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November 2014 eNotes

Issue 58
November 2014

Guest artist CDs on sale at November concerts

We will have three recordings by Christian Poltéra for sale in the lobby during our November concerts: 1) works by Henri Dutilleux, including the piece the cellist is performing with our orchestra, “Toute un monde lointain;” 2) cello works by Barber; and 3) Beethoven String Trios with violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and violist Antoine Tamestit. The artist will be on hand to sign your copy at intermission. 

See’s Candies for the holidays benefits SRSYE

Chocolate (and peanut brittle!) for a good cause, what could be sweeter? Support the Symphony’s Youth Ensembles by buying delicious See's Candies. Great for holiday gifts! Visit our online shop to purchase your favorites today. ORDER DEADLINE: Nov. 20

Youth Ensembles concerts are a great bargain!

With tickets at $17 for adults and $12 for students/seniors,the upcoming concerts featuring our wonderful youth orchestras (all four of them) plus special guests (see articles in this issue) are a fantastic and economical cultural experience. To say nothing of how inspiring it is to hear how beautifully these young musicians play! eNotes recommends highly the Nov.16 and Nov. 22 performances.

Coffee date with Bruno

SRS harpist Anna Maria Mendieta performed for caffeine-loving downtowners at Peet’s Coffee & Tea (4th Street) on the morning of October 6. Maestro Bruno Ferrandis was on hand for more than an hour greeting patrons and interacting with his musician for the enjoyment of listeners. The same scene was repeated on the morning of Oct. 7 at A’Roma Roasters in Railroad Square. Our thanks to the management and staff at both cafés for their hospitality, and for their enthusiasm in helping us celebrate the opening week of the Symphony’s 2014-20
15 season.

A Night at the Oscars

February 22, 2015
The Symphony League invites you to walk the red carpet in your glamorous best at the Mary Agatha Furth Center on Sunday, Feb. 22, beginning at 6 p.m. This is a fundraiser Santa Rosa Symphony Music Education Programs. Watch for Oscar Night details in future eNotes. More info: call Liz at (707)292-9687.

This is the month we give thanks for the benefits of a fruitful harvest and the bounty we enjoy in our beautiful geographic region. One of our blessings is an abundance of musical offerings. We are grateful for your support through buying concert tickets and donating to the Symphony’s artistic and music education programs, and for helping us thrive as a premier cultural institution and community treasure.
Happy Thanksgiving!

November 8, 9 & 10: “Poetic Inspiration” from Debussy and Dutilleux combined with Beethoven’s 7th Symphony

At the age of 17, our charismatic guest artist Christian Poltéra substituted for Yo-Yo Ma with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich performing the Elgar cello concerto. Since then, he has steadily established himself as one of the most prominent cellists of his generation, causing the critic at Gramphone Magazine to declare, “In the past I’ve admired Yo-Yo Ma, but Poltéra, the Swiss cellist who plays a superb Strad, is outstanding.”
Click here to read more about Christian Poltera’s 1711 “Mara” Stradivarius cello.
About the November program, Maestro Bruno Ferrandis has noted that the French poet Stéphane Mallarmé (on whose poem Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun is based) and his colleague, the critic Paul Dukas, were both very impressed with this Debussy composition. However, it was controversial at its premiere. “Like many other pieces, it has grown more and more beloved and famous over time,” Ferrandis said. He also noted the Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain was also based on a poem – Baudelaire’s “Les fleurs du Mal.”
On the second half of this “inspired” program is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, which the composer himself said was “one of my best works.”  Good seats are still available for what is sure to be a musically delicious performance.

New Sympony board member

Dr. John Reed is a new presidential appointment to the SRS board of directors. Born in 1941, John has been involved with classical music all his life; his mother was a fine pianist and something of a Schubert specialist. John has been a season ticket holder and supporter of the Santa Rosa Symphony for 40 years, a supporter and season ticket holder at the San Francisco Opera for 35 years, and maintains ties to the Seattle Opera.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School, John did his postgraduate work at Duke University and was an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Duke VA Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory before entering private practice. He came to Santa Rosa in 1974 as the first full-time cardiologist in Sonoma County.
John has served as Chief of Staff at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, is a past president of the Sonoma County Medical Association, served over 11 years on the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, and was a founding board member of the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation. He recently retired but remains with the Santa Rosa Cardiology Medical Group in a consulting role.
About his service on the board, John says, “SRS has been one of the constants of my life in Santa Rosa for the last 40 years. To give back to something I've been given to over those years is both an opportunity and a great privilege.”

Help us thank our 2014-2015
Season Sponsor

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Violinist Lindsay Deutsch in concert with YO and YPCO Nov. 22

The renowned violinist Lindsay Deutsch performs in concert with the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Youth Orchestra (YO) and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (YPCO) in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 3 p.m. Deutsch’s appearance and residency are a result of the Youth Orchestra being named “2013 Youth Orchestra of the Year” by the Classics Alive! Foundation headed by Deutsch. Besides performing as soloist in the November concert, the artist will lead master classes, visit with the Simply Strings program students at Sheppard School and work with the symphony’s young musicians in rehearsals as part of her residency.
The Youth Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Richard Loheyde, performs the overture from Beethoven’s Egmont, an arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for violin and orchestra in which guest artist Lindsay Deutsch is featured, Hoe-Down from Aaron Copland’s ballet Rodeo, and the Mars and Jupiter sections from Gustav Holst’s The Planets.
The Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, which performs without a conductor, is directed by Aaron Westman. Its portion of the concert will feature Lindsay Deutsch in Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Summer and Autumn. Special youth soloists featured with YPCO are:  violist Aimee Gruen in Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata (arranged for viola and strings), and violinist Calvin Jin in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Summer and Autumn. YPCO director Westman is also a featured soloist in the Vivaldi. 

Preparatory and Repertory orchestras perform Nov. 16 at Jackson Theater

Sonoma Country Day School’s Jackson Theater is the venue for a Fall Concert by two of Santa Rosa Symphony’s four Youth Ensembles on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at 3 p.m. The conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra, Tristan Arnold, is himself a graduate of the SRS Training Young Musicians program. Arnold’s ensemble will play the finale from Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, “Surprise,” plus selections from Handel, Gluck and Mozart. Preparatory is the youngest of the SRS performing ensembles, this year consisting of 44 musicians, ages 7 to 15.
The intermediate SRS ensemble, the Repertory Orchestra is conducted by Bobby Rogers. This concert is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ensemble’s founding in 1994 (then called the Discovery Orchestra).
The Repertory Orchestra will play Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, featuring violinist Tim Zieminski and violist Ivy Zenobi (both are alumni of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra). 
Ivy has been an instructor with the Symphony’s Summer Music Academy and Tim is currently on the faculty of the Symphony’s music education program Simply Strings. Additional selections for the RO include Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, the Overture to Poet and Peasant by Suppé, and the Furiant from Bartered Bride by Smetana.
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