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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
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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).

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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:
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707-546-7097 ext.218
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Contact Us

Santa Rosa Symphony
Administrative Office:
50 Santa Rosa Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Administration: (707) 546-7097

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