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March 2014 eNotes

Issue 53
March 2014

This weekend!
Midori in Concert



Renowned violinist Midori caps her week-long residency with the Santa Rosa Symphony’s award-winning Youth Ensembles with a Weill Hall concert on Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m. Midori performs Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor with the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra; and Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin in E minor with the Youth Orchestra. In a reversal of the usual order, members of the SRS professional orchestra will perform side-by-side with the youth musicians. A performance not to be missed!

Paul Silverthorne CDs

Beethoven by Arrangement

Fuchs: Atlantic Riband

We will have two titles by our guest soloist available for sale at the March concerts: Beethoven by Arrangement with David Owen Norris (piano) and Paul Silverthorne (viola)  and Fuchs: Atlantic Riband with the London Symphony, conducted by JoAnn Falletta featuring Michael Ludwig (violin) and Paul Silverthorne (viola).

Subscription Renewals are about to begin

The musical program and guest artists have been chosen and the new Season Brochure has been printed. Current 2013-2014 subscribers will receive their brochure and personalized renewal form (with current seats indicated) in the month 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 our 2014-2015 season,  “Your Orchestra…Your Music,” will follow in the April eNotes.

Save the date! May 10 Walk, run, sponsor…

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Support the SRS Youth Ensembles!  Parents, friends and supporters can participate in our 3K walking contingent, pledge financial support for individual walkers/runners, or become a sponsor and have your company name/logo on our race T-shirts. Please visit our Human Race fundraising website or call (707) 546-7097 x225. More information in the April eNotes.

Summer Music Academy July 7-26 at Sonoma Country Day School

Boy with violin

Applications and information on class schedules, tuition and financial aid are available online or by calling (707) 546-7097 x225.

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We don’t know if March will come in like a lion or lamb, but we do know that the Symphony’s Season Brochure for 2013-2014 will be published and subscriptions will be on sale this month! If you are not on our mailing list, please call (707) 546-8742 and ask that your name and address be added. You’ll want to hear about the exciting lineup for our 87th performance season.

Principal violist of the London Symphony, Paul Silverthorne, performs world premiere viola concerto March 22, 23 and 24

Paul SilverthorneThe contemporary highlight of this season is a world premiere composition by Behzad Ranjbaran, whose Mithra we premiered in 2010 for the Magnum Opus commissioning project. His Concerto for Viola and Orchestra will be performed by the London Symphony Orchestra’s principal violist Paul Silverthorne.
The Daily Telegram of Michigan described Silverthorne’s playing as “Nothing short of spectacular…his musicianship is extraordinary and his interpretation of the viola’s role is quite remarkable.”
The viola’s special musical personality is more varied than many composers think of it. Ranjbaran describes his new work this way: “In my viola concerto, I aimed to explore these contrasts [of the instrument]: beauty and sweetness; agitation and angst; brilliance and virtuosity.”
In addition to the world premiere viola concerto, on the program for March are Rimsky-Korsakov’s enchanting symphonic suite Scheherazade, based on tales from The Arabian Nights and an orchestral showpiece from Borodin in which our Youth Orchestra musicians perform alongside our professional musicians.

Welcome to our new Board Members

Irene SohmIrene Sohm is a second generation native Californian, born in Modesto. She is the current treasurer of the Santa Rosa Symphony League, and served as the 2008-2009 and 1999-2000 Leage president. She has also been a member of the Symphony’s music education committee since 1994 and served as its chair for one year in the 90s.
Irene is married to David Sohm, COO of Capsilon in San Francisco, and has two married daughters and two grandchildren. She received her BA from Occidental College, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She then received a Master of Arts in voice and a teaching credential from Cal State Eastbay. She is retired now but was a school music teacher in the city of Fremont for six years, then after taking a break with her young children, she became an interior designer in private practice for 15 years. During that time she served as president of the Peninsula Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, and after moving to the North Bay, she served as president of the Northern California Chapter of ASID. She is now a member of the advisory committee for the SRJC interior design program. Her family moved to Santa Rosa in 1992 and she joined the Symphony League and became a Symphony subscriber that year.
Music is a big part of Irene’s life, beyond the Symphony and the League. She sings with the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, and as such has enjoyed performing choral works several times with the Symphony. She also is a dancer, and is now a member of the Flamenco Arts professional company and teaches two classes in their studio. Then, in any spare time left, she dabbles in painting.
“As a lifelong musician and music lover, I'm thrilled to be asked to join such a well-run board,” Irene said. “Our orchestra has maintained a high level of artistic and fiscal soundness while many others have failed. I hope to learn how all this occurs, and add my help wherever I can.”
Alan PosterAlan Poster grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn in a family of four and in his youth his goal was to master stick ball, stoop ball and punch ball. He was an honor roll student at the University of Buffalo where he graduated with a BSC in Finance and Marketing. After graduation, he spent two years at the Royal Globe Insurance Company as an accident and health underwriter.
Alan’s career in the music business began in the late sixties with the Hershman Musical Instrument Company where he started as the Merchandise Sales Manager and was soon promoted to the VP of Sales and new products worldwide. Subsequently, he became the Senior VP and owner of Herco Products where he led their international sales division with the primary focus of new market development. After a short stint at the International Musician and Recording World Magazine in London as their US ad director, he started AP Associates – an International Sales and Marketing consulting firm.
In 1983, he started Ace Products Enterprises where he is the owner and CEO. Ace Products built and currently owns three factories in China and Vietnam and is one of the largest accessory distributors in the music business.
Alan’s accomplishments and interests include being the father of an aspiring opera singer, playing classical guitar, becoming a private pilot and traveling extensively throughout the world.
“For many years, I have worked and prospered in the music industry on a number of levels,” Alan said.  “I see my involvement in the symphony as the perfect way to leverage my experience, give something back to the community, and support the arts.”

A Message from the Development Desk

by Kathleen Morgen, Director of Development

This season seems to be passing by so quickly, it is hard to believe we are just a few weeks away from the 2014-2015 Season Renewal. On behalf the Development Team, I wanted to say thank you for your generosity and for being part our second season at the Green Music Center. If you gave to our recent holiday appeal, thank you again for remembering us in your end-of-year giving.
Because we believe it is your orchestra and your music, we strive to ensure all of our fundraising is approached with integrity and sense of obligation to you. There is no sugar-coating it; we will always need the philanthropic support of our community. And it is the breadth of support and gifts of all sizes that keeps the Symphony resilient. 
Your gift really does matter. If you gave last year during Season Renewal, we are relying on you to give again. Your contribution to the Santa Rosa Symphony is a reflection of the value you place on a healthy community and recognition of the important role the Symphony plays in making this such a great place to live.
Next season is full of surprises and beautiful music.  It’s great to know we are sharing it with you!

Midori residency sparks
inspiration and joy

Midori’s five-day residency, which began this week, is the catalyst for bringing together the diverse array of people who make up the Sonoma County community to enjoy classical music in a world-class concert hall. The renowned violinist makes appearances at several local elementary schools, presenting inspiring music to excited young people. For many, including students facing significant socio-economic barriers, the free events will be their first exposure to live classical music. Midori also performs in the violin section for a “Super Strings Day,” participating with young musicians from all over the county.
A finale performance, “Midori in Concert with the SRS Youth Ensembles” is open to the public and takes place on Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m. in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. (see sidebar) Tickets are $25, $35 and $45.
Midori’s guidance at rehearsals, performances, and classes will inspire both our young and adult players, thereby fostering better musicianship, communication and parity among musicians of all ages. Midori’s residency will inspire more committed playing in the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles, and expose our local community to the joy of live performance.
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