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October 6, 2021: Santa Rosa Symphony performs Scheherazade Clarinetist David Krakauer featured in klezmer world premiere he co-composed

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 6, 2021

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

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

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

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

COVID-19 Requirements:
Proof of Vaccination OR negative COVID-19 PCR test result dated within 72 hours of the concert AND a photo I.D. will be required for entry. All patrons must be properly masked. Children younger than 12 may be admitted with a negative COVID-19 PCR result dated within 72 hours of the concert and photo ID (ID may be waived if accompanied by a parent). That age group (7-11) may also attend the Discovery Rehearsal without such proofs. Patrons who do not comply with these guidelines will be denied entry or asked to leave the concert hall. No exceptions. More info.
 
SPONSORS:
Classical Series sponsored by the Anderman Family Foundation
Concert sponsored by the Peggy Anne Covington Fund
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by Corinne and David Byrd
David Krakauer underwritten by Sigmund Anderman, in memory of Susan Anderman
World Premiere commissioned by the Santa Rosa Symphony (lead commissioner), the Eugene Symphony and The
      Adele and John Gray Endowment Fund, with additional support from Karen Brodsky and Mark Dierkhising
Discovery Open Rehearsal Series sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy
Season media sponsor: The Press Democrat
 
RELATED NEWS – Masterclass November 4, 2021
On Thursday, November 4, 2021, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Krakauer will offer a masterclass at Weill Hall. This opportunity to learn new techniques, which may even apply to other instruments, and see students respond and improve in real time, is free, though reservations are required. Interested parties may call Patron Services at (707) 546-7097 to reserve a seat. Masks will be required, but proof of vaccination or a negative test will not be necessary for this smaller event. 
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES
Francesco Lecce-Chong, David Krakauer, Kathleen Tagg
 
HIGH RES PHOTOS OF KRAKAUER (and Kathleen Tagg)
 
SRS ORCHESTRA PHOTOS
 
LECCE-CHONG PHOTOS
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Concert "Klezmer & Krakauer"
 
WHO: Santa Rosa Symphony
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
David Krakauer, violin
 
WHEN:
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 2:00 PM – no talk)
Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 3:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM, Pre-concert talk 2:00 PM-2:30 PM)
Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
 
WHERE:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
TICKET PRICES:
Saturday and Monday evening, and Sunday afternoon performances: $24-$87. See COVID-19 Vaccine/Negative test requirements at srsymphony.org.
Discovery Open Rehearsal: $18 / adult; $10 / youth (7-17 years of age). See COVID-19 Vaccine/Negative test requirements at srsymphony.org.
 
TICKETS:
(707) 546-8742 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Wednesday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm) srsymphony.org anytime
 
ABOUT 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 94 years, began his tenure in 2018. Alan Silow, President & CEO, began his tenure in 2002. The Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service.
 
The Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (seven sets), Seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts.
 
Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
The Symphony is recognized as having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually. Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained the Santa Rosa Symphony national attention and support.

Media Contact:
Ann Hutchinson
707-546-7097 x 222
ahutchinson@srsymphony.org

September 24, 2021: Santa Rosa Symphony honors Alan Silow, President and CEO for its Celebration 2021! fundraising event on November 5, 2021

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 24, 2021

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony’s annual fundraising event, Celebration 2021! honors Alan Silow, President and CEO of the Santa Rosa Symphony for his 20 years of service to the Symphony on Friday, November 5 at 5:30 PM. Celebration 2021! includes an elegant reception in Prelude Restaurant and a recital by clarinetist and composer David Krakauer. A gourmet dinner in the Person Lobby is followed by a paddle raise for the Symphony’s music education programs.
 
SRS Chairman of the Board Corinne Byrd says, "I’m delighted that the Board selected Symphony President & CEO Alan Silow to be the honoree at our Celebration 2021 Gala! He is the quintessential example of consummate executive leadership: a seasoned professional whose acumen for strategy and program-building have propelled our Symphony Association, for 20 years, to greater success. Furthermore, Alan’s remarkable resourcefulness and perseverance during the past Symphony season will long benefit our patrons, youth, musicians, staff and community in infinite ways."
 
This intimate affair will have no more than 166 people in attendance, with plenty of room to spread out in the spacious Green Music Center. With patron safety in mind, all attendees will provide proof of full vaccination and remain masked when not eating or drinking. Tickets are $350/person ($265 is tax-deductible).
 
Alan Silow
In June 2021, Silow was awarded the Heart of Sonoma County™ Excellence in Leadership Award by the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership. Silow earned the award for his achievements during his nearly 20-year tenure with the Symphony.
 
Alan Silow has been President and CEO of the Santa Rosa Symphony since July of 2002. During his tenure, the Symphony has returned to a fiscally sound basis that has produced annual surpluses in both operations and an endowment that has grown over 500%. Silow played a leadership role in the public/private partnership with Sonoma State University to build a new world-class symphony hall that opened in Fall 2012. The Santa Rosa Symphony is now the largest California regional symphony orchestra north of Los Angeles and the resident orchestra at the world-class Green Music Center. He also currently sits on the Board of the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide better cross-cultivation between the arts and tourism. Silow’s accomplishments were recognized with a nonprofit leadership award for innovation, community engagement and growth given by North Bay Business Journal in October 2012.
 
Prior to taking this position, he concluded a successful, three-year tenure as Executive Director of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio. Previous positions include Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, a world-renowned, performing arts organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Executive Director of the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau. During his tenure, readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine named Santa Fe the top travel destination in the world.
 
Silow graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an undergraduate B.A. degree in Economics with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs. He is married with one son and lives in Oakmont located in Sonoma Valley.
 
PHOTO OF ALAN SILOW             
 
David Krakauer, clarinet
David Krakauer has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. In 2015, he received a Grammy nomination as soloist with the conductor-less chamber orchestra, A Far Cry. He began his journey with the music of his Eastern European Jewish cultural heritage at the end of the 1980s as the Berlin Wall was falling, and culture from “behind the Iron Curtain” began to emerge in the West. Inspired by these massive cultural shifts, he began to explore klezmer music as he sought to connect with his Jewish identity in a deeper way. He very quickly became a creator in his own right; first as a member of the ground-breaking band The Klezmatics (that launched the second klezmer revival of the early 1990s), then as an integral part of John Zorn’s Radical Jewish Culture movement, and ultimately as a composer, soloist and band leader in the klezmer genre.
 
His wide array of projects, solo appearances, and multi-genre collaborations includes ensembles, conductors, composers and individual artists such as the WDR Big Band, Abraham Inc. (co-led with Fred Wesley and Socalled), the Emerson Quartet, Marin Alsop, Wlad Mathulets, Leonard Slatkin (Orchestre de Lyon), Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Quatuor Debussy, JoAnn Falletta, George Tsontakis, Anakronic Electro Orkestra and Kathleen Tagg (pianist and co-creator of Breath & Hammer).
 
PHOTO OF DAVID KRAKAUER
 
RELATED NEWS:
David Krakauer performs with the Symphony November 6, 7 & 8, for “Krakauer & Klezmer,” which includes traditional klezmer arranged for orchestra, a world premiere Krakauer composed with Kathleen Tagg and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Press release will be sent separately in early October.
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: Celebration 2021! Honoring Alan Silow, Santa Rosa Symphony President and CEO
 
INCLUDES: reception, dinner, and recital by clarinetist David Krakauer
 
WHEN: Friday, November 5, 2021, 5:30 PM
 
WHERE:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
Tickets: $350/person ($265 is tax-deductible)
 
PURCHASE METHOD: Enid Rickley-Myres: (707) 546-7097 x 223 OR Patron Services: (707) 546-8742

hours: M-F 9 AM - 5 PM, closed Saturdays and Sundays.
 
ABOUT 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 94 years, began his tenure in 2018. Alan Silow, President & CEO, began his tenure in 2002. The Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service.
 
The Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (seven sets), Seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts.
 
Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
The Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually. Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained the Santa Rosa Symphony national attention and support.

Media Contact:
Ann Hutchinson
707-546-7097  ext. 222
ahutchinson@srsymphony.org

September 15, 2021: Santa Rosa Symphony Returns to In-person Concerts Featuring works by groundbreaking men of the past and innovative women of today October 2, 3 & 4, 2021 at the Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 15, 2021

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —After a successful season of virtual concerts, the Santa Rosa Symphony returns to the Green Music Center on October 2, 3 and 4. Prize-winning Violinist Julian Rhee, praised for his "sophisticated, assured tone, superb intonation" (The Strad), performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish with the orchestra. Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, with each movement written in the persona of one of the composer's friends; Libby Larsen's Deep Summer Music, inspired by waving, colorful fields of grain; and First Symphony Project composer Gabriella Smith's Rust complete this program of innovators, past and present, conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong.  
 
Lecce Chong said, "I am thrilled to welcome audiences back to the Green Music Center with a program that celebrates the joy and magnificence of orchestral music. Alongside Elgar's beloved Enigma Variations, I look forward to introducing audiences to the exciting music of our Composer-in-Residence, Gabriella Smith, as well as one of the most impressive young musicians I know today, violinist Julian Rhee."
 
Santa Rosa Symphony President and CEO Alan Silow said, "This season proves to be just as memorable as the last as we reunite in our beautiful, acoustically exquisite hall to enjoy a season filled with wonder alongside familiar comforts and, after the struggles getting here, with a greater appreciation for what we have."
 
Julian Rhee made his Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra debut at age eight. Since then, he has been a soloist with the Aspen Philharmonic, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Avanti Chamber Orchestra, and the San Diego, Pittsburgh, Eugene and Madison symphony orchestras. He has performed in concert halls across the United States and has also appeared in Argentina, Vienna and Hungary. He earned the firs- place prize at the Elmar Oliveira, Johansen and Klein international competitions, as well as winning the Aspen Concerto Competition. Rhee studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory. Read full bio.
 
INNOVATIVE COMPOSERS OF TODAY
Gabriella Smith
Also an environmentalist, Smith volunteers on a songbird research project.

Smith released Lost Coast, her first full-length album in July 2021, with cellist Gabriel Cabezas.

Gabriella Smith's first Symphony, ONE for Orchestra, a First Symphony Project commission supported by SRS and Eugene Symphony donors, premieres in Santa Rosa Symphony's "Beethoven à la Kern," January 8-10.

Libby Larsen
Libby Larsen lays claim to more than 500 original compositions, which encompass multiple genres, and range from vocal, band and chamber music, to massive orchestral works and more than 15 operas.

Larsen won a Grammy Award for producer of Best Classical Vocal Performance.

Larsen's works appear on more than 50 CDs.

Larsen often pulls rhythms from styles of speech in American language. For example, the speech of an auctioneer or revivalist.
 
ENHANCEMENTS:
Program notes are available on the concert event page.

Concert Conversations, 30-minute pre-concert talks, occur one hour prior to each performance, with Lecce-Chong, usually accompanied by the guest artist(s).
 
COVID-19 Requirements:
Proof of Vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours AND a photo I.D. will be required for entry. All patrons must be properly masked. No one under 12 years of age will be admitted to the performances, with the exception of patrons 7-12 years of age to the Discovery Rehearsal. Patrons who do not comply with these guidelines will be denied entry or asked to leave the concert hall. No exceptions. More info.
 
SPONSORS:
Classical Series sponsored by the Anderman Family Foundation
Concert sponsored by Marcia Wagner, in memory of Hap Wagner
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by Corinne and David Byrd
Julian Rhee underwritten by Ava and Sam Guerrera
Discovery Open Rehearsal Series sponsored by The Stare Foundation
and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy
Season media sponsor: The Press Democrat
 
RELATED NEWS – Masterclass September 30, 2021
On Thursday, September 30, 2021, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Rhee will offer a masterclass at Weill Hall.
The two 17-year-old violinists from Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education's Training Young Musicians who will perform for Rhee during the masterclass are Credo High senior Aeden Seaver (co-concertmaster for Young People’s Chamber Orchestra) and Sonoma Academy senior Jeremy Felton (concertmaster of Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra). This opportunity to learn new techniques, which may even apply to other instruments, and see students respond and improve in real time, is free, though reservations are required. Interested parties may call Patron Services at (707) 546-7097 to reserve a seat. Masks will be required, but proof of vaccination or a negative test will not be necessary for this smaller event. 
 
INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Julian Rhee
 
HIGH RES PHOTO OF RHEE
 
SRS ORCHESTRA PHOTOS
 
LECCE-CHONG PHOTOS
 
AT A GLANCE / CALENDAR LISTING:
 
WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Concert "Elgar & Mozart"
 
WHO: Santa Rosa Symphony
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Julian Rhee, violin
 
WHEN:
Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 2:00 PM – no talk)
Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 3:00 PM (Doors at 1:30 PM, Pre-concert talk 2:00 PM-2:30 PM)
Monday, October 4, 2021 at 7:30 PM (Doors at 6:00 PM, Pre-concert talk 6:30 PM-7:00 PM)
 
WHERE:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
 
TICKET PRICES:
Saturday and Monday evening, and Sunday afternoon performances: $24-$87. See COVID-19 Vaccine/Negative test requirements at srsymphony.org.
Discovery Open Rehearsal: $18 / adult; $10 / youth (7-17 years of age). See COVID-19 Vaccine/Negative test requirements at srsymphony.org.
 
TICKETS:
(707) 546-8742 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Wednesday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm) srsymphony.org anytime
 
ABOUT 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 94 years, began his tenure in 2018. Alan Silow, President & CEO, began his tenure in 2002. The Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service.
 
The Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (seven sets), Seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts.
 
Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
The Symphony is recognized as having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually. Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained the Santa Rosa Symphony national attention and support.

Media Contact:
Ann Hutchinson
707-546-7097 x 222
ahutchinson@srsymphony.org


 

July 19, 2021: Santa Rosa Symphony welcomes new Board Members

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 19, 2021

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS), in its 94th season, announces seven new appointments to its board of directors. The following Symphony supporters, listed in alphabetical order, began their term on July 1, 2021: Sharon Beckman, Judy Chen, Shari DeMaris, Fernando Dizon, Ann Marie McGee, Nancy Novak and Alexander Volonts.
 
New board officers are as follows: Corinne Byrd, Chairman of the Board; Keven Brown, Vice-Chairman; Sean Pryden, Treasurer; Garth Bixler, Secretary; Al Seidenfeld, Immediate Past Chairman. 
 
SRS Chairman of the Board Corinne Byrd said, "As we enter the Symphony’s 94th season, it is with great pleasure that we welcome our new Board Directors and announce the Board officers. I look forward to serving with all of them as the new Chairman of the Board.”
 
Sharon Beckman retired from her head of marketing position at Columbia House in New York City 18 years ago.
Beckman now volunteers for several local causes and, as a member of the Symphony League, enjoys providing refreshments to the Symphony's orchestra members at their rehearsal breaks.
 
Judy Chen has lived in Santa Rosa since 2006. Born in Taiwan, she is fluent in English and Chinese. She has played the piano since the third grade, winning regional piano competitions, and played in bands in high school. Chen is a realtor and Agent Leadership Council member with Keller William Realty Wine Country Group. She was a senior tax specialist in PricewaterhouseCoopers Taipei office before moving to the United States.
 
Shari DeMaris is the relatively new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Exchange Bank. With more than 23 years of technical accounting and financial leadership experience, she held leadership roles at several public accounting and financial institutions before joining Exchange Bank in October 2020.
 
Fernando Dizon is a retired engineer with an AB in Physics and an MS in Materials Science and Engineering, both from UC Berkeley. He had a 40-year career in the electronics industry, most notably with Hewlett Packard in Santa Rosa. He and his wife, Grace Harris, became subscribers to the Santa Rosa Symphony early in the 1980s.
 
Ann Marie McGee relocated to Sonoma County from the East Bay in Fall 2017. Prior to retirement, she had her own marketing consulting firm, specializing in branding, messaging and positioning services for startup/early-stage technology companies. She also taught music at Arkansas State University, Hendrix College and Interlochen Center for the Arts and was a member of the Arkansas Symphony.
 
Nancy Novak is a retired sales and business development leader with over 25 years of experience working with Global 100 companies across multiple industries. Novak plays cello with the Santa Rosa Junior College orchestra, the North Bay Sinfonietta, and sometimes with La Escuela de Música in La Paz, Mexico. She also plays piano with string players, as well as volunteering as a piano player on Charmian London’s Steinway at the Jack London State Historic Park. 
 
SRS violist Alexander Volonts is an active educator, musician and investor. He has been a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony since 2007. Originally from New York, Volonts earned his Bachelor of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Now a Santa Rosa resident, he has been the Specialty Strings teacher at SunRidge Elementary School since 2016 and has worked for SRS' Simply Strings program since 2013.  
 
FULL BIOS BELOW
HIGH-RES PHOTOS HERE (DropBox)
 
Sharon Beckman
When Sharon Beckman left New York City for Santa Rosa 18 years ago, the president of CBS Masterworks, the classical label of CBS Records, told her to look up the Santa Rosa Symphony. He told her it was a very well-respected regional orchestra. She did, and has been a subscriber ever since. She soon joined the Symphony League where her favorite activity has been providing the hard-working orchestra members refreshments at their rehearsal breaks.
 
Beckman spent most of her career at Columbia House where she led the music marketing department for many years. When she and her husband David decided to retire, Northern California was at the top of their list of destinations.
 
While still in New York, Beckman became very involved with Canine Companions for Independence and raised a puppy for them in Manhattan. So, when the Beckmans moved to Santa Rosa, she continued her involvement with CCI and eventually served on their Northwestern Board of Directors. Beckman’s volunteer activity moved to Alternatives to Violence Project and she did prison workshops on nonviolence prior to Covid. She is also a Kitchen Mentor at Ceres Community Project, which provides meals for acutely ill people. In addition, she participates in the Japanese American Citizens League's oral history program, which goes into Sonoma County schools to talk about the treatment of Japanese Americans during WWII as a warning about how racial profiling can threaten democracy. She is currently very active with Impact 100 Redwood Circle, a women’s giving circle that supports Sonoma County nonprofits, and has served on its executive team. 
 
Judy Chen
Judy Chen has lived in Santa Rosa with her husband Barry Wu and three children since 2006. She was born in Taiwan and is fluent in English and Chinese. She has played the piano since the third grade, winning regional piano competitions, and played in bands in high school. Her daughter, who now plays violin in the Santa Rosa Symphony Young People Chamber Orchestra, was the youngest player in Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2018, when the group toured Hungary and Austria.
 
Chen is a realtor with Keller William Realty Wine Country Group. She is an Agent Leadership Council member in the company and a quadruple gold award recipient. She was a senior tax specialist in PricewaterhouseCoopers Taipei office before moving to the United States. Her focus was merger and acquisition and international taxation. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her master’s degrees in Accounting and Finance.
 
Chen enjoys hiking, traveling and making new friends in her free time. She is extremely excited to learn and serve on the board of SRS as well as meeting all the sponsors, staff and musicians associated with the Symphony.
 
Shari DeMaris
Shari DeMaris is the relatively new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Exchange Bank. 
DeMaris has over 23 years of technical accounting and financial leadership experience. She held leadership roles at several public accounting and financial institutions before joining Exchange Bank in October 2020. She is a licensed CPA and holds bachelor's degrees in both Accounting and Spanish from DePaul University and the University of Iowa, respectively. Active in the community, DeMaris served as chair and board member for both the Iowa City Area Development Group and the Chamber of Commerce, was the board chair for the Domestic Violence Intervention Program and was a mentor for the Youth Leadership Program before moving to California.
 
DeMaris grew up involved in music since the second grade – band, orchestra, chorus musicals and more. She enjoys all types of music and has an affinity for classical and jazz, and anything that is on the radio. Music has been an important part of her life for as long as she can remember.
 
Fernando Dizon
Fernando Dizon is a retired engineer with an AB in Physics and an MS in Materials Science and Engineering, both from UC Berkeley. He had a 40-year career in the electronics industry with various companies, though mainly with Hewlett Packard in Santa Rosa. He and his wife, Grace Harris, became subscribers to the Santa Rosa Symphony early in the 1980s. His two children played clarinet beginning in elementary school and continued through the music program at Santa Rosa High School. They both studied under Roy Zajac, principal clarinetist of the Santa Rosa Symphony and his son Quinn Dizon became principal clarinetist in the College of Wooster Community Orchestra.
 
Fernando’s interests include cooking (he says he makes a “mean” paella), running (completed two half-marathons in 2018 and 2019) and swimming.
 
Ann Marie McGee
Ann Marie McGee relocated to Sonoma County from the East Bay in Fall 2017. Prior to retirement, she had her own marketing consulting firm, specializing in branding, messaging and positioning services for startup/early-stage technology companies. Her consultancy was preceded by stints at several technology startups in Silicon Valley, including GRiD Systems, where she was the Marketing Manager for the industry’s first tablet computer, Poqet Computer, later acquired by Fujitsu Personal Systems, with responsibility for International Marketing and DG Systems/DG Fast Channel, a digital network for distributing advertising content to radio and TV stations.
 
Before her tech career, she taught music at Arkansas State University, Hendrix College and Interlochen Center for the Arts and was a member of the Arkansas Symphony. McGee holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in flute performance from the University of Idaho and the University of Illinois.
 
McGee is a member of Impact 100 Redwood Circle, where she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee. While residing in the East Bay, she served as a board member for Brighter Beginnings and Northern Light School, both in Oakland, and the Contra Costa Crisis Center in Walnut Creek.
 
She has also served on an assortment of advisory/advancement committees, capital campaigns and task forces for the University of Idaho. McGee and her husband currently support master classes for students at Idaho's Lionel Hampton School of Music given by visiting artists for the Auditorium Chamber Music Series. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Idaho Greek Alumni Council.
 
As a National Volunteer for Delta Delta Delta sorority, McGee currently serves on the Volunteer Engagement Committee, focused on identifying, recommending and supporting volunteer leadership for national coordinator and committee chair positions. She is also a member of a collegiate chapter advisory team for Tri Delta’s chapter at the University of Idaho. 
 
McGee is married to Robert (Bob) McGee, President and COO for Straus Family Creamery, executive board member of the California Dairy Institute, board member and past president for CTE Foundation and incoming board president for Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT). Their son, Thomas, resides in Oakland and daughter, Shannon and her husband, in New York City. When not volunteering, she enjoys her family, friends, cooking, playing her flute, gardening, watercolor painting, tennis, and golf and looks forward to spending more time in Idaho.
 
Nancy Novak
Nancy Novak is a retired sales and business development leader with over 25 years of experience working with Global 100 companies across multiple industries. Novak earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and began her technology sales career with IBM in 1985. She has also worked for Lotus Development, Oracle and Microsoft. Novak was responsible for building and managing teams worldwide and was recognized for developing strategic relationships and consistently exceeding sales objectives year after year. 

Novak grew up in Kansas and spent summers in Vermont. She began piano and cello from a young age and studied both instruments until graduation from high school. She was First Chair cellist in high school and competed in yearly piano competitions. During her career, she continued to study piano and later "became reacquainted" with her cello. Novak has played in the Redwood Symphony and the South Bay Philharmonic (formerly named HP Symphony). She now plays cello with the Santa Rosa Junior College orchestra, the North Bay Sinfonietta, and sometimes, La Escuela de Música in La Paz, Mexico. On the piano, she enjoys playing chamber music with string players, as well as volunteering as a piano player on Charmian London’s Steinway at the Jack London State Historic Park. 
 
Novak and her husband Robert, a retired electrical and software engineer, moved to Santa Rosa in 2016 and lost their new home and most of their possessions in the 2017 Tubbs fire, including their 1919 Steinway. Together, the couple enjoys watersports, especially sailing and kite-surfing. They have sailed on the San Francisco Bay for years. In the last decade, they have been seasonal sailors throughout Mexico and now in the South Pacific. Novak finds music to be a wonderful connection with different cultures. She has made rewarding and lasting friendships with youth and their families, supporting music schools and being invited to play in orchestras, mostly in La Paz, Mexico.
 
Novak has been a supporter through volunteer and subscriber work, and has attended master classes and SRS League-sponsored events.
 
Alexander Volonts
SRS violist Alexander Volonts is an active educator, musician and investor. He has been a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony since 2007. Originally from New York, Volonts arrived in California to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he completed a Bachelor of Music degree, as a viola student of Jodi Levitz. In subsequent years, Volonts settled in Sonoma County, and focused on teaching music to students as well as growing roots in the community. He has been the Specialty Strings teacher at SunRidge Elementary School since 2016 and has worked for SRS Simply Strings program since 2013.  
 
Volonts' wife Tingting Gu is an accomplished violinist. The couple have two healthy children, Nathan (3 years old) and Tiana, who is under one year old. Volonts spends ample time raising his children alongside Tingting, teaching violin lessons and researching equities for investment consideration.  
 
Volonts is pleased to be welcomed by the SRS Board of Directors and applauds the excellent work that the organization has achieved during the course of his ongoing tenure as a member of the orchestra. 
 
ABOUT 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 94 years, began his tenure in 2018. Alan Silow, President & CEO, began his tenure in 2002. The Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service.
 
The Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (seven sets), Seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts.
 
Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
The Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually. Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained the Santa Rosa Symphony national attention and support.

Media Contact:
Ann Hutchinson
707-546-7097  ext. 222
ahutchinson@srsymphony.org

July 15, 2021: Santa Rosa Symphony Thrives, Breaks Records in a Difficult Year: New offerings, record giving and extended reach

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 15, 2021

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —The Santa Rosa Symphony's 2020-2021 fiscal year proved to be an exceptional year of expanding into new markets, adding new skills, and reaching people across the nation, even the globe, with free, virtual concerts, three of which were rebroadcast on two Bay Area public television stations.
 
“The Symphony has a history of weathering adversity and giving back in times of crisis. The Symphony met the challenge of the pandemic with the same resolve to continue to support the Symphony's mission and keep its music accessible,” said President & CEO Alan Silow.
 
Top Organizational Highlights:

Secured governmental and university approvals, and established health and safety protocols to record and stream more orchestral performances than any other California orchestra

Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong reprogrammed entire classical season to meet pandemic safety requirements, satisfy union regulations, keep musicians and staff employed, and save the season for subscribers and patrons

Virtual concerts largely responsible for 121% rise in individual donors, 289% rise in new donors and 167% rise in donations, from 22 different states

Most successful fundraiser in the organization's 18-year history of similar galas, honoring Corrick & Norma Brown

Symphony concerts were rebroadcast, for the first time, on television: Three SRS @ Home concerts on Northern California Public Media stations KRCB and KPJK, reaching 2.8 million Bay Area households

Symphony staff and Music Director, while sheltered-in-place, kept patrons engaged with online content

All education programs proceeded, retrofitted for online and modified for in-person 

Record level of donations buoyed by high levels of individual donations, board giving, government grants and SRS League support

Eighteenth consecutive year ending the fiscal year in the black  

Learning on the go, key strategies employed included:

Choosing YouTube, a streaming platform most familiar to patrons, for its virtual concert series

Making virtual series free to increase accessibility and reach, while competing with entertainment platforms such as Netflix

Enhancing virtual concerts with value adds such as musician introductions and inspiring donation appeals

Hiring professional video production team familiar with the Green Music Center and its Weill Hall

Performing for recording in Weill Hall  

Creating new subscriber benefits to retain subscribers, who had paid for concerts in advance: 30-day access to virtual concerts and newly created soloist recital videos

Leveraging in-house talent to prepare materials for videographer and edit smaller video pieces

Relying on and embracing Lecce-Chong's tech skills and dynamic presence for added live pre-concert talk and post Q&A with musicians  

These efforts paid off with the following:

Average viewership (estimating two/household) was 4,421, exceeding that for a sold-out Weill Hall three-concert weekend

Subscription to SRS YouTube channel rose by 1,200%

Donations, including new virtual sponsorships, exceeded typical single ticket sales  

INVERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
Alan Silow
 
ABOUT 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 94 years, began his tenure in 2018. Alan Silow, President & CEO, began his tenure in 2002. The Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service.
 
The Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (seven sets), Seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts.
 
Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
The Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually. Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained the Santa Rosa Symphony national attention and support.

Media Contact:
Ann Hutchinson
707-546-7097  ext. 222
ahutchinson@srsymphony.org

July 13, 2021: Santa Rosa Symphony's President and CEO Alan Silow honored with Excellence in Leadership Award

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 13, 2021

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) —Santa Rosa Symphony President and CEO Alan Silow received the Excellence in Leadership Award at the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership's June 24, 2021, virtual Heart of Sonoma County™ Award ceremony. Silow earned the award for his achievements during his nearly 20-year tenure with the Symphony.
 
These achievements include:

Helping to rejuvenate a capital fundraising campaign that raised $145 million to build Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center

Diversifying programming with addition of Pops and Family Concert Series

Increasing the organization’s endowment from $1.5 million to $16.5 million

Expanding annual educational outreach to 30,000, enabling inclusion for underserved students and providing greater access to in-school music programs

Overseeing the Youth Orchestra’s international concert tours, established during his tenure

Launching an innovative virtual concert series during the pandemic

Tripling the budget over time while remaining in the black every year  

"I am deeply honored for this recognition that reflects the enormous contributions by the Santa Rosa Symphony to the Sonoma County community over these many years," said Silow.
 
SRS Board Chairman Corinne Byrd said, “We are grateful that our President & CEO Alan Silow was selected for this well-deserved honor. As the executive leader of the largest performing arts organization in our region, he has been a community hero time and time again, inspiring our stakeholders to work together in the service of something far greater than themselves. Alan’s vision and extraordinary efforts have made a positive difference in this community for two decades. The Santa Rosa Symphony’s innovative educational programs reaching 30,000 children and youth annually are only one example of his immense influence. We are truly fortunate to have Alan at the helm!”
 
Silow and his fellow recipients, chosen from 126 nominees in eight award categories, were presented with certificates of recognition from Senator Bill Dodd, Senator Mike McGuire, Congressman Jared Huffman, Congressman Mike Thompson, Assemblymember Marc Levine, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar Curry, Assemblymember Jim Wood and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The Excellence in Leadership Award, sponsored and presented by Medtronic, included a check for $5,000 for the Santa Rosa Symphony Association.
 
“With contributions of their time, talent, and treasure, the individuals and organizations nominated for the Heart of Sonoma County Awards demonstrate that Sonoma County is a community of great leaders that do the right thing,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO at Center for Volunteers & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL).
 
Other honors at CVNL's first annual Heart of Sonoma County™ Award awards event included Corporate Community Service Award (American AgCredit), Volunteer of the Year Award (Gene Girimonte of Alzheimer’s Associations of the North Bay), Excellence in Board Leadership Award (Mary Henderson, Chop’s Teen Club), Excellence in Innovation Award (Humane Society of Sonoma County’s Community Veterinary Clinic), five Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards, Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award (Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa) and a Lifetime Achievement Award (William “Willie” Tamayo). The awardees received a grand total of $35,000 to support the critical work of local nonprofits and volunteers.
  
The programs and services of CVNL, formerly known as the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, include the Sonoma Human Race, Secret Santa, Court Referral Program and Volunteer Wheels.
 
ABOUT 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 94 years, began his tenure in 2018. Alan Silow, President & CEO, began his tenure in 2002. The Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service.
 
The Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (seven sets), Seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts.
 
Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
The Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually. Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained the Santa Rosa Symphony national attention and support.

Media Contact:
Ann Hutchinson
707-546-7097  ext. 222
ahutchinson@srsymphony.org

July 6, 2021: Santa Rosa Symphony announces its 2021-2022 Season Season Subscriptions on sale Tuesday, July 6, 2021 "Classical Reunion" features four world premieres, new musical projects, new packages

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 6, 2021

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS), in its 10th season as Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, announces its 94th season, “Classical Reunion,” featuring four world premieres, including a new work by Grammy award-winning composer Michael Daugherty highlighting the beauty and ecological diversity of our county. Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong’s programming also includes masterworks from lauded composers of centuries past and works by up-and-coming living composers. Lecce-Chong conducts seven of the eight Classical Series concerts. Leveraging skills learned during the pandemic, the Symphony offers its subscribers two new packages, which include YouTube concerts in addition to the live performances. Subscriptions are on sale beginning July 6.
 
Lecce-Chong says, “I'm thrilled to welcome audiences back to the Green Music Center for the unparalleled experience of live orchestral music. Our performances this season will celebrate our diverse, vibrant community and the resilient creative spirit with four major world premieres. After a season of virtual performances with a smaller orchestra, an ambitious lineup of grand orchestral classics by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Elgar and Respighi will bring our full orchestra back to the stage.”
 
Season Highlights for 94th performance season (October – June

Programming highlights:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations
Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5
Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade
Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1
Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun [after Mallarmé]
George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
Michael Daugherty's Valley of the Moon
Ottorino Respighi's The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome

Acclaimed guest artists [full bios (short bios at the end of the release), high-res photos
Pianists Olga Kern (returning) and Michelle Cann
Violinists Julian Rhee and Elina Vähälä (returning)
Clarinetist David Krakauer
Guest Conductor Aram Demirjian (February concert)

World Premieres
The Fretless Clarinet Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet and Orchestra by David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg (featuring Krakauer)
Gabriella Smith's Symphony No. 1 (First Symphony project season two)
Michael Daugherty's Valley of the Moon
Enrico Chapela Barba's Los Braceros [The Laborers] Cantata for Mariachi and Orchestra (in a rescheduled concert set from the 19-20 season, which is outside of the 21-22 subscription package)

Celebration 2021! fundraiser honors Alan Silow, SRS President and CEO on November 5, 2021

Three-concert Family Series, conducted by Bobby Rogers (October and January) and Lecce-Chong (April)

Two new 7-Concert Classical Series subscription packages
7-Concert Classical Plus Series (adds 30-day access to watch the Oct-May concerts on YouTube)
7-Concert Classical Hybrid Series (Oct-Dec only on YouTube)

Free youth tickets – one per paid adult
 
SRS President and CEO Alan Silow says, "After more than a year apart, returning to be together in our acoustically superb, beautiful hall with inspiring music from our talented musicians, celebrated soloists and charismatic music director will be a transformative experience no one will want to miss."

“Classical Reunion” Season Overview
Programming for the 2021-2022 season begins on Saturday, October 2, 2021, with the finale of the seven-concert series in early May (dates and descriptions below). All performances are at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park, California.  
 
CELEBRATION 2021!
The Symphony’s annual fundraising event, Celebration 2021! honors Alan Silow, President and CEO of the Santa Rosa Symphony for his 20 years of service to the Symphony on Friday, November 5 at 5:30 PM. Celebration 2021! includes an elegant reception in Prelude Restaurant and a recital by clarinetist and composer David Krakauer. A gourmet dinner in the Person Lobby features a paddle raise for the Symphony’s music education programs.
 
SRS Chairman of the Board Corinne Byrd says, "I’m delighted that the Board selected Symphony President & CEO Alan Silow to be the honoree at our Celebration 2021 Gala! He is the quintessential example of consummate executive leadership: a seasoned professional whose acumen for strategy and program-building have propelled our Symphony Association, for 20 years, to greater success. Furthermore, Alan’s remarkable resourcefulness and perseverance during the past Symphony season will long benefit our patrons, youth, musicians, staff and community in infinite ways."
 
TWO FOUR-SEASON MUSICAL PROJECTS
Lecce-Chong launches a new four-season project this season. Rachmaninoff & the Hollywood Sound is a four-year exploration in which Rachmaninoff's larger orchestral works are brought together with works by influential Hollywood composers of the past and present, illustrating their shared lush, lyrical and highly praised Hollywood sound. The four-season First Symphony Project, in its second season, features Gabriella Smith in residence when the Symphony premieres her first symphony.
 
FREE YOUTH TICKETS
To encourage their exposure to Classical music and to transform Symphony attendance into a family outing, youths 7-17 years of age may attend the Symphony for free with a paid adult. These two-for-one tickets are not available for purchase online.
 
SPECIAL CONCERT
In June, the “Visions of Hope” concert set, rescheduled from May 2020, will be performed at Weill Hall on June 11-13, 2022. Single tickets will be available for this special concert with the first-ever commission and world premiere of a major work for Mariachi and Orchestra. Mariachi Champaña Nevín and vocalists Rafael Jorge Negrete and Mónica Ábrego will join the orchestra for Enrico Chapela Barba’s Los Braceros [The Laborers] Cantata for Mariachi and Orchestra, which tells the story of romance and family loyalty during the 1942-1964 agreement between the United States and Mexico for agricultural worker migration. The concert also includes Arturo Márquez’ Danzón No. 2 and Ottorino Respighi’s The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome.
 
Concert Conversations (one hour prior to Classical Series performances)
Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong discusses the music and composers, often with the guest artists, one hour prior to the Classical Concert Series performances in Weill Hall. These informative pre-concert talks, which are available at no cost to all ticket holders, are general seating. Concert Conversations are held before Saturday and Monday night performances at 6:30 PM and prior to Sunday afternoon performances at 2:00 PM. This season, all four world premiere composers will join Lecce-Chong when their works are performed.  
 
2021-2022 Classical Series Programming highlights
Saturday and Monday 7:30 PM / Sunday 3:00 PM / Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday 2:00 PM
 
In addition to masterworks by familiar composers and works that even the classical music novice will recognize, the 2021-2022 Classical Series includes works by five living composers and three world premieres. With the special June concert, rescheduled from May 2020, the number of living composers climbs to six and world premieres to four.
 
Timeless treasures
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations
Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5
Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade
Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1
Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun [after Mallarmé]
George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
Respighi's The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome
 
Works by living composers
Libby Larsen’s Deep Summer Music
Gabriella Smith’s Rust
Gabriella Smith's Symphony No. 1 (World Premiere)
David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg’s The Fretless Clarinet Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet and Orchestra (World Premiere)
Michael Daugherty’s Valley of the Moon (World Premiere)
Hildur Guŏnadóttir’s From the Other Place (performed from a color map, making each performance unique)
Enrico Chapela Barba's Los Braceros [The Laborers] Cantata for Mariachi and Orchestra (World Premiere)
 
2021-2022 Classical Series Concerts
 
Elgar & Mozart
October 2, 3 & 4, 2021 
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Julian Rhee, violin
 
LIBBY LARSEN: Deep Summer Music
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
GABRIELLA SMITH: Rust
EDWARD ELGAR: Enigma Variations
 
Klezmer & Krakauer
November 6, 7 & 8, 2021 
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
David Krakauer, clarinet
 
DAVID KRAKAUER, arranger: Traditional Klezmer Selections
DAVID KRAKAUER and KATHLEEN TAGG: The Fretless Clarinet Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet and Orchestra (World Premiere)
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade
 
SHOWCASING OUR OWN
December 4, 5 & 6, 2021
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Kathleen Lane Reynolds, flute
Laura Reynolds, oboe
Roy Zajac, clarinet
Carla Wilson, bassoon
Dan Levitan, harp
 
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
PAUL HINDEMITH: Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Harp and Orchestra
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5
 
BEETHOVEN à la KERN
January 8, 9 & 10, 2022
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
 
RICHARD WAGNER: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1
GABRIELLA SMITH: Symphony No. 1 [First Symphony Project Commission] (World Premiere)
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
 
American Rhapsody
February 12, 13 & 14, 2022
Aram Demirjian, guest conductor
Michelle Cann, piano
 
WILLIAM GRANT STILL: Darker America
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue
FLORENCE PRICE: Piano Concerto in One Movement
COPLAND: Appalachian Spring
 
RACH & THE HOLLYWOOD SOUND
March 19, 20 & 21, 2022
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
 
Hildur Guŏnadóttir: From the Other Place
NINO ROTA: Ballet Suite from La Strada [The Road]
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 1
 
Valley of the moon
May 7, 8 & 9, 2022 
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Elina Vähälä, violin
 
JOHANN STRAUSS II: Overture to Die Fledermaus [The Bat]
ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun [after Mallarmé]
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY: Valley of the Moon (World Premiere)
 
VISIONS OF HOPE (Special Concert rescheduled from 19-20 season)
June 11-13, 2022
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Mariachi Champaña Nevín
Rafael Jorge Negrete, baritone
Mónica Ábrego, soprano
 
ARTURO MÁRQUEZ: Danzón No. 2 for Orchestra
ENRICO CHAPELA BARBA: Los Braceros [The Laborers] Cantata for Mariachi and Orchestra (World Premiere)
OTTORINO RESPIGHI: The Fountains of Rome
OTTORINO RESPIGHI: The Pines of Rome
 
 
Short bios for guest artists, conductors and world premiere composers are at the end of this release.
 
Full bios: https://www.srsymphony.org/Press-Room/Artist-Bios
 
High-res photos
 
FULL List of Works in the 2020-2021 Classical Series
Libby Larsen                                        Deep Summer Music for Orchestra*               
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart              Concerto No. 5 in A major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 219, Turkish    
Gabriella Smith                                    Rust       
Edward Elgar                                        Enigma Variations for Orchestra, Opus 36
David Krakauer, arranger                 [Traditional Klezmer Selections]*
David Krakauer/Kathleen Tagg        The Fretless Clarinet Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet and Orchestra**
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov                 Scheherazade (Symphonic Suite) for Orchestra, Opus 35
Ralph Vaughan Williams                   Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis for Orchestra 
Paul Hindemith                                    Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Harp and Orchestra*         
Dmitri Shostakovich                          Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Opus 47           
Richard Wagner                                   Lohengrin: Prelude Act 1, WWV 75*            
Gabriella Smith                                    Symphony No. 1 [First Symphony Project Commission]**
Ludwig van Beethoven                      Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 73, Emperor
William Grant Still                              Darker America (symphonic poem) for Orchestra*    
George Gershwin                                 Rhapsody in Blue for Piano and Orchestra    
Florence Price                                       Concerto in D minor in One Movement for Piano and Orchestra*           
Aaron Copland                                    Appalachian Spring (complete ballet) for Orchestra   
Hildur Guðnadóttir                             From the Other Place*     
Nino Rota                                             Suite dal balletto from La Strada [The Road] for Orchestra*    
Sergei Rachmaninoff                         Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Opus 13*       
Johann Strauss II                                 Overture to Die Fledermaus [The Bat], Opus 367       
Erich Wolfgang Korngold                  Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 35            
Claude Debussy                                   Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune [Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun]
                                                                for Orchestra [after Mallarmé], L. 86
Michael Daugherty                           Valley of the Moon for Orchestra**
Arturo Márquez                                   Danzón No. 2 for Orchestra
Enrico Chapela Barba                        Los Braceros [The Laborers] Cantata for Mariachi and Orchestra**
Ottorino Respighi                                                Le fontane di Roma [The Fountains of Rome] for Orchestra
Ottorino Respighi                                                I pini di Roma [The Pines of Rome] for Orchestra       
 
* first time performed by SRS
**World Premiere
 
Classical Series EVENT PAGE EXTRAS
Program Notes, written by Elizabeth Schwartz, offer insight and fascinating details about the concert program.
Spotify playlists of the works on the concert program, curated by Lecce-Chong
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert Series (Sundays at 3:00 PM at Weill Hall)
The three-concert SRS Family Concert Series, performed on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM, are ideal for children, while also a delight for adults. An Instrument Petting Zoo will be available in the lobby one hour before all performances, which is free to all ticket holders.
 
October 24, 2021 “Classical Rocks!” conducted by Bobby Rogers
Young audience members are introduced to live orchestral music and the “families” of instruments that make it happen. Among the excerpts of works from Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Dvorak, Mozart, Rossini and more, they may recognize tunes that have made their way into pop culture.
 
January 23, 2022 "Gershwin's Magic Key" conducted by Bobby Rogers
A poor newspaper boy and American composer George Gershwin meet by chance on the streets of New York City. While the orchestra weaves 20 of Gershwin’s greatest hits like I Got Rhythm and Rhapsody in Blue into the drama, the boy explores the vast melting pot of American music and unlocks his own musical potential.
 
April 3, 2022 "Francesco at Bat" conducted by Francesco Lecce-Chong
Lecce-Chong leads the orchestra for an interactive concert that includes a singalong of Take Me Out to the Ballgame! Young patrons will discover how musicians train just like athletes, with practice and teamwork. Patrons may show their team spirit by wearing a sports jersey.
 
Subscriptions Series Tickets for the 2021-2022 Season
On Sale July 6
(subscription renewal deadline to retain same seats is August 6, 2021)
 
7-Concert Classical Series
The seven-concert package secures the same seat for all of the Symphony’s Classical Series concert.
Saturday and Monday Packages: $147-$588; Sunday Packages: $175-$623
(Some seating areas require a minimum, per-seat donation.)
 
7-Concert Classical Plus Series
In addition to securing seats for the seven concerts in the hall, with this package, subscribers may view the October – December concerts on YouTube for up to 30 days. These YouTube concerts are not available to nonsubscribers.
Saturday and Monday Packages: $154-$616; Sunday Packages: $182-$651
 
7-Concert Classical Hybrid Series
Subscribers to this Hybrid Series view the October – December concerts on YouTube and return to their seats in January. These YouTube concerts are not available to nonsubscribers.
Saturday and Monday Packages: $140-$560; Sunday Packages: $168-$595
 
Mini Series
Patrons select four of the seven Classical Series concerts to create a customized Mini Series.
Saturday and Monday Packages: $72-$270; Sunday Packages: $87-$285
 
Come As You Can Series
Eight ticket vouchers, which may be redeemed in any combination of performance days and seats.
Packages: $400
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series  (Seven Saturdays at 2:00 PM at Weill Hall)
These general-seating, working rehearsals are ideal as a shared family experience, a sneak preview for the performance or as an economical alternative for price-conscience patrons.
Packages: $112 for adults; $70 for youth ages 7-17
 
Family Series (Three Sundays at 3:00 PM at Weill Hall)
These three interactive concerts provide an opportunity for classical music lovers to share their passion for classical music with the young people in their lives.
Packages: $54 for adults and $27 for children (12 and younger).
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerts (Three Saturdays at 3:00 PM)
Santa Rosa Symphony Institute for Music Education’s Training Young Musicians programs includes several performance-level youth ensembles. Its most advanced ensemble, the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, performs three concerts in Weill Hall as follows:
Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 3:00 PM  |  Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 3:00 PM  |  Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 3:00 PM
Tickets: General seating tickets are $15/adult, $5/student in advance and $20/adult, $10/student on concert day.
 
Sunday Bus Packages
The Santa Rosa Symphony sponsors private bus service to the Sunday Classical Series concerts at the Green Music Center. Details and specific bus schedules are available online or by calling the Patron Services Office at 707-546-8742.  
Packages: $84 for all seven concerts; $60 for four concerts; $16 for one concert
 
Symphony subscriptions are available ONLY through the
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office beginning July 6, 2021.
 
2021-2022 Classical Series SPONSOR: ANDERman Family foundation
All listed sponsors are as of July 1, 2021.
 
Performances are sponsored by
Marcia Wagner, in memory of Hap Wagner (October)
The Peggy Anne Covington Fund (November)
Jim Lamb (December)
Judith M. Gappa (January)
Viking Cruises (February)
Donald Green, in memory of his loving wife Maureen Green (March)

Discovery Series underwritten by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Concert Conversations underwritten by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy
Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd (Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan. and Mar.)
Guest conductor Aram Demirjian underwritten by David and Corinne Byrd (Feb.)
Guest violinist Julian Rhee underwritten by Ava and Sam Guerrera
Guest clarinetist David Krakauer underwritten by Sigmund Anderman, in memory of Susan Anderman
Guest clarinetist Roy Zajac underwritten by Chuck and Ellen Wear
Guest flutist Kathleen Lane Reynolds underwritten by Dr. Larry Schoenrock Endowment Fund
Guest oboist Laura Reynolds underwritten by Karen Brodsky & Mark Dierkhising
Guest bassoonist Carla Wilson underwritten by Gregory Sprehn
Guest pianist Olga Kern underwritten by Sara And Edward Kozel
Guest pianist Michelle Cann underwritten by Willow Creek Wealth Management
Guest violinist Elina Vähälä underwritten by David and Linda Hanes
First Symphony Project composer Gabriella Smith underwritten by First Symphony project commissioners: Nancy and David Berto, Gordon Blumenfeld, Chuck and Ellen Wear, Creighton White in loving memory of Dorothy Bristow White, and Chloe Tula and Francesco Lecce-Chong
Rescheduled Special Concert Visions of Hope Sponsors:
Supporting Sponsors: County of Sonoma & Creative Sonoma, National Endowment for the Arts, and Los Cien
Francesco Lecce-Chong underwritten by Norma Person, in memory of Evert Person
Enrico Chapela Barba underwritten by Pam and Tim Chanter
Guest artist Mariachi Champaña Nevín supporting sponsors: Pacific Gas & Electric, and Nancy and Robert Novak
Los Braceros underwritten by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation
The Fretless Clarinet world premiere underwritten in part by Karen Brodsky & Mark Dierkhising
Performance Video Library underwritten by Gregory Sprehn
 
Hospitality Partner: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park provides lodging for Santa Rosa Symphony guest artists and conductors. The hotel’s Bacchus Restaurant and Wine Bar is open for pre- and post-concert dining.
 
WINE PARTNER: Rodney Strong Wine Estates
Rodney Strong Wine Estates provides its award-winning wines as the Symphony's exclusive wine partner for 2021-2022 Private Reserve Club receptions, which follow Classical Series performances in the Symphony League Founders room in the Green Music Center, and for Celebration 2021!, the Symphony's annual fundraising event.
 
LOGISTICS - 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.
 
Parking
Entering the Sonoma State University campus from Rohnert Park Expressway, there are parking lots immediately to the right. Parking in lots L, M, N and O is included in the price of ticket for Santa Rosa Symphony Classical, Discovery Rehearsal and Family Series concerts. (Parking fees may be charged for additional or special events.)
 
Patron Services Office location and hours
Location: 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor, off elevator lobby)
Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Wed. 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM; closed Sat. and Sun.
Mailing Address: Santa Rosa Symphony, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: 54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742                 Web: srsymphony.org                         Currently closed to walk-ins
 
RELATED NEWS
The Symphony's four-concert Pops series, conducted by Michael Berkowitz and performed at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts has been announced separately. In addition, the Santa Rosa Symphony continues to offer special, multimedia classical music concerts at the Green Music Center (GMC), which was announced by the GMC on July 1, as part of its summer season.
 
Interview Opportunities: Silow, Lecce-Chong
 
Conductor, Guest Artist and Composer short biographies
Full bios: https://www.srsymphony.org/Press-Room/Artist-Bios
 
High-res photos
Conductors
Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director and conductor 
American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong is the Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Eugene Symphony in Oregon. The press has described him as a “fast-rising talent in the music world” with “the real gift” and recognized his dynamic performances, fresh programming, deep commitment to commissioning and performing new music as well as to community outreach. Lecce-Chong has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Xi’An Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic, and has collaborated with Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman. The San Francisco Chronicle described Lecce-Chong’s subscription concert debut with the San Francisco Symphony as “first rate” praising the “vitality and brilliance of the music-making he drew from members of the San Francisco Symphony.”
 
Lecce-Chong is the recipient of several distinctions, including the prestigious Solti Foundation Award. Trained also as a pianist and composer, he completed his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Otto-Werner Mueller after attending the Mannes College of Music and Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy. He has had the privilege of being mentored and supported by celebrated conductors including Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Edo de Waart, Manfred Honeck, Donald Runnicles and Michael Tilson Thomas. Read full bio.
 
Bobby Rogers, SRS Youth Orchestra conductor (Nov 1 and Jan 24 Family Series concerts)
Throughout his career, Bobby Rogers has been very active with pit orchestras and community orchestras, including American Philharmonic, Camellia Symphony and the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra. Rogers was conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Aspirante Orchestra from 2011-2018. In addition to his post as SRS Youth Orchestra Conductor, Rogers is 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. Read full bio.
 
Aram Demirjian, guest conductor (Feb 13-15 Classical Series concerts)
Conductor Aram Demirjian is the 2020 recipient of The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award from The Solti Foundation U.S. Demirjian’s guest conducting highlights include engagements with the Philadelphia, Sarasota, and Breckenridge Music Festival orchestras, the Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New England Conservatory, Omaha, Portland, San Antonio and Tucson symphonies, and the Louisiana and Orlando philharmonics. Internationally, he has conducted the Orquesta Sinfónico de Minería, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Orchéstre Métropolitain de Montréal. Other awards include the 2017 and 2019 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards; a 2018 Solti Foundation U.S. Buccheri Opera Residency with Lyric Opera of Chicago and the 2011 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, where he was a three-time Conducting Fellow in the Aspen Conducting Academy. Read full bio.
 
World Premiere composers – in order of performance
 
Kathleen Tagg is a South African composer, pianist and producer based in New York. She has performed on four continents with artists from very different genres and disciplines, and is becoming known for her distinctive sound that mixes together acoustic and electronic sounds, loops, samples and extended techniques she developed.
 
With David Krakauer (see artist bio below), she co-composed and produced the score for Minyan by Eric Steel (Berlin Biennale 2020) as well as an immersive multimedia concert experience with video designer Jesse Gilbert, The Ties that Bind Us, for the Boulez Saal, Berlin. Recent commissions include a song cycle [commissioned by soprano Golda Schultz and pianist Jonathan Ware, premiered in a live broadcast on Süddeutscher Rundfunk]. Additional new productions include the co-creation of Mazel Tov Cocktail Party, a festive genre-crossing project. Other large-scale works include pieces for the Royal Netherlands Marine Band and Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and arrangements for New Century Chamber Orchestra and Vienna Jewish Culture Fest. Her musical, Erika’s Wall, with Sophie Jaff, received a developmental production by The Music Theater Company, Chicago. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatist Guild fellow, 2017 Con Ed Exploring the Metropolis Composer in Residence and 2016 artist-in-residence at Brown Arts Initiative. Read full bio.
 
Gabriella Smith, composer (First Symphony Project)
Gabriella Smith is a composer from the San Francisco Bay Area whose music is described as “high-voltage and wildly imaginative” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and “the coolest, most exciting, most inventive new voice I’ve heard in ages” (Musical America). Her music has been performed throughout the U.S. and internationally by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Roomful of Teeth, Aizuri Quartet, Dover Quartet, eighth blackbird, Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, PRISM Quartet, and yMusic, among others. Read full bio.
 
Michael Daugherty, composer (Valley of the Moon for Orchestra)
Many, if not most orchestras throughout the world have performed works by GRAMMY Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty. Known for his ear, his wit and his imagination of how instruments work together, his music is inspired by American idioms, mythologies and icons. Born in 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Daugherty is the son of a dance band drummer and the oldest of five brothers, all professional musicians. His music has received six GRAMMY Awards, including “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” in 2010 for Deus ex Machina for piano and orchestra and in 2016 for Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra. Read full bio.
 
Enrico Chapela Barba, composer [Los Braceros (The Laborers) Cantata for Mariachi and Orchestra]
Born in Mexico City in 1974, Enrico Chapela Barba studied guitar performing and composition at CIEM academy in Mexico. He obtained a Master's degree at the University of Paris Saint-Denis in 2008, and is writing his PhD thesis in the National University in Mexico (UNAM). Since the year 2002, he has won recognition at several international competitions such as The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships, National System of Art Creators (FONCA-Mexico), the International Rostrum of Composers (UNESCO), International Alexander Zemlinsky Composition Competition and The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition Prize, amongst others. His orchestral works and film scores have been commissioned and performed by leading orchestras worldwide. Read full bio.
 
Guest Artists – in order of appearance
Julian Rhee, violin
Julian Rhee made his Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra debut at age eight, and has gone on to perform with orchestras including the Aspen Philharmonic, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Avanti Chamber Orchestra, and the San Diego, Pittsburgh, Eugene, and Madison symphony orchestras. He has performed in an array of venues, including Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall, Heinz Hall, the Overture Center for the Arts, Teatro El Círculo in Rosario, Argentina, The Musikverein in Vienna, Bartok Hall in Hungary, New World Center and the John F Kennedy Center. In January of 2020, Rhee was named the first prize winner of the Elmar Oliveira International Competition, and was also awarded the special Community Engagement Award. He has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar and received his medal at the White House. Read full bio.
 
David Krakauer, clarinet
David Krakauer has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. In 2015, he received a Grammy nomination as soloist with the conductor-less chamber orchestra A Far Cry. He began his journey with the music of his Eastern European Jewish cultural heritage at the end of the 1980s as the Berlin Wall was falling, and culture from “behind the Iron Curtain” began to emerge in the West. Inspired by these massive cultural shifts, he began to explore klezmer music as he sought to connect with his Jewish identity in a deeper way. He very quickly became a creator in his own right; first as a member of the ground-breaking band The Klezmatics (that launched the second klezmer revival of the early 1990s), then as an integral part of John Zorn’s Radical Jewish Culture movement, and ultimately as a composer, soloist and band leader in the klezmer genre.
 
His wide array of projects, solo appearances, and multi-genre collaborations includes ensembles, conductors, composers and individual artists such as the WDR Big Band, Abraham Inc. (co-led with Fred Wesley and Socalled), the Emerson Quartet, Marin Alsop, Wlad Mathulets, Leonard Slatkin (Orchestre de Lyon), Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Quatuor Debussy, JoAnn Falletta, George Tsontakis, Anakronic Electro Orkestra and Kathleen Tagg (pianist and co-creator of Breath & Hammer). Read full bio.
 
Kathleen Lane Reynolds, flute
Kathleen Reynolds, principal flutist with the Santa Rosa Symphony since 1984, has appeared as a soloist many times throughout the years. A native of Sonoma County, Reynolds received her MM in Flute Performance at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Her flute instructors include Samuel Baron, Julius Baker, Harvey Sollberger, Marcel Moyse, Jean Pierre Rampal, and Carol Wincenc. She spent several years in New York performing orchestral and chamber music with such orchestras as the American Philharmonic and the National Orchestra Association, in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Reynolds is an active orchestral and chamber musician and studio flute instructor at Sonoma State University. Read full bio.
 
Laura Reynolds, oboe
Laura Reynolds is an active chamber and orchestral performer throughout Northern California; Principal oboist with the Santa Rosa Symphony, California Symphony, and second oboe and English horn with Marin Symphony. She also performs regularly with other regional orchestras and is enjoying the exploration of reed trios with Trois Bois. She is a member of the applied faculty of Sonoma State University as well as of the Pre-College and Continuing Education Divisions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she additionally works as senior program manager. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, her principal teachers were Harry Sargous and William Bennett. Read full bio.
 
Roy Zajac, clarinet
Principal Clarinet Roy Zajac has played the clarinet since he was 10 years old, when he started on an instrument purchased from a neighbor. The music of his family and their friends, who played guitar and sang, permeated his young life in rural Mexico. Zajac auditioned and won the spot of Principal Clarinet for the Santa Rosa Symphony in 1998, while he was still in the Air Force Band of the Golden West. He also began playing for other orchestras as a substitute. He says that’s the most difficult position, especially with often getting late notice to perform. Read full bio.
 
Carla Wilson, bassoon
Carla Wilson is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She serves as the principal bassoonist with the Santa Rosa, Marin, Berkeley, California and Napa Symphonies and is second bassoon with the Vallejo Symphony. She also performs with and has recorded and toured with the San Francisco Symphony. She has served as principal for the Music in the Mountains Festival since 1982, where she has been a frequent soloist and featured chamber music artist. Additionally, she has participated in the Cabrillo, San Luis Obispo and Mendocino Music Festivals. Wilson received a Bachelor of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Walter Green. Further studies took place at the Aspen Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Program, and on scholarship in London. Read full bio.
 
Dan Levitan, harp
Principal Harpist Dan Levitan began playing harp in his high school orchestra in Philadelphia as a freshman. His two-year preparation and participation in the 10th International Harp Contest in Israel, which included very challenging repertoire, taught Dan how to perform on the highest level of music. He has performed with most Northern California professional orchestras from Mendocino to Carmel, is principal harp for Symphony Silicon Valley and Marin Symphony, and first-call harpist for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Dan also relishes teaching private harp lessons to young harpists in youth orchestras. He has coached at Sonoma State University, U.C. Berkeley, El Camino Youth Orchestra and currently coaches with the California Youth Symphony. Read full bio.
 
Olga Kern, piano
Russian-American pianist Olga Kern jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years. First prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at seventeen, Kern is a laureate of many international competitions. In 2016, she served as Jury Chairman of 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 frequently gives masterclasses and since September 2017, has served on the piano faculty of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Additionally, Kern has been chosen as the Virginia Arts Festival’s new Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music, beginning with the 2019 season. Read full bio.
 
Michelle Cann, piano
Pianist Michelle Cann made her orchestral debut at age 14 and has since performed as a soloist with numerous ensembles including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and New Jersey Orchestra. A champion of the music of Florence Price, Cann performed the New York City premiere of the composer’s Concerto in One Movement with The Dream Unfinished Orchestra in July 2016 and the Philadelphia premiere with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in February 2021, which the Philadelphia Inquirer called “exquisite.” She has also performed Price’s works for solo piano and chamber ensemble for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Detroit and the New World Symphony, among other presenters.
Read full bio.
 
Elina Vähälä, violin
Born in the US and raised in Finland, Elina Vähälä made her orchestral debut with Sinfonia Lahti at the age of twelve and was later chosen by Osmo Vänskä as the orchestra’s “young master soloist.” She performs internationally and wins praise from audiences and musicians alike as “a fluent, stylish and gifted musician whose brilliant technique is matched by an abundant spirit, sensitivity and imagination” (Chicago Tribune). In 2008, she was chosen to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony which was televised to a worldwide audience. Read full bio.
 
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 U.S., Mexico, and as far away as Russia and South Korea for more than two decades. Read full bio.
 
Rafael Jorge Negrete, baritone
Rafael Jorge Negrete, an opera and concert singer at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, has performed throughout Mexico as well as venues in Latin America and Europe. He has also been broadcast on TV and radio. In the U.S., he is the leading artist at Charlotte Latin American Festival in North Carolina, as well as performing in concerts in Tucson, Arizona, Chicago, San Diego, San Bernadino and Tijuana with Mariachi Champaña Nevín. In addition, he has sung operetta including roles in The Merry Widow, Zehn Maedchen und kein Mann, The Fantasticks and Beauty and the Beast. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous movies, soap operas and documentaries. Negrete studied, as a grant recipient, at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum in Salzburg. Read full bio.
 
Mónica Ábrego, soprano
Soprano Mónica Ábrego has performed with many orchestras, such as the Colorado Symphony, Iowa Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, Lucca Chamber orchestra, the OBC (Barcelona) and Bulgaria Symphony Orchestra; as well as with the Chihuahua Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she toured Mexico and the U.S. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 as a soloist for the Pacific Opera Encore company as well as in Lincoln Center's Merking Hall. She also performs traditional Mexican music with Champaña Nevín Mariachi, around the world. Read full bio.
 
Full bios: https://www.srsymphony.org/Press-Room/Artist-Bios
 
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ABOUT 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 94 years, began his tenure in 2018. Alan Silow, President & CEO, began his tenure in 2002. The Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming, comprehensive music education and community service.
 
The Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (seven sets), Seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts.
 
Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
The Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually. 

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