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May 2014 eNotes

Issue 55
May 2014

Jon Kimura Parker CDs

Jon Kimura Parker CD

Rite is Jon Kimura Parker’s first new solo album in a decade. The recording contains our guest artist’s transcriptions of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. How appropriate, then, for him to be performing on this program! Copies will be on sale in the lobby at all our May performances, and the artist will be on hand to sign your copy at intermission of the Saturday and Monday night, and Sunday afternoon concerts.

Kentucky Derby “Bonnets & Bowties”

This Symphony League party on Saturday, May 3, is all mint juleps, “Southern appetizers,” awards for best bonnet and best tie, and prizes for those who pick the winning horses. Watch the Derby on a big screen TV and enjoy a lovely afternoon in a beautiful private home in Santa Rosa. Begins at 1:30 pm. $40 per person. Reserve at (707) 292-9687 or by emailing Liz.

Join the Human Race and benefit SRS Youth Ensembles

Human Race

It’s a great way to start the weekend, get some exercise and benefit our young musicians. The Sonoma County Human Race on Saturday, May 10, features a 3K and 10K run and walk through Howarth and Spring Lake parks beginning at 8 a.m. Join SRS Youth Ensemble musicians, their parents, friends and SRS staff in a group walk 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 Human Race is a primary fundraiser 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.

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Wrapping up our season are three exciting performances. First is our May Classical Series program with longtime favorite pianist John Kimura Parker and our orchestra performing Stravinsky’s masterpiece, The Rite of Spring. Join us also for the Youth Orchestra concert on May 17 and our benefit concert with Jeffrey Kahane as special guest artist on May 22. Get the details in this issue!
Jon Kimura Parker

“Spring Rhapsody” on May 3, 4 and 5 features Stravinsky’s boldly vivid ballet, The Rite of Spring, and Jon Kimura Parker playing Rachmaninoff

Our season finale celebrates the slow blossoming and rapturous rebirth into new life that is spring, beginning with Debussy’s impressionistic Printemps. Back to our stage where he has earned standing ovations, Jon Kimura Parker once more displays his prodigious talent and dexterity in Rachmaninoff’s final, and perhaps most perfect of his piano concertos: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Watch a video of Parker’s “Concert Chat” about this piece here.
Stravinsky’s incomparable The Rite of Spring, is, according to program notes author Steven Ledbetter, “the single most influential score of the 20th century.” For it, Maestro Ferrandis will conduct the largest array of musicians on the SRS stage this season—nearly 100 players. “It no longer scandalizes us,” Ledbetter continues, “but few listeners can avoid being carried away in its glorious sonic whirlwind.”

Not using your May concert tickets?

We know it is hard to anticipate all of life’s circumstances, but if you find that you will be unable to attend any of the May performances for which you already have received tickets, we encourage you to return those tickets to us.
Of course, we hope you will join us for the May concerts, but you may not be aware that you can return tickets for resale. By doing so, you allow us to release your seats and make them available to other ticket buyers. We don’t want to turn anyone away!
It’s easy to return tickets:
  • Mail them to SRS Patron Services at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  • Fax a copy of the torn tickets to 546-7284, or scan and email to
  • Bring your tickets in person to the SRS Patron Services office from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (above address, but on the first floor, off the elevator lobby)
For us to make the best use of turned-in tickets, we ask that you return the tickets you are unable to use by Thursday, May 1 at 5 p.m.
Thank you so much for helping us to accommodate everyone who wants to hear our wonderful orchestra in the beautiful month of May. 

Kahane & Ferrandis Benefit Concert for Music Education

Jeffrey Kahane and Bruno Ferrandis collaborate to present a benefit concert on Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Kahane performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in the Symphony’s major fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from this tour de force performance of two magnificent concertos support the Symphony’s artistic and music education programs.
“It is always a joy and privilege for me to come back to work with my dear friends at SRS, to work with my wonderful and distinguished colleague Bruno Ferrandis, and to play for my ‘hometown” audience,” Kahane said.I've chosen to play two of the concertos I love best, two works that have been in my repertoire for three decades, and that have great personal significance for me.”
Concert tickets are $50, $75 and $125. An enhanced concert package for $250 per person ($200 tax deductible donation) includes a concert after-party in Prelude Restaurant with entertainment by Local Honey Swing Band. The party includes heavy appetizers, wine and champagne, a no-host bar, coffee and desserts.  The concert-and-party package is limited to 150.
The “Kahane and Ferrandis: One Night Only” music education benefit concert is underwritten in part by Exchange Bank, Jane & Herb Dwight, Jackson Family Wines, Neuberger Berman, LLC and Sandra Jordan.

Youth Orchestra hosts special guests from Santa Rosa High School Orchestra in joint concert May 17

Youth Orchestra

Our Youth Orchestra culminates its 2013-2014 season with a Spring Concert in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center on May 17 at 3 p.m. The YO hosts musicians from the Santa Rosa High School Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra. The ensembles perform separately and then join forces to play Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Márquez for the concert finale.
The Youth Orchestra, under the baton of Richard Loheyde, will play works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Sibelius as well as the first movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. The Mozart features 14-year-old violinist Zachary Jörin, winner of the Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Jörin is in his second year with the Youth Orchestra and serves as Assistant Concert Master.
The Santa Rosa High School bands and orchestra are directed by Mark Wardlaw, clarinetist and saxophonist with the Santa Rosa Symphony and long-time music educator.
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