b'Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director & ConductorGreetings!As I start my fifth season as Music Director, I continue to relish every moment in the beautiful Green Music Center, with my brilliant colleagues on stage, and our enthusiastic audiences . Every concert is a celebration not only of great art but how that art connects us and builds community . We experience a concert as one community as the music brings us inspiration, thrills, surprises, perhaps a quiet moment of reflection, and sometimes just peace of mind . I can think of few things more exhilarating in life!The Santa Rosa Symphony continues to make its mark as the premiere regional orchestra in the Bay Area and our season is packed with new and familiar orchestral masterpieces, sensational guest artists and groundbreaking projects . Beethovens monumental Ninth Symphony is a work that never fails to live up to the moment and is a constant reminder of how a single work of art can be life-chang-SUSAN AND NEIL SILVERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY ing, even world-changing . Closing our season with a work no-less exciting, Strauss Alpine Symphonyan epic journey that takes the orchestra and audience on a trek through the Alps and will feature one of the largest orchestras ever on our stage . Among the many incredible guests joining us are Michelle and Christina Naughtona stunningly virtuosic piano duowho will be playing the world premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilichs new two-piano concerto . Zwilich, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, will be joining us and we are so excited to welcome her in person . She was our Artistic Partner through our virtual season during the Covid-19 pandemic . I am also delighted to feature one of our own, Principal Violist Elizabeth Prior, throughout our season as Artistic Partner . I am so happy that you will have a chance to get to know her better through her solo appearance with the orchestra in December, a family concert Becoming Mozart in April, that she has created and will host, as well as various other community events . Our season features new exciting installments in two four-year projects . Puerto Rican composer, Anglica Negrn, is the third composer to join us as part of our First Symphony Project, which has commissioned major symphonic works from four rising stars of the composition world . I also am excited to return with year two of Rach & the Hollywood Sound which brings together two of my great loves in music that tend to be unfairly ignored in concert halls: Rachmaninoffs symphonies and music from the Golden Age of Hollywood . Finally, a major new addition to this season is our first concert presentation of a full opera, Mozarts The Magic Flutewith a terrific cast of Bay Area singers supported by a collaboration with Santa Rosa High Schools ArtQuest Program .Despite the lingering challenges brought on by the pandemic, I have never been more excited for our future . Be sure to check out your Santa Rosa Symphony on a commercially-released recording for the first time with music by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (grab a CD in the lobby or find it on your favorite streaming service), follow us on social media and Youtube to catch our growing digital library of performances, and keep an eye out for us on radio and television across the Bay Area .Thank you for being a part of our symphony family!Sincerely yours,Francesco20222023Season 7'