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March 2015 eNotes

Santa Rosa Symphony - Bruno Ferrandis, Music Director
Issue 63
March 2015

Olga Kern Recordings

Olga Kern CD
Olga Kern CD
Olga Kern CD
Olga Kern CD

We will have four CDs by our guest artist Olga Kern on sale in March. Stop at the CD sales table in the concert hall lobby to purchase. ($20 each) Because she is performing in both halves of the program, Ms. Kern will only be autographing CDs AFTER the concert. 

Dinner is served: Tuesday, March 3

Special three to five course chef-prepared meals at top Sonoma County restaurants benefit music education. To make reservations for this special Festival of Parties event by the Symphony League, call Liz at 227-4314. Participating restaurants: Catelli’s in Geyserville, Taverna Sofia in Healdsburg, East West Café, Bistro 29 and Ca’Bianca in Santa Rosa. Go to the League’s website to see how many reservations are still available at each location. Sweet T’s is already sold out!

Subscribers! Renewals are coming.

You will soon be receiving your 2015-2016 subscription renewal packet in the mail. Renew by phone, in person at the SRS Patrons Services Office or at a renewal table set up in the lobby of Weill Hall during the March 21, 22 and 23 concerts. Renewal deadline for same seats is April 10. Your customized renewal form and new season brochure should arrive in the 2nd week of March.

Save the date

The 2nd and 3rd grade violinists of the Simply Strings will perform at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County on April 25 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Mark your calendars. Tickets are $7 for both adults and children. Details will follow in the April edition of eNotes.

It’s a big month in Education news. First, our generous supporters matched the $5,000 grant announced in February supporting the Youth Orchestra tour to China. Bravo! Second, we have a very special Youth Ensembles concert coming up and three new part-time staffers working in music education. Read on for details!

Youth Ensembles Concert March 6
at 7 pm features Concerto Competition Winner

Calvin JinThere is still time to purchase tickets for the Friday, March 6 performance of the Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra at Weill Hall. Special guests include Concerto Competition winner Calvin Jin performing with YO and the indie-folk rock quartet Trebuchet performing with YPCO. Violinist Adam Dvorak is the featured violin soloist with YPCO.

TrebuchetThe program includes works by Elgar, Mussorgsky, Wagner, Kabalevsky, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and a premiere collaborative piece with Trebuchet, YPCO and composer Ben Taylor.
[Photo of Mr. Jin by Colin Talcroft]


Symphony patrons match China Tour challenge grant... and then some!

from Sara Woodfield, Board Vice-President and
Music Education Chair
We are thrilled to announce that the $5,000 Challenge Grant established by Susan & Bruce Dzieza and Willow Creek Wealth Management to support the Youth Orchestra’s “Musical Journey through China,” was met and exceeded. The amount raised was over $23,000!  
All funds raised for the tour will help us meet the many requests for scholarships and reduce the Symphony’s direct expenses for employees travel costs, instrument cartage and concert costs. There is one more major fundraiser for the China Tour, a Garden Party on April 18, 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Watch for details of this event in the April eNotes.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and the members of the Youth Orchestra and their families, thank you for your support!

Olga Kern returns to play two piano concertos on March, 21, 22, 23

Back after a stunning SRS debut in May 2013, the passionate Olga Kern returns in March to perform two piano concertos by her countrymen Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto No. 1) and Prokofiev (Piano Concerto No. 1). Music Director Bruno Ferrandis leads the orchestra in a program titled “A Blaze of Russian Glory” that is completed by an opera overture based on a Russian story (although written by a Czech),and the 1945 version of Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite.
Olga KernBritish conductor James Judd has said of Kern, “As I left the concert hall, I was still in wonderment over Olga Kern’s ability at the keyboard and with music. Unlike many pianists today, she can play Rachmaninoff with ease and a very deep musicality. [She] has inherited the mantle of Rachmaninoff’s musicianship, intelligence and ability. There was nothing missing in her art.” 

Santa Rosa Symphony inaugurates series of free concerts at Library branches

In the month of March, Symphony ensembles will perform six free concerts at Sonoma County Library branches. On Saturday, March 7 at the Central Library downtown at 211 E Street, a String Quintet consisting of: Jay Zhong, violin; Eugenia Wie, violin; Meg Eldridge, viola; Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello; Randall Keith, bass, performs at 1 p.m. A second performance the same day takes place at the Northwest branch (150 Coddingtown Center) at 2:30 p.m. 
On Saturday, March 14, a Brass Quintet consisting of: Scott Macomber, trumpet; Kale Cummings, trumpet; Alex Camphouse, horn; Bruce Crisp, tenor trombone; Steve Trapani, bass trombone, performs at Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa Street, Sonoma, at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
On Saturday, March 28, the String Quintet again performs, this time at the Healdsburg Regional Library at 139 Piper Street in Healdsburg.
These are the first in a year-long series of performances that include designated children’s programming. Library Director Brett Lear commented, “I’m very proud of this partnership with the Santa Rosa Symphony. I’m thrilled that residents throughout the county can now experience the symphony musicians free and up-close and at their local library.” 


Education department welcomes three new staff members

Santa Rosa Symphony is pleased to announce that the part-time positions in the education department have been filled by three enthusiastic and talented applicants.
Here are thumbnail sketches of each position and brief bios of the new staff members.
Jane ShellyJane Shelly, who has been principal flute or assistant principal flute for symphonies in Wallingford, Bridgeport and Norwalk, Connecticut, and most recently for the Pizazz Symphony has accepted the position of Education Outreach Coordinator. Jane was also the Executive Director and Education Operations Manager for the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. The Education Outreach Coordinator is responsible for the maintenance and administration of a suite of Music for Our Schools programs, as well as a small string orchestra. During the summer, the Education Outreach Coordinator assists in the operation of the Summer Music Academy
Chris Ah SanThe position of Simply Strings Coordinator (temporary) has been filled by Chris Ah San who graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010 with a B.A. in Music Performance and Economics. He has worked most recently for Virginia Fair Share as an Assistant Canvas Director and for U.C. Davis as a campus organizer. He has also worked on political campaigns. The Simply Strings Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and administration of the SRS Simply Strings program at Sheppard School, now in its second year. Simply Strings is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, which focuses on creating social opportunity through the collective practice of music. The Simply Strings Coordinator also assists in the operation of the Summer Music Academy.
Meredith O'ConnorThe position of Simply Strings Teacher Aide has been filled by Meredith O’Connor. O’Connor has been a volunteer in the Simply Strings program since 2014. She has studied viola since the age of six and worked as an Orff Schulwerk substitute teacher at Cabrillo School in Pacifica. She was also a mentor for the German International School Youth String Orchestra in Mountain View, CA. She will assist in the classroom management and instruction for students of in the Simply Strings program.
SRS Director of Education Ben Taylor said, “Jane, Chris and Meredith are exceptionally qualified professionals. It is very exciting to have them join our team in bringing music education to Sonoma County’s youth.”

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