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2018-2019 Season (and Fiscal Year) Review: Milestones reached, new territory covered and a clear path for the future

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 19, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the Santa Rosa Symphony topped records in single ticket sales, donations, school assemblies given by the SRS Institute for Music Education, and for the first time, had three of its Music Directors conducting during one season.

In a year of protracted struggles with natural disasters and rebuilding in our community, the Symphony increased its outreach efforts and held strong, knowing that music is essential to the wellbeing of the community.

“Going into our 92nd season, we look to sustain our vision to be one of the leading regional symphony orchestras in America, locally acclaimed and nationally recognized for community engagement, artistic vibrancy, educational leadership and fiscal sustainability,” said SRS President and CEO Alan Silow.

Top organizational highlights:
Francesco Lecce-Chong began tenure as SRS fifth music director, conducting three Classical Series concerts and one Family Series concert

Music Director Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane and Music Director Laureate Bruno Ferrandis conducted memorable concerts in the spring

Strengthened the SRS Institute through more cohesive curriculum across all its youth orchestras and throughout its programs, and increased alignment with Santa Rosa Symphony programming

Record number of Music for Our Schools program assembly performances

Record level of single ticket sales for Classical Series

Social Media presence soared with new consultancy

Most successful gala fundraiser in 15-year history of such events, welcoming new music director

Historic high for donations, accentuated by record level of board giving, and foundation and government grants

Sixteenth consecutive year ending the fiscal year in the black 

Santa Rosa Symphony enters its 92nd season with an ongoing commitment to community engagement and relevancy with a unique sense of what works and a focus to do what we do best – presenting outstanding concerts with a dynamic roster of beloved masterpieces, new works and outstanding soloists and the most comprehensive music education program in Northern California, all within a fiscally responsible context. 

The 2019-2020 season opens with a gala celebration honoring beloved Sonoma County historian Gaye LeBaron and continues with the first season programmed and conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, which includes world-renowned artists, cherished classical works and two world premieres. Lecce-Chong, in spite of his increased demand nationally and duties as Music Director of Eugene Symphony, will also conduct two multimedia concerts co-produced with the Green Music Center this summer and the first 2019-2020 Family Series concert in the fall. 

Francesco Lecce-Chong, Alan Silow

-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 92 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 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 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 in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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