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Youth Ensembles perform together March 10, featuring commissioned work, Herosm

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 30, 2018

More than 300 musicians will fill the stage and the choir loft for the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Showcase concert. All youth ensembles, comprising six groups of young musicians from ages five to 23, of various skill levels, will perform together in concert on March 10, 2018, at Weill Hall, Green Music Center at 3 PM. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) commissioned a work for the occasion, which will be played by the combined groups. The composer, SRS Principal Trumpet Douglas Morton, took his inspiration from the October wildfires and its effect on our community for Heroism.
Heroism is a tone poem which, according to Morton, represents the many aspects of the firestorm: calm but eerie, building tension, explosion and fire, call to the heroes, the battle, the overcoming, the peace and reflection. The stage will brim and overflow with musicians, the strings in the choir loft  “conversing” with the sections on the stage. The premiere performance is sure to be monumental and moving.
The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles include:
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO)
Preparatory Orchestra
Repertory Orchestra
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
Simply Strings (El Sistema-based program at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary)
String Orchestra Workshop
The Santa Rosa Symphony is recognized as having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youth and adult students annually. The Symphony has a profound commitment to train musicians of the future and to foster a lifetime love of music through school and community engagement.
Musicians can work their way up the ranks to SRSYO. Several alumni have won positions in professional symphony orchestras, including the Santa Rosa Symphony.
Youth ensemble concerts in the Spring are as follows:
Concerto Concert
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Saturday, March 3, 3 PM
Weill Hall, Green Music Center
All Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Showcase
Saturday, March 10, 3 PM
Nautilus Music: the spiraling, cyclical nature of music
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
Sunday, March 11, 3 PM
Phoenix Theater, Petaluma
Spring Bounty
Preparatory Orchestra & Repertory Orchestra
Sunday, April 29, 3 PM
Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School
Bon Voyage Concert
Santa Rosa Youth Orchestra
Saturday, June 16, 3 PM
Weill Hall, Green Music Center
Tickets: In advance: $15/adult; $5/youth; $10/group
            At the door: $20/adult; $10/youth
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Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra comprises advanced students, eleven to twenty-three years of age, with previous orchestral training. Founded in 1959, it is one of the oldest orchestras of its kind in California and has performed in Carnegie Hall and Davies Symphony Hall, and has toured in Germany and the Czech Republic, and in China. In June 2018, the group will tour to Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. Music performed is from the standard symphonic orchestral repertoire.
Preparatory Orchestra
Founded in 1977, Santa Rosa Symphony’s Preparatory Orchestra is comprised of intermediate young musicians, ages 8-15, and is designed to provide a first foray into the world of orchestral playing. Preparatory Orchestra offers musicians learning experiences about the roles of the instruments, orchestral etiquette, and exposure to a variety of orchestral repertoire. The orchestra performs at least twice a season, including outreach performances at local schools.
Repertory Orchestra
Founded in 1994, Santa Rosa Symphony’s Repertory Orchestra is comprised of intermediate young musicians, ages 9-18, and exposes musicians already steeped in the orchestral world with a variety of music including film music, modern works and traditional orchestral reperitoire. This orchestra provides ample performance opportunities including outreach performances and an annual day trip concert within California.
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
Young People's Chamber Orchestra is a string orchestra without a conductor. Designed to mold accomplished young string players into high-functioning musicians with complete attentiveness to detail, and to each other, within the context of the music. The Director trains the musicians to interact and collaborate on high-level music-making and nuanced performance. Founded in 1997, this is the first youth ensemble of its kind in northern California.
Simply Strings
Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed social action music network, Simply Strings develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement. Through this program, based at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland, children beginning in second grade receive daily intensive ensemble instruction two hours a day, five days a week after school.
String Orchestra Workshop
String Orchestra Workshop is a multi-level suite of string classes taught by professional musicians which molds beginning violinists, violist, cellists and bassists aged 5 to adult into musicians ready for their first experiences with an orchestra. The classes perform at semi-annual recitals.
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS infused the local economy with more than $4 million.
Currently in its 90th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 30,000 youths annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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