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Santa Rosa Symphony performs Scheherazade Clarinetist David Krakauer featured in klezmer world premiere he co-composed

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 6, 2021

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —The Santa Rosa Symphony presents a culturally rich program with orchestral klezmer music from traditional to world premiere, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. Renowned clarinetist David Krakauer is featured in the world premiere of The Fretless Clarinet: Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet and Orchestra, which he composed with Kathleen Tagg.
Lecce Chong said, "David Krakauer has been a mentor, friend and musical inspiration since my college days, and it is truly an honor to bring to life this incredible concerto. I look forward to not only showcasing his amazing artistry with the orchestra, but also giving our audience the unique and thrilling experience of traditional klezmer music in concert."
Culturally Rich Program
For the first half of the evening, the symphony will take on a klezmer flavor. In addition to Krakauer and Tagg's concerto, the Symphony will perform orchestral arrangements of two traditional klezmer pieces (Der Heyser Bulgar and Der Gasn Nign) and Abraham Ellstein's Chassidic Dance.
Francesco Lecce-Chong's program concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade (Symphonic Suite) for Orchestra, a piece inspired by One Thousand and One Arabian Nights
David Krakauer Only a select few artists have the ability to convey their message to the back row, to galvanize an audience with a visceral power that connects on a universal level. David Krakauer is such an artist. Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet with his own unique sound and approach, he has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. In 2015, he received a Grammy nomination as soloist with the conductor-less chamber orchestra A Far Cry.

Krakauer began his journey with the music of his Eastern European Jewish cultural heritage at the end of the 1980s as the Berlin Wall was falling, and culture from “behind the Iron Curtain” began to emerge in the West. Inspired by these massive cultural shifts, he began to explore klezmer music as he sought to connect with his Jewish identity in a deeper way. He very quickly became a creator in his own right; first as a member of the groundbreaking band The Klezmatics (that launched the second klezmer revival of the early 1990s), then as an integral part of John Zorn’s Radical Jewish Culture movement, and ultimately as a composer, soloist and bandleader in the klezmer genre.

He has participated in a wide array of projects, solo appearances, and multi-genre collaborations with ensembles, conductors, composers and individual artists such as the WDR Big Band, Abraham Inc. (co-led with Fred Wesley and Socalled), the Emerson Quartet, Marin Alsop, Wlad Mathulets, Leonard Slatkin (Orchestre de Lyon), Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Quatuor Debussy, JoAnn Falletta, George Tsontakis, Anakronic Electro Orkestra and Kathleen Tagg (pianist and co-creator of Breath & Hammer). Read full bio.
Program notes are available on the concert event page.

Concert Conversations, 30-minute pre-concert talks, occur one hour prior to each performance, with Lecce-Chong, usually accompanied by the guest artist(s).  

COVID-19 Requirements:
Proof of Vaccination OR negative COVID-19 PCR test result dated within 72 hours of the concert AND a photo I.D. will be required for entry. All patrons must be properly masked. Children younger than 12 may be admitted with a negative COVID-19 PCR result dated within 72 hours of the concert and photo ID (ID may be waived if accompanied by a parent). That age group (7-11) may also attend the Discovery Rehearsal without such proofs. Patrons who do not comply with these guidelines will be denied entry or asked to leave the concert hall. No exceptions. More info.
Classical Series sponsored by the Anderman Family Foundation
Concert sponsored by the Peggy Anne Covington Fund
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by Corinne and David Byrd
David Krakauer underwritten by Sigmund Anderman, in memory of Susan Anderman
World Premiere commissioned by the Santa Rosa Symphony (lead commissioner), the Eugene Symphony and The
      Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund, with additional support from Karen Brodsky and Mark Dierkhising
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
Season media sponsor: The Press Democrat
RELATED NEWS – Masterclass November 4, 2021
On Thursday, November 4, 2021, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Krakauer will offer a masterclass at Weill Hall. This opportunity to learn new techniques, which may even apply to other instruments, and see students respond and improve in real time, is free, though reservations are required. Interested parties may call Patron Services at (707) 546-7097 to reserve a seat. Masks will be required, but proof of vaccination or a negative test will not be necessary for this smaller event. 
Francesco Lecce-Chong, David Krakauer, Kathleen Tagg
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Concert "Klezmer & Krakauer"
WHO: Santa Rosa Symphony
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
David Krakauer, violin
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 2:00 PM – no talk)
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 3:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM, Pre-concert talk 2:00 PM-2:30 PM)
Monday, November 8, 2021 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
Saturday and Monday evening, and Sunday afternoon performances: $24-$87. See COVID-19 Vaccine/Negative test requirements at
Discovery Open Rehearsal: $18 / adult; $10 / youth (7-17 years of age). See COVID-19 Vaccine/Negative test requirements at
(707) 546-8742 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Wednesday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm) anytime
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 as 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.

Media Contact:
Ann Hutchinson
707-546-7097 x 222

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