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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).

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
 
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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 Communication
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
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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).

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).

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).

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.

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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).

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)
 
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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. Learn more about Michael Christie and the other four Candidates in this short 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).

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. Learn more about Graeme Jenkins and the other four Candidates in this short 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. Learn more about Andrew Grams and the other four Candidates in this short 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. Learn more about Mei-Ann Chen and the other four Candidates in this short 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.org

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: 

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. Learn more about the Candidates in this short video in which they each introduce themselves.
 
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).

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

2016-2017 Season

April 25, 2017: David Green chosen for National Youth Orchestra Santa Rosa Symphony trumpet player will play Carnegie Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 25, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Youth Orchestra trumpet player David Green has been accepted to the National Youth Orchestra 2 (NYO2) by Carnegie Hall and its Weill Music Institute for the 2017 season. Fifteen-year-old Green is one of only four trumpet players nationwide who were selected for this year’s program.
 
Green has come up through the ranks in Santa Rosa Symphony’s Youth Ensembles, beginning in the Preperatory Orchestra at 10 years of age, Repertory Orchestra at 12 and joining the SRS Youth Orchestra in 2015. He studies with Daniel-Gianola Norris, SRSYO Brass Coach and Principal Trumpet Doug Morton.
 
SRS Director of Education Wendy Cilman says,David is so deserving of this honor. Not only is he a terrific trumpet player, he is a wonderful person. They chose an outstanding young musician.”
 
This is Green’s second time receiving this honor. Last year, he was among the three youngest members. His selection is more amazing in light of the fact that he had just changed his embouchure, so was in the middle of a technique change when he was selected.
 
“I was super honored and excited, because last year was amazing,” says Green. Last year, the group played in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall with The Philadelphia Orchestra, but this year the program, which runs from July 1 to July 22, has the NYO2 playing Verizon Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra again and culminates with a NYO2 performance at Carnegie Hall.
 
When asked about his post high school graduation plans, Green said he wished to enroll in a music school or college as a performance major. His ultimate goal is to be principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
 
 
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).

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

April 19, 2017: Free Masterclass with world-renowned Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman Thursday, May 4, Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 19, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Vadim Gluzman, world-renowned Stradivari violin virtuoso, will hold a masterclass on Thursday, May 4, 2017 with two Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO) students at Weill Hall, Green Music Center on Thursday, May 4, 2017. The SRSYO students who will be participating are concertmaster Alex Chui and Miranda Ronan. Each of these fourteen-year-old students will have an individualized lesson with Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award winner Gluzman, which will include questions posed by the audience.
 
A masterclass is an open lesson, during which a participating student performs a solo work and is coached by a master teacher. The audience listens and learns as observers. It is a fun and informative opportunity to see a top-flight musician share his or her insights and techniques and see a student learn and grow before everyone’s eyes.
 
The public is invited to this FREE event, but must reserve a ticket through the SRS Patron Services at (707) 546-8742.
 
Vadim Gluzman, who will be the guest artist for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s season finale, "Vadim Returns!" May 6, 7, 8, is acclaimed for his old-world lyricism, passion and virtuosity and is considered a torchbearer to the Golden Age of violin playing. His extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries, making him the closest thing being able to hear Heifetz play once more in a concert hall. 
 
“Gluzman stood out for his big, room-filling tone and his probing emotionality.” – TIMES-PICAYUNE (New Orleans)
 
Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin his studies at seven, studied with Roman Sne in Latvia, Zakhar Bron in Russia,Yair Kless in Israel, Arkady Fomin in Dallas and with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at Juilliard School. He was also encouraged and mentored by Isaac Stern until Stern’s passing.
 
Included in Jean-Michel Molkhou's Great Violinists of the Twentieth Century, Volume 2 (Buchet-Chastel, 2014), Gluzman’s chapter is entitled “In the footsteps of the great old masters”. The book highlights the careers and artistry of the top 30 contemporary violinists.
 
Artist Bio
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.
 
The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Gluzman has enjoyed collaborations with many of today’s leading conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Tugan Sokhiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Semyon Bychkov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Paavo Järvi, Hannu Lintu and Peter Oundjian. His festival appearances include performances at Verbier, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Lockenhaus, as well as the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, which was founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and recital partner.
 
Highlights of his 2016-17 season include appearances in London at The Proms with the BBC Symphony and Edward Gardner, with the Chicago Symphony under Neeme Järvi, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Hamburg under Christoph von Dohnányi, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev, and with the Orchestre de Paris under Juraj Valčuha. He will tour the United States with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including an engagement in New York at Carnegie Hall, and perform with Baltimore Symphony, NHK Orchestra in Tokyo, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, among other engagements. Gluzman will lead performances with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, where he continues in his third year as Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.
 
This season Mr. Gluzman will give the world premiere performances of new concertos written for him by two of today’s most important composers: Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Bayan with Elsbeth Moser, Nicolas Altstaedt and the NDR Radio Philhamonic in Hannover under Andrew Manze; and Elena Firsova’s Concerto for Violin and Cello with Johannes Moser and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev. Gluzman has given live and recorded premieres of other works by Gubaidulina, as well as Giya Kancheli, Peteris Vasks, Michael Daugherty, and most recently, Lera Auerbach.
 
Vadim Gluzman’s latest CD for the BIS label features Sergey Prokofiev’s Violin Concertos No. 1 and 2, as well as the composer’s Sonata for Violin Solo, with Estonian National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi. Accolades for his extensive discography on BIS include the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Classica Magazine’s esteemed Choc de Classica award, and Disc of the Month by The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, ClassicFM, and others.
 
Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin studies at age seven. He studied with Roman Sne in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia before moving to Israel in 1990, where he became a student of Yair Kless. In the United States, he studied with Arkady Fomin in Dallas and at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and mentorship of Isaac Stern which continued until the Stern’s passing in 2001. In 1994 he received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award.
 
Vadim Gluzman plays the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
 
-Photos of Vadim Gluzman provided upon request-
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CALENDAR LISTING

What: Master Class with Vadim Gluzman
Who:
Vadim Gluzman
When: May 4, 2017, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Where: Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park
Cost: Free, open to public
Tickets: Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services
54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
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
 
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).

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

April 13, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Concert features violin virtuoso and composer Mads Tolling and two SRS Concert Competition winners May 14, Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 13, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Mads Tolling, Grammy-nominated violin virtuoso and composer, joins Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra in performance at Weill Hall on May 14 at 3:00 PM. Known for his lively crossover style, from classical to bluegrass, Tolling is the soloist in a concerto he was commissioned to write for Oakland Symphony, entitled Begejstring.
 
Tolling says, “’Begejstring’ is a Danish word, which translated to English, means excitement, enthusiasm, gusto, and passion. I have entitled my composition Begejstring because it encompasses who I am, what I am, and where I am in this moment, with my music and my evolving growth as an artist.”
 
Click here for a video of Tolling and Michael Morgan, Music Director, Oakland East Bay Symphony, discussing the piece.
 
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, says, “There was plenty of exuberance in the writing, and Tolling – who spent several years as a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet – deployed his amplified violin with dazzling technical assurance.”
 
The concert, conducted by Dr. Richard Loheyde, also features two winners of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. Sixteen-year-old cellist Anwen Lin is soloist in the first movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto and 15-year-old violinist Alex Chui will play Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.
 
For this final concert of the youth orchestra season, special guests are invited onstage:  members of the Repertory Orchestra, one of five ensembles in the Training Young Musicians program of the Santa Rosa Symphony, will play side-by-side with SRSYO in the last movement of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, and alumni of the string section of the orchestra join in the finale of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Also on the program is Dvoŕǎk’s Slovanic Dances.
 
Santa Rosa Youth Ensembles Concert V
Sunday, May 14, 2017, 3 PM
Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

Artist Bio
 
Mads Tolling, internationally renowned violinist and composer, is a two-time Grammy Award-Winner and the 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star winning violinist. As a former nine-year member of both Turtle Island Quartet and bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has spent most his professional life touring internationally. Since 2007 Mads has lead his own group, Mads Tolling Quartet. “The Playmaker” released in the fall of 2009, features Stanley Clarke and jazz greats Russell Ferrante & Stefon Harris. A MTQ album: “Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s” was released in May, 2012. Mads’ latest album is called “Mads Tolling & The Mads Men – Playing the 60s,” which features classic songs from TV, film and radio in fresh jazzy versions with his quartet and guest vocalists Kenny Washington, Kalil Wilson and Spencer Day. Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera.
 
For nine years in Turtle Island Quartet, Mads spent most of his professional life on the road or in the recording studio. In ‘06 and ‘08 as part of Turtle Island Quartet Mads won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover album with the recordings “4+Four” and “A Love Supreme – The Legacy of John Coltrane.” In 2015 with Turtle Island, he received a Grammy nomination collaborating with Mike Marshall. Mads is the winner of the 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Violin Award. Mads has received Denmark’s Sankt Annae’s Award for Musical Excellence as well as grants from Queen Margaret, Sonning Foundation and the Berklee Elvin Jones Award.
 
In 2007 Mads Tolling started his own trio and immediately recorded the album “Speed of Light.” The following year the trio expanded to a quartet. Today, 10 years later the quartet is still going strong, and in it are some of the top Bay Area musicians, including Colin Hogan on piano, Sam Bevan on bass and Eric Garland on drums. The Mads Tolling Quartet has performed all over the U.S including Yoshi’s San Francisco & Oakland, Herbst Theatre, Russian River Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, Grass Valley Performance Arts, Blues Alley in Washington DC, Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, Monterey Jazz Festival and many venues large and small across the US.
 
Mads grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark and moved to the U.S. at the age of 20 to pursue jazz studies. He studied under violinist Matt Glaser, and he graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2003. While still attending Berklee, the renowned jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty recommended Mads to join Stanley Clarke’s band. Since then, Mads performed more than one hundred concerts with Clarke worldwide, including the Newport Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl and appears on Clarke’s album: “Toys of Men.”
 
Besides his activities as a performer, Mads Tolling is an accomplished composer. In addition to his original writing on his albums, Mads arranged one of his compositions for saxophonist Joe Lovano and string orchestra. Of his three prior recordings of original material, one features the legendary pianist JoAnne Brackeen. Mads has recorded with vibraphonist Dave Samuels, appears on RMB singer Teena Marie’s recording “La Dona” and on jazz vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway’s “At Last.” He has additionally contributed numerous arrangements and compositions to Turtle Island Quartet’s repertoire. In 2014 Mads was commissioned by Music Director, Michael Morgan and the James Irvine Foundation to write a Violin Concerto (“Begejstring”) for Oakland Symphony Orchestra. The highly anticipated performance took place at the sold out 3000 seat Paramount Theatre in 2015. The piece and the performance turned out to be an overwhelming success, and Mads received high praise from the orchestra, critics and audience alike.
 
Mads Tolling is a thriving force in the educational aspects of jazz and improvisation. He is a Yamaha clinician and has been involved in workshops, coachings and master classes throughout Canada and the U.S. Since 2010 Mads has been on faculty at Berkeley’s Jazzschool Institute mainly focusing on spreading the knowledge of jazz and groove oriented styles to string players of all ages. He is on faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and he has taught at the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp. In 2017 Mads presented a workshop at Jazz Education Network in New Orleans.
 
-Photos of Mads Tolling and student soloists provided upon request-
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CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Concert V
 
Who
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Mads Tolling
Alex Chui
Anwen Lin
Members of the Repertory Orchestra
Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
What:
 
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 (Allegro non troppo)
            Featuring concerto competition winners Anwen Lin, cello and Alex Chui, violin,
and members of the Repertory Orchestra
SAINT-SAËNS: Introduction et rondo Capriccioso
ELGAR: Cello Concerto in e minor (Adagio)
DVOŘÁK: Slavonic Dances (from Op. 46 and Op. 72)
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5 (Finale)
            with alumni string musicians
TOLLING: Begejstrin, a jazz concerto for violin and orchestra (Forståelse and Jubel)
 
When:
Sunday, May14, 2017, 3 PM
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Pre-sale (until Friday, May 12):  Adult $15, Youth $5
           Door: Adult $20, Youth $10
           
Tickets
Online:              srsymphony.org
Phone: 4-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
 
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).

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

March 30, 2017: SRS' Primarily Classical: Classical Music concert for every Sonoma County elementary school

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 30, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Small ensembles of professional musicians will perform a classical concert in every Sonoma County elementary school during the next four years. This new outreach program of the Santa Rosa Symphony, Primarily Classical, expands the Symphony’s reach into the community through a generous, anonymous gift.
 
During the 2017-2018 season, the orchestra will visit 27 schools in the northern portion of the county, moving to the other geographical quadrants in the remaining three years. At the end of the four-year project, Primarily Classical will have reached 115 elementary schools in Sonoma County!
 
In spite of best efforts with limited resources, some Sonoma County elementary schools have no music education or can only provide 30 minutes per week of in-classroom music education. School administrator reactions have been very positive.
 
“Thank you so much! Our Kashia Native American children have had little or no exposure to a Symphony experience,” says Frances Johnson, Superintendent/Principal, Kashia School. The school is located in Stewarts Point.
 
“This gift is a huge vote of confidence in our programs,” says Santa Rosa Symphony Director of Education Wendy Cilman. “It means Santa Rosa Symphony can continue to provide outstanding music education services to the community and that the children of Sonoma County will continue to benefit from having the resources of our great regional orchestra.”
 
Education Outreach and Youth Orchestra Manager Jane Shelly adds, “The members of the orchestra are really excited to play in the schools. It is my absolute pleasure to facilitate it.”
 
 
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).

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

 

March 22, 2017: World-renowned Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman joins the Santa Rosa Symphony for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, May 6, 7 & 8

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 22, 2017

Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Vadim Returns,” May 6, 7 and 8 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, the last concert in Bruno Ferrandis’ final full season. Vadim Gluzman, winner of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award, returns to the Santa Rosa Symphony to play Prokofiev’s soaring and energetic Violin Concerto No. 2, less than a fortnight beyond the 125th anniversary of the great composer’s birth, on the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivarius on extended loan to him from the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
 
“Gluzman stood out for his big, room-filling tone and his probing emotionality.” – TIMES-PICAYUNE (New Orleans)
 
Gluzman is acclaimed for his old-world lyricism, passion and virtuosity and is considered a torchbearer to the Golden Age of violin playing heard during Prokofiev’s lifetime. His extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries, making him the closest thing being able to hear Heifetz play once more in a concert hall.  
 
Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin his studies at seven, studied with Roman Sne in Latvia, Zakhar Bron in Russia,Yair Kless in Israel, Arkady Fomin in Dallas and with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at Juilliard School. He was also encouraged and mentored by Isaac Stern until Stern’s passing.
 
Included in Jean-Michel Molkhou's Great Violinists of the Twentieth Century, Volume 2 (Buchet-Chastel, 2014), Gluzman’s chapter is entitled “In the footsteps of the great old masters”. The book highlights the careers and artistry of the top 30 contemporary violinists.
 
Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2, which premiered with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra with Robert Soëtens on violin in 1935, begins with the solo violin’s plaintiff siren call, drawing in the other instruments and building in vibrancy and mood into an easy conversation with moments of sorrow and joy. The last movement hints at flamenco with castanets sounding each time the Spanish theme appears.
 
“Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 and Sonata for Solo Violin” CDs, featuring Gluzman with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Jarvi, will be available for sale in the lobby for all Vadim Returns performances.
 
This final set in the Symphony’s 2016-2017 Classical Concert Season begins with Khachaturian’s Suite from Masquerade and concludes with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905.
 
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905, though written in the aftermath of the Hungarian Uprising, depicts, in four movements, the events around the massacre outside the palace of Tsar Nicholas II. Workers marching toward the palace carrying religious icons and a petition to the Tsar, who happened not to even be in residence at the time, were gunned down by the soldiers of the Imperial Guard. The symphony moves from the bleak The Palace Square, to the violence of The Ninth of January, followed by the reaction to the slaughter in Eternal Memory (also the name of the Russian Orthodox prayer for the departed) and ending with Alarm, a finale filled with revolutionary sentiment.  
 
The concert experience is further enhanced with a pre-concert talk with Bruno Ferrandis, which begins one hour prior to each concert with the exception of the Discovery Open Rehearsal. The 30-minute pre-concert talks are free to ticket holders and are general seating. Program notes for the concert are also available on the SRS website.
 
Tickets
Single tickets are $25-$85 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
Concerts sponsored by Viking Cruises
Khachaturian Suite sponsored by Ann and Gordon Blumenfeld
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Guest artist Vadim Gluzman underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd
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 Vadim Gluzman provided upon request-
 
 
Artist Bio
 
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.
 
The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Leipzig Gewandhaus. Gluzman has enjoyed collaborations with many of today’s leading conductors, including Christoph von Dohnányi, Tugan Sokhiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Semyon Bychkov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Paavo Järvi, Hannu Lintu and Peter Oundjian. His festival appearances include performances at Verbier, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Lockenhaus, as well as the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, which was founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and recital partner.
 
Highlights of his 2016-17 season include appearances in London at The Proms with the BBC Symphony and Edward Gardner, with the Chicago Symphony under Neeme Järvi, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Hamburg under Christoph von Dohnányi, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev, and with the Orchestre de Paris under Juraj Valčuha. He will tour the United States with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including an engagement in New York at Carnegie Hall, and perform with Baltimore Symphony, NHK Orchestra in Tokyo, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, among other engagements. Gluzman will lead performances with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, where he continues in his third year as Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.
 
This season Mr. Gluzman will give the world premiere performances of new concertos written for him by two of today’s most important composers: Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Bayan with Elsbeth Moser, Nicolas Altstaedt and the NDR Radio Philhamonic in Hannover under Andrew Manze; and Elena Firsova’s Concerto for Violin and Cello with Johannes Moser and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev. Gluzman has given live and recorded premieres of other works by Gubaidulina, as well as Giya Kancheli, Peteris Vasks, Michael Daugherty, and most recently, Lera Auerbach.
 
Vadim Gluzman’s latest CD for the BIS label features Sergey Prokofiev’s Violin Concertos No. 1 and 2, as well as the composer’s Sonata for Violin Solo, with Estonian National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi. Accolades for his extensive discography on BIS include the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Classica Magazine’s esteemed Choc de Classica award, and Disc of the Month by The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, ClassicFM, and others.
 
Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin studies at age seven. He studied with Roman Sne in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia before moving to Israel in 1990, where he became a student of Yair Kless. In the United States, he studied with Arkady Fomin in Dallas and at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and mentorship of Isaac Stern which continued until the Stern’s passing in 2001. In 1994 he received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award.
 
Vadim Gluzman plays the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

CALENDAR LISTING
What:   Symphony Concert “Vadim Returns
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin
 
KHACHATURIAN:  Suite from Masquerade
PROKOFIEV:  Violin Concerto No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH:  Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905
 
When:
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., May 6 at 2 pm)
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3 pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with Bruno Ferrandis start one hour before each performance
(except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Single tickets $25-$85
 
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 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).

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

 

March 20, 2017: Stults Family Instrument Scholarship Award - Nicholas Hidy receives a French Horn

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 20, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony, via the Stults Family Instrument Scholarship, presented Nicholas Hidy, a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), with a professional-quality French horn to further his musical career. The Stults Family Instrument Scholarship is made possible by a donation of $15,000 by the Stults Family.
 
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. Hidy has been taking lessons from SRS trumpet player Daniel Gianola-Norris at Music to My Ears in Cotati for five years. 
 
Hidy said in his application, “…I know that music makes other people happy and that, along with my love for it, is why I want to continue with it throughout my life.”
 
After an exhaustive search, sampling several instruments, Nicholas and his parents, Denise Zukowski and Jim Hidy, chose a New Alexander 200MAL double horn from the Wichita Band Instrument Co., Inc. Hidy’s father says the search for a professional-quality instrument has “changed Nick’s life. He described the difference between two of the horns he tried, like the difference between a Subaru and a Ferrari.” He chose the Ferrari.
 
SRS President and CEO Alan Silow says, “This is the largest donation we’ve ever received for a young musician scholarship, and it is the first of its kind for our Training Young Musicians program. The Symphony is very grateful for this opportunity to help support one of our young musicians in such a tangible and meaningful way.” 
 
A serious young musician, Hidy has played the French horn for six years, at school and with the SRS’ Preparatory and Repertory Orchestras, before being accepted into SRSYO in the 2014-2015 season, which took him on tour in China. He also plays trombone, piano, ukulele, trumpet and digeridoo. In addition to playing in the Analy High School Honor and Jazz bands and its orchestra and youth orchestra, Hidy, inspired by his SRSYO China tour, formed his own Dixieland Jazz band, The Rusty Suspenders, which performed to an audience of 800 at the Sebastopol Cajun/Zydeco/Delta Rhythm Festival in September of 2016.
 
The recipient 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.
 
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).

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

March 8, 2017: “Presto Mambo!” Family Concert on Sunday, April 30, Platypus Theatre joins SRS for final Peggy Anne Covington Series Concert

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 8, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Platypus Theatre joins Santa Rosa Symphony on Sunday, April 30 at 3 PM, to present Presto Mambo!, the last concert in this year’s family concert series sponsored by the estate of opera singer Peggy Anne Covington. This highly interactive program has had audiences across the nation standing up and dancing.
 
As Richard Loheyde begins conducting the orchestra in music of the Americas, Max – an energetic but impulsive young boy – makes his way onto the stage to “help” the orchestra. Soon Max is on a whirlwind adventure that takes him from the concert hall to the vibrant lands of Latin American culture where – with the help of his new friend, Mambo the dog, the orchestra and the audience – Max learns the magic of Latin rhythms and how to “dance” with the music. National Arts Centre Orchestra calls Presto Mambo! “brilliant dramaturgy and storytelling.”
 
Platypus Theatre’s hero’s journey speaks to embracing the unknown and community collaboration while exposing young audiences to Latin-American rhythms, rhythmic layering and music as a universal language.
 
Conducted by Richard Loheyde, this fun-filled family program includes Pedro Elías Gutiérrez’s Alam Llanera Pajarillo, John Phillip Sousa’s Liberty Bell March, Silvestre Revueltas’ Duelo from Hommaje a Fereico Garcia Lorca, La Bruja (Traditional), Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission, Manuel De Falla’s Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve and Bernstein’s “Mambo” from the West Side Story and more.   
 
Patrons are invited to arrive early to explore the Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, which is available beginning at 2 PM.
 
Tickets are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket. Seats are reserved. Online at srsymphony.org, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday. 

Preview a video of program excerpts here.

Since 1989, almost one million young audience members have been introduced to classical music through Platypus Theatre. After more than 500 performances with more than 60 orchestras worldwide, Platypus has established itself as one of North America’s premiere music education theatre companies. Original and engaging storylines are presented in an intelligent and interactive way, with music always taking the lead role. Children laugh, sing and empathize with the characters while learning musical concepts, styles, and much more. In 2006, one of Platypus’ most cherished productions How the Gimquat Found her Song was produced for TV and went on to win several awards including Best Children’s Program at the prestigious Banff World Television Festival. In 1991, Platypus was the subject of a nationally broadcast documentary on CTV, followed by a PBS full-performance broadcast in 2000. During its 25th anniversary year, Platypus will premiere its eighth original production, Latin Beats, Heroic Feats, in partnership with four orchestras across Canada. Other Platypus Productions include Emily Saves the Orchestra, Rhythm in your Rubbish, Bach to the Future, Charlotte and the Music-Maker, Flicker of Light on a Winter’s Night, and Peter and the Wolf.
 
Family Series Conductor Richard Loheyde also serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony. 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.
 
Concert Sponsor
In 2015, opera singer Peggy Anne Covington left her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony as an expression of her life-long love of music and to help ensure that classical music remains available to future generations. This generous gift of more than $1 million establishes the Peggy Anne Covington Fund in the Santa Rosa Symphony Endowment, which supports the ongoing artistic vitality of the Santa Rosa Symphony. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity. 
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: “Presto Mambo!” Family Concert 3 of The Peggy Anne Covington Family Series
 
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
 
Time: 3 PM (Instrument Petting Zoo at 2 PM – free to all ticket holders)
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
                        (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony
            Richard Loheyde, conductor
            Platypus Theatre
 
 
RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.
             
Tickets: Online srsymphony.org by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday.
 
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).

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

February 23, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces Two New Staff Members

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 23, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony recently added two new staff members: Ann Hutchinson as Marketing Associate in September 2016 and Nathan Duckworth as Development Associate in February 2017.
 
Ann Hutchinson formerly worked as a freelance journalist and as staff writer for a national trade publication. A California native, she has lived in Sonoma County since 1981.
 
Executive Director Alan Silow says, “Ann brings a wealth of diverse experience in writing, marketing and public relations that will serve her and us well in her capacity as marketing associate of the Santa Rosa Symphony.”
 
Hutchinson has been writing from every side of the equation for more than a decade: fiction and memoir author, journalist and publicist. Writing flash fiction (under 1000 words) honed her ability to be concise. She loves writing brief, attention-getting copy. When she’s not at work, she’s out dancing with her husband, writing songs or running Sonoma County Dance Beat, an online community calendar. 
 
Nathan Duckworth previously served as editor-in-chief of the Patterson Irrigator newspaper in Patterson, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Stanislaus. Duckworth recently relocated to Sonoma County from Tracy, Calif.
 
“Nathan’s strong journalistic background will serve him and the organization well in his capacity as our major grant writer,” says Silow.
 
Duckworth says, “I’m excited to be working in a position that directly supports community building and the arts.”
 
In his downtime, Duckwork enjoys reading, writing and seeking out critical conversations around everything from music to games to literature.
 
Photo 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 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).

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

February 17, 2017: “Bring on the Strings” features three Santa Rosa Symphony principal players March 25, 26 & 27

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 17, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Bring on the Strings,” a special classical concert featuring three principal players from the SRS orchestra playing works by Mozart and Fauré on March 25 and March 27 at 8 pm, and March 26 at 3 pm at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Maestro Bruno Ferrandis’ “string-sational” program begins with Hovhaness’ Meditation on Orpheus and concludes with two works by Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 and Finlandia, round out the program.
Santa Rosa Symphony has been delivering quality music by talented musicians for 89 years, earning it acclaim, grants and awards and drawing audiences from outside the area and filling the Green Music Center’s 1,400-seat auditorium. This program features principal cellist Adelle-Akiko Kearns, concertmaster Joseph Edelberg and principal violist Elizabeth Prior.

“. . . special praise must be given to the string section, which negotiated . . . roller-coaster runs with accuracy, unanimity and feeling.” – CLASSICAL SONOMA
Adelle-Akiko Kearns takes the spotlight for Fauré’s Élegie. Artists International Award-winner Kearns, principal cellist for the Santa Rosa Symphony since 2011, has played Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and more since her 2008 Carnegie debut. As a chamber musician Kearns performed at the Saito Kinen, Aspen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Spoleto festivals and collaborated with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Jorja Fleezanis, Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Paul Hersh, Jodi Levitz, Daisuke Suzuki and the Da Capo Chamber Players. A full bio is appended here.

A small, lyrical piece, Élegie begins with a solemn, long-breathed melody and returns to echo it again after a dynamic middle section in which the cello raises its voice.

Joseph Edelberg, Santa Rosa Symphony concertmaster will be joined by principal violist Elizabeth Prior in Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante. Concertmaster of the SRS for 20 seasons, Edelberg has performed for many years with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and American Bach Soloists, and has performed solos with the Oakland and Berkeley symphonies. A full bio is appended and here.

Principal violist Elizabeth Prior is also a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and associate principal violist with the Marin Symphony. She performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. A native of South Africa, she is a prize-winner of the International String Competition in Pretoria. She debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra. A full bio is appended and here.

In Sinfonia concertante in E‑flat major for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, written in 1779, both soloists share a rich and equal partnership, conversing and blending for a rich sound, which reflects much of Mozart’s character. The two fast, serene and joyful movements are contrasted by a reflective and melancholic slow, central movement.

Bruno Ferrandis  follows these string masterpieces with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 4 and the evocative tone poem Finlandia. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 4 marks the composer’s move to a sparer sound and a more compressed and strict structure, which can require multiple hearings to parse its form. Finlandia was ostensibly written to raise money for the pension fund of Finnish journalists. The actual intent was to provide moral and financial support to a free press in a largely Russian-controlled Finland. Each of the movements served as a prelude to an historical representation of history by costumed figures. The name Finlandia, Sibelius coopted after being asked to write an overture by that name as a dream of a bright future for Finland.

The program opens with Hovhaness’ Mediation on Orpheus, which reflects the non-Western and religious traditions of his time evokes a sense of mystery with its darkly modal style. 

The concert experience is further enhanced with a pre-concert talk with cultural historian Kayleen Asbo, which begins one hour prior to each concert with the exception of the Discovery Open Rehearsal. The 30-minute pre-concert talks are free to ticket holders and are general seating. Program notes for the concert are also available on the SRS website.

Tickets
Single tickets are $20-$85 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
Concerts sponsored by Eileen, Victor and Karen Trione, in memory of Henry Trione
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Guest artists Edelberg, Prior and Kearns 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 Bruno Ferrandis and guest artists provided upon request-

Artist Bios
Joseph Edelberg, violin
Santa Rosa Symphony’s concertmaster Joseph Edelberg has performed for many years with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and American Bach Soloists. Guest leader appearances include Berkeley, Marin and California symphonies , San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Magnificat Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists and San Francisco Opera Merola Grand Finals Orchestra. He has also appeared at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, as concertmaster at the Summer Festival Orchestras of Mendocino and San Louis Obispo, and as guest principal second violin of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra.

Edelberg played for years with the string quartet StringCircle and with Earplay. His solo appearances include the symphonies of Oakland, Berkeley and Santa Rosa. He has recorded with the aforementioned baroque orchestras, the Berkeley Symphony, Chanticleer and Earplay. A Massachusetts native, he graduated from Amherst College and studied with Phillip Naegele, Felix Galimir and Adolf Bruk.

Elizabeth Prior, viola
Santa Rosa Symphony principal violist Elizabeth Prior is also a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra and the Farallon Quintet. She is season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and associate principal violist with the Marin Symphony. She performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic (associate principal) and Cape Town Symphony (tutti). She has toured and worked with Südwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras.

A native of South Africa, she is a prize-winner of the International String Competition in Pretoria. She debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra. Prior tours regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble of Cologne in France and toured twice, recently, with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Other solo and chamber music engagements include: Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival; Sun Valley Summer Symphony and “Chamber Music San Francisco.” She gave regular Viola recitals for 13 years with Maestro Donald Runnicles on piano.

Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
Artists International Award-winner Adelle-Akiko Kearns, principal cellist for the Santa Rosa Symphony since 2011, has played Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and more since her 2008 Carnegie debut.

As a chamber musician Kearns performed at the Saito Kinen, Aspen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Spoleto festivals and collaborated with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Jorja Fleezanis, Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Paul Hersh, Jodi Levitz, Daisuke Suzuki and the Da Capo Chamber Players. 
A San Francisco native and resident, Kearns performs as principal cellist of the Merced Symphony; assistant principal cellist of Symphony Silicon Valley, the Music in the Mountains Festival and the Monterey Symphony Orchestra; Associate Principal Cellist of the Stockton Symphony; and as a member of the Marin Symphony. She has served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Louisiana Philharmonic and as a member of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

Kearns holds degrees from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. Principal teachers include Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, Sadao Harada and Irene Sharp.  Kearns also maintains an active teaching studio. What:   Symphony Concert “Bring on the Strings”
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Joseph Edelberg, violin
Elizabeth Prior, viola
Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
 
HOVHANESS:  Meditation on Orpheus
FAURÉ:  Élegie for Cello
MOZART:  Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola
SIBELIUS:  Symphony No. 4
SIBELIUS: Finlandia
 
CALENDAR LISTING
When:

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., March 25 at 2 pm)
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 3 pm
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with Kayleen Asbo start one hour before each performance
(except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Single tickets $20-$85
 
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 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).

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

January 5, 2017: Tales of Love with Alessio Bax presented by Santa Rosa Symphony Valentine’s weekend

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 5, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Tales of Love,” featuring two works inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Alessio Bax playing the epic Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, February 11-13 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. This Valentine’s weekend program, conducted by Bruno Ferrandis, begins with Hector Berlioz’s Introduction to Roméo et Juliette, his “dramatic symphony” written in 1839. This short piece (about five minutes long) begins with the clashing on the streets between the Montagues and the Capulets, building until the Duke’s arrival, signaled by horns and trombones sounding out a demand to cease, which when repeated is heeded.  

Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of only a few four-movement concertos, with its full-scale scherzo movement, added by the composer to provide more contrast with the next, slow movement. The first movement calls for very quick piano fingers, which Bax will supply. Internationally sought-after Steinway artist Alessio Bax has played with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras.
 
Gramaphone Editor’s Choice raves about Bax: “His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity.”

Ferrandis conducts Suites 1 and 2 of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the greatest narrative ballets to come from Soviet Russia. Suite No. 1 contains dance numbers referred to as: Folk Dance, Scene, Madrigal, Minuet, Masks, Romeo and Juliet and finishes with the dramatic Death of Tybalt. Suite No. 2 holds the drama with The Montagues and the Capulets, Juliet the Young Girl, Friar Laurence, Dance, Romeo and Juliet before Parting, Dance of the Maids from the Antilles and Romeo at Juliet’s Grave.

The concert experience is further enhanced with a pre-concert talk with cultural historian Kayleen Asbo, which begins one hour prior to each Tales of Love concert with the exception of the Discovery Open Rehearsal. The 30-minute pre-concert talks are free to ticket holders and are general seating. Program notes for the concert are also available on the SRS website.

Concert Times and Location
Saturday, February 11 and Monday, February 13 at 8 pm, and Sunday, February 12 at 3 pm.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, February 11 at 2 pm.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University.

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
Concerts sponsored by Alan and Susan Seidenfeld
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Alessio Bax 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 Bruno Ferrandis and Alessio Bax provided upon request

CALENDAR LISTING
What: Symphony Concert “Tales of Love”

Who: Santa Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano

BERLIOZ: Introduction to Roméo et Juliette
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2
PROKOFIEV: Selections from Romeo and Juliet

When: 
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., February 11 at 2 pm)
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3 pm 
Monday, February 13, 2017 at 8 pm

Pre-concert talks with Kayleen Asbo start one hour before each performance 
(except Discovery Rehearsal). 

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

Cost:  Single tickets $20-$85

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 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).

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

December 15, 2016: Magic Circle Mime’s family concert “The Listener” with Santa Rosa Symphony January 22

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 15, 2016

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony presents “The Listener,” an innovative family program of Magic Circle Mime Company at 3 PM on January 22, 2017 at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall. In “The Listener,” the conductor’s carefully prepared and varied program is complicated by the unexpected participation of two clowning  “audience members,” as they climb onto the stage, dance, play instruments, swipe hats and bows, and bring the audience along as their accomplice, while teaching ticketholders of all ages, the art of listening. Watch highlights of the one-hour program here.
 
The Seattle Post Intelligencer says of this family program, which received Washington State Arts Commission’s highest rating for quality, “Many emotions are experienced at a symphony concert but wonderment is seldom one of them…It was as if everyone in the audience had created the magic himself.”
 
Santa Rosa Symphony will be partnering – not for the first time – with Magic Circle Mime Company for a memorable, interactive program for all ages, conducted by Richard Loheyde. 
This family program includes Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Swans from Swan Lake, Mozart’s Finale from Symphony No. 39, Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.”
 
Patrons are invited to arrive early to explore the Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, which is available beginning at 2 PM.
 
Tickets are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket. Seats are reserved. Online srsymphony.org by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday. 
 
Magic Circle Mime Co., the creative partnership of artists Maggie Petersen and Douglas MacIntyre, is regarded as one of today's premier family attractions. Their highly acclaimed performances, which unite the concert orchestra with visual theater, are consistently praised for imaginative and innovative content. Magic Circle Mime Company performs with virtually every major orchestra in North America and has performed on numerous occasions with the Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Montreal, Saint Louis, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg; the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra; and on more than half a dozen occasions at The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts with the National Symphony Orchestra.
 
Family Series Conductor Richard Loheyde also serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony. 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.

Concert Sponsor
In 2015, opera singer Peggy Anne Covington left her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony as an expression of her life-long love of music and to help ensure that classical music remains available to future generations. This generous gift of over $1 million establishes the Peggy Anne Covington Fund in the Santa Rosa Symphony Endowment, which supports the ongoing artistic vitality of the Santa Rosa Symphony. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity. 
 
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: “The Listener,” Family Concert 2 of The Peggy Anne Covington Family Series
 
Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017
 
Time: 3 pm (An Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department is open at 2 PM.)
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
                        (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony
            Richard Loheyde, conductor
            Magic Circle Mime Company
 
 
RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.
             
Tickets: Online srsymphony.org by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday. 
 
FUTURE FAMILY SERIES CONCERTS:
 
Presto Mambo!
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 3 PM
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Platypus Theatre
 
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).

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

November 22, 2016: World-renowned harp virtuoso Marie-Pierre Langlamet joins Santa Rosa Symphony for works by Ginastera and Debussy

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 22, 2016

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Principal harpist for the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic (since 1993), Marie-Pierre Langlamet performs the dancing Harp Concerto by Ginastera, with its alternating rhythms, and Debussy’s Dances Sacred and Profane. The program, “Heavenly Harp,” concludes with Ravel’s sensuous and passionate Daphnis and Chloé, and opens with Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie.  

Langlamet was seated as principal harpist for the Nice Opera Orchestra at 17 and has dazzled audiences ever since. The Jerusalem Post says, “Langlamet has everything…she brings breadth, depth and immense vitality to her performance.”

Ginastera’s Harp Concerto has a folkloric character that will be heard in conversations between Langlamet’s harp and the woodwinds, which are offset by two other passages that work together, dramatically building to the finale rondo. 

Debussy wrote his Danses as a test-piece for the Pleyel Company’s new cross-strung harp in the spring of 1904. The slow and ritualistic Danse sacrée is complimented by the lively and lilting waltz, Danse Profane. Though largely in the key of D, the second dance has chromatic alterations and modulations which push at the edges of the harp’s capabilities.
 
Get Cued In with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
One hour before the concert, Bruno Ferrandis will give a pre-concert talk, which is general seating and free to all Heavenly Harp ticket holders. Visit srsymphony.org for program notes.
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, January 7 and Monday, January 9 at 8 pm, and Sunday, January 8 at 3 pm.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, January 7 at 2 pm.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

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
Concerts sponsored by Betty Freeman
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Marie-Pierre Langlamet is underwritten by Exchange Bank
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 Marie-Pierre Langlamet provided upon request- CALENDAR LISTING What: Symphony Concert “Heavenly Harp
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
 
ROSSINI:      Overture to The Thieving Magpie
GINASTERA:          Harp Concerto
DEBUSSY:    Dances Sacred and Profane
RAVEL:        Daphnis et Chloé, Suites 1 & 2
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., January 7 at 2 pm)
Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 3 pm
Monday, January 9, 2017 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with conductor Bruno Ferrandis start one hour before each performance
(except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
Cost:  Single tickets $20-$85
Tickets
Online:                        srsymphony.org
Phone:             4-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 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).

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

November 14, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Realizes Thirteenth Consecutive Record-Setting Year

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 14, 2016

Final audited figures confirm that the Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS), for the thirteenth consecutive fiscal year (ending June 30, 2016), finished in the black, realizing record-level ticket sales and donations, contributing to $4 million gross revenues.  Estate donations from long-time symphony supporters helped raise the endowment to exceed $11 million for the first time and brought total assets to a record level of $17,110,628.

Organizational highlights this year included
- Most successful fundraising event in our 13 year gala history
- Record ticket sales for Family Concert Series
- Record high Foundation and Government grants
- A 2016 Merit Award for Cultural Enrichment from the City of Santa Rosa for the Simply Strings program
- Enrollment and revenue goals exceeded for SRS’ four youth ensemble orchestras
- Digital preservation of more than 35 years of Music Director Emeritus Corrick Brown’s 280 concerts
- Endowment fund value exceeded $11 million for the first time
- Ended fiscal year in the black for the thirteenth consecutive year (with an operating surplus of $205,621 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016)

"Now in our 89th 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 Executive Director.

For more information, contact Alan Silow, 707-546-7097 ext.213, asilow@santarosasymphony.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. 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).

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

November 10, 2016: The It's Elementary program of the Santa Rosa Symphony expands to six schools

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 10, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony’s It’s Elementary! music enrichment program for youth has expanded to include a sixth Sonoma County elementary school. The program is offered to qualifying Sonoma County schools for a term of two years each. During those two years, the teachers and students in the school are enrolled free of charge in the five main educational programs offered by SRS to schools throughout Sonoma County. The following programs are provided without cost to the students in the It’s Elementary! program.
 
The Elementary School Listening Program provides a 5-minute daily listening piece and scripts to go with each day. The children hear the same piece of music each day for 5 days, with scripts that vary slightly from day to day. For instance, the name of the composer is repeated during the week. By Friday, the script asks the students if they remember the name of the composer. This program is available to all schools in Sonoma County on a fee basis, and is free of charge to the schools in the It’s Elementary! program.
 
 “The kids and teachers love the Listening Program! I was surprised to discover how much they look forward to it each day. Students will remind their teachers to play the music if they don’t start at the appointed time. The listening program gives students time to center and focus, which supports the development of mindfulness. Mindfulness practices cultivate emotional resilience, self-awareness and empathy, which are essential life skills and traits we all need,” commented Betha MacClain, Principal at Jack London Elementary School and a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Board of Directors.
 
The Meet Our Families Assemblies bring in four chamber groups representing the four orchestra families (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion) to perform in each It’s Elementary! school over the course of the two years. The programs are interactive and lively. For example, the percussion trio actually brings bucket percussion for the students to try. At the end of the second year, one of the three youth orchestras of the Symphony performs in each school. This final concert is a great way for the students to see kids approximately their own age performing. This program is provided free of charge to the It’s Elementary! schools, and is available to other schools for a fee.
 
Kaesa Enemark, former Steele Lane Elementary Principal, said of the program, “Steele Lane students and staff loved the personalized concert. It was adorable to see the students in awe of the music and musicians. [It] warmed my heart as I sat on the cafeteria floor amongst my wiggly first graders and kindergartners. I almost wept with happiness.”
 
Youth Discovery Cards provide a free ticket for each child and one adult companion to attend dress rehearsals of the Santa Rosa Symphony classical series concerts at the Green Music Center throughout the year. These complimentary tickets give children an opportunity to see the orchestra at work! Youth Discovery Cards are made available free of charge to ALL elementary schools in Sonoma County.
 
The Free Concerts For Youth program brings students to the Green Music Center during the school day for a concert by the SRS Youth Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra or the Santa Rosa Symphony. The Symphony underwrites the cost of transportation to the concerts for schools in the It’s Elementary! program; other schools provide their own transportation to these free events.

Each year the final Free Concerts For Youth includes a segment called IGNITE! Teachers learn how to teach fundamental music concepts to their students using a curriculum provided by the Santa Rosa Symphony with support from SRS Education staff. The curriculum prepares students to play recorder or sing along with the orchestra. The cost of this program, including the loan of recorders for the students to play, is free for the schools in the It’s Elementary! program. Other elementary schools in Sonoma County can also participate in the IGNITE! program through the SRS.
 
It’s Elementary! partner schools are chosen based on criteria set by the SRS, which take into account the kind of music education already available to the students and the percentage of the students considered to be disadvantaged. As a result of increased understanding of the importance of the arts in the core curriculum being shown at the both state and district level within California, the SRS has seen a leap in interest in the It’s Elementary! program here in Sonoma County. In 2015, the Symphony decided to increase the number of schools in the program to a total of six per year; nine schools applied for the three new spots. Steele Lane Elementary, Helen Lehman Elementary and Jack London Elementary are in their second year. Bellevue Elementary, Olivet Elementary Charter School and Woodland Star Charter School joined the program this year. With the addition of Woodland Star, the It’s Elementary! program has expanded geographically to include Sonoma.
 
It’s Elementary Participating Schools 2016-2017:
 
Bellevue Elementary School, Santa Rosa ,Year 1
            425 Students
            90% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            98% qualify for Free/Reduced lunch program
            55.7% English Language Learners
 
Olivet Elementary Charter School, Santa Rosa ,Year 1
            343 Students
            50% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            50% qualify for Free/Reduced lunch program
            25% English Language Learners
 
Woodland Star Charter School, Sonoma ,Year 1
            255 Students
            30% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            44% qualify for Free/Reduced lunch program
            16.1% English Language Learners
 
Helen Lehman Elementary School, Santa Rosa, Year 2
            530 Students
            94.6% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            87.5% qualify for Free/Reduced lunch program
            66% English Language Learners
           
Steele Lane Elementary School, Santa Rosa, Year 2
            487 Students
            90% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            93.6% qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch program
            64% English Language Learners
 
Jack London Elementary/Piner Olivet Charter School, Santa Rosa (two schools, one campus), Year 2
            550 Students (total enrollment for both schools)
            40%/41.5% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            29.8%/30.3% qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch program
            34.8%/23.3% English Language Learners
 
The It’s Elementary! partnerships with these schools are funded by generous donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. Education Outreach and Youth Orchestra Manager Jane Shelly said, “The Santa Rosa Symphony’s ongoing commitment to community service is clearly evident in these education programs.”
For further information about the SRS education programs and how to become an It’s Elementary! partner school, please visit the Santa Rosa Symphony’s website at srsymphony.org or call Jane Shelly at 707-546-7097, ext. 225.
 
 
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).

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

November 3, 2016: Finalists Chosen for the Next Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 3, 2016

Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony today announced the names of the five music director candidates, who will be introduced to audiences during the 2017-2018 Santa Rosa Symphony Season, as potential successors to Bruno Ferrandis. The news was released, complete with a video showcasing these talented conductors, at a private event at Weill Hall on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm. The candidates (in alphabetical order) are as follows: Mei-Ann Chen, Michael Christie, Andrew Grams, Graeme Jenkins and Francesco Lecce-Chong. These five finalists represent three different nationalities and embody an extraordinary list of musical accomplishments.
 
View the Conductor Candidates film.
 
Candidate Biographies with 2017-2018 conducting dates
 
Francesco Lecce-Chong, October 7, 8, 9, 2017
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. Read full bio here.

Mei-Ann Chen, November 4, 5, 6, 2017
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 is also 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 nationally and internationally. Recent performance highlights include Germany’s Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony’s renowned Chinese New Year celebration, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis symphonies. 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. Read full bio here.

Andrew Grams, December 2, 3, 4, 2017
Maestro Andrew Grams has built a reputation for dynamism, technical finesse, and engaging concert experiences. In leading the Elgin Symphony Orchestra as its music director, 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 8 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. Read full bio here.

Graeme Jenkins, January 13, 14, 15, 2018
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, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and 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. Read full bio here.

Michael Christie, February 10, 11, 12, 2018
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 2012-13 season. He recently led the premiere of Paul Moravec’s opera The Shining, and in 2017, will lead 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. Read full bio here.

Photos available upon request

SRS Music Director Search and Selection Process
These distinguished candidates will take the podium as guest conductors during the 2017-2018 season. All five candidates will spend approximately eight days in Santa Rosa conducting all rehearsals and performances. In addition, each candidate will participate in a full schedule of meetings with community leaders, media, board of director members, staff and musicians. The new music director’s tenure will begin with the 2018-2019 season.

Santa Rosa Symphony Board President Sara Woodfield said, “The Santa Rosa Symphony was delighted to have a long list of talented conductors step forward. Distilling the list to these five excellent choices was challenging, yet rewarding for the search committee. I believe our audience and community will be excited about our choices and the bright future this represents for our Symphony and our community.”

The Music Director Search Committee spent months pouring over resumes, viewing videos, checking references, conducting phone interviews and even flying across the country to see some of the candidates in action. After the first five concert sets of the 2017-2018 season, the community will have experienced all the potential music directors, and the selection will be made by March 2018.

Music Director Search Committee Chair Jim Hinton, said, “This music director search has been an amazing, world-wide endeavor, with 60 well-qualified applicants, whom we researched and vetted extensively.”

The Music Director Search Committee comprises five board members, four orchestra members and the executive director as follows:

Board Members
Jim Hinton (Chair)
Jamei Haswell, VP
Sara Kozel
John Reed
Susan Dzieza
                                               
Orchestra Members
Kale Cumings
Laura Reynolds
Alex Camphouse
Adelle-Akiko Kearns
Alan Silow, Executive Director
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Executive Director Alan Silow says, “Maestro Ferrandis has contributed greatly to raising the artistic excellence of this orchestra, which will serve us admirably as we welcome five of the most prominent conductors in the world today as candidates.”

Bruno Ferrandis, who will conduct the final two celebratory concert sets of the 2017-2018 season, his last as Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director, said of the candidates, “The Santa Rosa Symphony will have to choose very carefully from these extremely qualified and talented candidates. I have no doubt that the Symphony will be in good hands, whichever candidate is chosen.”
 
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 (seven sets), seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-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

October 25, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony plays Rachmaninoff’s The Bells December 3,4 & 5 with three vocal soloists, SSU Symphonic Chorus . . . and no bells!

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 25, 2016

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony’s annual holiday concert, December 3, 4, 5 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, conducted by Bruno Ferrandis, features The Bells, in which Rachmaninoff created the peeling of myriad bells without the use of bells! For The Bells, based on Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name, Bruno Ferrandis will wring the ringing from horns, woodwinds, harp and strings as the chorus sings of joyous childhood, anticipated wedding, turmoil and fright, and finally a death knell.

Concert Times and Location for “Poetic Bells”
Saturday, December 3 and Monday, December 5 at 8 pm, and Sunday, December 4 at 3 pm.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Pre-concert talks one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Sonoma State University Chorus, directed by Santa Rosa Symphony Choral Director Jenny Bent, and three vocalists will join the Symphony for the second half of “Poetic Bells,” a program which includes Prayer Bells by Augusta Read, Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar and The Bells and Vocalise by Rachmaninoff. Jenni Samuelson, described by the Oakland Tribune as “a gifted and imaginative soprano,” will add her award-winning voice to The Bells and Vocalise, also joined by baritone Philip Skinner and tenor Christopher Bengochea

Maestro Bruno Ferrandis chose the bell theme, deliberately weaving together poetry and song. The Bells is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name. While Poe’s poem describes the four stages of life, Rachmaninoff’s piece reflects the circle of life. Vocalise, a hauntingly beautiful song written for soprano and orchestra, is sung with no words; only a single vowel.

Leading up to the Rachmaninoff pieces are Prayer Bells by Augusta Read Thomas and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations for Orchestra. Both composers express an appreciation for Poe’s poetry. Enigma is the name of another poem by Poe and Thomas has written other works based on his poetry.
 
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
SSU Symphony Chorus
Jenny Bent, SRS Choral Director
Jenni Samuelson, soprano
Christopher Bengochea, tenor
Philip Skinner, baritone
 
AUGUSTA READ Thomas:  Prayer Bells for Orchestra
EDWARD Elgar:  Enigma Variations for Orchestra, Opus 36
SERGEI Rachmaninoff:  The Bells (choral symphony), for Soprano, Tenor and Baritone, Orchestra and Chorus, Opus 35
SERGEI Rachmaninoff:  Vocalise in E minor for Soprano and Orchestra, Opus 34, No 14

Get Cued In with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
The Symphony is proud to announce the return of music historian Kayleen Asbo, for a pre-concert talk one hour before each “Poetic Bells” concert (except the Discovery Open Rehearsal). Asbo’s engaging and informative talks have been very well-received. The pre-concert talks are open-seating and free to ticket holders. Program notes for “Poetic Bells” are available on the Symphony website.

Tickets: $20 - $85
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased one half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal:  $17 adults / $10 youth (under 18)
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

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
Concerts sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
SSU Symphonic Chorus underwritten by Mr. Wil Craig
SRS Choral Director, Jenny Bent underwritten by Dr. Larry Schoenrock Endowment Fund
Vocalists Jenni Samuelson, Christopher Bengochea and Philip Skinner are 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 Bruno Ferrandis and guest artists provided upon request-

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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. 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 (seven sets), seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-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

September 27, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra announces Stults Family Instrument Scholarship

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 27, 2016

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Thanks to a generous donation from Ken Stults, one member of Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), Santa Rosa Symphony’s most advanced youth ensemble, will receive a new instrument to help further his or her musical career. The initial donation of $15,000 establishes the Stults Family Instrument Scholarship. 
            The recipient will be chosen by Richard Loheyde, SRSYO conductor, Wendy Cilman, SRS Director of Education (and professional cellist) and Jane Shelly, SRSYO Manager (and professional flutist). The donor will also weigh in during the final selection process. The SRSYO musician will be chosen based on talent and need. To be eligible, the student must also be enrolled in lessons and agree to remain with the orchestra for at least one more season. 
            SRS Executive Director, Alan Silow, says, “This is the largest donation we’ve ever received for a young musician scholarship, and it is the first of its kind for our Training Young Musicians program. The Symphony is very grateful for this opportunity to help support one of our young musicians in such a tangible and meaningful way.” 
 
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).

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

September 21, 2016: Acclaimed pianist Orion Weiss performs Piano Concerto No. 2 by Béla Bartók November 5, 6 & 7

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 21, 2016

Praised by the Arizona Republic as “an effortlessly brilliant performer”, distinguished young pianist Orion Weiss joins the Santa Rosa Symphony on November 5, 6 and 7 to perform the virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2 by Béla Bartók.

Written in 1930, The Piano Concerto is an excellent example of Bartók’s mastery of balanced musical structures, requiring superlative technical skill to play. One of the most sought-after young American soloists, Weiss has received accolades such as “The gods of music must be smiling upon Orion Weiss. Here was playing of inspired virtuosity, but with bountiful thought behind the technical strength” (The Plain Dealer—Cleveland, Ohio). A graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax, Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore young Artist Award and Avery Fisher Career Grant; he was also named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September, 2010.

The program also includes Liszt’s most popular symphonic poem Les Préludes and Schumann’s Romantic masterpiece, Symphony No. 2. “It is definitely a concert gathering three brilliant pianist-composers who dedicated their life to that instrument,” said Maestro Ferrandis.  “Bartók as a music anthropologist, Schumann as an immense romantic and an expresser of the most extreme feelings, and finally Liszt, probably considered the greatest virtuoso of all time on the piano—like the hero of the instrument. So in a way this concert is ‘the triumph of the pianists’”.
 
Get Cued In with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
“Conversation with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A, begin one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This open-seating event is free to ticket holders. 

Concert Times and Location
Saturday, November 5 and Monday, November 7at 8 pm, and Sunday, November 6 at 3 pm.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, November 5 at 2 pm.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Tickets            $20 - $85
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased one half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal:  $17 adults / $10 youth (under 18)
Online:                        srsymphony.org
Phone:             4-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


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
Concerts sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Orion Weiss is underwritten by Amy and Stan Leopard
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 Orion Weiss provided upon request-
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Communications
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 15, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces New Youth Ensembles Manager

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 15, 2016

(SANTA ROSA, CA) — The Santa Rosa Symphony recently announced the appointment of Matthew Payne as Youth Ensembles Manager.  Payne served most recently as an equipment technician for California State University East Bay.

Payne brings with him a strong background in music. As a composer, his works have been performed by flutist Meerenai Shim, A/B Duo, and The International Low Brass Trio. He plays multiple instruments, and as a youth performed in the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley. He now lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and two young children.

Of his new position, Payne says, ““I have been very lucky to dedicate most of my working life to the goal of helping people make music, and I’m so very excited to bring my skill set to the fantastic Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles, which are doing such amazing work getting young students started in the world of classical music.

August 31, 2016: “Land of Make Believe” Family Concert October 16 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 31, 2016

“Land of Make Believe” Family Concert October 16 at Weill Hall
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —“Land of Make Believe” is the first of three Sunday afternoon concerts presented by the Santa Rosa Symphony to begin the popular Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series. The music begins at 3PM on Sunday, October 16 at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo and a photo booth, begins at 2PM. Children are encouraged to come dressed as a character from their favorite story.
           
Alicia Morley narrates this vivid musical excursion into imagination conducted by Richard Loheyde. The Roustabout Theater Company takes families on a journey where they can hear how composers tell much beloved stories through music—from Mother Goose, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty to modern day tales like Frozen and Harry Potter.
           
The second concert of the 2016-17 Family Series, “The Listener” with Magic Circle Mime Company, is on Sunday, January 22, 2017; the third concert, “Presto Mambo!” is on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
           
Subscriptions for all three performances are available at $45/adult, $30/child (discounted family packages are still available). Tickets for individual concerts are $17 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Call Symphony Patron Services at (707) 546-8742 or purchase online.

Concert Sponsor
In 2015, opera singer Peggy Anne Covington left her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony as an expression of her life-long love of music and to help ensure that classical music remains available to future generations. This generous gift of over $1 million establishes the Peggy Anne Covington Fund in the Santa Rosa Symphony Endowment, which supports the ongoing artistic vitality of the Santa Rosa Symphony. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity. 

Concert Times and Location
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no fee for parking for Santa Rosa Symphony Family Series concerts.

Subscription Packages and Single Tickets
Prior to the October 16 performance, 3-concert Family Series subscriptions may be purchased at $45/adult, $30/child (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126 (4 subscriptions, must include 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.  Call (707) 546-8742 or come to the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue between the hours of 9 PM and 5 PM Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased online: srsymphony.org
 
—The Santa Rosa Symphony acknowledges the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for the inspiration of the Land of Make Believe program.—


CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:  The Santa Rosa Symphony presents: The Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series
Concert 1:  “Land of Make Believe”
 
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
 
Time: 3 p.m; pre-concert activities start at 2 p.m. with a photo booth and an Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department.
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
             (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Who:   Santa Rosa Symphony
             Richard Loheyde, conductor
             Alicia Morley, narrator
             Roustabout Theater Company
 
Program:
Maurice Ravel                        “Empress of the Pagodas” from La mère l’oye [Mother Goose]                                      
Maurice Ravel                        “Fairy Garden” from La mère l’oye [Mother Goose]                        
Igor Stravinsky                         Finale from The Firebird                                                                    
Engelbert Humperdinck          Prelude to Hansel and Gretel                                                                    
Henry Purcell                           Symphony from Act IV of The Fairy Queen                                               
Sergei Prokofiev                     “Cinderella Goes to the Ball” from Cinderella                                         
Sergei Prokofiev                     “Dance of the Knights” from Romeo and Juliet                                        
Gioacchino Rossini                  Overture to La cenerentola [Cinderella]                                                  
Vincent D’Indy                         The Enchanted Forest                                                                                                        
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky          Opening Scene/Introduction from Sleeping Beauty                                 
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky         “Pas d’action” from Sleeping Beauty                                                        
Kristen Anderson-Lopez,          Frozen  
Robert Lopez/Bob Krogstad, arr.           
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky           “Trepak” from Nutcracker                                                                        
Modest Mussorgsky,                 A Night on Bald Mountain for Orchestra                                                  
Rimsky-Korsakov, arr.
John Williams                             Harry’s Wondrous World
 
Cost:  3-concert subscriptions $45/adults, $30 child (age 12 and under)
Family Packages start at $126 (must include two child subscriptions)
Single tickets: $17 adult, $12/child
 
RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.
             
Tickets: Online srsymphony.org by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday.  
 
FUTURE FAMILY SERIES CONCERTS:
 
The Listener
Sunday, January 22, 2017 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Magic Circle Mime Company
 
Presto Mambo!
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Platypus Theatre

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

 

August 25, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony’s 89th Season begins October 8 – 10 featuring Jean Ferrandis performing Bernstein’s Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Small Orchestra and Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 25, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony’s 89th Season begins October 8 – 10 featuring Jean Ferrandis performing Bernstein’s Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Small Orchestra and Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Britten’s Four Seas Interludes from Peter Grimes also on the program at Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —Music Director Bruno Ferrandis and the Santa Rosa Symphony celebrate the opening of Bruno’s final full season, during which he will conduct all seven of the Classical Series concerts, at the Green Music Center on October 8, 9 and 10.

Featured on the program, titled “The Magic of the Flute”, is Jean Ferrandis, winner of the first prize from the Lyon Conservatoire. Ferrandis performs Bernstein’s haunting Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Small Orchestra with his trademark spellbinding style; the National Flute Association Digest said “…my mind simply was unable to wander while listening to him play”. Bernstein was inspired for this piece by a nineteen-year-old Israeli flutist, Yadin Tanenbaum, who was killed in his tank in the Sinai is 1973. In Bernstein’s own words, Halil explores the struggle of “wars…the overwhelming desire to live, and the consolations of art, love, and the hope for peace”. A piccolo and alto flute hidden in the orchestra echo the strains of the solo instrument to dramatic effect.
Jean Ferrandis will also play Mozart’s expressive Flute Concerto No. 1, a piece full of exuberant melodic invention that beautifully exploits the agility of the flute.
           
The program includes Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, the cornerstone work of modern British opera. Established as an orchestral suite, these interludes evoke the seaside setting that determines the daily rhythms of the character’s lives.

Beethoven’s jovial Symphony No. 8 rounds out the performance with masterful musical timing that leaves the listener breathless.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
“Conversation with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A, will begin one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). These pre-concert talks with Maestro Ferrandis are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy, and Ellen and Chuck Wear. This open-seating event is free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here.

Concert Sponsors
The Symphony’s October concerts are sponsored by Alan Mason and Timothy Rodrigues, River Myst Haven. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person and Jean Ferrandis is underwritten by Susan and Sigmund Anderman. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. We also thank Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2016-2017 guest artist lodging and The Press Democrat for media sponsorship.

Concert Times and Location
Classical Series concert times are Saturday, October 8 and Monday, October 10 at 8 pm, and Sunday, October 9 at 3 pm. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 pm on Saturday, October 8. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets
Single tickets are $20-$80. For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at srsymphony.org or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, First Floor (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased one half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).

Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17
During the 2016-17 season, patrons can receive 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.
 
-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and Jean Ferrandis provided upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert “The Magic of the Flute
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
 
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Jean Ferrandis, flute
 
BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Bernstein: Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Strings
MOZART: Flute Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., October 8 at 2 pm)
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3 pm
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with conductor Bruno Ferrandis start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $20-$80
 
Tickets: Online at srsymphony.org, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor, 9 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

 

August 23, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony continues series of free concerts at Sonoma County Library branches

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 23, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony continues series of free concerts at Sonoma County Library branches
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —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, Executive Director 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”.

In the Percussion Ensemble program, the musicians take the audience on a musical tour by demonstrating how percussion instruments are played all over the world. 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!

The Guitar and Flute program, entitled “Folk Roots of Classical Music”, explores the folk influences from England, Eastern Europe, Spain and the Americas on classical music. The performers will demonstrate their individual instruments and show how they were used in the folk world as well as the classical world. Featuring works by Dowland, Telemann, JS Bach, Bartok, Beaser, de Falla and Machado, among others. This program will be lively and interactive and suitable for families.
Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.
 
Performance Schedule:
Saturday, September 17, 2016: Guitar & Flute

Central Santa Rosa Library (211 E Street, Santa Rosa)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Concert for Families
Northwest Santa Rosa Library (150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Concert for Families

Musicians: Jane Shelly and Catherine Altamura
 
Saturday, October 15, 2016: Percussion Ensemble
Petaluma Regional Library (100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Concert for Families
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Concert for Adults

Musicians: Allen Biggs, Susan Jette, Tommy Kesecker

Saturday, October 15, 2016: Guitar & Flute
Healdsburg Regional Library (139 Piper Street, Healdsburg)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Concert for Families
Windsor Library (9291 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Concert for Families
Musicians: Jane Shelly and Catherine Altamura

Saturday, December 10, 2016: Guitar & Flute
Rincon Valley Library (6959 Montecito Boulevard, Santa Rosa)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Concert for Families
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Concert for Adults
Musicians: Jane Shelly and Catherine Altamura
 
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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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

August 17, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces “One-for-One” Free Child Ticket Program for Classical Series Concerts during the 2016-17 Season

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 17, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony Announces “One-for-One” Free Child Ticket Program for Classical Series Concerts during the 2016-17 Season
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) — After the success of last year’s “One-for-One” free child ticket program, the Santa Rosa Symphony is once again offering this special opportunity for the 2016-17 Classical Series concert season. Over 100 children were able to experience the beauty and wonder of classical music with this offer last year; this year, families can take advantage of this opportunity to introduce their children to the world of Beethoven, Schumann, Elgar and more. For each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert, patrons can receive ONE FREE ticket for a youth age 7-17.  Concerts begin October 8, 2016 and go through May 2017.

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 off elevator lobby) Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. 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 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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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org
 

 

July 19, 2016: 2015-2016: An Outstanding Year for the Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 19, 2016

2015-2016: An Outstanding Year for the Santa Rosa Symphony 
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —The Santa Rosa Symphony 2015-2016 season concluded its fourth year as resident orchestra of Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, setting a number of milestones in this, its 88th year.
 
Organizational highlights during the 2015 – 2016 season:
- Most successful gala fundraiser in 13 years, honoring Henry Trione
- Endowment fund value exceeded $11 million for the first time
- Extraordinary success of first time breakfast fundraiser for music education
- Record receipt of Foundation grants and record receipt of Government grants capped by NEA and Creative Sonoma grants
- Received a 2016 Merit Award for Cultural Enrichment from the City of Santa Rosa for the Simply Strings program
- Youth ensembles growth exceeded enrollment and revenue goals
- Digitalized to preserve over 35 years of Music Director Emeritus Corrick Brown’s 280 concert recordings
- Record ticket sales for three-concert Family Concert Series
- Thirteenth consecutive year ending the fiscal year with a surplus
 
“Going into our 89th 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 Executive Director.
 
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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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.com    

July 5, 2016: Free concert for the community featuring Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles and the Santa Rosa Symphony July 31 at Weill Hall and Lawn

Santa Rosa SYmphony, July 5, 2016

For Immediate Release:  July 5, 2016

Free concert for the community featuring Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles and the Santa Rosa Symphony July 31 at Weill Hall and Lawn

Admission is free but a ticket is required to enter the venue
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA)—As a thank-you to the community, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University present a free concert with Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles on Sunday, July 31, 2016. The gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking and Weill Hall lobby opens at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performance.
Enriching the medium as America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles bring sensibility, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.

Reyna de Los Angeles will perform with the Santa Rosa Symphony musicians under the baton of Michael Berkowitz, the Symphony’s engaging principal pops conductor.

Free tickets must be reserved
Although admission for the concert is free, all patrons must have a ticket to enter the venue. Reserve tickets in advance through the Symphony Patron Services Office at (707) 546-8742, the Green Music Center Box Office at (866) 955-6040 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 enjoy the beautiful setting of Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center with a picnic, but no outside beverages are permitted; food may be brought in. Food and beverages may be purchased on site. Water bottle filling stations will also be available. 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 and re-entry. Patrons who choose not to subject their personal belongs to a security search will not be permitted to enter the grounds.

About Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Enriching the medium as America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles® bring sensitivity, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles® has blazed the trail for female mariachi musicians. In a musical landscape where songs are often written by men, from male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history.
Established in 1994, the group had a strong beginning thanks to the mentorship of Lola Bertran, La Reina de La Musica Ranchera. In these early days, Maestro Jóse Hernàndez saw the potential in this all-female ensemble, and fostered the development of the group. Reyna de Los Angeles® has since gone on to record three albums, share the stage with world-renowned musicians like Vicki Carr, Guadalupe Pineda and Lucha Villa, and perform for some of the world’s highest profile celebrities including Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack and Michelle Obama.
 
Sponsors
The Free Concert for the Community is underwritten by the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation, the County of Sonoma, Redwood Credit Union and Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2016.
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:
A Free Concert for the Community
 
Who:
Santa Rosa Symphony, Michael Berkowitz, conductor
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Date and Time:
Sunday, July 31 2016 at 7 pm
Gates Open:  5 pm for picnics
Weill Hall Lobby Opens: 6 pm
 
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: No outside beverages may be brought in; food is permitted. Water bottle filling stations will be available. Beverages and food may be purchased on site. Only low lawn chairs or blankets on the lawn. For the safety of guests, all items brought into the Green Music Center—including coolers, picnic baskets, bags, backpacks and purses—are subject to search upon entry or re-entry. Patrons who choose not to subject their personal belongings to a security search will not be permitted to enter the grounds.
 
Cost: FREE, but tickets must be reserved. Tickets available for terrace tables, inside seats or lawn.
 
Tickets: By phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or for service in Spanish: (707) 546-7007;
Online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, M,T, Th, F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed. 10:30a.m. – 5:00p.m. 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (Bank of Marin Building, first floor off elevator lobby), Santa Rosa, CA 95404
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.com

March 2, 2016: SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2016–2017 SEASON

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 2, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony announces 2016–2017 season
Season subscriptions go on sale Monday, March 7, 2016
Fifth Year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center
Maestro Ferrandis conducts his final full season
 
Season Highlightts
Maestro Bruno Ferrandis will conduct all SEVEN Classical Series concert sets this season

Beloved masterpieces include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Elgar, Debussy, Ravel…and more!

A total of nine symphonic works this season will be performed for the first time by the Santa Rosa Symphony

Distinguished flutist returns to open the season and play Bernstein and Mozart

Renowned violinist returns to end the season and performs Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2

“Bring on the Strings” program in March highlights the talent of the Symphony’s own principal string players: Concertmaster and Principal Violist perform Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante; Principal Cellist performs Fauré’s Elegie for Cello

Annual choral concert in December features two vocal works by Rachmaninoff: The Bells (choral symphony) and Vocalise for Soprano and Orchestra—featuring , soprano and the SSU Symphonic Chorus, conducted by , new SRS choral director

Additional guest soloists include pianists and , and , principal harpist for the Berlin Philharmonic

Guest lecturer , PhD. returns to give pre-concert talks for the concert sets in November and December

Michael Berkowitz conducts the 12th season of the Santa Rosa Symphony Pops Series—featuring four Sunday afternoon concerts, including Music from a Charlie Brown Christmas concert, Maestro’s Favorites, the Great American Songbook and Country Legends

89th Season – October 2016 through May 2017
BRAVO, BRUNO!
 
2016-2017 marks the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 89th performance season and fifth year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center. The Santa Rosa Symphony is the third oldest professional orchestra in California and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Music Director Bruno Ferrandis is in the eleventh year of his tenure—he will conduct ALL SEVEN Classical Series concerts during his final full season with the Santa Rosa Symphony.
 
“For the 2016-2017 season, I have focused on programs that bring familiar masterpieces together with my own favorites from the classical repertoire, many of which have not yet been performed by the Santa Rosa Symphony,” said Bruno Ferrandis. “My goal is to bring together music from a variety of musical forms in each program—the works presented this season include opera overtures, ballet suites, beloved concertos, symphonic masterworks, and brilliant vocal works.”
 
Classical Series
From Beethoven to Brahms to Bernstein, there is something for everyone in this season’s programs crafted by Maestro Bruno Ferrandis to celebrate his last full season—in which he will conduct all seven Classical Series concerts. In this season, Maestro Ferrandis has chosen to include a total of 9 pieces from the classical repertoire that have never before been performed by the Santa Rosa Symphony. In addition, he has planned each program to create a balance between familiar and less familiar works, including a variety of genres in each set.  Choral works are balanced by familiar orchestral pieces; ballet suites and operatic overtures are contrasted with symphonic works.
 
“This year’s outstanding programs are a testament to the enduring power of classical music to move and inspire us,” commented Executive Director Alan Silow. “During this season we have an opportunity to celebrate our time with Maestro Bruno Ferrandis, as he conducts his last full season with the Santa Rosa Symphony.”
 
The full Classical Series consists of seven triple sets: seven Saturdays at 8 pm, seven Sundays at 3 pm and seven Mondays at 8 pm. Those who subscribe have the same seat for all seven performances, save up to 12% over single ticket prices—and have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for special events and concerts.  The cost for Classical Series subscriptions ranges from $126 to $546 (some seating sections have a required per seat donation.) Subscriptions are available starting Monday, March 7, 2016; single tickets go on sale Monday, August 8, 2016.
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
The Discovery Rehearsal Series subscription to seven Saturday afternoon dress rehearsals is a wonderful way to experience the orchestra and conductor working together. In these concerts, you hear the same pieces that are performed in the regular Classical Series program. The occasional starts and stops as Maestro Ferrandis interacts with the musicians provide a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between conductor and orchestra. This series is perfect for those new to classical music and is also an excellent value.  Discovery Rehearsal subscriptions cost $105 for adults, $70 for youth, with general seating in Weill Hall, Green Music Center.
 
Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series
Throughout 2016-2017, we are renaming our beloved Family Concert Series in honor of the late
Peggy Anne Covington, opera singer and philanthropist. Peggy Anne Covington’s decision to leave her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony came out of her life and career as an opera singer, and her desire to leave an impactful legacy. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity.
 
Dr. Richard Loheyde conducts the orchestra for the Family Series concerts, which take place at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. In each of these three Sunday afternoon concerts, the Santa Rosa Symphony and zany, colorful guest artists present lively performances to delight one and all.  
 
All three family concerts begin at 3 pm. Children of all ages are invited to come one hour early for pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo.  Family Series subscriptions cost $45 for adults, $30 for children (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126, and must include at least two children. Concert details follow later in this release.
 
2016–2017 Classical Concert Series  – Details
The Santa Rosa Symphony’s fifth season as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center and its 89th performance year begins with “The Magic of the Flute” on October 8, 9 and 10, 2016.  In this first program of the season, Maestro Ferrandis is joined onstage by his brother Jean Ferrandis who will perform Bernstein’s Halil nocturne for flute and orchestra, followed by Mozart’s lilting Flute Concerto No. 1. The program opens with the poignant Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes and concludes with Beethoven’s thrilling Symphony No. 8.

Jean Ferrandis is underwritten by Susan and Sig Anderman
 
On November 5, 6 and 7, “Keyboard Brilliance” presents works by three of the greatest pianist-composers of all time: Liszt, Bartók and Schumann. The program opens with Liszt’s lyrical symphonic tone-poem, Les Préludes. Vibrant young pianist Orion Weiss performs Bartók’s compelling and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2. The program concludes with Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, a Romantic masterpiece.

Performances are sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa
Orion Weiss is underwritten by Amy and Stan Leopard
 
The annual SRS holiday choral concert on December 5, 6 and 7, “Poetic Bells” showcases the inspiring power of the human voice in two elegant and moving works by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Newly appointed SRS choir director Jenny Bent leads the SSU Symphonic Chorus, soprano Jenni Samuelson, tenor Christopher Bengochea, and bass-baritone Philip Skinner in Rachmaninoff’s choral symphony The Bells. Jenni Samuelson concludes the program with a performance of the hauntingly beautiful Vocalise for Soprano and Orchestra. The meditative tone-poem Prayer Bells by August Read Thomas and Elgar’s familiar Enigma Variations provide an orchestral contrast to these expressive vocal works.

Performances are sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green
The vocalists are underwritten by Jim Lamb
 
In “Heavenly Harp” on January 7, 8 and 9, 2017, world-renowned harp virtuoso Marie-Pierre Langlamet performs Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto contrasted with the Romantic favorite Dances Sacred and Profane by Debussy. Maestro Ferrandis opens the program with the overture to Rossini’s La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) and concludes with the orchestral suites from Ravel’s ballet Daphnis and Chloé.

Marie-Pierre Langlamet is underwritten by Linda Castiglioni
 
On February 11, 12 and 13, the exceptional pianist Alessio Bax takes the stage in Weill Hall to perform the Second Piano Concerto of Brahms in “Tales of Love.” This program for Valentine’s weekend is filled with musical portraits from one of history’s most famous love stories: Maestro Ferrandis contrasts Berlioz’s Romantic introduction to his opera Roméo et Juliette with selections from Prokofiev’s 20th century ballet Romeo and Juliet. 

Performances are sponsored by Susan and Alan Seidenfeld
Alessio Bax is underwritten by Faye Smith
 
On March 25, 26 and 27, “Bring on the Strings” celebrates the talent of our own Santa Rosa Symphony musicians. Concertmaster Joseph Edelberg and Principal Violist Elizabeth Prior step out from the orchestra to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola. Principal Cellist Adelle-Akiko Kearns is the soloist for Fauré’s evocative Élegie for Cello. Maestro Ferrrandis concludes the program with two contrasting works by Jean Sibelius—his mysterious Symphony No. 4 followed by the inspiring tones of Finlandia.
       
On May 6, 7 and 8 “Vadim Returns!” We again experience the glorious sound of violinist Vadim Gluzman as he performs Prokofiev’s soaring Violin Concerto No. 2 on the extraordinary 1690 “ex-Leopold Auer” Stradivarius. The three composers chosen by Maestro Ferrandis for this program all struggled to maintain their creative freedom during the Stalinist era. The program opens with Aram Khachaturian’s folk-inspired Ballet Suite from Masquerade and concludes with the dramatic Symphony No. 11 of Shostakovich.

Performances sponsored by Viking River Cruises
Vadim Gluzman is underwritten by Corinne and David Byrd
Khachaturian’s Ballet Suite is underwritten by Ann and Gordon Blumenfeld
 
—Photos of all guest artists are available upon request—
 
List of Works  2016–2017 Classical Season
Works Receiving their First SRS Performance are marked by (*)
 
Bartók:                 Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra                                                                                
Beethoven:          Symphony No. 8 in F major
Berlioz:                Introduction to Roméo et Juliette
Bernstein:            Halil (nocturne) for Flute and Strings                                                                                     
Brahms:               Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra                                                                    
Britten:                Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Opus 33a                                                                 
Debussy:              Dances Sacred and Profane for Harp and Orchestra*                                                           
Elgar:                   Enigma Variations for Orchestra                                                                                            
Fauré                   Elégie for Cello and Orchestra*                                                                                             
Ginastera             Concerto for Harp and Orchestra                                                                                           
Hovhaness           Meditation on Orpheus for Orchestra*
Khachaturian:      Ballet Suite from Masquerade*                                                                                              
Liszt:                     Les Préludes                                                                                                                                         
Mozart:                Concerto No. 1 in G major for Flute and Orchestra                                                                            
Mozart:                Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for Violin and Viola                                                      
Prokofiev:            Concerto No. 2 in G minor for Violin and Orchestra                                                                           
Prokofiev:            Selections from Romeo and Juliet
Rachmaninoff:     The Bells*                                                                                                                                
Rachmaninoff:     Vocalise in E minor for Soprano and Orchestra*                                                                   
Ravel:                   Daphnis and Chloé Suites No. 1 and No. 2                                                                              
Rossini:                Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)                                                                
Schumann:           Symphony No. 2 in C major                                                                                                     
Shostakovich:       Symphony No. 11 in G minor, The Year 1905*                                                                       
Sibelius:               Symphony No. 4 in A minor*                                                                                                   
Sibelius:               Finlandia
Thomas:               Prayer Bells for Orchestra*
 
Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series – Details
Three Sundays: October 16, 2016, January 22 and April 30, 2017 at 3 pm
 
October 16, 2016
Land of Make Believe – with Roustabout Theater, narrated by Alicia Morley
Journey with us into the Land of Make Believe! On this vivid musical excursion into imagination, you will hear how composers tell much-beloved stories through music—from Mother Goose, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty to modern day tales like Frozen and Harry Potter. Come dressed as a character from your favorite story!
 
Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Listener – with Magic Circle Mime Company
In this comic tale a conductor faces the unexpected participation of two rambunctious audience members and together they explore the active relationship between the audience and the musician. Playful humor, drama and dance introduce works by Britten, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Williams, and more. The audience leaves appreciating their own abilities as well as that of the orchestra.
 
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Presto, Mambo! – with Platypus Theatre
In this interactive and toe-tapping concert we meet Max, an energetic young boy who embarks on a whirlwind adventure to the vibrant lands of Latin America. With the help of the orchestra, the audience, and his new friend Mambo the dog, Max learns the magic of Latin rhythms and how to “dance” with the music.
 
Pre-concert activities for the Family Concert Series—including an Instrument Petting Zoo—begin one hour before each performance at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Subscription for all three concerts: $45 adults, $30 child (age 12 and under). Reserved seating; all patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age. Family Series discount packages start at $126. Call Patron Services for further pricing details. Subscriptions are available starting Monday, March 7, 2016; single tickets for Family Series concerts go on sale August 8, 2016.
 
Symphony Pops Series
Sundays: October 23, December 11, 2016 and February 19, April 23, 2017 at 3 PM
Conducted by Michael Berkowitz
LOCATION: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Michael Berkowitz returns for the 12th season of the Symphony Pops Series as SRS Principal Pops Conductor. The Symphony Pops Series is Santa Rosa Symphony’s collaboration with the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, consisting of four concerts, all taking place on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm.
 
October 23, 2016
Maestro's Favorites
Join Michael and the Santa Rosa Pops for a concert featuring favorites from Michael's vast library of musical gems. The Best of Broadway, Hollywood, TV and a Jazzy version of West Side Story, à la Buddy Rich, with the Maestro on drums, are all a part of this great concert of the very finest in the Pops repertoire.
 
December 11, 2016
The Music from a Charlie Brown Christmas, with the Jim Martinez Quartet
This holiday concert features songs from the Peanuts animated special (first broadcast 51 years ago in Dec. 1965), as well as other traditional Christmas favorites. Pianist and Steinway Artist Jim Martinez—along with his Quartet—pays tribute to famous Snoopy songs, written or arranged by Vince Guaraldi.

February 19, 2017
Great American Songbook
From a command performance at the White House, to the Great White Way of Broadway, Ann Hampton Callaway has captivated audiences everywhere. The Tony-nominated star of the Broadway hit Swing celebrates the music of George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and the Great American Songbook.