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

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

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony  and Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announces its partnership with Carlton Senior Living, to be the naming sponsor of their Symphony Pops Series, which kicks off its 14th season with a four-concert season on Sunday, October 14. The series will now be known as The Carlton Senior Living Symphony Pops Series.
 
Carlton Senior Living LLC is an established California-based owner and operator of 11 existing Northern California senior living communities. This new partnership is particularly timely as in the near future, Carlton will break ground on its newest community just a short walk from the Luther Burbank Center in the Larkfield area. The Santa Rosa Carlton community is scheduled to open in the spring of 2020 and will include 134 rental apartments– offering independent living, assisted living and memory care options.
 
“In all of our communities, our residents are very engaged with their local neighborhoods,” says Dave Coluzzi, President of Carlton Senior Living. “Partnering with the Symphony Pops Series is a natural fit for us. This music genre has a wide audience that includes our future residents, and it is something they can share with friends and family. In addition, supporting the arts and helping to keep LBC a local meeting place is important to us and our future residents. We are excited to be neighbors with this Santa Rosa icon and look forward to getting involved in this community.”
 
“We are delighted to welcome Carlton Senior Living to our community,” says Alan Silow, President and CEO of the Santa Rosa Symphony. “We deeply appreciate their commitment as our naming sponsor for our Symphony Pops Series.”
 
”We are thrilled to welcome Carlton Senior Living as our new neighbor in Santa Rosa,” says Rick Nowlin, President and CEO of Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. “We look forward to welcoming residents to our shows and are honored by Carlton Senior Living’s support of the Symphony Pops Series.”
 
Presented in the Ruth Finley Person Theater at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa), the Sunday afternoon concert series introduces audiences to the great depth and range of sounds of the Santa Rosa Symphony and acclaimed soloists, through the music of legendary Motown artists, dynamic divas, and tributes to pop sensations. Led by the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Principal Pops Conductor Michael Berkowitz, the 2018–19 season kicks-off with Ray Charles, Motown & Beyond featuring Ray Charles’ protégé Ellis Hall, also known as the “Ambassador of Soul,” on Sunday, October 14, 2018. The series will ring in the holiday season on Sunday, December 16, 2018 with Holiday Soundtracks, highlighting unforgettable songs from favorite holiday movies. On Sunday, February 24, 2019, the Symphony Pops will present Tribute to Judy & Liza at the Palladium. Featuring vocalists Joan Ellison and Carolann Sanita, the evening will celebrate Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli’s historic 1964 concert at London’s famed Palladium. The series comes to a close on Sunday, April 28, 2019 with Music of the Knights, showcasing the music of three of Britain’s most legendary songwriters: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney. Prior to each performance, LBC will host a discussion with Maestro Berkowitz, who provides insight into the afternoon’s program and shares personal anecdotes and memories from his storied career working on Broadway with various icons, including Liza Minnelli, Henry Mancini and Marvin Hamlisch.
 
Tickets and information for The Carlton Senior Living Symphony Pops series are available online at lutherburbankcenter.org, by calling 707-546-3600 or at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts ticket office (50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa).
 
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About Carlton Senior Living
For more than three decades, Carlton Senior Living communities have provided Northern California seniors with an array of individually tailored care options – ranging from independent and assisted living to award-winning health and memory care programs. Our residents enjoy delicious, healthy, prepared from scratch food and a wide range of activities and entertainment in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere where they can make friends, enjoy life and continue to thrive. As a company, we stand by our commitment to Love, Honor and Provide to all residents, family, and associates. It is this kindness and compassion, and our unique “culture of caring” that makes all the difference. For more information, visit us at: carltonseniorliving.com.
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 91 years, begins his tenure this season. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 91st season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 230 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving 40,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 1,000 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain.

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 9, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony presents its first family concert of the season, "The Conductor's Spellbook," written and narrated by Paul Dooley, at 3 PM on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Dooley also wrote the SRS-commissioned Sonoma Strong, which received its second (and second SRS) performance at the opening 2018-2019 Classical Series concert "Passion and Power," earlier this month, which was very well received.  
 
In "The Conductor's Spellbook," young Tony Stradivarius, while on a field trip to the Santa Rosa Symphony, finds a powerful book of spells and uses it to control the orchestra. Audience members will be invited to participate in call and response, hand percussion and more. Dooley describes the work as "like Peter and the Wolf meets Young Person's Guide and Harry Potter."
 
Bobby Rogers, who is the new conductor for the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, will lead the orchestra. Rogers is also the music director at Pioneer High School in Woodland, Calif. and Adjunct Professor of Band at Woodland Community College and Artistic Director of the Yolo Community Band. 
 
For this concert only, there will be a free photo booth available before and after the concert and children are encouraged to dress up – even in their Halloween costumes. Also, available before the concert and at intermission is a Free Instrument Petting Zoo, in which children (and adults) may handle and play instruments under the supervision of SRS Institute for Music Education staff, students and parent volunteers. The photo booth and Petting Zoo are free to all ticket holders.
 
The series continues with: "Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery" with Classical Kids Live! on Sunday, January 27, at 3 PM and "The Composer is Dead," a Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events) mystery, with music by Nathaniel Stookey and conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong, on Sunday, April 7, at 3 PM.
 
Family Series subscriptions and single tickets are available for purchase at srsymphony.org, by phone at 54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742, or in person Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM at the Symphony Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue.
 
Three-concert subscription packages are $48 for adults and $33 for children (12 and under). Family packages start at $138 and must include two child subscriptions. Single tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children age 12 and under.
 
 
Sponsors
The SRS Family Series is sponsored in part by the generous support of the
Alan and Susan Seidenfeld Charitable Trust
"The Conductor's Spellbook" is sponsored in part by John and Jennifer Webley, with
additional support provided by County of Sonoma—Board of Supervisors
 
High resolution photos available upon request
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:    Santa Rosa Symphony Family concert "The Conductor's Spellbook"
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bobby Rogers, conductor
Paul Dooley, narrator  
 
When: Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3 PM
Pre-concert fun begins at 2 PM with a free photo booth and Instrument Petting Zoo, free to all ticket holders
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  $18/adult; $12/youth (12 and under)
 
Tickets: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 91 years, begins his tenure this season. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 91st season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 19, 2018

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

-High-res photos of Sharon Isbin here. Orchestra and Francesco Lecce-Chong photos available upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:    Santa Rosa Symphony concert "Dancing Across Time"
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Sharon Isbin, guitar
 
When:
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, November 3, at 2:00 PM)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM
Monday, November 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM
 
Pre-concert talk with Francesco Lecce-Chong and Arnaud Sussmann begins one hour before each performance and will include Q&A. (no pre-concert interview prior to Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  $24-$87
 
Tickets: (707) 546-8742, srsymphony.org or in person at
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 91 years, begins his tenure this season. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 91st season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 31, 2018

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony presents its 7th Family Concert Season, comprising three Sunday afternoon, interactive orchestral concerts geared to small children and families filled with fun, mystery and magic. Also returning are the free photo booth for the fall concert and the free Instrument Petting Zoo for all three concerts. New SRS Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong conducts the spring concert. Subscriptions for this affordable, family-friendly concert series may be purchased beginning September 4.
 
The first family concert of the season, "The Conductor's Spellbook," written and narrated by Paul Dooley, is on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Dooley also wrote the SRS-commissioned Sonoma Strong, which receives its second (and second SRS) performance at the opening 2018-2019 Classical Series concert earlier in October. Young Tony Stradivarius finds a powerful book of spells and uses it to control the orchestra. For this concert only, there will be a free photo booth available before and after the concert and children are encouraged to dress up – even in their Halloween costumes.
 
Classical Kids Live! joins the orchestra again on Sunday, January 27, for "Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery." Katarina, a young violinist who is sent to study violin in an orphanage with Antonio Vivaldi in 17-century Venice, searches for clues to her identity and to a vanishing Stradivarius violin. Her search takes her through Carnivale and the Island of the Dead. This highly-acclaimed theatrical symphony concert is an imaginative way to introduce young audiences and their families to the life and music of Antonio Lucio Vivaldi in a live performance venue. Audiences will enjoy recognizable excerpts from Vivaldi's major works, including his Four Seasons, Violin Concerto in A minor and Guitar Concerto.
 
For "The Conductor's Spellbook" and "Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery," the orchestra will be led by Bobby Rogers, who is the new conductor for the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, following seven years conducting SRS' Repertory (now SRS Aspirante Youth Orchestra). Rogers is also the music director at Pioneer High School in Woodland, Calif. and Adjunct Professor of Band at Woodland Community College and Artistic Director of the Yolo Community Band.  
 
On Sunday, April 7, "The Composer is Dead" will be conducted by new SRS Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. All the suspects are musical instruments, and they all seem to have a motive – and an alibi. So who killed the composer? This murder mystery was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and composed by one of its Youth Orchestra alumns, Nathaniel Stookey. The narration for the piece (and the corresponding children's book) was written by the popular children's author Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events). For more information about the program and their collaboration, see this YouTube video.
 
Family Series subscriptions are available for purchase beginning September 4 and single tickets may be purchased beginning September 25. Subscription and single tickets may be purchased at srsymphony.org, by phone at 54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742, or in person Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM at the Symphony Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north entrance, first floor). 
 
Three-concert subscription packages are $48 for adults and $33 for children (12 and under). Family packages start at $138 and must include two child subscriptions. Single tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children age 12 and under.
 
 
High resolution photos available upon request
 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 91 years, begins his tenure this season. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 91st season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 13, 2018

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

Program annotator Steven Ledbetter says of the piece, "The overwhelming energy and expressive richness of the C-minor Symphony left early audiences stupefied or exhilarated. Even among people who have never attended an orchestral concert, the opening phrase can conjure up the very idea of “symphony,” much as the question “To be or not to be?” conjures up all of Shakespeare.
 
"The notion of Fate, and the self‑evident struggle that takes place in the four movements of this powerful score have resulted in a century’s overlay of other notions, too—most widespread during World War II, when the coincidence of the opening four notes of the symphony corresponding rhythmically to the Morse code for 'V' and the ubiquitous 'V for Victory' gesture of Winston Churchill turned Beethoven’s Fifth almost overnight into the 'Victory Symphony.'"
 
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, composer of Celebration for Orchestra, is among the most frequently performed American composers. She is also the first woman in the history of The Julliard School of Music to earn a Doctor of Music degree in composition. She won a Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1983. Other awards include: Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, four Grammy nominations, and the NPR and WNYC Gotham Award for her contributions to the musical life of New York City. Zwilich and her works have been featured in the Charles Schulz' Peanuts® Series and her Peanuts® Gallery, written for a Carnegie Hall children's concert, became the basis for a PBS special. Read her full bio here.  
 
Program Notes are available on the Symphony's "Passion and Power" event page to further enhance the patron’s experience. A video of SRS Musicologist and Music Historian Kayleen Asbo's descriptive and engaging overview and a Spotify playlist of the program can also be found there beginning September 7.  
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, October 6 and Monday, October 8 at 7:30 PM (30 minutes earlier this season), and Sunday, October 7 at 3:00 PM.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, February 10 at 2:00 PM.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Tickets
Single tickets start at $25 and may be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 90 minutes before each performance.
Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) may be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performances. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
 
Sponsors
"Passion and Power" concerts sponsored by The Peggy Anne Covington Fund
Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd
Arnaud Sussmann underwritten by Sigmund Anderman, In memory of Susan Anderman
Discovery Open Rehearsal Series sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy
Additional support provided by the County of Sonoma – Board of Supervisors      
 
-Photos of the orchestra, Francesco Lecce-Chong and Arnaud Sussmann provided upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:   Santa Rosa Symphony Classical Series Concert, "Passion and Power"
 
Who
Santa Rosa Symphony
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Arnuad Sussmann, violin
 
Program:
ZWILICH : Celebration for Orchestra
BRAHMS : Violin Concerto in D major
PAUL DOOLEY: Sonoma Strong
BEETHOVEN : Symphony No 5
 
When: 
Saturday, October 6, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 7, 3 PM
Monday, October 8, 7:30 PM
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  $25-$87
 
Tickets: 546-8742, www.srsymphony.org or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 91 years, begins his tenure this season. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 91st season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 31, 2018

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

The Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services staff is available to provide complete information for the Classical Series, Family Series, all special concerts and events, and answer any other questions regarding seating. Patrons are invited to call (707) 546-8742 between 9 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday (after 10:30 on Wednesdays). More information and ticket purchases may also be found at srsymphony.org.
 
High resolution photos available upon request
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 91 years, begins his tenure this season. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 91st season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 13, 2018

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

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

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

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


-High resolution photos provided upon request-
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 91 years, begins his tenure this season. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 91st season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 10, 2018

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

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

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

BIOS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He continues to work with "Broadway on Broadway," a free concert in New York's Times Square, featuring numbers from each season's Broadway musicals, now in its 11th year and continuing to draw more than 50,000 people. During the holiday season, Berkowitz will be at Madison Square Garden for his 10th year in the pit for "A Christmas Carol."
 
In January 2018, Berkowitz was asked to be a part of the Toulon Opera House's production of "Wonderful Town," in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birthday. In May 2018, Berkowitz conducts Igor Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto in Los Angeles with famous Jazz clarinetist, Ken Peplowski.
 
-Photos of Mariachi Champaña Nevín, the Symphony and Michael Berkowitz provided upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING:
 
What:    A Free Concert for the Community
 
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony and Mariachi Campaña Nevín
Michael Berkowitz, SRS principal Pops conductor
 
 
When:  Sunday, July 29, 2018, at 7 PM; Gates open 5 PM for picnics; Hall lobby open 6 PM
 
Where:  Weill Hall + Lawn, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Free, but tickets required. Choice of hall, lawn seating, outdoor table seating
 
Tickets: Tickets available beginning July 10, at 10 AM. (707) 546-8742; toll-free Spanish line (707) 546-7007; www.srsymphony.org, www.gmc.sonoma.edu or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, 50 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa (Weekdays 9 AM – 5 PM, opening at 10:30 AM Wednesdays)
 
Special Instructions:  Patrons may bring in food, but no outside beverages are permitted. Water bottle filling stations will be available and food and beverages may be purchased on site. New for Summer 2018–drink tumblers are available at concessions and may be brought into Weill Hall. For the safety of all guests, all items brought into the Green Music Center–including coolers, picnic baskets, bags, backpacks and purses–will be subject to search upon entry. For more information, visit gmc.sonoma.edu/go. 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 91 years, begins his tenure this season. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
 
Currently in its 91st season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 3, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

BIOS of incoming Board Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Francesco Lecce-Chong, the Symphony's fifth music director in its 91 years, begins his tenure this season. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.

Currently in its 91st season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Contact Us

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

Patron Services Hours: 
M-F - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
W – 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Patron Services: (707) 546-8742