and for the Simply Strings program.

Leslie, who started a business in 1998 as a Suzuki Method string teacher, shared her story with us and we present a brief version below.

 “Finding myself divorced in 2005 forced me to be very creative on how to make more income. Instrument rental at a low cost was my answer. I purchased violins, cellos, and guitars. In 2007 my business was booming, only to decline with the recession in 2011… The violins and one cello that were once rented were sitting in a storage closet collecting dust. My first intention was to sell them to a music store. In this process I called Mick Loveland, and he recommended the donation. I wanted tiny little hands to have these violins once again. That is when I placed a call to the Santa Rosa Symphony education program, and was elated to find out that they had just received a grant for an early childhood project, and that these instruments would go to good use. I am so joyful to be a participant in this cause.”
 
 
Dear Editor,

What a superb performance we enjoyed in January! The guest conductor [Carl St. Clair] was riveting, starting with his introductory talk all the way to the last cut-off of The Pines of Rome. Equally riveting was the hero of the moment, the pianist [Andrew von Oeyen], who, together with the orchestra and the conductor, played the Mendelssohn piano concerto as if he had rehearsed this with the Symphony ad infinitum.
 
All the more disappointing was the fact that our very own PD made absolutely no mention of such a splendid event. I realize that a few wrinkles still need to be addressed but I am sure that subsequent seasons will get better in every respect.
 
Fondly,
Karin H. (Windsor, CA)
 
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