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2020-2021 Season

September 3, 2020: Santa Rosa Symphony streams redesigned fall concerts from Weill Hall, Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 3, 2020

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS), with government approval for private recording sessions, will perform, record and stream its redesigned Fall concerts, making them safely accessible online for subscribers, patrons and new audiences around the globe. In early October, November and December, on the Green Music Center's Weill Hall stage, a socially-distanced subset of the orchestra and Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong will record three concerts to replace the originally planned live concerts. SRS @ Home Virtual Fall Concert Series will be streamed live on YouTube on October 11, November 15 and December 13 at 3:00 PM. Additional performances by soloists are reserved exclusively for SRS subscribers.
 
Lecce-Chong says, "In the face of the difficulties behind us and the struggles ahead, the Symphony will share uplifting musical experiences, as it has during past crises from 9/11 to the Tubbs fire. This is truly a historic moment in our Symphony's long history, and we are so excited to present our first concerts, specifically programmed, directed and filmed for you to enjoy in your homes. We come together to celebrate the power of music to connect us—bringing joy, hope and comfort to our lives. We may not be in the Green Music Center in person, but imagine that across our community, we will all be gathered for a performance—in living rooms and backyards, on phones and TVs, with family or maybe some neighbors."
 
Working with Diversified Stages, a professional video production company, and implementing approved health and safety protocols, the Symphony is recording concert events that will include close-ups and a variety of angles of the musicians performing, along with a virtual peek backstage, short interviews, commentary, a post-concert Q & A with the Music Director and more.  
 
President and CEO Alan Silow said, "This orchestra has long focused on serving our community, from free post-wildfire concerts to free educational training for those underserved. As we all shelter safely in place, the Symphony now has an opportunity to reach more people than ever before by providing these virtual Fall concerts free and open to all."
 
The concerts in this SRS@Home Virtual Concert Series, curated by Lecce-Chong, will include one each of Beethoven's Symphonies No. 1, 2 and 3, leading up to the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth in December. Given the smaller number of musicians necessary to maintain social distancing, Lecce-Chong has the unique opportunity to present works originally intended for concerts performed in homes and other works rarely heard in a symphony performance, like: Gabriela Lena Frank's Escaramuza for Strings, Percussion, Harp and Piano; Richard Strauss' Serenade for Thirteen Wind Instruments; Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer; and Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Greensleeves. Francesco will share details about these special virtual performances during a short LIVE YouTube video on September 27 at 3:00 PM on the Santa Rosa Symphony YouTube channel. Francesco conveys his enthusiasm and vision for the series in this short YouTube video.
 
Viewers are encouraged to explore the Symphony's "Ways to Watch" page, several days prior to the first premiere, to learn how to access the videos on their smart TVs, older TVs connected to app-ready devices, computers, tablets, phones and other devices. While these concerts are free, a donation will be requested during the event.
 
Subscribers, who have paid in advance for these concerts, will have access to exclusive, additional virtual music programming featuring the season's guest artists Van Cliburn gold medal pianist Olga Kern, critically acclaimed violinist Elina Vähälä and SRS' own superbly talented principal violist Elizabeth Prior.
 
SRS @ HOME Virtual Concert Series
Conducted by Francesco Lecce-Chong
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 at 3:00 PM on YouTube
 
GEORGE WALKER: Lyric for Strings
GABRIELI: Canzoni for Brass
GABRIELA LENA FRANK: Escaramuza for Strings, Percussion, Harp and Piano
R. STRAUSS: Serenade for Thirteen Wind Instruments
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 1            
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 at 3:00 PM on YouTube
 
Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
 
GABRIELA LENA FRANK: Coqueteos from Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
CHEN YI: Romance and Dance for Two Violins and String Orchestra
JOPLIN: The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag
BRUCH: Canzone for Cello and Orchestra
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2
           
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 at 3:00 PM on YouTube
 
JESSIE MONTGOMERY: Source Code for String Orchestra
VIVALDI: Concerto Grosso for Violin, Two Oboes and Two Horns
BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 3, Eroica
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on Greensleeves
 
 
only subscribers have access to the following performances
Sunday, October 18 at 3 PM on YouTube
Olga Kern, piano—in recital with interview by Francesco Lecce-Chong
 
RACHMANINOFFMusical Moments for Piano, Opus 16, No. 4
TCHAIKOVSKY: Meditation for Piano, Opus 72, No. 5
SCRIABIN: Etudes for Piano Opus 42, No. 4 and No. 5
PROKOFIEV: Etude for Piano, Opus 2, No. 4
LIADOV: The Musical Snuffbox for Piano
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV / RACHMANINOFF: Flight of the Bumblebee
 
Sunday, November 22 at 3 PM on YouTube
Elina Vähälä, violin—in recital with interview by Francesco Lecce-Chong
 
BACH: Partita No. 2, Allemande and Chaconne
 
Sunday, December 20 at 3 PM on YouTube
Elizabeth Prior, viola—in recital with interview by Francesco Lecce-Chong
 
PAUL HINDEMITH: Trauermusik [Music of Mourning]
Additional selections to be announced
 
SPONSORS for October SRS@Home concerts
Classical Concert Series underwritten by Sara and Edward Kozel, in memory of Laura Tietz
 
OCTOBER concert sponsored by Marcia Wagner, in memory of Hap Wagner
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by The Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust
 
NOVEMBER concert sponsored by the Peggy Anne Covington Fund
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd
Elina Vähälä (subscriber virtual performance) underwritten by Linda Castiglioni
 
DECEMBER concert sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd
Elizabeth Prior (subscriber virtual performance) underwritten by Ava and Sam Guerrera
 
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

 
 
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.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

August 11, 2020: Virtual gala honoring Symphony icons Norma and Corrick Brown Features recital by award-winning pianist Olga Kern

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 11, 2020

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony will host its first virtual gala honoring long-time Symphony icons Norma and Corrick Brown. Unlike prior seasons, this fundraising celebration is a free event that is open to the public. The event will stream online on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Viewing instructions will be posted to the Symphony website closer to the event. The evening will include tributes from long-time friends of the Browns, presentations by prominent community luminaries, a brief recital by Van Cliburn gold medal winner Olga Kern, as well as an opportunity to support the Symphony.
 
Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown served as the Symphony's second music director and conductor from 1957 to 1995. He added many programs to the Symphony's offerings and enriched the orchestra with an influx of talented, professional musicians. His wife Norma worked behind the scenes with myriad tasks and projects and was a gracious host to guest artists who stayed in their home. The couple's involvement with the Symphony did not end in 1995; they hosted Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis when he was in the country, played piano duets for Symphony fundraisers and continue to support the Symphony they helped establish.
 
Funds raised through this event will help support the Symphony's many music education programs, which include:  in-school music curriculum and presentations, interactive performances at the Green Music Center for elementary school students and afterschool social action programs for underserved elementary school students. (In-person elements of these programs are temporarily paused or virtual, but will resume when pandemic restrictions have been lifted.)  
 
Russian-American pianist Olga Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff and began studying piano at the age of five. She jumpstarted her United States career with her historic Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years. Read Olga's bio at srsymphony.org/Artists/Olga-Kern.
 
Detailed instructions for where and how to watch will be posted to the Symphony's website.
 
High res photos available upon request
 
SPONSORS
Lead Sponsor: Donald and Maureen Green

Supporting sponsors: Anonymous; Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust; Faye Smith; Sandra Jordan; Norma Person; Prosource of Santa Rosa and World of Carpet One, Gayle & Arnie Carston; Santa Rosa Symphony League; The Press Democrat; Green Music Center
 
EVENT LISTING
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Virtual Gala, honoring Norma & Corrick Brown
 
WHO:
Luminaries: TBA
Olga Kern, piano  
 
WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 6:30 PM
 
WHERE:  Viewing link to be posted on the SRS website at srsymphony.org
 
COST: Free, but donations encouraged
 
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.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

July 7, 2020: Santa Rosa Symphony 2019-2020 Season (and Fiscal Year) Review

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 7, 2020

Santa Rosa, Calif.) —The Santa Rosa Symphony's 2019-2020 fiscal year began with expanded program offerings, another record-beating, season-opening fundraiser and strong ticket sales. Then the Kincaid Fire and the pandemic caused an unprecedented number of concert postponements in a single season. The organization met the challenges, adapted and ended the fiscal year, once again, in the black.  

Top organizational highlights:
Two summer co-productions with the Green Music Center: free multimedia concert "Four Seasons of Sonoma County" with Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and photos curated by Museum of Sonoma County; and "Raiders of the Lost Ark in concert"

Most successful gala fundraiser of its kind in 17 years, honoring Gaye LeBaron

Negotiation of new five-year contracts with Musicians and Stagehands Unions

Critically-acclaimed, first full season of conducting and programming by music director Francesco Lecce-Chong

Inaugural First Symphony Project performance and launch of SRS Institute for Music Education's First Opus Project

Strong overall enrollment in youth orchestras, exceeding budgeted goal

Ticket sales for Classical Series and Family Series on record pace

High levels of individual donations, board giving, government grants and League support

Positive bottom line for seventeenth consecutive year
 
The pandemic caused the postponement of the last eight weeks of the season’s performances and three performances in the Green Music Center's summer season, and the temporary closing of the SRS administrative and patron services offices. The fourteen-member staff continues to work from home. Since the beginning of the sheltering in place, the organization accomplished the following:
 
All eight Classical Series and Family concerts rescheduled

Continued engagement through:
Music Director hosted Facebook "Watch Parties"
Virtual concert featuring 14 youth ensemble groups
Online videos/classes for youth ensembles and Simply Strings
NorCal Public Media radio broadcasts of past SRS performances
Sharing of individual SRS musician music performance videos
Video conversations with donors and the Music Director
 
“For 92 years, the Santa Rosa Symphony has valued its role in making a difference in the life of its community. The success of our organization has not been accidental or haphazard. It has been based on artistic and educational excellence, fiscal ingenuity and community engagement. Intangible assets like trust, good decision-making, artistic and managerial expertise, reputation and relationships, a positive organizational culture, and the quality of the board, staff and orchestra all have influenced our performance,” said SRS President and CEO Alan Silow.
 
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Alan Silow
 
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.
 
In its 93rd season, the Symphony’s performance schedule will include 21 Classical Series concerts, 6 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 4-concert Family Series and a 5-concert Pops Series. 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 from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

July 1, 2020: Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes new Board Members July 1, 2020

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 1, 2020

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony, as it enters its 93rd season, announced five new appointments to its board of directors. They are Corinne Antipa (Musician Representative), Liz Bippart (League Representative), Mark Dierkhising, Jack Dupre and Joe Smith. In addition, board member Garth Bixler has been elected as Secretary. Continuing board officers are as follows: Al Seidenfeld, Chairman of the Board; Corinne Byrd, Vice-Chairman; Sean Pryden, Treasurer; and Jamei Haswell, Immediate Past Chairman. 
 
SRS Chairman of the Board Al Seidenfeld said, "The board welcomes these fine new additions to our roster. I know that, as we work together, they will inspire us with their dedication and enrich us with their diverse backgrounds, knowledge and contributions."
 
Mark Dierkhising, sometimes called Dierk, is a renowned, award-winning chef and restauranteur. He has been working and living in Sonoma and Napa counties since the mid 70s. Dierkhising, along with his wife Karen Brodsky, is the owner of Dierk’s Parkside and Midtown Cafes, both in Santa Rosa.
 
Jack Dupre was first appointed to the Board in 1975 and co-chaired, with Yale Abrams, the Major Gifts Committee, which was the Symphony’s initial attempt to garner support from local businesses. Dupre served as president from 1981 to 1983, when the Symphony moved its performances to the Luther Burbank Center. Before his transition to emeritus status in 2005, he chaired the Personnel Committee and was a member of the 2004-2005 Music Director Selection Committee, which hired Bruno Ferrandis.
 
Joe N. Smith Jr. is the Senior Vice President and Manager of the Small Business Administration Department at Exchange Bank. Smith has been a career SBA lender and held both National and Regional Sales Management positions for SBA lending banks coast to coast. Prior to moving to northern California in 2008, Smith was co-founder and President of American Business Lending in Dallas. He has served for the last 11 years on the Board of The Sonoma County Family YMCA and has been a two-term Chairman and currently serves as the Treasure and Finance committee.
 
Corinne Antipa is a longtime member of the Santa Rosa Symphony cello section, has an active private studio and is a freelance performer in northern California. She had the great good fortune of studying with Bonnie Hampton and then with Colin Hampton before going to college, where the siren song drew her back to dance. Antipa holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in dance from Mills College and, until this last school year, spent forty years on the faculty of Santa Rosa Junior College teaching dance technique, dance history and choreography.
 
Liz Bippart moved from Estes Park, Colorado, just in time for the opening of the Green Music Center. Her parents, John and Betsy Bippart, were longtime supporters of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Soon after moving to California, Bippart joined the Santa Rosa Symphony League. She chaired Dinner is Served, one of the major fundraising events for its first six years. She served as liaison to the Music Education committee of Santa Rosa Symphony for three years and is now President of the League.
 
-High-res photos of Bippart, Smith and Dupre available upon request-
 
FULL BIOS, in alphabetical order
 
Corinne Antipa
Corinne Antipa is a longtime member of the Santa Rosa Symphony cello section, has an active private studio and is a freelance performer in northern California. She had the great good fortune of studying with Bonnie Hampton and then with Colin Hampton before going to college, where the siren song drew her back to dance. Antipa holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in dance from Mills College and, until this last school year, spent forty years on the faculty of Santa Rosa Junior College teaching dance technique, dance history and choreography. She also has worked in the field of historical dance in reconstruction and performance. The cellist in her, as well as the dancer, led her to be trained in the Feldenkrais Method in 1994.
 
Antipa lives in Santa Rosa with a variety of four-footed companions and “without the guidance of parental good sense, she might have chucked it all for a horse, a saddle and the open range!”

Liz Bippart
Liz Bippart has resided in Healdsburg since 2012, having arrived from Estes Park, Colorado, just in time for the opening of the Green Music Center. Her parents, John and Betsy Bippart, were longtime supporters of Santa Rosa Symphony. Her love of classical music started early on with piano lessons and trips to Los Angeles to hear Zuben Mehta conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Soon after moving back to California, Bippart joined the Santa Rosa Symphony League. She chaired Dinner is Served, one of the major fundraising events for its first six years. She served as liaison to the Music Education committee of the Santa Rosa Symphony for three years and is now President of the League.

Bippart is a life-long swimmer and has enjoyed swim vacations to the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, Lake Powell, St. John and, most recently, to the Galapagos. Her sister, Carolyn lives abroad and they travelled to Lebanon, Thailand and Cambodia, where they volunteered at an elephant sanctuary. “Chopping and stripping sugar cane with machetes for elephant snacks is strenuous,” she says. “Bathing and feeding an eighty-eight year old elephant is a priceless experience.”

Having a nursing background, Bippart was trained and volunteered at Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. She can be seen very briefly in the Oscar nominated documentary, End Game.

Her biggest thrill now is being a new grandmother of identical twin boys who live in Bodega Bay.
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Mark Dierkhising
Mark Dierkhising, sometimes called Dierk, is a renowned, award-winning chef and restauranteur. He has been working and living in Sonoma and Napa counties since the mid 70s. Dierkhising, along with his wife Karen Brodsky, is the owner of Dierk’s Parkside and Midtown Cafes, both in Santa Rosa.

Dierkhising graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After graduation, he headed straight for the Bay Area, winding up in Calistoga, where he and his brother bought their first restaurant in 1976. Before venturing out on their own in the mid 90s, the brothers were celebrated in multiple publications such as Gourmet, Bon Appetite and awarded the Grand Spectator’s “Greatest Wine List” 13 years straight.

After consulting for numerous hotels and businesses throughout the world, Dierkhising became the first Executive Chef for the Green Music Center and Sonoma State University in 2001. This was back when the music center was just a twinkle in people’s eyes. It was during this time Dierkhising met his wife Karen Brodsky, an emeritus SSU librarian. The two opened Dierk’s Parkside Café in 2006 and it has been food, family and fun ever since.

A key element of the couple’s business plan is a commitment to working with the community.  Through the restaurants, Mark and Karen are able to donate and participate with numerous community organizations, nonprofits and local businesses. Dierkhising’s heavy involvement with Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), for example, was acknowledged in 2014, when he was awarded the North Bay Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Award.

Dierkhising is honored to be joining the Santa Rosa Symphony Board of Directors. While not a musician himself, music has always been an important part of his life. One of his fondest memories of music is as a boy on Saturday mornings, when he and his grandmother would make bread while listening to opera and polkas from her kitchen radio. Dierkhising remembers that old radio could only receive a few stations—music or baseball.

Jack Dupre
Jack Dupre was appointed to the Symphony Board in 1975 by Dr. Ambrose Nichols, Board President and founding president of Sonoma State University. His first committee assignment was to co-chair, with Yale Abrams, the Major Gifts Committee, which was the Symphony’s initial attempt to garner support from local businesses. Dupre served as president from 1981 to 1983, moved its performances to the Luther Burbank Center. Before his transition to emeritus status in 2005, he was chair of the Personnel Committee and a member of the 2004-2005 Music Director Selection Committee, which resulted in the hiring of Bruno Ferrandis.

Dupre joined Hewlett-Packard Co. in 1964 as a microwave development engineer and subsequently managed the development of RF (Radio Frequency) and microwave sweep oscillators, spectrum analyzers, and lightwave instruments for both Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. After retiring from Hewlett-Packard/Agilent in 2002, he continues to work as a consultant in the area of fiber-optic test and standards.

He holds a BSEL from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and an MSEE from Stanford University.

Dupre’s wife is Marsha Vas Dupre, an active Symphony League member and a former Santa Rosa City Council and SRJC Board of Directors member. They each have two grandchildren, Jack’s in Potomac, Maryland and Marsha’s in Sebastopol. They share their time between homes in Santa Rosa and The Sea Ranch and travel extensively.

Joe N. Smith
Joe N. Smith Jr. is the Senior Vice President and Manager of the Small Business Administration Department at Exchange Bank. Exchange Bank has been the largest lender of SBA loans in Sonoma County since 2018. Smith has been a career SBA lender and held both National and Regional Sales Management positions for SBA lending banks coast to coast. Prior to moving to northern California in 2008, Smith was co-founder and President of American Business Lending in Dallas. He has served for the last 11 years on the Board of The Sonoma County Family YMCA and has been a two-term Chairman and currently serves as the Treasure and Finance committee.

Smith and his two sons have lived in Windsor since 2008. His sons graduated from Windsor High School in 2019 and 2020, and live with him. Smith grew up in Nashville, where his love of all types of music began. From a young age, he played in his Boy Scout Drum and Bugle Corp and later was First Chair trumpet all four years in his high school marching band as well as jazz band. He still plays his trumpet, although he considers it more noise that he makes than music.

He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with a degree in Finance. While at UT, Smith played four years of lacrosse and was a Student Athletic Representative. Smith is an avid golfer, enjoys riding his motorcycle, fishing, camping and boating with his sons. Smith is extremely excited to learn and serve with the Santa Rosa Symphony, as well as meeting all of the quality people associated with the Symphony.

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.

In its 93rd season, the Symphony’s performance schedule will include 21 Classical Series concerts, 6 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 4-concert Family Series and a 5-concert Pops Series. 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 from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

2019-2020 Season

May 4, 2020: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Virtual Chamber Music Concert May 20 at 7:00 PM

Santa Rosa Symphony, May 4, 2020

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO) will launch its first virtual chamber music concert on May 20, 2020 at 7:00 PM on the SRS Facebook page and YouTube Channel. The Santa Rosa Youth Orchestra is the award-winning, premier youth orchestra of the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education's Training Young Musicians program.
 
This remotely-recorded concert, with SRSYO chamber groups of duos to a large 26-piece ensemble, will include music from the 17th century to the present. The new piece is a virtual world premiere of Michael Murrin’s Fuel of the Soul, which had been commissioned for the postponed SRSYO 60th Anniversary concert featuring SRSYO alumni. (The piece will still have its physical premiere, opening the SRSYO concert that will be performed sometime after the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.)   
 
SRSYO Conductor Bobby Rogers said, “The young musicians of the SRSYO have worked hard and outside their comfort zone to provide our community with a sense of live music during these times. We can’t thank the students and their parents enough for their enthusiastic buy-in to this virtual music program.”
 
Director of Education Wendy Cilman says, "This project demonstrates music education at its best. It has taken a disappointing situation and turned it into a creative, uplifting experience."
 
Principal violist Robin Gibson said of this experience, “This project was the perfect way to stay connected through music.”
 
The SRS Youth Orchestra, which began as the Sonoma County Junior Symphony in 1959, when the first fully-automatic camera was introduced, now embraces personal recording technology to offer patrons a virtual concert experience during this time of sheltering in place. Collaborating online, in chamber groups, with support from Rogers and SRS Institute for Music Education faculty, the young musicians prepared for and recorded their individual parts, which were then expertly stitched together into a chamber concert recording. Murrin’s Fuel of the Soul is the most ambitious piece in the program with 26 brass and percussion musicians.  
 
Murrin, an alumnus of the SRS Youth Ensembles, is the second composer to participate in the SRS Institute for Music Education’s First Opus Project, which echoes the Santa Rosa Symphony's First Symphony Project. The First Opus Project allows young composers to create new compositions for young musicians and emphasizes the important connection between the composer, conductor and musician in the creation of a new work.
 
The approximately 90-minute program will explore music from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Composers include Italian Baroque composers Francesco Gasparini, Arcangelo Corelli and Antonio Vivaldi; German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann; Classical composers Leopold Mozart and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn; 19th-century Irish-American Swan Hennessey and German Ernst Kummer; 20th-century Brazilian Heitor Villa Lobos and Murrin.
 
Murrin writes: "With my new composition, Fuel of the Soul, I wanted to write a piece which celebrates the success that the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles have had for the last 60 years. These orchestras play a vital role in supporting, inspiring and fueling the future of the music world, and in cultivating a community which appreciates art and understands the extent to which art can enrich our lives. I believe the more appreciation our world has for beautiful art and beautiful music, the more we can connect with each other on a human level and identify with what we have in common, rather than our differences. I believe that art plays a vital role in bringing us back to our roots as human beings, and teaches us more about ourselves, as well as helping us to learn more about others. Because of this, I believe that the Youth Ensembles have an immense impact on our community and on our world, and I am honored to write a new composition in celebration of these ensembles, especially for such a monumental occasion as the 60th anniversary."

While creating a virtual performance is a new experience for the SRSYO members, chamber music is not. It has been an ongoing component of the SRSYO experience for the winds, brass and percussion sections. The SRSYO Chamber Players have prepared and given concerts to audiences in churches and assisted living communities for several years. Adding the chamber component to the string section has brought the benefit of chamber music orchestra wide.
 
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Virtual Chamber Music Concert
WHOSanta Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, Bobby Rogers, conductor
WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM
WHERE: On Facebook, YouTube and the SRS' Stay Connected page
Santa Rosa Symphony and Santa Rosa Symphony Young Musicians Facebook pages
Santa Rosa Symphony and SRS Education YouTube channels
 
The concert is free, but online donations are gratefully accepted. Interested Facebook users may click "going" on the SRS Young Musicians Facebook page to received a reminder for the event.
 
SPONSORS
Concert sponsor: Stanroy Music Center
 
SRSYO: George L. Smith Jr. M.D. and Nancy Doyle M.D. Fund
of Community Foundation Sonoma County
 
SRSYO chamber music program underwritten by the Savannah Hill Music Scholarship Fund
of Community Foundation Sonoma County
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Wendy Cilman, Alan Silow, Bobby Rogers
 
High-res photos available upon request
 
Michael Murrin, composer
Michael Murrin is an active performer, composer, arranger, and conductor.  As a professional tubist, trombonist, and euphoniumist, Michael has experience in a variety of performance settings, from performing with the San Francisco Wind Ensemble and the USC Thornton Symphony to performing in dixieland, musical theater, popular music, and film score recording settings.  A recipient of First Prize in the International Tuba Euphonium Conference Chamber Music Competition, Michael has performed under the direction of maestros such as Gerard Schwarz, Carl St. Clair, and John Nelson, among others.  As a composer, Michael has received commissions from the Santa Rosa Junior College Orchestra and the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa, and his compositions have received performances in venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and by ensembles including the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Quintet.  Michael also enjoys expanding his musical creativity into other areas, most recently by singing in local choirs and playing alto clarinet and contrabass clarinet in services at St. Mark Lutheran Church.  Michael received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2014 from the University of Southern California, under the mentorship of Jim Self and Norm Pearson.  
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education programs
Training Young Musicians program provides music training and performance opportunities to children ages X to 23. In addition to the SRS Youth Orchestra, the program includes the Young People's Chamber Orchestra, Debut Youth Orchestra, Aspirante Youth Orchestra and the String Orchestra Workshop.
 
The Institute also provides a number of initiatives for the community, especially its elementary students, which include:

Music for our Schools provide free concerts, assemblies and listening programs for elementary school children through the It’s Elementary and Primarily Classical programs.

Simply Strings, an El Sistema-inspired afterschool program, provides fully-funded instruction to underserved children at Sheppard Elementary School

Family-oriented programs include a family concert series, discovery dress rehearsals and ensembles at library and other community events

Adult Education is offered through open dress rehearsals, pre-concert talks, String Orchestra Workshop, master classes, select SMA classes and library events

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.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 x 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

For more information regarding SRSYO, 
contact Jane Shelly, 
SRS Youth Orchestra Manager
707-546-7097 x 225
jshelly@srsymphony.org

March 25, 2020: Santa Rosa Symphony Reschedules All Spring Concerts, Compensates musicians now to ease their financial hardship

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 25, 2020

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —The Santa Rosa Symphony Board of Directors, in response to county and state health agencies' shelter-in-place orders, and for the safety and health of its patrons, musicians and staff in this daily evolving situation, has postponed all of its remaining 2019-2020 concerts. These include two Classical Series sets, one Family Series concert and one Pops concert.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony Association’s Board of Directors, via a video conference on Tuesday, March 24, confirmed the new dates as follows:
 
Showcasing Contemporary Women: rescheduled from March 21-23 to June 6, 7 & 8, 2020
Beethoven Lives Upstairs: rescheduled from April 19 to June 14, 2020
Visions of Hope: rescheduled from May 2-4 to July 11, 12 & 13, 2020
Remember When Rock Was Young – the Elton John Tribute Symphony Pops: rescheduled from April 26 to August 9, 2020
 
The programming for these concerts is unchanged, with the exception of Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong stepping in to conduct Showcasing Contemporary Women.
 
The Santa Rosa Santa Youth Orchestra concert on May 9, 2020 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
 
Ticket holder information is covered at the bottom of this release.
 
"We are thrilled to be able to reschedule all of these concerts. It is a way forward through this challenging situation and one that will best provide for our subscribers, patrons, musicians and staff," said Symphony President and CEO Alan Silow.
 
“In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to have beauty in our lives—especially as we are unable to join together in person to experience art,” said Lecce-Chong.
 
Most importantly, the Santa Rosa Symphony recognizes that many of its musicians are experiencing financial hardship due to the widespread concert cancellations throughout the Bay Area. In that light, the Symphony Board of Directors has approved an unprecedented plan which guarantees that any musician, who was hired by Santa Rosa Symphony to perform services in March, April or May 2020, will be paid promptly for those services, even though the work itself will happen at a later date.
 
"I am grateful for the leadership of our Board and the long-standing generosity of our patrons, both of which will allows us to provide immediate financial assistance to lessen the economic challenges that our fine, professional musicians currently face," said Silow.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony’s Board of Directors and staff leadership continue to closely monitor this very fluid and unprecedented situation, and will communicate clearly, promptly and directly with patrons, if there are any new developments or changes. The Symphony staff are working from their homes and retrieving mail, which has included many subscription renewals, a bright spot that further underscores the value of what the Symphony offers—especially during uncertain times.
 
“As many other organizations and musicians are doing, Santa Rosa Symphony is turning to technology to stay connected with our patrons," added Lecce-Chong. "I’ve started hosting regular 'Watch Parties' on my Facebook page, where we can all hang out and experience great performances together. My fiancée Chloe and I are also creating music education videos, which are great for parents and children to do together at home.”
 
The Symphony invites patrons to follow its Facebook page, visit its website and sign up for its email list (via the website) to stay informed about Lecce-Chong's Facebook Watch Parties, detailed concert information, summer offerings, education opportunities, the new season and more. In addition, COVID-19 updates are posted at https://www.srsymphony.org/Plan-Your-Visit/COVID-19-Updates.
 
Ticket holder information
Patrons with tickets for the originally scheduled concert dates should retain them for use on the new dates. If ticket holders are unable to attend on the new date, they may choose from the following options:
 
Request a Donation Receipt. The ticket payment may be converted to a tax-deductible donation to Santa Rosa Symphony. This helps the organization, a nonprofit, navigate this challenging time, so that it can continue to support our musicians suffering severe financial hardship, remain financially viable and continue to bring the joy of classical music to this community. The donation receipt must be requested by the Thursday prior to the new concert date.
 
Request a Ticket Voucher. The ticket voucher will be of equal value to the purchased tickets. Subscribers may use the voucher to bring friends next season. Single-ticket buyers may enjoy any Symphony Classical Series concert of their choosing in the 2020-2021 Season. All vouchers will be mailed in August and may be redeemed beginning August 10, 2020. The voucher must be requested by the Thursday prior to the new concert date.
 
Request a Gift Certificate. The value of the concert ticket(s) may be applied to a gift certificate. Gift Certificates never expire and may be used towards a season renewal or purchase of tickets for any Santa Rosa Symphony concert. Gift certificates must be requested by the Thursday prior to the new concert date.
 
Pops ticket holders will need to contact the Luther Burbank Center's box office at (707) 546-3600 or lutherburbankcenter.org.

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

March 12, 2020: March Symphony concerts cancelled: Symphony follows California Department of Public Health advice to help prevent spread of Coronavirus

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 12, 2020

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony, in response to local, state and CDC guidelines, has cancelled all performances through the end of March. The Symphony will keep patrons updated via email, srsymphony.org and social media channels regarding its rescheduling efforts, and it is in direct contact with its subscribers and single ticket buyers.
 
To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health announced Wednesday, March 11, 2020, that gatherings and events of more than 250 people be canceled, at least through the end of March, which includes the Youth Orchestra Showcase Concert on March 15 and the Symphony's upcoming “Showcasing Cotemporary Women” classical concerts March 21-23, 2020.

"We believe this is vital to minimize the potential health risk to our patrons, musicians, volunteers and staff," said Santa Rosa Symphony President and CEO Alan Silow.

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

February 17, 2020: Santa Rosa Symphony hires Kate Matwychuk as Manager for its El Sistema-inspired Simply Strings program and Summer Music Academy

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 17, 2020

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony, in December 2019, appointed Kate Matwychuk Manager for its Simply Strings and Summer Music Academy programs. A resident of Sebastopol, Matwychuk comes to the Symphony with a wealth of teaching experience. Matwychuk, who grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, came to Santa Rosa to work for Quest Forward Academy, a new private school that opened in 2017. Matwychuk earned her Master's in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, an AB from Harvard University and has earned many honors as an English teacher, including grants and travel awards. She taught creative writing, critical thinking and more at schools in Hawaii and Massachusetts.
 
Matwychuk enjoys the variety and unexpected creative opportunities of her new, dual position and the ability to work with younger students, adding that, "The energy and creativity of the people I’m working with is inspiring."
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Director of Education Wendy Cilman said, "Kate is bringing exciting new ideas and energy. Her broad education background and experience align perfectly with our vision for these programs."
 
Matwychuk was an active musician in high school (bassoon) and "benefited enormously from programs such as Simply Strings. I participated in my city’s youth orchestra and traveled with my own school orchestra and band. Being a musician taught me to be courageous, gave me confidence and opened unexpected doors for me."
 
When not teaching, Matwychuk swims with ocean creatures in wild places all over the planet. "I miss the Hawaiian pacific, but am learning to enjoy the (much colder) California coast."
   
-High-res photos available upon request-
 
About Simply Strings
Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed, social-action music network, Simply Strings develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement. Through this program, based at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland, children, beginning in second grade, receive daily, intensive ensemble instruction two hours a day, five days a week after school.
 
About Summer Music Academy
Summer Music Academy is three weeks of music immersion where students can learn to play an instrument for the first time, or enrich their music studies, all while making new friends with musicians from throughout Sonoma County. Held at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa July 13-31, the Academy includes instrumental workshops for beginners and continuing students, and performance workshops for more experienced musicians.
 
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 92nd 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

February 5, 2020: Santa Rosa Symphony showcases women for Women's History Month: conductor Gemma New, violinist Jennifer Frautschi and composer Katherine Balch

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 5, 2020

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —Celebrating Women's history month, the Santa Rosa Symphony's March 21-23 program, "Showcasing Contemporary Women" highlights talented women who could make history. Rising star conductor Gemma New leads the orchestra in a concert that opens with Katherine Balch's like a broken clock and features Jennifer Frautschi performing Camille Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3. New caps her program with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Pastorale. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Patrons are also invited to bring the young women in their lives with a free youth ticket (one per paid adult, for youth 7-17).
 
Sought after for her insightful interpretations and dynamic presence, New Zealand-born Gemma New is currently Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. New was awarded the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Awards in 2017 and 2019. Read Gemma New's full bio.  
 
Two-time Grammy nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi has garnered worldwide acclaim as a musically adventurous violinist with a wide-ranging repertoire, in addition to premiering several works composed for her.
 
Frautschi has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, at Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. Selected by Carnegie Hall for its Distinctive Debuts series, she made her New York recital debut in Weill Hall; and as part of the European Concert Hall Organization’s Rising Stars series, debuted at ten of Europe’s most celebrated concert venues. Her discography includes two Grammy-nominated recordings with the Fred Sherry Quartet.
 
Born in Pasadena, Frautschi began the violin at age three. She was a student of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She also attended Harvard, the New England Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann. She teaches violin in the graduate program at Stony Brook University. Frautschi performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius. Read Frautschi's full bio.
 
Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3, a three-movement standard in current student, concert and competition repertoire, begins with the soloist, over hushed chords from the orchestra. The piece demands technical prowess and advanced musicality, which Frautschi has proved she can deliver.
 
Balch says of like a broken clock, "The title of this piece is a modified lyric borrowed from a Joanna Newsom song, In California. In the chorus, she sings, ‘like a little clock/ that trembles on the edge of the hour/ only ever calling out Cuckoo Cuckoo.' What attracted me to that text was the imagery of off-kilter, delicate tapping/clicking rhythms. like a broken clock is music that sputters, ticks and clangs, summoning the minutes and seconds that jitter and dance."
 
The final piece on the program, Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, Pastorale, according the composer himself (from a note he had printed in the program of its first performance) is meant as "more an expression of feeling than painting." His movement titles suggest the settings for these feelings:

I. Awakening of happy feelings upon reaching the countryside.
II. Scene at the brook.
III. Cheerful gathering of the country folk.
IV. Thunderstorm.
V. Shepherd's song. Happy, grateful feelings after the storm.

Interesting facts about these Contemporary Women:
Balch's awards include fellowships from Aspen, Norfolk, Fontainebleau, Tanglewood, IRCAM Manifeste and Santa Fe music festivals, multiple awards from ASCAP and BMI, and a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

New is a two-time recipient of the coveted Career Assistance Award from Solti Foundation U.S.

Frautschi is an Avery Fisher Grant recipient and two-time Grammy nominee
Northern California Public Media will broadcast this concert on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm. Listeners may tune in to KRCB at 91.1 FM or 90.9 FM. 
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Gemma New, Jennifer Frautschi
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony concert "Showcasing Contemporary Women"
 
WHO: Santa Rosa Symphony
Gemma New, guest conductor
Jennifer Frautschi, violin
 
WHEN:
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, March 21, at 2:00 PM – no talk)
Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM, Pre-concert talk 2:00 PM-2:30 PM)
Monday, March 23, 2020 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
 
Performance ticket prices:
$24-$87 for Saturday and Monday evening and Sunday afternoon performances
FREE tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request (by phone or in person) ONE FREE ticket for a youth (7-17 years of age) with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert.
 
Discovery Open Rehearsal ticket prices:
$20 / adult; $10 / youth (7-17 years of age)
 
TICKETS: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org 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)
 
ENHANCEMENTS:
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 by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, begin one hour prior to each performance.
 
Sponsors
Concert sponsored by Viking Cruises
Supporting sponsor: County of Sonoma & Creative Sonoma
Gemma New underwritten by Corinne and David Byrd
Jennifer Frautschi underwritten by Sigmund Anderman, In memory of Susan Anderman
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
Concert overview video underwritten by Chuck and Ellen Wear
Media sponsors: The Press Democrat and Northern California Public Media
 
-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.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

February 3, 2020: SRS Institute for Music Education presents a sensory-inclusive All-Ensemble Showcase concert

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 3, 2020

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education's All-Ensembles Showcase concert, Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3:00 PM, at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, showcases the talents of all of the Institute's Training Young Musicians ensembles. This relaxed, welcoming, sensory-inclusive event includes an all-strings piece, an all-winds/brass/percussion piece and a grand finale featuring the first chair musicians from each ensemble.
 
The Institute's ensembles, which will all be participating, include Simply Strings, String Orchestra Workshop, Debut Orchestra, Aspirante Orchestra, Young People's Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra.
 
Director of Education Wendy Cilman, who introduced this all-day, biannual event two years ago, said, "It provides an opportunity for us to show the range of our Training Young Musicians program. In addition to the unique opportunity of the shared performance, this unique event enables the newest musicians to interact with the most experienced musicians in activities such as combined coaching sessions."
 
For this very relaxed, sensory-inclusive event, children and adults with physical and developmental challenges, small children and babies are all welcome. Efforts are being made to have a sign language interpreter on stage. Weill Hall doors will remain open during the concert for people to come and go as needed and the audience need not remain silent through the performances. An announcement from the stage will alert sensitive audience members when the music will be especially loud or surprising. In addition, ticketholders are asked to refrain from wearing fragrances.
 
Green Music Center House Manager Andrew Cronomiz said, "Here at the Green Music Center one of the things we focus on is providing access to diverse artistic experiences that educate, connect and inspire our communities. We are very happy to be working with the Santa Rosa Symphony to help put our words into action and present a concert that is accessible and inclusive to all those who wish to attend and make them feel welcome."
 
"We see this as an opportunity for our young musicians to learn how to focus through audience distractions," Cilman added. "It is also a way for them to share their talent with people who are less fortunate than they are, and who will benefit greatly from hearing them."
 
The affordably-priced concert will feature selections from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt and Frank Ticheli's Simple Gifts, alongside popular favorites such as La Bamba. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth in advance, and $20 and $10 at the door.
 
Training Young Musicians Ensembles
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra: internationally-touring, award-winning youth orchestra conducted by Bobby Rogers
Young People's Chamber Orchestra: under the direction of Aaron Westman, performs sans conductor
Aspirante Orchestra: mid-level ensemble conducted by Jennifer Huang, focuses on building repertoire, instrument mastery
Debut Orchestra: entry-level performing orchestra conducted by Luis Zuniga
String Orchestra Workshop: beginning musicians, directed by Karen Zimmerman and Ivy Zenobi, learn to play with others in a small ensemble
Simply Strings: Inspired by El Sistema, an afterschool, social action program instructing youth in second to seventh grades, conducted by Joel Cohen

Other upcoming Youth Orchestra concerts
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 3:00 pm, at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, the SRS Youth Orchestra performs a concert titled "Shall We Dance."
 
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 7:00 pm, at Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, the Young People's Chamber Orchestra performs a concert titled "Through the Looking Glass: 330 years of dancing and imitating life in music."
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: All Youth Ensembles Showcase Concert
 
WHO:  Santa Rosa Symphony Training Young Musician Ensembles
 
WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3:00 PM
 
WHERE:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
TICKETS:  $15 / Adult, $5 / Youth ($20 and $10 at the door, group tickets available by phone)
 
PURCHASING: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org 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)
 
Sponsors
Concert sponsored by Stanroy
  
-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.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

January 13, 2020: Santa Rosa Symphony hires 20-year finance veteran Kathleen Gebhardt as Director of Finance & Administration

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 13, 2020

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes 20-year finance veteran Kathleen Gebhardt as its new Director of Finance & Administration. Gebhardt comes from a background in the healthcare industry, most recently as Director of Finance for Petaluma Health Center.   
 
A Symphony season subscriber, Gebhardt says, "I was immediately drawn to the Symphony’s Finance Director position because of my love of music, and my great respect for the amazing talent of the conductor, the musicians and everyone behind the scenes. The Symphony gives me the sense of satisfaction of supporting those who provide the beauty of music and educational opportunities to our community."
 
“Gebhardt is a consummate professional—capable, knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. She will be a welcome addition to the team,” said President & CEO Alan Silow.
 
Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Gebhardt's family moved to nearby Cedar Lake when she was in the fifth grade, where she enjoyed fishing, swimming, water skiing and driving fast boats. Exploring her interest in music, she played clarinet in high school band, sang soprano in the choir and taught herself how to play guitar. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Western Governors University in Salt Lake. A job transfer brought her to Santa Rosa, after spending 11 years in Pasadena.
 
Also a budding amateur photographer, Gebhardt photographs wildlife and landscapes with her fairly-new "real" camera and hopes to return to jewelry making soon. Gebhardt lives in Petaluma.
 
-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 92nd 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

December 18, 2019: Award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski performs Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 February 8-10

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 18, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —Natasha Paremski joins the Santa Rosa Symphony to perform Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 on February 8-10 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. "Riveting Rachmaninoff," conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, also includes the first commission of the First Symphony Project, the world premiere of Matt Browne's Symphony No. 1, The Course of Empire. Lecce-Chong's program begins with Ludwig Van Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3.   
 
Lecce-Chong said, "I am delighted to welcome Natasha Paremski back to Santa Rosa. Already a favorite of our audiences, Natasha and I have been close friends since our college days in New York and we work together regularly around the country. I also look forward to the World Premiere of our Composer-in-Residence Matt Browne's The Course of Empire - a major new symphonic work that continues the SRS commitment to contemporary American music."
 
Award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski wins over audiences the world over with her musical sensibility and powerful, flawless technique. Her 2019-2020 season features returns to San Francisco Performances and, among others, the Columbus, Colorado, North Carolina, and Santa Rosa symphonies, in addition to debuts in South Africa and Colombia. November highlights the complete Rachmaninov Concerto cycle with Larry Loh conducting Symphoria.
 
Paremski is a regular return guest of many major North American orchestras. She has also performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, since 2008, in venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Cadogan Hall. She has toured extensively in Europe with such orchestras as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vienna’s Tonkünstler Orchester, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre de Bretagne, the Orchestre de Nancy, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester in Zurich, Moscow Philharmonic and has toured with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica in Latvia, Benelux, the United Kingdom and Austria, as well as appearances with National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in Taipei. Read her full bio.
 
Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 is one of the most popular piano concertos in the repertoire, thrilling in its complexity, vibrance and rich Russian flare. In fact, musicologist  Joseph Yasser noted its striking similarity to a Russian monastic chant – one that Rachmaninoff could have heard as a boy.   
 
Composer-in-Residence Matt Browne, inspired by a series of five landscape paintings by Thomas Cole of the same name, wrote The Course of Empire to depict the rise and fall of man as seen in the five paintings, which all represent the same location through different eras. Softening and updating the painter's titles for his corresponding five movements, Browne's first movement about Cole's The Savage State (of hunter-gathers) becomes Ascension; The Pastoral or Arcadian State becomes Pastorale; The Consummation of Empire becomes Apotheosis; Destruction becomes Hubris and Desolation, Ephemera. Symphony goers responded most favorably to Browne's How the Solar System Was Won, which was performed by the Symphony for the first time in the SRS' Season opening concert and his first symphony is eagerly anticipated. The First Symphony Project is a four-year endeavor in which the SRS and the Eugene Symphony with nine patron households (including Lecce-Chong, who is also Music Director for Eugene) as co-commissioners of up-and-coming American composers' first symphony. 
 
Interesting facts about Riveting Rachmaninoff:
Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 was famously featured in the movie "Shine"

Paremski is a regular recital and recording partner of Grammy-winning cellist Zuill Bailey

Paremski's prestigious prizes include: Gilmore Young Artists, the Prix Montblanc and the Orpheum Stiftung. 

Francesco Lecce-Chong has appeared with orchestras around the world including the National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, while collaborating with renowned soloists such as Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman.
 
In the 2018-2019 season, Lecce-Chong debuted in subscription concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic and Xi’An Symphony in China among others. The 2019-2020 season marks his debut with the New York Philharmonic. Read full bio.
 
Northern California Public Media will broadcast this concert on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 3:30 pm. Listeners may tune in to KRCB at 91.1 FM or 90.9 FM. 
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Simone Porter
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony concert "Riveting Rachmaninoff"
 
WHO: Santa Rosa Symphony
Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Natasha Paremski, violin
 
WHEN:
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, February 8, at 2:00 PM – no talk)
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM, Pre-concert talk 2:00 PM-2:30 PM)
Monday, February 10, 2020 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
 
Performance ticket prices:
$24-$87 for Saturday and Monday evening and Sunday afternoon performances
FREE tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request (by phone or in person) ONE FREE ticket for a youth (7-17 years of age) with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert.
 
Discovery Open Rehearsal ticket prices:
$20 / adult; $10 / youth (7-17 years of age)
 
TICKETS: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org 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)
 
ENHANCEMENTS:
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 by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, begin one hour prior to each performance.
 
Sponsors
Concert sponsored by Linda Castiglioni
Supporting sponsor: County of Sonoma & Creative Sonoma
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by Corinne and David Byrd
Natasha Paremski underwritten by The Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust
The Course of Empire underwritten by First Symphony Project co-commissioners:  
Nancy and David Berto, Chuck and Ellen Wear, Creighton White, Gordon Blumenfeld, Francesco Lecce-Chong and four Eugene Symphony households
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
Concert overview video underwritten by Chuck and Ellen Wear
Media sponsors: The Press Democrat and Northern California Public Media
 
-High-res photos of Lecce-Chong, Orchestra and guest artist 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.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

December 12, 2019: Santa Rosa Symphony performs "Peter and the Wolf" January 26 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 12, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony, on January 26 at 3 PM, performs the timeless children's classic, Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, in an engaging, interactive program that also includes Camille Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals. Roustabout Theater joins the orchestra and conductor Bobby Rogers for the second in the Symphony's 2019-2020 Family Series. Pre-concert fun begins at 2:00 PM with a FREE Instrument Petting Zoo. Ideal for introducing small children to classical music, this affordable concert ($20/adult, $10/child) makes for a memorable afternoon outing for families.
 
Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf has been introducing youngsters to orchestral instruments in an imaginative, accessible way since its first performance in 1936 in Moscow. Its United States premiere was in 1938. Walt Disney saw the beauty and value of the piece, producing a full-length animated feature film in 1946.   
 
Interesting facts about Peter and the Wolf:
Dissatisfied with the narrative written for it by a popular children's author, Prokofiev created the text himself.

Narrators have included actors David Tennant, Sir Peter Ustinov, Dudley Moore, Carol Channing, Sophia Loren, Antonio Banderas, Richard Attenborough, Sharon Stone, Lorne Greene, Captain Kangaroo, Jonathon Winters, Alec Guinness, Basil Rathbone, Mia Farrow, Boris Karloff, Ben Kingsley, Sean Connery, Rob Reiner, Sir Ralph Richardson and Patrick Stewart; music icons Leonard Bernstein, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Itzhak Perlman and Sting; and world leaders Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Peter and the Wolf has had numerous, unique adaptations, including on National Public Radio's All Things Considered in 2001, as a developing news story with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra performing the music, and on Sesame Street with the Boston Pops Orchestra as "Elmo's Musical Adventure" in 2000.  

Roustabout Theater is the longest-running resident theater company of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Roustabout consists of a professional ensemble—presenting the Northern California premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Tray Letts’ new play, “Mary Page Marlowe,” in March—and its Apprentice Program, an unparalleled actor training program, which highlights the talents of the county’s most extraordinary student performers, ages 11 – 20, through award-winning, professionally-produced productions. Read full bio.
 
The Instrument Petting Zoo, at 2:00 PM, provided at no extra cost to ticket holders, allows children (and curious adults) to handle and play various orchestral instruments.
 
Ideal for introducing small children to classical music, this affordable concert ($20/adult, $10/child) makes for a memorable afternoon outing for families.
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Bobby Rogers, Francesco Lecce-Chong, Alan Silow
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Family concert "Peter and the Wolf"
 
WHOSanta Rosa Symphony
Bobby Rogers, conductor
Roustabout Theater, Clark Lewis, director
 
WHEN:
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM (Instrument Petting Zoo at 2:00 PM)
 
WHERE:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
TICKETS:
$20 for adults and $10 for children.
Seating is reserved for this concert and every patron, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 
Tickets are available at (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
ENHANCEMENTS:
Free Instrument Petting Zoo
 
Sponsors
Family Concert Series sponsored by:
 The Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust and Victor and Karen Trione
Additional support from the The Press Democrat and County of Sonoma—Board of Supervisors    
 
-High-res photos of Bobby Rogers, orchestra 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.
 
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. Recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, the Symphony's Institute for Music Education serves 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

November 25, 2019: SRS Institute for Music Education welcomes Jennifer Huang as new Aspirante Youth Orchestra conductor

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 25, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education named Jennifer Huang its new Aspirante Youth Orchestra conductor. Huang's recent posts have included Assistant Conductor and Chorus Director of West Edge Opera’s Summer 2019 season, Music Director of the University of California Berkeley Chamber Orchestra and Summer Symphony, and Assistant Conductor of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus. The Aspirante Youth Orchestra is the mid-level ensemble of the Institute's Training Young Musicians program and concentrates on increasing the young musicians' skills and expanding their repertoire. Students typically range in age from 12 to 18, have had three years of ensemble experience and at least one year in the SRS Institute's Debut Youth Orchestra. 
 
"Young people have an amazing potential to connect with music," says Huang. "As an artist and conductor, I'm inspired by how naturally they react to what they hear and how, with just a little guidance, they can develop a deep capacity for artistic expression. With the Aspirante Youth Orchestra, I am very much looking forward to teaching our young students to love music through our repertoire and encouraging them to continue playing throughout their lives."
 
In addition to being an award-winning conductor, Huang is also an accomplished violinist, pianist and vocalist. She has performed under the baton of world-class artists such as Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel and David Robertson. 

While the majority of the Taiwanese-American's work focuses on standard orchestral repertoire, she is also an active opera conductor and a strong advocate for new music performance, working closely with composers from around the world. In her musical studies at UC Berkeley, she conducted and music-directed a student opera, A Note Before I Go, for which she was awarded the Eisner Prize and the Mary Nunes Souza Award from the University. Earlier this month, Huang conducted a workshop of a new opera, Both Eyes Open, by Max Duykers and librettist Philip Gotunda, working alongside tenor John Duykers and members of the Paul Dresher Ensemble. 
 
In 2016, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a dual degree in Molecular Cell Biology and Music. There she studied violin performance with Dan Flanagan and Antoine van Dongen and conducting with Professor David Milnes.
 
-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 92nd 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

November 19, 2019: Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Simone Porter plays Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 19, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —Virtuoso violinist Simone Porter joins the Santa Rosa Symphony to perform Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor, on January 11-13 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. "Shadows and Sunshine," conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, also includes Johannes Brahms' Second Symphony, one of the most cheerful of his later works, composed while he was enjoying a summer away at a beautiful Austrian lake in 1877. The program opens with Missy Mazzoli's Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres), which was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.     
 
Lecce-Chong said, "Despite composing in three different centuries, Brahms, Sibelius, and Missy Mazzoli are connected in this program through their focus on rich orchestral harmonies and textures. This combination of sublime music will be punctuated with the dazzling virtuosity of Simone Porter."
 
Sibelius' lyrical yet powerful Violin Concerto may be the most popular violin concerto composed in the twentieth century, its opening few seconds transfixing listeners, as the violin enters on a dissonant note, delicately, and gradually leans into the chord. 
 
Violinist Simone Porter has been recognized as an emerging artist of impassioned energy, interpretive integrity and vibrant communication. In the past few years, she has debuted with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles. Born in 1996, Porter made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London at age 13. In March 2015, Porter was named a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Highlights of Porter’s 2019-2020 season include performing Beethoven with the Colorado Symphony, Mendelssohn with New Jersey Symphony, Brahms with the Pacific Symphony and the Brahms Double Concerto with the Charlotte Symphony. Read Porter's full bio.
 
Interesting facts about Simone Porter:
Porter made her Carnegie Zankel Hall debut on the Emmy Award-winning TV show "From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall," followed in November 2016, by her debut in Stern Auditorium.

In June 2016, her featured performance of music from "Schindler’s List," with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and members of the American Youth Symphony, was broadcast nationally on the TNT Network as part of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams.

Porter performs on a 1740 Carlo Bergonzi violin made in Cremona Italy on generous loan from The Master’s University, Santa Clarita, California.

The three movements of Brahms' Symphony No. 2 in three sentences
(courtesy Steven Ledbetter):

One of the loveliest moments in the first movement occurs at the arrival of the second theme in violas and cellos, a melting waltz tune that is first cousin to Brahms’s famous Lullaby.

The second movement, a rather dark reaction to the sunshine of the first, begins with a stepwise melody rising in the bassoons against a similar melody descending in the cellos, the two ideas mirroring each other.

Here Brahms’ lavish invention makes familiar ideas sound fresh in new relationships.Missy Mazzoli's Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres), "is music in the shape of a solar system, a collection of rococo loops that twist around each other within a larger orbit," says Mazzoli, that "churns and roils, that inches close to the listener only to leap away at breakneck speed, in the process transforming the ensemble turns into a makeshift hurdy-gurdy, flung recklessly into space." 

Francesco Lecce-Chong has appeared with orchestras around the world including the National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, while collaborating with renowned soloists such as Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman.
 
In the 2018-2019 season, Lecce-Chong debuted in subscription concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic and Xi’An Symphony in China among others. The 2019-2020 season marks his debut with the New York Philharmonic. Read full bio.
 
Northern California Public Media will broadcast this concert on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 3:30 pm. Listeners may tune in to KRCB at 91.1 FM or 90.9 FM. 
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Simone Porter
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony concert "Shadows and Sunshine"
 
WHOSanta Rosa Symphony
Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Simone Porter, violin
 
WHEN:
Saturday, January 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, January 11, at 2:00 PM – no talk)
Sunday, January 12, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM, Pre-concert talk 2:00 PM-2:30 PM)
Monday, January 13, 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
 
Performance ticket prices:
$24-$87 for Saturday and Monday evening and Sunday afternoon performances
FREE tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request (by phone or in person) ONE FREE ticket for a youth (7-17 years of age) with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert.
 
Discovery Open Rehearsal ticket prices:
$20 / adult; $10 / youth (7-17 years of age)
 
TICKETS: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org 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)
 
ENHANCEMENTS:
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 by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, begin one hour prior to each performance.
 
Sponsors
Concert sponsored by The Peggy Anne Covington Fund
Supporting sponsors: The Press Democrat and The E. Nakamichi Foundation
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by Corinne and David Byrd
Simone Porter underwritten by Ava and Sam Guerrera
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
Concert overview video underwritten by Chuck and Ellen Wear
Media sponsors: The Press Democrat and Northern California Public Media
 
-High-res photos of Lecce-Chong, Orchestra and guest artist 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.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

November 11, 2019: New date set for Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 11, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony's postponed Family Concert, "Halloween with Harry Potter," will be performed at Weill Hall, Green Music Center on Sunday, January 5, 2020. The October 27 concert had been cancelled due to PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
 
Francesco Lecce-Chong will conduct "Halloween in January with Harry Potter," which features music from two Harry Potter movies, Beauty and the Beast and more. The Santa Rosa Children's Choral Academy under the direction of Carol Menke, will join the orchestra for two pieces, including Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz. Children are encouraged to come at 2:00 PM, wearing their Halloween costumes, to enjoy the free photo booth. A free Instrument Petting Zoo, also available at 2:00 PM, provides an opportunity for children (and curious adults) to handle and play various orchestral instruments.
 
Lecce-Chong said, "I am thrilled to lead a program exploring the magic of orchestral music through the eyes of Harry Potter. As a lifelong fan of John Williams' music, I cannot wait for our youngest audience members to experience his music live and some of the great orchestral classics about magical creatures, like Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird. The interactive program will give our audience a chance to meet some of the musicians in our orchestra and even learn how to conduct."
 
Lecce-Chong's entertaining and educational concert program will also include Mozart's The Magic Flute, Ravel's Beauty and the Beast and Strauss' Thunder and Lightning Polka.
 
Ideal for introducing small children to classical music, these affordable concerts ($20/adult, $10/child) make for a memorable afternoon outing for families.
 
"Halloween with Harry Potter" ticket holders have been notified of the new date and ticketing options.
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Carol Menke
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert "Halloween in January with Harry Potter"
 
WHOSanta Rosa Symphony
Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Santa Rosa Children's Choral Academy, Carol Menke, director
 
WHEN:
Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 3:00 PM (Photo booth and Instrument Petting Zoo at 2:00 PM)
 
WHERE:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
SUBSCRIPTIONS AND TICKETS:
Season Packages: $54 per adult and $27 per child (age 12 and younger)
Family packages: start at $144 and must include two child subscriptions
Single tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Seating is reserved for this concert and every patron, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Subscriptions and tickets are available at (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)

ENHANCEMENTS:
Free Instrument Petting Zoo and FREE photo booth (costumes encouraged)

Sponsors
Family Concert Series sponsored by:
 The Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust and Victor and Karen Trione
Supporting sponsor for "Halloween with Harry Potter": Donald and Maureen Green
Additional support provided by the 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 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 92nd 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

November 4, 2019: Santa Rosa Symphony ratifies new 5-year collective bargaining agreement with musicians' union

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 4, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony Board of Directors has ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with the Musicians Union Local 6 of the American Federation of Musicians. The new agreement covers a period of five years, up to June 30, 2024. It was ratified by the Musicians Union on October 21 and the Symphony's Board of Directors on October 22. The new contract calls for increases ranging from 2-3% annually in the base scale for rehearsals and concerts, and increases in minimum guaranteed number of services, pension and other areas of musician compensation.
 
"I deeply appreciated that our negotiations with the Union leadership were collaborative, professional and respectful, resulting in a five-year contract that will benefit both our musicians and the organization overall," said Symphony President & CEO Alan Silow.
 
"Beginning my first full season here, I am delighted that we have a contract settled for another five years, allowing us to focus solely on creating great music that matters for our audiences,” said Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong.
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
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 92nd 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

October 23, 2019: SSU Symphonic Chorus joins Santa Rosa Symphony for Mozart's Requiem Dec 7-9

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 23, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —The Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes the return of Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus for the orchestra's performance of Mozart's Requiem in D minor, conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong on December 7-9 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. "Mozart's Swan Song" also includes Haydn's Symphony No. 39, which Lecce-Chong will conduct from the fortepiano, and award-winning composer Jessie Montgomery's Records from a Vanishing City.
 
Lecce-Chong said, "With Mozart's beloved Requiem, I look forward to my first opportunity to work with the SSU Symphonic Chorus. Although Mozart completed less than half of the work before his death, it has always been the standard by which all other Requiems have been held—musically, emotionally and spiritually. This performance is particularly special as it is based on the meticulous research and immense knowledge of one of the greatest Mozart scholars of our time, Robert Levin, who crafted this completed edition of the Requiem in 1996."
 
For Mozart's Requiem, the SSU Symphonic Chorus, led by SRS Choral Director Jenny Bent, will be augmented by the Santa Rosa Junior College Chamber Singers (Jody Benecke, director) for a combined choir of 80 voices. The performance of Mozart's masterpiece also features four guest vocalists: Shawnette Sulker, soprano; Laura Krumm, alto; Benjamin Brecher, tenor; and Philip Skinner, bass. The Hall will resonate with Mozart's anguish, strong will and passion.
 
Classical music annotator Steven Ledbetter describes Mozart’s Requiem as a work of somber and impressive beauty, darker in color, but rising to great heights of power and drama . . . ."
 
Haydn's Symphony No. 39 in G minor opens the program. Haydn, in his works beginning in the late 1760s, leaned heavily on minor keys, which evoke strong emotion. He also employed additional horns in a complimentary key in order to achieve the desired notes from the valve-less horns of his time. Mozart and others later benefited from Haydn's innovation. The complimentary effect, now produced with modern horns, is evident in this symphony, nicknamed Tempesta di mare (Storm at Sea).    
 
Montgomery's tone poem, Records from a Vanishing City is, she says, "based on my recollections of the music that surrounded me as I grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1980s and 1990s." Montgomery, who turns 38 on the day of the December 8th performance, adds, "Artists, truth seekers and cultures of all kinds defined our vibrant community. The embracing diversity burst out with an effortless everydayness in block parties, festivals and shindigs of every sort."
 
Northern California Public Media will broadcast this concert on KRCB FM Radio 91. Listeners may tune in to 91.1 or 90.9 on January 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm. 

Interesting facts about "Mozart's Swan Song":

*Levin's version of the Requiem is considered to be truer to Mozart's intentions

*Francesco Lecce-Chong will direct the Haydn's Symphony No. 39 from the fortepiano

*Montgomery received the Leonard Bernstein Award from the ASCAP Foundation

Described by critics as a “fast rising talent in the music world” with “the real gift,” American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has appeared with orchestras around the world including the National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, while collaborating with renowned soloists such as Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman.
 
In the 2018-2019 season, Lecce-Chong debuted in subscription concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic and Xi’An Symphony in China among others. The 2019-2020 season marks his debut with the New York Philharmonic. Read full bio.
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Jenny Bent
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHATSanta Rosa Symphony concert "Mozart's Swan Song"
 
WHO:  Santa Rosa Symphony
Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
SSU Symphonic Chorus, Jenny Bent, director
 
WHEN:
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, December 7, at 2:00 PM – Doors at 1:00 PM, no talk)
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM, Pre-concert talk 2:00 PM-2:30 PM)
Monday, December 9, 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 years of age) with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert.
 
TICKETS: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org 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)
 
ENHANCEMENTS:
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 by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, begin one hour prior to each performance.
 
Sponsors
Concert sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by Corinne and David Byrd
Guest Artist Shawnette Sulker underwritten by Amy and Joel Levine
Guest Artist Phil Skinner underwritten by Irene Sohm
            SRS Chorus Director Jenny Bent underwritten by Linda and David  Hanes
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
Media sponsors: The Press Democrat and Northern California Public Media
 
-High-res photos of Lecce-Chong, Chorus and Orchestra 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.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

October 9, 2019: SRS Youth Orchestra turns 60 with State Senate proclamation at Nov 17 concert

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 9, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) Youth Orchestra, which began as the Sonoma County Junior Symphony in 1959, celebrates its 60th season. The Junior Symphony, under the direction of Eugene Shepherd, held its first concert in May of 1960. Senator Mike McGuire will present a proclamation detailing the many accomplishments of the orchestra prior to its concert entitled "Great Composers Revisited" on November 17, 2019 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center.
 
This 3:00 PM concert, conducted by Bobby Rogers, features guest piano soloist Jana Olvera, who hails from Woodland, where she performs and teaches, performing Eclogue for Piano and String Orchestra by Gerald Finzi. The concert will also include Kaiser-Walzer by Johann Strauss, Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich, Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns and Symphony No. 1 by Robert Schumann. The program opens with Prelude to Die Meistersinger by Richard Wagner.  
 
More immediately, the SRS Youth Orchestra will share the stage with Mobility, the high-energy rock band of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West at 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 12 at Jackson Theater on the Sonoma Country Day School campus to honor first responders.
 
In addition to the usual concert cycle, this season will include celebratory chamber music events and an alumni concert in the Spring.  
 
The award-winning Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra is the highest level of performing youth orchestras within the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education's Training Young Musicians program.
 
Training Young Musicians
Additional performance orchestras within the Training Young Musicians program include Young People's Chamber Orchestra (YPCO), Aspirante Orchestra and Debut Orchestra. YPCO, under the direction of Aaron Westman, performs without a conductor. Their next concert is "From Folk to Fugue" at Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, November 10 at 7:00 PM. Debut Youth Orchestra is an entry-level performing orchestra. Aspirante Youth Orchestra is a mid-level ensemble that works on building repertoire and mastering their instruments. The next performance of Debut and Aspirante orchestras will be a joint concert on November 24 at 3:00 PM at Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School.
 
From Junior Symphony to Institute
Other components of the SRS Institute for Music Education include:

Music for our Schools provide free concerts, assemblies and listening programs for elementary school children through the It’s Elementary and Primarily Classical programs.

Simply Strings, an El Sistema-inspired afterschool program, provides fully-funded instruction to underserved children at Sheppard Elementary School

Family-oriented programs include a family concert series, discovery dress rehearsals and ensembles at library and other community events

Adult Education is offered through open dress rehearsals, pre-concert talks, String Orchestra Workshop, master classes, select SMA classes and library events  

INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Wendy Cilman, Alan Silow, Bobby Rogers
 
-High-res photos available upon request-
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: SRS Youth Orchestra 60th Anniversary concert "Great Composers Revisited"
 
WHOSanta Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Bobby Rogers, conductor
Jana Olvera, piano
 
WHEN: Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM
 
WHERE:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
COST:  $15/adult, $5/youth in advance (before 11:00 AM November 15); $20/adult, $10/youth at the door. Group discounts for 10 or more also available.
 
TICKETS: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org 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)
 
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.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 30, 2019: Santa Rosa Symphony partners with Northern California Public Media

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 30, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Renewing a partnership that brought Sonoma County's premier music organization to radio listeners, the Santa Rosa Symphony and Northern California Public Media, today announce plans to present the orchestra's Classical Series concerts on Sunday afternoons on KRCB FM Radio 91. With this partnership, listeners unable to attend the concerts, or those who want to experience them a second time, will be able to enjoy the first full season led by Music Director and Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong.
 
According to Darren LaShelle, Content Manager of Northern California Public Media, "KRCB FM is thrilled to be a media partner with SRS for the 2019-2020 season. Our shared missions to build community and bring creativity and learning into people’s lives will be enhanced through this broadcast partnership. We hope to introduce new fans to classical music, who will make the transition from on-air listeners to concert-goers."

"We are delighted," said Santa Rosa Symphony President and CEO Alan Silow, "to be reinstating this valuable, mutually beneficial partnership, which we were privileged to enjoy in years past."  
 
Listeners may tune in to KRCB radio at 91.1 FM and 90.9 FM at 3:30 pm on the dates below to hear the Classical Series concerts in their entirety.
 
Unmasking the Stars (Oct. 5-7): October 27 
Master of the Modern Banjo (Nov. 2-4): December 1
Mozart's Swan Song (Dec. 7-9): January 5 
Shadows and Sunshine (Jan. 11-13): February 2 
Riveting Rachmaninoff (Feb. 8-10): March 15 
Showcasing Contemporary Women (Mar. 21-23): April 26 
Visions of Hope (May 2-4): May 31
 
-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.
 
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).
 
About Northern California Public Media
In order to encourage full participation in society and community, Northern California Public Media provides educational, informational and cultural telecommunication services in partnership with our community. Our motto “Telling Our Stories - Connecting our Communities,” embodies our mission to bring people together, through educational media and digital experiences, to discuss issues and gain understanding. Northern California Public Media consists of KRCB TV in the North Bay, KPJK TV in the South Bay, KRCB FM Radio 91 in Sonoma County, norcalpublicmedia.org, and the Northern California Public Media free digital app.

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 23, 2019: Francesco Lecce-Chong conducts "Halloween with Harry Potter," Sunday, Oct. 27, Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 23, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong conducts the first concert in its popular and affordable Family Concert Series, which features John Williams' music from two "Harry Potter" soundtracks. "Halloween with Harry Potter," performed by the Symphony's award-winning orchestra on October 27, also features the Santa Rosa Children's Choral Academy, directed by Carol Menke. Pre-concert fun includes a photo booth (costumes encouraged) and Instrument Petting Zoo, both free to ticket holders.
 
Lecce-Chong said, "I am thrilled to lead a program exploring the magic of orchestral music through the eyes of Harry Potter. As a lifelong fan of John Williams' music, I cannot wait for our youngest audience members to experience his music live and some of the great orchestral classics about magical creatures like Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird. The interactive program will give our audience a chance to meet some of the musicians in our orchestra and even learn how to conduct."
 
Lecce-Chong's entertaining and educational concert program will include two pieces from Williams' "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" score and Williams' Double Trouble from "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."  The orchestra will also play Over the Rainbow from "The Wizard of Oz," selections from Stravinsky's The Firebird, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Ravel's Beauty and the Beast and Strauss' Thunder and Lightning Polka. The Choral Academy will join the orchestra for Williams' Double Trouble, and Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg's Over the Rainbow, from "The Wizard of Oz."
Founded as The Santa Rosa Children's Chorus in 1984, the chorus changed its name to Santa Rosa Children's Choral Academy in 2017. Its mission is to provide rich musical education and professional performance opportunities to local, musically-oriented youth. In addition to past appearances with the Symphony, the chorus has performed with the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, Opera Santa Rosa, Sonoma Bach Choir and as part of Ballet California's production of The Nutcracker. Choral Director Carol Menke's early training was at the Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria. Menke, who holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance, maintains a full teaching schedule in addition to solo engagements. Read her full bio.

The Instrument Petting Zoo, at 2:00 PM, provided at no extra cost to ticket holders, allows children (and curious adults) to handle and play various orchestral instruments. Ideal for introducing small children to classical music, these affordable concerts ($20/adult, $10/child) make for a memorable afternoon outing for families.
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Carol Menke
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Family concert "Halloween with Harry Potter"
 
WHOSanta Rosa Symphony
Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Santa Rosa Children's Choral Academy, Carol Menke, director
 
WHEN:
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Photo booth and Instrument Petting Zoo at 2:00 PM)
 
WHERE:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
SUBSCRIPTIONS AND TICKETS:
Season Packages: $54 per adult and $27 per child (age 12 and younger)
Family packages: start at $144 and must include two child subscriptions
Single tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Seating is reserved for this concert and every patron, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 
Subscriptions and tickets are available at (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
ENHANCEMENTS:
Free Instrument Petting Zoo and FREE photo booth (costumes encouraged)
 
Sponsors
Family Concert Series sponsored by:
 The Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust and Victor and Karen Trione
Supporting sponsor for "Halloween with Harry Potter": Donald and Maureen Green

Additional support provided by the The Press Democrat     
 
-High-res photos of Lecce-Chong, orchestra, chorus and Menke 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.
 
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. Recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, the Symphony's Institute for Music Education serves 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 17, 2019: Banjo master Béla Fleck plays his Juno Concerto with the Symphony Nov 2-4

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 17, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Sixteen-time Grammy® winner Béla Fleck has earned nominations in more categories than anyone in Grammy® history – all on a banjo! Fleck will join the Santa Rosa Symphony on November 2-4 at Weill Hall in the Green Music Center for another dynamic program created and conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. Fleck will play his own Juno Concerto, inspired by his son, Juno. The program also includes Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, arranged by Maurice Ravel, and opens with Aaron Copland's Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo.  
 
"I look forward to welcoming one of the great musicians of our time, Béla Fleck, to our orchestra to showcase not only his incredible virtuosity on the banjo, but his creative vision in his own concerto. The whole program will be a colorful and lively journey from the Wild West of Copland's Rodeo to the mystical landscapes of Russia in Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition."
 
World premier banjo player Béla Fleck has virtually reinvented the image and sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations.
 
His groundbreaking quartet Béla Fleck & The Flecktones celebrated 30 years with a North American tour in the summer of 2018.  Fleck and his wife Abigail Washburn took home the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album, and released the acclaimed follow-up LP Echo in the Valley in 2017.  Read Fleck's full bio.
 
Lecce-Chong has appeared with orchestras around the world including the National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic while collaborating with renowned soloists such as Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman. He also serves as Music Director for the Eugene Symphony. He is dedicated to innovative programming, commissioning new music and engaging in community outreach. Read full bio.

Interesting facts about "Master of the Modern Banjo":
In addition to his 16 Grammy® awards, Fleck has earned 30 nominations, and has been nominated in more categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy® history.

Fleck was originally drawn to the banjo by Earl Scruggs' playing of "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," while watching the Beverly Hillbillies as a boy. 

Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, originally a suite of ten pieces for piano, is his most famous work for piano. Ravel's orchestral arrangement, published in 1922, takes some artistic license with dynamics and notation, but adds rich color. Ravel's arrangement has become a favorite in concert halls worldwide.  

ENHANCEMENTS:
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 by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, which will include Ohlsson and Browne, begin one hour prior to each performance and will conclude with Q&A.
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Fleck, Lecce-Chong
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony concert "Master of the Modern Banjo"
 
WHOSanta Rosa Symphony
Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Béla Fleck, banjo
 
WHEN:
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, November 2, at 2:00 PM – Doors at 1:00 PM, no talk)
Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM, Pre-concert talk 2:00 PM-2:30 PM)
Monday, November 4, 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, srsymphony.org 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)
 
Sponsors
Concert sponsored by Joseph A. and Judith M. Gappa
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd
Béla Fleck underwritten by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
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 The Press Democrat and Northern California Public Media.    
 
-High-res photos of Fleck, Lecce-Chong and orchestra 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 92nd 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 3, 2019: SRS Family Concert Series in its 8th year with affordable, entertaining, educational Sunday afternoon concerts

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 3, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony's Family Series is back for its eighth year, with three performances at Weill Hall, Green Music Center throughout the 2019-2020 season. These affordable, entertaining and educational concerts are a great way to spend an afternoon with the family, introducing youngsters to classical orchestral music and creating memories to last a lifetime. The Instrument Petting Zoo, provided at no extra cost before each of the performances allows children (and curious adults) to handle and play various orchestral instruments. Subscriptions for the series are available now.
 
"Our Family Series," said Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, "is one of my passion projects with the Symphony and I cannot wait to welcome our audiences of all ages this season. Each program is designed to be interactive and fun while also giving insights into the orchestra and its instruments. And, most importantly, everyone will have a chance to experience some of the greatest music ever written for orchestra by Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofiev, and so many others!"
 
Lecce-Chong conducts the first concert, which features music from Harry Potter. "Halloween with Harry Potter," performed by the Symphony's award-winning orchestra on Sunday, October 27, also features the Santa Rosa Children's Choral Academy. Pre-concert fun includes a photo booth (costumes encouraged) and Instrument Petting Zoo, free to ticket holders.
 
On January 26, the Symphony presents "Peter and the Wolf." In addition to Sergei Prokofiev's timeless classic, this concert, conducted by SRS Youth Orchestra conductor Bobby Rogers, will include Camille Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals. The antics of Roustabout Theater will help bring the delightful animals to life.
 
For the final 2019-2020 concert, on April 19, 2020, the Symphony is joined by Classical Kids Live! for "Beethoven Lives Upstairs." With the help of this theatrical troupe, the all-age audience will learn of Beethoven's genius, the torment of his deafness and the beauty of his music in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. Rogers will conduct this concert.
 
Subscriptions and Tickets
$54 per adult and $27 per child (age 12 and younger). Family packages are also available and start at $144. The family packages must include two child subscriptions. By comparison, single tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Seating is reserved for this concert and every patron, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 
Subscriptions and tickets are available at (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org 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).
 
ENHANCEMENTS:
Oct. 27: Free Instrument Petting Zoo and photo booth (costumes encouraged)
Jan. 26: Free Instrument Petting Zoo
Apr. 19: Free Instrument Petting Zoo
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Alan Silow
 
Sponsors
Family Concert Series sponsored by:
 The Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust and Victor and Karen Trione
Supporting sponsor for "Halloween with Harry Potter": Donald and Maureen Green
Additional support provided by the The Press Democrat
 
-High-res photos of Lecce-Chong, the orchestra and guest artists 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 92nd 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

August 26, 2019: Francesco Lecce-Chong's first full season begins with Garrick Ohlssohn plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 and nods to 2001: A Space Odyssey

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 26, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Award-winning pianist Garrick Ohlsson will play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in the first concert of the Santa Rosa Symphony's 92nd season on October 5, 6 & 7 at the Green Music Center, in another dynamic season opener from Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong.
 
Also included in "Unmasking the Stars," First Symphony Project Composer-in-Residence Matt Browne will give audiences a taste of his talents, before unveiling his first symphony in February, with How the Solar System Was Won, an homage to Stanley Kubrick's classic cinematic masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Lecce-Chong's program ends with Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, which was made famous in the same movie. Anna Clyne's Masquerade begins the program with a piece that puts listeners in mind of masked merriment in days gone by.
 
Lecce-Chong said, "I look forward to welcoming two incredible guest artists for the opening of the 2019-2020 season. Garrick Ohlsson is one of the greatest pianists of our time and his legendary Chopin recordings made a significant impression on me as a young pianist. Our Composer-in-Residence, Matt Browne, is one of the most imaginative composers I have had the opportunity to work with and I look forward to introducing his work to our orchestra and community."
 
Virtuoso pianist Garrick Ohlsson, recognized worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess, expertly performs more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him. Ohlsson is a frequent guest with orchestras around the world and has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson and Tokyo string quartets and, in the spring of 2019, toured with the Takacs Quartet and the Boston Chamber Players in Istanbul, Berlin, Munich, Warsaw, Luxembourg and Prague. With violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG Trio.
 
A native of White Plains, N.Y., Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of eight, at the Westchester Conservatory of Music and, at 13, entered The Juilliard School. His awards include the Gold Medal in the 1970 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, first prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montréal Piano Competition, the 1994 Avery Fisher Prize, the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, Mich. and the 2014 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. Ohlsson is a Steinway Artist and lives in San Francisco. Read Ohlsson's full bio.
 
The Symphony's 2019-2020 Classical Series is the first season programmed by Lecce-Chong and the first in which he will conduct the customary six of seven concert weekends. Before earning his post as Music Director in the Spring of 2018, he was signed by IMG Artists and has made his debut as guest conductor for a subscription concert with the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. San Francisco Chronical reviewer Joshua Kosman declared Lecce-Chong a "resourceful and imaginative programmer and "there was no mistaking the vitality and brilliance of the music-making he drew from members of the San Francisco Symphony. He’s got a firm but flexible rhythmic control that allows him to shepherd an orchestra at top speed without losing a bit of precision, and he can shape big instrumental textures with a robustness and grace that is inspiring to behold."
 
Lecce-Chong has appeared with orchestras around the world and has collaborated with renowned soloists such as Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman. He also serves as Music Director for the Eugene Symphony. Read full bio.

Interesting facts about "Unmasking the Stars:"
Ohlsson can play a vast repertoire for memory and quipped in a MassLive interview, "You could wake me up at four in the morning and I could play [Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto]."

The public premiere of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, on December 22, 1808, occurred as part of a benefit concert that lasted four hours, with Beethoven at the piano throughout, in a very cold hall in Vienna. It would be his last public performance.

Strauss' symphonic poem, Also sprach Zarathustra was inspired by Nietzsche’s famous essay of the same name. Strauss wanted “to convey in music an idea of the evolution of the human race from its origin, through the various phases of development, religious as well as scientific."

ENHANCEMENTS:
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 with Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong begin one hour prior to each performance and conclude with Q&A.
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Garrick Ohlsson, Francesco Lecce-Chong, Matt Browne
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony concert "Unmasking the Stars"
 
WHOSanta Rosa Symphony
Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
 
WHEN:
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, October 5, at 2:00 PM – Doors at 1:00 PM, no talk)
Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM, Pre-concert talk 2:00 PM-2:30 PM)
Monday, October 7, 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, srsymphony.org 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)
 
Sponsors
Concert sponsored by Jim Lamb
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by Norma Person, in memory of Evert Person
Garrick Ohlsson underwritten by Marcia Wagner, in memory of Hap Wagner
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 The Press Democrat
 
-High-res photos of Ohlsson, Lecce-Chong, Browne and orchestra 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 92nd 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

July 5, 2019: Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes new Board Members July 1, 2019

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 5, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony, as it enters its 92nd season, announced four new appointments to its board of directors. They are Garth Bixler, Pam Chanter, Barb Spangler and Mark Wardlaw. New board officers are as follows: Al Seidenfeld, Chairman of the Board; Corinne Byrd, Vice-Chairman; Sean Pryden, Treasurer; Linda Castiglioni, Secretary; Jamei Haswell, Immediate Past Chairman. 
 
SRS Chairman of the Board Al Seidenfeld said, "It is with great pleasure that we make this announcement of all of the Officers of the Santa Rosa Symphony Association. I look forward to serving with all of them as their new Chairman of the Board."
 
Garth Bixler, after a career in painting and design, did volunteer counseling during the AIDS epidemic for ten years, then returned to school for a degree in Counseling. In addition to serving on the Symphony Board, he has been volunteering with the Petaluma Arts Center, with a focus on enhancing music education in the schools.
 
Pam Chanter previously served on the Board (1997 to 2009), was Chairman of the Board for two of those years, and contributed to fundraising efforts and served on committees. Her international travel inspired her to create opportunities for women and a clean drinking water project in Peru.
 
Barb Spangler’s career in Healthcare Technology Research and Development gave her many opportunities to travel, live abroad and experience the world’s economic and cultural diversity. After retiring, she joined a Rotary Club and is now District Governor for Rotary District 5130, responsible for the community and global impact of the 47 Rotary Clubs between Petaluma and Crescent City.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony principal clarinetist (and saxophonist) Mark Wardlaw brings 35 years of music-making and 30 years of music instruction to the Board. He recently retired as Director of Instrumental Music at Santa Rosa High School. 

-High-res photos available upon request-
 
Garth Bixler was raised in a household with a meager selection of classical records. Sibelius’ Finlandia and Copland’s Rodeo were outnumbered by Bing Crosby, Tommy Dorsey and Carmen Miranda. But as an undergraduate in Southern California, his friends in the music department took him along to concerts of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the visiting San Francisco Opera and new music recitals. After many years and many concerts, he still finds that listening to a live performance of an orchestra is a fresh and transcendent experience.

Bixler moved to Petaluma in 1976, while finishing graduate school in Fine Arts. He made a career of painting and design in the Bay Area. This work could be quite solitary. So, in 1985 he began to volunteer as a peer counselor at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. This began his love for being part of a group of individuals who are committed to making a difference in the community. The ten years of AIDS work led him to return to university for a Masters’ degree in Counseling. Bixler's interest in building a strong collaboration with local schools to enhance their arts programs inspired his involvement with the Petaluma Arts Center for the last three years.

Today, Bixler is mostly retired and lives quietly in Petaluma with his two wirehaired Dachshunds. His daughter Sara resides in Sonoma County with her husband and their three children. Bixler loves his Monday night seats for the Santa Rosa Symphony's Classical Series. He feels that the Symphony continues to gain in strength and subtlety. Bixler is passionate about the music and acknowledging the teamwork necessary to keep the Symphony strong and growing. (photo credit: Sara Bixler)

Raised in Portland, Oregon, Pam Chanter discovered her interest in music at age six, when she began piano lessons and attended her first Symphony. Chanter previously served on the Santa Rosa Symphony Board (1997 to 2009) and was its President from 2002-2004. She also served on the first Green Music Center Steering Committee, the GMC Inaugural Year Committee and helped fundraise for the Symphony for over 15 years.

Chanter's business career began with Aetna Casualty & Surety, where she was recruited after college. In 1982, a promotion and transfer to Sacramento made her Aetna’s first female Bond Manager. She worked with over 120 brokerages in Northern California and Nevada. In 1992, she and her husband Tim, who she met while Bond Manager with Aetna, became partners in an insurance brokerage in Santa Rosa, which was recently sold to Acrisure out of Michigan. In addition to her professional career, Chanter has served her community for decades. Currently, she is the Chairman of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board and also the Chairman of the SRJC Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee, reviewing all expenditures of the $410 Million Bond. Chanter has Chaired the County’s Oral Health Task Force and served on the City of Santa Rosa’s Charter Review and the Mayor’s Pension Reform Task Force. She has been Chairman of the SRJC Foundation Board and Co-Chaired its 100th Anniversary Campaign, among many other civic responsibilities.
 
Chanter's love for international travel began with a summer backpacking trip through Europe as a teenager. Her travels led her, in 2003, to support a Peruvian women’s alpaca weaving cooperative and the creation of an import/export company. She also facilitated a clean drinking water project in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest, which is still going strong today through a partnership with Engineers Without Borders and the NGO Amazon Promise, serving 20,000 indigenous people. (low-res photo from Facebook profile)
 
Growing up in Boston, young Barb Spangler believed the whole world was all about rich history, great schools, medical innovation, intellectual curiosity, broad cultural opportunities in music and art, sports and lobsters. Spangler says, “The world is about all of those things, actually. It’s just that they’re not always available in one single place as is the case with Boston.”
 
Spangler earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in the sciences and business from schools in the Boston area. Many field trips to Boston Symphony Hall and Tanglewood led to her long lasting love of music and affirmed her belief in the importance of music as a source of community engagement. 
 
Spangler’s career in Healthcare Technology Research and Development gave her many opportunities to travel, live abroad, and experience the world’s economic and cultural diversity. After retirement from GE Healthcare, she joined the Rotary Club of the Valley of the Moon in Santa Rosa. She is the District Governor for Rotary District 5130, responsible for the community and global impact of the 47 Rotary Clubs between Petaluma and Crescent City in 2018-2019. She is also the Chair of the International Grants Committee for the Rotary District and a member Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisors in healthcare.
 
Spangler and her husband Jim have been Santa Rosa Symphony season ticket holders for many years and love the time they spend with the Symphony. They live in Santa Rosa with their dog, Buddy, affectionately known as Puppyzilla. (Portrait by Lisa Johnson)
 
Active in Sonoma County’s music scene for 35 years, Mark Wardlaw has been the second clarinetist (and saxophonist) in the Santa Rosa Symphony since 1984 and just retired as the Director of Instrumental Music at Santa Rosa High School after 30 years. He has also been the jazz band instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College, and he has been a woodwind artist with Transcendence Theater Company (“Broadway Under the Stars”) for five years.

Wardlaw earned a Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance and Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle and studied privately with clarinetist David Glazer in New York City from 1978 through 1979.
He has performed with musicians and entertainers such as Mel Torme, Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Kahane, Ute Lemper, Andre Watts, Steve Allen, Fred Hersch, David Benoit, Frankie Avalon, Josh Groban, Kathy Mattea, Fabian, Lou Christie, Joan Rivers, Olivia Newton John, Neil Sedaka, Judy Collins, Nnenna Freelon, Mariachi Sol de Mexico, and the rock group Yes.  He has also played lead alto and clarinet in the Gene Krupa Big Band.
In his real life, he and his wife are travel addicts who have been to over 30 countries and all 50 states. (low-res photo from Mark – hi-res photos available in The Press Democrat archives)
 
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.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

2018-2019 Season

June 19, 2019: 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. 

INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

April 23, 2019: SRS announces Stults Family Instrument Scholarship Award: Petri Alva receives a flute

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 23, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony, via the Stults Family Instrument Scholarship, presented Petri Alva, a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), with a professional-quality flute to further his musical career. The Stults Family Instrument Scholarship is made possible by a donation of $15,000 by the Stults Family. After years of playing on borrowed instruments, Alva now has a new, silver flute from Lillian Burkart Flutes and Piccolos, near Boston.
 
The Stults Family Instrument Scholarship Award recipient is chosen from the SRSYO based on talent and need. Only applicants enrolled in private lessons and who agree to remain with the orchestra for at least one more season are considered. Alva has been taking private lessons for three years.
 
Fourteen-year-old Alva grew up in a very musical household and has played flute for six years. Since every family member plays at least one musical instrument, nothing gives him more pleasure than to play with them and share their musical talent with other people.

Until this award Alva was borrowing a flute from the Santa Rosa Symphony. Now, thanks to the Ken Stults Family Instrument Scholarship, he owns a high quality instrument that will last a long time and will help him realize his intention to “continue to play music for the rest of my life.”
 
SRS President and CEO Alan Silow says, “A gift like this can be a life-changer. The Symphony is very grateful to the Stults Family for continuing to support young musicians through this scholarship.”
 
The scholarship selection committee included SRSYO conductor Bobby Rogers and SRS Director of Education (and professional cellist) Wendy Cilman, joined by (then) Santa Rosa High School band and orchestra director Mark Wardlaw (who also plays clarinet in the SRS orchestra) and the donor also participating for the final selection process.
 
High Res photo of Petri 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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

April 9, 2019: SRS and Green Music Center present THE FOUR SEASONS OF SONOMA COUNTY Our FREE Community Concert AND Call to photographers

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 9, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) and Sonoma State University (SSU) present "The Four Seasons of Sonoma County - Our Free Community Concert" at SSU’s Weill Hall + Lawn at the Green Music Center on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7 PM. Audience members will enjoy pastoral photos of Sonoma County, showcasing our county's exquisite beauty, while the Santa Rosa Symphony, conducted by SRS Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, performs Antonio Vivaldi's iconic ode to nature, The Four Seasons, live on stage. 
 
The images, which will be displayed on a large screen over the stage and on the outdoor screen for lawn and outdoor table seating, will be chosen by blind selection in a photo contest* jointly administered by the Symphony, SSU and the Museum of Sonoma County. These seasonal images may be submitted now through 5 PM on May 3. (See more information at the end of this release and in the attached Call to Artists.)
 
Lecce Chong says, "These concertos were the most innovative and groundbreaking music of their time – three-hundred years later they will feel as fresh and vibrant as ever against the backdrop of our own surroundings. I look forward to this celebration of music, nature and our unique community."
 
The Four Seasons, conducted by Lecce-Chong from the harpsichord, will feature SRS principal musicians as soloists: Concertmaster Joseph Edelberg (Spring and Summer), Principal Second Violin Karen Shinozaki Sor (Autumn) and Assistant Principal Second Violin Michelle Maruyama (Winter). The orchestra will also perform Mozart's Divertimento in D major for Strings and Gustav Holst's Saint Paul's Suite for String Orchestra.
 
Tickets are required to enter this free event and are available beginning at 10 AM on July 9. Seating options include: inside Weill Hall, outside at terrace tables or open seating on the lawn. 
 
SRS President and CEO Alan Silow says, "We are thrilled to be partnering with these two local organizations and pulling in visual art from the community to produce this multimedia event that celebrates the beauty of our county and the transformative power of Vivaldi's iconic masterpiece."
 
New Music Director and Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong brings fresh ideas, energy and dedication to the Santa Rosa Symphony. Also Music Director for the Eugene Symphony Orchestra in Eugene, Ore., Lecce-Chong is an active guest conductor. His conducting credits include appearances with the National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has collaborated with renowned soloists such as Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman. This season, Lecce-Chong made his subscription debuts with the Louisville Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and Xi’An Symphony Orchestra, as well as returning to the Civic Orchestra in Chicago and Milwaukee Symphony. Read full bio here.
 
This is a ticketed eventall patrons must have a ticket to enter the venue
 
Tickets available beginning at 10 AM on July 9 and may be reserved from Santa Rosa Symphony by calling (707) 546-8742, or in person at 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM (10:30 AM – 5:00 PM Wednesdays)
 
Tickets are also available through the Green Music Center Box Office at (707) 664-4246.
 
 
Concert sponsors
Wells Fargo
Shanna Thompson Trust
 
-Photos of the orchestra and Music Director provided upon request-
 
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
What:  "The Four Seasons of Sonoma County - Our Free Community Concert"
A co-production by Santa Rosa Symphony and Sonoma State University's Green Music Center
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
 
When:  Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 7 PM; Gates open 5 PM for picnics; Weill Hall lobby open 6 PM
 
Where:  Weill Hall + Lawn, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Free, but tickets required. Seating options include: inside Weill Hall; outside at terrace tables or open seating on the lawn. SRS Box office (707) 8742 or GMC box office (707) 664-4246
 
 
*CALL TO PHOTOGRAPHERS:
The Santa Rosa Symphony, in its commitment to community engagement, is collaborating with Sonoma State University and Museum of Sonoma County to curate a juried photo contest calling for photos representing the four seasons in Sonoma County to pair with the Symphony's performance of Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. The Symphony invites hobbyists, amateur and professional photographers to submit inspiring photos depicting our beautiful seasons.
 
The panel of jurors who will choose the winning photos by a blind selection process, includes: Jeff Nathanson, Curator of Art and Executive Director of Museum of Sonoma County; Michael Schwager, Professor of Art History/Gallery Director, Sonoma State University; and Neil Silverman, professional photographer.
 
Photos must have been taken in Sonoma County. Each entrant may submit up to 12 high-res digital images and is encouraged to include selections representing all seasons. Deadline for entries is May 3 at 5 PM. See appended rules and guidelines for more information.
 
 
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, 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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).
 
About Museum of Sonoma County
Located in Downtown Santa Rosa, the Museum of Sonoma County welcomes visitors to experience regional history and contemporary art. The Museum opened its doors in 1985 as the Sonoma County Museum, housed in the historic 1910 post office, a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. After a series of expansions, the Seventh Street campus now includes two buildings, multiple galleries, and a sculpture garden. With 10-12 changing exhibitions and over 50 programs and events per year, there is always something new to experience at the Museum of Sonoma County.
 
About the Green Music Center
The Green Music Center is the performing arts presenter at Sonoma State University, a regionally serving public university committed to educational access  and excellence. The mission of the Green Music Center is to present the most compelling artists of our time, to investigate ideas, and to provide access to
diverse artistic experiences that educate, connect, and inspire Sonoma State University and neighboring North Bay communities.
 
Surrounded by the foothills of Sonoma County, the Green Music Center includes the 1,400-seat Weill Hall, with a rear wall that opens to lawn seating for a unique summertime experience, and the intimate 240-seat Schroeder Hall. As a focal point for the arts and education in the region, the Green Music Center presents artists year-round, serving as home to the Santa Rosa Symphony, Sonoma Bach, and the Sonoma State University Department of Music.

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

March 12, 2019: 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
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Olga Kern, Bruno Ferrandis
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony concert "From Russia with Love"
 
WHOSanta Rosa Symphony
Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Olga Kern, violin
 
WHEN:
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, srsymphony.org 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)
 
ENHANCEMENTS:
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.
 
Sponsors
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

March 1, 2019: Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong's first full season! 2019-2020 Season: "An experience best shared!"

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 1, 2019

Season Highlights

First season programmed and conducted by the Symphony's fifth Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong

Classical Series Subscriptions on sale beginning March 4

Ambitious First Symphony Project launches, with first world premiere by Matt Browne, who serves as Composer-in-Residence for two performance weeks  

World premiere of SRS-commissioned work for mariachi, orchestra and voice by Enrico Chapela Barba

Sonoma County Historian Gaye LeBaron honored and celebrated at season-opening, fundraising event

Eighth season as the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center

Programmatic highlights: Masterworks by Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Mahler and more, with new works by seven living composers

Outstanding guest artists: 16-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck plays his Juno Concerto for Banjo, renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, the SSU Symphonic Chorus returns for Mozart's Requiem in D minor, the wildly popular Mariachi Champaña Nevín perform for the first time as part of the SRS Classical Series

Seven works by seven living composers that celebrate the vitality, originality and relevance of our current music culture

The SRS three-concert Family Series returns, with Francesco Lecce-Chong conducting the October concert

Michael Berkowitz conducts four Symphony Pops concerts at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts – programs to be announced later this spring 

92nd Performance Season: October – May
 
(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony's 92nd season is one of many firsts. The most notable are the first season programmed and conducted by Francesco Lecce-Chong and the First Symphony Project's maiden co-commissioned symphony. In addition, the 2019-2020 season marks the first appearance of Béla Fleck and the world premiere of the first major work blending Mariachi and Classical music traditions (commissioned by SRS). The Santa Rosa Symphony Classical Concert Series, which runs from October through May in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center, includes seven concert programs, each with three performances: Saturday and Monday evening performances at 7:30 PM and Sunday afternoon performances at 3 PM. Pre-concert talks with Lecce-Chong (often joined by the guest artist) commence one hour prior to these concerts (See Classical Series Enhancements below). The Symphony also offers a Discovery Dress Rehearsal Series. These reasonably-priced working rehearsals are at 2 PM, with no pre-concert talk.
 
Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong says, "I think what I'm most happy with in our programming for next season is that with two world premieres of major orchestral works and the presentation of seven different living composers, we've clearly laid down the road map for how to keep our art form alive and relevant. We've done this by programming these less familiar works in ways that connect them with masterworks from the past. It's not about 'something for everyone' or winning an award for adventurous programming; it's that music from all eras communicates with us in important ways. I think these programs will inspire us not only through great music, but also provoke us to think more deeply about the essential nature of art and creativity in our lives. I think they will also remind our audience that "new music" is not a genre – by its very name, we cannot know what it will be and I believe these new works will surprise, delight and inspire in ways more powerful than any music from the past."
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony invites classical music lovers to DISCOVER the rich symphonic music of the past three hundred years, punctuated with works by seven living composers that celebrate the vitality, originality and relevance of our current music culture, and CONNECT to their community, the orchestra and the composers through the shared experience unique to a classical music concert, and MARVEL with childlike wonder, as the 2019-2020 programming inspires and challenges us to think more deeply about the essential nature of art and creativity in our lives.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony President and CEO Alan Silow says, "Our 92nd season features a cornucopia of musical riches ranging from ground-breaking world premieres to stellar soloists and rapturous works, all highlighted by the excitement surrounding the first full season to be conducted by our new music director."
 
Celebration 2019!
The Symphony begins Lecce-Chong's first full season with a celebration honoring Sonoma County historian Gaye LeBaron in a spectacular fundraising event at Weill Hall. LeBaron, a long-time patron of the SRS, has been taking The Press Democrat readers down memory lane in her column for decades and released The Wonder Seekers of Fountaingrove, co-authored with Bart Casey in 2018. The celebration begins with an elegant reception in Prelude Restaurant followed by a recital by renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson. A gourmet dinner in the Person Lobby culminates in a paddle raise for the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education's programs.
 
Limiting seating available. Tickets, which are $350 per person, may be purchased by phone or at the box office.
 
2019-2020 Classical Series Overview
The 2019-2020 Classical Series season begins in October with premier pianist Garrick Ohlsson playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) said of Ohlsson's performance of the piece, "a gloriously warm, richly romantic and effusively mellifluous reading that was, simply put, sheer poetry." November features Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and master of the modern banjo Béla Fleck playing his Juno Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra. Four soloists and the Sonoma State Symphonic Chorus join the Symphony in December for Mozart's Requiem in D major. The season continues with masterworks by Brahms, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and the two world premieres.
 
The first world premiere, in February, is a work commissioned by the Santa Rosa and Eugene symphonies and nine patron households, including Francesco Lecce-Chong (who is also Music Director for the Eugene Symphony) as the first in four world premieres of the four-year First Symphony Project, in which four acclaimed American composers are commissioned to write their first symphonies.
 
The second world premiere this season is the first major work written for mariachi and orchestra, with voice, blending the two traditions. This SRS-commissioned work by Enrico Chapela Barba will be performed by the popular Mariachi Champaña Nevín, that has played with the Symphony in years past for the Symphony's free community concerts.
 
Subscribers enjoy significant savings over single ticket prices and an array of benefits, which include free ticket exchanges, discounts on additional single ticket purchases with fees waived, two complimentary tickets to a Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra concert at Weill Hall and a restaurant discount card, to name a few. Subscriptions range from $147-$581, depending on performance day and seat section. Concert dates and details follow later in this release.
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
The Discovery Rehearsal Series subscription to seven Saturday afternoon dress rehearsals in Weill Hall is a wonderful way to experience the orchestra and conductor working together. These working rehearsals, with their occasional starts and stops, provide a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between Lecce-Chong and the musicians. This series is perfect for those new to classical music, is an excellent value and because it is general seating, patrons may become acquainted with different sections of the hall. Discovery Rehearsal subscriptions cost $126 for adults, $70 for youth.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert Series
The SRS Family Concert Series consists of three concerts on Sunday afternoons which are ideal for small children, yet a delight for adults as well. Lecce-Chong will conduct the first concert, "Halloween with Harry Potter." For the January and April concerts, the orchestra will be led by SRS Youth Orchestra Conductor Bobby Rogers. Rogers is also Music Director at Pioneer High School in Woodland, Director of Jazz Program at Solano Community College, adjunct Professor of Band at Woodland Community College and Artistic Director of the Yolo Community Band.  
 
Family Concert Series subscriptions are $54 for adults and $27 for children (12 years of age and younger). This reflects a decrease for the youth subscription price over the 2018-2019 season. Concert dates and details follow later in this release.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Pops Series
The Symphony Pops Series, conducted by Michael Berkowitz, returns with four Sunday afternoon concerts performed at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. All concerts begin at 3 PM, with a pre-concert talk with Berkowitz one hour before performances. This co-produced Symphony Pops Series will be announced  in the spring. Subscription tickets for the Symphony Pops concerts will be available this spring, and ONLY through the Luther Burbank Center box office: (707) 546-3600, www.lutherburbankcenter.org.
 
An experience best shared! Season Overview
Performances Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
Discovery Rehearsals Saturdays at 2:00 PM
 
2019-2020 Classical Series Details
 
Opening the season on October 5, 6 and 7, is "Unmasking the Stars," with Garrick Ohlsson playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Regarded as one of the world's leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Ohlsson has also come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. Strauss’ epic tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra, which formed the bold soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic masterpiece 2001: A Space Odessey is paired with How the Solar System Was Won, a rousing and rhythmic homage to the film, which introduces Santa Rosa Symphony audiences to Composer-in-Residence and First Symphony Project composer Matt Browne. Anna Clyne’s Masquerade opens this heavenly program, which is conducted by Lecce-Chong.  
 
"Master of the Modern Banjo," Béla Fleck plays his Juno Concerto, which pays homage to Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man with the Symphony on November 2, 3 and 4. Reinventing and elevating the instrument, Fleck has, since 1998, won 16 Grammy Awards, earned 30 nominations and has been nominated in more categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy history. Lecce-Chong's program also includes Copland's Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo and Ravel’s incandescent orchestration of Mussorgsky’s visually-inspired Pictures at an Exhibition.
 
"Mozart's Swan Song," conducted by Music Director Lecce-Chong on December 7, 8, and 9, will find Lecce-Chong conducting from the harpsichord for Haydn's Symphony No. 39, adding a level of historical authenticity to that work. In addition, the Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus and four vocal soloists (Shawnette Sulker, soprano; Laura Krumm, alto; Benjamin Brecher, tenor and Philip Skinner, bass) join the Symphony for Mozart's Requiem in D minor. Jessie Montgomery’s Records From a Vanishing City intertwines vibrant jazz and folk influences with a haunting Angolan lullaby.
 
On January 11, 12 and 13, Simone Porter plays Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor for "Shadows and Sunshine,"  The Los Angeles Times proclaimed, "Porter’s assured, lovingly lyrical, occasionally frisky playing only confirmed what is becoming common knowledge in the musical world: that she is on the cusp of a major career."  From acclaimed American composer Missy Mazzoli, audiences will experience the stark grandeur of the creation of the cosmos with her Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres). Johannes Brahms’ masterpiece, the lilting and richly melodic portrait of the German countryside, Symphony No. 2 finishes this rich concert, conducted by Lecce-Chong.
 
February 8, 9 and 10, Lecce-Chong conducts "Riveting Rachmaninoff," which opens with Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3 and features Natasha Paremski playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3. The highly-anticipated world premiere of a commissioned work by award-winning composer (and Composer-in-Residence) Matt Browne is the first premiere of the four-year First Symphony Project, jointly commissioned with the Eugene Symphony, four patrons from each Symphony and Lecce-Chong.    
 
"Showcasing Contemporary Women," on March 21, 22 and 23, will be conducted by Gemma New who is sought after for her insightful interpretations and dynamic presence, and features virtuoso Jennifer Frautschi performing Camille Saint-Saëns' romantic Violin Concerto No. 3, which combines French nuance, subtlety and delicacy with Spanish swagger and flair. The program begins with Katherine Balch's like a broken clock and concludes with Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, Pastorale, which evokes babbling brooks to thunderstorms and country dances.
 
Lecce-Chong conducts "Visions of Hope" May 2, 3 and 4, featuring a world premiere of a SRS-commissioned work by Mexican composer Enrico Chapela Barba for mariachi, orchestra and four vocalists (to be announced) performed with Mariachi Champaña Nevín. The work is written in memory of the innovative Bracero Immigration Program from 1942-1964. Two tone poems by Ottorino Respighi, The Pines of Rome and The Fountains of Rome, offering sensual splendor in vignettes of the Eternal City, complete the program and season. 
 
Performances: Green Music Center
All Classical Series performances are at Weill Hall, at the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, with access from the Rohnert Park Expressway entrance near Petaluma Hill Road. The campus is just 42 miles north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.   
 
Symphony subscriptions are on sale beginning March 4, 2019. More details may be found below and at srsympony.org. Tickets are only available through the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office (in person or 54-MUSIC). Subscription sales are not available online.
 
All guest artist bios follow later in this release.
 
Classical Series Enhancements
 
Concert Conversations
Santa Rosa Symphony’s Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong discusses the music and composers, often with the guest artists, one hour prior to the Classical Concert Series performances in Weill Hall. These popular 30-minute talks include time at the end for Q & A. These informative pre-concert talks, which are available at no cost to all ticket holders, are general seating. Concert Conversations are held before Saturday and Monday night performances at 6:30 PM and prior to Sunday afternoon performances at 2 PM.   
 
Program Notes Online
Program Notes offer insight and fascinating details about the concert program and are posted on each of the seven Classical Series concert event pages at srsymphony.org.
 
Spotify Playlists
Each of the Classical Series concerts' event pages will soon include a Spotify playlist of that concert program.
 
List of Works 2019-2020 Classical Series
* indicates first time performed by SRS
**indicates World Premiere
 
Anna Clyne                                           Masquerade for Orchestra*
Ludwig van Beethoven                           Concerto No. 4 in G major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 58
Matt Browne                                          How the Solar System Was Won for Symphony Orchestra*
Richard Strauss                                    Also sprach Zarathustra [Thus Spake Zarathustra] (tone poem)  for Orchestra [after Nietzche], Opus 30*
Aaron Copland                                      Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo for Orchestra
Béla Fleck                                             Juno Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra*
Modest Mussorgsky / Maurice Ravel       Pictures on Exhibition
Franz Joseph Haydn                             Symphony No. 39 in G minor, Hob 1:39*
Jessie Montgomery                               Records from a Vanishing City*
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart                    Requiem in D minor for Solo Vocalists, Orchestra and Chorus, K. 626
Missy Mazzoli                                        Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) for Orchestra*
Jean Sibelius                                        Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 47
Johannes Brahms                                  Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73
Ludwig van Beethoven                           Leonore Overture No. 3 for Orchestra, Opus 72b
Matt Browne                                          Commissioned Work (First Symphony Project)**
Sergei Rachmaninoff                             Concerto No. 3 in D minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 30
Katherine Balch                                     like a broken clock*
Camille Saint-Saens                              Concerto No. 3 in B minor for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 30
Ludwig van Beethoven                           Symphony No. 6 in F major, Opus 68, Pastorale
Enrico Chapela                                      SRS-Commissioned work for Mariachi, Voice and Orchestra**
Ottorino Respighi                                  Le fontane di Roma [The Fountains of Rome] for Orchestra
Ottorino Respighi                                  I pini di Roma [The Pines of Rome] for Orchestra
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Family Series
The 2019-2020 Santa Rosa Symphony Family Series, a three-concert series ideal for sharing with young children, celebrates beloved works from the past and enchanting works by living composers. Each of these Sunday afternoon concerts features guest artists or actors who further engage, inspire and educate the audience through storytelling and drama. These concerts draw young people into the rich world of classical music and its composers.
 
Before each of these interactive concerts, the Symphony includes a free Instrument Petting Zoo in the lobby, staffed by SRS youth ensemble members, SRS Institute for Music Education staff and volunteers. Children have the opportunity to handle and play an assortment of instruments and have their questions answered by the volunteers and staff.
 
"Halloween with Harry Potter," conducted by Lecce-Chong, on October 27, 2019, features music from popular movies children will recognize, including the theme music from Harry Potter. The Santa Rosa Children's Choral Academy will further enhance the concert for young and old alike. For this concert only, costumes are encouraged and a free photo booth will be available in the lobby.
 
"Peter and the Wolf," which will be performed once again on January 26, 2020, never fails to delight. This timeless classic will come to life with the help of the Roustabout Theater, a local children's theater troupe. In addition, this concert, conducted by Bobby Rogers (also SRS Youth Orchestra Director), includes Camille Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals.
 
On April 19, 2010, the Symphony celebrates the 250th birthday of Beethoven with Classical Kids Live!'s "Beethoven Lives Upstairs," conducted by Rogers. This concert program features 25 selections from the master's music for what Billboard Magazine calls, "One of the most wondrous examples of children's entertainment ever!"
Classical Kids Music Education is a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to classical music for children "by humanizing the lives of the great composers, creating an emotional connection to their musical masterpieces, and inspiring a personal excellence that leads to greater achievement and success in life."
 
Hospitality Partner – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Santa Rosa Symphony gratefully acknowledges the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park for providing lodging for our esteemed guest artists and conductors.
 
DoubleTree by Hilton, where "the little things mean everything" includes warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival.  The hotel features Bacchus Restaurant and Wine Bar, perfect for pre- and post-concert dining.
 
2019-2020 Classical Series Sponsors (as of February 18)
Classical Series performances underwritten by Jim Lamb (October), Joseph A. and Judith M. Gappa (November), Donald and Maureen Green (December), The Peggy Anne Covington Endowment Fund and supporting sponsor The E. Nakamichi Foundation (January), Linda Castiglioni (February) and Viking Cruises (March)
Discovery Series underwritten by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Concert Conversations underwritten by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy
Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd (Nov., Dec., Jan. and Feb.) and by Norma Person, in memory of Evert Person (Oct. and May)
Conductor Gemma New underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd
SSU Symphonic Chorus Director Jenny Bent underwritten by Linda and David Hanes
Guest artist Garrick Ohlsson underwritten by Marcia Wagner, in memory of Hap Wagner
Béla Fleck underwritten by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Shawnette Sulker underwritten by Amy and Joel Levine
Simone Porter underwritten by Ava and Sam Guerrera
Natasha Paremski underwritten by The Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust
Jennifer Frautschi underwritten by Sigmund Anderman, in memory of Susan Anderman
First Symphony Project composer Matt Browne commissioned by SRS and Eugene Symphony, SRS Emeritus Board Members Nancy and David Berto, Chuck and Ellen Wear, Creighton White, current board member Gordon Blumenfeld, Francesco Lecce-Chong and four patron households of the Eugene Symphony
Media sponsor: The Press Democrat
 
Subscription Series Tickets for the 2019-2020 Season
On Sale March 4
 
Classical Concert Series
The seven-concert package is the ONLY way for patrons to secure their preferred seat to EACH Symphony Classical Series concert. Subscribers choose between seven Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays and enjoy the same seat for all seven concerts. (some seating areas require a minimum per seat donation)
Saturday and Monday Packages: $147-$560
Sunday Packages: $175-$581
 
Mini Series
Patrons may select four of the seven Classical Series concerts to create a customized Mini Series and enjoy many of the benefits of subscribing.
Saturday and Monday Packages: $96-$344
Sunday Packages: $108-$348
 
Come As You Can Series
This is the most flexible subscription package—eight ticket vouchers which may be redeemed in any combination, for example: two tickets to each of four concerts, or eight tickets for one concert. Seating is the best available at the time of redemption.
Packages: $400
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
On seven Saturdays at 2 PM, audiences experience a concert in the making at this open rehearsal series. It is ideal as a shared family experience, a sneak preview for the performance or as an economical alternative for price-conscience patrons. These working rehearsals, which include starts and stops, and during which all pieces on the program may not be played completely through, offer a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between the orchestra and conductor. Because the rehearsals are general seating, patrons may choose a different seat each time to get better acquainted with the hall. Patrons have also been known to come back for the performance later.
Packages: $126 for adults; $70 for youth 18 years old and younger
 
Bus Packages
The Santa Rosa Symphony sponsors private bus service to Sunday Classical Series concerts at the Green Music Center. The cost is $84 for all seven Classical Series concerts, $60 for four and $16 for individual concerts. For details and specific bus schedules, please call the Patron Services Office at 707-546-8742.  
 
Parking
Entering the Sonoma State University campus from Rohnert Park Expressway, there are parking lots immediately to the right. Parking in lots L, M, N and O is included in the price of ticket for Santa Rosa Symphony Classical, Discovery Rehearsal and Family Series concerts. (Parking fees may be charged during additional or special events.)
 
 
Symphony subscriptions are available only through the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office (in person or 54-MUSIC) beginning March 4, 2019. Subscriptions are not available online at this time.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office
Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   (Wednesday 10:30 AM– 5:00 PM)
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor, off elevator lobby)
Mail to: Santa Rosa Symphony, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
srsymphony.org       54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742      Fax: (707) 546-0460
 
Ways patrons may connect:
Facebook: srsymphony
Twitter: @SR_Symphony
Instagram: srsymphony
Email:  tickets@srsymphony.org
Email Newsletter: eNotes provides timely event and performance information, insider news and more.
      Patrons may enroll at srsymphony.org.
 
 
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education
Serving 30,000 youth and young adult students annually, the Santa Rosa Symphony has the most comprehensive music education program in northern California, and an unwavering commitment to train musicians and audiences of the future and to inspire an enduring love of music.
 
Music for Our Schools 
Free Concerts for Youth – Orchestral performances in Weill Hall for elementary school children

Elementary School Listening Program – Daily music listening for classrooms

Youth Discovery Card – Free admission to Discovery Rehearsal performances

In-School Performances – youth and professional musicians perform concerts in area schools

IGNITE! – students participate in a free concert on recorder or voice

It’s Elementary Customized music education activities for six Sonoma County schools

Primarily Classical – SRS musicians perform chamber music in every Sonoma County school
 
Social Action through music with Simply Strings
Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed social action music network, Simply Strings provides instruments and daily intensive ensemble instruction after school at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland to develop musical excellence and promote social engagement. Beginning in second grade, this program trains young people to become excellent musicians, responsible citizens and agents of change. This program is fully supported by the Symphony and is free to its students.
 
Training Young Musicians 
Five youth ensembles (beginning to advanced) and a three-week summer day camp. The top level ensemble, Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, performs in Weill Hall and has also toured internationally as far as China and, most recently, in Central Europe.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerts at Weill Hall
Sunday, November 17, 2019 – 3:00 PM
Sunday, March 8, 2020 – 3:00 PM
Saturday, May 9, 2020 – 3:00 PM
 
ALL ENSEMBLE SHOWCASE: Saturday, March 15, 2020 – 3:00 PM
 
 
Conductor and Guest Artist Biographies – 2019-2020 Season
High resolution photos of Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong and all guest artists and conductors available upon request
 
Full bios available at srsymphony.org/Artists
Conductors – in order of appearance
 
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director, conductor
A captivating presence on the podium, American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has garnered acclaim for his dynamic performances, commitment to innovative programming and passion for community engagement. Lecce-Chong begins his post as Music Director and Conductor of the Eugene Symphony, in Eugene, Oregon, in the 2017-2018 season, following in the path of renowned predecessors including Marin Alsop and Giancarlo Guerrero. In addition, he holds the positions of Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Active as a guest conductor, he has appeared with orchestras around the world including the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic and collaborated with renowned soloists including Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman.
 
Lecce-Chong is equally at home in opera, having built his credentials as a staff conductor with Santa Fe Opera. At the Florentine Opera, he conducted Madama Butterfly with the Milwaukee Symphony, where he has been invited to close its 2018-2019 season with Carmina Burana. Additional highlights for the 2018-2019 season include subscription debuts with the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisiana Symphony. In Europe, he has taken part in master classes at the Lucerne Festival under Bernard Haitink, as well as with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich.
 
Lecce-Chong is represented by IMG Artists, one of the premier artist management firms in the United States, representing artists such as vocalist Renee Fleming, violinist Joshua Bell and conductor Andre Previn.
 
Gemma New, conductor
New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New is currently Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Canada and Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Her 2018-2019 Season guest engagements include Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, CMI Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio and Santa Fe Pro Musica, as well as the philharmonic orchestras of Calgary, Louisiana and Rochester, the symphony orchestras of Charlotte, Detroit, Drummondville, Jacksonville, San Diego, Toronto, Tucson and Winnipeg, the Florida Orchestra and the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester in Germany. In November 2018, she led a Young People’s Concert with the New York Philharmonic. In the summer of 2018 New made her debut with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and returned to the Grant Park Music Festival, while also serving as a Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center.
 
In recent seasons as guest conductor, New has led the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester, Malmö Symfoniorkester, Filharmonia Szczecin and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne in Europe, many major symphony orchestras in North America, as well as the Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony and Opus Orchestra in New Zealand.
 
New has been awarded numerous fellowships, which include: Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a David A. Karetsky Conducting Fellowship at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, an Ansbacher Fellowship (which culminated in a residency at the Salzburg Music Festival) and resided in Leipzig, Germany, as a Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Fellow. New holds a MA in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, where she studied with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar.
 
Composers of SRS 2019-2020 World Premieres
 
Matt Browne, composer
New York-based composer Matt Browne (b. 1988) strives to create music that meets Sergei Diaghilev’s famous challenge to Jean Cocteau: “Astonish me!”, through incorporating such eclectic influences as the timbral imagination and playfulness of György Ligeti, the shocking and humorous eclecticism of Alfred Schnittke, and the relentless rhythmic energy of Igor Stravinsky.  His music has been praised for its “unbridled humor” (New Music Box) and described as “witty” (The Strad) and “beautifully crafted and considered” (What’s On London).
 
Matt has collaborated with such ensembles as the Minnesota Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, Albany Symphony, Harold Rosenbaum and the New York Virtuoso Singers, New Jersey Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, the New England Philharmonic, the Villiers Quartet, the Donald Sinta Quartet, the Tesla Quartet, the PUBLIQuartet and SEVEN)SUNS. Recently, Matt’s music has received honors such as winner of the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize (2017), an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers award (2014), a BMI Student Composer award (2015), a residency at the Mizzou International Composers Festival, fellow at CULTIVATE Copland House (2017), winner of the New England Philharmonic Call for Scores (2014), a residency at the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute (2016), winner of the American Viola Society’s Maurice Gardner Composition award (2014), and a residency at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s First Annual Composers Institute (2013). Matt holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Composition from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Previous teachers include Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, Carter Pann, and Daniel Kellogg.
 
Enrico Chapela Barba, composer
Enrico Chapela Barba is one of the most exciting young composer to emerge from Latin America, with a growing number of international performances and commissions. His musical style seeks to fuse different geographic traditions and musical soundworlds, so that contemporary techniques can happily coexist with minimalist, jazz or rock idioms. His symphonic poem ínguesu, a nine-minute musical rendering of the 1999 Mexico vs. Brazil soccer match, has travelled widely since its premiere by the Carlos Chavez Symphony Orchestra in 2003, including a North American tour in 2007 by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Other works include: MAGNETAR Concerto for Electric Cello and Orchestra (2011), Noctámbulos Rock Trio Concerto (2008) and La Mengambrea Saxophone Quartet (2002). Enrico Chapela Barba studied guitar and composition in Mexico City and Paris.
 
Guest Artists – in order of appearance
 
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Virtuoso pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although long regarded as one of the world's leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, he commands an enormous repertoire. A student of the late Claudio Arrau, Ohlsson has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. He expertly performs more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century, many commissioned for him. This season begins a two-season project exploring the complete solo piano works of Brahms in four different programs performed in New York, San Francisco and Montreal.
 
Béla Fleck, banjo
Some who say Béla Fleck is the world’s premier banjo player. Others claim that Fleck has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Fleck, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, often reimagining it in unique settings. The 15-time Grammy Award winner has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy history, and remains a powerfully creative force globally in bluegrass, jazz, classical pop, rock and world beat. 
 
Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus 
The Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus, under the direction of SRS Choral Director and SSU professor of Choral Music Jenny Bent, comprises music majors, students from other majors, staff, faculty and community members and had its debut at the Green Music Center's 2012 opening weekend. The chorus performs large works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Orff’s Carmina Burana, as well as thematic projects such as Madrigals and All That Jazz and the annual holiday Family Concert By Candlelight. Beginning with a special Sunrise Choral Concert during the Green Music Center’s 2012 grand opening weekend, the Symphonic Chorus makes its permanent home in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall and Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University. The SSU Symphonic Chorus is often joined by the The Santa Rosa Junior College Chamber Singers, under the direction of Jody Benecke.
 
Shawnette Sulker, soprano
Shawnette Sulker has performed with American Bach Soloists, Eugene Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Choral Society, Santa Clara Chorale, UC Davis Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale, Avedis Chamber Music Series and Redwood Symphony, to name a few. She made her European concert debut with the Jugendsinfonieorchester Leipzig, singing all the female roles in a concert version of Porgy and Bess and the soprano solos in Mendelssohn's Psalm 42. A native of Guyana, Sulker earned her Bachelor's in vocal performance at Bennington College (Vermont) and studied at the Contemporary Opera and Song Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada) and the OperaWorks Summer Intensive Program in Los Angeles. She has also been an award winner with the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition.
 
Laura Krumm, alto
Iowa native Laura Krumm is a recent graduate of the prestigious Adler Fellowship at the San Francisco Opera. In the 2017-2018 season, Krumm returned to San Francisco Opera for several projects, including Javotte in Vincent Boussard’s production of Manon and Siegrune in Francesca Zambello’s production of Die Walküre. The 2018-2019 season sees her as Lola in Cavalleria rusticana and the Kitchen Boy in Rusalka, both with San Francisco Opera.
 
Benjamin Brecher, baritone
The acclaimed American tenor Benjamin Brecher has performed more than ten roles with The New York City Opera since 1997. Other recent engagements include: La Sonnambula, I Capuleti e I Montecchi and Otello with Opera Orchestra of New York; La Fille du Règiment with Arizona Opera and concerts entitled A Celtic Celebration with the symphonies of St. Louis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Columbus, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Ft. Worth, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Omaha, Salt Lake City, Naples, Seattle, Florida and the National Symphony at Kennedy Center. In the summer of 2001, he made his debut in Pesaro, Italy, at the Rossini Opera Festival, followed by The Barber of Seville in Palm Beach, and Così fan Tutte in Israel. 
 
Philip Skinner, bass
Bass-baritone Philip Skinner's His operatic roles have ranged from the standard bass repertoire such as King PhiIip in Don Carlo to the Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer and Scarpia in Tosca in the helden and dramatic baritone repertoire. Equally prolific in the concert hall, Philip Skinner has performed the Verdi Messa di Requiem at Carnegie Hall with the Masterworks Chorale and in Europe with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. He sang Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the Hollywood Bowl and with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Skinner sang the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Kent Nagano and the Berkeley Symphony, the Lord Nelson Mass at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn Creation and other concert pieces with the Dusseldorf Symphoniker, Minnesota Orchestra and others. Skinner was a Schwabacher Debut Recitalist and Adler Fellow (1986-1987) with San Francisco Opera. 
 
Simone Porter, violin
Violinist Simone Porter, an emerging artist of "impassioned energy, interpretive integrity and vibrant communication," has recently debuted with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and with a number of renowned conductors, including Stéphane Denève, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Nicholas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, Donald Runnicles and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In the 2017-2018 season, at the invitation of the composer, Porter appeared in the New York Philharmonic's presentation of Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Foreign Bodies," a multi-sensory performance experience involving live dance and a video installation. She also performed with orchestras in Rhode Island, Albany (NY), Oregon, Texas and Alabama. She is a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and plays a 1745 J.B. Guadagnini violin on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.
 
Natasha Paremski, piano
Natasha Paremski ​is a regular return guest of many major orchestras, including Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, Oregon, Elgin, Colorado and Virginia symphonies, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Grant Park Festival, and annually, since 2008, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed with major orchestras in North America including Dallas, San Diego, Toronto, Baltimore, Houston and Nashville symphonies, the NAC Orchestra in Ottawa and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. She has toured extensively in Europe with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vienna’s Tonkünstler Orchester, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre de Bretagne, the Orchestre de Nancy, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester in Zurich, Moscow Philharmonic and many others. Paremski is also a regular recital partner of Grammy-winning cellist Zuill Bailey, with whom she has recorded a number of CDs. Paremski won the Gilmore Young Artists prize in 2006, at eighteen, the Prix Montblanc in 2007 and the Orpheum Stiftung Prize in Switzerland. In 2010, she was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year.
 
Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Two-time Grammy nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi has appeared as soloist with Pierre Boulez and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and at Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. Selected by Carnegie Hall for its Distinctive Debuts series, she made her New York recital debut in 2004. As part of the European Concert Hall Organization's Rising Stars series, Frautschi also made debuts that year at ten of Europe's most celebrated concert venues, including the Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, La Cité de la Musique in Paris and Brussels’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. Born in Pasadena, Frautschi began the violin at age three. She was a student of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She also attended Harvard, the New England Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann. She performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the "ex-Cadiz," on generous loan to her from a private American foundation.
 
Mariachi Champaña Nevín
Mariachi Champaña Nevín is making a name for itself as a virtuoso ensemble of uncompromising quality with a multicultural aesthetic unique in the world of music. Led by accomplished classical and mariachi trumpeter, composer, professor and author Jeff Nevin, Ph.D., this ensemble's performances, recordings and workshops have thrilled and inspired mariachi and Classical-music enthusiasts alike. Turning effortlessly from classic, very traditional Mexican music to transcriptions of beloved works from Classical music literature, their skill and authenticity within both of these traditions thrills audiences nationwide.
 
Full bios available at srsymphony.org/artists.   
 
Classical Concert Series
 
Unmasking the Stars
October 5, 6 & 7, 2019
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Anna Clyne: Masquerade
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Matt Browne: How the Solar System Was Won
Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
 
 
Master of the Modern Banjo
November 2, 3 & 4, 2019
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Béla Fleck, banjo
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Béla Fleck: Juno Concerto for Banjo
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition    
 
 
Mozart’s Swan Song
December 7, 8 & 9, 2019
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor and harpsichord
Shawnette Sulker, soprano
Laura Krumm, alto
Benjamin Brechner, tenor
Philip Skinner, bass
SSU Symphonic Chorus
Haydn: Symphony No. 39
Jessie Montgomery: Records from a Vanishing City
Mozart:  Requiem in D minor
 
 
Shadows and Sunshine
January 11, 12 & 13, 2020
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Simone Porter, violin
Missy Mazzoli:  Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
Sibelius:  Violin Concerto in D minor
Brahms:  Symphony No. 2
 
 
Riveting Rachaminoff
February 8, 9 & 10, 2020 
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano
BeethovenLeonore Overture No. 3
Matt Browne:  Commissioned Work [First Symphony Project World Premiere*]
Rachmaninoff:  Piano Concerto No. 3
 
 
Showcasing Contemporary Women
March 21, 22 & 23, 2020 
Gemma New, guest conductor
Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Katherine Balchlike a broken clock
Saint-Saëns:  Violin Concerto No. 3
Beethoven:  Symphony No. 6, Pastorale
 
 
Visions of Hope
May 2, 3 & 4, 2020 
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Mariachi Champaña Nevín
Four vocalists, tba
Enrico Chapela Barba:  Commissioned work for Mariachi and Orchestra [World Premiere]
Respighi:  The Fountains of Rome
Respighi:  The Pines of Rome
 
Classical Series Concert Times: Saturday and Monday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM. Discovery Open Rehearsals: Saturday at 2 PM.
 
 
Family Concert Series
 
Halloween with Harry Potter
Sunday, October 27, 2019  3:00 PM
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Santa Rosa Children's Choral Academy
 
Peter and the Wolf
Sunday, January 26, 2020  3:00 PM
Bobby Rogers, conductor
Roustabout Theater
 
Beethoven Lives Upstairs
Sunday, April 19, 2020  3:00 PM
Bobby Rogers, conductor
Classical Kids Live!
 
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensemble Concerts
Bobby Rogers, conductor
 
Great Composers Revisited
Sunday, November 17, 2019  3:00 PM
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
 
Shall we dance?
Sunday, March 8, 2020  3:00 PM
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
 
Fantastic Alumni
Saturday, May 9, 2020  3:00 PM
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
 
All Ensemble Showcase Concert
Saturday, March 15, 2020  3:00 PM 
 
All listed Classical, Family and SRS Youth Orchestra concerts performed at Weill Hall, Green Music Center.
 
 
 
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, who began his tenure in 2018, is the fifth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

February 26, 2019: An afternoon of music and mystery for the whole family "The Composer is Dead" April 7

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 26, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) presents "The Composer is Dead," an affordable family concert on April 7, 2019, at 3 PM at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. This symphonic murder mystery, conducted by Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director and Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, features music by Nathaniel Stookey, with narration written by famous children's author Lemony Snicket (San Francisco writer Daniel Handler's nom de plume). Local actor and 6th Street Playhouse Board President Jeff Coté will perform as the wily inspector (narrator).
 
This engaging program, designed to excite and inspire young audiences, has been performed by hundreds of orchestras on four continents since its San Francisco premiere in 2006. As the story unfolds, audience members learn about the orchestra and its instruments as the inspector interrogates each section of the orchestra to find the culprit.
 
San Francisco Symphony commissioned Stookey, an alumnus of its youth orchestra, to write the work when he was 17. His concerto for two violins and strings, Double, was commissioned to represent the year 1999 in the millennial Festival of 999 Years of Music in Sheffield, England. Stookey’s Mahlerwerk (2011), commissioned by NDR-Sinfonie (Hamburg) for their centennial Mahler cycle, was premiered under Christoph Eschenbach before an audience of ten thousand people. His critically acclaimed String Quartet No. 3 The Mezzanine was commissioned and premiered by Kronos Quartet in 2013. Yield to Total Elation for chamber orchestra, commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and inspired by the architect A.G. Rizzoli’s imaginary city, premiered in April 2016.  
 
San Francisco Chronicle's Joshua Kosman, in his 2006 review of the premiere of The Composer is Dead, wrote, "The perpetrator is probably lurking somewhere in the orchestra, and as the unnamed inspector interrogates each group of players in turn, Stookey takes the opportunity to range a musical spotlight across the entire ensemble. So the violins twirl their way through a vivacious waltz while the cellos and basses provide oom-pah-pah accompaniments and the mournful violas sing their undervalued countermelodies. The flutes do bird imitations, the trombones tango and the tuba, in the piece's sweetest and funniest moment, enjoys a moment of quiet domesticity with his landlady, the harp."
 
The concert begins at 3 PM and all ticket holders are invited to arrive early for a free Instrument Petting Zoo in the Weill Hall lobby, staffed by SRS youth ensemble musicians, parents and volunteers. The Petting Zoo is available beginning at 2 PM.
 
Tickets are $18/adult; $12/youth (12 and under) and may be purchased at srsymphony.org, 546-8742, or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays).
 
Sponsors
The SRS Family Series: The Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust
"The Composer Is Dead": Donald and Maureen Green
Additional support: County of Sonoma—Board of Supervisors and The Press Democrat
 
High resolution photos available upon request
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:    Santa Rosa Symphony Family concert "The Composer is Dead"
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Francesco Lecce Chong, conductor
Jeff Coté, narrator  
 
When: Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3 PM
Pre-concert fun begins at 2 PM with an Instrument Petting Zoo, free to all ticket holders
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  $18/adult; $12/youth (12 and under)
 
Tickets: 546-8742; srsymphony.org or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

February 20, 2019: SRS Youth Ensembles perform in FREE mini-concerts in Railroad Square venues March 23 AND two concerts with special guests, concerto winners

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 20, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — On Saturday afternoon, March 23, musicians and faculty from the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education will play music in various Railroad Square venues. These "Music Around Town" performances are free to the public. The Institute has partnered with a select group of historic businesses and venues to create community and expose more people to classical music and the amazing array of SRS education programs. The public is invited to stroll through the shops, restaurants and galleries as chamber ensembles of 2-14 young musicians and faculty perform 20-30 minute sets.
 
This unique event will be held 2-5 pm on Saturday, March 23. Maps will be available at each venue for this musical walking tour of historic Railroad Square. Some of the stops, which include Museums of Sonoma County, 6th Street Playhouse, Cast Away Yarn Shop, Chevy’s Fresh Mex and A'Roma Roasters, may offer refreshments or special exhibits.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education's Training Young Musicians programs include four performing orchestras, many of which have concerts in March, as noted below.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Concerto Concert
Saturday, March 9, 3 pm
Bobby Rogers, conductor
Featuring concerto winner: Grace Yarrow, violin
Special Guests: Napa Valley Youth Symphony and Santa Rosa High School String Orchestra
Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Young People’s Ch amber Orchestra
The Lives of Composers: a seriously delirious musical pageant
Sunday, March 10, 7 pm
Aaron Westman, director
Featuring concerto winner: Devon Bolt, flute
Special Guest: Jim Beloff, ukulele
Phoenix Theater, Petaluma
 
Tickets at srsymphony.org and (707) 546-8742 
in advance: $15 adults; $5 youth; $10 group
at the door: $20 adults; $10 youth
 
In addition, the following recitals are free and open to the public:
 
Simply Strings Recital
Friday, March 8, 6 pm
Piner High School, Santa Rosa
No tickets or reservations required
 
SRSYO Chamber Players Recital
Sunday, March 24 at noon
First Congregational Church of Santa Rosa
No tickets or reservations required
 
-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 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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

February 15, 2019: SRS to receive second $10,000 grant from NEA in its 2018-2019 season

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 15, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.  Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to the Santa Rosa Symphony for the sixth concert program of the 2018–2019 season, “American Dreams,” with performances March 16, 17 and 18, and accompanying youth engagement activities by guest violinist Elena Urioste.
 
Challenge America grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. This is the first time the Symphony has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants within a single season, having recently been awarded a Challenge America grant in support of its July 29, 2018, free community concert with Mariachi Champaña Nevín.
 
“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
“This unprecendented second National Endowment for the Arts grant in a single season speaks to the Santa Rosa Symphony’s  leading national role as a regional orchestra providing meaningful programming to its community,” said Alan Silow, President & CEO of the Santa Rosa Symphony.
 
“American Dreams” will feature the world-renowned Urioste performing Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in a program led by beloved Santa Rosa Symphony Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane at Weill Hall in Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. With the support of the Challenge America grant, Urioste will lead an engaging masterclass for advanced young musicians and visit the Symphony’s El Sistema-inspired social action after-school program for underserved Roseland youth, Simply Strings, during her time in Sonoma County.
 
For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
 
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

February 11, 2019: Santa Rosa Symphony partners with Eugene Symphony for ambitious four-year commissioning project

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 11, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS), in partnership with Eugene Symphony, will launch the
First Symphony Project in the fall of 2019. Four acclaimed American composers have been co-commissioned by the Santa Rosa Symphony, Eugene Symphony and nine patron households including Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, to write their first symphony, to be premiered and given second performances between the two symphony orchestras over the next four years.
 
Increasing the scope of the project, the orchestra performing the world premiere will also perform a shorter work by that composer earlier in the same season. Additionally, each of the composers will be Composer-in-Residence for both performance weeks, participating in community outreach activities.
 
SRS Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, who is also Music Director of the Eugene Symphony, proposed this unique project to shift the commissioning paradigm to a collaborative and interactive process between the commissioners, performers, composers, and their communities. Lecce-Chong selected American composers whom he knows to be open to collaboration and feedback during the composition process.
 
"Our art form relies on the creative vision of today's composers," says Lecce-Chong. "In the large-scale form of a symphony, these composers will be able to create a musical world that is both deeply personal and powerfully universal. Just as importantly, the multiple residencies will allow us to not only celebrate these new creations, but bring us closer to their creators."
 
Commissioned composers and season of their first symphony world premiere:
Matt Browne – 2019-2020
Gabriella Smith – 2020-2021
Angélica Negrón – 2021-2022
Michael Djupstrom – 2022-2023
 
Said Matt Browne, the first composer to premiere his first symphony, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be present in the Eugene and Santa Rosa communities throughout the creative process. So often composers are shut in our studios writing music, only to send it off with minimal contact. It is refreshing and so important for us composers to be present and available throughout the process, not only to the musicians but also to the community as a whole.”
 
Gabriella Smith, whose commissioned work will be premiered during the 2020-2021 season said, “The reason this project is so exciting to me is that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to write an orchestral work of this scope. I have always been attracted to long, continuously developing musical arcs, and a work of this scope will give me the opportunity to develop this sense of trajectory and evolution to a much fuller extent than I have ever been able to in the past.”
 
Angélica Negrón, commissioned composer of the 2021-2022 season, commented, “Undertaking such a large-scale work is a stimulating challenge as well as a creative opportunity to take risks and explore what it means to write a symphony in the 21st century. With my new piece, I am hoping to reimagine this tradition, considering the orchestra as an ever-evolving and expanding sonic palette with infinite possibilities. I am interested in submerging myself in this long form to discover new sonic spaces that make room for fresh perspectives that reflect what it means to be a composer in today's complicated landscape.”
 
The final commissioned composer, Michael Djupstrom, said, "It was orchestral music that first really sparked my interest in classical music. I am still in love with orchestral music today.  I have written for several works for the medium, but I have never had the chance to compose something large-scale. These opportunities are extremely rare today, and I'm very excited to take part in this project."
 
Lecce-Chong wanted the commissioning support to be locally based to strengthen community engagement during the compositional process. Moreover, his commitment to this project extends to his being one of the nine donors, unusual for a music director. Thus, four local patrons of the Santa Rosa Symphony and four from the Eugene Symphony, as well as Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, provide support for this project. All nine donors will be listed on the music scores as co-commissioners. Santa Rosa Symphony patron donors are Emeritus Board Members: Nancy and David Berto, Chuck and Ellen Wear, Creighton White and current board member Gordon Blumenfeld.
 
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be patrons, to support Francesco and the four composers by investing in these new major works. We look forward to hearing these commissioned pieces played by our symphony,” commented donors Chuck and Ellen Wear.
 
Interview Opportunities
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director
Alan Silow, Santa Rosa Symphony President & CEO
 
About the Composers
New York-based composer Matt Browne (b. 1988) strives to create music that meets Sergei Diaghilev’s famous challenge to Jean Cocteau: “Astonish me!”, through incorporating such eclectic influences as the timbral imagination and playfulness of György Ligeti, the shocking and humorous eclecticism of Alfred Schnittke and the relentless rhythmic energy of Igor Stravinsky.  His music has been praised for its “unbridled humor” (New Music Box) and described as “witty” (The Strad) and “beautifully crafted and considered” (What’s On London). See full bio here.
 
Gabriella Smith is a composer from the San Francisco Bay Area whose music is described as “high-voltage and wildly imaginative” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “bold, original and suggests exciting new directions for American music” (Giancarlo Guerrero), and “You really get the Pacific Ocean, man!” (Cabrillo Festival audience member). Her music has been performed throughout the United States and internationally by eighth blackbird, Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, PRISM Quartet, Aizuri Quartet and yMusic, among others. Upcoming season highlights include the world premiere of a new work for Roomful of Teeth and Dover Quartet at Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and performances of Tumblebird Contrails by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in January 2019, conducted by John Adams. See full bio here.
 
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1981 and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Interested in creating intricate yet simple narratives that evoke intangible moments in time, she writes music for accordions, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR radio's Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring.” She was selected by Q2 and NPR listeners as part of “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40,” by Flavorpill as one of the “10 Young Female Composers You Should Know” and by Paste Magazine as one of the 20 most innovative musicians working today. See full bio here.
 
The work of composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom (b. 1980) has been honored with first prizes in the international composition competitions of the United Kingdom’s Delius Society, the American Viola Society and the Chinese Fine Arts Society. He has been further recognized through awards and grants from institutions such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Charles Ives Fellowship, Charles Ives Scholarship), Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (Pew Fellowship), New Music USA, S&R Foundation (Grand Prize, Washington Awards), Meet the Composer, the American Composers Forum, the Académie musicale de Villecroze, and the Sigurd and Jarmila Rislov Foundation, among many others. The Music Teachers National Association named him its 2005 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year. See full bio here.
 
High resolution 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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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 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). Visit srsymphony.org to learn more.
 
 
About Eugene Symphony
Now in its 53rd season, the Eugene Symphony is a nonprofit and 83-member orchestra based in Eugene, Oregon. Led by Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, Eugene Symphony reaches more than 50,000 adults and children annually with live music performances. Recognized as a cornerstone of the performing arts in Oregon's southern Willamette Valley, Eugene Symphony pursues its mission of enriching lives through the power of music by presenting annual classical and pops concerts, as well as music education and community engagement programs, regularly commissioning and premiering new American works, and disseminating its performances via radio broadcasts and recordings. More at eugenesymphony.org.

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

February 6, 2019: Clover Sonoma supports Santa Rosa Symphony's Free Concerts for Youth

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 6, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —Clover Sonoma made a generous donation to the Santa Rosa Symphony to help fund the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education's "Free Concerts for Youth" program, which provides North Bay schools with access to free, engaging educational concerts in Weill Hall, at the Green Music Center. Clover Sonoma support extends to the two remaining (of three) concert dates:  Thursday, February 7, 2019, and Thursday, May 2, 2019. In the 2018-2019 season, the Free Concerts for Youth will reach approximately 7,000 children, teachers and chaperones with a total of six concerts (two on each date).
 
What's unique about the SRS Institute's Free Concerts For Youth program is that for the February and May concert dates, the elementary students hear concerts by youth ensembles, making it all the more inspiring. On February 7, elementary students will be treated to a concert by the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (ages 14-22), the highest level of the Institute's Training Young Musicians program. They will be joined by students from the El Sistema-inspired Simply Strings afterschool program for John Williams' Imperial March from Star Wars. Simply Strings provides no-cost, after-school music instruction for underserved students from second grade through middle school at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Santa Rosa. The May concert will be performed by the Santa Rosa Symphony Aspirante Orchestra, the SRS' mid-level youth orchestra.
 
Free Concerts for Youth is the longest-running component of the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education. Eugene Shepherd, founder and conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (which was originally named the Sonoma County Junior Symphony) performed the first free educational concert in 1947.
 
The SRS Institute for Music Education continues to expand its educational services for young people and adults, and recently made major strides. Last year saw a 35% increase in the Institute’s reach, now serving 30,000 annually with a broad array of free and low-cost programming for classroom, afterschool, weekend and summer music education.
 
"The Symphony relies heavily on community support, including generous corporate donations like this, to keep the Symphony's music education programs available to Sonoma County elementary students. We are very grateful to Clover Sonoma for its support of the Free Concerts for Youth and all it means to the community," said Santa Rosa Symphony President and CEO Alan Silow.
 
About Clover Sonoma
Clover Sonoma, formerly Clover Stornetta Farms (and also Clover Organic Farms or simply, Clover) is a dairy company located in Sonoma County, California, along the Pacific coast in Northern California. It is a brand that has existed since the early 1900s, when the Petaluma Cooperative Creamery served the city of Petaluma. In 1977, Clover Stornetta Farms, Inc. was formed from the joining of two separate companies: Stornetta's Dairy and the Petaluma Cooperative Creamery (which distributed "Clover" brand dairy products).
 
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

January 25, 2019: Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane returns for "American Dreams" Violinist Elena Urioste plays Barber

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 25, 2019

Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) welcomes the return of its Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane for a program of American composers on March 16-18 at the Green Music Center. "American Dreams" features George Gershwin's American in Paris, Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3 and violin virtuoso Elena Urioste for Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto.
 
"American Dreams" will be performed on Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 PM; Sunday, March 17, at 3 PM and Monday, March 18, at 7:30 PM at Weill Hall in Sonoma State University's Green Music Center. The concert experience is further enhanced with pre-concert talks, given by SRS Cultural Historian and Musicologist Kayleen Asbo PhD, one hour prior to performances (except the Discovery Rehearsal). These informative 30-minute talks conclude with a Q & A period. Additionally, the Discovery Rehearsal, which is general seating, happens at 2 PM on Saturday, March 16 (no pre-concert talk for this working rehearsal).
 
George Gershwin wrote An American in Paris in response to his own experiences in Paris. Its contagious tunes, where one might hear the influence of Debussy, include a spirited jaunt through the streets of Paris, a nostalgic blues theme, and an energetic and rhythmic passage.
 
With his Symphony No. 3, his largest purely instrumental work, Copland sought to express the hope and promise of Post-War United States and reimagine the traditional European forms, all while pleasing its commissioner George Koussevitzky, who declared it the greatest American symphony ever written. Leonard Bernstein agreed, calling it an American monument, "like the Washington Monument or the Lincoln Memorial."
 
Violinist Elena Urioste "thoughtful and …virtuosic" (The Guardian) mastery on her Alessandro Gagliano violin (on extended loan from the private collection of Dr. Charles E. King through the Stradivari Society of Chicago) will confirm for the listener Barber's talent as a lyricist.
 
When Urioste played Barber's Violin Concerto with the Knoxville Symphony, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported that she "played it as though it were coming from her own soul. Her playing of the 'Andante' second movement of the concerto was beyond masterful and exquisitely beautiful."

Urioste, hailed by The Washington Post as “a drop-dead beauty who plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor,” was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2012 to 2014 and a first-place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition. She has given acclaimed performances with major orchestras throughout the U.S., including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Boston Pops; the New York and Buffalo philharmonics; and the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Austin, Charleston, Richmond, and San Antonio symphony orchestras. Abroad, Urioste has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Edmonton Symphony, Würzburg Philharmonic, and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok and MAV orchestras. Other accomplishments include first prize at the Sion International Violin Competition and the inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence, presented by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Read full bio here.  
 
Jeffrey Kahane has established an international reputation as a versatile concert pianist and conductor. Since making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983, he has given recitals in many of the nation’s major music centers. Kahane made his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988. Since then, he has guest conducted many of the major United States orchestras, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Indianapolis and New World symphonies among others. In May 2017, Kahane completed his 20th and final season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He also served as the Music Director of the Colorado Symphony from the 2005-2006 through the 2009-2010 seasons and for ten seasons as Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony (1995-1996 through 2005-2006). He has received much recognition for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement with all three orchestras and received ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. See full bio here.
 
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. Tickets range from $24 to $87 and may be purchased online, in person or by phone (see below). In addition, for each adult ticket purchased, the ticket holder may request a free ticket for a youth, ages 7 to 17, to accompany them.
 
Tickets are available by phone, online and in person as follows:  (707) 546-8742; srsymphony.org; or Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online, but may be requested by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Jeffrey Kahane underwritten by Norma Person, In memory of Evert Person
Elena Urioste underwritten by Faye Smith
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-
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:    Santa Rosa Symphony concert "American Dreams"
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin
 
When:
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 7:30 PM
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, March 16, at 2:00 PM)
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM
 
Pre-concert talk with SRS Musicologist and Cultural Historian Kayleen Asbo begins one hour before each performance and will include Q&A. (no pre-concert interview prior to Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  $24-$87
 
Tickets: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org 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)
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

January 15, 2019: Willow Creek Wealth Management supports Santa Rosa Symphony's crucial "It's Elementary" program AND supplies free tickets to families at participating schools

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 15, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony has received generous support from Willow Creek Wealth Management for the Symphony's "It's Elementary" program, which provides vital access to free music education to Sonoma County elementary schools, some of which have been federally-designated as underserved. In addition, the Sebastopol-based financial planning and investment firm and long-time supporter of the Symphony, has funded free tickets for It's Elementary school students and their families to attend the Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concerts "Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery" on January 27 and "The Composer is Dead" on April 7 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center.
 
"We believe strongly that the combination of education and music provides immense value to young students through enhanced focus, engagement, creativity, and discipline that will permeate through their entire lives," said Timothy Admire, a partner at Willow Creek Wealth Management in Sebastopol. "Based on this belief, we are extremely excited to expand the benefit of music education within our community by supporting the Santa Rosa Symphony’s It’s Elementary program, offering more students and families complimentary access to high-caliber performances at Weill Hall."
 
The Symphony's It's Elementary program, which serves six Sonoma County elementary schools at a time for a two-year term, includes the following features:

Elementary School Listening Program which provides classical music CDs of five-minute selections for playing over the school's PA and for in-classroom listening

Four in-school Santa Rosa Symphony ensemble performances, introducing students to orchestral instruments by section (string, woodwind, brass and percussion) 

One in-school performance by a SRS Youth Orchestra

Youth Discovery Cards – each student at participating schools receives a season pass for SRS Dress Rehearsals at Weill Hall, Green Music Center

One Free SRS concert at Weill Hall as a field trip during school hours

Free recorders and curriculum for students to play with the orchestra from their seats at the Green Music Center

Curriculum support and professional development for teachers and participating schools, which include lesson plans and after-school workshops 


"The Symphony relies heavily on community support, including generous corporate donations like this, to keep the Symphony's music education programs available to Sonoma County elementary students. We are very grateful to Willow Creek Wealth Management for its support, not just of 'It's Elementary,' but also of the Family Series, making these Family concerts available to more families," said Santa Rosa Symphony President and CEO Alan Silow.
 
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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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).
 
About Willow Creek Wealth Management
Willow Creek Wealth Management, located in Sebastopol, is a fee-only, independent advisory firm serving over 600 families. With offices in Sebastopol and Marin County, the firm provides a range of wealth management services including investment management, retirement planning, tax and financial planning as well as strategic philanthropic consulting.
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony Family Series concerts
The Santa Rosa Symphony 7th Family Concert Season, comprising three Sunday afternoon, interactive orchestral concerts geared to small children and families filled with fun, mystery and magic continues at Weill Hall, Green Music Center on January 27 and April 7, 2019.
 
For "Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery," on January 27, at 3 PM, Classical Kids LIVE! provides engaging antics for children as they learn about 18th-century Venice, while they follow a young orphan violinist as she searches for her true identity and a missing Stradivarius violin. Along the way, audience members will gain an understanding and appreciation for Antonio Vivaldi, his music and the orchestra's instruments. The program, conducted by Bobby Rogers and ideal for sharing with young children, includes excerpts from Vivaldi's famous works, including his Four Seasons, the Violin Concerto in A minor and the Guitar Concerto.
 
On Sunday, April 7, "The Composer is Dead" will be conducted by new SRS Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. All the suspects are musical instruments, and they all seem to have a motive – and an alibi. So who killed the composer? This murder mystery was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and composed by one of its Youth Orchestra alumns, Nathaniel Stookey. The narration for the piece (and the corresponding children's book) was written by the popular children's author Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events). For more information about the program and their collaboration, see this YouTube video.
 
The Symphony provides a complimentary Instrument Petting Zoo in the lobby beginning one hour prior to the performances. Tickets are $18/adult; $12/youth (12 and younger) and may be purchased at srsymphony.org or by calling (707) 54-MUSIC. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

January 4, 2019: Santa Rosa Symphony celebrates female composers, conductors and artists with "Love Letters"

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 4, 2019

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — On February 9, 10 and 11, 2019, the Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) presents "Love Letters," celebrating women and love. Guest conductor Sarah Ioannides will lead the orchestra for this concert, which begins with Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel's Overture in C major and ends with her brother Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3, Scottish. After Fanny's overture, Sara Davis Buechner plays Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor. Clara's husband Robert's Overture to Manfred completes this Valentine's weekend concert.
 
"Love Letters" will be performed on Saturday, February 9, at 7:30 PM; Sunday, February 10 at 3 PM and Monday, February 11 at 7:30 PM at Weill Hall in Sonoma State University's Green Music Center. Additionally, the Discovery Rehearsal, which is general seating, happens at 2 PM on Saturday, February 10. The concert experience is further enhanced with pre-concert talks, given by SRS Cultural Historian and Musicologist Kayleen Asbo PhD, one hour prior to performances (except the Discovery Rehearsal). These informative 30-minute talks conclude with a Q & A period.
 
Program notes, a Spotify playlist of the works and an overview video with Dr. Asbo are available on the concert event page. Tickets range from $24 to $87 and may be purchased online, in person or by phone (see below). In addition, for each adult ticket purchased, the ticket holder may request a free ticket for a youth, ages 7 to 17, to accompany them.

Sara Davis Buechner has been praised worldwide as a musician of “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times); lauded for her “fascinating and astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star), and her “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post); and celebrated for her performances which are “never less than 100% committed and breathtaking” (Pianoforte Magazine, London). Japan’s InTune magazine says: “When it comes to clarity, flawless tempo selection, phrasing and precise control of timbre, Buechner has no superior.”
 
In her twenties, Davis Buechner won awards from the world’s première piano competitions – Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Leeds, Salzburg, Sydney and Vienna. She won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and was a Bronze Medalist of the 1986 Tschaikowsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.

A dedicated Yamaha Artist for more than 30 years with a repertoire of more than 100 concertos, Davis Buechner has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s prominent orchestras. In 2016, she joined the piano faculty of the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has presented lectures and masterclasses worldwide, notably at the Royal Academy in London, the Juilliard School in New York City, Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, Shanghai Conservatory and the Kobe-Yamate Gakuen in Osaka, Japan. Read her full bio here.

Described by the New York Times as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority” and “magic,” Sarah Ioannides’ dynamic presence on the podium has won praise from audience and critics internationally. Ioannides, now in her fourth season as Music Director of Symphony Tacoma, has gained recognition as one of the most engaging and respected conductors of her generation. She previously served as music director for the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (2005-2012) and the El Paso Symphony (2005-2011).
 
Ioannides, whose guest engagements span six continents, was listed as one of the top twenty female conductors worldwide by Lebrecht’s “Woman Conductors: The Power List” in 2016. The Los Angeles Times declared that she is “one of six female conductors breaking the glass podium” and she was praised in the New York Times as part of a new wave of female conductors in their late 20’s through early 40’s.” In addition, she was awarded the JoAnn Falletta award for the most promising female conductor. Read her full bio here.
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, February 9, and Monday, February 11, at 7:30 PM, Sunday, February 10, at 3:00 PM
Discovery Open Rehearsal is Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 PM
All performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University.
 
Tickets are available by phone, online and in person as follows:  (707) 546-8742; srsymphony.org; or Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online, but may be requested by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Supporting sponsor: The E. Nakamichi Foundation
Sarah Ioannides underwritten by Ava & Sam Guerrera
Sara Davis Buechner underwritten by Linda Castiglioni
Media sponsor: The Press Democrat
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

-High-res guest artist, conductor and orchestra photos available upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:    Santa Rosa Symphony concert "Love Letters"
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Sara Davis Buechner, soprano
 
When:
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, February 9, at 2:00 PM)
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:30 PM
 
Pre-concert talk with SRS Musicologist and Cultural Historian Kayleen Asbo begins one hour before each performance and will include Q&A. (no pre-concert interview prior to Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  $24-$87
 
Tickets: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org 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)
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

December 4, 2018: Classical Kids LIVE! joins Santa Rosa Symphony for an affordable family concert "Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery" January 27, 2019 3 PM

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 4, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) presents an affordable family concert on January 27, 2019 at 3 PM at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Classical Kids LIVE! provides engaging antics for children as they learn about 17th-century Venice, including Carnivale and the Island of the Dead, while they follow a young orphan violinist as she searches for her true identity and a missing Stradivarius violin. Along the way, audience members will gain an understanding and appreciation for Antonio Vivaldi, his music and the orchestra's instruments. The program, ideal for sharing with young children, includes excerpts from Vivaldi's famous works, including his Four Seasons, the Violin Concerto in A minor and the Guitar Concerto.
 
SRS Youth Orchestra Conductor Bobby Rogers will lead the orchestra for Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery. Rogers is also currently Music Director at Pioneer High School in Woodland, Director of Jazz Program at Solano Community College, adjunct Professor of Band at Woodland Community College and Artistic Director of the Yolo Community Band. Rogers, a graduate of Sonoma State University (BA in Music Education and Jazz Performance) and Sacramento State University (MA in Wind Conducting), studied conducting with Craig Kirchhoff of the University of Minnesota, John Whitwell of Michigan State University, H. Robert Reynolds of University of Michigan and USC Thornton School of Music, Mallory Thompson of Northwestern University, Jack Stamp of Indiana State, Kevin Sedatole of Michigan State and Dr. Robert Halseth of Sacramento State University. Read his full bio here.
 
Classical Kids LIVE! is produced by Classical Kids Music Education, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering classical music education, which has received more awards and honors than any other similar performing arts organization. Read more about Classical Kids Live! here.
 
The concert begins at 3 PM and all ticket holders are invited to arrive early for a free Instrument Petting Zoo in the Weill Hall lobby, staffed by SRS youth ensemble musicians, parents and volunteers. The Petting Zoo is available beginning at 2 PM.
 
Tickets are $18/adult; $12/youth (12 and under) and may be purchased at srsymphony.org, 546-8742, or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays).
 
Sponsors
The SRS Family Series is sponsored in part by the generous support of the
Alan and Susan Seidenfeld
with additional support provided by County of Sonoma—Board of Supervisors and The Press Democrat
 
High resolution photos available upon request
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:    Santa Rosa Symphony Family concert "Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery"
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bobby Rogers, conductor
Classical Kids Live!, narrator  
 
When: Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3 PM
Pre-concert fun begins at 2 PM with an Instrument Petting Zoo, free to all ticket holders
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  $18/adult; $12/youth (12 and under)
 
Tickets: 546-8742; srsymphony.org or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)

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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

November 30, 2018: Santa Rosa Symphony announces highlights of record-breaking season

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 30, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony, resident orchestra of Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, continues to set records and increase its outreach to the community. In the 2017-2018 season, the Symphony's 90th, the Symphony selected a new Music Director, responded in concrete and generous ways to those affected by the fires, sent the Youth Orchestra on a central European concert tour and proved, once again, the vital role it plays in the community, operating from a sound, fiscally responsible foundation.
 
"It is a testament to the dedication of the Board, staff, and musicians and our quality concert and music education programs, that the Symphony is able to, year after year, break records, reach more people and develop new ways of staying relevant in the community," said President and CEO Alan Silow.
 
Top 2017-2018 organizational achievements and highlights included:

Five Music Director candidates each conducted one concert weekend; Francesco Lecce-Chong named fifth Music Director in April

Donations reached historic high of more than $2 million, accentuated by record individual and Board giving

Endowment Fund value exceeded $13 million for the first time

Education programs and opportunities for youth and adults were drawn under one new umbrella: The SRS Institute for Music Education

Benefit concert raised $115,000 for fire relief with all artists, conductors (then current and two former SRS Music Directors) and staff donating their time

Free Classical Series tickets offered to fire survivors and first responders for the rest of the season; instruments damaged or destroyed in fires replaced

Fifteenth consecutive fiscal year ending in the black

Commemorative, full-color booklet outlining SRS' 90-year history produced

SRS Youth Orchestra toured Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest

Fourth free community concert reached diverse audience of 4,000 with a mariachi ensemble

Most successful annual fundraiser in14-years of such galas, honored Donald and Maureen Green

April 25, 2018 proclaimed Santa Rosa Symphony Day by Santa Rosa City proclamation, recognizing 90th anniversary

High resolution 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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

November 27, 2018: Masterworks by Mahler and Mozart conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong features soprano Marie Plette

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 27, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — On January 12, 13 and 14, 2019, the Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) presents "Tiers of Heaven," a concert that explores heavenly realms and mortality with vibrant music which evokes emotions from anguish, to peace, to exaltation. The program, conducted by new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, opens with Signals from Heaven, an antiphonal work by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. Mozart's explosive Symphony No. 40 in G minor contrasts Mahler's sublime Symphony No. 4 in G major. Operatic and Orchestral soprano Marie Plette sings the poem in the final movement of Mahler's symphony, which describes a child's view of paradise.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony performs "Tiers of Heaven" Saturday, January 12, at 7:30 PM; Sunday, January 13 at 3 PM and Monday, January 14 at 7:30 PM at Weill Hall in Sonoma State University's Green Music Center. Additionally, the Discovery Rehearsal, a general seating event, happens at 2 PM on Saturday, January 12. The concert experience is further enhanced with pre-concert talks, given by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong one hour prior to performances (except the Discovery Rehearsal). These informative 30-minute talks conclude with a Q & A period. Attendees may also "Ask Francesco" by writing a question on a cards provided in the lobby.
 
Program notes, a Spotify list of the works and an overview video with SRS Cultural Historian and Musicologist are available on the concert event page. Tickets range from $24 to $87 and may be purchased online, in person or by phone (see below). In addition, for each adult ticket purchased, the ticket holder may request a free ticket for a youth, ages 7 to 17, to accompany them.

Written months after losing his infant son in a feverish composing spree in which he wrote three symphonies in the space of six weeks, Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor exudes darkness and anguish. In the first movement, Mozart included a daring harmonic progression, going ever deeper in minor keys and returning to the minor key of G in the fourth movement, at a time when minor keys were avoided in final movements. That final movement, according to musicologist Michael Steinberg may be the most explosive music ever written. This symphony even provided Mozart with inspiration for his Fifth Symphony.
 
Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in G major, written around the turn of the 19th century is the most performed of his symphonies and is the most accessible to Mahler initiates. Contrasting to Mozart's Symphony No. 40, this symphony provides peace and solace. It concludes with a poem, a child's image of paradise, sung by soprano Marie Plette.
 
Acclaimed operatic soprano singer Marie Plette has performed a wide range of leading roles in major opera houses in North America and Europe, including Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Love Simpson in Cold Sassy Tree and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Plette has performed at the San Francisco Opera House (most recently as Madama Butterfly) and many regional companies in the area in addition to her international engagements.
 
Plette's orchestral credits include Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the New Japan Philharmonic, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Memphis Symphony, Liu in Turandot with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and an evening of Viennese music with the San Francisco Symphony. Her several appearances at Carnegie Hall include singing Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony, Mahler's Symphony No. 8, Fauré's Requiem, and Bruckner's Te Deum with the New York Choral Society; and Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Collegiate Chorale. She has also been heard in recital at the Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York and in concert with Arizona Opera, New Jersey Symphony and Opera Omaha.

Marie Plette is a recipient of awards from the George London Competition, two grants from the Richard Tucker Foundation, a Sullivan grant and the San Francisco Opera's Il Cenacolo Award. Read Plette's full bio here.

"Tiers of Heaven" begins with Toru Takemitsu's Signals from Heaven. Its two antiphonal fanfares, "Day Signal" and "Night Signal," were written separately as commissions for festivals in Tokyo and Glasgow. The brass instruments "speak" to each other, creating a dialogue effect similar to that of the works by Venetian composers like Giovanni Gabrieli at the turn of the seventeenth century. Takemitsu turned to composing while recuperating from pneumonia after a mountain climbing trip when he was sixteen. He listened to the radio while he was bedridden and decided, in spite of having no musical training at that time, to become a composer. Primarily self-taught, he rose to the stature of Japan's best-known composers before his death in 1996. In this work, Takemitsu, who often wrote elegies for lost friends, presents the modern world and dreamlike landscapes of the realm beyond.

Concert Times and Location
Saturday, January 12, and Monday, January 14, at 7:30 PM, Sunday, January 13, at 3:00 PM
Discovery Open Rehearsal is Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 PM
All performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University.
 
Tickets are available by phone, online and in person as follows:  (707) 546-8742; srsymphony.org; or Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online, but may be requested by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David & Corinne Byrd
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

-High-res orchestra and guest artist photos available upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:    Santa Rosa Symphony concert "Tiers of Heaven"
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Marie Plette, soprano
 
When:
Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, January 12, at 2:00 PM)
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM
 
Pre-concert talk with Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong begins one hour before each performance and will include Q&A. (no pre-concert interview prior to Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  $24-$87
 
Tickets: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org 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)
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

October 17, 2018: Santa Rosa Symphony Art Exhibit Two Local Artists Show Their Paintings Artist reception at SRS administrative offices in downtown Santa Rosa Nov. 13

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 17, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony administrative offices have become host to the works of two local artists: Lilly Collis and Donna S Schaffer. The public is invited to an artist reception with light refreshments on Tuesday, November 13 at 4 PM. The paintings may be purchased directly from the artists, who will be on hand to talk about their paintings. Twenty percent of the proceeds go to Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education initiatives for young musicians.
 
SRS President and CEO Alan Silow said, "The Symphony has always valued the natural synergy between the visual and musical arts. These beautiful works exemplify the spirit of Sonoma County, both in subject and in heart. We are fortunate to be surrounded by the paintings of these two talented artists."
 
Lilly Collis works in a variety of media, including watercolor, acrylics, oils and digital painting. The paintings on display at the SRS office, painted on giclee canvans gallery wrap, metal and metal paper, are inspired by her love of nature. Subjects include pastoral scenes, birds, butterflies and flowers. As Shades of Lilly, Collis has been painting portraits, painting on commission, creating art for advertisements and doing restorations since 1997.
 
Donna S Schaffer has been a full-time fine art oil painter for more than 20 years. Some of her landscapes have been painted on-site (“Plein aire”). Others are based on her sketches, color notes and photos. Her style ranges from impressionistic to realism. Schaffer, a Dry Creek Valley resident, enjoys painting her “neighborhood” landscapes, many of which are vineyards and wineries. She says they have “glorious seasons and personalities.” In addition to other installations like this one, Schaffer’s work may be seen in her home studio during Sonoma County Art Trails and year-round at Upstairs Art Gallery in Healdsburg.
 
The Symphony’s administrative offices are located on the fourth floor of the Bank of Marin building (50 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa), Suite 410. The reception is from 4 PM to 5 PM.
 
 
Please inquire for high resolution photos
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

October 11, 2018: SRS brings warmth and joy this winter with "Viva Italia" featuring violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama performing Berlioz' Harold in Italy and SSU Symphonic Chorus for Vivaldi's Gloria in D major

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 11, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — On December 1, 2 and 3, 2018, the Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) presents a joyful program for the holidays featuring Rossini's Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell), Vivaldi's Gloria in D major with the Sonoma State University (SSU) Symphonic Chorus, directed by SRS Choral Director Jenny Bent, and Berlioz' Harold in Italy, with award-winning violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama. These Santa Rosa Symphony performances at Green Music Center will be conducted by Jayce Ogren.

The William Tell Overture is most known for the portion that was used for cartoons and the Lone Ranger, which can result in a form of "type-casting" this rich and varied piece based on the small co-opted portions. Gioachino Rossini's sonorous opening with four solo cellos is followed by the second "storm" movement, which employs the full orchestra, another pastoral movement and finally, the gallop that so many recognize, also known as the March of the Swiss Soldiers.
 
Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria in D major captures the joy of the holiday season and is, after his Four Seasons (four violin concertos), his most famous work. The piece features Vivaldi's signature leaping octaves and all of the solos were written for female voices. The Sonoma State Symphonic Chorus, under the direction of SRS Choral Director Jenny Bent, will provide rich voices to the orchestra for this magnificent work.
 
Hector Berlioz' Harold in Italy, written originally on a commission from violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, was rejected by the violinist, who complained, after seeing the first movement, of the lack of sufficient opportunities for his virtuosity. Berlioz finished the work his own way, treating the solo viola part as a dramatic persona that weaves in and out of the story, always maintaining the same character. Eventually, Paganini heard a performance of the piece and publicly thanked the composer at the end of the concert, literally on bended knee, kissing Berlioz' hand. With his son's voice, as his throat cancer was by then much advanced, Paganini praised the composer and followed it up with a bank draft of 20,000 francs and a note which began with, "Beethoven having left us, only Berlioz can make him come alive again."  
 
Giving life to the viola "character" in Harold in Italy, will be Nokuthula Ngwenyama, who won the Primrose International Viola Competition at 16. An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, she performs with orchestras and collaborates musically around the world.
 
Her 2018-2019 season includes two world premieres and a directorial debut: Rising for Solo Multitrack Violin and Pedals with video featuring choreography by Zimbabwean modern dancer Alexander Mhlanga and Primal Message for Viola Quintet - performed with the Dover Quartet and jointly commissioned by the Phoenix Chamber Music Society and Chamber Music Northwest. Read her full bio here.
 
American conductor Jayce Ogren is a rising star in the United States as a symphony and opera conductor. Summer 2018 included appearances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Brevard Music Center (NC) and the San Francisco Symphony conducting Dvořák, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Adam Golka and Sibelius’ Second Symphony. Jayce Ogren and pianist Adam Golka made their San Francisco Symphony debuts at the 81st annual Stern Grove Festival with the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto.
 
His numerous appearances with Philadelphia's Orchestra 2001 featured staged performances of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King at the Philly Fringe Festival, Steve Mackey’s Slide, in Princeton at the Sound Kitchen, and National Sawdust in Brooklyn. Ogren and Orchestra 2001 also presented the Philadelphia premiere of the complete Yellow Shark by Frank Zappa. Also in Philadelphia, he lead the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra (December 2017), a work written by Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang for sounds that only broken instruments can make (approximately 400 of them found in the Philadelphia school system) and played by Orchestra professionals, Curtis Institute and Temple faculty and students, and public school children. Read his full bio here.

Program Notes and videos are available on the Symphony's "Viva Italia" event page to further enhance the patron’s experience. A video of SRS Musicologist and Music Historian Kayleen Asbo's descriptive and engaging overview and a Spotify playlist of the program can also be found there. 
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, December 1, and Monday, December 3, at 7:30 PM , Sunday, December 2, at 3:00 PM
Discovery Open Rehearsal is Saturday, December 1 at 2:00 PM
All performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University.
 
Tickets are available by phone, online and in person as follows:  (707) 546-8742; srsymphony.org; or Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online, but may be requested by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green
Jayce Ogren underwritten by Dr. Larry Schoenrock Endowment Fund
Nokuthula Ngwenyama underwritten by Jim Lamb
SRS Choral Director Jenny Bent underwritten by Linda & David Hanes
SSU Symphonic Chorus underwritten by AmaWaterways
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

-High-res orchestra and guest artist photos available upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:    Santa Rosa Symphony concert "Viva Italia"
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Jayce Ogren, conductor
Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola
SSU Symphonic Chorus, SRS Choral Director Jenny Bent, conductor
 
When:
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:30 PM
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, December 1, at 2:00 PM)
Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM
 
Pre-concert talk with SRS Musicologist Kayleen Asbo begins one hour before each performance and will include Q&A. (no pre-concert interview prior to Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  $24-$87
 
Tickets: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org or in person at
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

October 10, 2018: Santa Rosa Symphony and Luther Burbank Center for the Arts announce partnership with Carlton Senior Living as naming sponsor for Carlton Senior Living Symphony Pops Series

Santa Rosa Symphony and Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, October 10, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony  and Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announces its partnership with Carlton Senior Living, to be the naming sponsor of their Symphony Pops Series, which kicks off its 14th season with a four-concert season on Sunday, October 14. The series will now be known as The Carlton Senior Living Symphony Pops Series.
 
Carlton Senior Living LLC is an established California-based owner and operator of 11 existing Northern California senior living communities. This new partnership is particularly timely as in the near future, Carlton will break ground on its newest community just a short walk from the Luther Burbank Center in the Larkfield area. The Santa Rosa Carlton community is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020 and will include 134 rental apartments– offering independent living, assisted living and memory care options.
 
“In all of our communities, our residents are very engaged with their local neighborhoods,” says Dave Coluzzi, President of Carlton Senior Living. “Partnering with the Symphony Pops Series is a natural fit for us. This music genre has a wide audience that includes our future residents, and it is something they can share with friends and family. In addition, supporting the arts and helping to keep LBC a local meeting place is important to us and our future residents. We are excited to be neighbors with this Santa Rosa icon and look forward to getting involved in this community.”
 
“We are delighted to welcome Carlton Senior Living to our community,” says Alan Silow, President and CEO of the Santa Rosa Symphony. “We deeply appreciate their commitment as our naming sponsor for our Symphony Pops Series.”
 
”We are thrilled to welcome Carlton Senior Living as our new neighbor in Santa Rosa,” says Rick Nowlin, President and CEO of Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. “We look forward to welcoming residents to our shows and are honored by Carlton Senior Living’s support of the Symphony Pops Series.”
 
Presented in the Ruth Finley Person Theater at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa), the Sunday afternoon concert series introduces audiences to the great depth and range of sounds of the Santa Rosa Symphony and acclaimed soloists, through the music of legendary Motown artists, dynamic divas, and tributes to pop sensations. Led by the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Principal Pops Conductor Michael Berkowitz, the 2018–19 season kicks-off with Ray Charles, Motown & Beyond featuring Ray Charles’ protégé Ellis Hall, also known as the “Ambassador of Soul,” on Sunday, October 14, 2018. The series will ring in the holiday season on Sunday, December 16, 2018 with Holiday Soundtracks, highlighting unforgettable songs from favorite holiday movies. On Sunday, February 24, 2019, the Symphony Pops will present Tribute to Judy & Liza at the Palladium. Featuring vocalists Joan Ellison and Carolann Sanita, the evening will celebrate Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli’s historic 1964 concert at London’s famed Palladium. The series comes to a close on Sunday, April 28, 2019 with Music of the Knights, showcasing the music of three of Britain’s most legendary songwriters: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney. Prior to each performance, LBC will host a discussion with Maestro Berkowitz, who provides insight into the afternoon’s program and shares personal anecdotes and memories from his storied career working on Broadway with various icons, including Liza Minnelli, Henry Mancini and Marvin Hamlisch.
 
Tickets and information for The Carlton Senior Living Symphony Pops series are available online at lutherburbankcenter.org, by calling 707-546-3600 or at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts ticket office (50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa).
 
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About Carlton Senior Living
For more than three decades, Carlton Senior Living communities have provided Northern California seniors with an array of individually tailored care options – ranging from independent and assisted living to award-winning health and memory care programs. Our residents enjoy delicious, healthy, prepared from scratch food and a wide range of activities and entertainment in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere where they can make friends, enjoy life and continue to thrive. As a company, we stand by our commitment to Love, Honor and Provide to all residents, family, and associates. It is this kindness and compassion, and our unique “culture of caring” that makes all the difference. For more information, visit us at: carltonseniorliving.com.
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).
 
About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 230 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving 40,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 1,000 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain.

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

October 9, 2018: Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert "The Conductor's Spellbook" brings music, mystery and magic to Weill Hall Oct. 28

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 9, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony presents its first family concert of the season, "The Conductor's Spellbook," written and narrated by Paul Dooley, at 3 PM on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Dooley also wrote the SRS-commissioned Sonoma Strong, which received its second (and second SRS) performance at the opening 2018-2019 Classical Series concert "Passion and Power," earlier this month, which was very well received.  
 
In "The Conductor's Spellbook," young Tony Stradivarius, while on a field trip to the Santa Rosa Symphony, finds a powerful book of spells and uses it to control the orchestra. Audience members will be invited to participate in call and response, hand percussion and more. Dooley describes the work as "like Peter and the Wolf meets Young Person's Guide and Harry Potter."
 
Bobby Rogers, who is the new conductor for the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, will lead the orchestra. Rogers is also the music director at Pioneer High School in Woodland, Calif. and Adjunct Professor of Band at Woodland Community College and Artistic Director of the Yolo Community Band. 
 
For this concert only, there will be a free photo booth available before and after the concert and children are encouraged to dress up – even in their Halloween costumes. Also, available before the concert and at intermission is a Free Instrument Petting Zoo, in which children (and adults) may handle and play instruments under the supervision of SRS Institute for Music Education staff, students and parent volunteers. The photo booth and Petting Zoo are free to all ticket holders.
 
The series continues with: "Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery" with Classical Kids Live! on Sunday, January 27, at 3 PM and "The Composer is Dead," a Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events) mystery, with music by Nathaniel Stookey and conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, on Sunday, April 7, at 3 PM.
 
Family Series subscriptions and single tickets are available for purchase at srsymphony.org, by phone at 54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742, or in person Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM at the Symphony Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue.
 
Three-concert subscription packages are $48 for adults and $33 for children (12 and under). Family packages start at $138 and must include two child subscriptions. Single tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children age 12 and under.
 
 
Sponsors
The SRS Family Series is sponsored in part by the generous support of the
Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust
"The Conductor's Spellbook" is sponsored in part by John and Jennifer Webley, with
additional support provided by County of Sonoma—Board of Supervisors
 
High resolution photos available upon request
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:    Santa Rosa Symphony Family concert "The Conductor's Spellbook"
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bobby Rogers, conductor
Paul Dooley, narrator  
 
When: Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3 PM
Pre-concert fun begins at 2 PM with a free photo booth and Instrument Petting Zoo, free to all ticket holders
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  $18/adult; $12/youth (12 and under)
 
Tickets: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 25, 2018: Santa Rosa Symphony announces appointment of Mary Chapot to Board of Directors

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 25, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony announced on September 25, 2018, the addition of Mary A Chapot to its Board of Directors. Chapot brings an intense love of music, and a musical and fiduciary background to the Santa Rosa Symphony Board.

Mary A Chapot
Music has always been central to Mary’s life. In 1984, after finishing her studies in vocal performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Chapot completed a Master’s Degree in Music History at San Francisco State University. She spent many years in the Bay Area, performing with a variety of groups, including the San Francisco Choral Artists, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble and the Baroque Arts Ensemble. Currently, she is very active in her church The Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa (UUCSR) as a vocal soloist and as a music coordinator responsible for programming service music. In addition to her classical studies, Chapot also enjoys singing jazz, both as soloist and with small ensembles.
 
Since 2012, Chapot has operated her own business as a private, professional fiduciary. Her job titles have included conservator, trustee and executor, financial power of attorney and health care agent. Chapot recently joined the Trust and Investment Management team at Exchange Bank as a Personal Trust Officer, Assistant Vice President. In her new position, she will continue managing trusts and estates.
 
Chapot has one son, grown and living in New Orleans. James is just starting to secure his reputation as a professional musician specializing in early jazz. He sings, plays stringed instruments and saxophone.
 
Please inquire for high resolution photo of Mary A Chapot
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 19, 2018: Multi-Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin joins SRS and Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong for Villa-Lobos' Guitar Concerto November 3, 4 & 5

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 19, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) welcomes the return of multiple-Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin to the Weill Hall stage to play Villa-Lobos' Guitar Concerto at the Green Music Center on November 3, 4 and 5 for "Dancing Across Time," conducted by new SRS Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. This is one of only three concerts in the Symphony's 2018-2019 Classical Series that will be conducted by the new maestro.
 
"Dancing Across Time" opens with Kodály's Dances of Galánta, an energetic piece which evokes old, traditional Hungarian gypsy music. Lizst's Mephisto Waltz No. 1 and Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story complete the program.
 
Acclaimed for her lyricism, technique and versatility, Isbin, has appeared as soloist with nearly 200 orchestras and performed at the White House for the Obamas in 2009. Named Best Classical Guitarist by Guitar Player and a frequent guest on NPR's "All Things Considered," Isbin was immortalized in "Sharon Isbin: Troubadour," a one-hour documentary seen by millions on more than 200 PBS stations across the United States and abroad. Critic Michael Anthony (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) praises Isbin along with the documentary: “A loving, thoughtful and richly photographed documentary portrait of the world’s most eminent classical guitarist. Isbin’s story is an inspiration—from her ascent to the peak of the male-dominated field of classical guitar to her tireless championing of new works for guitar and quest for new musical worlds to conquer."
  
Isbin was the featured soloist on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack of Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning film "The Departed." Additionally, Isbin has commissioned and premiered more concerti than any other guitarist. Read Sharon Isbin's full bio.
 
Kodály had a special affinity for Hungarian folk songs, which is evidenced in Dances of Galánta. As a child, he lived in the town of Galánta (between Vienna and Budapest) for seven years. He later studied books of Hungarian dances published around 1800, one of which included music "after several gypsies from Galantha." Kodály, a prolific composer and trailblazing educator, wished to further preserve the old gypsy music. He gathered songs from that tradition in a rondo-like pattern for Dances of Galánta.
 
Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1, also known as "The Dance in the Village Inn," the second of Two Episodes from Lenau's Faust. The Mephisto Waltz No. 1 is so well-known that it is often referred to as the Mephisto Waltz, in spite of the fact that it is not the only work with that title. In poet Nicolas Lenau's poem, Mephistopheles and Faust stop at a country inn, where music is playing. In response to Mephistopheles' loud criticism of the musicians, the leader, a violinist, hands over his violin in challenge. Mephitopheles' playing seduces all present, causing them to pair off into the night.
 
Bernstein's talent and experience was such that his score for the 1958 musical, West Side Story, did not merely compliment and frame the scene, but contributed in a palpable way to the story. In the Symphonic Dances, the audience hears the gangs in rivalry, visionary cooperation, competition and finally lethal battle, in the middle of which is the hopeful, but ultimately tragic meeting of Tony and Maria.
 
Program Notes and videos are available on the Symphony's "Dancing across Time" event page to further enhance the patron’s experience. A video of SRS Musicologist and Music Historian Kayleen Asbo's descriptive and engaging overview and a Spotify playlist of the program can also be found there. 
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, November 3, and Monday, November 5, at 7:30 PM , Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 PM
Discovery Open Rehearsal is Saturday, November 3 at 2:00 PM
All performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University.
 
Tickets are available by phone, online and in person as follows:  (707) 546-8742; srsymphony.org; or Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online, but may be requested by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David & Corinne Byrd
Sharon Isbin underwritten by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
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

-High-res photos of Sharon Isbin here. Orchestra and Francesco Lecce-Chong photos available upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:    Santa Rosa Symphony concert "Dancing Across Time"
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Sharon Isbin, guitar
 
When:
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, November 3, at 2:00 PM)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Monday, November 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM
 
Pre-concert talk with Francesco Lecce-Chong and Arnaud Sussmann begins one hour before each performance and will include Q&A. (no pre-concert interview prior to Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  $24-$87
 
Tickets: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org or in person at
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

August 31, 2018: Santa Rosa Symphony Family Series, in its 7th year, features music, mystery and magic

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 31, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony presents its 7th Family Concert Season, comprising three Sunday afternoon, interactive orchestral concerts geared to small children and families filled with fun, mystery and magic. Also returning are the free photo booth for the fall concert and the free Instrument Petting Zoo for all three concerts. New SRS Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong conducts the spring concert. Subscriptions for this affordable, family-friendly concert series may be purchased beginning September 4.
 
The first family concert of the season, "The Conductor's Spellbook," written and narrated by Paul Dooley, is on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Dooley also wrote the SRS-commissioned Sonoma Strong, which receives its second (and second SRS) performance at the opening 2018-2019 Classical Series concert earlier in October. Young Tony Stradivarius finds a powerful book of spells and uses it to control the orchestra. For this concert only, there will be a free photo booth available before and after the concert and children are encouraged to dress up – even in their Halloween costumes.
 
Classical Kids Live! joins the orchestra again on Sunday, January 27, for "Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery." Katarina, a young violinist who is sent to study violin in an orphanage with Antonio Vivaldi in 17-century Venice, searches for clues to her identity and to a vanishing Stradivarius violin. Her search takes her through Carnivale and the Island of the Dead. This highly-acclaimed theatrical symphony concert is an imaginative way to introduce young audiences and their families to the life and music of Antonio Lucio Vivaldi in a live performance venue. Audiences will enjoy recognizable excerpts from Vivaldi's major works, including his Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in A minor and Guitar Concerto.
 
For "The Conductor's Spellbook" and "Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery," the orchestra will be led by Bobby Rogers, who is the new conductor for the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, following seven years conducting SRS' Repertory (now SRS Aspirante Youth Orchestra). Rogers is also the music director at Pioneer High School in Woodland, Calif. and Adjunct Professor of Band at Woodland Community College and Artistic Director of the Yolo Community Band.  
 
On Sunday, April 7, "The Composer is Dead" will be conducted by new SRS Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. All the suspects are musical instruments, and they all seem to have a motive – and an alibi. So who killed the composer? This murder mystery was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and composed by one of its Youth Orchestra alumns, Nathaniel Stookey. The narration for the piece (and the corresponding children's book) was written by the popular children's author Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events). For more information about the program and their collaboration, see this YouTube video.
 
Family Series subscriptions are available for purchase beginning September 4 and single tickets may be purchased beginning September 25. Subscription and single tickets may be purchased at srsymphony.org, by phone at 54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742, or in person Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM at the Symphony Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north entrance, first floor). 
 
Three-concert subscription packages are $48 for adults and $33 for children (12 and under). Family packages start at $138 and must include two child subscriptions. Single tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children age 12 and under.
 
 
High resolution 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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

August 13, 2018: Francesco Lecce-Chong opens season with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony AND Symphony continues its free youth ticket offer

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 13, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The first Santa Rosa Symphony concert of the 2018-2019 season -- Francesco Lecce-Chong's first as SRS Music Director -- opens on October 6, 2018, with Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 5. In addition, Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Arnaud Sussmann joins the orchestra to play Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major. "Passion and Power" begins with Pulitzer-prize-winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s exuberant Celebration and also includes Sonoma Strong by local composer Paul Dooley, a work commissioned by the Symphony that captures the ordeal of last October's tragic wildfires and the resilience and strength that arose from it.  All performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Evening Classical Series performances, Saturday and Monday, have an earlier start time: 7:30 PM. Sunday performances are at 3:00 PM. Francesco Lecce-Chong will be joined by Arnaud Sussmann for the pre-concert talks one hour before performances.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony continues its one-for-one ticket offer again for its 91st season. Patrons may request a free youth ticket (for ages 7-17) per each paid adult ticket for any 2018-2019 Classical Series concert. This offer is only available by phone at Patron Services at (707) 546-8742.
 
New Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong brings fresh ideas, energy and dedication to the Santa Rosa Symphony. He is simultaneously Music Director for the Eugene Symphony Orchestra in Eugene, Ore. He recently concluded his tenure as Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. His previous posts include Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony under Edo de Waart.
 
Active as a guest conductor, he has appeared with orchestras around the world including the National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic and collaborated with renowned soloists such as Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman. In the coming year, Lecce-Chong makes his subscription debuts with the Louisville Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and Xi’An Symphony Orchestra, as well as returns to the Civic Orchestra in Chicago and Milwaukee Symphony. Read full bio here.
 
Lecce-Chong said, "I am thrilled to open the Santa Rosa Symphony's  2018-19 season, and my first as Music Director, with one of the most iconic works of art ever created, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Even with its enduring popularity, the music continues to surprise its listeners with its sheer force of will and its virtuosity presents musicians with unique challenges at every performance. I look forward to this as the beginning of many exhilarating musical experiences with the Santa Rosa community in the years ahead."
 
Violinist Arnaud Sussmann, an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006, distinguished himself early on with his unique sound, bravura and profound musicianship. Born in Strasbourg, France, and based now in New York City, Arnaud Sussmann trained at the Conservatoire de Paris and the Juilliard School with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman. Winner of several international competitions, including the Andrea Postacchini of Italy and Vatelot/Rampal of France, he was named a Starling Fellow in 2006, an honor which allowed him to be Perlman’s teaching assistant for two years. In September 2015, Sussmann returned to his native France to work closely with violinist Kolja Blacher and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris for intensive training on the play-direct technique, where he then won First prize of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris’s Paris Play/Direct Academy. Read full bio here.
 
Brahms wrote his Violin Concerto in D major in the middle of the nineteenth century, aided by feedback from his close friend, violinist, conductor and composer Joseph Joachim. The original manuscript, in fact has changes marked on the solo part by Hungarian composer Joachim's own hand.
 
The anchor of this rich program, of course, is Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. After an early performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, E.T.A. Hoffmann, a reviewer at the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, an internationally-respected, German-language music journal of the that time, declared it a landmark in the history of music, which heralded the composer's increased popularity.

Program annotator Steven Ledbetter says of the piece, "The overwhelming energy and expressive richness of the C-minor Symphony left early audiences stupefied or exhilarated. Even among people who have never attended an orchestral concert, the opening phrase can conjure up the very idea of “symphony,” much as the question “To be or not to be?” conjures up all of Shakespeare.
 
"The notion of Fate, and the self‑evident struggle that takes place in the four movements of this powerful score have resulted in a century’s overlay of other notions, too—most widespread during World War II, when the coincidence of the opening four notes of the symphony corresponding rhythmically to the Morse code for 'V' and the ubiquitous 'V for Victory' gesture of Winston Churchill turned Beethoven’s Fifth almost overnight into the 'Victory Symphony.'"
 
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, composer of Celebration for Orchestra, is among the most frequently performed American composers. She is also the first woman in the history of The Julliard School of Music to earn a Doctor of Music degree in composition. She won a Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1983. Other awards include: Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, four Grammy nominations, and the NPR and WNYC Gotham Award for her contributions to the musical life of New York City. Zwilich and her works have been featured in the Charles Schulz' Peanuts® Series and her Peanuts® Gallery, written for a Carnegie Hall children's concert, became the basis for a PBS special. Read her full bio here.  
 
Program Notes are available on the Symphony's "Passion and Power" event page to further enhance the patron’s experience. A video of SRS Musicologist and Music Historian Kayleen Asbo's descriptive and engaging overview and a Spotify playlist of the program can also be found there beginning September 7.  
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, October 6 and Monday, October 8 at 7:30 PM (30 minutes earlier this season), and Sunday, October 7 at 3:00 PM.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, February 10 at 2:00 PM.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Tickets
Single tickets start at $25 and may be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 90 minutes before each performance.
Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) may be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performances. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
 
Sponsors
"Passion and Power" concerts sponsored by The Peggy Anne Covington Fund
Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd
Arnaud Sussmann underwritten by Sigmund Anderman, In memory of Susan Anderman
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      
 
-Photos of the orchestra, Francesco Lecce-Chong and Arnaud Sussmann provided upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:   Santa Rosa Symphony Classical Series Concert, "Passion and Power"
 
Who
Santa Rosa Symphony
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Arnuad Sussmann, violin
 
Program:
ZWILICH : Celebration for Orchestra
BRAHMS : Violin Concerto in D major
PAUL DOOLEY: Sonoma Strong
BEETHOVEN : Symphony No 5
 
When: 
Saturday, October 6, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 7, 3 PM
Monday, October 8, 7:30 PM
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  $25-$87
 
Tickets: 546-8742, www.srsymphony.org or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

July 31, 2018: Single Tickets on Sale August 13 - Pre-season 15% discount on Saturday, Sunday & Monday Classical Series concerts - Offer valid August 13 - 31

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 31, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Individual tickets for the 2018-2019 Santa Rosa Symphony Classical Series concerts go on sale Monday, August 13, 2018 at 10 AM. In addition, August 13 – August 31, tickets for the Classical Series concerts may be purchased at a 15% discount, for a pre-season sale price of $20-$74, depending on seat location. This pre-season discount is only available for Classical Series performances. The Symphony's 91st season begins October 6, and continues through in May 6, with performances Saturday and Monday evenings (7:30 PM) and Sunday afternoons (3:00 PM).
 
Tickets for new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong's inaugural season concerts may be purchased at srsymphony.org, by phone at 54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742, or in person Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM at the Symphony Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north entrance, first floor). 
 
The season opens with Francesco Lecce-Chong conducting Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, features talented guest artists making their Weill Hall debut and popular, returning artists, guitarist Sharon Isbin and Steinway artist Olga Kern. Francesco Lecce-Chong also conducts in November and January. Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis and Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane return in the spring.
 
Season Highlights
- Beethoven’s Fifth symphony, cherished masterworks by Mozart, Mahler and Tchaikovsky, a  major Vivaldi choral work, a tribute to American composers Bernstein, Gershwin, Barber and Copland
- Outstanding guest artists: Violinist Arnaud Sussmann and Elena Urioste, pianists Olga Kern and Sara Davis Buechner, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, soprano Marie Plette and guitarist Sharon Isbin
- Special guest conductors: Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis, Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane, Jayce Ogren and Sarah Ioannides
- Earlier start times (7:30 pm) for Saturday and Monday performances
- Inaugural season for the Symphony's fifth Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong
- Seventh season as the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center
- Reduced ticket prices for Saturday and Monday performances 

The Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services staff is available to provide complete information for the Classical Series, Family Series, all special concerts and events, and answer any other questions regarding seating. Patrons are invited to call (707) 546-8742 between 9 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday (after 10:30 on Wednesdays). More information and ticket purchases may also be found at srsymphony.org.
 
High resolution 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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

July 13, 2018: SRS Board member Alan Mason elected to the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 13, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony Board member Alan Mason, who is also in his second year  as President of the Board of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, was elected to the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras at that organization's annual national conference on June 15.

Mason, a Healdsburg resident, said of this appointment, "My goal in joining the League Board is to build stronger bridges between California and the League while recognizing the distinctiveness and need for both statewide and national membership organizations. I seek to advocate for diversity and inclusion across all facets of orchestra life (staff, stage, board room, audiences), expansion of programs to develop future leaders and additional human capital resources for the many symphony organizations that do not have sufficient budget for full-time human resources professionals."

New York-based League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 2,000 organizations and individuals across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned orchestras to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles, from conservatories to libraries, from businesses serving orchestras to individuals who love symphonic music. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform people around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners.

ALAN MASON 
Alan Mason is a Managing Director at BlackRock. Mason's investment team is responsible for $2.5 Trillion of Index Equity, iShares Equity, Alternative Beta and Asset Allocation portfolios. Mason is a member of the Index Investments Markets and Investments management committee and the Global Human Capital Committee. He is the global sponsor for OUT, the firm's LGBT employee network.
Mason earned a BA degree in music from Baylor University in 1983, summa cum laude, an MA degree in musicology from the University of Louisville in 1989, with honors, and an MA degree in ethnomusicology from University of California Berkeley in 1991. Before choosing to become a full-time investment professional, Mason was advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in ethnomusicology at UC Berkeley.
 
Mason played oboe and English Horn with the Waco and Louisville Symphony orchestras.  He also taught undergraduate music courses at the University of Louisville and at the University of California at Berkeley.  
 
Mason has previously served on the board of Philharmonia Baroque and currently serves as a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Board, the President of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras Board, and a member of the League of American Orchestras Board.  
 
He lives in Healdsburg, California with his husband, Timothy Rodrigues.


-High resolution photos provided 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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

July 10, 2018: Free community concert with acclaimed Mariachi Champaña Nevín and the Symphony July 29

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 10, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) and Sonoma State University (SSU) jointly present a free community concert at SSU’s Weill Hall + Lawn at the Green Music Center on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at 7 PM. Mariachi Champaña Nevín joins the orchestra and SRS Principal Pops conductor Michael Berkowitz for this popular, free summer event. Free tickets may be reserved beginning Tuesday, July 10, at 10 AM, and are required for this concert. The gates open at 5 PM for patrons to enjoy a pre-concert picnic on the lawn (see important information and restrictions below). The lobby opens at 6 PM.
 
Principal Pops Conductor Michael Berkowitz will lead the orchestra for this free concert, meant to reach new audiences and draw the community together in appreciation of the rich musical heritage of mariachi music in this unique combination with a symphony orchestra.
 
Mariachi Champaña Nevín is widely regarded as one of the leading proponents of “classical mariachi music” in the world. With virtuoso mariachi and classical musicians, this unique ensemble fully embraces the ideals of traditional Mexican music and European Classical music. Led by composer and trumpeter Jeff Nevin, they have delighted diverse audiences across the United States, Mexico, and as far away as Russia and South Korea, for more than two decades.
 
Important information for concert-goers
Although admission for the concert is free, all patrons must have a ticket to enter the venue. Tickets may be reserved in advance through the Symphony Patron Services Office at (707) 546-8742, online at www.srsymphony.org, the Green Music Center Box Office at (866) 955-6040, online at www.gmc.sonoma.edu or through a voice mailbox with service in Spanish: (707) 546-7007. Seating choices are: inside Weill Hall; outside at terrace tables or open seating on the lawn.
Concert-goers may bring in food (but no beverages) to enjoy a picnic on the lawn or at terrace tables outside Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. Food and beverages may also be purchased on site. Water bottle filling stations will also be available. New for Summer 2018–drink tumblers are available at concessions and may be brought into Weill Hall. Only low lawn chairs or blankets are permitted on the lawn.

For the safety of all guests, all items brought into the Green Music Center including coolers, picnic baskets, bags, backpacks and purses are subject to search upon entry. Patrons who choose not to subject their personal belongs to a security search will not be permitted to enter the grounds. For more information regarding these SSU policies, visit gmc.sonoma.edu/go.

Concert Times and Location
Sunday, July 29, at 7 PM
Performances are at Weill Hall + Lawn, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Seating in the Hall, outdoor tables and lawn seating
 
Tickets (beginning Tuesday, July 10, at 10 AM): (707) 546-8742; toll-free Spanish line (707) 546-7007; www.srsymphony.org; www.gmc.sonoma.edu; or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, Lynmar Estate Winery, Hansel Auto Group, Santa Rosa Symphony and Sonoma State University, with media support from La Prensa.
 
The SRS commissioned work by Paul Dooley, Sonoma Strong, made possible by a grant from County of Sonoma and Creative Sonoma.

BIOS

Mariachi Champaña Nevín
Mariachi Champaña Nevín is widely regarded as one of the leading proponents of “classical mariachi music” in the world. Comprised of virtuoso mariachi and classical musicians, this unique ensemble fully embraces the ideals of traditional Mexican music and European Classical music. Led by composer and trumpeter Jeff Nevin, they have delighted diverse audiences across the US, Mexico, and as far away as Russia and South Korea for more than two decades.

Jeff Nevin has created a large canon of original music scored for mariachi and symphony orchestra, including the world’s first Concerto for Mariachi and Orchestra (“Pasión Mexicana”), an enchanting classical song cycle scored for mariachi and orchestra (“Al aire libre”, based on the poetry of Alberto Blanco), a magical Mexican Christmas celebration (“La fiesta de la nochebuena”), as well as many orchestral adaptations of traditional mariachi songs. Together with Mariachi Champaña Nevin, or as trumpet soloist/conductor, Jeff Nevin has performed his music with dozens of symphony orchestras including the San Diego Symphony, Colorado, Aguascalientes, Grant Park, Jalisco and others. And Mariachi Champaña Nevín has performed with many of Mexico’s finest singers, including Placido Domingo, Aida Cuevas, Jorge Lopez-Yañez, Mónica Ábrego, José Luis Duval, Rafael Jorge Negrete, Florencia Tinoco and José Medina.
 
Michael Berkowitz, conductor
Michael Berkowitz brings his professional experience, personal charisma and "witty banter" to concert stages in what reviewers call "a model of high quality conducting technique."

Johnny Green, the great composer-conductor, called Michael Berkowitz a "Drummer Conductor Extraordinaire." Berkowitz has led numerous orchestras, including the Boston Pops, London Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and the National Symphony, and has conducted for Marvin Hamlisch, Roberta Flack, Maureen McGovern, Michael Feinstein and Sarah Brightman. He is also featured on recordings with Steve Lawrence, Placido Domingo, Linda Eder and countless original cast albums, movies, jingles and television performances. 

As a drummer, he has performed for Henry Mancini, Liza Minnelli, Michael Crawford, Billy Joel, Sting, Elton John and Bette Midler.

Berkowitz began performing as a drummer at the age of 11 in his hometown of Indianapolis. After studying music at Indiana University, he began touring with Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and Henry Mancini, the latter persuading him to move to Los Angeles, where he became one of the city's busiest studio musicians, working with stars such as Gloria Estefan, Linda Ronstadt, Ringo Starr, Helen Reddy, Seals and Crofts and The Association. 

Berkowitz has performed on many television programs including The Academy Awards, The Tonight Show, The Tony Awards, The Today Show, A Capitol Fourth, Great Performances, Live from Lincoln Center and Concerts at the White House. 

His close work with two of Hollywood's greatest talents, Johnny Green and Nelson Riddle, led Berkowitz to consider conducting. Johnny Green, composer of "Body and Soul" and conductor of the world-famous MGM Studio Orchestra, was a great inspiration, and passed along much of his experience and knowledge to Michael. Nelson Riddle firmly pointed Michael toward conducting. During their close 15-year friendship and working relationship, the two collaborated on television projects, feature films, recordings and live shows. Through Riddle, Berkowitz learned the fine points of the music business. When Riddle was too ill to conduct for Dame Kiri TeKanawa on his last recording project, it was Berkowitz that Riddle asked to step in and conduct. 

After moving to New York in 1980, Berkowitz was immediately in demand on Broadway, working shows such as Evita, Pacific Overtures, The Tap Dance Kid, Do Re Mi and Jerome Robbins' Broadway. On recordings, he has been heard from New York's Carnegie Hall on such projects as "A Sondheim Tribute," "My Favorite Broadway," "Anyone Can Whistle" and "An Evening With Betty Buckley."

He was the drummer for the once-in-a-lifetime performance of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" with the New York Philharmonic. Jerome Robbins asked Michael to come to the New York City Ballet to play for Robbins' "West Side Story Suite," which has been performed before sold-out houses in New York and all over Japan. 

Well known in Europe, Berkowitz is a recognized artist in the United Kingdom and has been a part of three command performances at London's famed Palladium Theatre. 

As a leader of his own big band, Berkowitz plays all over the country in tributes to Gene Krupa, Harry James, Buddy Rich, Nelson Riddle, Artie Shaw and Billy May. His band played at the world-famous Birdland for three sold-out nights. 

Berkowitz' current projects include a new Jerry Herman Musical, "Miss Spectacular," a "Tribute To Sinatra" with the Cincinnati Pops for Telarc, a benefit performance of West Side Story for Katie Couric's Foundation (starring Robert DeNiro, Kevin Kline, Bette Midler, Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno, Josh Groban, Beyonce Knowles, the cast of "The Sopranos," and Rudy Giuliani) and a special concert version of Jerry Herman's "Mack and Mabel." 

He continues to work with "Broadway on Broadway," a free concert in New York's Times Square, featuring numbers from each season's Broadway musicals, now in its 11th year and continuing to draw more than 50,000 people. During the holiday season, Berkowitz will be at Madison Square Garden for his 10th year in the pit for "A Christmas Carol."
 
In January 2018, Berkowitz was asked to be a part of the Toulon Opera House's production of "Wonderful Town," in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birthday. In May 2018, Berkowitz conducts Igor Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto in Los Angeles with famous Jazz clarinetist, Ken Peplowski.
 
-Photos of Mariachi Champaña Nevín, the Symphony and Michael Berkowitz provided upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:    A Free Concert for the Community
 
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony and Mariachi Campaña Nevín
Michael Berkowitz, SRS principal Pops conductor
 
 
When:  Sunday, July 29, 2018, at 7 PM; Gates open 5 PM for picnics; Hall lobby open 6 PM
 
Where:  Weill Hall + Lawn, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Free, but tickets required. Choice of hall, lawn seating, outdoor table seating
 
Tickets: Tickets available beginning July 10, at 10 AM. (707) 546-8742; toll-free Spanish line (707) 546-7007; www.srsymphony.org, www.gmc.sonoma.edu or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
Special Instructions:  Patrons may bring in food, but no outside beverages are permitted. Water bottle filling stations will be available and food and beverages may be purchased on site. New for Summer 2018–drink tumblers are available at concessions and may be brought into Weill Hall. For the safety of all guests, all items brought into the Green Music Center–including coolers, picnic baskets, bags, backpacks and purses–will be subject to search upon entry. For more information, visit gmc.sonoma.edu/go. 
 
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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

July 3, 2018: Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes new Board Members July 1, 2018

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 3, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony has announced four new appointments to its board of directors. They are Marty Behr, Betty Ferris and Jackie Reinhardt of Santa Rosa and Andrew Lewis of San Francisco. Board officers are as follows: Jamei Haswell, Board Chair; Alan Seidenfeld, Vice Chair; Jon Stark, Treasurer; and Linda Castiglioni, Secretary.

SRS Board Chair Jamei Haswell said, "I look forward to working with these talented and gifted new board members in the coming season as we pull together to help heal our community."

Marty Behr, a classical music enthusiast with a head for business, was part of the Stanford Business School MBA Alumni pro bono consulting team that recently worked with the Symphony on an audience development project, is enthusiastic about helping with youth programs and audience development, leveraging his tourism experience for the latter to develop group sales packages.   

Betty Ferris, a long-time music teacher who enjoys the Symphony, opera, ballet, museums and travel, has volunteered for The Family Justice Center of the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office, communication with donors at the Santa Rosa Community Health Center and work on various political campaigns. She currently sits on the Board of the Sonoma County Forum and the Board of the Sister Antonia Spiritual Enrichment Center.

Andrew Lewis, who has been a musician since college and music teacher most of his life, is currently the Principal Timpanist for the Santa Rosa Symphony and many other area symphonies. He has performed in many symphonies here and abroad and holds a patent for - and has produced - a metronome. Though he has played and taught many instruments and conducted, he is a drummer at heart.

Jackie Reinhardt, who has been a Santa Rosa Symphony League member and served as the League's VP Public Relations for many years, is the new League President and will represent the League on the SRS Board of Directors. Reinhardt has an extensive background in journalism and public relations and retired from Easter Seals Northern California as CEO of that organization.

BIOS of incoming Board Members

Marty Behr
Marty Behr fell in love with classical music at age 16, when his parents enrolled him in the CBS Classical Record of the Month Club. His love affair with classical music continued while attending the Friday afternoon dress rehearsals of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during college. As an adult, he has been a regular attendee of the San Francisco, Seattle and Santa Rosa Symphonies, plus La Scala, while living for two years in Milan. 

Marty’s career has been as a serial entrepreneur in the upscale travel industry, focused on Alaska, the United States National Parks and California (including wine country).  He has founded, built and sold four active upscale travel companies, each of which continues successfully under new ownership. He serves as the Founder & Chief Development Officer of Revealed America, his latest creation.

Behr's wife Ginny is the retired founder and CEO of Asli Arts, a designer and manufacturer of home and garden décor items manufactured in Bali and Vietnam.  Marty’s and Ginny’s interests include politics, travel, books and films.  They live in Santa  Rosa and have four grown daughters and five grandchildren, one of whom is studying classical voice and a ‘Capella composition.  Behr is an active Santa Rosa Rotarian and avid hiker. 

Marty was a member of the Stanford Business School MBA Alumni pro bono consulting team that assisted the Santa Rosa Symphony with Classical Series audience development. He is enthusiastic about joining the SRS board and is interested in youth programs and audience development, the latter focused on group sales, utilizing his tourism experience. 

Betty Ferris
Betty Ferris was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. and educated in Catholic schools. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Music. In Graduate School, she earned a lifetime teaching credential (K through 8th grade) and a special education credential. Ferris also studied piano for twelve years.
Ferris married George Ferris, a Workers' Compensation Judge, in 1969. They moved to Santa Rosa in 1977, where she taught at various venues including St. Eugene’s School for 25 years as the 6th grade teacher and in her home. Ferris conducted in-service programs for teachers and worked on several curriculum writing committees for the Santa Rosa Diocese.

Ferris' volunteer work has included The Family Justice Center of the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office, communication with donors at the Santa Rosa Community Health Center and work on various political campaigns. She currently sits on the Board of the Sonoma County Forum and the Board of the Sister Antonia Spiritual Enrichment Center.

With George, Ferris enjoys the Santa Rosa Symphony, Symphony Pops, opera, ballet, sporting events, theatre, museums and travel. Ferris also belongs to three book clubs, and likes to write poetry.

Andrew Lewis
Since fifth grade, Bay Area native Andrew Lewis loved and lived music, beginning on the trombone. He didn't realize he was a drummer or musician until the drummer in his college UCSC Jazz class didn't show. Lewis jumped in and played drums for the first time. A year later, he entered the San Francisco Conservatory, then Juilliard four years after that. He has performed with orchestras all over the world, from Colombia to New Zealand, including 20 years with the San Francisco Symphony, and is now Principal Timpanist with Santa Rosa Symphony. He is also an accomplished jazz, rock and world music drummer and percussionist.

In Sun Valley, Idaho, he began playing violin, taught public school orchestra and founded the Wood River Orchestra as Music Director. Four years later, he relocated to Colombia, South America, to conduct, study and be a dad. Returning to the Bay Area, he completed a Masters in Conducting at San Francisco State University. Since then, realizing that "playing with two sticks is more fun than waving just one," he has concentrated on his true passion, drums.

Lewis has taught privately and publically his entire career, at the San Francisco Conservatory, Brooklyn Conservatory and for the SRS Training Young Musicians program. Now, he also teaches guitar, flute, trumpet, clarinet and violin, in addition to percussion,  for the San Francisco Unified School District and is based at its Lincoln High School with the Latino Marching Band.
Other credits include patenting and producing a new metronome, writing the book Rhythm – What It Is and How to Improve Your Sense of It, and setting up a corporate LLC "RhythmSource," to sell both.

Jackie Reinhardt
Jackie Reinhardt has had a long career in journalism, public relations and non-profit management. After earning a journalism degree from the University of Kansas, she worked as a reporter for the Albuquerque Journal and moved to Washington D.C., where she served as press secretary to her senator from New Mexico. There she met her husband, Michael, who persuaded her to relocate to Southern California.

Over the years, Jackie has held a variety of senior communications positions, including vice president at Welton Becket Associates, an international architectural firm and at Hill and Knowlton PR agency. She moved to Northern California to become the executive in charge of communications and public education for the State Bar of California. She earned an MBA mid-career and retired after six years as CEO of Easter Seals Northern California.

One of the first things she did upon moving from Marin County to Santa Rosa in 2012, was to join the Santa Rosa Symphony League. She has served the League as VP of Public Relations for many years.  She writes for the Oakmont News and did a profile of SRS President and CEO Alan Silow in the paper shortly after he moved to Oakmont. 

She and her husband, a retired stockbroker, are avid travelers. They have done numerous home exchanges in Europe and Canada and travel locally with the Oakmont Rovers Club in their RV, which she drives. Both are duplicate bridge players.

Please inquire for high resolution photos

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. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.

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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

2017-2018 Season

June 27, 2018: 2017-2018 season: Triumph amidst adversity for the Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 27, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — This fiscal year, ending June 30, 2018, was a milestone in the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 90-year history. The Symphony, during its 2017-2018 season, was able to draw on its deep roots in the community and organizational strength to step in and contribute to the community in the face of October's tragic wildfires. Though the Symphony cannot build houses, it has been able to build hope and inspiration through the collective experience of its healing music.
 
Top ten organizational highlights of the 2017-2018 season include:

Served the community impacted by October's wildfires, highlighted by its free fire-relief concert, which raised more than $115,000 for fire relief agencies, and the distribution of free tickets to first responders and those who lost homes 

Francesco Lecce-Chong unanimously selected by Board as SRS' fifth music director 

Music Director Bruno Ferrandis conducted final farewell concerts culminating 12 year tenure 

Initiation of “Primarily Classical,” bringing classical music to every (115) elementary school in Sonoma County over the next four years 

SRS Youth Orchestra is on life-changing concert tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest 

Education department rebranded under SRS Institute for Music Education, renaming two youth ensembles and naming three new conductors for FY19 

Most successful gala fundraiser in 14 years honored Don Green 

Historic high for donations broke $2 million ceiling, accentuated by record level of individual and board giving 

Endowment fund value exceeded $13 million for the first time 

For fifteenth consecutive year, SRS ends the fiscal year in the black 

Alan Silow, SRS President and CEO said, “Going into our 91st 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.”
Our “New Era” themed 2018-2019 season introduces of our new music director Francesco Lecce-Chong and celebrates the return of Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane and Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis conducting the final two sets. The 2018-2019 season will include: the return of a free summer community concert for more than 4,000, featuring a premier mariachi ensemble, a season-opening celebration welcoming Lecce-Chong, a family concert series with Lecce-Chong conducting the third concert, and three new conductors of our youth orchestras.
 
High resolution 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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

May 21, 2018: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Bon Voyage Concert, June 16, 2018, features repertoire from its upcoming European Tour and a world premiere

Santa Rosa Symphony, May 21, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), conducted by Dr. Richard Loheyde, will perform its final stateside concert of the 2017-2018 season at Weill Hall, Green Music Center on June 16, 2018 at 3 PM. The Orchestra’s next concerts will be in Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest later in June.
 
The Bon Voyage concert
For this grand send-off, in addition to the tour repertoire, Chloe Watson, winner of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Concerto Competition, will perform a bassoon concerto by Hector Villa-Lobos. The program also includes the world premiere of Stardust and Dark Matter by acclaimed composer Gloria Coates, commissioned for SRSYO for its tour.
 
Jason Eckl's Heritage Klezmer Concerto features Rebecca Roudman & Dirty Cello, for which Eckl writes and plays guitar. Husband and wife Eckl and Roudman also play for the Oakland Symphony and Roudman plays for the Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) orchestra as well. Both musicians compose for Dirty Cello, which tours internationally and will join the SRSYO on its tour later in the month.
 
The Bon Voyage Concert includes:
BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture
COATES: Stardust and Dark Matter (world premiere)
VILLA-LOBOS: Ciranda das sete notas with Concerto Competition winner Chloe Watson, bassoon
JASON ECKL: Heritage Klezmer Concerto with guest Rebecca Roudman & Dirty Cello
BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide                      
LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suites          
STRAUSS: Thunder and Lightning Polka     
 
Gloria Coates is a prolific American composer who lives in Germany. Credited with bringing American concert music to Germany, she organized and developed the German-American  Contemporary Music Series concerts in Munich in the early 70s and, as an influential member of the International League of Women Composers, has helped bring American women composers in particular to a wider European audience. She has lectured at Harvard, Brown University, Boston University and the University of Wisconsin.
 
Dr. Loheyde will conduct the SRSYO for this concert and the European tour before he steps down, passing the baton to Robert "Bobby" Rogers, who has led the SRS Aspirante Youth Orchestra (formerly Repertory Orchestra) since 2011.
 
The European Tour
The SRSYO tour, June 19 – 28, is the third tour the SRSYO has embarked on abroad, with an Eastern European tour in 2009 and one to China in 2015. These young musicians (10-23) will play in famous and celebrated halls in the countries of the famous European composers on their program. In addition, the SRSYO musicians will visit historic sites rich with cultural and music history.
 
In Salzburg, before performing in the opulent Grosse Saal of the Mozarteum, the musicians will visit Mozartplatz, the Salzburg Cathedral, the Hohensalzburg Castle, Mozart’s birthplace and more.
 
Vienna, the historical center of the musical world, was home of Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Mahler. While there, the students will visit Stephansdom Cathedral, Vienna Opera, Haus der Musik museum and Hofburg Palace. In addition, they will participate in a peer-to-peer exchange and performance with a local youth orchestra and work with members of the Vienna Philharmonic. Before leaving Austria, the group will stop at the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt with its 17th-century “Haydnsaal,” the workplace and home of father of the symphony Joseph Haydn, court composer to the Esterházy family and mentor to many great composers.
 
In Budapest, a city rich in the practice of classical/folk music crossover through composers like Bartók and Kodály, students will learn about Hungary’s thousand-year history in a guided tour of Castle Hill, including Matthias Church. They will perform the final concert of the tour in the beautiful Pesti Vigado Hall.
 
Bon Voyage Tickets:
In advance: $15/adult; $5/youth; $10/group of 10 or more
At the door: $20/adult; $10/youth
www.srsymphony.org
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Service Office  (707) 546-8742
50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa
 
Sponsors
Concert sponsored by Nancy Doyle
                                 
High resolution photos available upon request (L to R: Watson, SRSYO, Dirty Cello with SRSYO, Coates)
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra’s “Bon Voyage” concert
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Chloe Watson, bassoon
 
BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture
COATES: Stardust and Dark Matter (world premiere)
VILLA-LOBOS: Ciranda das sete notas with Concerto Competition winner Chloe Watson, bassoon
JASON ECKL: Heritage Klezmer Concerto with guest Rebecca Roudman & Dirty Cello
BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide                      
LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suites          
STRAUSS: Thunder and Lightning Polka     
 
When:
Saturday, June 16, 2018 3 PM
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Tickets: $5-$20
In advance: $15/adult; $5/youth; $10/group
At the door: $20/adult; $10/youth
 
Online:              srsymphony.org
Phone:              54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:         SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
             Monday-Friday , 9 AM - 5 PM, (Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 5 PM)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 AM - 1 PM
At the door:       beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra comprises advanced students, 10-23 years of age, with previous orchestral training. Founded in 1959, it is one of the oldest orchestras of its kind in California and has performed in Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall, and has toured in Germany and the Czech Republic, and in China. In June 2018, the group will tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. Music performed is from the standard symphonic orchestral repertoire.
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

April 30, 2018: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces Institute for Music Education and three new Youth Orchestra Conductors

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 30, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) Board of Directors, recognizing the enormity of its education programs' impact on the community, has rebranded the SRS Music Education Department’s activities under the new umbrella - the Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education. The Institute is an integrated approach to music education in the broadest sense of the term, coordinating all aspects of music education for young people and adults.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education consists of five component programs
Music for our Schools programs include free concerts for youth, It’s Elementary and Primarily Classical
Training Young Musicians comprises five youth ensembles and Summer Music Academy (SMA)
Simply Strings, an El Sistema-inspired afterschool program, provides fully-funded instruction to underserved children at Sheppard Elementary School
Family-oriented programs include a family concert series, discovery dress rehearsals and ensembles at library and other community events
Adult Education is provided through open dress rehearsals, pre-concert talks, String Orchestra Workshop, master classes, select SMA classes and library events

To better communicate the progressive levels of instruction available, the Institute has renamed two of its three top-level youth ensembles.
 
Preparatory Orchestra becomes Santa Rosa Symphony Debut Youth Orchestra
Repertory Orchestra becomes Santa Rosa Symphony Aspirante Youth Orchestra
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra keeps its name
 
All three will have new conductors in the 2018-2019 season, with the hiring of Alan Aníbal for SRS Debut Youth Orchestra and Dana Sadava for the SRS Aspirante Youth Orchestra. Robert Rogers, who has been leading the latter since 2011, will now conduct the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra.   
 
“The Santa Rosa Symphony is justly proud to highlight its enormous commitment to music education, now reaching more than 30,000 young people annually, and welcome three talented and exuberant conductors,” said President & CEO Alan Silow.
 
Formerly Preparatory Orchestra, Santa Rosa Symphony Debut Youth Orchestra is an entry-level, full-orchestra experience for beginning to intermediate musicians ages 8-15 years old. This youth orchestra will be led by conductor Alan Aníbal. Described as a “very refined conductor,” and “having an amazing energy on the podium,” Brazilian conductor Aníbal has a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Bard College, where he studied under renowned conductors Harold Farberman, Apo Hsu and Leon Botstein. A trained singer, Aníbal served as Assistant Conductor to Maestro Michael Morgan at The Festival Opera Association in Walnut Creek (Calif.) and as Associate Conductor at The Opera Company of Brooklyn (NY). He was Conductor Fellow at the Sao Paulo Municipal School, where he was Assistant Conductor of the Sao Paulo Youth Orchestra and the Sao Paulo Youth Choir.

Santa Rosa Symphony Aspirante Youth Orchestra, formerly Repertory Orchestra, is an intermediate-level full orchestra for musicians, ages 9-18 years old, and will be led by conductor Dana Sadava, a conductor of opera and symphonic works and a new music specialist. Currently Artistic Director of both Pasadena Opera and the Community Women's Orchestra, Sadava has guest conducted at Opera San Jose, the University of California San Diego, LotusFlower new music project, Cinnabar Theater, Banff Opera as Theatre, Wexford Festival Opera and the Napa Music Festival. A proud alumna of Caltech, Sadava earned a double degree in Engineering (Rocket Science) and Literature, winning an Amasa Bishop prize for study at Cambridge University, a fellowship for a research stint at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Dean's Award for Leadership. Oddly, this training prepared her well for a life of conducting, as did her piano study.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), the top tier orchestra for advanced players ages 10-23, which has toured internationally, will gain a new conductor, Robert (Bobby) Rogers. Bobby Rogers has been Conductor of Repertory Orchestra since 2011. A graduate of Sonoma State University (B.A. in Music Education and Jazz Performance) and Sacramento State University (M.A. in Wind Conducting), he has earned many top awards and honors for outstanding teaching. Rogers is currently the Music Director at Pioneer High School in Woodland, Director of Jazz Program at Solano Community College, adjunct Professor of Band at Woodland Community College and Artistic Director of the Yolo Community Band. He serves on the California Teachers Association State Council of Education.
 
This season, under Rogers' leadership, the SRSYO will present concerts in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on November 10, March 9 and May 11. The SRSYO will also perform Bernstein’s Candide Overture side-by-side with the Santa Rosa Symphony, under the direction of SRS Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, at the Symphony's November 3 concert.
 
The Family Concert Series and Free Concerts for Youth offer performances appropriate for children in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center while the Discovery Concerts are a preview of the concert series appropriate for audience members of any age. It’s Elementary will continue to provide listening programs and performance assemblies in schools as well as Primarily Classical, an introductory outreach program.
 
Simply Strings, an El Sistema-inspired site-based after school program at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland provides children from second grade through middle school with daily intensive ensemble instruction that develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement.
 
High resolution 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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

April 24, 2018: Santa Rosa Symphony Celebrates 90 Years City of Santa Rosa declares April 25, 2018 Santa Rosa Symphony Day

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 24, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony has been recognized by the Mayor and City Council of Santa Rosa for its contributions to the city for the last 90 years. Celebrating the anniversary of the Symphony's first concert on
April 25, 1928, the Mayor has proclaimed April 25, 2018 Santa Rosa Symphony Day. A private reception will be held to mark the occasion.
 
Alan Silow, Santa Rosa Symphony President and CEO, says, "It's a privilege to be a part of this strong arts organization with such deep roots in the community. Our music education programs are a national model and our regional orchestra is the largest north of Los Angeles. We look forward to the next 90 years."
 
The proclamation below speaks to all of the reasons for this honor.
 
WHEREAS, the Santa Rosa Symphony, a nationally renowned symphony orchestra, is celebrating its 90th Anniversary, recognizing enrichment of the city and the region through classical music performance, music education and outreach; and
 
WHEREAS, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the third-oldest orchestra in the state of California, held its first concert on April 25, 1928 with local, amateur musicians, performing in rented halls; and
 
WHEREAS, the Santa Rosa Symphony has grown significantly in scope, reaching more Santa Rosa residents, through more avenues, including: choral performances, a Symphony Pops Series, Youth Ensemble concerts, a Family Concert Series, community ensemble performances around the county and an annual, free community concert at Weill Hall to reach those who might otherwise not attend a performance; and
 
WHEREAS, the Santa Rosa Symphony, which now employs professional union musicians, has grown into the California regional symphony with the largest budget north of Los Angeles; and
 
WHEREAS, having been part of its vision and purpose, the Santa Rosa Symphony is the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center; and
 
WHEREAS, the Santa Rosa Symphony has one of the most comprehensive music education programs in the country, breaking down barriers for music education in schools and presenting life-changing performance opportunities to young musicians, reaching more than 30,000 children annually; and
 
WHEREAS, the Symphony Board, administrative and artistic leadership, staff and volunteers continue to uphold their vision to create one of the nation's leading regional symphony orchestras, recognized as a model of artistic vibrancy, educational leadership, and community engagement; and
 
WHEREAS, the Symphony administrative and artistic leadership, staff and volunteers work together with a focus on the Symphony's mission to inspire and engage the residents of this region with the finest musical performances and educational programs.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Chris Coursey, Mayor of the City of Santa Rosa, on behalf of the entire City Council, hereby recognize and commend the Santa Rosa Symphony for its historic contributions and do hereby proclaim April 25, 2018, as  Santa Rosa Symphony Day.
 
High resolution 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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

April 19, 2018: Santa Rosa Symphony announces its 2018-2019 Season, with new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, in its seventh year as Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center "A new era. Be here from the beginning!"

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 19, 2018

Santa Rosa Symphony announces its 2018-2019 Season,
with new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, 
in its seventh year as Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center

"A new era. Be here from the beginning!"

Season Highlights
Inaugural season for the Symphony's fifth Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong

Classical Series Subscriptions on sale beginning April 23

New music director welcomed at season-opening, celebratory, fundraising event 

Seventh season as the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center

Programmatic highlights: Opening season with Beethoven’s fifth symphony, cherished masterworks by Mozart, Mahler and Tchaikovsky, major Vivaldi choral work, a tribute to American composers Bernstein, Gershwin, Barber and Copland.

Outstanding guest artists: Violinists Arnaud Sussmann and Elena Urioste, pianists Olga Kern and Ann-Marie McDermott, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, soprano Marie Plette and the guitarist Sharon Isbin.

Special guest conductors: Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis, Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane, Jayce Ogren and Sarah Ioannides

Earlier start times (7:30 pm) for Saturday and Monday performances 

Reduced ticket prices for Saturday and Monday performances 

Santa Rosa Symphony Integrated Music Education programs rebranded to Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education

Michael Berkowitz conducts four Symphony Pops concerts at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

91st Performance Season: October – May
(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony's 91st season begins a new era with its new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, who is also Music Director for the Eugene (Ore.) Symphony. Lecce-Chong won the position with a unanimous vote by the Board of Directors after making a lasting impression when he conducted the orchestra for its opening set last fall, in spite of the last concert being cancelled due to the wildfires. He plans to maintain a residence in Eugene, while also establishing a Sonoma County residence before the 2019-2020 season.
 
Lecce-Chong, a San Francisco-born, Boulder, Colorado native, concludes his position as Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra this summer. The 31-year-old conductor has garnered acclaim for his dynamic performances, commitment to innovative programming and passion for community engagement. Lecce-Chong has appeared with orchestras around the world, including the National, Atlanta, Toronto, Milwaukee and St. Louis symphony orchestras and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
 
“Next season will be particularly special to me as I get to know my new colleagues in the orchestra and the community,” says Lecce-Chong. “I look forward to building our relationship through some of the most iconic works in the repertoire, as well as exploring the fresh, innovative sounds of today.”
 
Lecce-Chong will conduct three of the seven 2018-2019 Classical Series concert sets: October 6-8, November 3-5 and January 12-14.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony President and CEO Alan Silow says, "The coming season celebrates the beginning of what we expect will be a highly beneficial and meaningful relationship with our new music director, Francesco Lecce-Chong, who will bring new insights, passion and strength to our orchestra and organization. At the same time, we have a roster of stellar guest artists and excellent programming for our Classical Series and outreach and education programs that continue to grow and touch more young lives every season."
 
Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane  and Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis return to conduct the orchestra for the last two sets, in March and May, respectively. Jayce Ogren, Artistic Director of Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, will conduct the December 1-3 set and Sarah Ioannides, Music Director of Symphony Tacoma (Wash.), conducts for the February 9-11 concerts.
 
Esteemed guest artists for Lecce-Chong's inaugural season include the return of phenomenal guitarist Sharon Isbin, who boasts an awe-inspiring list of credits, including national radio, television and magazine exposure and the return of piano sensation Olga Kern. 
 
Programming for the 2018-2019 Classical Series season begins in October with Beethoven's 5th symphony and includes an American tribute featuring Bernstein, Gershwin and Copland, and masterworks by Mozart, Mahler and Mendelssohn.
 
The Symphony begins the season with a gala celebration introducing its new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong on Friday, October 5, 2018. This traditional, invitation-only, fundraising event includes a reception, private recital and dinner at the Green Music Center. The gala is the largest fundraising event of the season and raises money for the Symphony's music education programs.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony Pops Series, now entering its 14th year, has an exciting line-up for four concerts, beginning on October 14, 2018. These Sunday afternoon performances at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts are conducted by SRS Principal Pops conductor Michael Berkowitz. This season, the SRS Pops pays tribute to Judy Garland and Liza Minelli's famous 1964 concert at the Palladium, four stellar – and knighted – songwriters, Ray Charles, and for the holidays, favorite holiday movie soundtracks. Guests include Ellis Hall, Ambassador of Soul; vocalists Joan Ellison and Carolann Sanita.
 
New lower ticket prices for the Saturday and Monday evening performances of the 2018-2019 Classical Series. Prices have been reduced to encourage more patrons to attend in the evenings. In addition, those performances begin one half hour earlier, as follows: Saturday 7:30 PM, Monday 7:30 PM. The corresponding pre-concert talks will also happen earlier: Saturday 6:30 PM and Monday 6:30 PM. Sunday Classical Series concerts remain at
3 PM.
 
Be here from the beginning! Season Overview
Performances Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
Discovery Rehearsals Saturdays at 2:00 PM
 
2018-2019 Classical Series Details
 
"Passion and Power," the Symphony's first concert conducted by new music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong on October 6, 7 and 8, begins with Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s exuberant Celebration. The ravishing romance and drama of the Brahms Violin Concerto will flow from the fingers and bow of violin virtuoso Arnaud Sussmann. The monumental Symphony No. 5, written at the dawn of Beethoven’s deafness, a testimony to the unquenchable power of the human spirit to triumph despite the challenges of fate, concludes this inaugural program.
 
On November 3, 4 and 5, "Dancing Across Time" features multiple Grammy-Award-winner Sharon Isbin playing
Villa-Lobos' Guitar Concerto, with its Brazilian folk song influences. The program dances with Kodaly's gypsy-laced Dances of Galánta and Liszt's intoxicating and dreamlike Mephisto Waltz. Lecce-Chong caps the evening with Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
 
The Symphony's December 1, 2 and 3, 2018 performances, "Viva Italia," include Antonio Vivaldi's choral work Gloria. The SSU Symphonic Chorus, led by SRS Choral Director Jenny Bent will be joining the orchestra for this joyous holiday favorite. Guest conductor Jayce Ogren and the orchestra musicians will warm up with Gioacchino Rossini's Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell) and, after intermission, close with Hector Berlioz' Harold in Italy, featuring viola solos by the Symphony's talented guest artist Nokuthula Ngwenyama.
 
On January 12, 13 and 14, "Tiers of Heaven" begins with Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu’s bold brass fanfare Signals From Heaven, the perfect contrast to Mozart’s darkest and most turbulent orchestral masterpiece, the tragic Symphony No. 40 in G minor. Soprano Marie Plette’s sings Mahler’s luminous Symphony No. 4, a work that juxtaposes the darkness of a dance of death with the celestial portrayal of a child’s innocent view of paradise.
 
In February, the Symphony and guest conductor Sarah Ioannides celebrate the love between two lauded female and two male composers. Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s Overture in C major begins the February 9, 10 and 11 "Love Letters" concerts with light, delicacy and joie de vivre. Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, with the expert fingers of pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, explodes with the passion, frustration and longing of Clara Schumann's secret engagement. Robert Schumann’s poetic Manfred Overture, inspired by Byron’s tragic hero, weaves ardor with despair. Felix Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony is a love letter to the haunting history and evocative landscape of the British Isles.
 
Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane returns to conduct "American Dreams" March 16, 17 and 18. George Gershwin’s jazzy tone poem An American in Paris sets the tone for this American tribute that also features highly acclaimed violinist Elena Urioste for Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. The program concludes with Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3, a hymn of hope.
 
The final 2018-2019 Classical Series concert, "From Russia with Love," brings the return of our beloved Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis and the ever-popular pianist Olga Kern on May 4, 5 and 6. Stravinsky’s bright and festive fairytale-like Scherzo Fantastique warms the audience for Olga Kerns' performance, with the Symphony, of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which was written as a playful birthday present for his 19-year-old son. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 is an emotion-packed soundscape of luscious Slavic folksongs, melancholy melodies, lilting waltzes, tempestuous drama and on to a cry of victory.
 
The Green Music Center
All Classical Series performances are at Weill Hall, at the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, with access from the Rohnert Park Expressway entrance near Petaluma Hill Road. The campus is just 42 miles north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.   
 
Classical Series Enhancements
 
Concert Conversations
Santa Rosa Symphony’s popular pre-concert talks will be especially unique and engaging this year as the two former music directors and the Symphony's new Music Director discuss the musical program, along with the guest artists and answer questions from the audience. Santa Rosa Symphony Musicologist Kayleen Asbo will return to facilitate the balance of the season's concerts. These informative pre-concert talks begin one hour prior to the Classical Concert Series performances in Weill Hall, and are free to all ticket holders.
 
Program Notes Online
Program Notes offer insight and fascinating details about the concert program and are posted on each of the seven Classical Series concert event pages at srsymphony.org.
 
Spotify Playlists
Each of the Classical Series concerts' event pages features a Spotify playlist of that concerts pieces.
 
List of Works 2018-2019 Classical Series
* indicates first time performed by SRS
 
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich        Celebration for Orchestra  
Johannes Brahms             Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 77
Ludwig van Beethoven     Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Opus 67
Zoltán Kodály                  Dances of Galánta for Orchestra*
Heitor Villa-Lobos          Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra*
Franz Liszt                        Mephisto Waltz No. 1 for Orchestra, S 110, "Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke"*
Leonard Bernstein           Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Gioacchino Rossini         Overture to Guillaume Tell [William Tell]
Antonio Vivaldi                Gloria in D major for Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, RV 589*
Hector Berlioz                 Harold in Italy, Opus 16
Toru Takemitsu                 Signals from Heaven*
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart      Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Gustav Mahler                  Symphony No. 4 in G major
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel     Overture in C major for Orchestra*
Clara Wieck Schumann    Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 7*
Robert Schumann             Overture to Manfred in E-flat major for Orchestra, Opus115
Felix Mendelssohn           Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Opus 56, Scottish
George Gershwin             An American in Paris [tone poem] for Orchestra
Samuel Barber                  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 14
Aaron Copland                  Symphony No. 3
Igor Stravinsky                  Scherzo fantastique for Orchestra, Opus 3*
Dmitri Shostakovich        Concerto No. 2 in F major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 102
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64
 
Symphony Pops Series
The Symphony Pops Series returns with four crowd-pleasing Sunday afternoon concerts performed at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. All concerts begin at 3 PM, with a pre-concert talk with conductor Michael Berkowitz one hour before performances.
 
Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ellis Hall, known as the "Ambassador of Soul," honors his mentor and legendary musician Ray Charles on October 14 for "Ray Charles, Motown and Beyond." The former member of Tower of Power will perform hit songs by Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, George Harrison, and Stevie Wonder, celebrating the R&B roots and the deep passion demonstrated in the music of the Motown era.

On December 16, 2018, the Santa Rosa Symphony Pops gets everyone in the spirit of the season with "Holiday Soundtracks," highlighting the greatest songs from favorite holiday movies. These best-loved, seasonal movies include timeless classics like "It's A Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street" and "White Christmas" to modern family favorites like "Home Alone," "The Polar Express" and "Elf."

For "Tribute to Judy & Liza at the Palladium," the Santa Rosa Symphony pays tribute to the penultimate 1964 show with Judy Garland and daughter Liza Minelli at the Palladium Theatre in London on February 24 with Joan Ellison and Carolann Sanita – fresh from their appearance in "The Boy From Oz," where they played Judy and Liza. The performance will include "Once In A Lifetime," "Just In Time," "Gypsy In My Soul" and other favorites such as "Cabaret," "New York New York," and of course, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow."

On April 28, the SRS Pops will celebrate the three of the most successful songwriters of all time: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney. These superstars are all British-born, have an Academy Award, have multiple Grammy Awards and are knights. For "Music of the Knights" talented guest artists join the orchestra for popular hit songs such as "Memory" and "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," to "Hey Jude" and "Live or Let Die," to "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Crocodile Rock."
 
Note: Subscription tickets for the Symphony Pops concerts will be available ONLY through the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts box office: (707) 546-3600, www.lutherburbankcenter.org.
 
Hospitality Partner – Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Santa Rosa Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park for providing lodging for our esteemed guest artists and conductors.
 
Doubletree by Hilton, where "the little things mean everything" includes warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival.  The hotel features Bacchus Restaurant and Wine Bar, perfect for pre- and post-concert dining.
 
2018-2019 Classical Series Sponsors (as of April 17)
Classical Series performances underwritten by Joseph A and Judith M Gappa (November), Donald and Maureen Green (December), Viking Cruises (May)
Supporting sponsor the February set: The E Nakamichi Foundation
Discovery Series underwritten by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Concert Conversations underwritten by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy
Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd (for three concert sets)
Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane and Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis underwritten by Norma Person
Guest artists underwritten by Sigmund Anderman (Arnaud Sussman), The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard (Sharon Isbin), Jim Lamb (Nokuthula Ngwenyama), Linda Castiglioni (Anne-Marie McDermott), Faye Smith (Elena Urioste) and Alan and Susan Seidenfield (Olga Kern)
 
Subscription Series Tickets for the 2018-2019 Season
On Sale April 23
(subscription renewal deadline to retain the same seats is May 25, 2018)
 
The Saturday and Monday evening performances will begin at 7:30 PM this season, moving up 30 minutes from the current season's start time. For renewing SRS subscribers, the subscription renewal deadline to retain the same seats is May 25, 2018.
 
Classical Concert Series
The seven-concert package is the ONLY way for patrons to secure their preferred seat to EACH Symphony Classical Series concert. Subscribers choose between seven Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays and enjoy the same seat for all seven concerts. (some seating areas require a minimum per seat donation)
Saturday and Monday Packages: $147-$560
Sunday Packages: $175-$581
 
Mini Series
Patrons may select four of the seven Classical Series concerts to create a customized Mini Series and enjoy many of the benefits of subscribing.
Saturday and Monday Packages: $96-$344
Sunday Packages: $108-$348
 
Come As You Can Series
This is the most flexible subscription package—eight ticket vouchers which may be redeemed in any combination, for example: two tickets to each of four concerts, or eight tickets for one concert. Seating is the best available at the time of redemption.
Packages: $400
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
On seven Saturdays at 2 PM, audiences experience a concert in the making at this open rehearsal series. It is ideal as a shared family experience or as an economical alternative for low-income patrons. It also offers a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between the orchestra and conductor as they rehearse, and could be used as a sneak preview for any regular subscriber!
Packages: $126 for adults; $70 for youth 18 years old and younger
 
Bus Packages
The Santa Rosa Symphony sponsors private bus service to many of our concerts at the Green Music Center. The cost is $77 for all seven Classical Series concerts or $15 for individual concerts. For details and specific bus schedules, please call the Patron Services Office at 707-546-8742.  
 
Symphony subscriptions are available only through the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office (in person or 54-MUSIC) beginning April 23, 2018. Subscriptions are not available online at this time.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office
Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5:30 PM   (Wednesday 10:30 AM– 5:30 PM)
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor, off elevator lobby)
Mail to: Santa Rosa Symphony, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
srsymphony.org       54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742      Fax: (707) 546-7284
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education
Serving 30,000 youth and young adult students annually, the Santa Rosa Symphony has the most comprehensive music education program in northern California, and an unwavering commitment to train musicians and audiences of the future and to inspire an enduring love of music.
 
Music for Our Schools  Free Concerts for Youth – Orchestral performances in Weill Hall for elementary school children Elementary School Listening Program – Daily music listening for classrooms Youth Discovery Card – Free admission to Discovery Rehearsal performances In-School Performances – youth and professional musicians perform concerts in area schools IGNITE! – students participate in a free concert on recorder or voice It’s Elementary Customized music education activities for six Sonoma County schools Primarily Classical – SRS musicians perform chamber music in every Sonoma County school Social Action through music with Simply Strings
Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed social action music network, Simply Strings provides instruments and daily intensive ensemble instruction after school at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland to develop musical excellence and promote social engagement. Beginning in second grade, this program trains young people to become excellent musicians, responsible citizens and agents of change. This program is fully supported by the Symphony and is free to its students.
 
Training Young Musicians 
Five youth ensembles (beginning to advanced) and a three-week summer day camp. The top level ensemble, Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, performs in Weill Hall and has also toured internationally as far as China and, most recently, in Central Europe.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerts at Weill Hall
Saturday, November 10, 2018 – 3 PM
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 3 PM
Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 3 PM
 
Conductor and Guest Artist Biographies – 2018-2019 Season
High resolution photos of Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong and all guest artists and conductors available upon request
 
Full bios available at srsymphony.org/Artists
Conductors – in order of appearance
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director, conductor
A captivating presence on the podium, American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has garnered acclaim for his dynamic performances, commitment to innovative programming and passion for community engagement. Lecce-Chong begins his post as Music Director and Conductor of the Eugene Symphony, in Eugene, Oregon, in the 2017-2018 season, following in the path of renowned predecessors including Marin Alsop and Giancarlo Guerrero. In addition, he holds the positions of Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Active as a guest conductor, he has appeared with orchestras around the world including the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic and collaborated with renowned soloists including Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman.
 
Lecce-Chong is equally at home in opera, having built his credentials as a staff conductor with Santa Fe Opera. At the Florentine Opera, he conducted Madama Butterfly with the Milwaukee Symphony, where he has been invited to close its 2018-2019 season with Carmina Burana. Additional highlights for the 2018-2019 season include subscription debuts with the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisiana Symphony. In Europe, he has taken part in master classes at the Lucerne Festival under Bernard Haitink, as well as with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich.
 
Lecce-Chong is represented by IMG Artists, one of the premier artist management firms in the United States, representing artists such as vocalist Renee Fleming, violinist Joshua Bell and conductor Andre Previn.
 
Jayce Ogren, conductor
Jayce Ogren is building a reputation as one of the finest young conductors to emerge from the United States in recent seasons. He has recently been named the new Artistic Director of Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia. The summer of 2017 brought Ogren return engagements at the Colorado Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and concerts at the Breckenridge Festival. Other re-invitations in the 2017-2018 season included the Dallas, Indianapolis and Edmonton symphonies, and debuts with the Nashville, Columbus and Asheville symphonies and with the Louisville Orchestra. Ogren also debuted last season with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. With Orchestra 2001, Ogren led staged performances of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King at the Philly Fringe Festival; Steve Mackey’s Slide, in Princeton at the Sound Kitchen; National Sawdust in Brooklyn; and at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia. Ogren and Orchestra 2001 also presented the Philadelphia premiere of the complete Yellow Shark by Frank Zappa. 
 
A native of Washington State, Ogren received his Bachelor's Degree in Composition from St. Olaf College and a Master's Degree in Conducting from the New England Conservatory. He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Described by the New York Times as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority” and “magic,” Sarah Ioannides’ dynamic presence on the podium has won praise from audience and critics internationally. Ioannides, now in her fourth Season as Music Director of Symphony Tacoma, has gained recognition as one of the most engaging and respected conductors of her generation. She has also held positions of Music Director with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra from 2005-2012 and the El Paso Symphony between 2005-2011.
 
With guest engagements spanning six continents, Sarah Ioannides has conducted the Tonkünstler Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Flemish Radio Orchestra, National Symphony of Colombia, Daejeon Philharmonic, Translyvannia Philharmonic Orchestra, Wuttenbergisches Kammerorchester and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. Ioannides has also led orchestras extensively in the United States.
 
Listed as one of the top twenty female conductors worldwide by Lebrecht’s “Woman Conductors: The Power List” in 2016, Sarah Ioannides has been named by the Los Angeles Times as “one of six female conductors breaking the glass podium” and noted in the New York Times as part of a new wave of female conductors in their late 20s through early 40s” in addition to being awarded the JoAnn Falletta award for the most promising female conductor.
 
Jeffrey Kahane, SRS Conductor Emeritus
Jeffrey Kahane made his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988. Since then, he has guest conducted many of the major US orchestras, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Indianapolis and New World symphonies, among others. He served as the Music Director of the Colorado Symphony from the 2005-2006 season through the 2009-2010 season and for ten seasons was Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony, where he is now Conductor Emeritus. He has received much recognition for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement with all three orchestras and received ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver.
 
In May 2017, Kahane completed his 20th and final season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. To celebrate his final season, Kahane programmed and oversaw a three week city-wide festival in January 2017. The festival incorporated a major educational and outreach project honoring the legacies of composer Kurt Weill and civil rights activist Rabbi Joachim Prinz and culminated in Kahane conducting LACO and a distinguished cast of vocalists in a rare production of Kurt Weill’s final Broadway opera, “Lost in the Stars.”
 
A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Kahane's early piano studies were with Howard Weisel and Jakob Gimpel. First Prize winner at the 1983 Rubinstein Competition and a finalist at the 1981 Van Cliburn Competition, he was also the recipient of a 1983 Avery Fisher Career Grant. An avid linguist who reads widely in a number of ancient and modern languages, Kahane received a Master’s Degree in Classics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. He is currently a Professor of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
 
Bruno Ferrandis, SRS Conductor Laureate              
Santa Rosa Symphony Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis began his tenure as music director and conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony in July 2006, concluding in the June of 2018. Born in Algiers in 1960 and raised in Nice, France, Ferrandis currently resides with his family in Paris. He has conducted all over the world, and his breadth of musical experience includes not only symphony and opera, but also ballet, musical theater and cinema-accompanying music.
 
In September 2017, Ferrandis conducted four concerts for the “Ostrava Days Festival” and in October 2017, Ferrandis conducted Rigoletto at the Opera de Tours. He has conducted Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Stravinsky’s The Rake's Progress at the San Francisco Conservatory. Other guest appearances include: Coburg Orchestra Germany, Honolulu Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Marseille Opera Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony (North Carolina) and Bogotá Symphony Orchestra in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2013, Ferrandis conducted the new version of Martin Matalon’s composition to accompany the silent film classic Metropolis with the Atlanta Symphony; in 2014 he conducted a production of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss at the Opera de Nice in France. In January 2015, he returned to the Opera de Nice to conduct a full opera production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. Ferrandis will return to Ostrava (Czech Republic) in June 2018 to conduct a rare Opera, Thy Kingdom Will Come, by Alois Haba.
 
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he received a Master’s degree 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.
 
Guest Artists – in order of appearance
 
Arnaud Sussmann, violin
Arnaud Sussmann, 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, has made recent United States debuts with the Vancouver, Pacific, Alabama, New World, Jacksonville and Grand Rapids symphonies.  Abroad, Sussmann played Brahms Double Concerto with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem in Tel Aviv with cellist Gary Hoffman and played/directed the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris in performances at the Philharmonie de Paris and at the Besançon International Music Festival in France.  He has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Stamford and Chattanooga symphonies, Minnesota Sinfonia, Lexington Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony and France’s Nice Orchestra. 
 
Sussmann has performed with many leading artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Wu Han, David Finckel, Jan Vogler and members of the Emerson String Quartet.  A member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006, he has regularly appeared with them in New York and on tour. In May 2017, he toured with the Chamber Music Society to Taipei, Shanghai and Korea. 
 
Born in Strasbourg, France, Sussmann trained at the Conservatoire de Paris and the Juilliard School with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman.  Winner of several international competitions, including the Andrea Postacchini of Italy and Vatelot/Rampal of France, he was named a Starling Fellow in 2006, allowing him to be Perlman’s teaching assistant for two years. In September 2015, Sussmann returned to his native France to work closely with violinist Kolja Blacher and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris for intensive training on the play-direct technique, where he then won First prize of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris’s Paris Play/Direct Academy.
 
Sharon Isbin, guitar
Multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin is the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, and the Munich, Toronto and Madrid international competitions. She has appeared as soloist with more than 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in prestigious concert halls worldwide.
 
Isbin has been profiled on television throughout the world and was featured as soloist on the GRAMMY-nominated soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning “The Departed.” Profiled in People, Elle, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and more, she has appeared on more than 45 magazine covers.
 
Isbin, who began here studies in Italy at nine years of age, has commissioned and premiered more concerti than any other guitarist. She is the author of the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and is Director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School, which she created in 1989.
 
Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola
Ngwenyama gained international prominence winning the Primrose International Viola Competition at 16. The following year she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, which led to debuts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. In 1998, she received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
 
She has performed with the Atlanta, Baltimore, and Indianapolis symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the China National Symphony and the Sinfonietta Cracovia. She has been heard in recital at Tokyo’s Nexus Hall and Suntory Hall, the Louvre, the Ford Center in Toronto, the Maison de Radio France and the Xi’an Concert Hall. She recently gave premiere performances of her own Sonoran Storm for Viola and Orchestra with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic and Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. Her works have been performed in the United States, China, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Czech Republic. She is the first composer in residence of the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, appointed in its 57th season.
 
An avid educator, she served as visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University. Ngwenyama has performed at the White House and has testified before Congress on behalf of the NEA. A California native, Ngwenyama attended the Curtis Institute of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar, she attended the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris and received a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard University.
 
Marie Plette, soprano
American soprano Marie Plette is acclaimed in the major opera houses of North America and Europe for her compelling portrayals from Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly to Love Simpson in Cold Sassy Tree and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. Her performances of Madama Butterfly prompted the New York Times to remark, "The opera did partake of the other great unifying factor here: a star turn, by Marie Plette in the title role."
 
Plette has performed at the San Francisco Opera House and many regional opera companies in the area. Other recent highlights include singing as soloist in Carlson’s Promise of Time with Santa Rosa Symphony; in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Las Vegas Symphony; her return to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2; to Seattle Opera to reprise Freia, Ortlinde and Gutrune in Wagner’s Ring Cycle; to the Metropolitan Opera for its production of Don Giovanni and many more.
 
Plette's orchestral credits include Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the New Japan Philharmonic, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Memphis Symphony, Liu in Turandot with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and an evening of Viennese music with the San Francisco Symphony, several appearances at Carnegie Hall and in recital at the Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York and in concert with Arizona Opera, New Jersey Symphony and Opera Omaha. She is a recipient of awards from the George London Competition, two grants from the Richard Tucker Foundation, a Sullivan grant, the William Matthews Sullivan Foundation, and the San Francisco Opera's Il Cenacolo Award.
 
Ann-Marie McDermott, piano
Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate pianist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs more than 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music.  McDermott has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, League of American Composers, Moscow Virtuosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Dallas, Columbus, Seattle, National, Houston, Colorado, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Atlanta, San Diego, New Jersey, Pacific and Baltimore Symphonies and more. McDermott has toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, award-winning violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, as well as in the chamber group OPUS ONE, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and as a trio with Kerry and Maureen McDermott.
 
Her premiers include a new concerto by Poul Ruders. Recently, McDermott participated in the New Century Chamber Orchestra's Silver Jubilee All Gershwin Program, and embarked on a cycle of Beethoven Concertos at Santa Fe Pro Musica. In 2013, she released a disc of Mozart Concerti with the Calder. Recently, she recorded five Haydn piano sonatas and two Haydn Concertos with the Odense Philharmonic in Denmark, including two cadenzas written by Charles Wuorinen, and Wuorinen’s last solo piano sonata, which was written for her. 
 
McDermott studied at the Manhattan School of Music and was winner of the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women, the Young Concert Artists auditions and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She also serves as Artistic Director of the Bravo! Vail Music and Ocean Reef Music Festivals, as well as Curator for Chamber Music for the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. 
 
Elena Urioste, violin
Violinist Elena Urioste, hailed by The Washington Post as playing “with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor,” was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2012 to 2014 and a first-place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition.
 
Urioste made her debut at Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium in 2004. She has performed with major United States orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Boston Pops; the New York and Buffalo philharmonics; and the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Austin, Charleston, Richmond, and San Antonio symphony orchestras. Abroad, Urioste has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Edmonton Symphony, Würzburg Philharmonic, and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok and MAV orchestras. Her 2017-2018 season included solo debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, IRIS Orchestra, and England’s Philharmonia and Opera North orchestras; return engagements with the Delaware and Asheville symphony orchestras; and three separate concerto and chamber-music appearances in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.
 
Other accomplishments include first prize at the Sion International Violin Competition; the inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence, presented by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; articles in SymphonyLatina, and La Revista Mujer magazines; and the lead female role in But Not For Me, an award-winning indie feature film. Urioste is the founder and artistic director of Chamber Music by the Sea, an annual summer chamber-music festival in Maryland, and is co-founder and artistic director of Intermission Sessions & Retreat, which combines music and yoga. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank and Ida Kavafian. She completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School. Other notable teachers include David Cerone, Choong-Jin Chang, Soovin Kim, and Rafael Druian.
 
Olga Kern, piano
Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation's great pianists. She 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. She was first prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at seventeen and is a laureate of many international competitions.  In 2016, she served as Jury Chairman of both the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. 
 
Kern served as Artist in Residence to the San Antonio Symphony’s 2017-2018 season, appearing in two subscription weeks as well as solo recital. She also performed in that season with Madison Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Austin Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, and Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to opening the Baltimore Symphony’s 2015-2016 centennial season with Marin Alsop, Kern has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Rochester Philharmonic, Orchestre National De Lyon, and the San Antonio, Detroit, Nashville, Madison, New Mexico, Austin, and NHK symphonies. She has toured South Africa with the Cape and KwaZulu Natal Philharmonics and Israel with the Israel Symphony. As an avid recitalist, she has appeared in solo and collaborative recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Symphony Hall in Osaka, Salzburger Festspielhaus, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle in Zurich, Chatelet in Paris, Van Wezel Hall in Sarasota, 92nd Street Y, Meany Hall in Seattle and the University of Kansas’ Lied Center.

Full bios available at srsymphony.org/Artists

Classical Concert Series
 
Passion and Power
October 6, 7 & 8, 2018
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Arnaud Sussmann, violin
 
Zwilich: Celebration for Orchestra  
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
 
Dancing Across Time
November 3, 4 & 5, 2018
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Sharon Isbin, guitar
 
KodÁly: Dances of Galánta
Villa-Lobos: Guitar Concerto
LIszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
 
Viva Italia
December 1, 2 & 3, 2018
Jayce Ogren, conductor
Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola
SSU Symphonic Chorus
 
Rossini: Overture to Guillaume Tell [William Tell]
Vivaldi: Gloria in D major
Berlioz: Harold in Italy
 
Tiers of Heaven
January 12, 13 & 14, 2019
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Marie Plette, soprano
 
TAKEMITSU: Signals from Heaven
MOZART: Symphony No. 40
Mahler: Symphony No. 4
 
Love Letters
February 9, 10 & 11, 2019
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Ann-Marie McDermott, piano
 
FANNY MENDELSSOHN-HENSEL: Overture in C major
CLARA SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor
ROBERT SCHUMANN: Overture to Manfred
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3, Scottish
           
American Dreams
March 16, 17 & 18, 2019
Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin
 
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris
BARBER: Violin Concerto
COPLAND: Symphony No. 3
 
From Russia with Love
May 4, 5 & 6, 2019
Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
 
STRAVINSKY: Scherzo fantastique
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5
 
Classical Series Concert Times
Saturday and Monday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm
Discovery Open Rehearsals: Saturday at 2 pm
Programs, dates and artists subject to change.
All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 
Pops Concert Series
Michael Berkowitz, conductor
 
Ray Charles, Motown & Beyond
Sunday, October  14, 2018
Ellis Hall, Ambassador of Soul
 
Christmas at the Movies
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Jonathon Peretz, vocalist
 
Tribute to Judy and Liza at the Palladium
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Joan Ellison and Carolann Sanita, vocalists
 
Music of the Knights
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Kelli Rabke, Blaine Krauss, Lorinda Lisitza,
Scott Coulter and pianist John Boswell
 
SRS Youth Orchestra Concerts
 
Saturday, November 10, 2018 – 3 pm
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 3 pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 3 pm
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

April 9, 2018: Bruno Ferrandis' final concert after 12 seasons as SRS Music Director US premier of Czech composer Rataj's Temporis with Czech cimbalom player Jan Mikušek Mahler's Ninth – all 80 minutes, with 90 musicians

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 9, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —Bruno Ferrandis conducts his final Santa Rosa Symphony performances as Music Director on May 5, 6 and 7 at the Green Music Center after leading the orchestra with talent, dedication and charm for 12 years. For his final concert, fittingly titled "Au Revoir, Bruno," Ferrandis will treat the audience to Mahler's Symphony No. 9, the last symphony the composer finished, on the heels of the his daughter's death, in 1910. The symphony, which spans more than 80 minutes, is a love song to life and mortality played by 90 musicians.
 
Mahler's Ninth, says Ferrandis, is full of "emotional intensity and contrasting nuance. A mix between the salon style and the popular style, with a lot of counterpoint and polyphony."Alban Berg said, "It is the most heavenly thing Mahler has written."
 
"Au Revoir, Bruno" begins with the United States premiere of Temporis for Cimbalom and Orchestra by Czech composer Michal Rataj, who will discuss the work with Ferrandis in the pre-concert talks. Czech cimbalom player Jan Mikušek will join the Symphony for Temporis.
 
Rataj was at UC Berkeley on a Fullbright Scholarship in 2007-2008, doing post-doctorate research when he encountered a street cimbalom player, who inspired him to explore the instrument further with Jan Mikušek in Prague. Says Rataj, "Temporis pays tribute to cosmological time, its compression and expansion, and its reflection in our own minds. The piece has been dedicated to Jan Mikušek, who discovered the cimbalom for me and also to my music mentor Milan Slavicky, who first taught me about time in music. Special thanks to Bruno Ferrandis, who has believed in my music."
 
Jan Mikušek studied cimbalom and conducting at the Brno Conservatoire. Since 2000, he has been the conductor of the chamber ensemble Vox Nymburgensis. He is co-founder of the International Cimbalom Festival in Valašské Meziříčí. He has premiered compositions for cimbalom, including Trifolium by Antonín Tučapský, Mazel Tow by Vladimír Wimmer, Psalms by Svatopluk Havelka, and Concerto for Cimbalom and Orchestra by Jan Meisl.
 
He also studied vocals, first with Marcyn B. Sczycińsky, subsequently under the tutelage of Terezie Blumová. His repertoire includes oratorios, masses and cantatas by Bach, Händel, Carissimi, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Draghi and Wiederer and numerous operatic roles. See full bio below.  
 
Program Notes are available on the Symphony's Au Revoir, Bruno event page to further enhance the patron’s experience. A spotify playlist of the program can also be found there.
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, May 5 and Monday, May 7 at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 PM.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 PM.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Tickets
Single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1 1/2 hours before each performance.
Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performance. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
Free ticket for first responders and those who lost their homes. Saturday and Monday performances. Interested parties may call the box office for this offer in the two weeks leading up to the concert for which they are requesting tickets.
 
 
Sponsors
Concert underwritten by Viking Cruises
Jan Mikušek is underwritten by Linda Castiglioni
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy & Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
                                                 
-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and guest artist provided upon request-
 
BIOS
 
Jan Mikušek, cimbalom
Born in Valašské Meziříčí, the Czech Republic, Jan Mikušek studied cimbalom and conducting at the Brno conservatoire in Evžen Holiš’s class. In 1991, he became the conductor of the Beseda Choir in Valašské Meziříčí and concurrently second conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. He continued studying conducting at the Academy of Music in Prague with František Vajnar. He conducted the musicals Hair and Rusalka, and arranged and prepared the rock opera Juno and Avos for the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň. Since 2000, he has been the conductor of the chamber ensemble Vox Nymburgensis.
 
Jan Mikušek is the co-founder of the International Cimbalom Festival in Valašské Meziříčí. As an active player of this instrument, he has premiered a number of compositions for cimbalom (Trifolium by Antonín Tučapský, Mazel Tow by Vladimír Wimmer, Psalms by Svatopluk Havelka, Concerto for cimbalom and orchestra by Jan Meisl).
 
He also studied vocals, first with Marcyn B. Sczycińsky, subsequently under the tutelage of Terezie Blumová. He attended a master classes given by Mario van Altena. He has performed early music with many ensembles (Capella Regia Praha, Musica Florea, Ritornello, Societas Incognitorum) and also collaborated with flutist Jiří Stivín and Ensemble Damian (Tomáš Hanzlík‘s and Vít Zouhar’s operas). His repertoire includes oratorios, masses and cantatas by Bach, Händel, Carissimi, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Draghi and Wiederer.
 
In the male quartet Affetto, he has extended his range to encompass contemporary and experimental music (M. Štědroň, M. Košut, J. Meisl, A. Pärt, etc.). He has already collaborated with the National Theatre on the production of Martin Smolka’s opera Nagano (the role of Dominik Hašek, 2004), Tomáš Hanzlík’s opera Lacrimae Alexandre Magni (the role of Hephaestion, 2007), on the production of the opera-proces Tomorrow There Will Be... (2008), and created the role of Dargelos – Agathe in Philip Glass’ opera Les Enfants Terribles (2011) and the role of Fate Ranger in Mysliveček's L'Olimpiade (2013).
 
 
CALENDAR LISTING
What:   Symphony Concert “Au Revoir, Bruno
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Jan Mikušek, cimbalom
 
michal rataj: Temporis for Cimbalom and Orchestra
mahler: Symphony No. 9
 
When:
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8 PM
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., May 5 at 2 PM)
Sunday, May  6, 2018 at 3 PM
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 8 PM
 
Pre-concert talk with Bruno Ferrandis and Michal Rataj begins one hour before each performance and will include Q&A. (no pre-concert interview prior to Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Cost:  Single tickets from $29
Free to: first responders and those who lost homes in the recent Sonoma County wildfires (not available online)
 
Tickets
Online:              srsymphony.org
Phone:             54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:         SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
             Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM, (Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 5 PM)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 AM - 1 PM
At the door:       beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 youth 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

March 27, 2018: SRS names Francesco Lecce-Chong next Music Director - to conduct Oct., Nov., Jan. 2018-2019 Classical Series concerts

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 27, 2018

The Santa Rosa Symphony proudly announces Francesco Lecce-Chong as its fifth Music Director beginning with the 2018-2019 season. His responsibilities will include conducting the orchestra, choosing repertoire for upcoming seasons (starting with 2019-2020) and shaping the artistic vision of the Santa Rosa Symphony.
 
Lecce-Chong, a San Francisco-born, Boulder, Colorado native, is also Music Director and Conductor of the Eugene Symphony, in Eugene Oregon, where he currently resides. This summer he concludes his position as Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. The 30-year-old conductor has garnered acclaim for his dynamic performances, commitment to innovative programming and passion for community engagement. Lecce-Chong has appeared with orchestras around the world, including the National, Atlanta, Toronto, Milwaukee and St. Louis symphony orchestras and Hong Kong Philharmonic. (Full bio below)
 
President and CEO Alan Silow says, "Francesco represents the total package - bringing fresh energy, innovation and a tested commitment to artistic excellence, music education and community engagement.”
 
Lecce-Chong says, "I am thrilled to join the Santa Rosa Symphony and become a part of its vibrant arts community. The passionate musicians, dedicated staff, engaged board, and enthusiastic patrons have created an enriching environment for music to thrive, so it truly is an honor to be chosen to continue the great legacy of this orchestra. After completing my commitments with the Pittsburgh Symphony this summer, I look forward to sharing my belief in the transformational and community-building power of music with both the Eugene Symphony in Oregon and the Santa Rosa Symphony."
 
In October 2017, Lecce-Chong made an instant impression on musicians, patrons, Board and staff with his enthusiasm, talent, drive, warmth, professionalism and good humor. Francesco is eager to focus his energies on fulfilling the Symphony's mission by providing quality orchestral music to SRS patrons and making their concert-night experience more meaningful with his insightful programming and engaging pre-concert talks. He is also dedicated to reaching the underserved communities in our county and shares the Symphony's passion for its music education programs.
 
SRS Board Chairman Jamei Haswell says, “The Board’s vote was unanimous. He has the perfect balance of on-the-podium skills and off-the-podium passion for community outreach and music education. Francesco is an excellent communicator. As Bernstein said, ‘Technique is communication. The two words are synonymous in conductors.’”
 
Given his prior conducting commitments, Lecce-Chong will conduct three classical concert sets during the 2018-2019 Season: October 6-8 season opening concerts, November 3-5 and January 12-14. He will assume a fuller presence with the Symphony in 2019-2020. Now, widely recognized as a rising star in the orchestral world, he has subscription debuts with the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisiana Symphony and the Xi'An Symphony, among others, in the 2018-2019 season. Lecce-Chong is represented by IMG Artists, one of the premier global artist management firms, which represents artists such as Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell and conductor André Previn.
 
SRS Principal Oboe and Music Director Search Committee member Laura Reynolds says, "Francesco is an inspiring presence on the podium, with deep commitment to the craft and a musical sense, or spirit, if you will, that invites players into a collaborative space to create our sound. I very much look forward to working with him!"
 
The Committee, composed of five board members, four orchestra members and the President and CEO, dedicated more than two years to its task, attending rehearsals and performances, poring over references and post-concert surveys from patrons and musicians, conducting candidate interviews and reviewing input from board members and staff. Its efforts culminated in a unanimous recommendation to the SRS Board of Directors, who unanimously and enthusiastically approved its recommendation.
 
Music Director Search Committee chairperson Jim Hinton says, "We chose Francesco because we found excellence, passion and dynamic style in his conducting, a background of superior training and broad musical knowledge, genuine sincerity and humility in his personality, and a respectful and collaborative interaction with our professional musicians." 
 
"As we welcome Francesco Lecce-Chong, it signals a new era in our organization’s 90-year history. Francesco’s  talent and engaging exuberance, combined with his rising international stature, are sure to take our orchestra to new heights and strengthen our position as one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras," adds Silow.

High resolution photos available here
 
FRANCESCO LECCE-CHONG
A captivating presence on the podium, American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has garnered acclaim for his dynamic performances, commitment to innovative programming and passion for community engagement. Lecce-Chong began his post as Music Director and Conductor of the Eugene Symphony in the 2017-2018 season, following in the path of renowned predecessors including Marin Alsop and Giancarlo Guerrero. In addition, he holds the position of Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Active as a guest conductor, he has appeared with orchestras around the world including the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic and collaborated with renowned soloists including Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman.
 
Lecce-Chong is equally at home in opera, having built his credentials as a staff conductor with Santa Fe Opera. At the Florentine Opera, he conducted Madama Butterfly with the Milwaukee Symphony, where he has been invited to close its 2018-2019 season with Carmina Burana. Additional highlights of the 2018-2019 season include subscription debuts with the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisiana Symphony. In Europe, he has taken part in master classes at the Lucerne Festival under Bernard Haitink, as well as with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich.
 
Also trained as a pianist and composer, Lecce-Chong champions the work of new composers and the need for arts education. As Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) from 2011-2015, he curated and presented the works of both active and lesser-known composers, including two works commissioned by the orchestra, as well as two U.S. premieres. He also helped create the first MSO Composer Institute, providing performance opportunities for young American composers. Demonstrating his commitment to arts education for all ages, Lecce-Chong provided artistic leadership for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s nationally lauded Arts in Community Education program – one of the largest arts integration programs in the country. His dedication to connecting orchestras and communities continues in Pittsburgh where he gives preconcert talks, conducts concerts for school audiences, and leads specially designed sensory-friendly performances.
 
Born in San Francisco, Lecce-Chong is a native of Boulder, Colorado, where he began conducting at the age of sixteen. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music and Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. He has worked with many internationally celebrated conductors, including Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Edo de Waart and Manfred Honeck. 
 
Lecce-Chong is represented by IMG Artists, one of the premier global artist management firms, which represents artists such as vocalist Renée Fleming, violinist Joshua Bell and conductor André Previn.
 
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. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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).
 
Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

March 2, 2018: SRSYO announces Stults Family Instrument Scholarship Award

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 2, 2018

The Santa Rosa Symphony, via the Stults Family Instrument Scholarship, presented Nathan Garcia-Diaz, a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), with a professional-quality oboe to further his musical career. The Stults Family Instrument Scholarship is made possible by a donation of $15,000 by the Stults Family. After years of playing on borrowed instruments, Garcia-Diaz now has a new Lorée Royal Oboe.
 
The Stults Family Instrument Scholarship Award recipient was chosen from the SRSYO based on talent and need. Only applicants who were enrolled in private lessons and who agreed to remain with the orchestra for at least one more season were considered. Garcia-Diaz has been taking private lessons from Daniel Celidore for two years.
 
In his letter of recommendation, Celidore wrote, "Nathan is a natural musician, and he has excelled in technical skill and sound production on the oboe…It would be wonderful for Natahan to have an instrument that is able to express the musical nuances that Nathan can ask of it."
 
Garcia-Diaz, who identified himself as experiencing the weight of his Latino ethnicity, said in his application, “Music has given protection from the chaos. . . Music has always allowed for growth, recovery and strength to pursue my passion…."
 
SRS President and CEO Alan Silow says, “A gift like this can be a life-changer. The Symphony is very grateful to the Stults Family for continuing to support young musicians through this scholarship.”
 
Nathan Garcia-Diaz, a junior at Santa Rosa High School, has been playing oboe for two years, for the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles and his high school Symphonic Band, directed by Mark Wardlaw. Garcia-Diaz began his musical studies at age seven, on the alto saxophone. In middle school, where he was inspired by Wardlaw, he branched out to not only the flute, but also the viola. After two years with the Santa Rosa Symphony's Training Young Musicians' Repertory Orchestra, Garcia-Diaz rose to the SRSYO in 2017, playing oboe and English horn. In the SRSYO November 2017 concert, he played the English horn solo in Dvořák's New World Symphony. In college, Garcia-Diaz plans to double major in Psychology and Music, with a motivation to return to his home of Sonoma County to work with other Latino immigrants, using music as therapy.
 
The scholarship selection committee included SRSYO conductor Richard Loheyde, SRS Director of Education (and professional cellist) Wendy Cilman and SRSYO Manager (and professional flutist) Jane Shelly, with the donor also participating in the final selection process.
 
High resolution 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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

February 27, 2018: Electric violinist Tracy Silverman plays Adams' The Dharma at Big Sur and SSU Symphonic Chorus sings Alexander Nevsky, April 7-9

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 27, 2018

Santa Rosa Symphony and Music Director Bruno Ferrandis welcome electric violin pioneer Tracy Silverman to the Weill Hall stage on April 7, 8 and 9, to play Dharma at Big Sur, which was written for him by Pulitzer-winner John Adams. In the liner notes to “The Dharma at Big Sur,” Adams writes, “Tracy has developed his own unique style of violin playing—a marvel of expressiveness.” Of the Walt Disney Concert Hall premier, with the LA Philharmonic in 2003, the Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein writes of Silverman’s “Blazing virtuosity. You will be astonished that anybody can play a fiddle like that.” Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, raves, "Fleet agility and tangy expressivity with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix." See Silverman's full bio below.
 
This program is one of contrast, says Ferrandis. "I wanted something very romantic, something cinematic and something modern." Dharma at Big Sur, he says, evokes images of the sea and the sea shore and "the shock of recognition. Like reaching the end of the continent and seeing the sea."
 
The Symphony's April concert "Ode to California" also features the Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus, conducted by Santa Rosa Symphony Choral Director Jenny Bent, and mezzo-soprano Jacalyn Kreitzer for Sergei Prokofiev's Alexandra Nevsky. The program opens with Richard Wagner's Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde. With his love for Mathilde Wesendonck, the wife of a wealthy banker, as his muse, Wagner musically depicted the medieval love story.
 
Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein's film, "Alexander Nevsky," based on a thirteenth-century Russian war hero, was commissioned as a propaganda piece by Joseph Stalin to boost Russian morale in the face of the threat of invasion by the Nazis in the late 1930s. For the contata, Prokofiev linked small segments from the film score to form an outline of the film in seven sections: Russian Under the Mongolian Yoke; Song about Alexander Nevsky; The Crusaders in Pskov; Arise, Men of Russia; The Battle on Ice; The Field of the Dead and Alexander’s Entry into Pskov.
 
Program Notes are available on the Symphony's Ode to California event page to further enhance the patron’s experience. A spotify playlist of the program can also be found there.
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, February 10 and Monday, February 12 at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 PM.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, February 10 at 2:00 PM.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Tickets
Single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1 1/2 hours before each performance.
Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performance. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
Free ticket for first responders and those who lost their homes. Saturday and Monday performances. Interested parties may call the box office for this offer in the two weeks leading up to the concert for which they are requesting tickets.
 
 
Sponsors
Concert underwritten by Donald and Maureen Green
Tracy Silverman is underwritten by Eileen, Victor and Karen Trione, In Memory of Henry Trione
SSU Symphonic Chorus is underwritten by AmaWaterways
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy & Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship

-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and guest artists provided upon request-
 
BIOS
Tracy Silverman, electric violin
Lauded by the BBC as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin”, Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries. The world's foremost concert electric violinist, Silverman has been the subject of several major orchestral commissions composed specifically for and with Tracy: Pulitzer winner John Adams’ “The Dharma at Big Sur”, premiered with the LA Philharmonic at the gala opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003 and recorded with the BBC Symphony on Nonesuch Records with Adams conducting; legendary “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley’s “The Palmian Chord Ryddle” which Silverman premiered with the Nashville Symphony in Carnegie Hall in 2012 and recorded for Naxos Records; Kenji Bunch's "Embrace", premiered at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall; and Nico Muhly's "Seeing Is Believing", which premiered in Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony in 2015.
 
Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School. Shortly after graduating in 1980, Silverman built one of the first-ever 6-string violins and set his own course as a musical pioneer, designing and performing on an instrument that did not previously exist.
 
Silverman’s eclectic career has spanned work with the world’s finest symphonies and conductors, including Marin Alsop, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Neemi Jarvi; the rock band Guster; jazz legend Billy Taylor; Brazilian percussionist Airto and many others.
 
In the liner notes for “The Dharma at Big Sur”, Adams writes, “Tracy has developed his own unique style of violin playing--a marvel of expressiveness. The closest thing to a genuine collaboration I've ever done with a performer". At the premier, Mark Swed of the LA Times raved, “Inspiring. Silverman is in a class of his own.” The Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein wrote of Silverman’s “blazing virtuosity. You will be astonished that anybody can play a fiddle like that.” "Fleet agility and tangy expressivity with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix," raved Anthony Tommasini, New York Times.
 
While developing this new instrument, Silverman discovered that he had also developed a new approach to string playing. “The additional 2 lower strings open up a door not just to an additional lower register but also, surprisingly, to a new approach to using the bow. The possibility of playing the violin as a chordal instrument like the guitar forced me to imagine a more rhythmic way of using the bow which I call ‘Strum Bowing’.”
 
“My voice as an electric violinist comes from the fact that I have always been interested in non-classical music—rock, jazz, music from India, Africa and Brazil. I entered Juilliard wanting to be the next Jasha Heifetz, but I left wanting to be the next Jimi Hendrix. It was actually fortuitous that I couldn’t play guitar or saxophone and was limited to finding a way to get all those sounds out of a violin instead. My musical odyssey has brought me full circle—from classical roots to rock and jazz and Brazilian and Indian music and now back to the classical world again with these concertos by John Adams and Terry Riley and
Nico Muhly—made all the more sweet for the long journey I took. It took me years to forget everything I learned at Juilliard."
 
A link between the classical and vernacular worlds, Silverman is also an indemand composer with commissions and performances with orchestras all over the world. Silverman’s “Electric Violin Concerto” has been described by the Wichita Eagle as "the ideal piece for today’s symphony”, and has been choreographed in it’s entirety by Henrique Rodovalho in a fully mounted production with the Bale Teatro Guaira in Curitiba, Brazil. Silverman’s 2nd electric violin concerto, “Between the Kiss and the Chaos”, premiered in 2010 with the Wichita Symphony and released on Delos/Naxos Records in 2013 with Silverman’s string quartet arrangement featuring the Calder Quartet. Silverman has recorded with a virtual who’s who of the new music, jazz and rock world and established a long-standing relationship with Windham Hill Records, where he appears on dozens of compilation CD’s. His 1999 self-produced Windham Hill release, "Trip to the Sun", has become a cult favorite which Billboard Magazine heralded as "the most adventurous Windham Hill album ever." Other collaborators include Indian tabla master Zakir Hussein, violinists Rachel Barton Pine and Daniel Bernard Roumain, singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, alt-country band Big and Rich, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones percussionist Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Tuck and Patty, classical guitarist Eliot Fisk, Irish rock star Bob Geldof, and as a soloist with major orchestras. Tracy has toured extensively with long-time collaborator, pop pianist Jim Brickman, including appearing together on several TV specials and arranging Brickman's music for full symphony.
 
"I had an amazing teacher named Deborah Schwartz when I was in my teens and I learned almost everything I know about the violin from her. Then I studied with Lewis Kaplan and the legendary Ivan Galamian at Juilliard. I've been so lucky to work with so many great musicians of every kind."
 
An international touring artist, Tracy has performed at major concert venues from Sao Paulo to Vienna, from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. In 1999 he was awarded Artist in Residence status by the city of Hamburg, Germany and is a frequent concert attraction in Brazil. The Rhein Zeitung wrote "technically brilliant to the fingertips, but overthrowing all the usual preconceived ideas." The London Times raved, “His deep engagement with the music coursed through his strong, supple virtuosity."
 
Silverman produced and performs on Jim Brickman’s hit CD’s "Simple Things", "Lovesongs and Lullabies", “Escape”, “Homecoming”, “Beautiful World” and on five of Jim’s popular TV Specials. His many appearances on national radio and television include NPR's Performance Today, Minnesota Public Radio's St. Paul Sunday, many appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and was featured as a violinist and record producer on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. He has taught at Macalester College in St. Paul, and at the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis and regularly gives workshops all over the world, including the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Jazz in July at Amherst, Oberlin Conservatory and many others. Silverman has long been a favorite instructor at the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp and he is on the faculty at Belmont University.
 
Silverman is currently touring internationally as a soloist with orchestras, with his solo "Concerto for One" performances, "Concerto for Two" with five-time GRAMMY winner Roy "Futureman" Wooten, with his rock ensemble, “Eclectica”, and with Three Part Invention with pianist Philip Aaberg and cellist Mike Block. Tracy lives with his wife and four children in Nashville.
 
Jacalyn Kreitzer, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-Soprano Jacalyn Kreitzer began her professional career when she stepped in for ailing soprano Felicity Lott to sing the orchestral transcription of Schoenberg's difficult "String Quartet #2 in F# minor" with Simon Rattle and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She sang leading roles in Europe for many years, including Brangane with Montserrat Caballe and Peter Schneider in Teatro del Liceu, Erda with Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Fricka with Chatelet Opera Paris and Jeffrey Tate. She was with the Metropolitan Opera for four seasons, and can be heard as Rossweisse and Waltraute in "Die Walkure" with Deutsche Grammaphon, James Levine conducting.
 
Kreitzer then went on to perform with some of the world's great opera houses and symphonies, including New York City Opera, Barcelona, Spoleto, Geneva, Chicago Lyric, San Francisco Opera, Dublin Grand, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Seattle Opera, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Kansas City, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, Prague National Symphony, Pasadena, and the Kronos, American, Mendelssohn and Sequioa String Quartets. Her colleagues on stage have included Matti Salminen, Marti Talvela, Thomas Hampson, Frederica von Stade, Christa Ludwig, Hannah Schwarz, Debra Voight, Jessye Norman, William Johns, Rene Kollo, Siegfried Jerusalem, Montserrat Caballe, Eva Marton, Leonie Rysanek, Dame Gwendolyn Jones, Susan Graham and James Morris. She has performed over 40 operatic roles, including Erda, Fricka, Waltraute, Norns, Azucena, Amneris, Ulrica, Vitellia, Sosostris, Ericlea, Princess Bulkonskaya, Brangane and the Contessa in Adriana LeCouvreur.
 
She has collaborated with conductors Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Loren Maazel, Leonid Grin, Hugh Wolff, Luciano Berio, Jeffrey Tate, Edo de Waart, Pierre Boulez, Jorge Mester, Ajmone-Marson, Bartoletti, Christopher Keene, Hermann Michael, Valery Gerghiev, James Levine, David Zinman, William McGlaughlin, Isaiah Jackson, Kent Nagano, Bruno Ferranids, Theodore Kuchar, and James Conlon, performing the works of Bach, Brahms, Verdi, Wagner, Handel, Ravel, Hahn, Menotti, Strauss, Messian, Berlioz, Berio, Mozart, Prokoviev, Bernstein, Stravinsky, Ravel, de Falla, Britten Tchaikovsky, Vaughn-Williams, Schoenberg, Heggie, Bellini, and many others. In addition to her operatic roles, Kreitzer performs an extensive amount of works in recital.
 
In her Carnegie Hall debut, Kreitzer sang Brangaene in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde with Lorin Maazel and the Pittsburgh Symphony and she recorded the "Mother" in Gian-Carlo Menotti's "The Consul" in Spoleto, Italy for Chandos (directed by Menotti) conducted by Richard Hicox. In Prague she sang Verdi's Requiem and the Bach Magnificat with Prague Radio Symphony, James DePreist and Tamas Vasary conducting. Recent engagements and future engagements include "Jocasta" in Stravinsky's"Oedipus Rex" with Leonid Grin and the San Jose Symphony; Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Hermann Michael in Phoenix; Prokoviev’s “Alexander Nevsky” with Fresno Philahrmonic, Theodore Kuchar conducting; “Oedipus Tex” with Peter Schickele and his P.D.Q. Bach Troupe; the premiere of Garry Eister’s “re.E.O. 9066”, Kent Nagano conducting; a Missa Solemnis with Toshiyuki Shimada; Mahler 2nd in Portland, Oregon with James DePreist, and the contralto solo "O Mensch" in Mahler’s 3rd symphony in Phoenix, Christof Perick conducting, Kostelnichka in Jenufa with Richard Westerfiled conducting, mezzo soloist in Duruffle's "Requiem", Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer" with Maestro Bruno Ferrandis, Mozart’s “Requiem” with Kuchar and the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and in recital in Kyoto Japan’s Barocksaal Hall. Her “Kreitzer/Davies/Nagano trio performed in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, with works for mezzo, Cello and piano. Kreitzer was mezzo soloist with the Colorado Mahlerfest, performing  Maria Aegyptica in Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand”.
 
She has recorded with Deutsche Grammaphon, Teldec, Claves, and Chandos, and is the recipient of prestigious awards, including the Flagstad Wagnerian Singer Award, 1st prize winner in the New York Liederkranz competition, an Astral Foundation Grant and a Sullivan Foundation Grant. She is featured in “Who’s Who” and has been a panelist on the Opera America symposium held annually nation-wide. Recently, Kreitzer was mezzo soloist in Earl Kim’s “Three French Songs” with the Mozaic Festival and Director Scott Yoo, and Verdi’s “Requiem” with the San Luis Obispo Symphony.
 
Kreitzer is the Vocal Consultant for OperaSLO, a teacher of Applied Voice at Cal Poly State University, where she emphasizes classical voice and vocology. She is the Founder & Producer of Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre, collaborating with OperaSLO. She has produced master classes that have featured Marilyn Horne, Jubilant Sykes, Frederica von Stade, Rod Gilfry, Juliana Gondek, and Erik Stein, Casting Director for PCPA. Kreitzer was recently selected as one of five honorees devoted to “Excellence in the Arts” in San Luis Obispo County, and is the recipient of a “Grammy Excellence in Teaching Award”, as one of 200 of 7000 quarterfinalists.
 
Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus, Jenny Bent director
The Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus is comprised of music majors, students from other majors, staff, faculty, and community members. The chorus performs large works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Orff’s Carmina Burana, as well as thematic projects such as Madrigals and All That Jazz and the annual holiday Family Concert By Candlelight. Beginning with a special Sunrise Choral Concert during the Green Music Center’s 2012 grand opening weekend, the Symphonic Chorus makes its permanent home in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall and Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University. For this performance of Alexander Nevsky, the SSU Symphonic Chorus will be joined by the The Santa Rosa Junior College Concert Choir, under the direction of Jody Benecke.
 
Jenny Bent, Santa Rosa Symphony Choral Director
Jenny Bent, Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Sonoma State University, Choral Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony, and Project Manager of Chanticleer in Sonoma, earned degrees from Boston University (BM/MM Voice Performance, MM Choral Conducting) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA Choral Conducting/Choral Literature). She also taught high school for ten years, most recently at the Marin School of the Arts, where her choirs earned unanimous superior and command performance ratings at numerous festivals. She was a voice faculty member at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and conference presenter, and serves as Northern Representative for CCDA (California Choral Directors Association). From 2007-2014, Dr. Bent hosted The Choir Loft on KRCB-FM.
 
CALENDAR LISTING
What:   Symphony Concert “Ode to California
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Tracy Silverman, electric violin
Jacalyn Kreitzer, mezzo-soprano
SSU Symphonic Chorus, Jenny Bent, conductor
 
wagner: Prelude and Liebestod fromTristan and Isolde
adams: The Dharma at Big Sur for electric violin
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra
 
When:
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8 PM
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., April 7 at 2 PM)
Sunday, April  8, 2018 at 3 PM
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 8 PM
 
Pre-concert talk with Bruno Ferrandis and Tracy Silverman begins one hour before each performance and will include Q&A. (no pre-concert interview prior to Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Cost:  Single tickets from $29
Free to: first responders and those who lost homes in the recent Sonoma County wildfires (not available online)
 
Tickets
Online:              srsymphony.org
Phone:             54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:         SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
             Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM, (Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 5 PM)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 AM - 1 PM
At the door:       beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 youth 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

January 30, 2018: Youth Ensembles perform together March 10, featuring commissioned work, Herosm

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 30, 2018

More than 300 musicians will fill the stage and the choir loft for the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Showcase concert. All youth ensembles, comprising six groups of young musicians from ages five to 23, of various skill levels, will perform together in concert on March 10, 2018, at Weill Hall, Green Music Center at 3 PM. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) commissioned a work for the occasion, which will be played by the combined groups. The composer, SRS Principal Trumpet Douglas Morton, took his inspiration from the October wildfires and its effect on our community for Heroism.
 
Heroism is a tone poem which, according to Morton, represents the many aspects of the firestorm: calm but eerie, building tension, explosion and fire, call to the heroes, the battle, the overcoming, the peace and reflection. The stage will brim and overflow with musicians, the strings in the choir loft  “conversing” with the sections on the stage. The premiere performance is sure to be monumental and moving.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles include:
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO)
Preparatory Orchestra
Repertory Orchestra
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
Simply Strings (El Sistema-based program at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary)
String Orchestra Workshop
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony is recognized as having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youth and adult students annually. The Symphony has a profound commitment to train musicians of the future and to foster a lifetime love of music through school and community engagement.
Musicians can work their way up the ranks to SRSYO. Several alumni have won positions in professional symphony orchestras, including the Santa Rosa Symphony.
 
Youth ensemble concerts in the Spring are as follows:
 
Concerto Concert
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Saturday, March 3, 3 PM
Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
All Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Showcase
Saturday, March 10, 3 PM
 
Nautilus Music: the spiraling, cyclical nature of music
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
Sunday, March 11, 3 PM
Phoenix Theater, Petaluma
 
Spring Bounty
Preparatory Orchestra & Repertory Orchestra
Sunday, April 29, 3 PM
Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School
 
Bon Voyage Concert
Santa Rosa Youth Orchestra
Saturday, June 16, 3 PM
Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Tickets: In advance: $15/adult; $5/youth; $10/group
            At the door: $20/adult; $10/youth
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Service Office  (707) 546-8742
50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa
www.srsymphony.org
 
High resolution photos available upon request
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra comprises advanced students, eleven to twenty-three years of age, with previous orchestral training. Founded in 1959, it is one of the oldest orchestras of its kind in California and has performed in Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall, and has toured in Germany and the Czech Republic, and in China. In June 2018, the group will tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. Music performed is from the standard symphonic orchestral repertoire.
 
Preparatory Orchestra
Founded in 1977, Santa Rosa Symphony’s Preparatory Orchestra is comprised of intermediate young musicians, ages 8-15, and is designed to provide a first foray into the world of orchestral playing. Preparatory Orchestra offers musicians learning experiences about the roles of the instruments, orchestral etiquette, and exposure to a variety of orchestral repertoire. The orchestra performs at least twice a season, including outreach performances at local schools.
 
Repertory Orchestra
Founded in 1994, Santa Rosa Symphony’s Repertory Orchestra is comprised of intermediate young musicians, ages 9-18, and exposes musicians already steeped in the orchestral world with a variety of music including film music, modern works and traditional orchestral reperitoire. This orchestra provides ample performance opportunities including outreach performances and an annual day trip concert within California.
 
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
Young People's Chamber Orchestra is a string orchestra without a conductor. Designed to mold accomplished young string players into high-functioning musicians with complete attentiveness to detail, and to each other, within the context of the music. The Director trains the musicians to interact and collaborate on high-level music-making and nuanced performance. Founded in 1997, this is the first youth ensemble of its kind in northern California.
 
Simply Strings
Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed social action music network, Simply Strings develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement. Through this program, based at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland, children beginning in second grade receive daily intensive ensemble instruction two hours a day, five days a week after school.
 
String Orchestra Workshop
String Orchestra Workshop is a multi-level suite of string classes taught by professional musicians which molds beginning violinists, violist, cellists and bassists aged 5 to adult into musicians ready for their first experiences with an orchestra. The classes perform at semi-annual recitals.
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

January 24, 2018: Frobeck and Trebuchet play the Phoenix for "Rock the Future" Feb 3 Benefit for SRSYO's European Concert Tour

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 24, 2018

Local rock bands Frobeck and Trebuchet will perform a benefit concert Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, to help send the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), the "2013 Youth Orchestra Of The Year," to Europe in June. The SRSYO, recognized for its artistic excellence and community engagement, will perform three concerts on a 10-day tour of Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest, which will include cultural exploration and create indelible impressions and memories for these young musicians that will echo throughout their lives.
 
This 21+ show, at Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington Street, Petaluma, begins at 8 PM and is $10 at the door. Bear Republic beer will be available for sale as well.
 
Frobeck plays high-octane funk, soul and rock with horns, organ and groove with “thick, juicy” vocal harmonies. The best-kept secret in California, Frobeck has entertained audiences with its unique blend of pop, funk and rock music since 2005. Great songwriting and prodigious musicianship has earned them multiple awards and seen them share the stage with national and international acts.
 
Trebuchet, an indie rock quartet from Petaluma, met while attaining music degrees from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. Founded in 2010, Trebuchet released a self-titled EP in 2012, followed by its first full-length, "Carry On," in early 2014. Later that year, the band received an invitation to perform at Napa's Bottle Rock Festival. In 2015, they performed an original piece at Weill Hall with the Santa Rosa Young People's Chamber Orchestra. Many years of studying and working on various other musical projects together have afforded its members a strong musical chemistry, which has helped them achieve a level of honesty on their second album, “Volte-Face,” which reflects the two years of drastic change in the life of lyricist Eliott Whitehurst.
 
-Band photos provided upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Rock the Future: a Benefit for the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra's 2018 European Concert Tour
Who: Frobeck, Trebuchet
When: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 8 pm
Where: Phoenix Theater
Admission: $10
 
About Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra comprises advanced students, eleven to twenty-three years of age, with previous orchestral training. Founded in 1959, it is one of the oldest orchestras of its kind in California and has performed in Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall, and has toured in Germany and the Czech Republic, and in China. In June 2018, the group will tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. Music performed is from the standard symphonic orchestral repertoire.
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

January 4, 2018: Clover Sonoma sponsorship increases for Santa Rosa Symphony’s free youth concerts

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 4, 2018

Santa Rosa Symphony’s growing impact on Sonoma County schools gained increased support from long-time supporter Clover Sonoma, which has become the naming sponsor for two vital, community music education programs. The Symphony announces the renamed Clover Sonoma Free Concerts for Youth on February 8, 2018 and Clover Sonoma IGNITE! Concerts on May 3, 2018.
 
This strengthened partnership represents a deepened commitment to our community by both organizations. For more than a decade, Clover Sonoma has been a generous supporter of music education, specifically supporting inspirational and engaging concerts for elementary students, for the last several years.
 
Clover Sonoma’s increased sponsorship coincides with the Symphony’s unprecedented 35% growth in its educational outreach through innovative new initiatives. IGNITE! provides curricular materials and training to public school teachers, who are not music teachers, at no cost, to help them fulfill English, music and science state standards. These lessons culminate in a free, collaborative performance that invites students to join in the music making by playing recorders or singing from their seats. Both Free Concerts for Youth and IGNITE! seek to foster a connection to classical music and live performance in our young people, empowering their engagement with an art form to which they might otherwise not be exposed. Six free, interactive performances, including four sponsored by Clover Sonoma, reach 7,700 students and teachers per year and feature the Symphony’s professional orchestra or award-winning youth orchestras at the world-class Green Music Center.
 
With Sonoma County public schools in great need of music education, the Santa Rosa Symphony bridges the gap in fine arts instruction, in and out of the classroom, through a diverse range of free to low-cost music exploration and training programs that currently serve 30,000 students annually. The Symphony is committed to inspiring transformative personal and social change by creating greater access to music education and live performance in Sonoma County, where thousands of students now listen to classical music in the classroom and attend free performances of professional musicians during school assemblies—and at the world-class Green Music Center.
 
-Photos provided 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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

December 20, 2017: “Enter the New World” with SRS Music Director Candidate Michael Christie February 10, 11 & 12, 2018 at Green Music Center Anna Fedorova joins the Symphony for Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 20, 2017

Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes Michael Christie as the final of five Music Director Candidates for the 2017-2018 90th Anniversary season. Christie will conduct the orchestra on February 10, 11 & 12, 2018 at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. “Enter the New World,” features award-winning, young phenomenon, Anna Fedorova playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program opens with Leonard Bernstein’s masterful reworking of his On the Waterfront film score into a symphonic suite and dramatically concludes with Dvořák’s beautiful Symphony No. 9, From the New World.  
 
Music Director Candidate Michael Christie, an innovative conductor of symphony orchestras and operas, says, “I’m so pleased to be conducting the Santa Rosa Symphony in such a rich and varied program. I love anytime it’s possible to connect Dvořák’s New World Symphony with a prominent American composer on the same program, because it gives us a reminder of how inspiring our musical heritage is.” The Cincinnati Enquirer declared, “If Michael Christie represents the future of music in this country, the future looks promising indeed.”
 
Christie’s 2016-2017 season highlights include engagements with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Grand Rapids Symphony, as well as the world premiere performances of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs by Mason Bates with Santa Fe Opera, a production of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking with the Washington National Opera and Madama Butterfly with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Full bio below.
 
World-renowned pianist Anna Fedorova demonstrated, from an early age, a natural musical ability and maturity. She made her debut at the Het Concertgebouw at the age of 16, playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and since then has performed there more than 30 times. Fedorova has played in prestigious halls on three continents, including: Carnegie Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Teatro Colon, Warsaw Filharmonia and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Full bio below.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Music Historian Kayleen Asbo describes Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 as a virtuosic showcase that marries classical form, lush lyricism and ravishingly beautiful melodies, which are constantly interrupted by irony, anger and sarcasm. Prokofiev wrote the piece while in exile after the Russian Revolution, his roller coaster of emotions producing a colorful and dynamic piece filled with tension. Prokofiev described the third movement as a “violent argument between forces,” which Asbo refers to as “a fight to death between the piano and the orchestra.”
 
On the Waterfront is a hero’s tale that follows an ex-prize-fighting longshoreman in his struggle and ultimate triumph over his corrupt union bosses. “Leonard Bernstein’s music is so fun because he is equally comfortable with jazz rhythm as he is with memorable, soaring melody,” says Christie.
 
From the New World is woven, with Dvořák’s appreciation for the musical traditions of Native Americans and African Americans, into a poignant and heartfelt tapestry with toe-tapping rhythms and sweeping melodies.
 
Musicologist and cultural historian Kayleen Asbo provides a preview of “Enter the New World” in this short, professional video. 
 
The five final Music Director contenders are conducting one concert set each this season October 2017-February 2018. They will also be interviewed by popular musicologist Kayleen Asbo in the pre-concert talks. Audiences will have an opportunity to provide feedback, which will be taken into consideration by the Music Director Search Committee. The new music director will be announced in March, 2018.
 
Program Notes are available on the Symphony website to further enhance the patron’s experience.
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, February 10 and Monday, February 12 at 8 PM, and Sunday, February 11 at 3 PM.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, February 10 at 2 PM.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Tickets
Single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9 AM to 5:00 PM. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 AM to 1 PM. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1 1/2 hours before each performance.
Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performance. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
Free ticket for first responders and those who lost their homes. Saturday and Monday performances. Interested parties may call the box office for this offer in the two weeks leading up to the concert for which they are requesting tickets.
 
Sponsors
Concert underwritten by Ava and Sam Guerrera
Guest conductor Michael Christie is underwritten by David & Corinne Byrd
Anna Fedorova is underwritten by Faye Smith
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy & Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
 
-Photos of Michael Christie and Anna Fedorova provided upon request-
 
BIOS
Michael Christie, conductor

Michael Christie is a thoughtfully innovative conductor, equally at home in the symphonic and opera worlds, who is focused on making the audience experience at his performances entertaining, enlightening and enriching. The New York Times reports, “Michael Christie is a director open to adventure and challenge,” and the Cincinnati Enquirer declares, “If Michael Christie represents the future of music in this country, the future looks promising indeed.”
 
Christie, who was featured in Opera News in August 2012 as one of 25 people believed to “break out and become major forces in the field in the coming decade,” began his tenure as the first-ever Music Director of the Minnesota Opera with the 2012-13 season.
 
Highlights of Christie’s 2016-2017 season include the world premiere performances of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs by Mason Bates with Santa Fe Opera, a production of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking with the Washington National Opera, Madame Butterfly with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and engagements with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Grand Rapids Symphony. At the Minnesota Opera, he will lead productions of Vicente Martín y Soler’s Diana's Garden, Charles Gounod's Romeo & Juliet, Puccini’s La Bohème and Wagner's Das Rheingold.
 
Deeply committed to bringing new works to life, Michael Christie has championed commissions by leading and emerging composers alike, including Mark Adamo, Mason Bates, Michael Daugherty, Osvaldo Golijov, Mark Grey, Daron Hagen, Matthew Hindson, Marjan Mozetich, Stephen Paulus, Kevin Puts and more.
 
In 2011, Christie led the Minnesota Opera in the world premiere performances of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, which was awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Anthony Tommasini praised his “supple pacing and vitality” in The New York Times when Christie led the work in 2013 with Opera Company of Philadelphia. He conducted the European premiere of the opera in October 2014 at the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, and led the opera again in May 2015 with the Opéra de Montréal.
 
Other recent highlights include Christie’s San Francisco Opera debut in the world premiere performances of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene; the world premiere of Twenty-Seven, a new opera by Ricky Ian Gordon commissioned by Opera Theatre of St. Louis; and the world premieres of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec’s opera The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King, and Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s new opera, The Manchurian Candidate, at the Minnesota Opera. Notable past performances include highly praised productions of Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, and the North American premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland, all with Opera Theatre of St. Louis; the European premieres of The Ghosts of Versailles at the Wexford Festival Opera; as well as various performances at Opernhaus Zürich, Finnish National Opera, Scottish Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
 
Christie’s nearly 20-year symphonic conducting career has included serving as Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony (2005-2013) and Brooklyn Philharmonic (2005-2010), and as Chief Conductor of the Queensland Orchestra (2001-2004) in Australia, as well as guest appearances leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Symphonies of Dallas, St. Louis, Atlanta, Houston, Minnesota, Oregon, Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Christie’s many European engagements have included leading the Rotterdam Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Orchestre National de Lille, Swedish and Netherlands Radio Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, NDR Hannover Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic. In addition, Christie enjoys a strong profile in Australia, where he has conducted the Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Opera Queensland and the Western Australian Symphony in Perth.
 
Christie’s New York Philharmonic debut came in 2007, when he stepped in on short notice for an ailing Riccardo Muti, and his Carnegie Hall debut came in 2014, when he led the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Spring for Music festival. Christie also served as the Music Director of the Colorado Music Festival from 2000-2013, where he was highly praised for his innovative programming and where audiences are now at an all-time high, resulting in him being named “Musician of the Year” by The Denver Post in 2010.
 
Michael Christie first came to international attention in 1995, when he was awarded a special prize for “Outstanding Potential” at the First International Sibelius Conductors’ Competition in Helsinki. Following the competition, he was invited to become an apprentice conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he subsequently worked with Daniel Barenboim, as well as at the Berlin State Opera during the 1996-1997 season. Christie graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music with a bachelor's degree in trumpet performance.
 
Christie lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Alexis, a physician and their two children. A licensed pilot for over 15 years, Christie often flies his Mooney Airplane Company single engine aircraft to his conducting engagements across the U.S. He volunteers for Angel Flight Central, flying people in need with serious medical issues to receive care.
 
Anna Fedorova, piano
Anna Fedorova is one of the world's premier young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated a natural musical ability and maturity, and audiences around the world have been impressed by the depth and power of her musicianship. She made her debut at the Het Concertgebouw at the age of 16, playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2 and since then has performed there more than 30 times.
 
In addition to the Het Concertgebouw, she has performed in many other prestigious concert halls in Europe, North and South America, and Asia, including the Carnegie Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Teatro Colon, Warsaw Filharmonia and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. She has also appeared at numerous Music Festivals such as the Verbier Festival, Ravinia Festival, Rubinstein Piano Festival Lodz, Auvers sur Oise Festival, Aurora Festival, Violon sur la sable Festival, Orpheum Music Festival Zurich, Musikdorf Ernen and the Chopin Festival in Antonin.
 
Having mastered a formidable list of concertos, she has performed with orchestras around the world, including the Dallas Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Netherlands Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico. Conductors with whom Fedorova has had the pleasure of performing include Jaap Van Zweden, Jun Markl, Olari Elts, Alun Francis, Howard Griffiths, Kevin Griffiths, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Martin Panteleev. Recent and future highlights include debuts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and Kyoto Symphony Orchestra.
 
Anna Fedorova’s first recital CD was released in 2014 on DiscAnnecY and, in the same year, Piano Classics released her recording of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2. In 2016, her recordings of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition have been released on DRC. Her Concertgebouw performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 may be watched on YouTube. The video has received over 9 million views.
 
Fedorova has claimed top prizes at numerous international piano competitions, including the International Rubinstein 'In Memoriam' piano competition, the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for young pianists, the Lyon Piano Competition, and recently became recipient of the Verbier Festival Academy Award. She is also two-time laureate of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award at the International Keyboards Institute & Festival (New York, USA).
 
Fedorova, born in Kiev in 1990, is a graduate of the Lysenko School of Music in Kiev and has studied at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica in Imola with professor Leonid Margarius and the Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher. She has also received artistic guidance from Alfred Brendel, Menahem Pressler and Andras Schiff.
 
CALENDAR LISTING
What:   Symphony Concert “Enter the New World
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Michael Christie, guest conductor
Anna Fedorova, piano
 
Bernstein: On the Waterfront, Symphonic Suite
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
DvoŘÁk: Symphony No. 9, From the New World
 
When:
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8 PM
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., February 10 at 2 PM)
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3 PM
Monday, February 12, 2018 at 8 PM
 
Pre-concert interviews with guest conductor Michael Christie, facilitated by Musicologist Kayleen Asbo start one hour before each performance and will include Q&A.
(no pre-concert interview prior to Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Cost:  Single tickets from $29
Free to: first responders and those who lost homes in the recent Sonoma County wildfires (not available online)
 
Tickets
Online:              srsymphony.org
Phone:             54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:         SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
             Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM, (Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 5 PM)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 AM - 1 PM
At the door:       beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 youth 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

December 11, 2017: SRS presents an affordable, fun, family concert “Green Eggs & Ham and Tubby the Tuba” January 28 at Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 11, 2017

The second of three Finley Foundation Family Series concerts, “Green Eggs & Ham and Tubby the Tuba,” featuring Really Inventive Stuff, will entertain, educate and inspire an all-age audience on January 28, 2018 at 3 PM at Weill Hall, Green Music. Richard Loheyde will lead the orchestra in music by Robert Kapilow with story by Dr. Seuss for the classic “Green Eggs & Ham.” Composer George Kleinsinger collaborated with lyricist, musician, actor and author Paul Tripp for “Tubby the Tuba,” a song released in 1945. It was made into a “puppetoon” in 1947, which was nominated for a Best Animated Short Oscar. In 1975, the animated feature was the first of its kind to incorporate computer technology.
 
Founded in 2004 by Sara Valentine and Michael Boudewyns, Really Inventive Stuff performs family and education concerts with orchestras, conductors and musicians from around the world. Based outside of Portland, Maine, the company of classically trained performers is committed to sharing inspiring, memorable experiences with audiences of all ages. Read full bio below.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Assistant Conductor, Dr. Richard Loheyde, also serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. Recent positions include director of orchestral activities at the University of Evansville, assistant conductor of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, director of orchestral activities at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and he has served on the faculty at Sonoma State University. See full bio below.
 
The 6th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through the generosity of the Ernest L and Ruth W Finley Foundation.
 
Free Instrument Petting Zoo
A free Instrument Petting Zoo is available in the lobby at 2 PM. Children are invited to learn about, handle and play instruments in the Instrument Petting Zoo, which is supported by the SRS Music Education Department, SRS Youth Ensemble members and parent volunteers.
 
Single Tickets
Tickets for individual concerts are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under).
 
All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket. Seats are reserved. 
 
Tickets may be purchased online (http://srsymphony.org/EventDetail/105), by phone at (707) 546-8742 or in person at the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday.
 
Sponsors
Concert Series sponsored by the Ernest L and Ruth W Finley Foundation.
Additional support provided by the County of Sonoma – Board of Supervisors
                       
Richard Loheyde
Dr. Richard Loheyde presently serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony.

Recent positions include director of orchestral activities at the University of Evansville, assistant conductor of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, director of orchestral activities at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and he has served on the faculty at Sonoma State University. Previously, Dr. Loheyde served as music director of the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the University Orchestra at the University of Texas at Austin, conducting fellow of the Music School Festival Orchestra at the Chautauqua Institution, conductor of orchestras at the International Music Camp and assistant conductor of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.

His guest conducting experience includes engagements with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Civic Orchestra and Opera and the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Loheyde made his conducting debut with the Santa Rosa Symphony in 2006 and now conducts the Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert Series.

Dr. Loheyde began his music studies as a violinist, with early training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and at the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has been a violinist and violist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphony. He has degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut and the University of Texas at Austin.
 
Really Inventive Stuff
Founded in 2004 by Sara Valentine and Michael Boudewyns, Really Inventive Stuff performs family and education concerts with orchestras, conductors and musicians from around the world. Based outside of Portland, Maine, the company of classically trained performers is committed to sharing inspiring, memorable experiences with audiences of all ages.
 
Really Inventive Stuff creates productions with a core commitment to imaginative, playful, and entertaining storytelling. The company’s delightful performances are crafted with a child-like enthusiasm and combine a love of vaudeville and passion for classic theatre, while keeping the music in the spotlight.
 
Influences range from Charlie Chapman and Buster Keaton to Sesame Street and Mel Blanc.
 
-Photos provided upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:   Santa Rosa Symphony’s Finley Foundation Family Concert “Green Eggs & Ham and Tubby the Tuba
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Really Inventive Stuff
 
When:
Saturday, January 28, 2018 at 3 PM
Free Petting Zoo begins 2 PM
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Single tickets $17 adult / $12 youth. All patrons, regardless of age must have ticket.
 
Tickets
Online:              srsymphony.org
Phone:             54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:         SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
             Monday-Friday , 9 AM - 5 PM, (Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 5 PM)
At the door:       beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

December 6, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony reports highlights of another successful, record-breaking season

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 6, 2017

The Santa Rosa Symphony, in its fifth season as resident orchestra of Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, continues to set records and add programs. The 2016-2017 season was a milestone in the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 89-year history, as it sowed the seeds for future artistic and educational vibrancy, diversity and relevancy within a fiscally sound environment.
 
Top 2016-2017 organizational highlights included:
Historic high for donations broke $2 million ceiling, accentuated by record level of individual and Board giving

Endowment Fund value exceeded $12 million for the first time

All Education programs grew, with record-setting Summer Music Academy attendance

Fourteenth consecutive year ending the fiscal year in the black

Funded new music education program, Primarily Classical, which launched in Fall 2017, bringing a free orchestral concert to every Sonoma County elementary school (127 in all) within a four-year period

Third free community concert reached diverse audience of 4,000 with a female mariachi ensemble

Music Director Bruno Ferrandis conducted the entire season of the Classical Series

Search for fifth Music Director resulted in an impressive roster of five highly-experienced candidates

Most successful gala fundraiser in a 13-year run of galas honored Evert Person

“Key factors in our success have been, and will continue to be, the artistic excellence of our orchestra, performing a repertoire noted for its creativity and audience appeal; an educational program responsive to the needs of our youth; the ongoing commitment and teamwork among staff, volunteers and the Board of Directors; aggressive and targeted marketing and fundraising efforts; and continued monitoring of investments and control of expenditures. Going into our 90th 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 and fiscal sustainability,” said Alan Silow, SRS President & CEO.
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 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).

Media Contact:                                                                          
Alan Silow
President and CEO
707-546-7097 ext.213
asilow@srsymphony.org

November 20, 2017: Graeme Jenkins conducts “Timeless Treasures” with Orli Shaham playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 20, 2017

Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes Graeme Jenkins as the next of five Music Director Candidates for the 2017-2018 90th Anniversary season. Jenkins will conduct the orchestra on January 13, 14 & 15, 2018. “Timeless Treasures” contrasts the elegance and grace of Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, Military and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan with Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, a passionate and dancing tour de force. Orli Shaham will play Elvira Madigan, showing off what critics call her deep understanding and feeling for the music she plays, as well as her contagious joy in performing it.
 
Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, Military, includes brass references to marching bands, Turkish influence and exudes graceful symmetry. In his Concerto for Orchestra, Bartók includes a solo for every principal player in the orchestra.
 
Graeme said, “Bartok's late great work takes every element of the orchestra to the extremes of its ability both with virtuoso and with the depths of the music within. For me, there is a dark undercurrent – ‘How could the lights of Broadway burn so brightly, whilst the continent of Europe was on the point of destruction?’… In the end there is the joy of triumph. But at what cost to humanity?”
 
The pearl in the middle of the orchestral oyster is, of course, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan, the title a reference to the 1967 Swedish film by that name, for which this concerto was the main soundtrack. The piece fits perfectly with the bittersweet, tragic love story, because of its mixture of charm, joy and sadness.
 
Music Director Candidate Graeme Jenkins, an English Orchestral and Choral Conductor, is noted for his interpretations of Mozart and Richard Strauss, as well as all the major choral works. He has been in charge of conducting the finals of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and the ARD Finals in Munich in 2012 for Clarinet and Voice. In 2015, he conducted the finals of the Neue Stimme Competition in Germany. Full bio below.
 
A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety and brilliance, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics on four continents, Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire. The New York Times called her a "brilliant pianist," The Chicago Tribune recently referred to her as “a first-rate Mozartean” in a performance with the Chicago Symphony, and London's Guardian said Shaham's playing at the Proms was “perfection."  Full bio below.
 
The Symphony, responding to the devastation caused by the fires that recently ravaged our county, has dedicated its 2017-2018 season to First Responders and People who have lost their homes because of the fires. Both groups may request free tickets for each of the remaining Classical Series concerts for either the Saturday or Monday performances. Interested parties may call the box office for this offer.
 
Musicologist and cultural historian Kayleen Asbo provides a preview of “Timeless Treasures” in this short, professional video. 
 
The five final Music Director contenders are conducting one concert set each this season October 2017-February 2018. They will also be interviewed by popular musicologist Kayleen Asbo in the pre-concert talks. Audiences will have an opportunity to provide feedback, which will be taken into consideration by the Music Director Search Committee. The new music director will be announced in March, 2018.
 
Program Notes are available on the Symphony website to further enhance the patron’s experience.
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, January 13 and Monday, January 15 at 8 PM, and Sunday, January 14 at 3 PM.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, January 13 at 2 PM.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Tickets
Single tickets start at $29 and may be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9 AM to 5:00 PM. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 AM to 1 PM. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1 1/2 hours before each performance.
Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performance. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Concert underwritten by Judith and Joseph Gappa
Supporting Sponsor: The E. Nakamichi Foundation
Guest conductor Graeme Jenkins is underwritten by David & Corinne Byrd
Orli Shaham is underwritten by Elizabeth Witchey-Ryer
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy & Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
 
-Photos of Graeme Jenkins and Orli Shaham provided upon request-
 
BIOS
Graeme Jenkins, conductor
English Orchestral and Choral Conductor Graeme Jenkins is noted for his interpretations of Mozart and Richard Strauss, as well as all the major choral works. He has been in charge of conducting the finals of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and the ARD Finals in Munich in 2012 for Clarinet and Voice. In 2015, he conducted the finals of the Neue Stimme Competition in Germany.
 
He has conducted for major UK orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In Europe he has conducted with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Lyon Symphony, the Toulon Symphony Orchestre, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, the Finnish Radio Symphony, the Danish National Symphony, the Danish Opera Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Porto,  the Galicia Symphony. He recorded symphonies by Paul Juon with the Bamburg Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with The Vienna Symphony and the Austrian Radio Orchestras.
 
In the United States, he has worked with the Symphony Orchestras of Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Minnesota, Utah and San Antonio. He has been on the roster for the Music Academy of the West and collaborated with the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University in Texas on a 10-year project of Handel Oratorios with Baroque forces.
 
A Jenkinsan Adreian Boult Conducting Scholar, Jenkins studied at the Royal College of Music (Sir David Willcocks and Norman Del Mar), having previously read music at Cambridge. At the start of his Glyndebourne career, he assisted Bernard Haitink and Sir Simon Rattle.
 
Jenkins is also renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and experience in the field of Opera. he was appointed Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1986-91) straight from the Royal College of Music. He was Music Director of the Dallas Opera from 1994-2013 and has been  Principal Guest Conductor of the Koln Opera (1997-2002).
 
In October 2015, he conducted performances of Thomas Ades's opera The Tempest at the Vienna State Opera and in May and September 2016, he conducted Lohengrin there, which was his 184th Opera production of 117 different titles worldwide. Earlier in 2015, he made his Hungarian Opera debut with Jenufa, in between concerts in Bamburg, Prague and Toulon. He will return to Vienna for Peter Grimes in December 2016. Jenkins has directed Opera productions in the UK, Europe, Dallas, St. Louis and Canada. 
 
Orli Shaham, piano
A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety and brilliance, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics on four continents, Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire. The New York Times called her a "brilliant pianist," The Chicago Tribune recently referred to her as “a first-rate Mozartean” in a performance with the Chicago Symphony, and London's Guardian said Shaham's playing at the Proms was “perfection."
 
Orli Shaham has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego and Utah symphony orchestras; and internationally with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony, Filarmonica della Scala, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Stockholm Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Taiwan Philharmonic. A frequent guest at summer festivals, she has performed at Aspen, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Bravo Vail, Caramoor, La Jolla, Mostly Mozart, Music Academy of the West, Ravinia, Spoleto, Sun Valley, Tanglewood and Verbier music festivals.
 
Shaham has given recitals in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia at such renowned concert halls as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Chicago's Symphony Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Frankfurt's Alte Oper and the Sydney Opera House, and has worked with many eminent conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, David Robertson, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Hans Graf and Jacques Lacombe among others. In performance she has collaborated with the pianists Emanuel Ax, Joseph Kalichstein, Jon Kimura Parker and Marc-Andre Hamelin, the cellist Lynn Harrell, the violinists Gil Shaham (her brother) and Phillip Setzer, and the sopranos Christine Brewer and Michelle DeYoung, among many others.
 
Concerto highlights of the 2017-2018 season include performances with the Indianapolis Symphony (Michael Francis conducting), St. Louis Symphony (David Robertson conducting), Nashville Symphony (Giancarlo Guerrero conducting), Santa Rosa Symphony (Graeme Jenkins conducting), Bangor Symphony Orchestra (Lucas Richman conducting, and Orlando Philharmonic among others. Shaham continues to serve as the Artistic Director for Pacific Symphony’s chamber music series in Costa Mesa, California, a position she has held since 2007.
 
In addition to her activities on stage, Shaham gives frequent master classes and has served on the jury of numerous piano competitions, including the Cliburn International Junior, New York International, Sydney International, and Virginia Waring International piano competitions. Baby Got Bach, the interactive concert series for young children which Shaham launched in 2010 to immediate acclaim, is recognized by parents, media and the music community as a significant force in music education and entertainment for pre-schoolers.

CALENDAR LISTING
What:   Symphony Concert “Timeless Treasures
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Graeme Jenkins, guest conductor
Orli Shaham, piano
 
Haydn: Symphony No. 100, Military
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
 
When:
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 8 PM
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., January 13 at 2 PM)
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3 PM
Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8 PM
 
Pre-concert interviews with guest conductor Graeme Jenkins, facilitated by Musicologist Kayleen Asbo start one hour before each performance and will include Q&A.
(no pre-concert interview prior to Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Cost:  Single tickets from $29
 
Tickets
Online:              srsymphony.org
Phone:             54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:         SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
             Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM, (Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 5 PM)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 AM - 1 PM
At the door:       beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 youth 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

November 14, 2017: December 2, 3 & 4, Music Director Candidate Andrew Grams conducts “A Luscious Euro Sound” with the Santa Rosa Symphony and Stewart Goodyear plays Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 14, 2017

Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes Andrew Grams as the next of five Music Director Candidates for the 2017-2018 90th Anniversary season. Grams will conduct the orchestra on December 2, 3 and 4, 2017. “A Luscious Euro Sound” features Stewart Goodyear, described as “one of the best pianists of his generation” (Philadelphia Inquirer), playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major. The program begins with Berlioz’ Overture to King Lear and finishes with Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Debussy’s Clair de lune.
 
The Symphony, responding to the devastation caused by the fires that recently ravaged our county, has dedicated its 2017-2018 season to First Responders and People who have lost their homes because of the fires. Both groups may request free tickets for each of the remaining Classical Series concerts for either the Saturday or Monday performances. Interested parties may call the box office for this offer.
 
Musicologist and cultural historian Kayleen Asbo provides a preview of “A Luscious Euro Sound” in this short, professional video. 
 
A fan of Shakespeare, Berlioz traces the story arc of self-deception, revelation, hard-won wisdom and love lost in his Overture to King Lear. Stewart Goodyear ascends the stage to demonstrate Ravel’s profound technical virtuosity in Piano Concerto in G major. Closing with familiar staples, Grams’ “A Luscious Euro Sound” offers Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and the timeless Clair de lune.
 
Music Director Candidate Andrew Grams, Music Director of the Elgin Symphony, began studying the violin at eight years of age. Grams has led orchestras throughout the United States, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony and the Houston Symphony. He served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2004-2007, where he worked under the guidance of Franz Welser-Möst, and has since returned for several engagements. See full bio below.
 
Proclaimed "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. Goodyear began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, received his bachelor's degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and completed his master's at The Juilliard School. Known as an improviser and composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations and performs his own solo works. This year, Goodyear premiered his suite for piano and orchestra, "Callaloo", with Kristjan Jarvi and MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig, and in July of this year, the Clarosa Quartet will premiere his Piano Quartet commissioned by the Kingston Chamber Music Festival. Goodyear performed all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in one day at Koerner Hall, McCarter Theatre, the Mondavi Center and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. See full bio below.
 
The 90th Season is set apart with the Symphony’s search for the next Music Director. Each of the five final contenders will conduct one concert set this season October 2017-February 2018. They will also be interviewed by popular musicologist Kayleen Asbo in the pre-concert talks. Audiences will also have an opportunity to provide feedback, which will be taken into consideration by the Music Director Search Committee.
 
Program Notes are available on the Symphony website to further enhance the patron’s experience.
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, December 2 and Monday, December 4 at 8 PM, and Sunday, December 3 at 3 PM.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, December 2 at 2 PM.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Tickets
Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9 AM to 5:00 PM. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 AM to 1 PM. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1 1/2 hours before each performance. 

Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performance. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Concert underwritten by Alan and Susan Seidenfeld
Guest conductor Andrew Grams is underwritten by David & Corinne Byrd
Stewart Goodyear is underwritten by Laura Tietz
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy & Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
 
-Photos of Andrew Grams and Stewart Goodyear provided upon request-
 
BIOS
Andrew Grams, conductor
With a unique combination of intensity, enthusiasm and technical clarity, American conductor Andrew Grams has steadily built a reputation for his dynamic concerts and long-term orchestra -building. Grams has led orchestras throughout the United States, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony and the Houston Symphony. He served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2004-2007, where he worked under the guidance of Franz Welser-Möst, and has since returned for several engagements.

Since 2015, he has debuted with the Seattle Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Boise Philharmonic. Other recent and upcoming engagements include a Gershwin festival with the Orquestra Simfoica de Barcelona, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Western Australia Symphony Orchestra.

A frequent traveler, Grams has worked extensively with orchestras abroad, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, BBC Symphony Orchestra London, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecillia, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
 
Born in Severn, Maryland, Grams began studying the violin when he was eight years old. In 1999, he received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School, and in 2003 he received a conducting degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. He was selected to spend the summer of 2003 studying with David Zinman, Murry Sidlin and Michael Stern at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and returned to that program again in 2004.

As an accomplished violinist, Grams was a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra from 1998-2004, serving as acting associate principal second violin in 2002 and 2004. Additionally, he has performed with ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony.
 
Stewart Goodyear, piano
Proclaimed "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. Goodyear has performed with major orchestras of the world , including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra (Leipzig),  Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony , Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Goodyear began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, received his bachelor's degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and completed his master's at The Juilliard School. Known as an improviser and composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations and performs his own solo works. This year, Goodyear premiered his suite for piano and orchestra, "Callaloo", with Kristjan Jarvi and MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig, and in July of this year, the Clarosa Quartet will premiere his Piano Quartet commissioned by the Kingston Chamber Music Festival. Goodyear performed all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in one day at Koerner Hall, McCarter Theatre, the Mondavi Center and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.
 
Goodyear's discography includes Beethoven's Complete Piano Sonatas (which received a Juno nomination for Best Classical Solo Recording in 2014) and Diabelli Variations for the Marquis Classics label, Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto and Grieg's Piano Concerto, and Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos No. 2 and 3, both recorded with the Czech National Symphony under Stanislav Bogunia and Hans Matthias Forster respectively, and released to critical acclaim on the Steinway and Sons label. His Rachmaninov recording received a Juno nomination for Best Classical Album for Soloist and Large Ensemble Accompaniment.  Also for Steinway and Sons is Goodyear's recording of his own transcription of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker (Complete Ballet)", which was released October 2015 and was chosen by the New York Times as one of the best classical music recordings of 2015.
 
Highlights of the 2016-2017 season are recital dates at McCarter Theatre and the Phillips Collection, return engagements with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony, and his debut at the Savannah Music Festival, performing the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in one day.
  CALENDAR LISTING
What:   Symphony Concert “A Luscious Euro Sound
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Andrew Grams, guest conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano
 
BERLIOZ: Overture to King Lear
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major
Rachmaninoff: Symphony Dances
DEBUSSY: Clair de lune
 
When:
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8 PM
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., December 2 at 2 PM)
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3 PM
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 8 PM
 
Pre-concert interviews with guest conductor Andrew Grams, facilitated by Musicologist Kayleen Asbo start one hour before each performance and will include Q&A.
(no pre-concert interview prior to Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Cost:  Single tickets from $29
 
Tickets
Online: srsymphony.org
Phone: 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person: SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM, (Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 5 PM)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 AM - 1 PM
At the door:       beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 youth 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

November 7, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony gives back to community with Free fire-relief benefit concert November 20 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 7, 2017

Responding to the community that it has been a part of for 90 years, the Santa Rosa Symphony will present a Free fire-relief benefit concert on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM in Weill Hall, Green Music Center. The Green Music Center is supporting the Symphony in this endeavor, and all the musicians and conductors have agreed to donate their time and talents, thereby enabling the Symphony to raise even more funds to support the community in its time of need.

Alan Silow, President and CEO says, “The Santa Rosa Symphony family – the Board, musicians, staff and volunteers – extend our heartfelt concern for all those affected by the fires and its related impact. Most especially for those who have lost loved ones, and those who have lost their homes and belongings in an instant. Money cannot replace memories, but will help rebuild what is lost, and it is our duty and honor to leverage our resources and talents to help in this time of need.”
 
The benefit begins with former SRS Music Director and Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown leading the orchestra in the Star Spangled Banner and Edward Elgar’s “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations. Bruno Ferrandis takes the baton for the remainder of this rich program featuring another former  SRS Music Director, Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane playing  Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
 
The program also includes Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, one of 18 fanfares requested by Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra Conductor Eugene Goossens, to begin orchestral concerts during WWII and the only fanfare that remained in modern repertoire and Beethoven’s highly praised Symphony No. 3, Eroica.
 
Tickets are free, but required for this reserved-seating concert and are available November 8, 2017 at 10 AM.  Donations will be accepted when tickets are reserved as well as in the lobby the night of the performance. The Symphony will disperse proceeds to the following relief organizations: Redwood Credit Union’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund, Community Foundation Sonoma County’s Sonoma County Resilience Fund and Sonoma State University’s Noma Cares. 
 
Free tickets available by calling (707) 546-8742 or visiting SRS Patron Services office at 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa.

High resolution photos available upon request

What:   Symphony Concert “Free fire-relief benefit concert”
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Corrick Brown, conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Star Spangled Banner
Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man        
Edward Elgar: “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations     
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1                 
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica

When: Monday, November 20, 2017, 7:30 PM

Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University

Cost:  Free, must reserve online or through SRS Patron Services

Tickets on Sale: November 8, 2017, 10 AM
Online: srsymphony.org (limit 2)
Phone: 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person: SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
Monday-Friday , 9 AM - 5 PM, (Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 5 PM)
At the door:       beginning 60 minutes prior to performance

Public Service Announcement
Santa Rosa Symphony presents a Free Fire-relief Benefit Concert Monday, November 20, 7:30 PM,  at, and with the support of, the Green Music Center. Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown joins Music Director Bruno Ferrandis with Jeffrey Kahane on piano for a program with works by Beethoven, Elgar and Copland. Free tickets available Tuesday, November 8th, 10 AM. Donations benefit local fire relief funds. Srsymphony.org or (707) 54-MUSIC.

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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.

Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

October 20, 2017: 90th season dedicated to first responders and those who have lost homes Both groups offered free tickets to 2017-2018 Classical Series Concerts

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 20, 2017

The Santa Rosa Symphony has been providing music to this community for 90 years, and in this time of crisis the Symphony is serving the community with what it does best – the healing balm of music. Thus, the Santa Rosa Symphony is dedicating its 90th anniversary (2017-2018) Classical Series to first responders and people who have lost their homes, and is providing them the opportunity to receive free tickets to the Choice Season concert sets that remain.
 
Interested parties may call the box office two weeks prior to any of the Symphony’s remaining six Classical Series Concerts for free tickets to the Saturday or Monday performance of those concerts.
 
Alan Silow, President and CEO says, “Though all of us are struggling to recover from this trauma that has left no one in the county untouched, the evidence of heroism, dedication and indomitable human spirit is most heartening. All of us at the Symphony are eternally grateful for the firefighters, who sprang into action from near and far, struggling to save our homes, our landmarks, businesses, parks and open spaces. And to the first responders who made tremendous sacrifices to save lives and aid victims. The Symphony thanks them and extends to them and to those who lost their homes the healing gift of music.”
 
Appended to this release is the original release for the upcoming November 4 - 6 concert. The remaining eligible dates are as follows:
 
Exhilarating Journey: November 4 & 6, 2017
A Luscious Euro Sound: December 2 & 4, 2017
Timeless Treasures: January 13 & 15, 2018
Enter the New World:  February 10 & 12, 2018
Ode to California:  April 7 & 9, 2018
Au Revoir, Bruno:  May 5 & 7, 2018
 
 
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

October 18, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony makes “Creature Features,” Sunday, Oct 29, FREE for ALL CHILDREN under 13 and FAMILIES who have lost their homes

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 18, 2017

Santa Rosa Symphony makes its first of three Family Concerts - Creature Features, Sunday, Oct 29, FREE for ALL CHILDREN (under 13) and FREE for families who have lost their homes. Children in our County need uplifting, smoke-free activities and families may wish to escape the constant reminders of the fires’ devastation. Families wishing to attend will still need a ticket and are asked to call the box office and state their status when ordering.
 
President and CEO Alan Silow says, “In such challenging times, we all find the best in ourselves rising to the occasion. In that light, the Santa Rosa Symphony is extending a special offer to the children of Sonoma County and to those families who have lost their homes, to enjoy a complimentary respite and enjoy our first Symphony family concert of the season.”
 
Below is the original press release, with only the ticket prices modified, for your convenience.
 
The first Finley Foundation Family Series concert, “Creature Features,” featuring treasured classics depicting real and fantastical animals will delight an all-age audience on October 29, 2017 at 3 PM at Weill Hall, Green Music. Richard Loheyde will lead the orchestra in music, primarily from 20th century musicals and movies, which will engage young and old alike with its animal theme, dramatically supported by Roustabout Theater.
 
From Ludwig van Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus Overture and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Wolf Theme” from Peter and the Wolf to more current favorites such as John Williams’ Theme from Jurassic Park and “Main Title from the Star Wars Saga, the audience will immediately recognize many of the pieces, imagining the creatures as they enjoy the rich, full sound of these favorites live, with a full orchestra. Roustabout Theater, resident theater company of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, make this program especially fun for young children, as they incorporate dance and song in playful skits that accompany the orchestra performance. Roustabout’s Apprentice Program is one of the leading theatrical training and performance programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. See full bio below.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Assistant Conductor, Dr. Richard Loheyde, also serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. Recent positions include director of orchestral activities at the University of Evansville, assistant conductor of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, director of orchestral activities at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and he has served on the faculty at Sonoma State University. See full bio below.
 
Free photo booth and Instrument Petting Zoo
Free pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo and a photo booth, begins at 2 PM. Children are invited to learn about, handle and play instruments in the Instrument Petting Zoo, which is supported by the SRS Music Education Department, SRS Youth Ensemble members and parent volunteers. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite animal or creature and get their photo taken in the free photo booth. Costumes are optional, but the photo booth is always a hit with young and old alike.
 
Concert Sponsor
The 6th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through the generosity of the Ernest L and Ruth W Finley Foundation.
 
Concert Times and Location
Sunday, October 29 at 3 PM, Free Petting Zoo and Photo Booth from 2 PM
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Additional Finley Foundation Family Series dates as follows:
Green Eggs & Ham and Tubby the Tuba
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3 PM
 
Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 3 PM
 
Subscription Packages and Single Tickets
Prior to the October 29 performance, three-concert Family Series subscriptions may be purchased at $45/adult, $30/child (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126 (must include at least two adult and two child subscriptions). Tickets for individual concerts are $17/adult, $12/child* (under 13).
 
*“Creature Features” is free for families who have lost their homes and for all children under 13.
 
All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket.  Seats are reserved. 
 
Tickets may also be purchased online (http://srsymphony.org/EventDetail/104), by phone at (707) 546-8742 or in person at the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday.
 
Sponsors
Concert Series sponsored by the Ernest L and Ruth W Finley Foundation.
Additional support provided by the County of Sonoma – Board of Supervisors
 
Program
Ludwig van Beethoven                The Creatures of Prometheus: Overture              
Sergei Prokofiev                         “Wolf Theme” from Peter and the Wolf                
Modest Mussorgsky/Korsakov                Excerpt from Night on Bald Mountain                              
John Williams                            Theme from Jurassic Park                                             
Johann Strauss, Jr.                                Overture to Die Fledermaus [The Bat]                             
John Williams/Ployhar                “Flying Theme” from E.T. [The Extra-Terrestrial]   
Ralph Vaughan Williams            The Wasps: Overture                                        
Igor Stravinsky                           Finale from The Firebird                                     
 John Williams                           “Main Title” from the Star Wars Saga                              
 
Richard Loheyde
Dr. Richard Loheyde presently serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony.

Recent positions include director of orchestral activities at the University of Evansville, assistant conductor of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, director of orchestral activities at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and he has served on the faculty at Sonoma State University. Previously, Dr. Loheyde served as music director of the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the University Orchestra at the University of Texas at Austin, conducting fellow of the Music School Festival Orchestra at the Chautauqua Institution, conductor of orchestras at the International Music Camp and assistant conductor of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.

His guest conducting experience includes engagements with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Civic Orchestra and Opera and the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Loheyde made his conducting debut with the Santa Rosa Symphony in 2006 and now conducts the Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert Series.

Dr. Loheyde began his music studies as a violinist, with early training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and at the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has been a violinist and violist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphony. He has degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut and the University of Texas at Austin.
 
Roustabout Theater
Roustabout Theater is the resident theater company of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts and its Apprentice Program is one of the leading theatrical training and performance programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Roustabout’s award-winning Apprentice Program highlights the talents of the county’s most extraordinary student performers through its professional productions. The theater company also provides unique opportunities for students through their ongoing series of Master Classes with Tony Award winners, award-winning Broadway actors and nationally recognized casting directors. Additionally, their Conservatory Classes provide further training in acting, vocal performance, diction, dialect, movement, dance, improv and stage combat. 
 
Roustabout has collaborated on a number of performances for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Family Concert Series at the Green Music Center, as well as a 2014 Symphony Pops tribute to Marvin Hamlisch.
 
-Photos provided upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:   Santa Rosa Symphony’s Finley Foundation Family Concert “Creature Features”
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Roustabout Theater
 
When:
Saturday, October 29, 2017 at 3 PM
Free Petting Zoo/Free Photo Booth beginning 2 PM
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Single tickets $17 adult (free for families who have lost their home)/Free for youth (under 13)
All patrons, regardless of age must have ticket. Call or visit box office for the free ticket offer.
 
Tickets
Online:              srsymphony.org
Phone:             54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:          SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
            Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM, (Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 5 PM)
At the door:       beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 28, 2017: November 4, 5 & 6, Music Director Candidate Mei-Ann Chen conducts "Exhilarating Journey" with Nareh Arghamanyan playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 28, 2017

Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes the return of Mei-Ann Chen, this time as one of five Music Director Candidates for the 2017-2018 90th Anniversary season. She will conduct the orchestra on November 4, 5 and 6, 2017 with a program Musicologist Kayleen Asbo describes as exploring the power to music to heal and transform. It’s been several years since Chen last led the Santa Rosa Symphony as guest conductor and patrons still remark about energetic and personable conducting style. Her program, “Exhilarating Journey,” features Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, played by critically-acclaimed, Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan.
 
Chen’s thoughtfully prepared program begins with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and ends with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, Italian. Patrons will also hear a modern work by Jennifer Higdon to open the second half, a piece that attempts to relate Higdon’s musings about the afterlife upon the death of her brother.
 
Musicologist and cultural historian Kayleen Asbo provides a preview of “From Beethoven to Bates” in this short, professional video. 
 
Mei-Ann Chen’s received the 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras and was First Prize Winner of the 2005 Malko Competition in Copenhagen (the first woman to do so). Currently Music Director of the 2016 MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta, she is acclaimed for infusing the orchestra with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, and galvanizing audiences and communities alike.
 
“Spanning more than 160 years of symphonic repertoire, this program is an example of the wide spectrum of orchestral sonic experience. It demonstrates how beautifully-crafted music can create a memorable and emotional aural journey through different, relatable feelings and aspects of life,” says Chen. “All these pieces of music are, to me, timeless in expression, emotionally powerful and meaningful, and I hope the audience will enjoy this journey!”
 
In the 2016-2017 season, Nareh Arghamanyan performed with the Trondheim Symphony and Krzysztof Urbanski, as well as Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras, under the baton of Stefan Solyom, for their season opening concerts. In recital she appears in Lucerne, Sacile, Friedrichshafen, Corvallis and Montreal. Since September 2016, Nareh holds the title of artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, under the direction of Louis Lortie, who she appears with at a number of public performances and festivals throughout the season.She studied with Arie Vardi in Hannover and is a laureate of many international piano competitions including first prize winner at the 2008 Montréal International Music Competition, 2007 Piano Campus International Competition in Pontoise, as well as the 2005 Josef Dichler Piano Competition Vienna.
 
The opening passage of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 is one of the most recognizable and revered piano concertos. Its popularity grew when it was converted in the 40s, with a change to a swing rhythm, into a Tin Pan Alley song called “Tonight We Love.”
 
The 90th Season is set apart with the Symphony’s search for the next Music Director. Each of the five final contenders will conduct one concert set this season October 2017-February 2018. They will also be interviewed by popular musicologist Kayleen Asbo in the pre-concert talks. Audiences will also have an opportunity to provide feedback, which will be taken into consideration by the Music Director Search Committee.
 
Program Notes are available on the Symphony website to further enhance the patron’s experience.
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, November 4 and Monday, November 6 at 8 PM, and Sunday, November 5 at 3 PM.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, November 4 at 2 PM.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Tickets
Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9 AM to 5:00 PM. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 AM to 1 PM. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1 1/2 hours before each performance.
Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performance. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Concert underwritten by Dr. Larry Schoenrock Endowment Fund
Concert Media Sponsor: The Press Democrat
Guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen is underwritten by David & Corinne Byrd
Nareh Arghamanyan is underwritten by Jim Lamb
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy & Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
 
-Photos of Mei-Ann Chen and Nareh Arghamanyan provided upon request-
 
BIOS

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Innovation, imagination, passion and dynamism are the hallmarks of conductor Mei-Ann Chen. Music Director of the 2016 MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta, she is acclaimed for infusing the orchestra with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, and galvanizing audiences and communities alike. In December 2015, Musical America, the bible of the performing arts industry, named Mei-Ann Chen one of its 2015 Top 30 Influencers (people, described by MusicalAmerica.com editor Susan Elliot as “…folks about whom you could say “When they speak, we listen.”). A sought-after guest conductor, Chen’s reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras both nationally and internationally.
 
Named Conductor Laureate following a successful six-season tenure (2010-2016) as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in 2016, Ms. Chen recently served as Artistic Director and Conductor for the 2016 National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival.
 
Among her guest engagements in the 2016-2017 season are debuts and returns to the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, Sweden’s Malmö SymfoniOrkester, Austria’s Grosses Orchester Graz, Finland’s Tampere Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, as well as both the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan (Taipei) and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (Taichung).
 
Recent performance highlights include leading the Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra,  Germany’s Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra, return engagements to symphonies of Grand Rapids, Toledo and Tucson, and making debut appearances with Santa Rosa Symphony and at the Ravinia Festival, as well as the Netherlands Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw, Canada’s Calgary Philharmonic and Edmonton Symphony, Brazil’s São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra filarmônica de Minas Gerais, and the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Oregon, and San Diego. Among her many notable North American guesting credits are appearances with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Colorado, Columbus, Florida, Nashville, North Carolina, Pacific, Phoenix, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. Overseas guesting credits include Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestras of Denmark’s Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense and South Jutland, the BBC Scottish Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, Norrland's Opera (Sweden), Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony (Norway). U.S. summer music festival credits include Aspen, Britt, Grand Teton, Ravinia, National Repertory Orchestra, Texas Music Festival, Wintergreen, and the Chautauqua Institute.
 
For her skills on and off the podium, Chen has been recognized as someone who has redefined the orchestra experience and as a music educator. Among her honors and awards are the 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras and First Prize Winner of the 2005 Malko Competition in Copenhagen (the first woman to do so). As recipient of the 2007 Taki Concordia Fellowship, she appeared jointly with Marin Alsop and Stefan Sanderling in highly acclaimed subscription concerts with the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony and Florida Orchestra. Chen served as Assistant Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony and Baltimore Symphony under the aegis of the League of American Orchestras, and with the Oregon symphony. In 2002, Chen was unanimously selected as Music Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon, the oldest of its kind and a model for many youth orchestras in the United States. During her five-year tenure with the orchestra, she led its sold-out debut in Carnegie Hall, received an ASCAP award for innovative programming, and developed new and unique musicianship programs for the orchestra’s members. She was also the recipient of a Sunburst Award from Young Audiences for her contribution to music education.
 
Nareh Arghamanyah, piano
Highly-acclaimed for her unique style, colorful tone and dazzling virtuosity, Nareh Arghamanyan is one of the promising talents of her generation. Having given debuts with numerous orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalleorchester Zurich, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Vancouver and Utah Symphonies, she also regularly performs at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Laieszhalle Hamburg, Herkulessaal Munich, Konzerthaus Vienna, Musikverein Vienna, Piano Festival Lucerne, Lincoln Center New York, Kimmel Centre Philadelphia and Gardner Museum Boston.
 
In the 2016-2017 season, she performed with the Trondheim Symphony and Krzysztof Urbanski, as well as Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras, under the baton of Stefan Solyom, for their season opening concerts. In recital she appears in Lucerne, Sacile, Friedrichshafen, Corvallis and Montreal. Since September 2016, Nareh holds the title of artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, under the direction of Louis Lortie, who she appears with at a number of public performances and festivals throughout the season.
 
In 2011 Nareh Arghamanyan signed an exclusive recording contract with Pentatone releasing a CD of solo works by Rachmaninov and a disc featuring the Liszt concertos, recorded with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Alain Altinoglu (2012). Her latest recording includes the piano concerto by Khachaturian as well as Prokofiev’s third piano concerto.
 
Born in Armenia in 1989, she studied with Alexander Gurgenov at the Tchaikovsky Music School for Talented Children in Yerevan and became the youngest student to be admitted to the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she studied with Heinz Medjimorec and Avedis Kouyoumdjan. She studied with Arie Vardi in Hannover and is a laureate of many international piano competitions including first prize winner at the 2008 Montréal International Music Competition, 2007 Piano Campus International Competition in Pontoise, as well as the 2005 Josef Dichler Piano Competition Vienna. Since the 2015-2016 season, Arghamanyan has been a Bösendorfer Artist.

CALENDAR LISTING  
What:   Symphony Concert “Exhilarating Journey
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Mei-Ann Chen, guest conductor
Nareh Arghamanyan, piano
 
SHOSTAKOVICH: Festive Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1
JENNIFER HIGDON: blue cathedral
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, Italian
 
When:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 8 PM
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., November 4 at 2 PM)
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3 PM
Monday, November 6, 2017 at 8 PM
 
Pre-concert interviews with guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen, facilitated by Musicologist Kayleen Asbo start one hour before each performance and will include Q&A.
(no interviews prior to Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Cost:  Single tickets from $29
 
Tickets
Online:              srsymphony.org
Phone:             54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:          SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
            Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM, (Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 5 PM)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 AM - 1 PM
At the door:       beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 youth 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.orgg

September 26, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony partners with Musicologist Kayleen Asbo for presentations, live interviews and videos

Santa Rosa, September 26, 2017

Santa Rosa Symphony invited Kayleen Asbo to help usher in the Symphony’s 2017-2018 “Choice” season with presentations on- and off-site and professional videos. Kayleen Asbo, an experienced, engaging musicologist and presenter, brings insights into Santa Rosa Symphony’s programming from her rich background as a pianist, composer and cultural historian, to enrich the concert experience for all patrons, regardless of their familiarity with the given works.
 
For a sneak peek at the season's first five concert weekends, patrons are invited to watch a brief video overview in which Kayleen describes the Conductor Candidate portion of the season (October through February concerts) and the Music Director search process. 


In five professional, concert-specific videos, Kayleen takes a closer look at the individual programs selected by the Music Director Candidates, providing both historical context and insights into the composer’s personal context.

In addition, one hour prior to each of the performances in the first five concert weekends, Kayleen will interview each Music Director Candidate about what drew them to the SRS Music Director position, their background and the program they are presenting. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A with the Candidate. These Concert Conversations, beginning with “From Beethoven to Bates,” October 7, 8 and 9, are general seating and free to ticket holders. These pre-concert interviews begin at 7 PM on Saturday and Monday performances and at 2 PM for Sunday performances.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony season previews with Kayleen will deepen ticket-holders’ understanding and appreciation of the rich programming for the Symphony’s 90th Anniversary on October 3 and 4. The October 3 talk will be held at Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa at 7 PM.  Kayleen will repeat the presentation on October 4 at Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 4th St, Petaluma at 7 PM. The Symphony is very grateful to Church of the Incarnation and the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum for so graciously hosting these events.
 
Interested parties may reserve tickets for this free lecture/presentation online or by calling Patron Services at (707) 546-8742.
 
Kayleen also offers eight weeks of lecture-performances into the evolution of classical music, in a series that will bring new depth and insight to the Symphony's 90th season. The first session, The History of the Concerto, begins on  Monday morning, Oct. 9. Sign up for her first Musical Monday lecture-performance series on her website, kayleenasbo.com.
 
Available videos, again, are as follows:
 
Candidate series overview (first five concert weekends – October through February) http://www.srsymphony.org/Artists/Kayleen-Asbo
 
Concert-specific videos for each of the first five concert weekends:
“From Beethoven to Bates,” Francesco Lecce-Chong  http://srsymphony.org/EventDetail/97
“Exhilarating Journey,” Mei-Ann Chen      http://srsymphony.org/EventDetail/98
“A Luscious Euro Sound, Andrew Grams http://srsymphony.org/EventDetail/99
“Timeless Treasures,” Graeme Jenkins http://srsymphony.org/EventDetail/100
“Enter the New World,” Michael Christie  http://srsymphony.org/EventDetail/101
 
Patrons, as always are invited to read program notes in advance, and new this year, listen to the programs in advance with the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Spotify playlists for each concert.
 
High resolution 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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 20, 2017: Creature Features! Oct 29 An affordable, fun, family concert

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 20, 2017

The first Finley Foundation Family Series concert, “Creature Features,” featuring treasured classics depicting real and fantastical animals will delight an all-age audience on October 29, 2017 at 3 PM at Weill Hall, Green Music. Richard Loheyde will lead the orchestra in music, primarily from 20th century musicals and movies, which will engage young and old alike with its animal theme, dramatically supported by Roustabout Theater.
 
From Ludwig van Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus Overture and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Wolf Theme” from Peter and the Wolf to more current favorites such as John Williams’ Theme from Jurassic Park and “Main Title from the Star Wars Saga, the audience will immediately recognize many of the pieces, imagining the creatures as they enjoy the rich, full sound of these favorites live, with a full orchestra. Roustabout Theater, resident theater company of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, make this program especially fun for young children, as they incorporate dance and song in playful skits that accompany the orchestra performance. Roustabout’s Apprentice Program is one of the leading theatrical training and performance programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. See full bio below.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Assistant Conductor, Dr. Richard Loheyde, also serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. Recent positions include director of orchestral activities at the University of Evansville, assistant conductor of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, director of orchestral activities at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and he has served on the faculty at Sonoma State University. See full bio below.
 
Free photo booth and Instrument Petting Zoo
Free pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo and a photo booth, begins at 2 PM. Children are invited to learn about, handle and play instruments in the Instrument Petting Zoo, which is supported by the SRS Music Education Department, SRS Youth Ensemble members and parent volunteers. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite animal or creature and get their photo taken in the free photo booth. Costumes are optional, but the photo booth is always a hit with young and old alike.
 
Concert Sponsor
The 6th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through the generosity of the Ernest L and Ruth W Finley Foundation.
 
Concert Times and Location
Sunday, October 29 at 3 PM, Free Petting Zoo and Photo Booth from 2 PM
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Additional Finley Foundation Family Series dates as follows:
Green Eggs & Ham and Tubby the Tuba
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3 PM
 
Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 3 PM
 
Subscription Packages and Single Tickets
Prior to the October 29 performance, three-concert Family Series subscriptions may be purchased at $45/adult, $30/child (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126 (must include at least two adult and two child subscriptions). Tickets for individual concerts are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under).
 
All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket.  Seats are reserved. 
 
Tickets may also be purchased online (http://srsymphony.org/EventDetail/104), by phone at (707) 546-8742 or in person at the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday.
 
Sponsors
Concert Series sponsored by the Ernest L and Ruth W Finley Foundation.
Additional support provided by the County of Sonoma – Board of Supervisors
 
Program
Ludwig van Beethoven                The Creatures of Prometheus: Overture              
Sergei Prokofiev                         “Wolf Theme” from Peter and the Wolf                
Modest Mussorgsky/Korsakov                Excerpt from Night on Bald Mountain                              
John Williams                            Theme from Jurassic Park                                             
Johann Strauss, Jr.                                Overture to Die Fledermaus [The Bat]                             
John Williams/Ployhar                “Flying Theme” from E.T. [The Extra-Terrestrial]   
Ralph Vaughan Williams            The Wasps: Overture                                        
Igor Stravinsky                           Finale from The Firebird                                     
 John Williams                           “Main Title” from the Star Wars Saga                              
 
Richard Loheyde
Dr. Richard Loheyde presently serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony.

Recent positions include director of orchestral activities at the University of Evansville, assistant conductor of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, director of orchestral activities at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and he has served on the faculty at Sonoma State University. Previously, Dr. Loheyde served as music director of the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the University Orchestra at the University of Texas at Austin, conducting fellow of the Music School Festival Orchestra at the Chautauqua Institution, conductor of orchestras at the International Music Camp and assistant conductor of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.

His guest conducting experience includes engagements with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Civic Orchestra and Opera and the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Loheyde made his conducting debut with the Santa Rosa Symphony in 2006 and now conducts the Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert Series.

Dr. Loheyde began his music studies as a violinist, with early training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and at the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has been a violinist and violist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphony. He has degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut and the University of Texas at Austin.
 
Roustabout Theater
Roustabout Theater is the resident theater company of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts and its Apprentice Program is one of the leading theatrical training and performance programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Roustabout’s award-winning Apprentice Program highlights the talents of the county’s most extraordinary student performers through its professional productions. The theater company also provides unique opportunities for students through their ongoing series of Master Classes with Tony Award winners, award-winning Broadway actors and nationally recognized casting directors. Additionally, their Conservatory Classes provide further training in acting, vocal performance, diction, dialect, movement, dance, improv and stage combat. 
 
Roustabout has collaborated on a number of performances for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Family Concert Series at the Green Music Center, as well as a 2014 Symphony Pops tribute to Marvin Hamlisch.
 
-Photos provided upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:   Santa Rosa Symphony’s Finley Foundation Family Concert “Creature Features”
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Roustabout Theater
 
When:
Saturday, October 29, 2017 at 3 PM
Free Petting Zoo/Free Photo Booth beginning 2 PM
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Single tickets $17 adult / $12 youth. All patrons, regardless of age must have ticket.
 
Tickets
Online:              srsymphony.org
Phone:             54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:          SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
            Monday-Friday , 9 AM - 5 PM, (Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 5 PM)
At the door:       beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 12, 2017: Children 7-17 can attend Santa Rosa Symphony Classical Series Concerts for FREE

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 12, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony will continue its “One-for-One” free child ticket program for the 2017-2018 Classical Series concert season to create greater access for area youth to hear a quality, classical concert. Ninety youths between the ages of seven and seventeen experienced the beauty and wonder of classical music with this offer last season. During this unique and dynamic season, the Symphony’s 90th, families can more easily introduce their children to the world of great classical composers, world-famous contemporary composers, Music Director Candidates and their unique programming, piano concertos and an electric violinist a critic compares to Jimi Hendrix. For each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert, patrons can receive ONE FREE ticket for a youth age 7-17.  Choice Season concerts begin October 7, 2017 and run through May 2018.

This offer is available by phone or in person at the SRS Patron Services office: (707) 546-8742, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north entrance, first floor) Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM (opens 10:30 on Wednesday). This offer is not available online.

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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 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).
Media Contact: 

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 1, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony continues series of free concerts at Sonoma County Library branches

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 1, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — After the success of last year’s collaboration between the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Sonoma County Library, members of the Symphony will once again bring their unique, free concert series to library branches around the county. A complete list of dates, times and locations is included later in this release.

Alan Silow, President and CEO of the Santa Rosa Symphony said, “The Symphony is delighted to renew our partnership with the Sonoma County Library to bring performances of our talented musicians beyond the concert stage to library settings. We’re happy to provide library patrons with free, up-close and enriching musical experiences”.

The String Quintet concert for families, held at two different west county libraries, will play a wide variety of music from some of the most well-known composers and some not-so-familiar. This family concert includes pieces for children, such as The Pink Panther, The Elephant from Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals and Eine Kline Nachtmusik and, for adults, pieces composed by Benjamin Britten, Anton Dvorak, Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi.

The Guitar and Flute Duo, performing at the Petaluma library, will entertain and educate audience members of every age. The short, interactive performance will include Q&A about the instruments.

In the Percussion Ensemble program at the Central library, the musicians take the audience on a musical tour by demonstrating how percussion instruments are played. Questions pertaining to percussion and about being professional percussionists are welcome. During this entertaining tour through the percussion section, some lucky members of the audience will join in to drum—and maybe even conduct!

Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.
 
Performance Schedule 

Saturday, September 23, 2017: String Quintet (geared to families) Sebastopol and Guerneville Regional Libraries
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM   Sebastopol Library (7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol)
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM   Guerneville Library (14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville)
Musicians: Claire Martin and Aromi Park, violin; Meg Eldridge, viola; Wanda Warkentin, cello; Andrew McCorkle, bass (and leader)
 
Monday, November 6, 2017:  Guitar Flute Duo
Petaluma Library, (100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma)
6:00 PM  – 7:00 PM children’s program
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM  adult program
Musicians: Jane Shelly, flute; Katherine Altimura, guitar
 
Saturday, November 18, 2017: Percussion Trio
Central Santa Rosa Library (211 E Street, Santa Rosa)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM children’s program
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM adult program
Musicians: Stan Muncy, SRS percussion, two more players TBD

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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 youth 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

August 23, 2017: 90th Anniversary Santa Rosa Symphony Season begins October 7, 8 and 9 First of five Music Director Candidates, Francesco Lecce-Chong, and Joyce Yang playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 23, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony’s 90th Anniversary Season opens with the first of five Music Dirctor Candidates, Francesco Lecce-Chong’s “From Beethoven to Bates,” October 7, 8 and 9 at the Green Music Center, featuring award-winning pianist Joyce Yang, joining the orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
 
Francesco Lecce-Chong, winner of the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award and The Presser Foundation Music Award, was appointed as Music Director and Conductor of the Eugene Symphony in Oregon in April of this year and promoted to Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this summer. While at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, he helped create the first MSO Composer Institute.
 
“I look forward to working with the Santa Rosa Symphony in October as a music director candidate,” says Lecce Chong. “I'm thrilled with the prospect of joining an orchestra with such a rich history of artistic excellence that is fully committed to serving and enriching its community through music.”
 
Yang, as the youngest 2005 Cliburn contestant at 19, won a silver medal and took home the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work. She solos with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians. See full bio below.
 
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 provides breathtaking solo lines that will spotlight what Washington Post calls Yang’s agility, balance and velocity, which it says is as impressive as her detail and clarity. “Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto,” says Lecce-Chong, “is the only one of his piano concertos in a minor key and the masterful composer dives into it with a dark, passionate work – breathtaking in its virtuosic writing for the soloist, and punctuated by powerful orchestral interludes.” 
 
The program, thoughtfully crafted and conducted by Music Director Candidate Francesco Lecco-Chong also includes Garages of the Valley by Grammy-nominated, Bay Area resident, Mason Bates. Enhanced by electronic music, Garages of the Valley is an ode to Silicon Valley dot-com titans who started in a garage. Bates is the most performed composer of his time. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 comprises the second half of the concert, taking the audience, according to Lecce-Chong, from tragedy to triumph with terrifying brass fanfares to a painfully lonely moment with a single bassoon. Lecce-Chong declares the piece a work of creative genius.
 
The 90th Season is set apart with the Symphony’s search for the next Music Director. Each of the five final contenders will conduct one concert set this season October 2017-February 2018. They will also be interviewed by popular musicologist Kayleen Asbo in the pre-concert talks. Audiences will also have an opportunity to provide feedback, which will be taken into consideration by the Music Director Search Committee. 
 
Program Notes are available on the Symphony website to further enhance the patron’s experience.
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, October 8 and Monday, October 10 at 8 PM, and Sunday, October 9 at 3 PM.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, October 8 at 2 PM.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Tickets
Single tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9 AM to 5:00 PM. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 AM to 1 PM. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1 1/2 hours before each performance.
Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performance. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors

Guest conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong is underwritten by David & Corinne Byrd
Joyce Yang is underwritten by Sigmund Anderman, In memory of Susan Anderman
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy & Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship

-Photos of Francesco Lecce-Chong and Joyce Yang provided upon request-
 
BIOS
Francesco Lecce-Chong, guest conductor
American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has worked with orchestras around the world including engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently holds the position of Associate Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director and Conductor of the Eugene Symphony. Previously, Lecce-Chong served as Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Grand Teton Music Festival.
 
Lecce-Chong has earned a growing reputation and critical acclaim for dynamic, forceful performances, garnering national distinction, including the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award and The Presser Foundation Music Award. He has also been featured in international masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, David Robertson, and Christopher Seaman.
 
As a trained pianist and composer, Lecce-Chong embraces innovative programming, champions the work of new composers and supports arts education. While working with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) from 2011-2015, he curated and presented the works of both active and lesser-known composers, including two works commissioned by the orchestra, as well as two United States premieres. He also helped create the first MSO Composer Institute, providing performance opportunities for young American composers. Lecce-Chong has complemented his programming with a strong commitment to arts education for all ages. In Milwaukee, he provided artistic leadership for the MSO’s nationally-lauded Arts in Community Education program – one of the largest arts integration programs in the country – and he continues to be a frequent guest speaker for arts organizations around the country.
 
Lecce-Chong is a native of Boulder, Colorado, where he began conducting at the age of 16. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree with honors in piano and orchestral conducting. Mr. Lecce-Chong also holds a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied as a Martin and Sarah Taylor Fellow with Otto-Werner Mueller. 
 
Joyce Yang, piano
Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post), Steinway artist Joyce Yang captivates with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. As a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Yang showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians.
 
The youngest 2005 Cliburn contestant at 19, she also took home the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work.
 
She has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Sydney, and Toronto symphony orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the BBC Philharmonic (among many others), working with such distinguished conductors as Edo de Waart, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Manfred Honeck, Jacques Lacombe, Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Bramwell Tovey, Peter Oundjian, and Jaap van Zweden. In recital, Yang has taken the stage at New York’s Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Chicago’s Symphony Hall; and Zurich’s Tonhalle.
 
Highlights of Yang’s 2016/2017 season include debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, recitals in Anchorage, Beverly Hills, Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Seattle and concerts with violinist Augustin Hadelich, in Dallas, New York City, Saint Paul, San Francisco and more. The 2016/2017 season also includes a performance at Chamber Music International in Dallas with the Alexander String Quartet, with whom she recorded the Brahms and Schumann Piano Quintets, a collaboration with Hadelich for Avie Records and the world premiere recording of Michael Torke’s Piano Concerto, created expressly for her, commissioned by the Albany Symphony. She also appeared as orchestral soloist across the nation and a number of summer festivals.

Recent season highlights include Yang’s debuts with New Jersey Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Cambridge International Piano Series, Montreal with I Musici de Montréal with Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and Pittsburgh Symphony, playing Schumann’s Concerto and multiple returns to the New York Philharmonic. She concluded a five-year Rachmaninoff cycle with de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony and joined the Takács Quartet for Dvorak in at Lincoln Center.
 
In 2014, Yang released three albums. Gramophone praised “Collage“(2011, Avie Records) as “imaginative programming” and “beautifully atmospheric playing.” Yang appears in the film “In the Heart of Music”, a documentary about the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:   Symphony Concert “From Beethoven to Bates
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Francesco Lecce-Chong, guest conductor
Joyce Yang, piano
 
Mason bates: Garages of the Valley
beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
 
When:
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., October 7 at 2 pm)
Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3 pm
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert interviews with guest conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, facilitated by Musicologist Kayleen Asbo start one hour before each performance and will include Q&A.
(no interviews prior to Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Cost:  Single tickets from $29
 
Tickets
Online:              srsymphony.org
Phone:             54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:          SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
            Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door:       beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 youth 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

July 31, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony Single Tickets on Sale August 7

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 31, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Individual tickets for the 2017-2018 Santa Rosa Symphony “A Choice Season,” concerts and events go on sale Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9 AM. In addition, August 7 – August 25, tickets for the Classical Series concerts, Saturday and Monday evenings and Sunday afternoons, may be purchased at a 15% discount. Tickets for these 90th Anniversary season concerts may be purchased at srsymphony.org, by phone at 54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742, or in person Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM at the Symphony Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north entrance, first floor). 
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony’s 90th year features talented, world-renowned guest artists and distinguished guest conductors as the Symphony, along with its patrons, experiences the different styles and programming choices of the five conductor candidates. The final two concert sets bid farewell to the Symphony’s fourth ever Music Director, Bruno Ferrandis with special programming and separately ticketed “Merci Beaucoup, Maestro!” receptions.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony 2017-2018 Highlights
Sixth season as the resident orchestra of the Green Music Center

Five uniquely-qualified conductors raise their batons for a chance to be our next music director

Popular musicologist Kayleen Asbo interviews the five music director candidates before each of the first five   concert sets

Five piano concertos (guest conductor sets) featuring pianists Joyce Yang, Nareh Arghamanyan, Stewart Goodyear, Orli Shaham and Anna Fedorova

Electric violin artist and pioneer Tracy Silverman plays The Dharma at Big Sur (composed for him byPulitzer-winner John Adams) and holds a masterclass

Iconic Russian film score Alexander Nevsky

United States Premiere of Temporis for Cymbalom and Orchestra by Czech composer Michal Rataj

Mahler’s “farewell” Symphony No. 9 for Bruno Ferrandis’ Au Revoir concerts May 5-7, 2018

Merci Beaucoup, Maestro! receptions in Prelude restaurant, honoring departing Music Director Bruno Ferrandis following each performance May 5, 6 & 7

Michael Berkowitz conducts four Symphony Pops concerts at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (tickets through LBC only)

Finley Foundation Family Concert Series October 29 (with free photo booth), January 28 and March 18

Orchestra-floor seating now available at the lowest offered price

SRS Youth Ensembles Showcase Concert, featuring, for the first time, a work commissioned for the SRS Youth Ensembles 


Classical Series tickets for performances on Saturday and Monday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM range from $29 - $85, depending on seat location. Price range August 7 – 25, with the 15% discount is $25 - $72. Tickets for the Family Concert Series, not included in the 15% off promotion, are $17 for adults and $12 for children under 12.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services staff is available to provide complete information for the Classical Series, Family Series and all special concerts and events and answer any other questions regarding seating. Patrons are invited to call (707) 546-8742 between 9 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday (after 10:30 on Wednesdays). More information and ticket purchases may also be found at www.srsymphony.org.
 
 
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 youth 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

June 29, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony celebrates a banner year at 2016-2017 season end

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 29, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —  The Santa Rosa Symphony recently ended a highly successful 2016-2017 year in its fifth season as resident orchestra of  Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. This fiscal year was a milestone in its 89-year history. New highs were achieved and seeds were sown for future artistic and educational vibrancy, diversity and relevancy within a fiscally sound environment.
 
Top Organizational highlights in the 2017-2018 fiscal year included:
-Third free community concert reached diverse audience of 4,000 with female mariachi ensemble
-Music Director Bruno Ferrandis conducted entire season of Classical Series
-Search for fifth Music Director resulted in an impressive roster of five highly-experienced candidates
-All Education programs are growing and Summer Music Academy set new records for enrollment
-Funded new music program to reach all 127 elementary schools beginning Fall 2018
-Historic high for donations breaking the $2 million ceiling, accentuated by record level of individual and board giving
-Most successful gala fundraiser in the Symphony’s 13-year history of the tradition, honoring Evert Person
-Endowment fund value exceeds $12 million for the first time
-Fourteenth consecutive year ending the fiscal year in the black

Chair of the Board of Directors Sara Woodfield commented, “The Santa Rosa Symphony’s accomplishments this last season have been steady and prodigious. I am most proud that Music Director Bruno Ferrandis’ last full year was such a success in terms of programing and audience engagement. In addition, I am gratified at the Symphony’s growing role in music education in our community, reaching all age levels, all economic bases and various musical backgrounds, as we continue to bring high quality music to our region.”
 
SRS President and CEO Alan Silow said, “Key factors in our success have been and will continue to be the artistic excellence of our orchestra performing a repertoire noted for its creativity and audience appeal; an educational program responsive to the needs of our youth; the ongoing commitment and teamwork among staff, volunteers and the Board of Directors; aggressive and targeted marketing and fundraising efforts; and continued monitoring of investments and control of expenditures. In our 90th 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 and fiscal sustainability.”
 
 
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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 youth 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

June 21, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony announces new board members and officers for 2017-2018

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 21, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony has announced five new appointments to its board of directors. They are Susan Flannery Adams of Petaluma, Corinne Antipa of Santa Rosa, Liz Martin of Santa Rosa, Robert May of Windsor and Shelby Milanez of Santa Rosa.
Jamei Haswell steps up this year as Board Chair, while Alan Seidenfeld fills her former role as Vice-chair.  Ron LaBruzzo is the new Treasurer and Linda Castiglioni continues her duties as Secretary.
 
Haswell says of the appointments, "Collectively, these new board members represent a cross section of expertise and talent. Their skill sets include university business faculty, classical composition, senior care living, management, television and film production and contemporary dance. Their strengths will enable the Symphony to continue to become even more community centered."
 
New Board Member Biographies
SusanFlanneryAdams.jpgSusan Flannery Adams discovered a love of music from her 4th grade band teacher in Middletown, Ohio, who encouraged her to learn the oboe, opening doors of opportunity in her young adult life. An enthusiastic patron of music, Susan Flannery Adams recognizes the importance of engaging our youth in music education and appreciates those who commit to be professional educators and musicians.
 
Currently a professional faculty member in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, Susan teaches undergraduate and MBA classes, coordinates the HR Certificate Program for working professionals, and develops programs designed to connect students with the local business community. Prior to this role, Susan Flannery Adams was an independent consultant, led Human Resources at PNI Sensor Corporation in Santa Rosa, and held senior positions at international consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and Chicago-based senior housing and healthcare provider United Methodist Homes and Services. She holds a BA in International Economics and Cultural Affairs from Valparaiso University, and a Master's degree in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.
 
Susan Flannery Adams currently resides in Petaluma, Calif. with her husband Ed and their two boys, Bennett and Charlie (a current member of the SRS Preparatory Orchestra). In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with their yellow lab, growing tomatoes and tending their menagerie of rabbits and chickens.  She enjoys actively serving the community through volunteer work for Pepperwood Preserve, the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer and St. Vincent De Paul schools.
 
CorinneAntipaHeadshotSM.jpgCorinne Antipa is a longtime member of the Santa Rosa Symphony cello section, has an active private studio and is a freelance performer in northern California. She had the great good fortune of studying with Bonnie Hampton and then with Colin Hampton before going to college where the siren song drew her back to dance. Antipa holds a Bachelors and Master degree in dance from Mills College and until this last school year, spent forty years on the faculty of Santa Rosa Junior College teaching dance technique, dance history and choreography. She also has worked in the field of historical dance in reconstruction and performance. The cellist in her as well as the dancer led her to be trained in the Feldenkrais Method in 1994.
 
Antipa lives in Santa Rosa with a variety of four-footed companions and confides that if not for the good-sense guidance of her parents, she might have chucked it all for a horse, a saddle and the open range.
 
President-Head-ShotSM.jpgLiz Martin has been a season ticket holder since 1998, the year she moved to Sonoma County and married Waights Taylor. She had the good fortune to sit behind Sheila Einhorn at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts when the Symphony played there, and Einhorn convinced her to join the Symphony League. Since then she has been involved in raising money to help support the music education programs of the Santa Rosa Symphony, most recently as the Vice President Ongoing Fundraising.
 
Martin and Taylor have a total of five children and seven grandchildren, all living in the Bay Area. Martin is a retired Realtor with Coldwell Banker.
 
Rmay-shotSM.jpgRobert May is an internationally recognized, award-winning composer of classical music. He has won numerous awards from CAPAC/ASCAP, CBC Radio National Composers Competition, Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation, Canadian Opera Company and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Competition for New Music.
 
He has studied with renowned composers including Pulitzer prize winning composers Joseph Schwantner, Christopher Rouse, Bernard Rands and Michael Colgrass. May is a graduate of the Eastman School at the University of Rochester completing his MA in Composition with a minor in Musicology and course work for his PhD.
 
May also has a long career in gerontology and retirement living, and is currently the Executive Director of Fountaingrove Lodge for Oakmont Senior Living in Santa Rosa, the country’s first LGBT - Continuing Care Retirement Community.  He has been involved in the operations of running profitable companies and is responsible for managing human and financial resources, including proven fundraising skills.  He has held executive positions for Sunrise and Brookdale Senior Living Corporations and numerous emerging technology ventures.
 
May is an accomplished classical pianist and an avid collector of fine art inspired by the School of Fantastic Realism.  His epicurean interests include fine dining and adding to his collection of fine French Bordeaux and Sonoma wines, along with presenting entertaining talks on wine and food, and Classical music.
 
Shelby2-SM.jpgShelby Milanez is a recent transplant to Sonoma County from Brooklyn, New York, where she spent more than a decade supervising the wardrobe departments for various film and television productions. Notable film credits include Margin Call, Oscar-nominated Blue Valentine and BAFTA-nominated An Englishman in New York. Her noteworthy television credits include four seasons of Starz Network’s POWER and three seasons of NBC’s Royal Pains. She has degrees in both Sociology and Gender Studies from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
 
Although recently relocated with her husband to Santa Rosa, her family has deep ties to Sonoma County, including a great-great-grandfather who was the land grant commissioner for Northern California.  She is very excited to integrate into the Sonoma County community her family has been a part of for so long—and to add to it, as she and her husband are expecting their first child this July.
 
Milanez was an avid supporter of the performing arts in New York and is focused on inspiring and supporting the next generation of artists within Sonoma County. She is an ongoing member of the Junior League Sonoma-Napa as well as the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).

High resolution 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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 90th 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 23,000 youth 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).

Media Contact:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097  ext. 218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

March 3, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces 2017-2018 90th Anniversary Season

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 3, 2017

Santa Rosa Symphony Announces 2017-2018 90th Anniversary Season
“A Choice Season” with Five Music Director Candidates and Bruno Ferrandis’ Spectacular Au Revoir
Subscriptions on sale March 6, 2017

Season Highlights
-Sixth season as the resident orchestra of the Green Music Center
-Five uniquely-qualified conductors raise their batons for a chance to be our next music director
-Popular musicologist Kayleen Asbo interviews the five music director candidates before each of the first five concert sets
-Five piano concertos (guest conductor sets) featuring pianists Joyce Yang, Nareh Arghamanyan, Stewart -Goodyear, Orli Shaham and Anna Fedorova
-Donald Green honored by the Symphony in a season-opening benefit celebration
-Electric violin artist and pioneer Tracy Silverman plays The Dharma at Big Sur (composed for him by Pulitzer-winner John Adams) and holds a masterclass
-Iconic Russian film score Alexander Nevsky
-United States Premiere of Temporis for Cymbalom and Orchestra by Czech composer Michal Rataj
-Mahler’s “farewell” Symphony No. 9 for Bruno Ferrandis’ Au Revoir concerts May 5-7, 2018
-Postludes in Prelude restaurant honoring departing Music Director Bruno Ferrandis following each performance May 5, 6 & 7
-Michael Berkowitz conducts four Symphony Pops concerts at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
-Family Concert Series October 29 (with free photo booth), January 28 and March 18
-Two new subscription packages: Five-concert Candidate Series (October-February concerts) and the Sweetheart Series (four Saturday performance vouchers)
-Orchestra-floor seating now available at the lowest offered price
-Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO)  Tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest June 19-28, 2018 after a “Bon Voyage” concert sendoff on Father’s Day
-First ever SRS Youth Ensembles Showcase Concert, featuring a work commissioned for the SRS Youth Ensembles
-Free Concerts for Youth in February with Repertory Orchestra & Simply Strings; in May with SRSYO & IGNITE!

90th Performance Season: October – May
(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony’s 90th season is “A Choice Season” with five uniquely-qualified Music Director Candidates each raising their batons for a chance to be chosen as the Symphony’s next Music Director. Each of the guest conductor programs includes a well-known piano concerto and a classic and modern work. Appearances by the five candidates are sponsored by Corinne and David Byrd.
                                                                                                                                      
The piano concertos chosen by the Music Director Candidates sets are as follows: Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3, played by Joyce Yang; Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1, played by Nareh Arghamanyan; Ravel’s Concerto in G major, played by Stewart Goodyear; Mozart’s Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan, played by Orli Shaham; Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3, played by Anna Fedorova.
 
Kayleen Asbo, a popular musicologist and cultural historian, returns for the pre-concert talks October through February, which will take the form of an interview with the guest conductors before their concerts, with an opportunity for questions from the audience. As always, these Concert Conversations are free to ticket holders and are general seating. They begin one hour before the classical set concerts (except the Discovery Rehearsals) and last for approximately 30 minutes. Ticket holders for the 90th Season will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the candidates following each concert.
 
“Rarely will so many people enjoy so much happiness from such an extraordinary roster of guest conductors, soloists and musicians, performing a tailor-made season of beloved classical music,” says Executive Director Alan Silow about the 2017-2018 Season’s programs.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony opens its sixth season as the resident orchestra of the Green Music Center by honoring long-time Santa Rosa Symphony-supporter Donald Green at a special benefit for our music education programs. This event celebrates the profound impact of community leader Donald Green with a reception, private piano recital with Joyce Yang in Weill Hall and a gourmet dinner in Prelude Restaurant at the Green Music Center on Friday, October 6, 2017, at 6 PM.
 
Bruno Ferrandis returns for his twelfth and final season as music director; conducting the 6th and 7th concert sets in April and May. Ferrandis’ April offering features Tracy Silverman playing Electric Violin, an instrument he pioneered, for The Dharma at Big Sur, a composition written specifically for him by Pulitzer prizewinner John Adams. The New York Times describes Silverman’s premiere performance as “fleet agility and tangy expressivity with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix.” The concert also features the iconic Russian film score, Alexander Nevsky with the Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus and mezzo-soprano Jacalyn Kreitzer joining forces with the orchestra.
 
In May, Ferrandis bids “Au Revoir” with a United States premiere of Czech composer Michal Rataj’s Temporis, played by Czech artist Jan Mikusek and Mahler’s “farewell” Symphony No. 9, a masterpiece played by 90 musicians. Maestro Bruno Ferrandis says, “With my last concert program for the Santa Rosa Symphony, I will say goodbye literally and symbolically with Mahler’s “farewell” Ninth Symphony, a piece which is filled with emotional intensity and contrasting nuance.”
 
The 2017-2018 Classical Season ends with “Merci Beaucoup, Maestro!” receptions to honor Ferrandis following each of the performances May 5, 6 & 7, 2018. Tickets for the receptions are $100 per person ($80 tax deductible) and include hors d’oeuvres, wine and a chance to meet the Maestro. These receptions are underwritten by Norma Person.
 
The Discovery Rehearsal Series is again a vital part of the Symphony’s offerings, providing a less formal, but more informative experience as audience members watch the interaction between conductor and orchestra. These affordable, general seating open rehearsals are the Saturday of classical concert sets at 2 PM, with no pre-concert talk. This series is underwritten by The David Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony will present the sixth season of three Family Series concerts in the 2017-2018 Season, directed by Richard Loheyde. “Creature Features comes alive on October 29, 2017, with the help of Roustabout Theater. This Family Concert also features a free photo booth prior to the performance. On January 28, 2018, Really Inventive Stuff joins the Symphony for “Green Eggs & Ham and Tubby the Tuba.” Classical Kids Live! performs with the Symphony for “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage on March 18, 2018.
 
A special choice offering this season only is the Candidates Series, in which patrons may purchase a five-concert subscription package for the Music Director Candidates’ sets (October – February). Also new in the 90th season is the Sweetheart Series, in which patrons may buy four vouchers to be redeemed for Saturday night classical performances to have two Symphony date nights with their special someone.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony has also restructured its pricing scale to allow for orchestra-floor seating at the lowest offered price.
 
The Symphony Pops Series returns to the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts with four concerts conducted by Michael Berkowitz in October, December, February and April.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony’s Music Education department has a full schedule in the 2017-2018 Season. The SRS Youth Ensembles Showcase Concert in March will, for the first time ever, feature a work commissioned for the entire group (by SRS principal trumpeter Douglas Morton). The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra will be on tour in Salszburg, Vienna and Budapest June 19-28, 2018, after a “Bon Voyage” concert sendoff on Father’s Day. They will also be performing in three concerts, one each in November, March and May. The Preparatory and Reparatory Orchestras have two concerts, as do the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (the latter sponsored by Linda Castiglioni). Simply Strings, SRS’ program for elementary school students, inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, a social action music program held at Sheppard Elementary School in Roseland, will have three recitals.

A" Choice Season" - An Overview
Performances Saturdays and Mondays at 8PM, Sundays at 3PM,
Discovery Rehearsals Saturdays at 2PM
2017-2018 Classical Series Details
The Santa Rosa Symphony’s 90th season begins “From Bates to Beethoven” on October 7, 8 & 9 with Garages of the Valley, a picturesque ode to Silicon Valley dot-com titans, by Grammy-nominated Mason Bates, recently named the most performed composer of his generation. Award-winning pianist Joyce Yang plays Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with its breathtaking solo lines. Music Director Candidate Francesco Lecce-Chong pairs this passionate piece with Tchaikovsky’s awe-inspiring Fourth Symphony. From its terrifying brass fanfares to its painfully lonely moment with a single bassoon, it moves from tragedy to triumph.
 
In “Exhilarating Journey”, on November 4, 5 & 6, Music Director Candidate Mei-Ann Chen encompasses 160 years beginning with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, a joyful time capsule of the October Revolution. The wildly imaginative Nareh Arghamanyan commands the Steinway for Tchaikovsky’s monumental Piano Concerto No. 1. Higdon’s blue cathedral contrasts the older works with a touching, personal tribute to the composer's sibling, which contemplates the subject of life itself. Mendelssohn's exuberant Italian Symphony concludes the program. Nareh Arghamanyan underwritten by Jim Lamb.
 
Music Director Candidate Andrew Grams’ “Luscious Euro Sound,” on December 2, 3 & 4 begins with Overture to King Lear by Berlioz, which musically depicts the King’s entry to the council chamber, the storm on the heath, the terrible prison scene and the lament of Cordelia. Ravel sets off a sublime, elegant—even delicate—second movement with a jazzy first and third in his Piano Concerto, played by Stewart Goodyear. Grams contrasts the light, upbeat Ravel with Rachmaninoff’s dark-hued and brooding Symphonic Dances. Finally, Debussy’s beloved Clair de lune, with its luscious sound, resonates in the heart. Performances sponsored by Alan and Susan Seidenfeld. Stewart Goodyear underwritten by Laura Tietz.
 
On January 13, 14 & 15, for “Timeless Treasures”, Orli Shaham, heralded as a first-rate Mozartean by the Chicago Tribune, plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, with its emotional mixture of charm, joy and sadness. Music Director Candidate Graeme Jenkins places the popular Mozart Concerto between Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, which travels from Viennese charm to military bombast, and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, a tour de force that speaks of destruction and triumph. Performances sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa and The E. Nakamichi Foundation. Orli Shaham underwritten by Elizabeth Witchey-Ryer.
 
“Entering the New World” runs February 10, 11 & 12 with Bernstein’s On the Waterfront, which demonstrates Bernstein’s equal ease with jazz rhythm and memorable, soaring melody. Prokofiev’s riveting Third Piano Concerto performed by Anna Fedorova, one of the world’s premier young pianists, blends joyful rhythms with interludes of quiet reflection, followed by a sweeping final movement which builds to a thrilling conclusion. Music Director Candidate Michael Christie’s rich and varied program concludes with Dvorak’s masterpiece From the New World Symphony, which is seeded with American melody and folklore. Performances sponsored by Ava and Sam Guerrera. Anna Fedorova is underwritten by Faye Smith.
 
Bruno Ferrandis returns on April 7, 8 & 9 with “Ode to California” which features Tracy Silverman playing six-string electric violin, an instrument he pioneered, for The Dharma at Big Sur, a concerto composed for him by Pulitzer winner John Adams. The New York Times described Silverman’s premiere performance as “fleet agility and tangy expressivity with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix.”  Wagner revolutionized harmony in his romantic Tristan and Isolde. Mezzo-soprano Jacalyn Krietzer and the Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus join in for Alexander Nevsky, the Russian film score, for a monumental tale of battles, invasion, liberation and triumph. Performances sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green.
 
On May 5, 6, & 7, Bruno Ferrandis’ “Au Revoir” marks the US premiere of Czech composer Rataj’s Temporis, written in 2015, which features an Eastern European hammered dulcimer, a cymbalom, played by Czech artist Jan Mikusek. Bruno bids farewell with a masterpiece brimming with 90 musicians. Mahler’s last complete score, written after his daughter’s death, is ultimately an affirming love song to life and mortality, fittingly inscribed, “O beauty! Love! Farewell! Farewell!” Performances sponsored by Viking Cruises. Jan Mikusek is underwritten by Linda Castiglioni.
 
—Photos of all guest artists are available upon request—
List of Works 2017-2018 Classical Series
(Works receiving their first SRS performance noted with*, US Premiere with **)
Bates:                           Garages of the Valley*
Beethoven:                    Concerto No. 3 in C minor
Tchaikovsky:                 Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36
Shostakovich:                Festive Overture for Orchestra
Tchaikovsky:                 Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 23
Jennifer Higdon:             blue cathedral*
Mendelssohn:                Symphony No. 4 in A major, Italian
Berlioz:                         Overture to Le roi Lear [King Lear] for Orchestra, Opus 4*
Ravel:                           Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra
Rachmaninoff:                Symphonic Dances for Orchestra, Opus 45
Debussy:                      Clair de lune for Orchestra*
Haydn:                          Symphony No. 100 in G major, Military*
Mozart:                         Concerto No. 21 in C major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 467, Elvira Madigan
Bartók:                          Concerto for Orchestra
Bernstein:                     Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront
Prokofiev:                      Concerto No. 3 in C major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 26
Dvořák:                         Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Opus 95, From the New World
Wagner:                        Relude and Liebestad from Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90
Adams:                         The Dharma at Big Sur for Electric Violin and Orchestra*
Prokofiev:                      Alexander Nevsky (cantata) for Mezz-soprano, Orchestra and Chorus, Opus 78*
Michael Rataj:               Temporis for Cymbalom and Orchestra**
Mahler:                         Symphony No. 9 in D major
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Family Series
Santa Rosa Symphony’s Family Series comprises three interactive concerts for all ages, each featuring a guest performance troupe. Richard Loheyde conducts these affordable, educational and entertaining concerts on three Sunday afternoons at 3 PM. An Instrument petting zoo is available for children to handle and play instruments, beginning one hour prior to performances, free for all ticket holders.

On October 29, 2017, “Creature Features,” the Symphony explores treasured classics depicting favorite members of the animal kingdom, creatures of the silver screen, including fantastical creatures of all shapes and sizes. Roustabout Theater joins the Symphony. At this concert only, there will be a free photo booth, in addition to the petting zoo one hour before the performance.

“Green Eggs & Ham and Tubby the Tuba” will be presented on January 28, 2018, with the help of Really Inventive Stuff. Sam-I-Am serves up a feast of endless surprises for a Seussical Diva in this Dr. Seuss classic. Then, with the help of an unlikely friend, Tubby the Tuba discovers that dreams can come true. Patrons of all ages experience the adventures of a red polkadot yo-yo, a dapper bullfrog puppet and a small piece of ribbon for a charming virtuoso performance.
 
Classical Kids Live! joins the Symphony on March 18, 2018 for “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage,” which follows the Mozart’s young son, Karl, as he visits his father and learns of his extraordinary life: from the meeting of the Queen of England and the Pope, to visiting the Sistine Chapel and experiencing Carnivale. Adults and children alike will discover the great master’s passion for composing as they journey with the actors and Orchestra into the world of The Magic Flute.
 
Symphony Pops Series
The Symphony Pops Series returns with four crowd-pleasing Sunday afternoon concerts performed at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. All concerts begin at 3 PM, with a pre-concert talk with conductor Michael Berkowitz one hour prior to the performance.
 
On October 22, 2017, powerhouse trumpeter and soulful, charismatic singer Byron Stripling joins the Symphony for “What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Byron Stripling will dazzle the audience with What a Wonderful World, Saint James Infirmary, Royal Garden Blues, Hello Dolly, Basin Street Blues, and more. Stripling’s signature version of When the Saints Go Marchin' In closes the show.
 
“A Holly Jolly Pops” with Roustabout Theatre, Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus and vocalists (TBA) rings out on December 10, 2017 with holiday favorites: Sleigh Ride, Baby It’s Cold Outside, White Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy, Ave Maria, and more, plus an appearance by Santa Claus.  This holiday concert is a great outing for the whole family.
 
Papa Doo Run Run takes the stage with the “Symphony for Surfin’ Safari” on February 18, 2018. Renowned Beach Boys tribute band Papa Doo Run Run delivers classic rock from the 60's and 70's, including their award winning re-creation of the Beach Boys’ hits. Favorites include California Girls, Surfin’ Safari, Wouldn't It Be Nice, Wipe Out, Help Me Rhonda and Fun, Fun, Fun.
 
On April 22, 2018, “Love, Lust and Rock ‘n’ Roll” celebrate hits from the 30s to the 90s with Storm Large, lead singer for Pink Martini. Berkowitz’ program includes hits from Frank Sinatra to Elton John and Queen. This performance may contain adult content and explicit language (with humor). Not recommended for children younger than 12.
 
NOTE: Subscription tickets for the Symphony Pops concerts will be available ONLY through the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts box office: (707) 546-3600, http://www.lutherburbankcenter.org.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles at Weill Hall
Richard Loheyde, Conductor
 
Sunday, November 19, 2017       Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO)
Saturday, March 3, 2018            SRSYO with Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, March 10, 2018           All Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensemble Showcase
Sunday, May 13, 2018               SRSYO Mother’s Day Concert
 
Hospitality PartnerDoubletree by Hilton Hotel
Santa Rosa Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park for providing lodging for our esteemed guest artists and conductors. 
 
Doubletree by Hilton, where "the little things mean everything” includes the warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival, features Bacchus Restaurant and Wine Bar, perfect for pre- and post-concert dining.  Ways to Enhance the Concert Experience Concert Conversations
In Santa Rosa Symphony’s popular pre-concert talks, the conductors discuss the musical program and answer questions from the audience. For this Choice Season only, the Music Conductor Candidates will be interviewed by popular musicologist Kayleen Asbo prior to their concerts. Bruno Ferrandis will conduct the Concert Conversations for the final two sets. These relaxed, informative pre-concert talks begin one hour prior to the Classical Concert Series performances in Weill Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Concert Conversations are underwritten by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy.
 
Program Notes Online
Notes offer insight and fascinating details about the concert program and are posted on each of the seven Classical Series concert event pages at srsymphony.org.
 
Directions and Transportation
The Green Music Center
The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center is located on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, at the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road. It is just 42 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
 
From the south, take U.S. Highway 101 north to the Rohnert Park Expressway exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Rohnert Park Expressway. Drive 2.2 miles to the Green Music Center entrance on your right.
 
From the north, take U.S. Highway 101 south to the Rohnert Park Expressway exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Rohnert Park Expressway. Drive 2.2 miles to the Green Music Center entrance on your right.
 
Bus Packages
The Santa Rosa Symphony sponsors private bus service to many of our concerts at the Green Music Center. The cost is $77 for all seven Classical Series concerts or $15 for individual concerts. For details and specific bus schedules, please call the Patron Services Office at 707-546-8742.  

Subscription Series Tickets for the 2017-2018 Season
On Sale March 6
There are two new offerings this year: the Sweetheart Series (four ticket vouchers good for any Saturday evening SRS Classical Concert at Weill Hall) and the Candidate Series for those who want to make sure get their preferred seat for the first five concert sets in which the Music Conductor Candidates conduct their carefully crafted programs. Find Seasons Subscription package pricing here.  
 
Subscription renewal deadline to retain the same seats is April 14, 2017
 
Classical Concert Series
The seven-concert package is the ONLY way for patrons to secure their preferred seat to EACH Symphony Classical Series concert. Subscribers choose between seven Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays and enjoy the same seat for all seven concerts.
Packages: $168-$546 (some seating areas require a minimum per seat donation)
 
Candidate Series NEW!
Special this year, patrons may purchase a five-concert subscription package to experience all five Music Director Candidates, October-February.
Packages: $130-$415
 
Mini Series
Patrons may select four of the seven Classical Series concerts to create a customized Mini Series and enjoy many of the benefits of subscribing.
Packages: $104-332
 
Come As You Can Series
This is the most flexible subscription package—eight ticket vouchers which may be redeemed in any combination, for example: two tickets to each of four concerts, or eight tickets for one concert. Seating is the best available at the time of redemption.
Packages: $400
 
Sweetheart Series NEW!
With the new Sweetheart series, patrons can plan ahead for two date nights, two outings with a friend or four Saturdays for themselves. Four vouchers to redeem for any classical Saturday evening concert.
Packages: $200
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
On seven Saturdays at 2 PM, audiences experience a concert in the making at this open rehearsal series. It is ideal as a shared family experience or as an economical alternative for low-income patrons. It also offers a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between the orchestra and conductor as they rehearse, and could be used as a sneak preview for any regular subscriber!
Packages: $105 for adults; $70 for youth 18 years old and younger.
 
Family Concert Series
Our orchestra and zany, colorful guest artists present three Sunday afternoon performances at 3 PM that pique imaginations, and delight one and all! Pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo, begins one hour before each performance. A free photo booth is also available at the October concert.
Packages: $45 for adults; $30 for children 12 and under.
Family Packages for four start at $126. (must include 2 child subscriptions)
 
Symphony subscriptions are available only through the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office (in person or 54-MUSIC) beginning March 6, 2017.  Subscriptions are not available online at this time. Single tickets will go on sale to the public beginning August 7, 2017.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office
Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5:30 PM   (Wednesday 10:30 AM– 5:30 PM)
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor, off elevator lobby)
Mail to: Santa Rosa Symphony, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
srsymphony.org       54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742      Fax: (707) 546-7284
 
Integrated Community Music Education
The Santa Rosa Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth and adult students annually. The Symphony has an unwavering commitment to train musicians of the future and to foster an enduring love of music through school and community engagement.
 
Music for Our Schools
For more than 50 years, the Santa Rosa Symphony has provided resources to support local music education, including opportunities and support for classroom teachers. Local schools may benefit from the following:
-Free Concerts for Youth – Elementary school students attend any one of six live orchestral performances in Weill Hall
-Elementary School Listening Program – Daily music listening for classrooms
-Youth Discovery Card – Free admission to Discovery Rehearsal performances
-In-School Performances – SRS professional musicians perform in area schools, offering informative and entertaining chamber concerts
-IGNITE! – A free concert in which students join the orchestra on recorder from the audience
-It’s Elementary - Six Sonoma County schools annually receive a full range of customized music education activities

Social Action through music with Simply Strings
Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed social action music network, Simply Strings develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement. Beginning in second grade, this program, based at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland, provides children with free string instrument and ensemble instruction two hours daily after school. Simply Strings trains young people to become excellent musicians, responsible citizens and agents of change.
 
These promising young musicians will perform alongside the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra at Weill Hall for an audience of their peers.
 
Training Young Musicians
Opportunities for beginning to advanced students include five youth ensembles and a three-week summer day camp. The beacon of the Santa Rosa Symphony's Training Young Musicians program, the award-winning Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, performs regularly in public concerts throughout the year, and has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and Weill Hall. The orchestra has also performed internationally in China and will tour to Vienna, Budapest and Salzburg in June of 2018.
Guest Artist and Guest Conductor Biographies – 2017-2018 Season
October 7, 8 & 9, 2017

Francesco Lecce-Chong, guest conductor
American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has worked with orchestras around the world, including engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently holds the positions of Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.
 
Previously, he served as Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Grand Teton Music Festival. Mr. Lecce-Chong has earned a growing reputation and critical acclaim for dynamic, forceful performances, garnering national distinction, including the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award and The Presser Foundation Music Award. He has been featured in international masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, David Robertson, and Christopher Seaman.

Joyce Yang, piano
Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post), Steinway artist Joyce Yang captivates with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. As a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Yang showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians.The youngest 2005 Cliburn contestant at 19, she also took home the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work.
 
She has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Sydney, and Toronto symphony orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the BBC Philharmonic (among many others), working with such distinguished conductors as Edo de Waart, Lorin Maazel, James Conlon, Manfred Honeck, Jacques Lacombe and many more. In recital, Yang has taken the stage at New York’s Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Chicago’s Symphony Hall; and Zurich’s Tonhalle.

November 4, 5 & 6, 2017
 
Mei-Ann Chen, guest conductor
An innovative and passionate force on and off the conductor’s podium, Taiwan-born Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors. Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, she also serves as Artistic Director and Conductor for the 2016 National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Orchestra Festival.
 
A sought-after guest conductor, Ms. Chen’s reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras both nationally and internationally. Among her honors and awards are being named one of Musical America’s 2015 Top 30 Influencers, and the 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras. Chen served as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony from 2010-2016.
 
Nareh Arghamanyan, piano 
Highly acclaimed for her unique style, colourful tone and dazzling virtuosity, Nareh Arghamanyan is one of the promising talents of her generation. Having given debuts with numerous orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalleorchester Zurich, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Vancouver and Utah Symphonies, she also regularly performs at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Laieszhalle Hamburg, Herkulessaal Munich, Konzerthaus Vienna, Musikverein Vienna and Lincoln Center New York.
 
Born in Armenia in 1989, she studied with Alexander Gurgenov at the Tchaikovsky Music School for Talented Children in Yerevan and became the youngest student to be admitted to the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she studied with Heinz Medjimorec and Avedis Kouyoumdjan. She studied with Arie Vardi in Hannover and is a laureate of many international piano competitions including first prize winner at the 2008 Montréal International Music Competition, 2007 Piano Campus International Competition in Pontoise, as well as the 2005 Josef Dichler Piano Competition Vienna. Since the 2015/16 season, Nareh has been a Bösendorfer Artist.

December 2, 3 & 4, 2017

Andrew Grams, guest conductor
Andrew Grams has built a reputation for dynamism, technical finesse, and engaging concert experiences. As music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, he has strengthened, the organization/community dynamic, and his tenure was recently extended through 2021-2022. He is an active guest conductor, working with major orchestras in North America, Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia.
 
Grams began violin at age eight in the Maryland public school system before attending the Baltimore School for the Arts and participating in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Fellowship Program. He won a position in the violin section of the New York City Ballet while enrolled at Julliard. He pursued conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music while maintaining his position at NYCB, and in 2007, completed a three-year tenure as assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra under the supervision of music director Franz Welser-Möst.

Stewart Goodyear, piano
Proclaimed "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. Goodyear has performed with major orchestras of the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Dallas, Detroit, Atlanta, Montreal and Seattle symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bournemouth Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra (Leipzig), Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Goodyear began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, received his bachelor's degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and completed his master's at The Juilliard School. Known as an improviser and composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations and performs his own solo works. This year, Goodyear premiered his suite for piano and orchestra, "Callaloo" with Kristjan Jarvi and MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig, and in July of this year, the Clarosa Quartet will premiere his Piano Quartet commissioned by the Kingston Chamber Music Festival. Goodyear performed all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in one day at Koerner Hall, McCarter Theatre, the Mondavi Center and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.

January 13, 14 & 15, 2018

Graeme Jenkins, guest conductor
The English Conductor Graeme Jenkins is renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and experience, particularly in opera. Straight from the Royal College of Music he was appointed Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1986-1991). He was Music Director of the Dallas Opera 1994-2013.
Graeme Jenkins is also a Choral and Orchestral conductor, noted for his interpretations of Mozart and Richard Strauss, as well as all the major choral works.
 
Other Orchestral work has been with most of the major UK orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has worked with the Symphony Orchestras of Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Minnesota, Utah and San Antonio.

Orli Shaham, piano
A consummate musician recognized for her grace and vitality, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today’s most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics on four continents, Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire. The Chicago Tribune calls her “a first-rate Mozartean.”Shaham has performed with nearly every major American orchestra and many in Europe, Asia and Australia.
 
Driven by a passion to bring classical music to new audiences, Orli Shaham maintains an active parallel career as a respected broadcaster, music writer and lecturer. On radio, she has hosted the nationally-broadcast Dial-a-Musician and America’s Music Festivals series, and served as artist in residence on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Inspired by her enthusiasm for introducing young children to the pleasures of music, Orli Shaham created Baby Got Bach, a series of interactive classical concerts for young children which has had a devoted following in New York, St. Louis and other locations since 2010.

February 10, 11 & 12, 2018

Michael Christie, guest conductor
Michael Christie is a thoughtfully innovative conductor, equally at home in the symphonic and opera worlds, who is focused on making the audience experience at his performances entertaining and enlightening.
 
Christie’s conducting career has included serving as Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony and Brooklyn Philharmonic and as Chief Conductor of the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, as well as guest appearances leading top orchestras around the world. Christie also served as Music Director of the Colorado Music Festival from 2000-2013.

Christie was appointed Music Director of the Minnesota Opera in the 2012-2013 Season. He recently led the premiere of Paul Moravec’s opera The Shining, and in 2017, he leads the premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs by Mason Bates with Santa Fe Opera. Christie led the Minnesota Opera in the 2011 premiere of Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer-Prize winning Silent Night.

Anna Fedorova, piano
Anna Fedorova has performed in prestigious concert halls, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, the Zurich Tonhalle, The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico), the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Cadogan Hall (London), the Warsaw Filharmonia, the Gdansk Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, and many others. Fedorova has played with The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (Japan), the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland), the Residentie Orkest and the Camerata Amsterdam (Netherlands), the Tokyo New City Orchestra (Japan), the Philarmonia of the Nations and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the OFUNAM (Mexico), the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Polish Camerata and many others.

Fedorova’s top prizes include the International Rubinstein 'In Memoriam' piano competition, the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for young pianists, the Lyon Piano Competition, and the Verbier Festival Academy Award. She is also two-time laureate of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award at the International Keyboards Institute & Festival and a David Young Piano Prize Holder.

April 7, 8 & 9, 2018

Tracy Silverman, electric violin
Lauded by the BBC Radio as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries.

Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School. The world's foremost concert electric violinist, Silverman has contributed significantly to the repertoire and develoPMent of the 6-string electric violin and the non-classical stylistic approach he calls “21st century violin playing,” inspiring several major concertos composed specifically for him, including Pulitzer winner John Adams’ “The Dharma at Big Sur.”

Silverman’s eclectic career has included appearances with the Detroit  and Montreal symphonies, Adelaide Festival Orchestra, as well as recording with the rock band Guster, contemporary music’s Paul Dresher Ensemble, jazz legend Billy Taylor and most recently on his new Delos/Naxos CD, “Between the Kiss and the Chaos”, with the acclaimed Calder Quartet.

Tracy has appeared on numerous national TV and radio programs and has been profiled on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. A busy composer, 2015-2016 includes performances of Silverman’s 2nd electric violin concerto, a return to Carnegie Hall to premier Nico Muhly’s “Seeing Is Believing” with the American Symphony, as well as the publication of his instructional method “Strum Bowing,” already in use throughout the world. Silverman is an in-demand clinician and on faculty at Belmont University in Nashville.
 
May 5, 6 & 7, 2018
 
Jan Mikusek, cymbalom
Born in Valašské Meziříčí, Jan Mikušek studied cymbalom and conducting at the Brno conservatoire in Evžen Holiš’s class. In 1991, he became the conductor of the Beseda Choir in Valašské Meziříčí and concurrently second conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. He continued studying conducting at the Academy of Music in Prague with František Vajnar. He conducted the musicals Hair and Rusalka, and arranged and prepared the rock opera Juno and Avos for the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň. Since 2000, he has been the conductor of the chamber ensemble Vox Nymburgensis.
 
Jan Mikušek is the co-founder of the International Cymbalom Festival in Valašské Meziříčí. As an active player of this instrument, he has premiered a number of compositions for cymbalom (Trifolium by Antonín Tučapský, Mazel Tow by Vladimír Wimmer, Psalms by Svatopluk Havelka, Concerto for cymbalom and orchestra by Jan Meisl).
 
He also studied vocals, first with Marcyn B. Sczycińsky, subsequently under the tutelage of Terezie Blumová. He has performed early music with many ensembles and also collaborated with the flutist Jiří Stivín and Ensemble Damian (Tomáš Hanzlík‘s and Vít Zouhar’s operas). His repertoire includes oratorios, masses and cantatas by Bach, Händel, Carissimi, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Draghi and Wiederer.
 
Jacalyn Kreitzer, mezzo-soprano
Jacalyn Kreitzer began her professional career with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She sang leading roles in Europe for many years, including Brangane with Montserrat Caballe and Peter Schneider in Teatro del Liceu, Erda with Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Fricka with Chatelet Opera Paris and Jeffrey Tate. She was with the Metropolitan Opera for four seasons, and can be heard as Rossweisse and Waltraute in "Die Walkure" with Deutsche Grammaphon, James Levine conducting.
 
Kreitzer has performed with some of the world's great opera houses and symphonies, including New York City Opera, Barcelona, Spoleto, Geneva, Chicago Lyric, San Francisco Opera, Dublin Grand, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Seattle Opera, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Kansas City, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, Prague National Symphony, Pasadena, and the Kronos, American, Mendelssohn and Sequioa String Quartets. She has performed over 40 operatic roles.
 
Kreitzer is the Vocal Consultant for OperaSLO, a teacher of Applied Voice at Cal Poly State University. She is the Founder & Producer of Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre, collaborating with OperaSLO. She has produced master classes that have featured Marilyn Horne, Jubilant Sykes, Frederica von Stade, Rod Gilfry, Juliana Gondek, and Erik Stein, Casting Director for PCPA. Kreitzer was recently selected as one of five honorees devoted to “Excellence in the Arts” in San Luis Obispo County and is the recipient of a “Grammy Excellence in Teaching Award”, as one of 200 of 7000 quarterfinalists.
 
Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus
The Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus comprises music majors, students from other majors, staff, faculty, and community members. The chorus performs large works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Orff’s Carmina Burana, as well as thematic projects such as Madrigals and All That Jazz and the annual holiday Family Concert By Candlelight. Beginning with a special Sunrise Choral Concert during the Green Music Center’s 2012 grand opening weekend, the Symphonic Chorus makes its permanent home in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall and Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University. 
 
Season at a Glance
Classical Concert Series
 
FROM BEETHOVEN TO BATES
October 7, 8 & 9, 2017
Francesco Lecce-Chong, guest conductor
Joyce Yang, piano
MASON BATES: Garages of the Valley for Orchestra
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4
 
EXHILIRATING JOURNEY
November 4, 5 & 6, 2017
Mei-Ann Chen, guest conductor
Nareh Arghamanyan, piano
SHOSTAKOVICH: Festive Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1
JENNIFER HIGDON: blue cathedral
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4, Italian
 
A LUSCIOUS EURO SOUND
December 2, 3 & 4, 2017
Andrew Grams, guest conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano
BERLIOZ: Overture to King Lear
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major
RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances
DEBUSSY: Clair de lune
 
TIMELESS TREASURES
January 13, 14 & 15, 2018
Graeme Jenkins, guest conductor
Orli Shaham, piano
HAYDN: Symphony No. 100, Military
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan
BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra
 
ENTER THE NEW WORLD
February 10, 11 & 12, 2018
Michael Christie, guest conductor
Anna Fedorova, piano
BERNSTEIN: On the Waterfront, Symphonic Suite
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9, From the New World
 
ODE TO CALIFORNIA
April 7, 8 & 9, 2018
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Tracy Silverman, electric violin
Jacalyn Kreitzer, mezzo-soprano
SSU Symphonic Chorus
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestad from Tristan and Isolde
Adams: The Dharma at Big Sur for Electric Violin
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky for Mezzo-Soprano and Chorus
 
AU REVOIR, BRUNO
May 5, 6 & 7, 2018
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Jan Mikusek, cymbalom
Michal Rataj: Temporis for Cymbalom and Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
 
Classical Series Concert Times
Saturday and Monday at 8 PM, Sunday at 3 PM
Discovery Open Rehearsals: Saturday at 2 PM
Programs and artists subject to change.
All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 
FAMILY CONCERT SERIES
Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
CREATURE FEATURES
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – 3 PM
Roustabout Theater
 
GREEN EGGS & HAM AND TUBBY THE TUBA
Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 3 PM
Really Inventive Stuff
MOZART’S MAGNIFICENT VOYAGE
Sunday, March 18, 2018 – 3 PM
Classical Kids Live!
 
All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 
POPS CONCERT SERIES
Michael Berkowitz, conductor
 
What a Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong
Sunday, October 22, 2017
 
A Holly Jolly Pops
Sunday, December 10, 2017
 
Symphonic Surfin’ Safari
Sunday, February 18, 2018
 
Love, Lust and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Sunday, April 22, 2018
 
SRS YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
Saturday, November 19, 2017 – 3 PM
Saturday, March 3, 2018 – 3 PM
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 3 PM
Sunday, May 13, 2018 – 3 PM

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. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th 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 23,000 youth 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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