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May 2013 eNotes

Issue 45
May 2013
 
 
Olga Kern 
Recordings
Meet our guest artist and have her autograph a CD for you! We have four titles available for $20 each: 
Chopin: Piano Sonatas 2 & 3 (2010)
Brahms: Variations (2007)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1 (2003) 
Balakirev & Rachmaninoff (2005)
 
SRS Youth Concerts
in the month of may
The Preparatory Orchestra is performing Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, downtown Santa Rosa.
The joint concert of the Youth and Repertory orchestras takes place on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.
Your chance to see the wonderful accomplishments of our youth musicians in their final concerts of the season!

TICKETS>
 
Join the Human Race
and benefit
SRS Youth Ensembles
 
The Sonoma County Human Race features a 3K and 10K run and walk through Howarth and Spring Lake parks on Saturday May 11. Join SRS Youth Ensemble musicians, their parents, friends and SRS staff in a group walk (kazoos will be provided!) and you’ll receive a T-shirt if you make a pledge. Visit our fundraising website to donate or call (707) 546-7097 ext. 225.
 
The following sponsors have already stepped up to the starting line: Alan Seidenfeld Marketing, Susan David, Santa Rosa Symphony League, Jane and Nelson Weller, Dr. Jason Ford, D.D.S., Rubins Financial Strategies, Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery, Benziger Winery, Bragg Plumbing, Anonymous (in memory of Sam Zucker), Amy Ren and David Wei.
 
These sponsorships total $10,000, but there is still room for more to meet our goal!
 
The Human Race is one of the primary fundraisers supporting our young musicians to continue learning, growing and performing for our community. Please join us for a day of fun, wild costumes, exercise and camaraderie.
 

In all the excitement about the arrival of Spring, don’t overlook our final concerts of the season on May 11, 12, and 13. If you subscribe to, or often attend, the Discovery Open Rehearsal on Saturday afternoon, please note that the Open Rehearsal scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, has been moved due to SSU graduation ceremonies that afternoon. The new date is Friday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. And be sure to visit our website to check out what’s in store for our 2013-2014 season -- “Encores and Debuts.”
 
Season concludes with
“Russian Passion and Power”
Russian pianist Olga Kern makes her debut with the Santa Rosa Symphony on May 11, 12 and 13. The Washington Post has written of Kern, “Her electricity at the keyboard is palpable; as it flows through her fingers it takes on fresh voltage unmistakably hers.”
The pianist will perform Rachmaninoff’s enduringly popular Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the all-Russian program are:  Mussorgsky’s operatic tone poem Prelude to Khovanshchina and Shostakovich’s towering Symphony No. 10, completed shortly after the death of Stalin. 

Olga Kern began her career with a gold-medal performance at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001. She was featured in an award-winning documentary film, titled Playing on the Edge, about that competition. In April 2011, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Van Cliburn Foundation undertook a special co-presentation of Olga Kern in celebration of her tremendous success of the previous decade. Stop by the CD sales table in the concert hall lobby to pick up one of Kern’s recordings. (see sidebar) Meet her at intermission and she will sign your copy.
 
The Discovery Open Rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 2 p.m. has been moved due to Sonoma State University graduation ceremonies that afternoon.

The new date is Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Weill Hall.  Tickets purchased for the Saturday afternoon Open Rehearsal will be honored at the Friday evening Open Rehearsal. Our box office at the Green Music Center will open at 5:30 p.m. If you are not able to attend on May 10, please call the Symphony Patron Services Office and staff will assist you in exchanging your tickets for another performance or in returning them for a tax deductible donation.
 
Just a few reasons to subscribe to our 86th performance season
  • A dynamic blend of masterwork encores and prestigious premieres, including a world premiere viola concerto performed by the principal violist of the London symphony, Paul Silverthorne and the American premiere of a pipa concerto performed by Wu Man, Musical America’s 2013 “Instrumentalist of the Year.”
  • Favorite artists back by popular demand: cellist Maya Beiser, violinist Tedi Papavrami, soprano Christine Brandes and pianists Philippe Bianconi and Jon Kimura Parker
  • More seats available at a lower price ($125 to $525 for seven concerts)\
  • Earlier choice for best seats in Weill Hall and advance tickets for special concerts and events
  • Highest priority for seat upgrades
  • Savings of up to 12% over single ticket buyers
  • The return of the Mini-Series package for more flexibility
  • Free ticket exchanges with timely requests
  • Seat renewal privileges for as long as you continue your subscription
 
 
Subscriptions are available
NOW to new subscribers. Secure your seats before single tickets go on sale July 30!
 
Interview with Tristan Arnold, conductor of the SRS Preparatory Orchestra
Santa Rosa Symphony’s youngest performing group will present their Spring Concert on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Glaser Center in downtown Santa Rosa. The Preparatory Orchestra (PO) is also playing at Healdsburg Elementary School on May 6. 
That performance will be tailored to the school assemblies by including an educational component, introducing the instrument families and incorporating elements from the SRS Music for Our Schools program. PO provides a rich, rewarding experience for approximately 40 young musicians ages 8 to 15.
 
The conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra, 
Tristan Arnold, is himself a graduate of the Santa Rosa Symphony Training Young Musicians program. He played the double bass when the SRS Youth Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in 2002. He now teaches at Lincoln High School in San Francisco.
 
Here are excerpts of Tristan’s phone interview with the eNotes editor:
 
How would you describe the purpose of the orchestra you lead?
The focus is on the ensemble aspect of playing; being able to work with others is a crucial aspect of the program. I help them translate their early musical experiences and solo lessons to playing in a large ensemble. The musicians learn tuning with instruments across the orchestra, how to balance their part with the rest of orchestra, and how to listen intently and analytically to everything that’s going on. And, while being mindful of those technical needs, they also need to create music that is emotionally powerful for the audience.
 
How long have you been working with the Preparatory Orchestra?
I have had a year and a half with Prep and we have three concerts under our belt. I’ve been meeting with the other conductors to shape the programs for the best possible progression from level to level.
It’s up to the individual conductors what each orchestra’s repertoire is. By now, I know what these students are capable of, what music will address their skill level and be challenging but not over their heads.
 
I realize now how rare it is to have a multi-level orchestral program as SRS does. San Francisco Symphony has a youth orchestra but it starts at a very high level. The student players have to get proficient on their own. We offer several levels before our Youth Orchestra…so we are giving them help a lot earlier in their development.
 
At YO auditions, for example, there is a lot of discussion among the conductors. We each have a couple of years of memory of the student and can apply that knowledge to the audition process so that the student is placed well so that they will be successful.
 
How do you fill your orchestra roster?
Students come to us from private lessons, from experience in bands at their schools, or from Santa Rosa Symphony programs like Summer Music Academy or String Orchestra Workshop for beginners. An increase in enrollment is almost causing us to outgrow the rehearsal room at the SRJC. Eight or ten joined us at the semester break. Students who have been in since I started directing are telling people at their schools, and word spreads through the grapevine.
 
Are you jealous of the other SRS Youth Ensembles playing at the Green Music Center?
Well, let’s just say it’s a great motivator for Preparatory Orchestra members to think about playing on the Weill Hall stage. It’s something for them to aspire to.
 
I really enjoy working with musicians at this first level. How can I help them get excited by something in Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” or Scheherezade where they can recognize the beauty and exotic character? It’s a crucial time when that spark can be ignited, and begin for them a lifelong relationship with music.
 
A note of appreciation for
SRS Youth Ensembles
Director of Education Ben Taylor received the following communication from a parent whose child has been in Preparatory and Repertory orchestras and is now in the SRS Youth Orchestra:
 
“Music has really been a tremendous benefit for my son, far beyond the music itself. With Santa Rosa Symphony and school music programs, it has given him such a solid core of friends and acquaintances throughout Sonoma County and has really boosted his overall confidence through the potentially stormy teenage years.”
 
 
Music Director Bruno Ferrandis recently secured three impressive guest conducting spots on three different continents. The programs showcase Bruno’s breadth of musical expertise from contemporary to classical works, from movie scores to opera.
 
In South America, he conducted the Bogotà Philharmonic in Bogota, Colombia, April 15-22. On the program were: Rihm’s Serious Songs, the Mozart Concerto for Oboe (K314) and Schumann’s Second Symphony.
 
In North America at the end of May, Bruno will conduct the 2010 version of the musical score to accompany the silent film classic Metropolis with the Atlanta Symphony in Atlanta, Georgia. Bruno conducted the 1995 version of the score, composed by Martin Matalon, with the Santa Rosa Symphony at Stanford University in 2008.
 
In Europe, Bruno will conduct Johann Strauss’ operetta Die Fledermaus at the Nice Opera in Nice, France, in January 2014.
 
Please call Symphony Patron Services at (707) 54-MUSIC with questions about the musical offerings or tickets for our “Encores & Debuts” 2013-2014 season. Details about individual concerts can be found at the Symphony website.
 
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