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October 2014 eNotes

Issue 48
October 2013

Tedi Papavrami CDs

We are pleased to offer two recordings by our illustrious guest artist for October, Tedi Papavrami. The first is a 6 CD boxed set, Violon Seul (Solo Violin) which includes works by Bach, Paganini, Bartók, Scarlatti and Ysaÿe ($40) The second is a single CD of Prokofiev’s Violin Concertos 1 and 2, and Sonata for Solo Violin, with Papavrami performing with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Antoni Wit. ($20) The artist will sign your copy at intermission.

Healdsburg/Santa Rosa Bus to Classical Concerts

We are in danger of not having enough riders for our Healdsburg/Santa Rosa bus route. Please, if you wish to reserve for the Monday or Sunday bus, get in touch with Patron Services immediately. (707) 546-8742. Cost is $70 for all seven or $15 for individual concerts.

Springtime in Paris…through the
Maestro’s Eyes

Enter to win a beautiful week in Paris and a private walking tour with our favorite Parisian—Maestro Bruno Ferrandis! Raffle package for two includes airfare, hotel, concert, tour and a meal with our music director at a favorite restaurant. Or forego the trip and win $10,000 cash! A limited number of tickets are available at $100 (or 4 for $300). To purchase, call (707) 546-7097 x 223 or stop at the raffle ticket table at the SRS October and November Classical Series concerts.


Symphony Pops:
The King of Swing
October 27


Ken Peplowski

The Symphony Pops collaboration with Wells Fargo Center for the Arts enters its ninth season with Benny Goodman at the Symphony on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. This big band tribute, conducted by the inimitable Michael Berkowitz, features guest clarinetist Ken Peplowski. REMEMBER: Tickets for Pops concerts are available only through the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Box Office. Call (707) 546-360 or click here for more information.

SRS Orchestral Opening recording
now available!

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.

Thank you to our
Hospitality Partners


Santa Rosa Symphony gratefully acknowledges Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country for hosting our Classical Series guest artists during the 2013-2014 season. The hotel features Bacchus Restaurant & Wine Bar, the perfect place for dinner before the concert or a drink afterwards.

The FountainGrove Inn Hotel and Conference Center is a hospitality partner with the Santa Rosa Symphony, serving as host for our Symphony Pops guest artists. The hotel features Equus Restaurant & Lounge, a casual contemporary setting with fine food and exceptional cocktails, where you can enjoy a pre-concert dinner or an after-party.

Do you have your tickets yet for the “Encores & Debuts” season opener on October 5, 6 and 7?  Audience members are invited to join us for a complimentary glass of Korbel champagne following the Saturday and Monday evening, and Sunday afternoon performances. Maestro Ferrandis and the orchestra look forward to sharing an abundance of magnificent music in our second year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center.

Classical Series Celebratory Opening: October 5, 6 and 7

Violinist Tedi Papavrami takes the stage for his encore appearance with the SRS to perform a challenging Shostakovich concerto in the first Classical Series concert set of our 2013-2014 season. Meet our guest artist at intermission and have him sign your copy of his CD recordings for sale in the lobby (see sidebar). With John Adams’ exuberant fanfare, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, this program fittingly initiates our 86th year of music-making. Don festive dress and lift your glass in a champagne toast following each of the regular performances.



New Orchestra Members appointed by Maestro Ferrandis

Congratulations to the following musicians who were the winning candidates of the auditions held in May at the Green Music Center:
HEATHER POWELL, Assistant Concertmaster; resides in Davis, CA; studied at Harvard University, Università di Genova and New England Conservatory; Associate Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony and member of the Sacramento Symphony.
NATASHA MAKHIJANI, First Violin; resides in San Francisco, CA; studied at the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; member of the Sacramento Philharmonic and the Monterey Symphony.
STEPHANIE BIBBO, Second Violin; resides in San Francisco, CA; studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory; member of the Santa Cruz County Symphony.
NICOLE SUTTERFIELD, Viola; resides in Moffett Field, CA; studied at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music and the University of Minnesota; past member of the Spokane Symphony and the Mozart Classical Orchestra of Orange County.
CRAIG BATE, Viola; resides in San Jose, CA; studied at Indiana University and The Juilliard School; member of the IRIS Orchestra and a substitute with the Indianapolis Symphony; past Principal Viola of Orchestra Kentucky, Evansville Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony and Terre Haute Symphony.
TIANTIAN LAN, Viola; resides in Reno, NV; studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China; Principal Viola of the Berkeley Symphony, Assistant Principal Viola of the Reno Chamber Orchestra and member of the Reno Philharmonic.
CARMEN LEMOINE, Third Flute; resides in San Francisco, CA; studied at the Eastman School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; member of the Santa Cruz County Symphony and the Santa Cruz Ballet Theater Orchestra. 
MEREDITH BROWN, Principal Horn; resides in Oakland, CA; previous Utility Horn and Second Horn of the Santa Rosa Symphony; studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Conservatory; Principal Horn of Symphony Silicon Valley, the Fresno Philharmonic, and member of the Marin Symphony and the Oakland East Bay Symphony.
CAITLYN SMITH, Utility Horn; resides in San Francisco, CA; studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Miami; member of the Stockton Symphony, Monterey Symphony and the Fort Collins Symphony.
On behalf of Music Director Bruno Ferrandis and the Santa Rosa Symphony Association, we extend our congratulations to all of the winning candidates, and our sincere appreciation to the SRS musicians who served on the audition committees.  

Opportunity through music
with Simply Strings

The Santa Rosa Symphony has begun Simply Strings—an El Sistema-inspired expansion of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Integrated Community Music Education Program, bringing the deeper, hands-on music education of the Training Young Musicians program into the schools. A hallmark of the symphony’s education efforts is to integrate our instrumental training program for young people to support our Music for Our Schools program.
Simply Strings provides daily after-school instruction for second-graders on violin and viola at Sheppard Elementary in the Roseland neighborhood of Santa Rosa, two hours a day, five days a week, for three eight-week sessions each year. Simply Strings is designed to guide one class of 15 students from grade two through grade six, adding a new second-grade class each year. There is no cost for participating students. Each year, Simply Strings musicians will join the Santa Rosa Symphony’s professional orchestra during a Free Concerts for Youth performance. Watch for unfolding news about the Simply Strings program in a future issue of eNotes.
Simply Strings has received significant endorsements from Santa Rosa Symphony patrons including a multi-year gift from Alan and Susan Seidenfeld, and a generous contribution from Marcia & Hap Wagner. Community Foundation Sonoma County has awarded the SRS Education Department a $15,000 grant for Simply Strings’ initial year. Wells Fargo Bank has donated $10,000 (double previous support from this bank), and Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards has given $5,000
The Simply Strings program provides an excellent opportunity for donors who wish to support music education for children. Contact Development Director Kathleen Morgen to find out how you can earmark a donation for this pioneering program.

Aaron Westman is new
director of YPCO

The Santa Rosa Symphony has appointed violinist/violist Aaron Westman director of one of its four youth ensembles, the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (YPCO). He had served as acting director for the YPCO in Fall 2010, and was himself a member of the youth orchestras of both the Santa Rosa Symphony and San Francisco Symphony.

Director of Education Ben Taylor said, “We have enjoyed having Aaron on our team of music educators for a number of years, and we are delighted to see him in this new role. His passion for sharing music with young people is infectious, and I look forward to our young musicians learning from his highly-developed musicianship and extensive experience.” About his appointment, Aaron said, “I am humbled to join the list of fine musicians and educators—Linda Ghidossi-Deluca, George Thompson, and Dawn Dover—who have lovingly envisioned, crafted, and maintained this important gem of a program.

For more information about the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, click here.

Great Trivia Challenge Fundraiser Friday, October 11

The Second Annual Great Trivia Challenge benefitting education programs of the Santa Rosa Symphony and 6th Street Playhouse promises to be even more fun than the first. On October 11 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mary Agatha Furth Center in Windsor, teams of villains and vamps, cowboys and clarinetists, nurses and nuns will be judged for their trivia knowledge. Spectators can participate in the challenge for a $5 entry fee per question; winners will have their names added to a drawing for 50% of the pot.
Ably emceed by Stan Marvin, program director of KRCB Public Media and Craig Miller, artistic and education director at 6th Street Playhouse, the event includes a lasagna dinner and no-host bar. Tickets are $25 in advance/$30 at the door. 
Want to be more than a spectator? Name your team, dress in team costumes, ramp up your competitive spirit and get your name in the event program. Visit the Trivia Challenge website or call Sheila at (707) 579-4084 for details.

“Wild Animal Kingdom” Family Concert Sunday, Oct 20

Be prepared for a wild time as the Sonoma Paradiso Foundation Family Concert Series kicks off its second season on Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m. Richard Loheyde conducts the Santa Rosa Symphony beginning with Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, a humorous journey from aquarium to aviary to jungle. Selections from The Lion King and a sing-along to “Old Mac Donald” are also in store.

Roustabout Theater’s singers and dancers add to the festivities, which include a pre-concert Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the SRS Education Department. Children are invited to come dressed as their favorite animal or bring a stuffed animal as their seat companion.
Now is the time to save by purchasing a 3-concert Family Series package: $45 adults/$30 child (age12 and under). Individual concert tickets are $17 adults/ $12 child. There is no additional parking fee.

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