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Santa Rosa Symphony celebrates Beethoven's 250th birthday with his Third Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 4, 2020

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony presents an enhanced concert experience on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 3 PM on its YouTube channel. This virtual concert, conducted by Francesco Lecce-Chong, the third in the Symphony's SRS @ Home series, features Beethoven's Third Symphony and works by Antonio Vivaldi, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Jessie Montgomery.
This concert, recorded earlier in December in Green Music Center's Weill Hall, will premiere on December 13 at 3 PM, preceded by a live pre-concert talk at 2 PM and followed by a live post-concert Q&A with Lecce-Chong—all on YouTube. All three elements of this event will be free, though donations to support the ongoing music and outreach programs of the Symphony will be gratefully received during the event.
Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong says, "It's been such a timely pleasure to present Beethoven's early symphonies to our community and beyond. Beethoven was a revolutionary who struggled with his impending deafness as he wrote this Third Symphony. It encourages us to push past convention and limitations to create something beautiful and lasting."
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 was a game-changer, not just for the composer's career, but for classical music in general. Beethoven dared to introduce new, nontraditional elements, which were unappreciated by the critics of the day. After this long, unique symphony, the up-and-coming composer was branded a revolutionary.
The Symphony's December concert begins with Source Code by Jessie Montgomery, a living composer from New York, who also dares to break with convention, offering something new and thought-provoking. The Washington Post describes her works as "turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life." An African-American, whose own 39th birthday is days before the concert, Montgomery writes of the piece, "The first sketches of Source Code began as transcriptions of various sources from African American artists prominent during the peak of the Civil Rights era in the United States." She describes her one-movement dirge-like work as centering on a new "melody based on syntax derived from black spirituals." 
Vivaldi's Concerto for Violin, Two Oboes, Two Horns and Continuo provides an excellent showpiece for pairs of orchestra members to "talk" to one another and is a vibrant example of Vivaldi's recipe for an engaging concerto. 
Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Greensleeves, arranged by Ralph Greaves, pairs Vaughan Williams' version of the timeless, ubiquitous English tune with the composer's Lovely Joan. Vaughan Williams wove Greensleeves into the music for Shakespeare's play, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," and composed the Lovely Joan for "Sir John in Love," his own opera, based on the same plot. The pairing embodies Merry Old England.
Francesco Lecce-Chong
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony concert "SRS @ Home Dec 13"  
WHO: Santa Rosa Symphony
WHEN: Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Pre-concert Talk 2:00 PM-2:30 PM
WHERE:  Santa Rosa Symphony’s YouTube Channel (access also from event page)
COST: Free, with donations gratefully accepted
INFORMATION: Leave message at (707) 546-8742  (Weekdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Program book (online flipbook and printable version) available on concert event page
Overview video with Lecce-Chong on event page and YouTube Channel
Informative, engaging, 30-minute pre-concert talk on YouTube with Lecce-Chong at 2 PM concert day
Post-concert Q&A on YouTube with Lecce-Chong immediately following the performance
Classical Concert Series underwritten by Sara and Edward Kozel, in memory of Laura Tietz
SRS @ Home Lead Sponsor: Anderman Family Foundation
SRS @ Home Supporting Sponsor: The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Dec 15 Concert Sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green
Supporting Sponsor: Linda and David Hanes
Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd
Pre-concert talks sponsors: Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy
Media Sponsor: The Press Democrat
-High-res 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 93 years, began his tenure in 2018. The Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. The organization infused the local economy with more than $4 million in 2019.
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. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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