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October 2014 eNotes

Issue 58
October 2014

Sudbin CDs on sale at October concerts

We will have a recording by Yevgeny Sudbin performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5—the same piece he is playing with SRS—available for purchase in the concert hall lobby. This CD also features Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, both performed with the Minnesota Orchestra under conductor Osmo Vanska.

YO plays side-by-side with SRS orchestra in October concerts

Members of our Youth Orchestra will perform with the professional orchestra musicians for Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser in all Oct.11-13 concerts. We are so proud of our young musicians!

Joshua Bell recordings

Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase Joshua Bell’s newest CD: Bach (violin concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields orchestra) at the October 24 special benefit concert. 

There may also be other titles available as well as the children’s book, The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson, which is a story based on Joshua Bell’s anonymous, and mostly unnoticed, performance in a Washington D.C. metro station in 2007.

Wine Magnum
raffle extended


The closing date for the raffle of the 25-magnum lot of award-winning wines from “Lords and Goddesses of the Vine” has been extended beyond the original drawing date of October 24. Raffle tickets will continue to be available through 2014-2015 and will be sold in the lobby at Viking River Cruises Classical Series concerts, by phone and by mail. Tickets are $50 for 1; $100 for 3. Call (707) 546-7097 x223 or write to: SRS Raffle, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. The drawing will take place at the last concert of the season: Monday, May 4, 2015.

Your Santa Rosa Symphony is offering a blockbuster month of performances: the opening set of our Viking Cruises Classical Concert Series; the “Joshua Bell in Recital” gala; the first of our 3-concert Family Series, and our first Symphony Pops of the season. It’s going to be an exciting ride with something for everyone!

Wake up and smell the coffee with SRS, Peet’s and A’Roma Roasters!

On Monday, October 6 at Peet’s Coffee & Tea (downtown 4th Street location), and on Tuesday, October 7 at A’Roma Roasters (95 5th Street), you can enjoy your morning cuppa to the accompaniment of live music by a Symphony musician. From 9:30 a.m. until noon, just say the keyword “symphony” and receive $1 off your order.

Maestro Bruno Ferrandis will stop in for his tea from 10-11:30 both days. As a great philosopher once said, “Why B-Flat when you can B-Sharp?” 

Beethoven, Strauss, Wagner, Bartók…and Yevgeny Sudbin October 11-13

Santa Rosa Symphony has a tradition of introducing classical music stars in the early part of their careers, and our opening concert set on October 11-13 proves this once again. Our guest artist, Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, was awarded the 2013 UK Critics Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent. Presented to musicians under 35 to recognize both achievement and promise, the Critics Circle judges collectively listen to more concerts and recordings than any other sector of the industry; the shortlists are drawn from the widest possible pool of candidates. Sudbin will bring his elegance and incredible technique to one of the most beloved of Beethoven’s piano concertos, the “heroic” No. 5, Emperor. Watch a video of Sudbin performing this piece here.  

Bruno Ferrandis and the orchestra celebrate Richard Strauss’s 150th birthday with his tone poem about a German folk legend; give us a taste of Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser ( Maestro Ferrandis noted, “Strauss would not have existed without Wagner”); and wrap it all up with Bartók’s beautiful showpiece, The Miraculous Mandarin. Join us for this sparkling season opener.



Family Concert Series begins October 19

 “A Swashbuckling Pirates Voyage” is the first of three Sunday afternoon concerts presented by the Santa Rosa Symphony to begin the third season of its popular Sonoma Paradiso Foundation Family Concert Series. Taking place on Sunday, October 19 at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, the music begins at 3 p.m. and pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo, begins at 2 p.m.

Richard Loheyde conducts the orchestra, Marcy Smothers narrates, and the hearty and amusing bass- baritone Paul Murray adds to this rollicking adventure in music. Children are invited to come dressed as pirates for the occasion.
On the program are “Sailor’s Hornpipe,” a medley from Pirates of the Caribbean, selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance, movements from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (such as “The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship”) and much more. Rumor has it that the world’s favorite Beagle, Snoopy, will make a guest appearance, eye patch and all!
The second concert of the Family Series, “Tchaikovsky Discovers America” with Classical Kids LIVE! is on January 25, 2015; the third concert, “Harry Potter and the Magic of Music” with Roustabout Theater and magician Jay Alexander is on April 12, 2015.
Subscriptions for all three performances are still available at $45/adults, $30/child. Single tickets are $17 and $12. Call 54-MUSIC for information on Family Package discounts.

Special Symphony Benefit with Joshua Bell at WFCA October 24

Superstar violinist Joshua Bell appears in recital in a benefit for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s artistic and music education programs on Friday, October 24 at 8 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Accompanied by pianist Alessio Bax, Bell performs sonatas for violin and piano from Schubert, Grieg and Prokofiev, among other pieces to be announced. This is the violinist’s first performance in Sonoma County.
SRS Executive Director Alan Silow noted that “Joshua Bell in Recital” is the Symphony’s major fundraiser of the season. “We could not fulfill our mission of providing the finest musical performances and a classical music legacy for the next generation without the support of our ticket buyers and donors.” Board President Jim Hinton added, “We hope the joy, engagement and deep emotional response we experience when listening to music together as a community will resonate for many years to come.”
Benefit concert tickets are still available, but going fast. The concert/dinner packages are sold out.

Symphony Pops
Sunday, October 26 at 3pm

With next season’s star-studded line-up, SRS and Wells Fargo Center for the Arts will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their successful collaboration. The Symphony Pops Series of four Sunday afternoon performances continues to be helmed by conductor/drummer/raconteur Michael Berkowitz, who has proved himself an extreme audience favorite.
Pops concerts begin on October 26, 2014, with The Way They Were: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch and Barbra Streisand, featuring guest vocalist Haven Burton. Pops tickets must be purchased through the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Box Office at (707) 546-3600 or 

Simply Strings update

The second year of Santa Rosa Symphony’s free, music education program called Simply Strings began at Sheppard School on September 29 with all 20 of last year’s students returning and 20 new students added. This program is enriching one of the region’s most underserved neighborhoods with hands-on orchestral training, and is building community among the students’ parents. Symphony violist Alex Volonts has joined Youth Orchestra alumnus Tim Zieminski on the Strings faculty, and Janet Greene, ORFF Music and Movement Specialist is back again to serve the teachers and students as a consultant.
Last year, Simply Strings violinists brought tears to our eyes as they performed onstage at the Midori concert; they also performed at their school’s talent show, with the SRS professional orchestra in the Link-Up concert, and at Land Path’s Bayer Farm Neighborhood Park and Garden. We’ll keep you posted on all Simply Strings appearances in 2015!
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