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Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis and Pianist Olga Kern Together again for "From Russia with Love" May 4-6

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 12, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) welcomes the return of its Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis and pianist extraordinaire Olga Kern for a program of Russian composers on May 4, 5 and 6 at the Green Music Center. "From Russia with Love" opens with Stravinsky's bright and festive Scherzo fantastique. Highly-acclaimed, award-winning pianist Kern plays Shostakovich's playful Piano Concerto No. 2. The program concludes with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, which includes Slavic folksongs, melancholy melodies, waltzes and drama.
Russian-American pianist Olga Kern jumpstarted her United States career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years. First-prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at seventeen, Kern is a laureate of many international competitions. In 2016, she served as Jury Chairman of the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she holds the title of Artistic Director. Kern frequently gives masterclasses and, since September 2017, has served on the piano faculty of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. For the 2018-2019 season, Kern will or has performed with the Moscow Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony, as well as opening Pacific Symphony’s season. Read full bio.
Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis has led orchestras in Europe, Asia and North America, and his breadth of conducting experience includes symphony, opera, ballet, musical theater and cinema-accompanying music. During his twelve-year tenure as Music Director, Santa Rosa Symphony won an ASCAP first place award for Adventurous Programming (2012-2013 season). He became the Santa Rosa Symphony's Conductor Laureate in 2018. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he received a master’s in conducting from The Juilliard School. He was conductor of the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and Juilliard Opera Center. He also co-founded the New Music ensemble “Music Mobile” in New York City and has recorded three compact discs with the Radio France Orchestra. In 1997, he received a “Critic’s Grand Prize” for his conducting of Wozzeck by Manfred Gurlitt. Read full bio.

Interesting facts about "From Russia with Love":
Shostakovich wrote his Piano Concerto No. 2 as a playful birthday present for his son Maxim

The second movement of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 contains one of the most famous horn solos ever written

Sergei Diaghilev of Ballets Russes invited Stravinsky, after hearing Scherzo fantastique, to collaborate, resulting in Firebird and The Rite of Spring
Olga Kern, Bruno Ferrandis
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony concert "From Russia with Love"
WHOSanta Rosa Symphony
Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Olga Kern, violin
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, May 4, at 2:00 PM – Doors at 1:00 PM, no talk)
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM, Pre-concert talk 2:00 PM-2:30 PM)
Monday, May 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
WHERE:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
COST:  $24-$87
FREE tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request (by phone or in person) ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert.
TICKETS: (707) 546-8742, or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
Program notes, a Spotify playlist of the works and an overview video with SRS Cultural Historian Kayleen Asbo PhD are available on the concert event page. Informative, engaging, 30-minute pre-concert talks, given by Bruno Ferrandis, begin one hour prior to each performance, concluding with Q&A.
Concert sponsored by Viking Cruises
Bruno Ferrandis underwritten by Norma Person, in memory of Evert Person
Olga Kern underwritten by The Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust
Discovery Open Rehearsal Series sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of
Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy
Additional support provided by the County of Sonoma – Board of Supervisors and The Press Democrat
-High-res guest artist, conductor and orchestra photos available upon request-
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
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 91 years, begins his tenure this season. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. The SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million in 2018.
Currently in its 91st season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also 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 SRS national attention and support. 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).

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