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Issue 49
November 2013

Maya Beiser CDs

We are happy to offer two recordings by our wonderful guest artist for November, Maya Beiser. World to Come includes one of the pieces she will be performing: Mariel by Osvaldo Golijov. Of the second CD, Provenance, the cellist herself says, “Provenance outlines a musical landscape in which cultural differences are brought together for the artistic energy they release with each encounter.” Each CD is $20. Maya will be on hand AFTER the concerts to sign your copy. 

Choral special
“Music of the Spheres:
Sounds of Eternity”
November 23

Santa Rosa Symphony’s annual collaboration with the Sonoma Bach Choir takes place on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Weill Hall. Conductor Robert Worth has assembled masters of the Renaissance, Baroque and modern era to paint “the beyond” in musical terms. Sure to be a glorious experience!  $25, $35, $45.

SRS Orchestral 
Opening CD on sale 
at Classical Series

We are excited to announce the release of our special edition commemorative CD of Santa Rosa Symphony Live In Performance in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on September 30, 2012. A 20-page booklet including photos, program notes, SRS history, and  bios of our music directors is part of the CD package. Our thanks to recording engineer Mark Lemaire, and to all the great musical artists who made this project a success.  
The CD is on sale for $20 at our Classical Series concerts and in the SRS Patron Services Office (50 Santa Rosa Avenue, first floor off elevator lobby). Get your copy of this collector’s item.

Give the Gift of Music

It always fits. It never spoils. It’s easily wrapped. It rejuvenates the soul. A four-concert ticket package to the Santa Rosa Symphony makes a perfect holiday present for your favorite friend or relative. Prices range from $76 to $272 depending on seating. Call 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742).

YO violist joins
San Francisco
Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to SRS Youth Orchestra violist Erik Fauss, who has added membership in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra to his many extra-curricular activities as a senior at Windsor High School.
Erik’s father Greg said, “We feel fortunate and grateful to his teachers and the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra for their education and support. More than learning music, they learn to become good people.” (See complete article and interview in Windsor Town News)

Our season-opening concert, our first Symphony Pops and the first concert of our Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series made October a busy and exciting month. But there’s so much more to come before the holidays begin! The captivating cellist Maya Beiser makes an encore appearance and our annual collaboration with Sonoma Bach Choir are both coming up in November. Join us!

Multicultural Magic –
November 9, 10 and 11

Program features Maya Beiser performing
two cello concertos and works by Gershwin
The captivating cellist Maya Beiser returns to the Santa Rosa Symphony stage to perform two concertos that showcase her eclectic virtuosity: Osvaldo Golijov’s bittersweet elegy—Mariel, and Bruch’s interpretation of traditional Jewish folk melodies—Kol Nidrei. These multicultural threads interweave with a masterful Cuban-influenced overture by Gershwin and a suite from the renowned opera of African American life, Porgy and Bess.

"With virtuoso chops, rock-star charisma, and an appetite for pushing her instrument to the edge of avant-garde adventurousness, Maya Beiser is the post-modern diva of the cello."     (The Boston Globe)

Be sure to come early on Saturday night, Sunday afternoon and Monday night for the pre-concert talk and to meet members of the orchestra and SRS board who will be greeting our audience members in the lobby. Also remember that we’ll have Maya Beiser CDs for sale, but that she will be autographing them after the concert only.



Beautiful new podium for
Maestro Ferrandis

Jim Lotter has a preference for elegant design. The SRS subscriber of 30-plus years knew that the Green Music Center provided a conductor’s podium, but discovered that Bruno Ferrandis needed something different in size and shape. Jim, an Air Force fighter pilot by profession who has worked in remodeling, carpentry and home design, wanted to create and donate a podium that would be aesthetically compatible with Weill Hall and would suit the maestro’s needs.
After a process of consultation and refinement of specifications, Jim worked with furniture maker Barry Semegran, his Mendocino Coast neighbor, to build a maple wood and fir podium that made its debut at the SRS October concerts. 
Jim described the features: “The podium has an attached music stand with both rigid and adjustable posts, with stylish knobs and a clear acrylic tray. When it’s being stored, these pieces are removed and fastened underneath the podium box, which rides on its side on its own dolly. The optional safety rail also fits on the dolly. The whole thing is very compact and easily movable.”
A brass plaque on the orchestra side of the podium reads “The Herb Lotter Memorial Podium” in honor of Jim’s father. “Dad had a great love of music. In his younger years, he played flute and drums, in dance bands and military bands. He also conducted.”
Next time you come to a concert, take a good look at Jim Lotter’s beautiful and generous gift. He lives a “stone’s throw” from the ocean, and manages vacation rentals, including an intimate Cliffside resort called “Serenisea.” We’re all invited.

Last chance to win $10,000 cash
or Paris vacation

If a trip to Paris is old hat, why not purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win $10,000 cash? That’s right! Our limited edition fundraising raffle offers EITHER a beautiful week in Paris and a private walking tour with Maestro Bruno Ferrandis, OR $10,000. With a limit of 400 tickets to sell, the odds are very good.
The drawing will take place at the November 11 concert. With few tickets remaining, now is the time to take a chance…. $100 per raffle ticket or 4 for $300. Call (707) 546-7097 ext.223 or purchase at the November concerts (subject to availability!)


SRS launches free ticket program for underserved and at-risk youth

We are pleased to announce the launch of “SOCIAL IMPACT: Connecting Communities through Classical Music.” Through this initiative, the Santa Rosa Symphony will distribute free tickets for 2013-14 concerts to underserved youth via partnerships with selected local nonprofits. The program is supported by an anonymous sponsor, and the orchestra will donate back 20% of the value of every ticket used to the partner agencies. The partner agencies for this season are Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, YWCA Sonoma County, Social Advocates for Youth, California Parenting Institute, Chops Teen Club, and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County.

Don’t miss these Youth Ensembles concerts in November

The SRS Youth Orchestra (YO) and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (YPCO) present a joint concert in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Richard Loheyde conducts the YO in masterworks from Rossini, Rimsky-Korsakov and Dvorak. Aaron Westman directs the YPCO which will be honoring Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday with Britten's Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge among other works.
On Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. at Santa Rosa High School, the SRS Preparatory Orchestra, conducted by Tristan Arnold, and the Repertory Orchestra, conducted by Bobby Rogers, present a joint concert, featuring selections from Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Sibelius, Grieg and more. If you’ve never experienced these young musicians play, you’re in for a heart-warming and moving experience.

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