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September 2013 eNotes

Issue 47
September 2013
In This Issue

ASCAP award
for SRS
$500,000 grant
from Finley Foundation
Take the bus
to the Symphony
Subscriber Benefit:
Restaurant Card

New Board Members
(left to right) Allen Alexander, Director of Symphonic and Educational Licensing, ASCAP; Jonathan McPhee, music director, Lexington Symphony; Alison Bolton, Director of Artistic Operations, Albany Symphony Orchestra; Krishna Thiagarajan, Executive Director, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Simon Woods, Executive Director, Seattle Symphony; Troy Peters, music director, Youth Orchestras of San Antonio; Jeff Meyer, Director of Orchestras, Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra; Alan Silow, Executive Director, Santa Rosa Symphony; Taylor Saleeby, Concert Coordinator, Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Summer Music Academy:
A good time was had by all

Santa Rosa Symphony’s annual 3-week Summer Music Academy concluded with a smashing day of performances on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the Sonoma Country Day School’s Jackson Theater.
The Academy recorded 425 enrollments this year, versus 162 in 2012 due to the addition of full-day music immersion packages, and opening some classes to adults. Eighteen professional musicians were on the faculty, and new classes, in addition to instrumental classes, included: choir, rhythm workshop, and conducting. Education Director Ben Taylor reported that SMA surpassed its budget goals, and expressed his thanks to students, parents and staff for another successful summer program.
Great Trivia Challenge
October 11

Form a team, sponsor a team, or attend (audience member match wits with the contestants) to benefit SRS educational programs. Lasagna dinner and no-host bar. $25 advance/$30 at the door. See the Trivia Sonoma website or call Sheila at 707-579-4094 for more information.
It's not too late
to subscribe

There are still subscription seats available for the Symphony’s 2013-2014 season. Seats are limited in some sections on some days for the Classical Series, but the Discovery Open Rehearsal Series and Family Series still have room. Call Patron Services at  546-8742 today!

Welcome to the first eNotes of our 86th season! It has been an exciting summer of awards and grants that recognize your symphony’s commitment to musical excellence and community engagement. We hope you will enjoy the sounds, sights and expanded offerings in our 2013-2014 season—the Classical Series, the Family Series, Symphony Pops and our special concerts

Adventurous programming earns SRS an ASCAP award

The Santa Rosa Symphony has been honored with a First Place Award for Adventurous Programming in the 2012-2013 season by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). SRS earned first prize among orchestras of its budget size across the nation. The SRS was one of 19 American orchestras honored at the League of American Orchestras 68th National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, in June.
Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Bruno Ferrandis, the Symphony received recognition for contemporary programming because of its commitment to new music illustrated by commissioning world premieres by California-based composers Nolan Gasser and Edmund Campion, and an American premiere of a new work by Martin Matalon. Jesse Rosen, President of the League of American Orchestras said, “We honor the work that you do on behalf of the music of our time, and the composers who contribute so much to the vibrancy of our art form.”

Symphony receives largest foundation grant in its history

The Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation has approved a $500,000 grant to the Santa Rosa Symphony to support its “For the Love of Music” Transformation Campaign. The gift, given in memory of long-time Symphony lover Evert B. Person, is the largest foundation gift SRS has received in its 86-year history. The Symphony Board of Directors approved the 3-year Transformation Campaign in November 2011 in recognition that costs would increase after the orchestra’s move to its new performance home at the Green Music Center. This extraordinary gift takes the Symphony significantly closer to the campaign goal of raising $4 million by June 2015, including $1 million in contributed revenue for operations and $3 million to increase the Symphony’s endowment.
In the second year of this three-year campaign, 63 individuals, corporations and foundations have contributed $3,652,347. The campaign’s largest single gift is a $1,000,000 contribution to the endowment from Donald and Maureen Green.
Pictured from (L-R) on the day of the check presentation: Santa Rosa Symphony Executive Director Alan Silow; Brad Bollinger, Board Trustee of the Ernest L. and Ruth Finley Foundation; Norma Person, Finley Foundation President; Santa Rosa Symphony Board President James Hinton; Santa Rosa Symphony Development Committee Chair Jamei Haswell.

Get on the bus, Gus!

Don’t want to drive? The Santa Rosa Symphony operates private bus service to Classical Series concerts. This service is available on Sundays from Oakmont, Spring Lake Village and Healdsburg/Santa Rosa. On Monday evenings, there is only one bus route: Healdsburg/Santa Rosa. Reservations are required. The cost is $70 for all seven Classical Series concerts or $15 for individual concerts. Buses are not provided for special concerts.
 We do have a minimum number to operate each bus, so please let us know if you are interested as soon as possible. For details and specific bus schedules, please call SRS Patron Services at (707) 546-8742.
Subscribers get great restaurant deals!
Subscribers to the Santa Rosa Symphony Classical Series receive, as a benefit, a card good for discounts at area restaurants. A list of participating eating establishments and the various discounts they offer (example: buy one entrée, get the second at half off) can be found here.
Our thanks to the following restaurants for honoring the Symphony Restaurant Discount Card from September 2013 through August 2014:
Bacchus Restaurant/Wine Bar, Bistro 29, Cafe Zazzle, California Thai, Charlie’s - Windsor Golf Club, East West Café - Sebastopol, El Coqui Puerto Rican Cuisine, Equus at Fountaingrove Inn, La Vera Pizza, Nonni’s Ristorante Italiano, Romeo’s Pizza and Pasta, Sally Tomatoes, Shangri-La Cafe & Grill, Sky Lounge Steakhouse & Raw Bar, Willie Bird’s Restaurant, Zazu Kitchen & Farm.


Symphony Board welcomes new members

Linda Castiglioni was born and raised in San Francisco.  She attended San Francisco State University and majored in Medical Technology. After a year of graduate work at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, and working in this field for several years, in 1980 she changed her focus and joined an insurance brokerage firm in the Financial District of San Francisco. She worked there in administration for 23 years until her retirement in 2003. After moving to Windsor in 2004, Linda happened to see a Santa Rosa Symphony schedule and decided she wanted to become involved.  “Since then, I feel fortunate to be able to enjoy and sponsor our fine Santa Rosa Symphony, as well as the Green Music Center.” Asked about her reasons for joining the Board, she said, “I am looking forward to serving so that I may help ensure the continuity of excellence and viability of the Santa Rosa Symphony."
A native Californian from Monterey, Ronald La  Bruzzo lived in the Sacramento region and later moved to San Francisco for several years before moving to Santa Rosa in 1996. This was perfect for his love of music, art, fine wines, and beautiful Sonoma County. He earned his Banking Degree from the Independent Banker Association, and has been in banking and finance for over 30 years. La Bruzzo is currently a vice president of Rabobank in Santa Rosa. “Music is part of my soul and the Symphony has been such an inspiration in my life!” La Bruzzo said. “As a Board member, I want to reach out to a broad swath of the community to make them aware of this wonderful resource right here in Santa Rosa. I talk to so many people who would likely enjoy the music but have never experienced it. I also believe that my expertise in business and finance is a big part of what I can contribute.”
Tamara Voyles (Orchestra Representative) grew up in Moraga, California, where she began studying violin at the age of nine. One year later, she joined the Young People's Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley. In high school, she became a member of the Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra, with which she toured Scotland and Germany. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from San Francisco State, and Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She received a fellowship for the National Orchestra of New York, where she performed in Carnegie Hall seven times. In 1986, Tamara returned to the Bay Area and won auditions with the Modesto, Napa Valley, Vallejo and Santa Rosa symphonies.  She participated in the Lake Tahoe Music Festival for ten years, played with the Lamplighters for twenty years and also performed with the Bay Area Women's Philharmonic for ten years. About her new board position, she said, “I hope to learn more about the other working parts of the Symphony; it’s my turn to contribute what I can to its success.”
Dora Muir grew up in Bellevue, Washington, where she took piano and flute lessons and was a member of her elementary, junior high and high school concert bands. In her award-winning high school jazz band, she played vibes. She has been singing soprano with the Sonoma Bach Choir since 2005 and has sung with the Sonoma Valley Chorale, Napa Valley Chorale and Sonoma State University Honor Choir. Her musical interests include all genres and eras, with special focus in the Renaissance and Baroque. Dora worked in the Seattle area for many years as a graphic designer and art director primarily in book publishing. She and her husband David moved to Santa Rosa in 2002. She joined Wells Fargo Bank in 2004. “I benefitted greatly from the music programs that were available to all in the public schools, Julia said.” It shaped my life in so many positive ways, yet I probably took it for granted. Now as a Symphony board member, I look forward to supporting the Symphony’s long tradition of providing music programs for children in Sonoma County.”
Julia Parranto is a 53-year-old trial attorney in private practice in Santa Rosa. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she studied Political Science, and Santa Clara University, where she attended law school and obtained her JD.  After law school, she worked in San Jose for 3 years at Reed, Elliott, Creech & Roth, before moving to Santa Rosa, where she worked for another lawyer for 1½ years before opening her own practice in 1992. Julia is an active member of the Santa Rosa Rotary Club and does volunteer work for the local courts and bar, serving as a settlement conference panelist, fee arbitrator, and past board member. She is married to Rose Wognum Frances, an accomplished studio artist. The couple has three daughters. About her appointment to the board, she said: “The Santa Rosa Symphony is one of the best parts of our community.  We are all lucky to have such an excellent, world class symphony, and I am excited to be a part of its continued growth.” 
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