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September 2014 eNotes

Issue 57
September 2014

Volunteer VIP

Roy Payment
was named the Symphony’s 2014 VIP volunteer at the Association of California Symphony Orchestras conference held here in July. Roy serves as one of our guest artist liaisons, making trips to and from the Bay Area airports to pick up performers and conductors. Roy has also coordinated volunteers to stuff inserts into programs; distributed marketing materials for Symphony Month; served as a bus monitor for our Sunday afternoon charter service; and has picked up and delivered many a case of donated wine and champagne. For our final three years performing at the Wells Fargo Center, he was one of three front-of-house managers in that venue. Roy seems to always say yes! It was a pleasure to honor him at ACSO.

Thank you to our
Hotel Partners

The Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country and FountainGrove Inn Hotel & Conference Center for hosting this season’s guest artists. We also wish to thank Courtyard by Marriott Santa Rosa for accommodations for members of the Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir.

Bus transportation appreciation

For yet another season, First Community Bank is sponsoring the Sunday afternoon and Monday evening buses to our concerts. Thank you! We also wish to acknowledge Pure Luxury Transportation for providing bus, gas and driver for the Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir.

Summer Music Academy

Santa Rosa Symphony’s annual 3-week Summer Music Academy concluded with two lunch-time assemblies and a whole day of performances, July 24-26, 2014, at Sonoma Country Day School’s Jackson Theater. With full-day and single-class options for students of all ages, SMA recorded 356 enrollments this year, continuing the record-breaking rise in enrollments from last year. A faculty of fourteen professional musicians and four interns taught instrumental, vocal, body percussion and theory classes and ensembles.
Foremost among the feedback comments was the excitement of learning an instrument, making new friends, and appreciating our professional faculty. Among the comments: “My daughter’s instructor was such an inspiration -- a master teacher able to bring out the best in these young musicians.”


It’s not too late to subscribe

There are still subscription seats available for the Symphony’s 2014-2015 season. Order your subscription  for the Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series, the Discovery Open Rehearsal Series or Family Series. Enjoy the money-saving benefits of subscribing; call Patron Services at 546-8742 today!
New subscribers will be invited to attend a reception, orchestra rehearsal and backstage tour at Weill Hall on October 9. Don’t you want to be included?


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: Bacchus Restaurant/Wine Bar, Bistro 29, Cafe Zazzle,Charlie’s - Windsor Golf Club, East West Café - Sebastopol, El Coqui Puerto Rican Cuisine, Equus at Fountaingrove Inn, Grafitti , La Vera Pizza, Romeo’s Pizza and Pasta, Sally Tomatoes, Shangri-La Cafe & Grill, Sky Lounge Steakhouse & Raw Bar, The Spinster Sisters, Ting Hau, Willie Bird’s Restaurant, Zazu Kitchen & Farm.

Welcome to the first eNotes of our 87th season. An exciting summer included: our 4th of July performance with Judy Collins; the amazing free concert for the community with Mariachi Sol de Mexico and nearly 4,000 of our closest friends; and hosting the 46th annual conference of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO). Enjoy photos from the conference and some complimentary words later in this issue.

15% off Single Tickets for
Classical Series performances

What a deal! FOR A LIMITED TIME, tickets for the Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series are being offered at 15% off (discounted tickets begin at $17). The offer is valid through September 12 for the Saturday and Monday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. performances only.

In his ninth illustrious season as music director, Bruno Ferrandis has programmed masterpieces from Beethoven, Mozart, Copland, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Mahler, as well as a world premiere. Guest artists from all over the globe, including the angelic Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir from Germany, and Grammy award-winning American violinist and composer Mark O’Connor entice you to the visually stunning and acoustically spectacular Weill Hall.

Reserve today for best seating by calling (707) 546-8742, coming in person to our Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north entrance, first floor off elevator lobby) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or purchase online anytime. Click on our virtual brochure here for detailed descriptions of the entire 2014-2015 season.

Remember, you have just over two weeks to take advantage of the 15% discount offer for the 7 concerts of the Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series.


Wine Magnum Raffle supports
Music Education

The winning raffle ticket for this lot of 25 superlative wine magnums, gifted from Harvest Fair Award-winning, Sonoma County farmers, will be drawn following intermission at the Joshua Bell Concert on October 24. You do not need to be present to win this wine bounty valued at over $2,500!
$50 for 1 ticket; $100 for 3 tickets.
Available by phone, in person and by mail: Santa Rosa Symphony, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 410, Santa Rosa. (707) 546-7097 ext.223. Must be 21 to purchase and win.

Symphony welcomes new
board members

On June 26, the Santa Rosa Symphony announced four new appointments to its board of directors. They are Eileen Carlisle and Mark Jacobson of Santa Rosa, Betha MacClain of Sebastopol and Jay Zhong (Orchestra Representative) of Napa. These respected leaders join 34 existing board members who are committed to operating our symphony organization with integrity and fiscal stability, and to serving our community with the highest level of orchestral music
New Board Member Biographies
Eileen Carlisle was born in Fargo, North Dakota, the youngest of five children. She graduated from Indiana University with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Later, she decided to look for clients rather than criminals. Her career included sales and management with Eastman Kodak in L.A. and Santa Barbara. She joined A.G. Edwards in Santa Barbara as a financial advisor shortly after her husband’s death in 1998. She is currently a financial advisor with Stifel Nicolaus. Among the boards Eileen has served on (or is still serving on) are Actor’s Theatre, Rotary Club of Santa Rosa, Rotary Club Foundation (chair of finance committee), and The Salvation Army of Santa Rosa.
“I am happy to be back on the board for the friendships that I have with fellow board members, staff, and symphony members,” Eileen says. “It’s a wonderful feeling to be part of an organization that gives so much to enhance the quality of life in Sonoma County.”
Mark Jacobson, like board member Eileen Carlisle, grew up in Fargo, North Dakota—the youngest of five children! Everyone in the family played piano and at least one other instrument. He started taking piano lessons in first grade and continued through undergraduate school. Lessons stopped in medical school, but stress would often send him to the piano keyboard. After graduating from the University of Iowa, College of Medicine, he did his internship in Fargo, then went on to Buffalo and Milwaukee for his residency. Since 2007, he has been on staff at Kaiser in Santa Rosa and is currently assistant chief of ophthalmology. Mark continues to enjoy piano, and over the past decade has intermittently taken lessons.
About his SRS Board appointment, Mark says: “Music has always been a part of my being.  I look forward to helping others find that joy.”
Betha MacClain grew up in Southern California before moving to the Bay Area to attend the University of California. After studying studio art and theatrical costume, she worked as a commissioned artist and costume designer for independent film prior to becoming a teacher. Betha worked as a grant coordinator and visual arts teacher in the ArtQuest program at Santa Rosa High School for nine years. She spent the past five years working as an instructional coach and high school administrator in San Francisco and Petaluma. She recently took the position of principal at Jack London Elementary School in Santa Rosa. 
“The arts are an essential part of a dynamic, thriving community,” Betha says. “I want to contribute to the long-term sustainability and reach of the Santa Rosa Symphony. As an arts educator, I am excited to support the educational mission of the Symphony and look forward to working on the Education Committee.”
Jay Zhong was born in Beijing, China, began studying the violin at age 4, and at age 11, won a national audition to enter the elite Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. At age 13, he traveled to New York City by himself and studied violin under Russian pedagogue Raphael Bronstein, as well as the famed violinist Elmar Oliveira. Jay has performed solo recitals and chamber music concerts on four continents, and has held full-time professorships at Western Illinois University and Cal State University Los Angeles. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY at Purchase and a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. Jay Zhong joined the Santa Rosa Symphony in 2011 as Associate Concertmaster.
About his board position, Jay says: “My colleagues of the SRS orchestra have bestowed upon me a great deal of trust by nominating me to the board. I hope to do my best representing them and function as a sound conduit between the musicians and the board.”
For a complete list of Santa Rosa Symphony board members and officers, click here.

From the Association of California Symphony Orchestras Executive Director, Kris Sinclair:

…please accept my thanks for a hosting job well done. Not only did we have a record-breaking number of delegates at our 46th annual conference, but also, reading the evaluations, people were overwhelmed by their experience. Please pass along our thanks to your wonderful staff, your board for attending and to the volunteers of the Santa Rosa Symphony League for their efforts to make our delegates feel welcomed and cared for. The Overture Party at Deerfield Ranch Winery was indeed memorable; and the indoor-outdoor concert experience at the Green Music Center was so delightful…. All best for the coming season. Again, Brava, Bravo!


Wildebeests, giraffes and
flamingos, oh my!

Blessed with outstanding weather and a tour guide who could sing Brahms, the SRS administrative staff thoroughly enjoyed their annual team-building outing at Safari West. A buffet lunch in a lovely arbor was followed by a walking tour of the open-air aviary, Lemur Island, cheetah enclosures and the habitat of monkeys and tortoises. Then we climbed aboard our “Sonoma Serengeti” rover (pictured) for a tour of just some of the 400 magnificent acres that house approximately 90 species. An educational, entertaining, and often amazing experience that we highly recommend to all.

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