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NorCal Public Media to televise 21-22 Santa Rosa Symphony World Premiere concerts

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 6, 2022

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony, in partnership with Northern California Public Media, will televise four of its 2021-2022 Classical Series concerts in July on two NorCal Public channels: Public Broadcasting Service channel KRCB and non-PBS channel KPJK. All four of the concerts in the Santa Rosa Symphony World Premiere Series were conducted by SRS Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong at the Green Music Center's Weill Hall, on the campus of Sonoma State University, before a live audience. 
President and CEO Alan Silow said, “We are so thrilled to be, once again, partnering with NorCal Public Media, to share the artistic creativity of our world premieres with the entire Bay Area.”

The series' world premiere concerts performed to date have garnered positive reviews.
The Fretless Clarinet: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg
"The autobiographical work, which sums up Krakauer’s embrace of many musical genres over the past 30 years, was performed with gusto . . . [concertmaster Joe] Edelberg tossed off the runs, spiccato arpeggios and double stops with crystal-clear clarity and control. . . ."  Read Diane Peterson's full The Press Democrat review
ONE for Orchestra by Gabriella Smith
"Smith, 31, creates her four-movement work with giant sonic arcs, from the softest nuances like deft bow-taps on violin strings to the full-throated cry of the whole ensemble in some of the loudest sounds ever produced here—and then back again, like a rainbow." Read Paul Hertelendy's full Arts in SF review
Valley of the Moon for Orchestra by Michael Daugherty
"…'Out of the Fog,' opened with a plangent oboe solo evoking the spreading fog, followed by a French horn motive signifying a gradual lifting. These solos transpired on a lush background featuring two sweeping harps and shimmering strings. A blazing trumpet appeared to mark the entrance of the sun, followed by rolling timpani and bustling strings that dropped out one by one until only the concertmaster was left, a quiescent ending to a slow-moving event. . . . The playing and conducting were stupendous, as they were throughout the concert. In recent years, the Symphony has set a high standard that it keeps exceeding." Read Steve Osborn's full San Francisco Classical Voice review
Daugherty shared an electronic of his work ahead of the concert. Listen here.  
Full programming for the concerts to be aired:
"Klezmer & Krakauer" (July 5 & 10)
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
David Krakauer, clarinet
Kathleen Tagg, piano
Traditional / David Krakauer, arranger: Der Heyser Bulgar
David Krakauer / Kathleen Tagg: The Fretless Clarinet: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (World Premiere)
"Beethoven à la Kern" (July 12 & 17)
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
RICHARD WAGNER: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1, WWV 75               
Gabriella Smith: ONE for Orchestra (First Symphony Project World Premiere)       
Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 73, Emperor
"Valley of the Moon" (July 19 & 24)
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Elina Vähälä , violin
Johann Strauss II: Overture to Die Fledermaus [The Bat], Opus 367          
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 35        
Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune [Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun] for                                                                                Orchestra [after Mallarmé], L. 86
Michael Daugherty: Valley of the Moon for Orchestra (World Premiere) 
"Visions of Hope" (July 26 & 31)
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Mariachi Champaña Nevin, Jeff Nevin, director
Mónica Ábrego, soprano
Giselle Vallejo, contralto
Perry Chacon, Jr., tenor
Rafael Jorge Negrete, baritone
Arturo Márquez: Danzón No. 2 for Orchestra
Enrico Chapela Barba: Los Braceros [The Laborers] Cantata for Mariachi and Orchestra (World                                                                                     Premiere)
Ottorino Respighi: Le fontane di Roma [The Fountains of Rome] for Orchestra
Ottorino Respighi: I pini di Roma [The Pines of Rome] for Orchestra
KRCB airs the Santa Rosa Symphony World Premiere Series on Sundays at 8 PM: 
July 10: "Klezmer & Krakauer" (Recorded November 6, 2021)
July 17: "Beethoven à la Kern" (Recorded January 8, 2022)
July 24: "Valley of the Moon" (Recorded May 7, 2022)
July 31: "Visions of Hope" (Recorded June 11, 2022)
NorCal Public Media's KRCB broadcasts, over the air, on channel 22.1. Viewers can access it on channel 22 on Comcast Cable (high definition on channel 722), ATT U-verse, DirecTV and Dish. KRCB reaches audiences in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Solano, Contra Costa and the southern tip of Mendocino and Lake counties.
KPJK airs the Santa Rosa Symphony World Premiere Series on Tuesdays at 8 PM: 
July 5: "Klezmer & Krakauer" (Recorded November 6, 2021)
July 12: "Beethoven à la Kern" (Recorded January 8, 2022)
July 19: "Valley of the Moon" (Recorded May 7, 2022)
July 26: "Visions of Hope" (Recorded June 11, 2022)
KPJK’s over-the-air channel number is 60.1. KPJK is channel 17 (717 for HD) on Comcast, 43 on ATT U-verse and DirecTV, and 60 on Dish. KPJK’s over-the-air coverage is more to the south (parts of Sonoma, Napa and Solano; all of Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties).
President and CEO Alan Silow
Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong
Hi-res photos available
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 94 years, began his tenure in 2018. Alan Silow, President & CEO, began his tenure in 2002. The Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service.
The Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (seven sets), seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts.
Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
The Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually. Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained the Santa Rosa Symphony national attention and support.

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