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February 23, 2017: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces Two New Staff Members

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 23, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony recently added two new staff members: Ann Hutchinson as Marketing Associate in September 2016 and Nathan Duckworth as Development Associate in February 2017.
 
Ann Hutchinson formerly worked as a freelance journalist and as staff writer for a national trade publication. A California native, she has lived in Sonoma County since 1981.
 
Executive Director Alan Silow says, “Ann brings a wealth of diverse experience in writing, marketing and public relations that will serve her and us well in her capacity as marketing associate of the Santa Rosa Symphony.”
 
Hutchinson has been writing from every side of the equation for more than a decade: fiction and memoir author, journalist and publicist. Writing flash fiction (under 1000 words) honed her ability to be concise. She loves writing brief, attention-getting copy. When she’s not at work, she’s out dancing with her husband, writing songs or running Sonoma County Dance Beat, an online community calendar. 
 
Nathan Duckworth previously served as editor-in-chief of the Patterson Irrigator newspaper in Patterson, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Stanislaus. Duckworth recently relocated to Sonoma County from Tracy, Calif.
 
“Nathan’s strong journalistic background will serve him and the organization well in his capacity as our major grant writer,” says Silow.
 
Duckworth says, “I’m excited to be working in a position that directly supports community building and the arts.”
 
In his downtime, Duckwork enjoys reading, writing and seeking out critical conversations around everything from music to games to literature.
 
Photo available upon request
 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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

February 17, 2017: “Bring on the Strings” features three Santa Rosa Symphony principal players March 25, 26 & 27

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 17, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Bring on the Strings,” a special classical concert featuring three principal players from the SRS orchestra playing works by Mozart and Fauré on March 25 and March 27 at 8 pm, and March 26 at 3 pm at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Maestro Bruno Ferrandis’ “string-sational” program begins with Hovhaness’ Meditation on Orpheus and concludes with two works by Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 and Finlandia, round out the program.
Santa Rosa Symphony has been delivering quality music by talented musicians for 89 years, earning it acclaim, grants and awards and drawing audiences from outside the area and filling the Green Music Center’s 1,400-seat auditorium. This program features principal cellist Adelle-Akiko Kearns, concertmaster Joseph Edelberg and principal violist Elizabeth Prior.

“. . . special praise must be given to the string section, which negotiated . . . roller-coaster runs with accuracy, unanimity and feeling.” – CLASSICAL SONOMA
Adelle-Akiko Kearns takes the spotlight for Fauré’s Élegie. Artists International Award-winner Kearns, principal cellist for the Santa Rosa Symphony since 2011, has played Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and more since her 2008 Carnegie debut. As a chamber musician Kearns performed at the Saito Kinen, Aspen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Spoleto festivals and collaborated with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Jorja Fleezanis, Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Paul Hersh, Jodi Levitz, Daisuke Suzuki and the Da Capo Chamber Players. A full bio is appended here.

A small, lyrical piece, Élegie begins with a solemn, long-breathed melody and returns to echo it again after a dynamic middle section in which the cello raises its voice.

Joseph Edelberg, Santa Rosa Symphony concertmaster will be joined by principal violist Elizabeth Prior in Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante. Concertmaster of the SRS for 20 seasons, Edelberg has performed for many years with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and American Bach Soloists, and has performed solos with the Oakland and Berkeley symphonies. A full bio is appended and here.

Principal violist Elizabeth Prior is also a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and associate principal violist with the Marin Symphony. She performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. A native of South Africa, she is a prize-winner of the International String Competition in Pretoria. She debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra. A full bio is appended and here.

In Sinfonia concertante in E‑flat major for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, written in 1779, both soloists share a rich and equal partnership, conversing and blending for a rich sound, which reflects much of Mozart’s character. The two fast, serene and joyful movements are contrasted by a reflective and melancholic slow, central movement.

Bruno Ferrandis  follows these string masterpieces with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 4 and the evocative tone poem Finlandia. Sibelius’ Symphony No. 4 marks the composer’s move to a sparer sound and a more compressed and strict structure, which can require multiple hearings to parse its form. Finlandia was ostensibly written to raise money for the pension fund of Finnish journalists. The actual intent was to provide moral and financial support to a free press in a largely Russian-controlled Finland. Each of the movements served as a prelude to an historical representation of history by costumed figures. The name Finlandia, Sibelius coopted after being asked to write an overture by that name as a dream of a bright future for Finland.

The program opens with Hovhaness’ Mediation on Orpheus, which reflects the non-Western and religious traditions of his time evokes a sense of mystery with its darkly modal style. 

The concert experience is further enhanced with a pre-concert talk with cultural historian Kayleen Asbo, which begins one hour prior to each concert with the exception of the Discovery Open Rehearsal. The 30-minute pre-concert talks are free to ticket holders and are general seating. Program notes for the concert are also available on the SRS website.

Tickets
Single tickets are $20-$85 and can be purchased by calling SRS Patrons Services at (707) 546-8742, or online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue from 9 am to 5:00 pm. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1 1/2 hours before each performance.

Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased for $10 30 minutes before performance. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).

Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.

Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Eileen, Victor and Karen Trione, in memory of Henry Trione
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Guest artists Edelberg, Prior and Kearns underwritten by Laura Tietz
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy, Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship

-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and guest artists provided upon request-

Artist Bios
Joseph Edelberg, violin
Santa Rosa Symphony’s concertmaster Joseph Edelberg has performed for many years with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and American Bach Soloists. Guest leader appearances include Berkeley, Marin and California symphonies , San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Magnificat Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists and San Francisco Opera Merola Grand Finals Orchestra. He has also appeared at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, as concertmaster at the Summer Festival Orchestras of Mendocino and San Louis Obispo, and as guest principal second violin of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra.

Edelberg played for years with the string quartet StringCircle and with Earplay. His solo appearances include the symphonies of Oakland, Berkeley and Santa Rosa. He has recorded with the aforementioned baroque orchestras, the Berkeley Symphony, Chanticleer and Earplay. A Massachusetts native, he graduated from Amherst College and studied with Phillip Naegele, Felix Galimir and Adolf Bruk.

Elizabeth Prior, viola
Santa Rosa Symphony principal violist Elizabeth Prior is also a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra and the Farallon Quintet. She is season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and associate principal violist with the Marin Symphony. She performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic (associate principal) and Cape Town Symphony (tutti). She has toured and worked with Südwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras.

A native of South Africa, she is a prize-winner of the International String Competition in Pretoria. She debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra. Prior tours regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble of Cologne in France and toured twice, recently, with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Other solo and chamber music engagements include: Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival; Sun Valley Summer Symphony and “Chamber Music San Francisco.” She gave regular Viola recitals for 13 years with Maestro Donald Runnicles on piano.

Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
Artists International Award-winner Adelle-Akiko Kearns, principal cellist for the Santa Rosa Symphony since 2011, has played Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and more since her 2008 Carnegie debut.

As a chamber musician Kearns performed at the Saito Kinen, Aspen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Spoleto festivals and collaborated with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Jorja Fleezanis, Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Paul Hersh, Jodi Levitz, Daisuke Suzuki and the Da Capo Chamber Players. 
A San Francisco native and resident, Kearns performs as principal cellist of the Merced Symphony; assistant principal cellist of Symphony Silicon Valley, the Music in the Mountains Festival and the Monterey Symphony Orchestra; Associate Principal Cellist of the Stockton Symphony; and as a member of the Marin Symphony. She has served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Louisiana Philharmonic and as a member of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

Kearns holds degrees from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. Principal teachers include Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, Sadao Harada and Irene Sharp.  Kearns also maintains an active teaching studio. What:   Symphony Concert “Bring on the Strings”
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Joseph Edelberg, violin
Elizabeth Prior, viola
Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
 
HOVHANESS:  Meditation on Orpheus
FAURÉ:  Élegie for Cello
MOZART:  Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola
SIBELIUS:  Symphony No. 4
SIBELIUS: Finlandia
 
CALENDAR LISTING
When:

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., March 25 at 2 pm)
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 3 pm
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with Kayleen Asbo start one hour before each performance
(except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Where:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Cost:  Single tickets $20-$85
 
Tickets
Online:  srsymphony.org
Phone: 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:         SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
            Monday-Friday , 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door:      beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

January 5, 2017: Tales of Love with Alessio Bax presented by Santa Rosa Symphony Valentine’s weekend

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 5, 2017

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Tales of Love,” featuring two works inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Alessio Bax playing the epic Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, February 11-13 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. This Valentine’s weekend program, conducted by Bruno Ferrandis, begins with Hector Berlioz’s Introduction to Roméo et Juliette, his “dramatic symphony” written in 1839. This short piece (about five minutes long) begins with the clashing on the streets between the Montagues and the Capulets, building until the Duke’s arrival, signaled by horns and trombones sounding out a demand to cease, which when repeated is heeded.  

Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of only a few four-movement concertos, with its full-scale scherzo movement, added by the composer to provide more contrast with the next, slow movement. The first movement calls for very quick piano fingers, which Bax will supply. Internationally sought-after Steinway artist Alessio Bax has played with more than 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras.
 
Gramaphone Editor’s Choice raves about Bax: “His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity.”

Ferrandis conducts Suites 1 and 2 of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the greatest narrative ballets to come from Soviet Russia. Suite No. 1 contains dance numbers referred to as: Folk Dance, Scene, Madrigal, Minuet, Masks, Romeo and Juliet and finishes with the dramatic Death of Tybalt. Suite No. 2 holds the drama with The Montagues and the Capulets, Juliet the Young Girl, Friar Laurence, Dance, Romeo and Juliet before Parting, Dance of the Maids from the Antilles and Romeo at Juliet’s Grave.

The concert experience is further enhanced with a pre-concert talk with cultural historian Kayleen Asbo, which begins one hour prior to each Tales of Love concert with the exception of the Discovery Open Rehearsal. The 30-minute pre-concert talks are free to ticket holders and are general seating. Program notes for the concert are also available on the SRS website.

Concert Times and Location
Saturday, February 11 and Monday, February 13 at 8 pm, and Sunday, February 12 at 3 pm.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, February 11 at 2 pm.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University.

Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.

Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Alan and Susan Seidenfeld
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Alessio Bax is underwritten by Faye Smith
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy & Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship

Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and Alessio Bax provided upon request

CALENDAR LISTING
What: Symphony Concert “Tales of Love”

Who: Santa Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano

BERLIOZ: Introduction to Roméo et Juliette
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2
PROKOFIEV: Selections from Romeo and Juliet

When: 
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., February 11 at 2 pm)
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3 pm 
Monday, February 13, 2017 at 8 pm

Pre-concert talks with Kayleen Asbo start one hour before each performance 
(except Discovery Rehearsal). 

Where: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University 

Cost:  Single tickets $20-$85

Tickets 
Online:    srsymphony.org
Phone:     54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:      SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
          Monday-Friday , 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door:     beginning 1½ hours before each performance

About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

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

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

December 15, 2016: Magic Circle Mime’s family concert “The Listener” with Santa Rosa Symphony January 22

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 15, 2016

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony presents “The Listener,” an innovative family program of Magic Circle Mime Company at 3 PM on January 22, 2017 at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall. In “The Listener,” the conductor’s carefully prepared and varied program is complicated by the unexpected participation of two clowning  “audience members,” as they climb onto the stage, dance, play instruments, swipe hats and bows, and bring the audience along as their accomplice, while teaching ticketholders of all ages, the art of listening. Watch highlights of the one-hour program here.
 
The Seattle Post Intelligencer says of this family program, which received Washington State Arts Commission’s highest rating for quality, “Many emotions are experienced at a symphony concert but wonderment is seldom one of them…It was as if everyone in the audience had created the magic himself.”
 
Santa Rosa Symphony will be partnering – not for the first time – with Magic Circle Mime Company for a memorable, interactive program for all ages, conducted by Richard Loheyde. 
This family program includes Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Swans from Swan Lake, Mozart’s Finale from Symphony No. 39, Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.”
 
Patrons are invited to arrive early to explore the Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, which is available beginning at 2 PM.
 
Tickets are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket. Seats are reserved. Online srsymphony.org by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday. 
 
Magic Circle Mime Co., the creative partnership of artists Maggie Petersen and Douglas MacIntyre, is regarded as one of today's premier family attractions. Their highly acclaimed performances, which unite the concert orchestra with visual theater, are consistently praised for imaginative and innovative content. Magic Circle Mime Company performs with virtually every major orchestra in North America and has performed on numerous occasions with the Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Montreal, Saint Louis, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg; the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra; and on more than half a dozen occasions at The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts with the National Symphony Orchestra.
 
Family Series Conductor Richard Loheyde also serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Dr. Loheyde began his music studies as a violinist, with early training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and at the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has been a violinist and violist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphony. He has degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut and the University of Texas at Austin.

Concert Sponsor
In 2015, opera singer Peggy Anne Covington left her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony as an expression of her life-long love of music and to help ensure that classical music remains available to future generations. This generous gift of over $1 million establishes the Peggy Anne Covington Fund in the Santa Rosa Symphony Endowment, which supports the ongoing artistic vitality of the Santa Rosa Symphony. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity. 
 
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: “The Listener,” Family Concert 2 of The Peggy Anne Covington Family Series
 
Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017
 
Time: 3 pm (An Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department is open at 2 PM.)
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
                        (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony
            Richard Loheyde, conductor
            Magic Circle Mime Company
 
 
RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.
             
Tickets: Online srsymphony.org by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday. 
 
FUTURE FAMILY SERIES CONCERTS:
 
Presto Mambo!
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 3 PM
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Platypus Theatre
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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

November 22, 2016: World-renowned harp virtuoso Marie-Pierre Langlamet joins Santa Rosa Symphony for works by Ginastera and Debussy

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 22, 2016

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Principal harpist for the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic (since 1993), Marie-Pierre Langlamet performs the dancing Harp Concerto by Ginastera, with its alternating rhythms, and Debussy’s Dances Sacred and Profane. The program, “Heavenly Harp,” concludes with Ravel’s sensuous and passionate Daphnis and Chloé, and opens with Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie.  

Langlamet was seated as principal harpist for the Nice Opera Orchestra at 17 and has dazzled audiences ever since. The Jerusalem Post says, “Langlamet has everything…she brings breadth, depth and immense vitality to her performance.”

Ginastera’s Harp Concerto has a folkloric character that will be heard in conversations between Langlamet’s harp and the woodwinds, which are offset by two other passages that work together, dramatically building to the finale rondo. 

Debussy wrote his Danses as a test-piece for the Pleyel Company’s new cross-strung harp in the spring of 1904. The slow and ritualistic Danse sacrée is complimented by the lively and lilting waltz, Danse Profane. Though largely in the key of D, the second dance has chromatic alterations and modulations which push at the edges of the harp’s capabilities.
 
Get Cued In with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
One hour before the concert, Bruno Ferrandis will give a pre-concert talk, which is general seating and free to all Heavenly Harp ticket holders. Visit srsymphony.org for program notes.
 
Concert Times and Location
Saturday, January 7 and Monday, January 9 at 8 pm, and Sunday, January 8 at 3 pm.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, January 7 at 2 pm.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University

Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Betty Freeman
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Marie-Pierre Langlamet is underwritten by Exchange Bank
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy, Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
 
-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and Marie-Pierre Langlamet provided upon request- CALENDAR LISTING What: Symphony Concert “Heavenly Harp
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
 
ROSSINI:      Overture to The Thieving Magpie
GINASTERA:          Harp Concerto
DEBUSSY:    Dances Sacred and Profane
RAVEL:        Daphnis et Chloé, Suites 1 & 2
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., January 7 at 2 pm)
Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 3 pm
Monday, January 9, 2017 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with conductor Bruno Ferrandis start one hour before each performance
(except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue:  Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
Cost:  Single tickets $20-$85
Tickets
Online:                        srsymphony.org
Phone:             4-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:        SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
            Monday-Friday , 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door:    beginning 1½ hours before each performance
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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

November 14, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Realizes Thirteenth Consecutive Record-Setting Year

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 14, 2016

Final audited figures confirm that the Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS), for the thirteenth consecutive fiscal year (ending June 30, 2016), finished in the black, realizing record-level ticket sales and donations, contributing to $4 million gross revenues.  Estate donations from long-time symphony supporters helped raise the endowment to exceed $11 million for the first time and brought total assets to a record level of $17,110,628.

Organizational highlights this year included
- Most successful fundraising event in our 13 year gala history
- Record ticket sales for Family Concert Series
- Record high Foundation and Government grants
- A 2016 Merit Award for Cultural Enrichment from the City of Santa Rosa for the Simply Strings program
- Enrollment and revenue goals exceeded for SRS’ four youth ensemble orchestras
- Digital preservation of more than 35 years of Music Director Emeritus Corrick Brown’s 280 concerts
- Endowment fund value exceeded $11 million for the first time
- Ended fiscal year in the black for the thirteenth consecutive year (with an operating surplus of $205,621 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016)

"Now in our 89th season, we look to sustain our vision to be one of the leading regional symphony orchestras in America, locally acclaimed and nationally recognized for community engagement, artistic vibrancy and fiscal sustainability,” said Alan Silow, SRS Executive Director.

For more information, contact Alan Silow, 707-546-7097 ext.213, asilow@santarosasymphony.com
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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

November 10, 2016: The It's Elementary program of the Santa Rosa Symphony expands to six schools

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 10, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony’s It’s Elementary! music enrichment program for youth has expanded to include a sixth Sonoma County elementary school. The program is offered to qualifying Sonoma County schools for a term of two years each. During those two years, the teachers and students in the school are enrolled free of charge in the five main educational programs offered by SRS to schools throughout Sonoma County. The following programs are provided without cost to the students in the It’s Elementary! program.
 
The Elementary School Listening Program provides a 5-minute daily listening piece and scripts to go with each day. The children hear the same piece of music each day for 5 days, with scripts that vary slightly from day to day. For instance, the name of the composer is repeated during the week. By Friday, the script asks the students if they remember the name of the composer. This program is available to all schools in Sonoma County on a fee basis, and is free of charge to the schools in the It’s Elementary! program.
 
 “The kids and teachers love the Listening Program! I was surprised to discover how much they look forward to it each day. Students will remind their teachers to play the music if they don’t start at the appointed time. The listening program gives students time to center and focus, which supports the development of mindfulness. Mindfulness practices cultivate emotional resilience, self-awareness and empathy, which are essential life skills and traits we all need,” commented Betha MacClain, Principal at Jack London Elementary School and a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony Board of Directors.
 
The Meet Our Families Assemblies bring in four chamber groups representing the four orchestra families (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion) to perform in each It’s Elementary! school over the course of the two years. The programs are interactive and lively. For example, the percussion trio actually brings bucket percussion for the students to try. At the end of the second year, one of the three youth orchestras of the Symphony performs in each school. This final concert is a great way for the students to see kids approximately their own age performing. This program is provided free of charge to the It’s Elementary! schools, and is available to other schools for a fee.
 
Kaesa Enemark, former Steele Lane Elementary Principal, said of the program, “Steele Lane students and staff loved the personalized concert. It was adorable to see the students in awe of the music and musicians. [It] warmed my heart as I sat on the cafeteria floor amongst my wiggly first graders and kindergartners. I almost wept with happiness.”
 
Youth Discovery Cards provide a free ticket for each child and one adult companion to attend dress rehearsals of the Santa Rosa Symphony classical series concerts at the Green Music Center throughout the year. These complimentary tickets give children an opportunity to see the orchestra at work! Youth Discovery Cards are made available free of charge to ALL elementary schools in Sonoma County.
 
The Free Concerts For Youth program brings students to the Green Music Center during the school day for a concert by the SRS Youth Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra or the Santa Rosa Symphony. The Symphony underwrites the cost of transportation to the concerts for schools in the It’s Elementary! program; other schools provide their own transportation to these free events.

Each year the final Free Concerts For Youth includes a segment called IGNITE! Teachers learn how to teach fundamental music concepts to their students using a curriculum provided by the Santa Rosa Symphony with support from SRS Education staff. The curriculum prepares students to play recorder or sing along with the orchestra. The cost of this program, including the loan of recorders for the students to play, is free for the schools in the It’s Elementary! program. Other elementary schools in Sonoma County can also participate in the IGNITE! program through the SRS.
 
It’s Elementary! partner schools are chosen based on criteria set by the SRS, which take into account the kind of music education already available to the students and the percentage of the students considered to be disadvantaged. As a result of increased understanding of the importance of the arts in the core curriculum being shown at the both state and district level within California, the SRS has seen a leap in interest in the It’s Elementary! program here in Sonoma County. In 2015, the Symphony decided to increase the number of schools in the program to a total of six per year; nine schools applied for the three new spots. Steele Lane Elementary, Helen Lehman Elementary and Jack London Elementary are in their second year. Bellevue Elementary, Olivet Elementary Charter School and Woodland Star Charter School joined the program this year. With the addition of Woodland Star, the It’s Elementary! program has expanded geographically to include Sonoma.
 
It’s Elementary Participating Schools 2016-2017:
 
Bellevue Elementary School, Santa Rosa ,Year 1
            425 Students
            90% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            98% qualify for Free/Reduced lunch program
            55.7% English Language Learners
 
Olivet Elementary Charter School, Santa Rosa ,Year 1
            343 Students
            50% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            50% qualify for Free/Reduced lunch program
            25% English Language Learners
 
Woodland Star Charter School, Sonoma ,Year 1
            255 Students
            30% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            44% qualify for Free/Reduced lunch program
            16.1% English Language Learners
 
Helen Lehman Elementary School, Santa Rosa, Year 2
            530 Students
            94.6% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            87.5% qualify for Free/Reduced lunch program
            66% English Language Learners
           
Steele Lane Elementary School, Santa Rosa, Year 2
            487 Students
            90% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            93.6% qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch program
            64% English Language Learners
 
Jack London Elementary/Piner Olivet Charter School, Santa Rosa (two schools, one campus), Year 2
            550 Students (total enrollment for both schools)
            40%/41.5% considered socio-economically disadvantaged
            29.8%/30.3% qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch program
            34.8%/23.3% English Language Learners
 
The It’s Elementary! partnerships with these schools are funded by generous donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. Education Outreach and Youth Orchestra Manager Jane Shelly said, “The Santa Rosa Symphony’s ongoing commitment to community service is clearly evident in these education programs.”
For further information about the SRS education programs and how to become an It’s Elementary! partner school, please visit the Santa Rosa Symphony’s website at srsymphony.org or call Jane Shelly at 707-546-7097, ext. 225.
 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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

November 3, 2016: Finalists Chosen for the Next Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 3, 2016

Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony today announced the names of the five music director candidates, who will be introduced to audiences during the 2017-2018 Santa Rosa Symphony Season, as potential successors to Bruno Ferrandis. The news was released, complete with a video showcasing these talented conductors, at a private event at Weill Hall on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm. The candidates (in alphabetical order) are as follows: Mei-Ann Chen, Michael Christie, Andrew Grams, Graeme Jenkins and Francesco Lecce-Chong. These five finalists represent three different nationalities and embody an extraordinary list of musical accomplishments.
 
View the Conductor Candidates film.
 
Candidate Biographies with 2017-2018 conducting dates
 
Francesco Lecce-Chong, October 7, 8, 9, 2017
American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong has worked with orchestras around the world, including engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently holds the positions of Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Previously, he served as Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Grand Teton Music Festival. Mr. Lecce-Chong has earned a growing reputation and critical acclaim for dynamic, forceful performances, garnering national distinction, including the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award and The Presser Foundation Music Award. He has been featured in international masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, David Robertson and Christopher Seaman. Read full bio here.

Mei-Ann Chen, November 4, 5, 6, 2017
An innovative and passionate force on and off the conductor’s podium, Taiwan-born Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors. Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, she is also Artistic Director and Conductor for the 2016 National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Orchestra Festival. A sought-after guest conductor, Ms. Chen’s reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras nationally and internationally. Recent performance highlights include Germany’s Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony’s renowned Chinese New Year celebration, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis symphonies. Among her honors and awards are being named one of Musical America’s 2015 Top 30 Influencers and the 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras. Chen served as Music Director of the Memphis Symphony from 2010-2016. Read full bio here.

Andrew Grams, December 2, 3, 4, 2017
Maestro Andrew Grams has built a reputation for dynamism, technical finesse, and engaging concert experiences. In leading the Elgin Symphony Orchestra as its music director, he has strengthened the organization/community dynamic, and his tenure was recently extended through 2021-2022. He is an active guest conductor, working with major orchestras in North America, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia.

Grams began violin at age 8 in the Maryland public school system before attending the Baltimore School for the Arts and participating in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Fellowship Program. He won a position in the violin section of the New York City Ballet while enrolled at Julliard.  He pursued conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music while maintaining his position at NYCB, and in 2007, completed a three-year tenure as assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra under the supervision of music director Franz Welser-Möst. Read full bio here.

Graeme Jenkins, January 13, 14, 15, 2018
The English Conductor Graeme Jenkins is renowned for the breadth of his repertoire and experience, particularly in opera. Straight from the Royal College of Music, he was appointed Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera (1986-1991). He was Music Director of the Dallas Opera 1994-2013. Graeme Jenkins is also a choral and orchestral conductor, noted for his interpretations of Mozart and Richard Strauss, as well as all the major choral works.

Other orchestral work has been with most of the major UK orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has worked with the Symphony Orchestras of Dallas, Houston, St. Louis, Minnesota, Utah and San Antonio. Read full bio here.

Michael Christie, February 10, 11, 12, 2018
Michael Christie is a thoughtfully innovative conductor, equally at home in the symphonic and opera worlds, who is focused on making the audience experience at his performances entertaining and enlightening. Christie’s conducting career has included serving as Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony and Brooklyn Philharmonic, and as Chief Conductor of the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, as well as guest appearances leading top orchestras around the world. Christie also served as Music Director of the Colorado Music Festival from 2000-2013.

Christie was appointed Music Director of the Minnesota Opera in the 2012-13 season. He recently led the premiere of Paul Moravec’s opera The Shining, and in 2017, will lead the premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs by Mason Bates with Santa Fe Opera. Christie led the Minnesota Opera in the 2011 premiere of Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer-Prize winning Silent Night. Read full bio here.

Photos available upon request

SRS Music Director Search and Selection Process
These distinguished candidates will take the podium as guest conductors during the 2017-2018 season. All five candidates will spend approximately eight days in Santa Rosa conducting all rehearsals and performances. In addition, each candidate will participate in a full schedule of meetings with community leaders, media, board of director members, staff and musicians. The new music director’s tenure will begin with the 2018-2019 season.

Santa Rosa Symphony Board President Sara Woodfield said, “The Santa Rosa Symphony was delighted to have a long list of talented conductors step forward. Distilling the list to these five excellent choices was challenging, yet rewarding for the search committee. I believe our audience and community will be excited about our choices and the bright future this represents for our Symphony and our community.”

The Music Director Search Committee spent months pouring over resumes, viewing videos, checking references, conducting phone interviews and even flying across the country to see some of the candidates in action. After the first five concert sets of the 2017-2018 season, the community will have experienced all the potential music directors, and the selection will be made by March 2018.

Music Director Search Committee Chair Jim Hinton, said, “This music director search has been an amazing, world-wide endeavor, with 60 well-qualified applicants, whom we researched and vetted extensively.”

The Music Director Search Committee comprises five board members, four orchestra members and the executive director as follows:

Board Members
Jim Hinton (Chair)
Jamei Haswell, VP
Sara Kozel
John Reed
Susan Dzieza
                                               
Orchestra Members
Kale Cumings
Laura Reynolds
Alex Camphouse
Adelle-Akiko Kearns
Alan Silow, Executive Director
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Executive Director Alan Silow says, “Maestro Ferrandis has contributed greatly to raising the artistic excellence of this orchestra, which will serve us admirably as we welcome five of the most prominent conductors in the world today as candidates.”

Bruno Ferrandis, who will conduct the final two celebratory concert sets of the 2017-2018 season, his last as Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director, said of the candidates, “The Santa Rosa Symphony will have to choose very carefully from these extremely qualified and talented candidates. I have no doubt that the Symphony will be in good hands, whichever candidate is chosen.”
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (seven sets), seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

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

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

October 25, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony plays Rachmaninoff’s The Bells December 3,4 & 5 with three vocal soloists, SSU Symphonic Chorus . . . and no bells!

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 25, 2016

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — The Santa Rosa Symphony’s annual holiday concert, December 3, 4, 5 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, conducted by Bruno Ferrandis, features The Bells, in which Rachmaninoff created the peeling of myriad bells without the use of bells! For The Bells, based on Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name, Bruno Ferrandis will wring the ringing from horns, woodwinds, harp and strings as the chorus sings of joyous childhood, anticipated wedding, turmoil and fright, and finally a death knell.

Concert Times and Location for “Poetic Bells”
Saturday, December 3 and Monday, December 5 at 8 pm, and Sunday, December 4 at 3 pm.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Pre-concert talks one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal)
 
Sonoma State University Chorus, directed by Santa Rosa Symphony Choral Director Jenny Bent, and three vocalists will join the Symphony for the second half of “Poetic Bells,” a program which includes Prayer Bells by Augusta Read, Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar and The Bells and Vocalise by Rachmaninoff. Jenni Samuelson, described by the Oakland Tribune as “a gifted and imaginative soprano,” will add her award-winning voice to The Bells and Vocalise, also joined by baritone Philip Skinner and tenor Christopher Bengochea

Maestro Bruno Ferrandis chose the bell theme, deliberately weaving together poetry and song. The Bells is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name. While Poe’s poem describes the four stages of life, Rachmaninoff’s piece reflects the circle of life. Vocalise, a hauntingly beautiful song written for soprano and orchestra, is sung with no words; only a single vowel.

Leading up to the Rachmaninoff pieces are Prayer Bells by Augusta Read Thomas and Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations for Orchestra. Both composers express an appreciation for Poe’s poetry. Enigma is the name of another poem by Poe and Thomas has written other works based on his poetry.
 
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
SSU Symphony Chorus
Jenny Bent, SRS Choral Director
Jenni Samuelson, soprano
Christopher Bengochea, tenor
Philip Skinner, baritone
 
AUGUSTA READ Thomas:  Prayer Bells for Orchestra
EDWARD Elgar:  Enigma Variations for Orchestra, Opus 36
SERGEI Rachmaninoff:  The Bells (choral symphony), for Soprano, Tenor and Baritone, Orchestra and Chorus, Opus 35
SERGEI Rachmaninoff:  Vocalise in E minor for Soprano and Orchestra, Opus 34, No 14

Get Cued In with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
The Symphony is proud to announce the return of music historian Kayleen Asbo, for a pre-concert talk one hour before each “Poetic Bells” concert (except the Discovery Open Rehearsal). Asbo’s engaging and informative talks have been very well-received. The pre-concert talks are open-seating and free to ticket holders. Program notes for “Poetic Bells” are available on the Symphony website.

Tickets: $20 - $85
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased one half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal:  $17 adults / $10 youth (under 18)
Online: srsymphony.org
Phone: 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:;SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor

Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door:    Beginning 1½ hours before each performance

Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.

Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
SSU Symphonic Chorus underwritten by Mr. Wil Craig
SRS Choral Director, Jenny Bent underwritten by Dr. Larry Schoenrock Endowment Fund
Vocalists Jenni Samuelson, Christopher Bengochea and Philip Skinner are underwritten by Jim Lamb
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and
David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard

Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy, Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
 
-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and guest artists provided upon request-

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About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (seven sets), seven Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a three-concert Family Series and a four-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

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

September 27, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra announces Stults Family Instrument Scholarship

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 27, 2016

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Thanks to a generous donation from Ken Stults, one member of Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), Santa Rosa Symphony’s most advanced youth ensemble, will receive a new instrument to help further his or her musical career. The initial donation of $15,000 establishes the Stults Family Instrument Scholarship. 
            The recipient will be chosen by Richard Loheyde, SRSYO conductor, Wendy Cilman, SRS Director of Education (and professional cellist) and Jane Shelly, SRSYO Manager (and professional flutist). The donor will also weigh in during the final selection process. The SRSYO musician will be chosen based on talent and need. To be eligible, the student must also be enrolled in lessons and agree to remain with the orchestra for at least one more season. 
            SRS Executive Director, Alan Silow, says, “This is the largest donation we’ve ever received for a young musician scholarship, and it is the first of its kind for our Training Young Musicians program. The Symphony is very grateful for this opportunity to help support one of our young musicians in such a tangible and meaningful way.” 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

September 21, 2016: Acclaimed pianist Orion Weiss performs Piano Concerto No. 2 by Béla Bartók November 5, 6 & 7

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 21, 2016

Praised by the Arizona Republic as “an effortlessly brilliant performer”, distinguished young pianist Orion Weiss joins the Santa Rosa Symphony on November 5, 6 and 7 to perform the virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2 by Béla Bartók.

Written in 1930, The Piano Concerto is an excellent example of Bartók’s mastery of balanced musical structures, requiring superlative technical skill to play. One of the most sought-after young American soloists, Weiss has received accolades such as “The gods of music must be smiling upon Orion Weiss. Here was playing of inspired virtuosity, but with bountiful thought behind the technical strength” (The Plain Dealer—Cleveland, Ohio). A graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax, Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore young Artist Award and Avery Fisher Career Grant; he was also named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September, 2010.

The program also includes Liszt’s most popular symphonic poem Les Préludes and Schumann’s Romantic masterpiece, Symphony No. 2. “It is definitely a concert gathering three brilliant pianist-composers who dedicated their life to that instrument,” said Maestro Ferrandis.  “Bartók as a music anthropologist, Schumann as an immense romantic and an expresser of the most extreme feelings, and finally Liszt, probably considered the greatest virtuoso of all time on the piano—like the hero of the instrument. So in a way this concert is ‘the triumph of the pianists’”.
 
Get Cued In with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
“Conversation with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A, begin one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This open-seating event is free to ticket holders. 

Concert Times and Location
Saturday, November 5 and Monday, November 7at 8 pm, and Sunday, November 6 at 3 pm.
Discovery Open Rehearsal Saturday, November 5 at 2 pm.
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
Tickets            $20 - $85
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased one half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal:  $17 adults / $10 youth (under 18)
Online:                        srsymphony.org
Phone:             4-MUSIC (707-546-8742)
In person:        SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor
            Monday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10:30 am - 5 pm)
Saturdays of performance weekends 10 am - 1 pm
At the door:     beginning 1½ hours before each performance


Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17. Patrons may request ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
Sponsors
Concerts sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person
Orion Weiss is underwritten by Amy and Stan Leopard
The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy & Ellen and Chuck Wear
Special thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for guest artist lodging and
The Press Democrat for media sponsorship
 
-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and Orion Weiss provided upon request-
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Communications
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

September 15, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces New Youth Ensembles Manager

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 15, 2016

(SANTA ROSA, CA) — The Santa Rosa Symphony recently announced the appointment of Matthew Payne as Youth Ensembles Manager.  Payne served most recently as an equipment technician for California State University East Bay.

Payne brings with him a strong background in music. As a composer, his works have been performed by flutist Meerenai Shim, A/B Duo, and The International Low Brass Trio. He plays multiple instruments, and as a youth performed in the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley. He now lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and two young children.

Of his new position, Payne says, ““I have been very lucky to dedicate most of my working life to the goal of helping people make music, and I’m so very excited to bring my skill set to the fantastic Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles, which are doing such amazing work getting young students started in the world of classical music.

August 31, 2016: “Land of Make Believe” Family Concert October 16 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 31, 2016

“Land of Make Believe” Family Concert October 16 at Weill Hall
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —“Land of Make Believe” is the first of three Sunday afternoon concerts presented by the Santa Rosa Symphony to begin the popular Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series. The music begins at 3PM on Sunday, October 16 at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo and a photo booth, begins at 2PM. Children are encouraged to come dressed as a character from their favorite story.
           
Alicia Morley narrates this vivid musical excursion into imagination conducted by Richard Loheyde. The Roustabout Theater Company takes families on a journey where they can hear how composers tell much beloved stories through music—from Mother Goose, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty to modern day tales like Frozen and Harry Potter.
           
The second concert of the 2016-17 Family Series, “The Listener” with Magic Circle Mime Company, is on Sunday, January 22, 2017; the third concert, “Presto Mambo!” is on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
           
Subscriptions for all three performances are available at $45/adult, $30/child (discounted family packages are still available). Tickets for individual concerts are $17 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Call Symphony Patron Services at (707) 546-8742 or purchase online.

Concert Sponsor
In 2015, opera singer Peggy Anne Covington left her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony as an expression of her life-long love of music and to help ensure that classical music remains available to future generations. This generous gift of over $1 million establishes the Peggy Anne Covington Fund in the Santa Rosa Symphony Endowment, which supports the ongoing artistic vitality of the Santa Rosa Symphony. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity. 

Concert Times and Location
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no fee for parking for Santa Rosa Symphony Family Series concerts.

Subscription Packages and Single Tickets
Prior to the October 16 performance, 3-concert Family Series subscriptions may be purchased at $45/adult, $30/child (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126 (4 subscriptions, must include two child subscriptions). Tickets for individual concerts are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket.  Seats are reserved.  Call (707) 546-8742 or come to the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue between the hours of 9 PM and 5 PM Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased online: srsymphony.org
 
—The Santa Rosa Symphony acknowledges the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for the inspiration of the Land of Make Believe program.—


CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:  The Santa Rosa Symphony presents: The Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series
Concert 1:  “Land of Make Believe”
 
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
 
Time: 3 p.m; pre-concert activities start at 2 p.m. with a photo booth and an Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department.
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
             (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Who:   Santa Rosa Symphony
             Richard Loheyde, conductor
             Alicia Morley, narrator
             Roustabout Theater Company
 
Program:
Maurice Ravel                        “Empress of the Pagodas” from La mère l’oye [Mother Goose]                                      
Maurice Ravel                        “Fairy Garden” from La mère l’oye [Mother Goose]                        
Igor Stravinsky                         Finale from The Firebird                                                                    
Engelbert Humperdinck          Prelude to Hansel and Gretel                                                                    
Henry Purcell                           Symphony from Act IV of The Fairy Queen                                               
Sergei Prokofiev                     “Cinderella Goes to the Ball” from Cinderella                                         
Sergei Prokofiev                     “Dance of the Knights” from Romeo and Juliet                                        
Gioacchino Rossini                  Overture to La cenerentola [Cinderella]                                                  
Vincent D’Indy                         The Enchanted Forest                                                                                                        
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky          Opening Scene/Introduction from Sleeping Beauty                                 
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky         “Pas d’action” from Sleeping Beauty                                                        
Kristen Anderson-Lopez,          Frozen  
Robert Lopez/Bob Krogstad, arr.           
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky           “Trepak” from Nutcracker                                                                        
Modest Mussorgsky,                 A Night on Bald Mountain for Orchestra                                                  
Rimsky-Korsakov, arr.
John Williams                             Harry’s Wondrous World
 
Cost:  3-concert subscriptions $45/adults, $30 child (age 12 and under)
Family Packages start at $126 (must include two child subscriptions)
Single tickets: $17 adult, $12/child
 
RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.
             
Tickets: Online srsymphony.org by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday.  
 
FUTURE FAMILY SERIES CONCERTS:
 
The Listener
Sunday, January 22, 2017 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Magic Circle Mime Company
 
Presto Mambo!
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Platypus Theatre

About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

 

August 25, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony’s 89th Season begins October 8 – 10 featuring Jean Ferrandis performing Bernstein’s Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Small Orchestra and Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 25, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony’s 89th Season begins October 8 – 10 featuring Jean Ferrandis performing Bernstein’s Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Small Orchestra and Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Britten’s Four Seas Interludes from Peter Grimes also on the program at Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —Music Director Bruno Ferrandis and the Santa Rosa Symphony celebrate the opening of Bruno’s final full season, during which he will conduct all seven of the Classical Series concerts, at the Green Music Center on October 8, 9 and 10.

Featured on the program, titled “The Magic of the Flute”, is Jean Ferrandis, winner of the first prize from the Lyon Conservatoire. Ferrandis performs Bernstein’s haunting Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Small Orchestra with his trademark spellbinding style; the National Flute Association Digest said “…my mind simply was unable to wander while listening to him play”. Bernstein was inspired for this piece by a nineteen-year-old Israeli flutist, Yadin Tanenbaum, who was killed in his tank in the Sinai is 1973. In Bernstein’s own words, Halil explores the struggle of “wars…the overwhelming desire to live, and the consolations of art, love, and the hope for peace”. A piccolo and alto flute hidden in the orchestra echo the strains of the solo instrument to dramatic effect.
Jean Ferrandis will also play Mozart’s expressive Flute Concerto No. 1, a piece full of exuberant melodic invention that beautifully exploits the agility of the flute.
           
The program includes Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, the cornerstone work of modern British opera. Established as an orchestral suite, these interludes evoke the seaside setting that determines the daily rhythms of the character’s lives.

Beethoven’s jovial Symphony No. 8 rounds out the performance with masterful musical timing that leaves the listener breathless.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
“Conversation with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A, will begin one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). These pre-concert talks with Maestro Ferrandis are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy, and Ellen and Chuck Wear. This open-seating event is free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here.

Concert Sponsors
The Symphony’s October concerts are sponsored by Alan Mason and Timothy Rodrigues, River Myst Haven. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person and Jean Ferrandis is underwritten by Susan and Sigmund Anderman. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. We also thank Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2016-2017 guest artist lodging and The Press Democrat for media sponsorship.

Concert Times and Location
Classical Series concert times are Saturday, October 8 and Monday, October 10 at 8 pm, and Sunday, October 9 at 3 pm. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 pm on Saturday, October 8. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets
Single tickets are $20-$80. For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at srsymphony.org or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, First Floor (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased one half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).

Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17
During the 2016-17 season, patrons can receive ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
-Photos of Bruno Ferrandis and Jean Ferrandis provided upon request-
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert “The Magic of the Flute
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
 
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Jean Ferrandis, flute
 
BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Bernstein: Halil: Nocturne for Flute and Strings
MOZART: Flute Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., October 8 at 2 pm)
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3 pm
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with conductor Bruno Ferrandis start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $20-$80
 
Tickets: Online at srsymphony.org, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor, 9 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

 

August 23, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony continues series of free concerts at Sonoma County Library branches

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 23, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony continues series of free concerts at Sonoma County Library branches
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —After the success of last year’s collaboration between the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Sonoma County Library, members of the Symphony will once again bring their unique, free concert series to library branches around the county. A complete list of dates, times and locations is included later in this release.

Alan Silow, Executive Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony said, “The Symphony is delighted to renew our partnership with the Sonoma County Library to bring performances of our talented musicians beyond the concert stage to library settings. We’re happy to provide library patrons with free, up-close, and enriching musical experiences”.

In the Percussion Ensemble program, the musicians take the audience on a musical tour by demonstrating how percussion instruments are played all over the world. Questions pertaining to percussion and about being professional percussionists are welcome. During this entertaining tour through the percussion section, some lucky members of the audience will join in to drum—and maybe even conduct!

The Guitar and Flute program, entitled “Folk Roots of Classical Music”, explores the folk influences from England, Eastern Europe, Spain and the Americas on classical music. The performers will demonstrate their individual instruments and show how they were used in the folk world as well as the classical world. Featuring works by Dowland, Telemann, JS Bach, Bartok, Beaser, de Falla and Machado, among others. This program will be lively and interactive and suitable for families.
Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.
 
Performance Schedule:
Saturday, September 17, 2016: Guitar & Flute

Central Santa Rosa Library (211 E Street, Santa Rosa)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Concert for Families
Northwest Santa Rosa Library (150 Coddingtown Center, Santa Rosa)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Concert for Families

Musicians: Jane Shelly and Catherine Altamura
 
Saturday, October 15, 2016: Percussion Ensemble
Petaluma Regional Library (100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Concert for Families
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Concert for Adults

Musicians: Allen Biggs, Susan Jette, Tommy Kesecker

Saturday, October 15, 2016: Guitar & Flute
Healdsburg Regional Library (139 Piper Street, Healdsburg)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Concert for Families
Windsor Library (9291 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Concert for Families
Musicians: Jane Shelly and Catherine Altamura

Saturday, December 10, 2016: Guitar & Flute
Rincon Valley Library (6959 Montecito Boulevard, Santa Rosa)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Concert for Families
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Concert for Adults
Musicians: Jane Shelly and Catherine Altamura
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org

August 17, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces “One-for-One” Free Child Ticket Program for Classical Series Concerts during the 2016-17 Season

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 17, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony Announces “One-for-One” Free Child Ticket Program for Classical Series Concerts during the 2016-17 Season
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) — After the success of last year’s “One-for-One” free child ticket program, the Santa Rosa Symphony is once again offering this special opportunity for the 2016-17 Classical Series concert season. Over 100 children were able to experience the beauty and wonder of classical music with this offer last year; this year, families can take advantage of this opportunity to introduce their children to the world of Beethoven, Schumann, Elgar and more. For each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert, patrons can receive ONE FREE ticket for a youth age 7-17.  Concerts begin October 8, 2016 and go through May 2017.

This offer is available by phone or in person at the SRS Patron Services office: (707) 546-8742, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north entrance, first floor off elevator lobby) Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. This offer is not available online.
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org
 

 

July 19, 2016: 2015-2016: An Outstanding Year for the Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 19, 2016

2015-2016: An Outstanding Year for the Santa Rosa Symphony 
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —The Santa Rosa Symphony 2015-2016 season concluded its fourth year as resident orchestra of Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, setting a number of milestones in this, its 88th year.
 
Organizational highlights during the 2015 – 2016 season:
- Most successful gala fundraiser in 13 years, honoring Henry Trione
- Endowment fund value exceeded $11 million for the first time
- Extraordinary success of first time breakfast fundraiser for music education
- Record receipt of Foundation grants and record receipt of Government grants capped by NEA and Creative Sonoma grants
- Received a 2016 Merit Award for Cultural Enrichment from the City of Santa Rosa for the Simply Strings program
- Youth ensembles growth exceeded enrollment and revenue goals
- Digitalized to preserve over 35 years of Music Director Emeritus Corrick Brown’s 280 concert recordings
- Record ticket sales for three-concert Family Concert Series
- Thirteenth consecutive year ending the fiscal year with a surplus
 
“Going into our 89th season, we look to sustain our vision to be one of the leading regional symphony orchestras in America, locally acclaimed and nationally recognized for community engagement, artistic vibrancy and fiscal sustainability” said Alan Silow, SRS Executive Director.
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
Currently in its 89th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.com    

July 5, 2016: Free concert for the community featuring Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles and the Santa Rosa Symphony July 31 at Weill Hall and Lawn

Santa Rosa SYmphony, July 5, 2016

For Immediate Release:  July 5, 2016

Free concert for the community featuring Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles and the Santa Rosa Symphony July 31 at Weill Hall and Lawn

Admission is free but a ticket is required to enter the venue
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA)—As a thank-you to the community, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University present a free concert with Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles on Sunday, July 31, 2016. The gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking and Weill Hall lobby opens at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performance.
Enriching the medium as America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles bring sensibility, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.

Reyna de Los Angeles will perform with the Santa Rosa Symphony musicians under the baton of Michael Berkowitz, the Symphony’s engaging principal pops conductor.

Free tickets must be reserved
Although admission for the concert is free, all patrons must have a ticket to enter the venue. Reserve tickets in advance through the Symphony Patron Services Office at (707) 546-8742, the Green Music Center Box Office at (866) 955-6040 or through a voice mailbox with service in Spanish: (707) 546-7007. Seating choices are: inside Weill Hall; outside at terrace tables or open seating on the lawn.
Concert-goers may enjoy the beautiful setting of Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center with a picnic, but no outside beverages are permitted; food may be brought in. Food and beverages may be purchased on site. Water bottle filling stations will also be available. Only low lawn chairs or blankets are permitted on the lawn.
 For the safety of all guests, all items brought into the Green Music Center including coolers, picnic baskets, bags, backpacks and purses are subject to search upon entry and re-entry. Patrons who choose not to subject their personal belongs to a security search will not be permitted to enter the grounds.

About Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
Enriching the medium as America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles® bring sensitivity, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles® has blazed the trail for female mariachi musicians. In a musical landscape where songs are often written by men, from male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history.
Established in 1994, the group had a strong beginning thanks to the mentorship of Lola Bertran, La Reina de La Musica Ranchera. In these early days, Maestro Jóse Hernàndez saw the potential in this all-female ensemble, and fostered the development of the group. Reyna de Los Angeles® has since gone on to record three albums, share the stage with world-renowned musicians like Vicki Carr, Guadalupe Pineda and Lucha Villa, and perform for some of the world’s highest profile celebrities including Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack and Michelle Obama.
 
Sponsors
The Free Concert for the Community is underwritten by the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation, the County of Sonoma, Redwood Credit Union and Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2016.
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:
A Free Concert for the Community
 
Who:
Santa Rosa Symphony, Michael Berkowitz, conductor
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Date and Time:
Sunday, July 31 2016 at 7 pm
Gates Open:  5 pm for picnics
Weill Hall Lobby Opens: 6 pm
 
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: No outside beverages may be brought in; food is permitted. Water bottle filling stations will be available. Beverages and food may be purchased on site. Only low lawn chairs or blankets on the lawn. For the safety of guests, all items brought into the Green Music Center—including coolers, picnic baskets, bags, backpacks and purses—are subject to search upon entry or re-entry. Patrons who choose not to subject their personal belongings to a security search will not be permitted to enter the grounds.
 
Cost: FREE, but tickets must be reserved. Tickets available for terrace tables, inside seats or lawn.
 
Tickets: By phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or for service in Spanish: (707) 546-7007;
Online at www.srsymphony.org, or in person at Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services, M,T, Th, F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed. 10:30a.m. – 5:00p.m. 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (Bank of Marin Building, first floor off elevator lobby), Santa Rosa, CA 95404
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.com

March 2, 2016: SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2016–2017 SEASON

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 2, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony announces 2016–2017 season
Season subscriptions go on sale Monday, March 7, 2016
Fifth Year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center
Maestro Ferrandis conducts his final full season
 
Season Highlightts
Maestro Bruno Ferrandis will conduct all SEVEN Classical Series concert sets this season

Beloved masterpieces include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Elgar, Debussy, Ravel…and more!

A total of nine symphonic works this season will be performed for the first time by the Santa Rosa Symphony

Distinguished flutist returns to open the season and play Bernstein and Mozart

Renowned violinist returns to end the season and performs Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2

“Bring on the Strings” program in March highlights the talent of the Symphony’s own principal string players: Concertmaster and Principal Violist perform Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante; Principal Cellist performs Fauré’s Elegie for Cello

Annual choral concert in December features two vocal works by Rachmaninoff: The Bells (choral symphony) and Vocalise for Soprano and Orchestra—featuring , soprano and the SSU Symphonic Chorus, conducted by , new SRS choral director

Additional guest soloists include pianists and , and , principal harpist for the Berlin Philharmonic

Guest lecturer , PhD. returns to give pre-concert talks for the concert sets in November and December

Michael Berkowitz conducts the 12th season of the Santa Rosa Symphony Pops Series—featuring four Sunday afternoon concerts, including Music from a Charlie Brown Christmas concert, Maestro’s Favorites, the Great American Songbook and Country Legends

89th Season – October 2016 through May 2017
BRAVO, BRUNO!
 
2016-2017 marks the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 89th performance season and fifth year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center. The Santa Rosa Symphony is the third oldest professional orchestra in California and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Music Director Bruno Ferrandis is in the eleventh year of his tenure—he will conduct ALL SEVEN Classical Series concerts during his final full season with the Santa Rosa Symphony.
 
“For the 2016-2017 season, I have focused on programs that bring familiar masterpieces together with my own favorites from the classical repertoire, many of which have not yet been performed by the Santa Rosa Symphony,” said Bruno Ferrandis. “My goal is to bring together music from a variety of musical forms in each program—the works presented this season include opera overtures, ballet suites, beloved concertos, symphonic masterworks, and brilliant vocal works.”
 
Classical Series
From Beethoven to Brahms to Bernstein, there is something for everyone in this season’s programs crafted by Maestro Bruno Ferrandis to celebrate his last full season—in which he will conduct all seven Classical Series concerts. In this season, Maestro Ferrandis has chosen to include a total of 9 pieces from the classical repertoire that have never before been performed by the Santa Rosa Symphony. In addition, he has planned each program to create a balance between familiar and less familiar works, including a variety of genres in each set.  Choral works are balanced by familiar orchestral pieces; ballet suites and operatic overtures are contrasted with symphonic works.
 
“This year’s outstanding programs are a testament to the enduring power of classical music to move and inspire us,” commented Executive Director Alan Silow. “During this season we have an opportunity to celebrate our time with Maestro Bruno Ferrandis, as he conducts his last full season with the Santa Rosa Symphony.”
 
The full Classical Series consists of seven triple sets: seven Saturdays at 8 pm, seven Sundays at 3 pm and seven Mondays at 8 pm. Those who subscribe have the same seat for all seven performances, save up to 12% over single ticket prices—and have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for special events and concerts.  The cost for Classical Series subscriptions ranges from $126 to $546 (some seating sections have a required per seat donation.) Subscriptions are available starting Monday, March 7, 2016; single tickets go on sale Monday, August 8, 2016.
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
The Discovery Rehearsal Series subscription to seven Saturday afternoon dress rehearsals is a wonderful way to experience the orchestra and conductor working together. In these concerts, you hear the same pieces that are performed in the regular Classical Series program. The occasional starts and stops as Maestro Ferrandis interacts with the musicians provide a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between conductor and orchestra. This series is perfect for those new to classical music and is also an excellent value.  Discovery Rehearsal subscriptions cost $105 for adults, $70 for youth, with general seating in Weill Hall, Green Music Center.
 
Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series
Throughout 2016-2017, we are renaming our beloved Family Concert Series in honor of the late
Peggy Anne Covington, opera singer and philanthropist. Peggy Anne Covington’s decision to leave her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony came out of her life and career as an opera singer, and her desire to leave an impactful legacy. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity.
 
Dr. Richard Loheyde conducts the orchestra for the Family Series concerts, which take place at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. In each of these three Sunday afternoon concerts, the Santa Rosa Symphony and zany, colorful guest artists present lively performances to delight one and all.  
 
All three family concerts begin at 3 pm. Children of all ages are invited to come one hour early for pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo.  Family Series subscriptions cost $45 for adults, $30 for children (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126, and must include at least two children. Concert details follow later in this release.
 
2016–2017 Classical Concert Series  – Details
The Santa Rosa Symphony’s fifth season as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center and its 89th performance year begins with “The Magic of the Flute” on October 8, 9 and 10, 2016.  In this first program of the season, Maestro Ferrandis is joined onstage by his brother Jean Ferrandis who will perform Bernstein’s Halil nocturne for flute and orchestra, followed by Mozart’s lilting Flute Concerto No. 1. The program opens with the poignant Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes and concludes with Beethoven’s thrilling Symphony No. 8.

Jean Ferrandis is underwritten by Susan and Sig Anderman
 
On November 5, 6 and 7, “Keyboard Brilliance” presents works by three of the greatest pianist-composers of all time: Liszt, Bartók and Schumann. The program opens with Liszt’s lyrical symphonic tone-poem, Les Préludes. Vibrant young pianist Orion Weiss performs Bartók’s compelling and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2. The program concludes with Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, a Romantic masterpiece.

Performances are sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa
Orion Weiss is underwritten by Amy and Stan Leopard
 
The annual SRS holiday choral concert on December 5, 6 and 7, “Poetic Bells” showcases the inspiring power of the human voice in two elegant and moving works by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Newly appointed SRS choir director Jenny Bent leads the SSU Symphonic Chorus, soprano Jenni Samuelson, tenor Christopher Bengochea, and bass-baritone Philip Skinner in Rachmaninoff’s choral symphony The Bells. Jenni Samuelson concludes the program with a performance of the hauntingly beautiful Vocalise for Soprano and Orchestra. The meditative tone-poem Prayer Bells by August Read Thomas and Elgar’s familiar Enigma Variations provide an orchestral contrast to these expressive vocal works.

Performances are sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green
The vocalists are underwritten by Jim Lamb
 
In “Heavenly Harp” on January 7, 8 and 9, 2017, world-renowned harp virtuoso Marie-Pierre Langlamet performs Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto contrasted with the Romantic favorite Dances Sacred and Profane by Debussy. Maestro Ferrandis opens the program with the overture to Rossini’s La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) and concludes with the orchestral suites from Ravel’s ballet Daphnis and Chloé.

Marie-Pierre Langlamet is underwritten by Linda Castiglioni
 
On February 11, 12 and 13, the exceptional pianist Alessio Bax takes the stage in Weill Hall to perform the Second Piano Concerto of Brahms in “Tales of Love.” This program for Valentine’s weekend is filled with musical portraits from one of history’s most famous love stories: Maestro Ferrandis contrasts Berlioz’s Romantic introduction to his opera Roméo et Juliette with selections from Prokofiev’s 20th century ballet Romeo and Juliet. 

Performances are sponsored by Susan and Alan Seidenfeld
Alessio Bax is underwritten by Faye Smith
 
On March 25, 26 and 27, “Bring on the Strings” celebrates the talent of our own Santa Rosa Symphony musicians. Concertmaster Joseph Edelberg and Principal Violist Elizabeth Prior step out from the orchestra to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola. Principal Cellist Adelle-Akiko Kearns is the soloist for Fauré’s evocative Élegie for Cello. Maestro Ferrrandis concludes the program with two contrasting works by Jean Sibelius—his mysterious Symphony No. 4 followed by the inspiring tones of Finlandia.
       
On May 6, 7 and 8 “Vadim Returns!” We again experience the glorious sound of violinist Vadim Gluzman as he performs Prokofiev’s soaring Violin Concerto No. 2 on the extraordinary 1690 “ex-Leopold Auer” Stradivarius. The three composers chosen by Maestro Ferrandis for this program all struggled to maintain their creative freedom during the Stalinist era. The program opens with Aram Khachaturian’s folk-inspired Ballet Suite from Masquerade and concludes with the dramatic Symphony No. 11 of Shostakovich.

Performances sponsored by Viking River Cruises
Vadim Gluzman is underwritten by Corinne and David Byrd
Khachaturian’s Ballet Suite is underwritten by Ann and Gordon Blumenfeld
 
—Photos of all guest artists are available upon request—
 
List of Works  2016–2017 Classical Season
Works Receiving their First SRS Performance are marked by (*)
 
Bartók:                 Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra                                                                                
Beethoven:          Symphony No. 8 in F major
Berlioz:                Introduction to Roméo et Juliette
Bernstein:            Halil (nocturne) for Flute and Strings                                                                                     
Brahms:               Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra                                                                    
Britten:                Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Opus 33a                                                                 
Debussy:              Dances Sacred and Profane for Harp and Orchestra*                                                           
Elgar:                   Enigma Variations for Orchestra                                                                                            
Fauré                   Elégie for Cello and Orchestra*                                                                                             
Ginastera             Concerto for Harp and Orchestra                                                                                           
Hovhaness           Meditation on Orpheus for Orchestra*
Khachaturian:      Ballet Suite from Masquerade*                                                                                              
Liszt:                     Les Préludes                                                                                                                                         
Mozart:                Concerto No. 1 in G major for Flute and Orchestra                                                                            
Mozart:                Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for Violin and Viola                                                      
Prokofiev:            Concerto No. 2 in G minor for Violin and Orchestra                                                                           
Prokofiev:            Selections from Romeo and Juliet
Rachmaninoff:     The Bells*                                                                                                                                
Rachmaninoff:     Vocalise in E minor for Soprano and Orchestra*                                                                   
Ravel:                   Daphnis and Chloé Suites No. 1 and No. 2                                                                              
Rossini:                Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)                                                                
Schumann:           Symphony No. 2 in C major                                                                                                     
Shostakovich:       Symphony No. 11 in G minor, The Year 1905*                                                                       
Sibelius:               Symphony No. 4 in A minor*                                                                                                   
Sibelius:               Finlandia
Thomas:               Prayer Bells for Orchestra*
 
Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series – Details
Three Sundays: October 16, 2016, January 22 and April 30, 2017 at 3 pm
 
October 16, 2016
Land of Make Believe – with Roustabout Theater, narrated by Alicia Morley
Journey with us into the Land of Make Believe! On this vivid musical excursion into imagination, you will hear how composers tell much-beloved stories through music—from Mother Goose, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty to modern day tales like Frozen and Harry Potter. Come dressed as a character from your favorite story!
 
Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Listener – with Magic Circle Mime Company
In this comic tale a conductor faces the unexpected participation of two rambunctious audience members and together they explore the active relationship between the audience and the musician. Playful humor, drama and dance introduce works by Britten, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Williams, and more. The audience leaves appreciating their own abilities as well as that of the orchestra.
 
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Presto, Mambo! – with Platypus Theatre
In this interactive and toe-tapping concert we meet Max, an energetic young boy who embarks on a whirlwind adventure to the vibrant lands of Latin America. With the help of the orchestra, the audience, and his new friend Mambo the dog, Max learns the magic of Latin rhythms and how to “dance” with the music.
 
Pre-concert activities for the Family Concert Series—including an Instrument Petting Zoo—begin one hour before each performance at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Subscription for all three concerts: $45 adults, $30 child (age 12 and under). Reserved seating; all patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age. Family Series discount packages start at $126. Call Patron Services for further pricing details. Subscriptions are available starting Monday, March 7, 2016; single tickets for Family Series concerts go on sale August 8, 2016.
 
Symphony Pops Series
Sundays: October 23, December 11, 2016 and February 19, April 23, 2017 at 3 PM
Conducted by Michael Berkowitz
LOCATION: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Michael Berkowitz returns for the 12th season of the Symphony Pops Series as SRS Principal Pops Conductor. The Symphony Pops Series is Santa Rosa Symphony’s collaboration with the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, consisting of four concerts, all taking place on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm.
 
October 23, 2016
Maestro's Favorites
Join Michael and the Santa Rosa Pops for a concert featuring favorites from Michael's vast library of musical gems. The Best of Broadway, Hollywood, TV and a Jazzy version of West Side Story, à la Buddy Rich, with the Maestro on drums, are all a part of this great concert of the very finest in the Pops repertoire.
 
December 11, 2016
The Music from a Charlie Brown Christmas, with the Jim Martinez Quartet
This holiday concert features songs from the Peanuts animated special (first broadcast 51 years ago in Dec. 1965), as well as other traditional Christmas favorites. Pianist and Steinway Artist Jim Martinez—along with his Quartet—pays tribute to famous Snoopy songs, written or arranged by Vince Guaraldi.

February 19, 2017
Great American Songbook
From a command performance at the White House, to the Great White Way of Broadway, Ann Hampton Callaway has captivated audiences everywhere. The Tony-nominated star of the Broadway hit Swing celebrates the music of George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and the Great American Songbook.   
 
April 23, 2017
Country Legends
This energetic tribute stars two recording artists from Nashville singing an evening of country favorites, both old and new.  The program includes songs by famed singers and songwriters like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and others.  Patrons are invited to wear country or Western apparel.
 
Although the Santa Rosa Symphony’s other concerts are at the Green Music Center, Symphony Pops concerts continue at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in 2016-2017.
 
NOTE: Subscription tickets for the Symphony Pops concerts will be available ONLY through the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts box office: (707) 546-3600 www.lutherburbankcenter.org.

Hospitality Partner 

Santa Rosa Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park for providing lodging for our esteemed guest artists and conductors. Doubletree by Hilton, where “the little things mean everything,” including the warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival, features Bacchus Restaurant and Wine Bar, perfect for pre-and post-concert dining. 

Ways to Enhance the Concert Experience

Concert Conversations
In Santa Rosa Symphony’s popular pre-concert talks, conductor Bruno Ferrandis and guests discuss the musical program and answer questions from the audience. Concert Conversations begin one hour prior to the Classical Concert Series performances in Weill Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Esteemed guest lecturer Kayleen Asbo, PhD. will lead the discussions for the concert sets in November and December.
 
Program Notes Online
Program notes offer insight and fascinating details about the concert program and are posted on each of the seven Classical Series concert event pages at srsymphony.org.
 
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Directions and Transportation
The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center is located on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, at the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road.
From Highway 101, take the Rohnert Park Expressway exit. Drive east 2.2 miles to the Green Music Center entrance on your right.
 
Parking
As you enter from Rohnert Park Expressway, there are parking lots immediately to your right. Parking in lots L, M, N and O is included in the price of your ticket for Santa Rosa Symphony Classical, Discovery Rehearsal and Family Series concerts. (Parking fees may be charged during additional or special events.)
 
Bus Packages
The Santa Rosa Symphony operates private bus service to many of our concerts at the Green Music Center. The cost is $77 for all seven Classical Series concerts or $15 for individual concerts. For details and specific bus schedules, please call the Patron Services Office at 707-546-8742.  
 
Subscription Series Tickets for the 2016–2017 season
Classical Concert Series
The 7-Concert Package is the ONLY way to guarantee a seat to EACH Symphony Classical Series concert. Subscribers choose between seven Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays and enjoy the same seat for seven uplifting and inspirational nights out.
Packages: $126-$546 (some seating areas require a minimum per seat donation)
 
Mini Series
Patrons may select four of the seven Classical Series concerts to create a customized Mini Series and enjoy many of the benefits of subscribing.
Packages: $76-$276
 
Come As You Can Series
This is the most flexible subscription package—Eight ticket vouchers which can be redeemed in any combination, for example: two tickets to each of four concerts, or eight tickets for one concert. Seating is the best available at the time of redemption.
Packages: $400
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
On seven Saturdays at 2 pm, audiences experience a concert in the making at this open rehearsal series. It is ideal as a shared family experience or as an economical daytime opportunity to experience Symphony performances. It also offers a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between the orchestra and conductor as they rehearse, and could be used as a sneak preview for any regular subscriber!

Packages: $105 for adults; $70 for youth under age 18 and under
 
Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series
Sundays at 3 pm   Oct. 16, 2016; January 22, 2017; April 30, 2017
Packages: $45 for adults; $30 for children 12 and under.
Family Packages for four start at $126 (must include 2 child subscriptions)
 
Subscriptions Available Starting Monday, March 7, 2016
Symphony subscriptions are available only through the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office. Subscribe in person or call 54-MUSIC beginning Monday, March 7, 2016.  Subscriptions are not available online at this time. Single tickets will go on sale to the public beginning August 8, 2016.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office
Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5:30 PM   (Wednesday 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM)
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor, off elevator lobby)
Mailing address: Santa Rosa Symphony, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
srsymphony.org       54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742      Fax: (707) 546-7284
 
Integrated Community Music Education    
The Santa Rosa Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth and adult students annually. The Symphony has an unwavering commitment to train musicians of the future and to foster an enduring love of music through school and community engagement.
 
Training Young Musicians 
Opportunities for beginning to advanced students include five youth ensembles and a three-week summer day camp. The beacon of the Santa Rosa Symphony's Training Young Musicians program, the award-winning Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, performs regularly in public concerts throughout the year, and has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and Weill Hall. The orchestra has also performed internationally in Central Europe and China.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles 2016-2017 concerts in Weill Hall, Green Music Center:
 
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 4 pm   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 3 pm   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3 pm   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
 
Tickets for the youth ensemble concerts can be purchased online or through the SRS Patron Services office (707) 546-8742.
 
Music for our Schools
For over 50 years, the Santa Rosa Symphony has provided resources to support local music education, including opportunities and support for classroom teachers. Local schools may benefit from the following:

Free Concerts for Youth – Elementary school students attend any of six live orchestral performances in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

Elementary School Listening Program – Daily music listening for classrooms

Youth Discovery Card – Free admission to Discovery Rehearsal performances

In-School Performances – SRS professional musicians perform in area schools, offering informative and entertaining chamber concerts

IGNITE! – an interactive free concert featuring students on recorder or voice

It’s Elementary Six Sonoma County schools annually receive our full range of customized music education activities

Social Action through music with Simply Strings 
Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed social action music network, Simply Strings is based at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland. Beginning in second grade, Santa Rosa Symphony provides children with instruments and daily intensive ensemble instruction that develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement.

These promising young musicians will conclude their school year performing alongside the Santa Rosa Symphony Repertory Orchestra at Weill Hall for an audience of their peers. This program is fully supported by the Symphony and is free to its students.
 
Guest Artists’ Biographies – 2016-2017 Season
 
Jean Ferrandis, flute
French soloist and conductor Jean Ferrandis enjoys an international career that takes him throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He has presented recitals, performed chamber music, and appeared as soloist with orchestra in such prestigious concert halls as the Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Tapei Arts Center, Wigmore Hall in London, La Fenice in Venice, Hamarikyu Hall in Tokyo, the Vigado in Budapest, the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Tibor Varga, Laurent Petitgirard, and Yoram David. He has been invited to numerous festivals, including the Lanaudière in Canada, Switzerland’s Sion Festival, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Midem Festival in Cannes, and the Berlioz Festival in Lyon. Chamber music collaborators have included Gidon Kremer, Ivry Gitlis, Jean Philippe Collard, and Emile Naoumoff.

In addition to his performing career, Ferrandis serves as professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and at California State University, Fullerton. He regularly presents master classes in Japan, the Unites States, Europe, Australia, Taiwan, and Korea, and has also appeared in South Africa. As a conductor he leads the Saint Petersburg Camerata in Russia and the Saint Christopher Chamber Orchestra in Vilnius (Lithuania), with which he has recorded flute concertos of C. P. E. Bach.

Jean Ferrandis unanimously received his first prize from the Lyon Conservatoire, where he studied with Maxence Larrieu. A prize winner at such as international competitions as Munich, Maria Canals in Barcelona, and Young Concert Artists in New York, he was awarded the grand prize at the 1986 Prague Spring Festival International Flute Competition.

Orion Weiss, piano
One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.

Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Anna Polonsky, violinist James Ehnes, and cellist Zuill Bailey, as well as ensembles including the Pacifica Quartet. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall.  He won the 2005 William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard, and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April.

Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at The Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. 
 
Jenni Samuelson, soprano
Acclaimed by the press as “a gifted and imaginative soprano,” Jenni Samuelson is an award-winning soprano with repertoire that includes opera, oratorio and art song as well as musical theater, jazz and contemporary popular forms.

Samuelson has performed in over 25 lead roles with opera companies throughout the country including the San Francisco Opera Center, Western Opera Theater, Eugene Opera, Opera San Jose, Cinnabar Theater, Chicago Light Opera Works, Townsend Opera Players and The Skylight in Milwaukee. She has performed with the Carmel Bach Festival, San Francisco Chorale, Sonoma Bach, Merced Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and Brookline Chorus in Boston.

Samuelson is an active recitalist and consummate chamber musician having performed many works including the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes; Bach’s Coffee Cantata; Berio’s Folk Songs and the world premiere of Return  Receipts by Amanda McTigue and Jeff Langley.

In 2001 she was granted the Virginia Bess Adams Fellowship to study and perform at the world-renowned Carmel Bach Festival.  Samuelson is a three-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a US Finalist in the Veronica Dunne International Voice Competition.  She has also received prizes in the Carmel Music Society Vocal Competition and the Palm Beach Opera International Voice Competition.

Samuelson received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University. She currently teaches for the Global Arts Studies Program at the University of California, Merced.
 
Christopher Bengochea, tenor
Praised as having "power, sure intonation, and fine diction that comes in a package tied with a ribbon of 'natural sound” tenor, Christopher Bengochea has been a resident artist of Opera San José for three seasons—where he has performed La Boheme, Rigoletto, Die Zauberfloete, La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, and the title roles of Werther and Romeo et Juliette. 

His operatic repertoire embraces a wide range of roles, including Ruggero in La Rondine, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Erik in Alva Henderson's Nosferatu, and Cavarodossi in Tosca. Companies with which he has performed include: Opera San Jose, Atlanta Opera, Opera Idaho, Opera Canada, da Corneto Opera, Center City Opera, Opera Company Brooklyn, Jarvis Conservatory, Intermountain Opera, Townsend Opera, Rimrock Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Teatro Felice, Caramoor Opera, and the Tigulio Festival Opera.

This Basque American tenor holds both USA and EU (France) nationality and he began his musical career as a pianist then moved into the study of opera during his time at Montana State University and later the University of Montana. After becoming an award winner at the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and winning third prize at the Internationale Societa Concertistica Vocal Competition in Santa Margherita-Ligure, Italy, he decided to pursue singing entirely. 
 
Philip Skinner, bass-baritone
Philip Skinner has proven himself a highly versatile artist both dramatically and vocally. He has had great success singing roles ranging from the standard bass repertoire such as King Philip in Don Carlo, to Jocanaan in Salome and Escamillo in Carmen in the helden and dramatic baritone repertoire.
His long association with San Francisco Opera began in 1985 and he has over 375 performances in 54 productions there including the Water Gnome in Rusalka, Mephistopheles in Faust, Escamillo, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Colline in La Boheme, and Lorenzo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi. His international credits include appearances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Victoria State Opera in Melbourne, Vancouver Opera, and Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels.

Equally prolific in the concert hall, Skinner has performed the Verdi Messa di Requiem at Carnegie Hall with the Masterworks Chorale and in Europe with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Skinner sang the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Kent Nagano and the Berkeley Symphony, the Lord Nelson Mass at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and other concert pieces with the Dusseldorf Symphoniker, Minnesota Orchestra and San Jose Symphony, among others.

A Schwabacher Debut Recitalist and former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera, Skinner was also the recipient of a London/Sullivan grant. A graduate of Northwestern University, he received his master's degree and the prestigious Performance Certificate from Indiana University.
 
Jenny Bent, Santa Rosa Symphony Choral Director
Jenny Bent, DMA, is Director of Choral Activities at Sonoma State University and Project Manager of Chanticleer’s summer program, Chanticleer in Sonoma.  She will add to her choral responsibilities beginning with the 2016-2017 season as the new Choral Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony.

She is a graduate of Boston University (BM in Voice Performance, MM in Choral Conducting, MM in Voice Performance) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA in Choral Conducting and Choral Literature). Her teachers include Ann Howard Jones, Jerold Siena, and Ruth Ann Swenson. She has also worked with such choir eminences as Robert Shaw, Joseph Jennings, Matthew Oltman, Peter Bagley, Dennis Keene, and Julian Wachner.

In California, Bent’s choirs have received much acclaim, earning unanimous superior ratings and command performances at choral festivals throughout the Bay Area and receiving invitations to perform at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She has ten years of experience as a high school music educator, most recently having served as the Director of Vocal Music at the Marin School of the Arts. From 2002-2007 she was the artistic director and conductor of the award-winning teen treble choir, Chantons. Bent also served on the voice faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

In addition to her academic work, Bent serves as an adjudicator for such organizations as the California Music Educators Association, the American Choral Directors Association, Golden State, and clinics choirs throughout the Bay Area and beyond. 
 
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
At 17 years of age, Marie-Pierre Langlamet became the principal harpist of the Nice Opera Orchestra. A scholarship enabled her to continue her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Soon afterwards, in 1988, she was appointed assistant principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York (chief conductor James Levine), where she worked for five years. During this time she continued pursuing her career as a soloist and chamber musician, and in 1992 won first prize at the International Harp Competition in Israel, a competition that is widely regarded as the most important for the instrument. Langlamet is also a 1994 Juventus Laureate.

In 1993 she became principal harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle), the position she still holds today.

Langlamet has performed as soloist with numerous renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Lille national Orchestra, and the swiss radio orchestra of Lugano. Her solo engagements have brought her to perform in such halls as the Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Royal Albert Hall (London), the Avery Fisher Hall (New York), the Grosses Festspielhaus (Salzburg), the Philharmonie (Berlin), the KKL (Luzern) and many others.
 
Alessio Bax, piano
First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions—and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient—Alessio Bax has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, the Dallas and Houston symphonies, the NHK Symphony in Japan, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle.

Bax’s extensive concerto repertoire has led to performances with such esteemed conductors as Marin Alsop, Sergiu Commisiona, Vernon Handley, Pietari Inkinen, Jonathan Nott, Vasily Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jaap van Zweden. He has given recitals in major music halls around the world, including Rome, Milan, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, and Washington, DC. An active chamber musician, Bax has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis and Jörg Widmann, among others.

Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of his hometown in Bari, Italy, where he studied with Angela Montemurro. He studied in France with François-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. In 1994 he moved to Dallas to continue his studies with Achúcarro at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, and he is now on the teaching faculty there. He and his wife, pianist Lucille Chung, reside in New York City. Alessio Bax is a Steinway artist.
 
Joseph Edelberg, violin
Santa Rosa Symphony’s concertmaster Joseph Edelberg has performed for many years with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and American Bach Soloists. He has appeared as guest leader with many Bay Area groups, including the Berkeley Symphony, the Marin Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Magnificat Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, the San Francisco Opera Merola Grand Finals Orchestra, and the California Symphony. Farther afield, he has appeared at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, as concertmaster at the Summer Festival Orchestras of Mendocino and San Louis Obispo, and as guest principal second violin of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra.

Adding to his repertoire are the years spent with the string quartet StringCircle and the new music group Earplay. Edelberg has made solo appearances with the symphonies of Oakland and Berkeley, as well as with the Santa Rosa Symphony. He has recorded with the baroque orchestras mentioned above, the Berkeley Symphony, Chanticleer and Earplay. Edelberg is a graduate of Amherst College in his native Massachusetts. He has studied with Phillip Naegele, Felix Galimir, and Adolf Bruk.
 
Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
The recipient of the prestigious Artists International Award, Adelle-Akiko Kearns currently serves as the principal cellist of the Santa Rosa Symphony, a position she has held since 2011. She made her New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in November of 2008. Since then she has appeared on the world's most important stages including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and many others.

As a chamber musician Kearns has performed at the world’s leading music festivals including the Saito Kinen, Aspen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Spoleto Festivals. She has collaborated with members of the legendary Juilliard String Quartet as well as renowned chamber musicians Jorja Fleezanis, Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Paul Hersh, Jodi Levitz, Daisuke Suzuki, and the Da Capo Chamber Players. 
Before joining the Santa Rosa Symphony, Kearns served as the Assistant Principal Cello of the Louisiana Philharmonic and as a member of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her position in Santa Rosa she also performs as principal cellist of the Merced Symphony; assistant principal cellist of Symphony Silicon Valley, the Music in the Mountains Festival, and the Monterey Symphony Orchestra; Associate Principal Cellist of the Stockton Symphony; and as a member of the Marin Symphony.

Kearns holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, Sadao Harada, and Irene Sharp. A native of San Francisco, Kearns currently resides in San Jose, where she maintains an active teaching studio. 
 
Elizabeth Prior, viola
An active Bay Area violist, Elizabeth Prior is the principal violist with the Santa Rosa symphony and member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Elizabeth is also a season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and is the associate principal violist with the Marin Symphony. She performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic (Associate principal) and Cape Town Symphony( tutti). She has toured and worked with Südwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony, and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras.
A native of South Africa, she was a prizewinner in the International String Competition in Pretoria and gave her recent debut at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra.

She tours regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble of Cologne in France and has done 2 recent tours with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Other solo and chamber music engagements include: Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival; Sun Valley Summer Symphony and “Chamber Music San Francisco” She is a member of the Farallon Quintet. She gave regular Viola recitals for 13 years with Maestro Donald Runnicles on the Piano.
 
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings back to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. His wide repertoire embraces contemporary music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.

The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and NHK Symphony; and with leading conductors including Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Tugan Sokhiev, Andrew Litton, Marek Janowski, Semyon Bychkov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Itzhak Perlman, Paavo Järvi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Hannu Lintu and Peter Oundjian. His festival appearances include Verbier, Ravinia, Lockenhaus, Pablo Casals, Colmar, Jerusalem, and the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Northbrook, Illinois, which was founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and long-standing recital partner.

Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin studies at age 7. Before moving to Israel in 1990, where he was a student of Yair Kless, he studied with Roman Sne in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia. In the US his teachers were Arkady Fomin and, at The Juilliard School, the late Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and support of Isaac Stern, and in 1994 he received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award.

Gluzman plays the extraordinary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari, on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

SRS Season at a Glance
 
CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES
 
The Magic of the Flute
October 8, 9 & 10, 2016
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Jean Ferrandis, flute
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Bernstein: Halil (nocturne) for Flute and Strings
Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
 
Keyboard Brilliance
November 5, 6 & 7, 2016
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano
Liszt: Les Préludes
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2
Schumann: Symphony No. 2
 
Poetic Bells
December 3, 4 & 5, 2016
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
SSU Symphonic Chorus, Jenny Bent, director
Jenni Samuelson, soprano
Christopher Bengochea, tenor
Philip Skinner, baritone
Thomas: Prayer Bells
Elgar: Enigma Variations     
Rachmaninoff: The Bells (choral symphony)
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise for Soprano and Orchestra
 
Heavenly Harp
January 7, 8 & 9, 2017
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
Rossini: Overture to The Thieving Magpie
Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Debussy: Dances Sacred and Profane
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé, Suites 1 & 2
 
Tales of Love
Saturday, February 11, 12 & 13, 2017
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano
Berlioz: Introduction to Roméo et Juliette
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet
 
Bring on the Strings
March 25, 26 & 27, 2017
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Joseph Edelberg, violin
Elizabeth Prior, viola
Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
Hovhaness: Meditation on Orpheus
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola
Fauré: Elégie for Cello
Sibelius: Symphony No. 4
Sibelius: Finlandia
 
Vadim Returns!
May 6, 7 & 8, 2017
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Khachaturian: Suite from Masquerade
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905
 
PEGGY ANNE COVINGTON
FAMILY CONCERT SERIES
Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
Land of Make Believe
Sunday, October 16, 2016 – 3 pm
Alicia Morley, narrator
Roustabout Theater
 
The Listener
Sunday, January 22, 2017 – 3 pm
Magic Circle Mime Company
 
Presto, Mambo!
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 3 pm
Platypus Theatre
 
SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
Saturday, November 19, 2016 – 4 pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 3 pm
Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 3 pm
 
Classical Series Concert Times
Saturday and Monday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm
Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday at 2 pm
 
SINGLE TICKET PRICES:
Classical Series: $20–$80 - Discovery Rehearsal: $17 adult, $10 child - Family Series: $17 adult, $12 child - SRSYO concerts: $17 adult, $12 students and seniors
SINGLE TICKETS GO ON SALE AUGUST 8, 2016.
 
Tickets: SRS Patron Services Office
Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 to 5:30 pm
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor off elevator lobby)
 
54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742   
santarosasymphony.com
 
Programs, artists and prices are subject to change.
All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Mission Statement
The Santa Rosa Symphony inspires and engages the residents of our region with the finest of musical performances and educational programs while maintaining its core values of organizational strength, innovative programming, fiscal responsibility and community service.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony's vision is to create one of the leading regional symphony orchestras in America, nationally recognized as a model of artistic excellence, fiscal vitality and community engagement.

Organizational Background
Founded in 1928, Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is the third oldest and 9th largest in the state of California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis began his tenure as music director/conductor in 2006. Prior conductors were Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane, 1995-2006; Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown, 1958-1995; George Trombley 1928-1958.
 
Beginning in 1998, the SRS partnered with Sonoma State University to raise funds for the construction of the world-class Green Music Center on the campus. Due to successful fundraising efforts, the Green Music Center’s Joan and Sanford I. Weill Concert Hall opened in September 2012. In the 2016-2017 season, Santa Rosa Symphony celebrates its 89th anniversary and fifth year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center.
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org
 

2015-2016 Season

April 13, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony’s 2016-2017 Family Concert Series named in memory of Peggy Anne Covington, opera singer and philanthropist

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 13, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony’s 2016-2017 Family Concert Series named in memory of Peggy Anne Covington, opera singer and philanthropist
 
Peggy Anne Covington Fund established in Santa Rosa Symphony Endowment
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —The Santa Rosa Symphony is pleased to announce that in 2016-2017 the Symphony’s popular Family Concert Series has been named in memory of Peggy Anne Covington, opera singer and philanthropist.

In 2015, Peggy Anne Covington left her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony as an expression of her life-long love of music and to help ensure that classical music remains available to future generations. This generous gift of over $1 million establishes the Peggy Anne Covington Fund in the Santa Rosa Symphony Endowment, which supports the ongoing artistic vitality of the Santa Rosa Symphony. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity. 

Honoring a life dedicated to music
Born in Crisfield, Maryland on December 26, 1929, Peggy Anne Covington began singing as a very young child and took up piano at age six. After suffering polio as a young girl, she used the piano as a way to overcome her physical challenges. She began singing publicly at age 14 and entered the Boston Conservatory at age 19.  After graduation, she moved to the Bay Area and married Arthur Howard in 1956. In her married life, she was known as Peggy Howard.

Covington began her career with the San Francisco Opera in 1959, and sang with the Opera until 1975. She told friends that although she did not have a favorite opera, being a princess on stage was one of her favorite roles. She particularly loved Italian and Russian interpretations of the opera repertoire.
After her retirement, Covington regularly attended the SF Opera while she was living close to San Francisco. When she and her husband moved to Windsor, they attended the Santa Rosa Symphony for a number of years. Toward the end of her life, Covington was also able to experience the Santa Rosa Symphony performing at the Green Music Center.

Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series
The Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series will present three Sunday afternoon concerts for the whole family on October 16, 2016, January 22, 2017 and April 30, 2017 at 3 pm. Pre-concert activities—including an Instrument Petting Zoo—begin one hour before each performance at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Young musicians from the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles volunteer to help introduce other youngsters to the instruments during the Instrument Petting Zoo. Parents and children alike are invited to try out an instrument they’ve never explored before, or revisit an instrument they may not have played in years.
 
October 16, 2016
Land of Make Believe – with Roustabout Theater, narrated by Alicia Morley
Journey with us into the Land of Make Believe! On this vivid musical excursion into imagination, you will hear how composers tell much-beloved stories through music—from Mother Goose, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty to modern day tales like Frozen and Harry Potter. Come dressed as a character from your favorite story!
 
Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Listener – with Magic Circle Mime Company
In this comic tale a conductor faces the unexpected participation of two rambunctious audience members and together they explore the active relationship between the audience and the musician. Playful humor, drama and dance introduce works by Britten, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Williams, and more. The audience leaves appreciating their own abilities as well as that of the orchestra.
 
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Presto, Mambo! – with Platypus Theatre
In this interactive and toe-tapping concert we meet Max, an energetic young boy who embarks on a whirlwind adventure to the vibrant lands of Latin America. With the help of the orchestra, the audience, and his new friend Mambo the dog, Max learns the magic of Latin rhythms and how to “dance” with the music.
 
Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series subscriptions are now available
Subscriptions are now available for the Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series through the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office. Subscribe in person or call 54-MUSIC. Single tickets will go on sale beginning August 8, 2016.
Packages: $45 for adults; $30 for children 12 and under.
Family Packages for four start at $126 (must include 2 child subscriptions)




—High res. photos of Peggy Anne Covington are available upon request—
 



About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
Currently in its 88th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-2013 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org
 
 

April 8, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Concerts May 14 and 15, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 8, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles End Season with a Weekend of Concerts!
Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 2016

(SANTA ROSA, CA)—On Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15, three Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles will present their final concerts of the 2015-2016 season at Jackson Theater at the Sonoma Country Day School, and in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Both concerts will start at 3 pm.

Saturday, May 14 at 3:00 pm, the Preparatory Orchestra, conducted by Tristan Arnold, and the Repertory Orchestra, conducted by Bobby Rogers, will share the stage at the Jackson Theater of the Sonoma Country Day School.  

The program features arrangements of classical favorites such as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, and Bizet’s beloved Carmen Suite. Also on the program is Leroy Anderson’s Fiddle Faddle, with the violin solo performed by 13-year-old Miranda Ronan.

Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 pm, the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Richard Loheyde, will present their final 2015-2016 concert in collaboration with the Analy High School Orchestra of Sebastopol, under the direction of Kelly Stewart, in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Analy High School Orchestra will present the first half of the concert featuring Danzas Cubanas by Robert Sheldon and the second movement of Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 7. 

After intermission, the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform works by Kabalevsky, Strauss, Mendelssohn and Mahler. 16-year-old violinist Calvin Jin, 2016 SRSYO Concerto Competition winner, is the soloist for the first movement of Mendelssohn’s famed Violin Concerto.

Jin, a junior at St. Vincent’s High School in Petaluma, has been concertmaster of the SRSYO since the fall of 2014. He has studied violin under Ms. Yoko Acheson since 2005. In 2011 and 2013, he was the leader of the pit orchestra for the Cinnabar Theater Young Rep shows in his hometown of Petaluma.  A member of several chamber music groups including a piano trio and a quartet, Jin also leads the Rafael Ensemble, a group of student musicians that performs at retirement homes, hospitals and fundraisers.

In the concert finale, the Analy High School Orchestra will return to the stage, joining the SRSYO in a rousing performance of Star Trek Into Darkness by Michael Giacchino.
 
Conductor and Director Biographies

Dr. Richard Loheyde, Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra Conductor
Dr. Loheyde presently serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Loheyde made his conducting debut with the Santa Rosa Symphony in 2006 and now conducts the Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert Series.

Loheyde began his music studies as a violinist, with early training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and at the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has been a violinist and violist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphony. He has degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut and the University of Texas at Austin.

Tristan Arnold, Santa Rosa Symphony Preparatory Orchestra Conductor
Tristan Arnold is Director of Music at Lincoln High School in San Francisco, Assistant Conductor of the American Philharmonic of Sonoma County, and a freelance bassist. He holds a Master of Music degree in conducting from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Northwestern University.

He began his musical studies on violin at the age of six, later adding trombone, tuba and double bass to his repertoire. Arnold developed his skills through the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Training Young Musicians program, and performed with the SRS Youth Orchestra at a 2002 performance in Carnegie Hall.

While teaching and studying, Arnold has remained active as a bassist, performing with local acoustic quartet The Pine Needles and the San Francisco-based rock quintet Muralismo. His writing has been published in Music Educators Journal and Strings Magazine

Bobby Rogers, Santa Rosa Symphony Repertory Orchestra Conductor
Bobby Rogers is a graduate of Sonoma State University (B.A. in Music Education and Jazz Performance) and Sacramento State University (M.A. in Wind Conducting). In addition to conducting the Santa Rosa Symphony Repertory Orchestra, he is currently the music director at Pioneer High School in Woodland and of the Yolo Community Band. He also serves on the California Teachers Association State Council of Education and was recently elected for a 2nd term as President of his local Association for 2015-2017.

Throughout his career, Rogers has been very active with pit orchestras and community orchestras including American Philharmonic, Camellia Symphony and the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra. He has also performed and recorded on clarinet, saxophone and flute with various jazz and rock groups, such as Lee Press-On and The Nails, Moonlight Swing Orchestra–a Glenn Miller Tribute Band, Placer Pops Orchestra, Jimmy Luxury, Lucas Arts, Gwen Stefani, Coolio, Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth, Joe Gilman, Steinway Artist Jim Martinez and Delfayo Marsalis.

Kelly Stewart, Analy High School Orchestra Conductor
Kelly Stewart began studying biology at the University of Kansas. After transferring to Humboldt State University, Stewart earned a B.S. in Environmental Biology and Zoology in 2001, and a B.A. in Music Education and Flute Performance in 2009.

Stewart has taught music in Humboldt County, San Joaquin County, and currently teaches concert band, jazz band, and orchestra at Analy High School. She also enjoys performing in various ensembles, such as the Eureka Symphony, North Bay Sinfonietta, North Coast Wind Ensemble, Wayward Winds, Westerly Winds, the World Famous Crab Grass Band, and various chamber groups, both on flute and bassoon. 
 
—High res. photos of Arnold, Jin, Loheyde, Rogers, Stewart and the Analy High School Orchestra are available upon request—
 

CALENDAR LISTING
What:        Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Spring Concerts

Who:         Preparatory Orchestra, conducted by Tristan Arnold, and Repertory Orchestra, conducted by Robert Rogers

When:       Saturday, May 14, 2016, 3 pm

Where:      Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School, Santa Rosa

Program:
Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite Selections
Rimsky-Korsakov:  Scheherazade
Mahler: Symphony No. 1
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream
Anderson: Fiddle Faddle; Miranda Ronan, soloist                                  
Bizet: Carmen Suite
Williams: Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Rossini: Barber of Seville Overture
 
 
Who:   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, conducted by Richard Loheyede, and Analy High School Orchestra, conducted by Kelly Stewart

When:       Sunday, May 15, 2016, 3 pm

Where:      Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park

Program:
Sheldon: Danzas Cubanas
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, movement 2
Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon Overture
Strauss: Overture to Die Fledermaus
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto , Op. 64; Calvin Jin, soloist
Mahler: Symphony No. 1, movement 4
Giacchino: Star Trek Into Darkness
 
For more details visit srsymphony.org
 
Cost:          $17 general; $12 students/seniors
 
Tickets:     Online at srsymphony.org by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742), or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 am to 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 10:30 am to 5:30 pm on Wednesday.
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Wendy Cilman
Director of Education
707-546-7097 ext.220
wcilman@srsymphony.org
 

March 24, 2016: Acclaimed pianist Gabriela Martinez performs Gershwin's Piano Concerto, May 7, 8 & 9

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 24, 2016

Acclaimed pianist Gabriela Martinez performs Gershwin’s Piano Concerto with the Santa Rosa Symphony in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center,
May 7, 8 & 9, 2016

 
In “Jazzy Impressions” Maestro Ferrandis also conducts Ibéria and Rapsodie espagnole—impressions and memories of Spain by Debussy and Ravel

(SANTA ROSA, CA) —Lauded by the New York Times as "compelling, elegant, and incisive," acclaimed Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez joins the Santa Rosa Symphony on May 7, 8 & 9 to perform Gershwin’s evocative Piano Concerto in F.

A versatile and insightful musician, Martinez is the ideal interpreter for Gershwin’s elegant and moving Piano Concerto.  Written in 1925, the Piano Concerto is a brilliant example of Gershwin’s virtuosic ability to weave jazz themes into a classical symphonic work. About Martinez’s playing, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director of the LA Philharmonic said, “Gabriela is incredible: she is enormously talented; she is simply a genius.”

Jazz, habanera and dance-inspired rhythms weave through the “Jazzy Impressions” program, conducted by Maestro Bruno Ferrandis. Opening with three dance episodes from Leonard Bernstein’s musical hit On The Town, the program includes performances of Ibéria and Rapsodie espagnole—impressions and memories of Spain by Debussy and Ravel.

Ibéria, composed between 1906 and 1908, is a lively and evocative presentation of Debussy’s musical image of Spain. Like many composers in the late 19th and early 20th century, Debussy knew Spain solely through music and literature; his only trip to Spain was a short one-day trip across the border from France.

A contemporary of Debussy, Maurice Ravel was raised in the French Pyrenees, a few miles from the Spanish Border. Rapsodie espagnole evokes the dance tunes of Malaga and the habanera to weave color and atmosphere into his symphonic portrait of Spain.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
 “Conversation with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A, will begin one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). These pre-concert talks with Maestro Ferrandis and Gabriela Martinez are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy. This open-seating event is free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here

Concert Sponsors
The Symphony’s May concerts are sponsored by Alan and Susan Seidenfeld. Gabriela Martinez is underwritten by Faye Smith. Sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. We also thank Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2015-2016 guest artist lodging and The Press Democrat for media sponsorship.

Concert Times and Location
Classical Series concert times are Saturday, May 7 and Monday, May 9 at 8 pm, and Sunday, May 8 at 3 pm. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 pm on Saturday, May 7. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets
Single tickets are $20-$80. For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at srsymphony.org or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, First Floor (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).

$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased one half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17
During the 2015-16 season, patrons can now receive ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.

—High res. photos of Gabriela Martinez and Bruno Ferrandis are available upon request. —
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert “Jazzy Impressions
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
 
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Gabriela Martinez, piano
 
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Debussy: Ibéria
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., May 7 at 2 pm)
Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3 pm
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with conductor Bruno Ferrandis and guest artist Gabriela Martinez start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $20-$80
 
Tickets: Online at srsymphony.org, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor, 9 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org
 

March 2, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony announces 2016–2017 season

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 2, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony announces 2016–2017 season
Season subscriptions go on sale Monday, March 7, 2016
Fifth Year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center
Maestro Ferrandis conducts his final full season


Season Highlights
- Maestro Bruno Ferrandis will conduct all SEVEN Classical Series concert sets this season
Beloved masterpieces include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Elgar, Debussy, Ravel…and more!
 
- A total of nine symphonic works this season will be performed for the first time by the Santa Rosa Symphony
 
- Distinguished flutist Jean Ferrandis returns to open the season and play Bernstein and Mozart
Renowned violinist Vadim Gluzman returns to end the season and performs Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2
 
- “Bring on the Strings” program in March highlights the talent of the Symphony’s own principal string players: Concertmaster Joseph Edelberg and Principal Violist Elizabeth Prior perform Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante; Principal Cellist Adelle-Akiko Kearns performs Fauré’s Elegie for Cello
 
- Annual choral concert in December features two vocal works by Rachmaninoff: The Bells (choral symphony) and Vocalise for Soprano and Orchestra—featuring Jenni Samuelson, soprano and the SSU Symphonic Chorus, conducted by Jenny Bent, new SRS choral director
 
- Additional guest soloists include pianists Orion Weiss and Alessio Bax, and Marie-Pierre Langlamet, principal harpist for the Berlin Philharmonic
 
- Guest lecturer Kayleen Asbo, PhD. returns to give pre-concert talks for the concert sets in November and December
 
- Michael Berkowitz conducts the 12th season of the Santa Rosa Symphony Pops Series—featuring four Sunday afternoon concerts, including Music from a Charlie Brown Christmas concert, Maestro’s Favorites, the Great American Songbook and Country Legends
 
89th Season – October 2016 through May 2017
BRAVO, BRUNO!
 
2016-2017 marks the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 89th performance season and fifth year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center. The Santa Rosa Symphony is the third oldest professional orchestra in California and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Music Director Bruno Ferrandis is in the eleventh year of his tenure—he will conduct ALL SEVEN Classical Series concerts during his final full season with the Santa Rosa Symphony.
 
“For the 2016-2017 season, I have focused on programs that bring familiar masterpieces together with my own favorites from the classical repertoire, many of which have not yet been performed by the Santa Rosa Symphony,” said Bruno Ferrandis. “My goal is to bring together music from a variety of musical forms in each program—the works presented this season include opera overtures, ballet suites, beloved concertos, symphonic masterworks, and brilliant vocal works.”
 
Classical Series
From Beethoven to Brahms to Bernstein, there is something for everyone in this season’s programs crafted by Maestro Bruno Ferrandis to celebrate his last full season—in which he will conduct all seven Classical Series concerts. In this season, Maestro Ferrandis has chosen to include a total of 9 pieces from the classical repertoire that have never before been performed by the Santa Rosa Symphony. In addition, he has planned each program to create a balance between familiar and less familiar works, including a variety of genres in each set.  Choral works are balanced by familiar orchestral pieces; ballet suites and operatic overtures are contrasted with symphonic works.
 
“This year’s outstanding programs are a testament to the enduring power of classical music to move and inspire us,” commented Executive Director Alan Silow. “During this season we have an opportunity to celebrate our time with Maestro Bruno Ferrandis, as he conducts his last full season with the Santa Rosa Symphony.”
 
The full Classical Series consists of seven triple sets: seven Saturdays at 8 pm, seven Sundays at 3 pm and seven Mondays at 8 pm. Those who subscribe have the same seat for all seven performances, save up to 12% over single ticket prices—and have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for special events and concerts.  The cost for Classical Series subscriptions ranges from $126 to $546 (some seating sections have a required per seat donation.) Subscriptions are available starting Monday, March 7, 2016; single tickets go on sale Monday, August 8, 2016.
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
The Discovery Rehearsal Series subscription to seven Saturday afternoon dress rehearsals is a wonderful way to experience the orchestra and conductor working together. In these concerts, you hear the same pieces that are performed in the regular Classical Series program. The occasional starts and stops as Maestro Ferrandis interacts with the musicians provide a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between conductor and orchestra. This series is perfect for those new to classical music and is also an excellent value.  Discovery Rehearsal subscriptions cost $105 for adults, $70 for youth, with general seating in Weill Hall, Green Music Center.
 
Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series
Throughout 2016-2017, we are renaming our beloved Family Concert Series in honor of the late
Peggy Anne Covington, opera singer and philanthropist. Peggy Anne Covington’s decision to leave her entire estate to the Santa Rosa Symphony came out of her life and career as an opera singer, and her desire to leave an impactful legacy. The 5th anniversary season of the Family Concert Series has been made possible through her generosity.
 
Dr. Richard Loheyde conducts the orchestra for the Family Series concerts, which take place at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. In each of these three Sunday afternoon concerts, the Santa Rosa Symphony and zany, colorful guest artists present lively performances to delight one and all.  
 
All three family concerts begin at 3 pm. Children of all ages are invited to come one hour early for pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo.  Family Series subscriptions cost $45 for adults, $30 for children (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126, and must include at least two children. Concert details follow later in this release.
 
2016–2017 Classical Concert Series  – Details
The Santa Rosa Symphony’s fifth season as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center and its 89th performance year begins with “The Magic of the Flute” on October 8, 9 and 10, 2016.  In this first program of the season, Maestro Ferrandis is joined onstage by his brother Jean Ferrandis who will perform Bernstein’s Halil nocturne for flute and orchestra, followed by Mozart’s lilting Flute Concerto No. 1. The program opens with the poignant Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes and concludes with Beethoven’s thrilling Symphony No. 8.
Jean Ferrandis is underwritten by Susan and Sig Anderman
 
On November 5, 6 and 7, “Keyboard Brilliance” presents works by three of the greatest pianist-composers of all time: Liszt, Bartók and Schumann. The program opens with Liszt’s lyrical symphonic tone-poem, Les Préludes. Vibrant young pianist Orion Weiss performs Bartók’s compelling and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 2. The program concludes with Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, a Romantic masterpiece.
Performances are sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa
Orion Weiss is underwritten by Amy and Stan Leopard
 
The annual SRS holiday choral concert on December 5, 6 and 7, “Poetic Bells” showcases the inspiring power of the human voice in two elegant and moving works by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Newly appointed SRS choir director Jenny Bent leads the SSU Symphonic Chorus, soprano Jenni Samuelson, tenor Christopher Bengochea, and bass-baritone Philip Skinner in Rachmaninoff’s choral symphony The Bells. Jenni Samuelson concludes the program with a performance of the hauntingly beautiful Vocalise for Soprano and Orchestra. The meditative tone-poem Prayer Bells by August Read Thomas and Elgar’s familiar Enigma Variations provide an orchestral contrast to these expressive vocal works.
Performances are sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green
The vocalists are underwritten by Jim Lamb
 
In “Heavenly Harp” on January 7, 8 and 9, 2017, world-renowned harp virtuoso Marie-Pierre Langlamet performs Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto contrasted with the Romantic favorite Dances Sacred and Profane by Debussy. Maestro Ferrandis opens the program with the overture to Rossini’s La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) and concludes with the orchestral suites from Ravel’s ballet Daphnis and Chloé.
Marie-Pierre Langlamet is underwritten by Linda Castiglioni
 
On February 11, 12 and 13, the exceptional pianist Alessio Bax takes the stage in Weill Hall to perform the Second Piano Concerto of Brahms in “Tales of Love.” This program for Valentine’s weekend is filled with musical portraits from one of history’s most famous love stories: Maestro Ferrandis contrasts Berlioz’s Romantic introduction to his opera Roméo et Juliette with selections from Prokofiev’s 20th century ballet Romeo and Juliet. 
Performances are sponsored by Susan and Alan Seidenfeld
Alessio Bax is underwritten by Faye Smith
 
On March 25, 26 and 27, “Bring on the Strings” celebrates the talent of our own Santa Rosa Symphony musicians. Concertmaster Joseph Edelberg and Principal Violist Elizabeth Prior step out from the orchestra to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola. Principal Cellist Adelle-Akiko Kearns is the soloist for Fauré’s evocative Élegie for Cello. Maestro Ferrrandis concludes the program with two contrasting works by Jean Sibelius—his mysterious Symphony No. 4 followed by the inspiring tones of Finlandia.
       
On May 6, 7 and 8 “Vadim Returns!” We again experience the glorious sound of violinist Vadim Gluzman as he performs Prokofiev’s soaring Violin Concerto No. 2 on the extraordinary 1690 “ex-Leopold Auer” Stradivarius. The three composers chosen by Maestro Ferrandis for this program all struggled to maintain their creative freedom during the Stalinist era. The program opens with Aram Khachaturian’s folk-inspired Ballet Suite from Masquerade and concludes with the dramatic Symphony No. 11 of Shostakovich.
Performances sponsored by Viking River Cruises
Vadim Gluzman is underwritten by Corinne and David Byrd
Khachaturian’s Ballet Suite is underwritten by Ann and Gordon Blumenfeld
 
—Photos of all guest artists are available upon request—
 
List of Works  2016–2017 Classical Season
Works Receiving their First SRS Performance are marked by (*)
 
Bartók:                 Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra        
Beethoven:          Symphony No. 8 in F major
Berlioz:                Introduction to Roméo et Juliette
Bernstein:            Halil (nocturne) for Flute and Strings                      
Brahms:               Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra    
Britten:                Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Opus 33a                 
Debussy:              Dances Sacred and Profane for Harp and Orchestra*              
Elgar:                   Enigma Variations for Orchestra                     
Fauré                   Elégie for Cello and Orchestra*            
Ginastera             Concerto for Harp and Orchestra             
Hovhaness           Meditation on Orpheus for Orchestra*
Khachaturian:      Ballet Suite from Masquerade*                 
Liszt:                     Les Préludes                                                           
Mozart:                Concerto No. 1 in G major for Flute and Orchestra                
Mozart:                Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major for Violin and Viola                    
Prokofiev:            Concerto No. 2 in G minor for Violin and Orchestra          
Prokofiev:            Selections from Romeo and Juliet
Rachmaninoff:     The Bells*                                                               
Rachmaninoff:     Vocalise in E minor for Soprano and Orchestra*           
Ravel:                   Daphnis and Chloé Suites No. 1 and No. 2                            
Rossini:                Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)                           
Schumann:           Symphony No. 2 in C major                                           
Shostakovich:       Symphony No. 11 in G minor, The Year 1905*                    
Sibelius:               Symphony No. 4 in A minor*                       
Sibelius:               Finlandia
Thomas:               Prayer Bells for Orchestra*
 
 
Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series – Details
Three Sundays: October 16, 2016, January 22 and April 30, 2017 at 3 pm
 
October 16, 2016
Land of Make Believe – with Roustabout Theater, narrated by Alicia Morley
Journey with us into the Land of Make Believe! On this vivid musical excursion into imagination, you will hear how composers tell much-beloved stories through music—from Mother Goose, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty to modern day tales like Frozen and Harry Potter. Come dressed as a character from your favorite story!
 
Sunday, January 22, 2017
The Listener – with Magic Circle Mime Company
In this comic tale a conductor faces the unexpected participation of two rambunctious audience members and together they explore the active relationship between the audience and the musician. Playful humor, drama and dance introduce works by Britten, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Williams, and more. The audience leaves appreciating their own abilities as well as that of the orchestra.
 
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Presto, Mambo! – with Platypus Theatre
In this interactive and toe-tapping concert we meet Max, an energetic young boy who embarks on a whirlwind adventure to the vibrant lands of Latin America. With the help of the orchestra, the audience, and his new friend Mambo the dog, Max learns the magic of Latin rhythms and how to “dance” with the music.
 
Pre-concert activities for the Family Concert Series—including an Instrument Petting Zoo—begin one hour before each performance at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Subscription for all three concerts: $45 adults, $30 child (age 12 and under). Reserved seating; all patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age. Family Series discount packages start at $126. Call Patron Services for further pricing details. Subscriptions are available starting Monday, March 7, 2016; single tickets for Family Series concerts go on sale August 8, 2016.
 
Symphony Pops Series
Sundays: October 23, December 11, 2016 and February 19, April 23, 2017 at 3 PM
Conducted by Michael Berkowitz
LOCATION: Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Michael Berkowitz returns for the 12th season of the Symphony Pops Series as SRS Principal Pops Conductor. The Symphony Pops Series is Santa Rosa Symphony’s collaboration with the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, consisting of four concerts, all taking place on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm.
 
October 23, 2016
Maestro's Favorites
Join Michael and the Santa Rosa Pops for a concert featuring favorites from Michael's vast library of musical gems. The Best of Broadway, Hollywood, TV and a Jazzy version of West Side Story, à la Buddy Rich, with the Maestro on drums, are all a part of this great concert of the very finest in the Pops repertoire.
 
December 11, 2016
The Music from a Charlie Brown Christmas, with the Jim Martinez Quartet
This holiday concert features songs from the Peanuts animated special (first broadcast 51 years ago in Dec. 1965), as well as other traditional Christmas favorites. Pianist and Steinway Artist Jim Martinez—along with his Quartet—pays tribute to famous Snoopy songs, written or arranged by Vince Guaraldi.

February 19, 2017
Great American Songbook
From a command performance at the White House, to the Great White Way of Broadway, Ann Hampton Callaway has captivated audiences everywhere. The Tony-nominated star of the Broadway hit Swing celebrates the music of George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and the Great American Songbook.   
 
April 23, 2017
Country Legends
This energetic tribute stars two recording artists from Nashville singing an evening of country favorites, both old and new.  The program includes songs by famed singers and songwriters like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and others.  Patrons are invited to wear country or Western apparel.
 
Although the Santa Rosa Symphony’s other concerts are at the Green Music Center, Symphony Pops concerts continue at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in 2016-2017.
 
NOTE: Subscription tickets for the Symphony Pops concerts will be available ONLY through the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts box office: (707) 546-3600 www.lutherburbankcenter.org.
 
 Hospitality Partner
Santa Rosa Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park for providing lodging for our esteemed guest artists and conductors. Doubletree by Hilton, where “the little things mean everything,” including the warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival, features Bacchus Restaurant and Wine Bar, perfect for pre-and post-concert dining.
 
Ways to Enhance the Concert Experience
Concert Conversations
In Santa Rosa Symphony’s popular pre-concert talks, conductor Bruno Ferrandis and guests discuss the musical program and answer questions from the audience. Concert Conversations begin one hour prior to the Classical Concert Series performances in Weill Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Esteemed guest lecturer Kayleen Asbo, PhD. will lead the discussions for the concert sets in November and December.
 
Program Notes Online
Program notes offer insight and fascinating details about the concert program and are posted on each of the seven Classical Series concert event pages at srsymphony.org.
 
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Directions and Transportation
The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center is located on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, at the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road.
From Highway 101, take the Rohnert Park Expressway exit. Drive east 2.2 miles to the Green Music Center entrance on your right.
 
Parking
As you enter from Rohnert Park Expressway, there are parking lots immediately to your right. Parking in lots L, M, N and O is included in the price of your ticket for Santa Rosa Symphony Classical, Discovery Rehearsal and Family Series concerts. (Parking fees may be charged during additional or special events.)
 
Bus Packages
The Santa Rosa Symphony operates private bus service to many of our concerts at the Green Music Center. The cost is $77 for all seven Classical Series concerts or $15 for individual concerts. For details and specific bus schedules, please call the Patron Services Office at 707-546-8742.  
 
 
Subscription Series Tickets for the 2016–2017 season
Classical Concert Series
The 7-Concert Package is the ONLY way to guarantee a seat to EACH Symphony Classical Series concert. Subscribers choose between seven Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays and enjoy the same seat for seven uplifting and inspirational nights out.
Packages: $126-$546 (some seating areas require a minimum per seat donation)
 
Mini Series
Patrons may select four of the seven Classical Series concerts to create a customized Mini Series and enjoy many of the benefits of subscribing.
Packages: $76-$276
 
Come As You Can Series
This is the most flexible subscription package—Eight ticket vouchers which can be redeemed in any combination, for example: two tickets to each of four concerts, or eight tickets for one concert. Seating is the best available at the time of redemption.
Packages: $400
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
On seven Saturdays at 2 pm, audiences experience a concert in the making at this open rehearsal series. It is ideal as a shared family experience or as an economical daytime opportunity to experience Symphony performances. It also offers a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between the orchestra and conductor as they rehearse, and could be used as a sneak preview for any regular subscriber!
Packages: $105 for adults; $70 for youth under age 18 and under
 
Peggy Anne Covington Family Concert Series
Sundays at 3 pm   Oct. 16, 2016; January 22, 2017; April 30, 2017
Packages: $45 for adults; $30 for children 12 and under.
Family Packages for four start at $126 (must include 2 child subscriptions)
 
Subscriptions Available Starting Monday, March 7, 2016
Symphony subscriptions are available only through the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office. Subscribe in person or call 54-MUSIC beginning Monday, March 7, 2016.  Subscriptions are not available online at this time. Single tickets will go on sale to the public beginning August 8, 2016.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office
Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5:30 PM   (Wednesday 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM)
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor, off elevator lobby)
Mailing address: Santa Rosa Symphony, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
srsymphony.org       54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742      Fax: (707) 546-7284
 
 
Integrated Community Music Education    
The Santa Rosa Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth and adult students annually. The Symphony has an unwavering commitment to train musicians of the future and to foster an enduring love of music through school and community engagement.
 
Training Young Musicians 
Opportunities for beginning to advanced students include five youth ensembles and a three-week summer day camp. The beacon of the Santa Rosa Symphony's Training Young Musicians program, the award-winning Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, performs regularly in public concerts throughout the year, and has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and Weill Hall. The orchestra has also performed internationally in Central Europe and China.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles 2016-2017 concerts in Weill Hall, Green Music Center:
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 4 pm   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 3 pm   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3 pm   Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
 
Tickets for the youth ensemble concerts can be purchased online or through the SRS Patron Services office (707) 546-8742.
 
Music for our Schools
For over 50 years, the Santa Rosa Symphony has provided resources to support local music education, including opportunities and support for classroom teachers. Local schools may benefit from the following:
 
- Free Concerts for Youth – Elementary school students attend any of six live orchestral performances in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center
- Elementary School Listening Program – Daily music listening for classrooms
- Youth Discovery Card – Free admission to Discovery Rehearsal performances
- In-School Performances – SRS professional musicians perform in area schools, offering informative and entertaining chamber concerts
- IGNITE! – an interactive free concert featuring students on recorder or voice
It’s Elementary – Six Sonoma County schools annually receive our full range of customized music education activities
 
Social Action through music with Simply Strings 
Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed social action music network, Simply Strings is based at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland. Beginning in second grade, Santa Rosa Symphony provides children with instruments and daily intensive ensemble instruction that develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement.

These promising young musicians will conclude their school year performing alongside the Santa Rosa Symphony Repertory Orchestra at Weill Hall for an audience of their peers. This program is fully supported by the Symphony and is free to its students.
 
 
Guest Artists’ Biographies – 2016-2017 Season
 
Jean Ferrandis, flute
French soloist and conductor Jean Ferrandis enjoys an international career that takes him throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He has presented recitals, performed chamber music, and appeared as soloist with orchestra in such prestigious concert halls as the Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Tapei Arts Center, Wigmore Hall in London, La Fenice in Venice, Hamarikyu Hall in Tokyo, the Vigado in Budapest, the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Tibor Varga, Laurent Petitgirard, and Yoram David. He has been invited to numerous festivals, including the Lanaudière in Canada, Switzerland’s Sion Festival, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Midem Festival in Cannes, and the Berlioz Festival in Lyon. Chamber music collaborators have included Gidon Kremer, Ivry Gitlis, Jean Philippe Collard, and Emile Naoumoff.

In addition to his performing career, Ferrandis serves as professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and at California State University, Fullerton. He regularly presents master classes in Japan, the Unites States, Europe, Australia, Taiwan, and Korea, and has also appeared in South Africa. As a conductor he leads the Saint Petersburg Camerata in Russia and the Saint Christopher Chamber Orchestra in Vilnius (Lithuania), with which he has recorded flute concertos of C. P. E. Bach.

Jean Ferrandis unanimously received his first prize from the Lyon Conservatoire, where he studied with Maxence Larrieu. A prize winner at such as international competitions as Munich, Maria Canals in Barcelona, and Young Concert Artists in New York, he was awarded the grand prize at the 1986 Prague Spring Festival International Flute Competition.
 
 
Orion Weiss, piano   
One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.

Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Anna Polonsky, violinist James Ehnes, and cellist Zuill Bailey, as well as ensembles including the Pacifica Quartet. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall.  He won the 2005 William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard, and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April.

Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at The Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. 
 
Jenni Samuelson, soprano
Acclaimed by the press as “a gifted and imaginative soprano,” Jenni Samuelson is an award-winning soprano with repertoire that includes opera, oratorio and art song as well as musical theater, jazz and contemporary popular forms.

Samuelson has performed in over 25 lead roles with opera companies throughout the country including the San Francisco Opera Center, Western Opera Theater, Eugene Opera, Opera San Jose, Cinnabar Theater, Chicago Light Opera Works, Townsend Opera Players and The Skylight in Milwaukee. She has performed with the Carmel Bach Festival, San Francisco Chorale, Sonoma Bach, Merced Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and Brookline Chorus in Boston.
 
Samuelson is an active recitalist and consummate chamber musician having performed many works including the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes; Bach’s Coffee Cantata; Berio’s Folk Songs and the world premiere of Return  Receipts by Amanda McTigue and Jeff Langley.

In 2001 she was granted the Virginia Bess Adams Fellowship to study and perform at the world-renowned Carmel Bach Festival.  Samuelson is a three-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a US Finalist in the Veronica Dunne International Voice Competition.  She has also received prizes in the Carmel Music Society Vocal Competition and the Palm Beach Opera International Voice Competition. Samuelson received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University. She currently teaches for the Global Arts Studies Program at the University of California, Merced.
 
Christopher Bengochea, tenor
Praised as having "power, sure intonation, and fine diction that comes in a package tied with a ribbon of 'natural sound” tenor, Christopher Bengochea has been a resident artist of Opera San José for three seasons—where he has performed La Boheme, Rigoletto, Die Zauberfloete, La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, and the title roles of Werther and Romeo et Juliette. 

His operatic repertoire embraces a wide range of roles, including Ruggero in La Rondine, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Erik in Alva Henderson's Nosferatu, and Cavarodossi in Tosca. Companies with which he has performed include: Opera San Jose, Atlanta Opera, Opera Idaho, Opera Canada, da Corneto Opera, Center City Opera, Opera Company Brooklyn, Jarvis Conservatory, Intermountain Opera, Townsend Opera, Rimrock Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Teatro Felice, Caramoor Opera, and the Tigulio Festival Opera.

This Basque American tenor holds both USA and EU (France) nationality and he began his musical career as a pianist then moved into the study of opera during his time at Montana State University and later the University of Montana. After becoming an award winner at the Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and winning third prize at the Internationale Societa Concertistica Vocal Competition in Santa Margherita-Ligure, Italy, he decided to pursue singing entirely. 
 
Philip Skinner, bass-baritone
Philip Skinner has proven himself a highly versatile artist both dramatically and vocally. He has had great success singing roles ranging from the standard bass repertoire such as King Philip in Don Carlo, to Jocanaan in Salome and Escamillo in Carmen in the helden and dramatic baritone repertoire.
His long association with San Francisco Opera began in 1985 and he has over 375 performances in 54 productions there including the Water Gnome in Rusalka, Mephistopheles in Faust, Escamillo, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Colline in La Boheme, and Lorenzo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi. His international credits include appearances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Victoria State Opera in Melbourne, Vancouver Opera, and Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels.

Equally prolific in the concert hall, Skinner has performed the Verdi Messa di Requiem at Carnegie Hall with the Masterworks Chorale and in Europe with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Skinner sang the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Kent Nagano and the Berkeley Symphony, the Lord Nelson Mass at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and other concert pieces with the Dusseldorf Symphoniker, Minnesota Orchestra and San Jose Symphony, among others. 

A Schwabacher Debut Recitalist and former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera, Skinner was also the recipient of a London/Sullivan grant. A graduate of Northwestern University, he received his master's degree and the prestigious Performance Certificate from Indiana University.
 
Jenny Bent, Santa Rosa Symphony Choral Director
Jenny Bent, DMA, is Director of Choral Activities at Sonoma State University and Project Manager of Chanticleer’s summer program, Chanticleer in Sonoma.  She will add to her choral responsibilities beginning with the 2016-2017 season as the new Choral Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony.
She is a graduate of Boston University (BM in Voice Performance, MM in Choral Conducting, MM in Voice Performance) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA in Choral Conducting and Choral Literature). Her teachers include Ann Howard Jones, Jerold Siena, and Ruth Ann Swenson. She has also worked with such choir eminences as Robert Shaw, Joseph Jennings, Matthew Oltman, Peter Bagley, Dennis Keene, and Julian Wachner.

In California, Bent’s choirs have received much acclaim, earning unanimous superior ratings and command performances at choral festivals throughout the Bay Area and receiving invitations to perform at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She has ten years of experience as a high school music educator, most recently having served as the Director of Vocal Music at the Marin School of the Arts. From 2002-2007 she was the artistic director and conductor of the award-winning teen treble choir, Chantons. Bent also served on the voice faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

In addition to her academic work, Bent serves as an adjudicator for such organizations as the California Music Educators Association, the American Choral Directors Association, Golden State, and clinics choirs throughout the Bay Area and beyond. 
 
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
At 17 years of age, Marie-Pierre Langlamet became the principal harpist of the Nice Opera Orchestra. A scholarship enabled her to continue her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Soon afterwards, in 1988, she was appointed assistant principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York (chief conductor James Levine), where she worked for five years. During this time she continued pursuing her career as a soloist and chamber musician, and in 1992 won first prize at the International Harp Competition in Israel, a competition that is widely regarded as the most important for the instrument. Langlamet is also a 1994 Juventus Laureate. 

In 1993 she became principal harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle), the position she still holds today. 

Langlamet has performed as soloist with numerous renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Lille national Orchestra, and the swiss radio orchestra of Lugano. Her solo engagements have brought her to perform in such halls as the Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Royal Albert Hall (London), the Avery Fisher Hall (New York), the Grosses Festspielhaus (Salzburg), the Philharmonie (Berlin), the KKL (Luzern) and many others.
 
Alessio Bax, piano
First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions—and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient—Alessio Bax has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, the Dallas and Houston symphonies, the NHK Symphony in Japan, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle.

Bax’s extensive concerto repertoire has led to performances with such esteemed conductors as Marin Alsop, Sergiu Commisiona, Vernon Handley, Pietari Inkinen, Jonathan Nott, Vasily Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jaap van Zweden. He has given recitals in major music halls around the world, including Rome, Milan, Madrid, Mexico City, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, and Washington, DC. An active chamber musician, Bax has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Sol Gabetta, Steven Isserlis and Jörg Widmann, among others.

Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of his hometown in Bari, Italy, where he studied with Angela Montemurro. He studied in France with François-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. In 1994 he moved to Dallas to continue his studies with Achúcarro at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, and he is now on the teaching faculty there. He and his wife, pianist Lucille Chung, reside in New York City. Alessio Bax is a Steinway artist.
 
Joseph Edelberg, violin
Santa Rosa Symphony’s concertmaster Joseph Edelberg has performed for many years with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and American Bach Soloists. He has appeared as guest leader with many Bay Area groups, including the Berkeley Symphony, the Marin Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Magnificat Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, the San Francisco Opera Merola Grand Finals Orchestra, and the California Symphony. Farther afield, he has appeared at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, as concertmaster at the Summer Festival Orchestras of Mendocino and San Louis Obispo, and as guest principal second violin of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra.

Adding to his repertoire are the years spent with the string quartet StringCircle and the new music group Earplay. Edelberg has made solo appearances with the symphonies of Oakland and Berkeley, as well as with the Santa Rosa Symphony. He has recorded with the baroque orchestras mentioned above, the Berkeley Symphony, Chanticleer and Earplay. Edelberg is a graduate of Amherst College in his native Massachusetts. He has studied with Phillip Naegele, Felix Galimir, and Adolf Bruk.
 
Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
The recipient of the prestigious Artists International Award, Adelle-Akiko Kearns currently serves as the principal cellist of the Santa Rosa Symphony, a position she has held since 2011. She made her New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in November of 2008. Since then she has appeared on the world's most important stages including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and many others. 

As a chamber musician Kearns has performed at the world’s leading music festivals including the Saito Kinen, Aspen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn and Spoleto Festivals. She has collaborated with members of the legendary Juilliard String Quartet as well as renowned chamber musicians Jorja Fleezanis, Axel Strauss, Ian Swensen, Paul Hersh, Jodi Levitz, Daisuke Suzuki, and the Da Capo Chamber Players. 
Before joining the Santa Rosa Symphony, Kearns served as the Assistant Principal Cello of the Louisiana Philharmonic and as a member of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her position in Santa Rosa she also performs as principal cellist of the Merced Symphony; assistant principal cellist of Symphony Silicon Valley, the Music in the Mountains Festival, and the Monterey Symphony Orchestra; Associate Principal Cellist of the Stockton Symphony; and as a member of the Marin Symphony.

Kearns holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, Sadao Harada, and Irene Sharp. A native of San Francisco, Kearns currently resides in San Jose, where she maintains an active teaching studio. 
 
Elizabeth Prior, viola
An active Bay Area violist, Elizabeth Prior is the principal violist with the Santa Rosa symphony and member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Elizabeth is also a season substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and is the associate principal violist with the Marin Symphony. She performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic (Associate principal) and Cape Town Symphony( tutti). She has toured and worked with Südwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony, and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras.
A native of South Africa, she was a prizewinner in the International String Competition in Pretoria and gave her recent debut at Carnegie Hall with the Russian Chamber Orchestra.

She tours regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Ensemble of Cologne in France and has done 2 recent tours with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Other solo and chamber music engagements include: Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival; Sun Valley Summer Symphony and “Chamber Music San Francisco” She is a member of the Farallon Quintet. She gave regular Viola recitals for 13 years with Maestro Donald Runnicles on the Piano.
 
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings back to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. His wide repertoire embraces contemporary music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.

The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and NHK Symphony; and with leading conductors including Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Tugan Sokhiev, Andrew Litton, Marek Janowski, Semyon Bychkov, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Itzhak Perlman, Paavo Järvi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Hannu Lintu and Peter Oundjian. His festival appearances include Verbier, Ravinia, Lockenhaus, Pablo Casals, Colmar, Jerusalem, and the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Northbrook, Illinois, which was founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and long-standing recital partner.

Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Gluzman began violin studies at age 7. Before moving to Israel in 1990, where he was a student of Yair Kless, he studied with Roman Sne in Latvia and Zakhar Bron in Russia. In the US his teachers were Arkady Fomin and, at The Juilliard School, the late Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Early in his career, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and support of Isaac Stern, and in 1994 he received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award.

Gluzman plays the extraordinary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari, on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
 
SRS Season at a Glance
 
CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES
 
The Magic of the Flute
October 8, 9 & 10, 2016
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Jean Ferrandis, flute
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Bernstein: Halil (nocturne) for Flute and Strings
Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
 
Keyboard Brilliance
November 5, 6 & 7, 2016
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano
Liszt: Les Préludes
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2
Schumann: Symphony No. 2
 
Poetic Bells
December 3, 4 & 5, 2016
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
SSU Symphonic Chorus, Jenny Bent, director
Jenni Samuelson, soprano
Christopher Bengochea, tenor
Philip Skinner, baritone
Thomas: Prayer Bells
Elgar: Enigma Variations     
Rachmaninoff: The Bells (choral symphony)
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise for Soprano and Orchestra
 
Heavenly Harp
January 7, 8 & 9, 2017
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
Rossini: Overture to The Thieving Magpie
Ginastera: Harp Concerto
Debussy: Dances Sacred and Profane
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé, Suites 1 & 2
 
Tales of Love
Saturday, February 11, 12 & 13, 2017
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Alessio Bax, piano
Berlioz: Introduction to Roméo et Juliette
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet
 
Bring on the Strings
March 25, 26 & 27, 2017
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Joseph Edelberg, violin
Elizabeth Prior, viola
Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
Hovhaness: Meditation on Orpheus
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola
Fauré: Elégie for Cello
Sibelius: Symphony No. 4
Sibelius: Finlandia
 
Vadim Returns!
May 6, 7 & 8, 2017
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin
Khachaturian: Suite from Masquerade
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905
 
PEGGY ANNE COVINGTON
FAMILY CONCERT SERIES
Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
Land of Make Believe
Sunday, October 16, 2016 – 3 pm
Alicia Morley, narrator
Roustabout Theater
 
The Listener
Sunday, January 22, 2017 – 3 pm
Magic Circle Mime Company
 
Presto, Mambo!
Sunday, April 30, 2017 – 3 pm
Platypus Theatre
 
SANTA ROSA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
Saturday, November 19, 2016 – 4 pm
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 3 pm
Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 3 pm
 
Classical Series Concert Times
Saturday and Monday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm
Discovery Open Rehearsal, Saturday at 2 pm
 
SINGLE TICKET PRICES:
Classical Series: $20–$80     Discovery Rehearsal: $17 adult, $10 child     Family Series: $17 adult, $12 child     SRSYO concerts: $17 adult, $12 students and seniors
SINGLE TICKETS GO ON SALE AUGUST 8, 2016.
 
Tickets: SRS Patron Services Office
Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 to 5:30 pm
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor off elevator lobby)
 
54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742   
santarosasymphony.com
 
Programs, artists and prices are subject to change.
All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Mission Statement
The Santa Rosa Symphony inspires and engages the residents of our region with the finest of musical performances and educational programs while maintaining its core values of organizational strength, innovative programming, fiscal responsibility and community service.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony's vision is to create one of the leading regional symphony orchestras in America, nationally recognized as a model of artistic excellence, fiscal vitality and community engagement.
Organizational Background
Founded in 1928, Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is the third oldest and 9th largest in the state of California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis began his tenure as music director/conductor in 2006. Prior conductors were Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane, 1995-2006; Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown, 1958-1995; George Trombley 1928-1958.
 
Beginning in 1998, the SRS partnered with Sonoma State University to raise funds for the construction of the world-class Green Music Center on the campus. Due to successful fundraising efforts, the Green Music Center’s Joan and Sanford I. Weill Concert Hall opened in September 2012. In the 2016-2017 season, Santa Rosa Symphony celebrates its 89th anniversary and fifth year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center.
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org
 

February 26, 2016: Zuill Bailey performs Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 26, 2016

Zuill Bailey performs Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra
with the Santa Rosa Symphony in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center,
April 2, 3 and 4, 2016

 
 “Rhythmic Vitality,” conducted by Maestro Bruno Ferrandis, includes Blue Fire by Daniel Brewbaker;  mezzo-soprano Bonnie Brooks sings Falla’s Three Cornered Hat
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —On April 2, 3 and 4, 2016 internationally renowned cellist Zuill Bailey returns to join the Santa Rosa Symphony, performing Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra. “Rhythmic Vitality,” conducted by Maestro Bruno Ferrandis, begins with Blue Fire by Daniel Brewbaker and concludes with the ballet suite The Three Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla, performed by mezzo-soprano Bonnie Brooks.

Described as having “a beautiful tone, fabulous technique and sensitive interpretation,” distinguished soloist Zuill Bailey is one of the premiere cellists in the world today. He returns to join the Santa Rosa Symphony performing the virtuosic and compelling Symphony for Cello and Orchestra by Benjamin Britten.  Britten wrote his Symphony for Cello and Orchestra in 1962 and dedicated it to renowned cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. 

Considered by many to be the finest symphony piece written by Britten, the Symphony for Cello and Orchestra presents a balanced interplay between the orchestra and solo cello.  The Symphony for Cello and Orchestra was described by Rostrapovich as “one of the most phenomenal works in the cello repertoire.”

The performance of Blue Fire by New Yorker Daniel Brewbaker is underwritten through the generous support of Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.

In this program, Maestro Ferrandis has chosen to perform the full ballet suite of The Three Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla. The Three Cornered Hat features Andalusian folk songs in a flamenco vocal style, performed by the vibrant and gifted local mezzo-soprano Bonnie Brooks.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
 “Conversation with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A, will begin one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). These pre-concert talks with Maestro Ferrandis and guest artists are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy. This open-seating event is free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here

Concert Sponsors
The Symphony’s April concerts are sponsored by The Press Democrat and Dr. Larry Schoenrock Endowment Fund.  Guest artist Zuill Bailey is underwritten by Linda Castiglioni.  Blue Fire by Daniel Brewbaker is underwritten through the generous support of Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. We also thank Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2015-2016 guest artist lodging and The Press Democrat for media sponsorship.

Concert Times and Location
Classical Series concert times are Saturday, April 2 and Monday, April 4 at 8 pm, and Sunday, April 3 at 3 pm. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 pm on Saturday, April 2. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets
Single tickets are $20-$80. For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online  at srsymphony.org or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, First Floor (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased one half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17
During the 2015-16 season, patrons can now receive ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 

—High res. photos of Zuill Bailey, Bonnie Brooks and Bruno Ferrandis are available upon request—

CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert “Rhythmic Vitality”
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
 
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor   
Zuill Bailey, cello
Bonnie Brooks, mezzo-soprano
 
Program:
 
Brewbaker: Blue Fire*
Britten: Symphony for Cello & Orchestra
Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., April 2 at 2 pm)
Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3 pm
Monday, April 4, 2016 at 8 pm
 
*Performance of Blue Fire is underwritten through the generous support of Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.
 
Pre-concert talks with conductor Bruno Ferrandis and guest artists start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $20-$80
 
Tickets: Online at srsymphony.org, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor, 9 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
smitchell@srsymphony.org
 

February 17, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces New Development Director

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 17, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony Announces New Development Director
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) — The Santa Rosa Symphony recently announced the appointment of Heather Balitzkat as Director of Development. Balitzkat served most recently as Director of Development and Marketing at the Springfield Foundation in Ohio.

Balitzkat brings with her a strong background in development and experience working with a broad range of non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Springfield Foundation, Balitzkat also held fundraising positions with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio.

A native Canadian from Toronto, Ontario, Balitzkat received her degree in Business Management from Sheridan College in Brampton, Ontario, Canada and earned her certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Having recently relocated with her husband Gary to Sonoma County from Fairborn, Ohio, Balitzkat is looking forward to exploring all that Sonoma County and the Bay Area have to offer, especially the spectacular countryside.

Of her new position, Balitzkat says, “I am pleased to join the Santa Rosa Symphony as Director of Development. Returning to an arts organization, with the prestige and community connections found here at SRS, is an exciting opportunity for me to lend my experience and enthusiasm to support the continued growth of this amazing organization.”

“Heather Balitzkat brings a solid fundraising background to her role as Director of Development for the Symphony. We are very enthusiastic about her joining this organization.  I’m convinced her development experience and talents will enhance our efforts at meeting the challenges and opportunities that lie before us,” said Executive Director Alan Silow.
 
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218

 smitchell@srsymphony.org
 

February 9, 2016: Santa Rosa Symphony Web domain name changed to www.srsymphony.org

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 9, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony Web domain name has changed to  www.srsymphony.org
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) — Beginning February 1, 2016, the Santa Rosa Symphony domain name has officially changed to www.srsymphony.org.

The domain name srsymphony.org was chosen to more clearly identify the SRS as a non-profit organization, and for its ease of use.

This change of domain name is the final step in a website redesign project initiated by SRS in 2015. A newly designed website was launched over the summer, in advance of the 2015-2016 Symphony season.

 As part of the SRS website redesign, patrons can now select specific seats when purchasing tickets online. Patrons may also purchase tickets by telephone at 707-54-MUSIC (546-8742), or in person at the SRS Patron Services office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, First Floor, in downtown Santa Rosa (M–F, 9 am to 5 pm; Wednesdays, 10:30 am to 5 pm).

The Santa Rosa Symphony’s previous domain name (santarosasymphony.com) will remain active for the indefinite future.
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 88th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2013-14 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@srsymphony.org


 
 

February 2, 2016: “Gershwin's Magic Key” Family Concert, March 13, 2016, at Weill Hall, Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 2, 2016

“Gershwin’s Magic Key” Family Concert, March 13, 2016, at Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Concert is the third and final performance in the
Santa Rosa Symphony’s Sonoma Paradiso 2015-16 Family Concert Series

 
(SANTA ROSA, CA)—On March 13, 2016, the Santa Rosa Symphony and members of Classical Kids Live! will present Gershwin’s Magic Key. This final performance of the popular Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series in the 2015-16 season will take place on Sunday, March 13 at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. The music begins at 3 pm and pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo, begins at 2 pm.

Developed by the Classical Kids Music Organization, Gershwin’s Magic Key has been endorsed by the Gershwin Family Interests and is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.  This educationally entertaining theatrical symphony concert dramatizes the extraordinary life and musical masterpieces of one of the greatest American composers of all time.

The story tells of a chance meeting on the streets of New York City between a poor newspaper boy and the great American composer, George Gershwin. The orchestra magically weaves Gershwin’s greatest hits into the drama as the master composer shares historical anecdotes about his life and musical passion. A bonding friendship develops as they explore the vast melting pot of American music and discover the key to unlocking the boy’s own musical potential.

Adults and children alike will be captivated by over twenty of Gershwin’s most popular compositions from the great American songbook including: An American in Paris, I Got Rhythm, Porgy & Bess, The Man I Love, Cuban Overture, Strike Up the Band, Concerto in F, Someone to Watch Over Me, Fascinating Rhythm and Rhapsody in Blue.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Call Symphony Patron Services at (707) 546-8742 or purchase online.
 
About Classical Kids Live!
Classical Kids LIVE! is produced by Classical Kids Music Education, a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization that works to enrich communities through direct access to culturally significant venues, professional artists and organizations, and high-quality theatrical concert productions, while fostering new appreciation for classical music and music history. In combination with the Classical Kids Teaching Edition, Classical Kids LIVE! serves as one of the world’s best educational outreach and community engagement programs, contributing to the long-term health of classical music. Having received more awards and honors than any other entity of its kind, Classical Kids is proud to say, “We’re making a difference!”  Join their newsletter at ClasicalKidsLive.com.
 
"The Best Way to Unlock the Mind and Heart of a Child to the Wonders of Musical Masterpieces!"
—New York Daily News
 
Concert Sponsor
This is the fourth year that Santa Rosa Symphony has partnered with Sonoma Paradiso Foundation for the Family Concert series. For several years previously, these two community organizations collaborated to present summer concerts for children, featuring zany characters and colorful guest artists. In addition to underwriting these concerts for the general public to enjoy at an affordable price, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation will gift 600 tickets and invite community organizations supporting disadvantaged and at-risk children, as well as developmentally challenged youth and adults, from all over Sonoma County. For many of these children and adults, this is the first time they have ever been exposed to an orchestral musical event. With the support of friends, wine industry partners, financial and business leaders as well as a team of volunteers, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation has raised close to $7 million for the children’s charities of Sonoma County.
 
— High-res. photos available on request —
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:  Santa Rosa Symphony presents: The Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series
Concert 3:  “Gershwin’s Magic Key” with Classical Kids Live!
 
Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016
 
Time: 3 pm; pre-concert activities start at 2 pm with an Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, along with students from the SRS Youth Ensembles.
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.  (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Who:   Santa Rosa Symphony
            Richard Loheyde, conductor
            With Classical Kids Live!
 
Ticket Prices:  $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket. Call (707) 546-8742 or come to the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue between the hours of 9 am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased online: santarosasymphony.com

RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.       

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

January 28, 2016: SRSYO and YPCO concert on March 5 is a celebration of Richard Loheyde's 10th anniversary as conductor of SRSYO

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 28, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra present a joint concert on Saturday, March 5 at 3 pm, in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

The concert is a special celebration of Richard Loheyde’s 10th anniversary season as conductor of the SRSYO

 
(SANTA ROSA, CA)—Weill Hall at the Green Music Center will be the venue for a Winter Concert by two of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s four Youth Ensembles—the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra and Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (YPCO), a string orchestra of 12 young musicians that perform without a conductor, is directed by Aaron Westman.  As part of the program, YPCO will perform Boccherini’s Cello Concerto featuring cellist Eric Dahlin, of the Hartford (CT) Symphony. Dahlin, resident artist with the YPCO from Feb 29 through March 5, will present a masterclass on Wednesday, March 2 from 4 to 5:30 pm at Summerfield Waldorf School in Sebastopol. The masterclass is free and open to the public—however, a reservation must be made to attend. RSVP by phone: 707-546-7097 x216

Following intermission, Dr. Richard Loheyde will conduct a special program celebrating his 10th year as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (SRSYO), which is currently comprised of musicians ages 12-23 years old. About his 10th anniversary as Director of SRSYO, Loheyde said, “It is hard to believe it has been ten years:  ten years of incredible music making with these wonderful young people of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Quite honestly, there is nothing better in the world than performing with young talented, eager, inspiring musicians.  I have the best job in the world!”    

The concert will also feature two of this year’s three concerto competition winners: violist Sophia Valenti performing Hungarian Andante and Rondo, Op. 35, by Weber, and violinist Alex Chui performing Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole

In the concert finale, the SRSYO will be joined onstage by a group of Youth Orchestra alumni in a performance of Respighi’s Pines of Rome, complete with bird calls and offstage brass.
 
Guest Artist Biographies

Resident Artist, Eric Dahlin, cello
Assistant principal cellist of the Hartford Symphony, Eric Dahlin began his musical training in Minneapolis with Cynthia Eddie Britt, former assistant principal cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Derek Simpson, acclaimed cellist of the Aeolian String Quartet. He received his B.M. from the Hartt School where he studied with David Wells, and received an M.M. from the Yale University School of Music where he studied with Aldo Parisot. Dahlin won a position in the HSO during his second year of undergraduate studies and later won the position of assistant principal.

For the season opener in 2006, he played the solo cello part of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with guest soloist Sarah Chang. The Hartford Courant praised the continuo playing as “extraordinary” and noted that “Chang frequently turned to fix upon principal cellist Eric Dahlin creating high intensity exchanges and precise rhythmic co-ordinations.” Dahlin has served as principal cellist of the Cape Cod Symphony and Summer Music at Harkness. He performs with Orchestra New England and the New Haven Symphony. Dahlin is founder and director of Music Adventure, a summer chamber music program for high school string players at Tenuta di Spannocchia, an historic agricultural estate near Siena, Italy. www.musicadventure.org

Sophia Valenti, viola
 Thirteen-year-old Sophia Valenti started playing viola in her 3rd grade ensemble at The Sebastopol Charter School.  In 2012, after only one year of study on the viola, Valenti became the principal violist of the SRS Preparatory Orchestra.  The following year, she became principle violist of the SRS Repertory Orchestra and was also accepted as the youngest member of The Young People’s Chamber Orchestra. She performed with YPCO that fall at Weill Hall. She studies with Jodi Levitz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

In 2014, Valenti participated in a master class with the London Symphony Orchestra’s principal violist Paul Silverthorne, won first place in The Sonoma County Etude Competition, and, as a member of YPCO, had the honor of performing on the stage of Weill Hall in a masterclass with Midori. That summer, she performed as a soloist with the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Summer Chamber Orchestra.  At the age of 11, after a competitive audition process, Valenti joined the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and toured with them to Europe, performing at the Berlin Philharmonic and other world renowned venues.   

This season Valenti was a featured soloist with the North Bay Sinfonieta, she is attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre College Division, she is principal violist with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, and she will perform on NPR’s classical music program From The Top hosted by Christopher O’Reilly.      

Alex Chui, violin
Alex Chui is 13 years old and an eighth-grade student at Rincon Valley Middle School. He has played the violin since he was eight and has spent the last three years studying with Dr. Richard Loheyde. He also studied piano for six years, but turned his focus to the violin when he was 11.

Chui joined the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles in the mid-season of the Repertory Orchestra in 2012. In his second year with the Repertory Orchestra and his first with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, he also played in the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra. This season is his second with the SRSYO. He participated in the local Etude Competition and won first place in the 2015 Junior Strings division.

Chui has thoroughly enjoyed his time with the SRSYE, especially the many opportunities to play at venues like Weill Hall and with world-renowned artists like Midori and Lindsay Deutsch. He looks forward to performing the first movement of the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole with his fellow members of the SRSYO.  
 
Conductor and Director Biographies

Dr. Richard Loheyde, SRSYO Conductor
Dr. Loheyde presently serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Loheyde made his conducting debut with the Santa Rosa Symphony in 2006 and now conducts the Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert Series.

Loheyde began his music studies as a violinist, with early training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and at the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has been a violinist and violist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphony. He has degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut and the University of Texas at Austin.
 
Aaron Westman, YPCO Director
Complimented recently for his “impressive playing” and “rapturous music” (Early Music America), Aaron Westman has become "one of the most popular period instrumentalists on the West Coast" (Santa Rosa Press Democrat). In demand as a violinist and violist, he has performed as a soloist and chamber music collaborator with Agave Baroque, American Bach Soloists, El Mundo, Ensemble Mirable, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, Musica Pacifica, Seicento String Band, Seraphic Fire, and The Vivaldi Project.

Westman is an alumnus of Santa Rosa High School, as well as the Santa Rosa and San Francisco Symphony's Youth Orchestras. He holds a Master of Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a double-major in viola performance and early music.
 

—High res. photos of Chui, Dahlin, Loheyde, Valenti and Westman are available upon request—

 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:        Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra Winter Concert
 
Who:        
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, directed by Aaron Westman
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, Richard Loheyde, conductor

Guest Artists
Resident Artist: Eric Dahlin, cello
Concerto competition winner: Sophia Valenti, viola
Concerto competition winner: Alex Chui, violin
 
When:       Saturday, March 5, 2016, 3 pm
Where:      Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Program:
Suk: Serenade for Strings 
Pärt: Summa for Strings
Boccherini: Cello Concerto in D major—Eric Dahlin, cello
Tavener: The Lamb and Mother of God, Here I Stand
Rimsky-Korsakov:  Capriccio Espagnole
Weber: Hungarian Andante and Rondo—Sophia Valenti, viola  
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole—Alex Chui, violin
Respighi: Pines of Rome—with alumni guests
 
For more details visit santarosasymphony.com
 
Cost:          $17 general; $12 students/seniors
 
Tickets:     Online at santarosasymphony.com by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742), or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Wendy Cilman
Director of Education
707-546-7097 ext.220
mcilman@santarosasymphony.com
 

January 22, 2016: Jenny Bent appointed as New SRS Choral Director

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 22, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony Announces Appointment of Jenny Bent as the New Choral Director for the SRS

(SANTA ROSA, CA) —The Santa Rosa Symphony is pleased to announce that Jenny Bent has accepted a two-year appointment as Choral Director for the Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS). Bent’s appointment will begin with the 2016-17 concert season.

            Bent takes on the role of SRS Choral Director in addition to her ongoing role as Director of Choral Activities at Sonoma State University. In her role as Choral Director for the SRS, Bent will organize, audition, and rehearse choirs of singers as members of the SSU Symphonic Chorus volunteering for the SRS. 

In the upcoming 2016-17 season, the SRS has scheduled a December 3-5, 2016 choral program; a choral program is also scheduled for April 7-9, 2018. Both programs will be performed at Weill Hall in the Green Music Center.

Bent replaces outgoing SRS Choir Director Robert Worth, who held the position from 2002 to 2015.

“Given that we are now the resident orchestra of the Green Music Center on the campus of Sonoma State University, we are delighted to have Jenny Bent, SSU Director of Choral Activities and the SSU Symphonic Chorus join the Santa Rosa Symphony for our choral concerts in the upcoming season,” said Alan Silow, Executive Director. “Her delightful energy and enthusiasm as a choral director will help us build upon the foundation of choral excellence that has been a tradition in our community for many years.”

The SSU Symphonic Chorus (formerly University Chorus) is a large group comprised of music majors, students from other majors, staff, faculty and members of the community.
The Symphonic Chorus rehearses on Monday evenings from 7-9:40 pm. Singers must pass a simple audition to enter the group, but sight-singing skills are not required.

Numbering over 80 singers under the direction of Dr. Jenny Bent, the Symphonic Chorus presents 2 to 3 major concerts each semester, performing large works such as the Mozart Requiem and Orff's Carmina Burana, as well as thematic projects including Music of Latin America and The Long Road to Freedom.

Beginning with a special Sunrise Choral concert during the Green Music Center’s 2012 grand opening weekend, the Symphonic Chorus has made its permanent home in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall at Sonoma State University.

Jenny Bent biography
Jenny Bent, DMA, is Director of Choral Activities at Sonoma State University and Project Manager of Chanticleer’s summer program, Chanticleer in Sonoma.  She will add to her choral responsibilities beginning with the 2016-2017 season as the new Choral Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony.

She is a graduate of Boston University (BM in Voice Performance, MM in Choral Conducting, MM in Voice Performance) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA in Choral Conducting and Choral Literature). Her teachers include Ann Howard Jones, Jerold Siena, and Ruth Ann Swenson. She has also worked with such choir eminences as Robert Shaw, Joseph Jennings, Matthew Oltman, Peter Bagley, Dennis Keene, and Julian Wachner.

In California, Bent’s choirs have received much acclaim, earning unanimous superior ratings and command performances at choral festivals throughout the Bay Area and receiving invitations to perform at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She has ten years of experience as a high school music educator, most recently having served as the Director of Vocal Music at the Marin School of the Arts. From 2002-2007 she was the artistic director and conductor of the award-winning teen treble choir, Chantons. Dr. Bent also served on the voice faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, which is part of the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony.

In addition to her academic work, Bent serves as an adjudicator for such organizations as the California Music Educators Association, the American Choral Directors Association, Golden State, and clinics choirs throughout the Bay Area and beyond.  From 2007-2014, Dr. Bent could be heard hosting the radio show The Choir Loft on KRCB-FM, the Sonoma County NPR affiliate. 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 88th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2013-14 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 
 

January 5, 2016: Rachel Barton Pine performs with Santa Rosa Symphony February 20, 21 and 22, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 5, 2016

Rachel Barton Pine performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
with the Santa Rosa Symphony in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center,
February 20, 21 and 22, 2016

 
Bruno Ferrandis conducts “Strokes of Genius” program,
which includes Bruckner’s unfinished Symphony No. 9


(SANTA ROSA, CA) —On February 20, 21 and 22 virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine joins the Santa Rosa Symphony to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The program “Strokes of Genius,” conducted by Maestro Bruno Ferrandis, includes the unfinished Symphony No. 9 by Anton Bruckner—understood to be his musical last testament.

Described by the Washington Post as “an exciting, boundary-defying performer” and by the New York Times as “striking and charismatic,” Rachel Barton Pine peforms for the first time at the Green Music Center with this concert. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classical and contemporary works, Pine plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire. Her lustrous tone, dazzling technique and joyful music-making have thrilled audiences around the world. The cadenzas in this performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto were composed by Rachel Barton Pine herself.

Pine is committed to encouraging the next generation to experience the transformative power of the arts. Her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation assists young artists through various projects including the Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, Global HeartStrings (supporting classical musicians in developing countries), and the Music by Black Composers curricular series, developed in conjunction with the University of Michigan.

About the concert set, Music Director Bruno Ferrandis has commented:  “For this set, I chose to contrast Beethoven’s iconic Violin Concerto with the dramatic and haunting first three movements of Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony—his musical last testament, which remained unfinished at his death.”

Anton Bruckner spent almost six years working on his Ninth Symphony. Three completed movements and hundreds of pages of sketches for the finale demonstrate the passion with which he approached this work. However, he spent most of the last years of his life revising his previous works because they had not been accepted by performers who did not understand his musical approach. This process of recrimination and revision deprived the world of what might have been Bruckner’s greatest symphony. However, even without a finale the first three movements remain one of Bruckner’s greatest achievements.
 
Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
“Conversation with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A, will begin one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). These pre-concert talks with Maestro Ferrandis and Rachel Barton Pine are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy. This open-seating event is free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here .

Concert Sponsors
The Symphony’s February concerts are sponsored by Eileen and Henry Trione, and the supporting sponsor for the concert set is The E. Nakamichi Foundation. Guest artist Rachel Barton Pine is underwritten by Elizabeth Witchey-Ryer. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. We also thank Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2015-2016 guest artist lodging and The Press Democrat for media sponsorship.

Concert Times and Location
Classical Series concert times are Saturday, February 20 and Monday, February 22 at 8 pm, and Sunday, February 21 at 3 pm. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 pm on Saturday, February 20. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets
Single tickets are $20-$80. For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at santarosasymphony.com or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, First Floor (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased a half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17
During the 2015-16 season, patrons can now receive ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.
 
—High res. photos of Rachel Barton Pine and Bruno Ferrandis are available upon request.
Photo credit for images of Rachel Barton Pine: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert “Strokes of Genius”
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
 
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor   
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
 
Program:
 
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, Unfinished
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., February 20 at 2 pm)
Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 3 pm
Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with conductor Bruno Ferrandis and guest artist Rachel Barton Pine start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $20-$80
 
Tickets: Online at santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor, 9 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

December 15, 2015: Santa Rosa Symphony Receives NEA Grant

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 15, 2015

Santa Rosa Symphony Receives Prestigious NEA Grant

Challenge America Award to support community outreach activities related to the “Jazzy Impressions” Classical Series season finale concert set featuring pianist Gabriela Martinez in May 2016


(SANTA ROSA, CA) —The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) recently received a Challenge America Award from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the amount of $10,000.  The SRS will use this award to support performances, a workshop and related outreach activities featuring Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez during the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 88th season finale in May, 2016.
This outreach project is intended to share classical music with the Sonoma County Latino community. Martinez, a music education advocate, will conduct a free bilingual “musical career day” workshop for elementary school violinists, participate in an open rehearsal for the community, and participate in 3 pre-concert talks before each Classical Concert performance. Organizations such Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, the YWCA Sonoma County, California Parenting Institute, the Boys and Girls Club Central Santa Rosa, and Hanna Boys Center – selected for their ties to local, underserved communities – and local elementary schools will assist with targeted outreach and free ticket distribution for the main stage performance at the Green Music Center.

In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. For its first funding round for fiscal year 2016, the NEA has announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million, including this Challenge America award to the Santa Rosa Symphony.

The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Challenge America grants are comparatively small investments that have a big impact in their communities.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from the Santa Rosa Symphony offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”
About this Challenge America grant to the SRS, Executive Director Alan Silow said: “This grant from the NEA expresses national confirmation of the importance of the work the SRS is doing in Sonoma County to inspire and engage people with the highest-quality musical performances and to develop compelling educational programs focused on the local community.”
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 88th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2012-13 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

December 8, 2015: “Peter and the Wolf” Family Concert, January 24, 2016, at Weill Hall, Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 8, 2015

“Peter and the Wolf” Family Concert, January 24, 2016, at Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
An engaging modern twist on a timeless children’s classic is the second performance in the
Santa Rosa Symphony’s Sonoma Paradiso 2015-16 Family Concert Series


(SANTA ROSA, CA)—On January 24, 2016, the Santa Rosa Symphony and members of Platypus Theatre will present a lively version of the familiar tale “Peter and the Wolf.” The second of three Sunday afternoon concerts presented by the Santa Rosa Symphony in its popular Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series, the concert will take place on Sunday, January 24 at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. The music begins at 3 pm and pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo, begins at 2 pm.
 
In this fresh take on one of Prokofiev’s most revered works, Peter is a dreamer dealing with the pressures of everyday life who suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure: a mystifying mission to capture a wily wolf.  Two dancers, colorful sets and incredible masks take the stage with the Symphony to present this humorous re-telling of an enduring story. Now celebrating their 25th anniversary, Toronto-based Platypus Theatre is dedicated to offering intelligent and engaging productions for young audiences around the globe.

The third and final concert in the 2015-2016 Family Series is “Gershwin’s Magic Key” with Classical Kids Live! on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Call Symphony Patron Services at (707) 546-8742 or purchase online.

Concert Sponsor
This is the fourth year that Santa Rosa Symphony has partnered with Sonoma Paradiso Foundation for the Family Concert series. For several years previously, these two community organizations collaborated to present summer concerts for children, featuring zany characters and colorful guest artists. In addition to underwriting these concerts for the general public to enjoy at an affordable price, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation will gift 600 tickets and invite community organizations supporting disadvantaged and at-risk children, as well as developmentally challenged youth and adults, from all over Sonoma County. For many of these children and adults, this is the first time they have ever been exposed to an orchestral musical event. With the support of friends, wine industry partners, financial and business leaders as well as a team of volunteers, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation has raised close to $7 million for the children’s charities of Sonoma County.

High res. photo available on request


CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:  The Santa Rosa Symphony presents: The Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series
Concert 2:  “Peter and the Wolf”
 
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016
 
Time: 3 pm; pre-concert activities start at 2 pm with an Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, along with students from the SRS Youth Ensembles.
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.  (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Who:   Santa Rosa Symphony
            Richard Loheyde, conductor
            With Platypus Theatre
 
Ticket Prices:  $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket. Call (707) 546-8742 or come to the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased online: santarosasymphony.com
RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.
             
 
 NEXT FAMILY SERIES CONCERT:
 
Gershwin’s Magic Key
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Classical Kids Live!
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

December 3, 2015: Guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen and violinist Caroline Goulding join Santa Rosa Symphony January 9, 10 & 11, 2016

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 3, 2015

Guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen and talented young violinist Caroline Goulding join the Santa Rosa Symphony for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, January 9, 10 & 11, 2016
 
Maestra Chen recently named to the prestigious list of 30 Most Influential Music Professionals of the Year

(SANTA ROSA, CA) —On January 9, 10 and 11, the Santa Rosa Symphony will be joined by guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen and talented young violinist Caroline Goulding to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major.  The program, titled “Pastoral Pleasures,” includes the lively Saibei Dance by the Chinese composer An-Lun Huang and Antonín Dvořák’s idyllic Symphony No. 8, inspired by Bohemian folk music.

One of the most popular violin concertos in the repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra contrasts technical fireworks with slow movements full of lyrical themes.  At 23 years of age, Caroline Goulding is a talent to watch. Named “precociously gifted” by Gramaphone magazine, she has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s premier orchestras in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall and the Louvre Museum, among others. Goulding will be playing the “General Kyd” Stradivarius (circa 1720), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.

“To hear this talented young violinist playing on an instrument of this caliber, and in the acoustical environment of Weill Hall, will certainly be a memorable experience,” commented Executive Director Alan Silow.

Maestra Mei-Ann Chen was recently named one of the most Influential Music Professionals of the Year by the premier arts organization Musical America Worldwide.  This 2015 top-30 list of professionals, titled “the Influencers,” honors individuals who are making a difference in the world of music, either by virtue of their position, their creativity, and/or their dedication.  For more information about this award, visit  www.musicalamerica.com/specialreports

Maestra Chen has been Music Director of the Memphis Symphony since 2010, and of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011. Her energy, enthusiasm and high level of music making have brought vibrant new energy to their audiences and communities. Maestra Chen’s 2014-15 season has included concerts throughout the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and Taiwan.

 Like many composers of his generation, An-Lun Huan survived the challenges of the Cultural Revolution, during which many educated individuals were taken far from their homes and required to perform manual labor instead of the work for which they had been trained.  As a young man, An-Lun Huang persevered through this difficult period and was named resident composer and assistant conductor at the Central Opera House in Beijing in 1976, one year after he composed the Saibei Suite No. 2, from which the Saibei Dance is taken. The Saibei Suite evokes the folk music of a particular region north of the Great Wall in China. Saibei Dance is a lively, festive dance evoking the harvest celebrations that are characteristic of that region. The winds and percussion in the piece are suggestive of the musical style of northwest China.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes 
“Conversation with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A, will begin one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). These pre-concert talks with guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy. This open-seating event is free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here .

Concert Sponsors
The Symphony’s January concerts are sponsored by Viking River Cruises, with support from the County of Sonoma. Guest artist Caroline Goulding is underwritten by Laura Tietz. Guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen is underwritten by Amy and Stan Leopard. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. We also thank Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2015-2016 guest artist lodging and The Press Democrat for media sponsorship.

Concert Times and Location
Classical Series concert times are Saturday, January 9 and Monday, January 11 at 8 pm, and Sunday, January 10 at 3 pm The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 pm on Saturday, January 9. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets
Single tickets are $20-$80. For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at santarosasymphony.com or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, First Floor (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased a half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
Free tickets for youth, ages 7-17
During the 2015-16 season, patrons can now receive ONE FREE ticket for a youth 7-17 with each paid adult ticket to a Classical Series concert. This offer is not available online; please contact Patron Services by phone or in person.


—High res. photos of Caroline Goulding and Mei-An Chen are available upon request—


CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert “Pastoral Pleasures”
 
WhoSanta Rosa Symphony
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Caroline Goulding, violin
 
Program:
 
Huang: Saibei Dance
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, January 9, 2015 at 8 pm
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., January 9 at 2 pm)
Sunday, January 10, 2015 at 3 pm
Monday, January 11, 2015 at 8 pm
 
Pre-concert talks with guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $20-$80
 
Tickets: Online at santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, First Floor, 9 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

November 17, 2015: Music Director Bruno Ferrandis will depart from the Santa Rosa Symphony when his contract expires at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 17, 2015

Music Director Bruno Ferrandis will depart from the Santa Rosa Symphony when his contract expires at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Santa Rosa Symphony to undertake international search for new Music Director
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA)— Santa Rosa Symphony Board President Sara Woodfield today announced that Music Director Bruno Ferrandis will end his tenure with the Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) when his contract expires at the end of the 2017-2018 season. “Although we are sad to say goodbye to Bruno, we are grateful for his many contributions to the Santa Rosa Symphony over the past decade. The Board of Directors will begin an international search to find and bring on board the right person to maintain and support the musical development of the Santa Rosa Symphony over the coming years,” said Woodfield.
 
After 12 seasons as Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony, Ferrandis plans to build upon his strength as a versatile symphonic programmer to pursue an international role as a guest conductor. About his plans Ferrandis said, “I look forward to conducting more opera and I also enjoy very much collaborating with living composers. Above all, I hope to continue to perpetuate the love of the repertoire.”
 
In announcing his decision not to renew his contract, Ferrandis said, “I want to thank first the people of Santa Rosa and throughout Sonoma County for their love and fabulous faith and support for the Santa Rosa Symphony over so many years. It was an amazing feeling to be welcomed by you! I also appreciate the enormous opportunity I was given to have been Music Director for the Santa Rosa Symphony during the transition to Weill Hall at the Green Music Center during my seventh season.”
 
When asked why he has chosen to leave the SRS at this time, Ferrandis said: “I feel it is important in the modern era for both directors and symphonies to experience the influence of many different musical personalities. Here at the Santa Rosa Symphony, I have been privileged to work with an outstanding group of musicians and an incredible staff, who shared with me the extraordinary experience of inaugurating a new concert space of the caliber of Weill Hall. I know the Santa Rosa Symphony will continue to grow and excel as they select and bring on board a new Music Director for this fine orchestra.”
 
During his time with the SRS, Ferrandis oversaw a successful transition of the Symphony to Weill Hall in 2012. In June of 2013, the Symphony was awarded an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, in recognition of Ferrandis’ focus on balancing the traditional classic repertoire with works by new composers. Another highlight of his tenure at the SRS was the live performance on the Stanford campus of the music at a screening of the silent movie Metropolis; which brought the Santa Rosa Symphony to a new audience and venue outside Sonoma County.
 
During the 2016-2017 season, Ferrandis will conduct all seven classical series concerts while an international search is conducted for his successor. In the 2017-2018 season, the top finalists will conduct the first five classical concert programs in the season, with Ferrandis leading the orchestra in the final two programs of that season. Ferrandis has planned some special programs for his final concerts to include works that he has always wanted to conduct.
 
Executive Director Alan Silow said, “As we embark on the Symphony’s 88th and 89th seasons with Bruno at the helm, we will celebrate his presence among us and his pursuit of musical excellence. His focus and dedication have helped the Santa Rosa Symphony grow to higher and higher levels of musicianship over the past decade.”
 
Only the fourth Music Director in the 88-year history of the Santa Rosa Symphony, Ferrandis began his tenure as Music Director in 2006. His time at the Symphony has spanned the move from the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts to Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, which came about in the fall of 2012. SRS is Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center.
 
Ferrandis succeeded Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane, who served as Music Director for 10 seasons. Prior to Kahane, Corrick Brown served as Music Director from 1957-1995, and was named Conductor Laureate in 1995. In 2006, Corrick Brown became Conductor Emeritus. George Trombley founded the Santa Rosa Symphony in 1928 and led the orchestra until Corrick Brown took over in 1957.
 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony:
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. The Santa Rosa Symphony is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. Last season, the SRS contributed over $4.0 million into the local economy.
 
Currently in its 88th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
 
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include: an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement; and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2013-14 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Communications
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

November 2, 2015: SR Symphony’s Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra present a joint concert on Saturday, November 21 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 2, 2015

SR Symphony’s Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra present a joint concert on Saturday, November 21 at Weill Hall
 
Richard Loheyde begins his 10th anniversary season as conductor of the SRS Youth Orchestra
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) – Weill Hall at the Green Music Center will be the venue for a Fall Concert by two of Santa Rosa Symphony’s four Youth Ensembles—The Young People’s Chamber Orchestra and the SRS Youth Orchestra.
 
The Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (YPCO), which performs without a conductor, is directed by Aaron Westman.  The YPCO will open the program on November 21 with selections that span the history of classical music, including pieces by Bach, Biber, Hadyn and Mascagni.
 
Following an intermission, Dr. Richard Loheyde will take the baton for the first concert of his tenth season as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. Comprised of musicians ages 12-23 years old, the Youth Orchestra will play Hansen’s Symphony No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite; they will conclude the concert with Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring guest soloist Misha Galant.
 
Guest Soloist Bio
Misha Galant, piano  A 17-year-old senior at California High School in San Ramon, California, Misha Galant is a student of Professor Yoshikazu Nagai of the San Francisco Conservatory. Misha’s playing has been described as “absolutely charming, sharp, clear, intelligent and stylish.” This year alone, he won the Livermore-Amador Symphony competition; 3rd prize and Audience Prize at the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition and was soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic; he also was awarded the Audience Prize and the Best Classical Sonata Performance Prize in the first Junior Van Cliburn competition in Ft. Worth, Texas.
 
Richard Loheyde Bio
Dr. Richard Loheyde presently serves as conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony.
Recent positions include director of orchestral activities at the University of Evansville, assistant conductor of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, director of orchestral activities at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and he has served on the faculty at Sonoma State University. Previously, Loheyde served as music director of the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the University Orchestra at the University of Texas at Austin, conducting fellow of the Music School Festival Orchestra at the Chautauqua Institution, conductor of orchestras at the International Music Camp and assistant conductor of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.

His guest conducting experience includes engagements with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Civic Orchestra and Opera and the Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra. Loheyde made his conducting debut with the Santa Rosa Symphony in 2006 and now conducts the Santa Rosa Symphony Family Concert Series.

Loheyde began his music studies as a violinist, with early training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and at the Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has been a violinist and violist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphony. He has degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut and the University of Texas at Austin.
 
  
—High res. photos of Misha Galant, Richard Loheyde and Aaron Westman are available upon request—
 
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:        Santa Rosa Symphony’s Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra Fall Concert
 
Who:         Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, directed by Aaron Westman
                  Youth Orchestra, Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
When:       Saturday, November 21, 2015, 3 p.m.
 
Where:      Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Program:
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
BACH:              Orchestral Suite No. 2
BIBER:              Sonata No. 6 from Fidicinium Sacro Profanum
HAYDN:           Symphony No. 7
MASCAGNI:    Intermezzo Sinfonico
 
Youth Orchestra
HANSEN:                         Symphony No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY:            Swan Lake Suite
RACHMANINOFF:         Piano Concerto No. 2, first movement
                                          Guest soloist: Misha Galant, piano
 
For more details visit santarosasymphony.com
 
 
Cost:          $17 general; $12 students/seniors
 
Tickets:     Online at santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742), or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
 
 
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Wendy Cilman
Director of Education
707-546-7097 ext.220
mcilman@santarosasymphony.com
 

October 28, 2015: “Joy to the World” concert features Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with contralto Edith Dowd joined by other guest artists and the Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir, Dec. 5, 6 and 7, 2015.

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 28, 2015

“Joy to the World” concert features Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with contralto Edith Dowd joined by other guest artists and the Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir, Dec. 5, 6 and 7, 2015.
 
Dowd also sings Berio’s Folk Songs. Special guest lecturer Dr. Kayleen Asbo, PhD. will discuss Beethoven’s Ninth at the pre-concert talks in December.
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —The Santa Rosa Symphony’s Classical Concert Series on December 5, 6 and 7 features Beethoven’s magnificent Ninth Symphony, which proclaims our common humanity with the Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir and an array of celebrated soloists. Mezzo-soprano Edith Dowd is joined by soprano Shawnette Sulker, tenor J. Raymond Meyers and bass-baritone Philip Skinner. The Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir, led by SRS Choral Director Robert Worth, is comprised of members from the Sonoma Bach Choir, also directed by Robert Worth; the Santa Rosa High School Choir, directed by Kira Bombace; and the SSU Symphonic Choir, led by Director of Choral Activities, Jenny Bent.

About the December concert set Bruno Ferrandis said: “This is the type of program I love to conduct; it is full of contrasts! We move from the modern era to the classical—from the intimate folk themes of Berio to the grand sweeping themes of universal brotherhood found in the poetry of Schiller, as interpreted by Beethoven in the early 19th century.”

In the first half of the concert, Edith Dowd sings Folk Songs by the late 20th century master Luciano Berio.  About Dowd, Gary Scott of KDHX.org has said: “Dowd sang with a beautiful fire in her voice…flexible, always on pitch, and consistent throughout all registers.”    

In contrast to the intimacy of Berio’s folk song cycle, the program concludes with Beethoven’s glorious Ninth Symphony.  A piece of unprecedented complexity, the Ninth Symphony was initially difficult for both performers and audience. Despite this challenge, the work was received enthusiastically at its premiere on May 7, 1824. Although Beethoven was present on stage and beating time for the performance, he had become completely deaf. The actual conductor for the concert was Michael Umlauf.  Beethoven was unaware of the audience’s reaction to his work until one of the performers turned him around to see their enthusiastic response.

Decades before he began the actual composition of the Ninth Symphony, Beethoven had decided he wanted to set Schiller’s 1785 poem “Ode to Joy” to music. Only after he was fully engrossed in composing the Ninth Symphony did Beethoven finally achieve a choral arrangement of Schiller’s text that satisfied him. Beethoven began composing the Ninth Symphony in 1822 although some sketches were undertaken in 1817 and 1818. He completed the Ninth Symphony in 1824.

Folk Songs was a commission from Mills College in Oakland, which Luciano Berio tailored to the voice and singing skills of the late Cathy Berberian, who was his wife at the time. The first version of Folk Songs was composed in 1964. Born in Oneglia, Italy in 1925, Berio spent many years living in the United States.  Berio himself had this to say about Folk Songs:

“I have always sensed a profound uneasiness while listening to popular songs performed with piano accompaniment. This is one of the reasons why, in 1964, I wrote Folk Songs—a tribute to the artistry and the vocal intelligence of Cathy Berberian. This work exists in two versions: one for voice and seven players (flute/piccolo, clarinet, two percussions, harp, viola, cello), the other for voice and orchestra (1973).

It is an anthology of eleven folk songs of various origins (United States, Armenia, France, Sicily, Sardinia, etc.), chosen from old records, printed anthologies, or heard sung from folk musicians and friends. I have given the songs a new rhythmic and harmonic interpretation: in a way, I have recomposed them. The instrumental part has an important function: it is meant to underline and comment on the expressive and cultural roots of each song. Such roots signify not only the ethnic origins of the songs but also the history of the authentic uses that have been made of them.”
 
Special Guest Lecturer for  Pre-Concert Talks in December
Popular lecturer Kayleen Asbo, PhD. will speak on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony beginning one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This is an open-seating event free to ticket holders.

A cultural historian and musician, Asbo is a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes.   Asbo has lectured on the intersection of mythology and music for the San Francisco Opera, Stanford University, Oxford University, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, the Assisi Institute of Depth Psychology in Italy, Humanities West and the Music Teachers of California.

Asbo is the Artistic Director for the Mythica Foundation for the Arts which offers online educational courses, salons of music and art in Sonoma and Marin Counties, monthly gatherings of  Bach and poetry and educational travel abroad trips.  Her website is www.kayleenasbo.com.

Online Program Notes
Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here (Program Notes are linked at the bottom of the page).

Concert Sponsors
The Symphony’s December concerts are sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green with support from the County of Sonoma. Guest artist Edith Dowd is underwritten by Mr. Wil Craig. Guest artist Shawnette Sulker is underwritten by Exchange Bank. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. Pre-concert talks are sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy. We also thank Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2015-2016 guest artist lodging and The Press Democrat for media sponsorship.

Concert Times and Location
Classical Series concert times are Saturday, December 5 and Monday, December 7 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 6 at 3 p.m. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets
Single tickets are $25-$85. For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at santarosasymphony.com or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).

$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased a half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
—High res. photos of the guest artists and Bruno Ferrandis are available upon request—
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert “Surround Sound”
 
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor                           
Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir
Shawnette Sulker, soprano
Edith Dowd, mezzo-soprano
J. Raymond Meyers, tenor
Philip Skinner, bass-baritone
 
Program:
 
Berio: Folk Songs
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 8 p.m.
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., December 5 at 2 p.m.)
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Monday, December 7, 2015 at 8 p.m.
 
Pre-concert talk with Dr. Kayleen Asbo, PhD. starts one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $25-$85
 
Tickets: Online at santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and
Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

September 28, 2015: Santa Rosa Symphony Adds Four New Musicians

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 28, 2015

Santa Rosa Symphony Adds Four New Musicians

(SANTA ROSA, CA) —The Santa Rosa Symphony has added three new positions and filled a vacancy to bring the orchestra to a new total of 81 musicians. Auditions for these positions were held in September adjudicated by Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director Bruno Ferrandis and musician members of the audition committees. Filling an open position, Jesse Barrett has joined the Symphony playing Second Oboe and English Horn. The three string positions have been filled by  Aromi Park,  First Violin, Seat 14; Genevieve Micheletti, Second Violin, Seat 12; and Jon Keigwin, Contrabass, Seat 7. These new positions were added to the string sections in order to take advantage of the superb acoustics in Weill Hall.
 
Jesse Barrett resides in San Francisco, and studied at Boston University and the University of the Pacific, and is a musician of the Merced Symphony, the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Napa Valley.
 
Aromi Park resides in San Francisco, and studied at the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, the University of Memphis, the New England Conservatory and Ewha Womans University, and is a former musician of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
 
Genevieve Micheletti resides in San Francisco, and studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Rice University, and is a musician of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra and the Stockton Symphony.
 
Jon Keigwin resides in San Rafael, and studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, and is a musician of the Berkeley Symphony and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.
 
Music director and conductor Ferrandis, who has been at the Symphony’s artistic helm for 10 years, said of the personnel for the 88th season: “I warmly welcome the new musicians joining the Santa Rosa Symphony. I continue to be impressed by the talent and dedication of every member of the orchestra.”

                Concert tickets may be purchased through the Santa Rosa Symphony Box Office,
(707) 54MUSIC [546-8742], online www.santarosasymphony.com or in person at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue. Season tickets for the Santa Rosa Symphony can still be purchased, and offer savings over single ticket prices.
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $3.7 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 88th 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 20,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include: an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement; and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2013-14 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com

September 22, 2015: Pedja Muzijevic performs Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Kurtág’s …quasi una fantasia… with the Santa Rosa Symphony on Nov. 7-9, 2015

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 22, 2015

Pedja Muzijevic performs Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Kurtág’s …quasi una fantasia… with the Santa Rosa Symphony on Nov. 7-9, 2015
 
The program, titled “Surround Sound,” also includes the magnificent Symphony No. 1 by Brahms
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony’s Classical Concert Series continues November 7, 8 and 9—featuring pianist Pedja Muzijevic performing Schumann’s Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, and Kurtág’s showpiece, …quasi una fantasia…, which places musicians in the upper and lower levels of Weill Hall, maximizing the acoustics of the auditorium for a deeply moving and enlightening effect.

            The Juilliard-trained Muzijevic is a versatile pianist equally at home playing Bach’s Brandenburg concertos on harpsichord or performing in a concert that juxtaposes John Cage with a Mozart piano quartet. The Financial Times of London has called Muzijevic “a virtuoso with formidable fingers and a musician with fiercely original ideas about the music he plays.”

The Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra is one of the most beloved works in the Schumann repertoire; the first movement was begun by Robert Schumann in 1841, shortly after he married his wife Clara. Four years later, Schumann returned to the piece and composed the remaining movements of the concerto in the spring and summer of 1845.

            Music director Bruno Ferrandis concludes the program with the majestic Symphony No. 1 by Brahms. Completed in 1876 when the composer was 43 years old, the Symphony No. 1 had its beginning in themes he composed as early as 1868 and shared in a letter to Clara Schumann.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
Bruno Ferrandis and special guests are featured in “Conversations with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A beginning one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This is an open-seating event free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here (Program Notes are linked at the bottom of the page).

Concert Sponsors
The Symphony’s November concerts are sponsored by Betty Freeman, with support from the County of Sonoma. Guest artist Pedja Muzijevic is underwritten by Jim Lamb. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person. We also thank Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2015-2016 guest artist lodging and The Press Democrat for media sponsorship.

Concert Times and Location
Classical Series concert times are Saturday, November 7 and Monday, November 9 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 8 at 3 p.m. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets
Single tickets are $20-$80. For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at santarosasymphony.com or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
$10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased a half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
—High res. photos of Pedja Muzijevic and Bruno Ferrandis are available upon request—
 

CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert “Surround Sound”
 
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
 
Program:
 
SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto
KURTÁG:  …quasi una fantasia
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1
 
Dates and Times:
Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8 p.m.
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., November 7 at 2 p.m.)
Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Monday, November 9, 2015 at 8 p.m.
 
Pre-concert talks with Bruno Ferrandis and guests start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $20-$80
 
Tickets: Online at santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, except Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and
Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

September 10, 2015: “Music from Out of This World” Family Concert October 18 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 10, 2015

“Music from Out of This World” Family Concert October 18 at Weill Hall
 
Santa Rosa Symphony and Sonoma Paradiso Foundation launch 2015-16 Family Concert Series with works that reach beyond the borders of imagination!
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA)— “Music from Out of This World” is the first of three Sunday afternoon concerts presented by the Santa Rosa Symphony to begin the fourth season of its popular Sonoma Paradiso Foundation Family Concert Series. Taking place on Sunday, October 18 at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, the music begins at 3 p.m. and pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo, begins at 2 p.m.

Children are invited to come dressed as their favorite outer space characters—from Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker to Buzz Lightyear, or as space creatures they invent for themselves!

Bruce Robinson of KRCB Radio narrates this lively introduction to the world of classical music conducted by Richard Loheyde. The Roustabout Theater Company incorporates dance and song in playful skits that accompany works from Star Wars, 2001: A Space Oddyssey and E.T., along with selections from Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and Holst’s The Planets.

The second concert of the 2015-2016 Family Series, a modern re-telling of ”Peter and the Wolf” with Platypus Theater, is on Sunday, January 24, 2016; the third concert, “Gershwin’s Magic Key” with Classical Kids Live!, is on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

Subscriptions for all three performances are available at $45/adults, $30/child. (discounted family packages are still available).  Tickets for individual concerts are $17 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Call Symphony Patron Services at (707) 546-8742 or purchase online.

Concert Sponsor
This is the fourth year that Santa Rosa Symphony has partnered with Sonoma Paradiso Foundation for the Family Concert series. For several years previously, these two community organizations collaborated to present summer concerts for children, featuring zany characters and colorful guest artists. In addition to underwriting these concerts for the general public to enjoy at an affordable price, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation will gift 600 tickets and will invite community organizations supporting disadvantaged and at-risk children, as well as developmentally challenged youth and adults, from all over Sonoma County. For many of these children and adults, this is the first time they have ever been exposed to an orchestral musical event. With the support of friends, wine industry partners, financial and business leaders as well as a team of volunteers, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation has raised close to $7 million for the children’s charities of Sonoma County.

Concert Times and Location
Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no fee for parking for Santa Rosa Symphony Family Series concerts.

Subscription Packages and Single Tickets
Prior to the October 18 performance, 3-concert Family Series subscriptions may be purchased at $45/adult, $30/child (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126 (4 subscriptions, must include two child subscriptions). Tickets for individual concerts are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under).

All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket.  Seats are reserved.  Call (707) 546-8742 or come to the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased online: santarosasymphony.com
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:  The Santa Rosa Symphony presents: The Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series
Concert 1:  “Music from out of This World”
 
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2015
 
Time: 3 p.m; pre-concert activities start at 2 p.m. with an Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, along with students from the SRS Youth Ensembles
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
                        (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Who:   Santa Rosa Symphony
            Richard Loheyde, conductor
 
Program (tentative):
Richard Strauss                         “Sunrise” from Also sprach Zarathustra [Thus Spake Zarathustra]
Gustav Holst                             The Planets
                                                      Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
                                                      Mars, the Bringer of War
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart        Molto Allegro from Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551, “Jupiter”
Michael Giacchino                     “Into the Darkness” from Star Trek
John Williams                            “Flying Theme” from E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)
John Williams                            “The Imperial March” from the Star Wars Saga
John Williams                            “Main Title” from the Star Wars Saga
 
 
Cost:  3-concert subscriptions $45/adults, $30 child (age 12 and under)
Family Packages start at $126 (must include two child subscriptions)
Single tickets: $17 adult, $12/child
 
RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.
             
Tickets: Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
 
FUTURE FAMILY SERIES CONCERTS:
 
Peter and the Wolf
Sunday, January 24, 2016 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Platypus Theater
 
Gershwin’s Magic Key
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Classical Kids Live!
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com

September 3, 2015: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces New Board Members for 2015-2016

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 3, 2015

Santa Rosa Symphony Announces New Board Members for 2015-2016
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) —The Santa Rosa Symphony has announced seven new appointments to its board of directors.  They are Halle Beacham of Healdsburg, Nancy Doyle, Bob Giddings, Kathleen Reynolds (Orchestra Representative) and Eunice Valentine of Santa Rosa, Elizabeth Kern (Symphony League President) of Petaluma, and Kirk McAfee of Sebastopol.

Incoming Board President Sara Woodfield said, “I’m delighted and honored to begin serving as president of the board of the Santa Rosa Symphony. As the Symphony begins its 88th year, I believe that the future of classical music, played at the highest level, continues to remain secure in this part of Northern California. I welcome our newest board members, who will bring their wisdom and energy to this great organization.”

In addition to Woodfield, the following officers will guide the implementation of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s vision and mission in the coming year: Vice-President Jamei Haswell, Treasurer Harry Rubins, and Secretary Linda Castiglioni.
 
New Board Member Biographies
 
Hallie Beacham is a retired Obstetrician-Gynecologist residing in Healdsburg, California with her husband, retired investment banker Paul Downey since 1997. In San Francisco Hallie had varied board experiences serving as a director of Blue Cross of California, San Francisco Medical Society, San Francisco Hearing and Speech Center, and as one of the founding directors of The California Endowment. 

Since being a resident of Healdsburg the last seventeen years she has served as a director of the Raven Theater, and as President of Healthcare Foundation, Northern California, spearheading a successful $14 million campaign to raise funds for a revitalization plan for the local 85 bed hospital. She also served on the Sonoma County Fetal and Infant and Mortality Review board for 17 years.
As she and Paul met helicopter skiing they continue to share their skiing interest annually. Hallie has also in her retirement become an avid though still-struggling golfer, and a lover of the game of bridge.
She and Paul have enjoyed performing in musicals at Healdsburg Raven Theater even doing a two person presentation of the musical "I Do I Do". In the fall 2013 she and Paul developed and performed in a two person show featuring a 17 song mix of solos and duets. 

Hallie’s introduction to musical instruments started with piano lessons, violin and viola lessons and she still enjoys play the piano in their home. Hallie looks forward to working with the Santa Rosa Symphony Board.
 
Nancy E. Doyle was born in Washington DC. Her father was a sergeant in the Air Force. In the first 18 years of her life, Nancy lived in 8 states—high school in Louisiana, college at Ohio State University and medical school and Pediatric residency at UC San Francisco. Her current positions are as UCSF Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine, Faculty at Sutter Santa Rosa Family Practice Residency Program, and a pediatrician at Sutter Santa Rosa Pediatrics.

Nancy and her late husband George Smith were married in 1971 and came to Santa Rosa in 1975 to begin their careers in medicine and raise a family. Santa Rosa felt like a small town and they both loved the fact that they could participate in so many various aspects of culture, food and wine, education and medicine.  They started John Ash & Co in 1980 and helped found Sonoma Country Day School. They loved the Santa Rosa Symphony and felt privileged to participate in the Green Music Center project. They were close enough to San Francisco that they held season tickets for the opera beginning in 1978.

Nancy’s introduction to music was via the phonograph. Her father, one of 12 on a homestead in Montana, had a hard life on the farm-but always talked about listening to his mother’s records of Caruso.  They listened to collections of the classics daily. When she came to San Francisco for medical school, she saw her first live performance of a symphony, ballet and opera as a volunteer usher!
Nancy has 2 children and 2 grandchildren and is enjoying introducing them to music.
 
Bob Giddings and his wife Nancy moved to Santa Rosa in 2003 from Easton, Connecticut.  Although they are both California natives, Bob spent the last thirteen years of his reinsurance career working in Manhattan, Hartford and Princeton.  They are most pleased with their choice of Sonoma County for retirement.  Since arriving here Bob has served as a director for Mapfre Reinsurance (Madrid) and Insurance Company; director & treasurer of The Oakmont Village Association; and founding director, secretary and president of the Oakmont Community Foundation, a 501 [c][3] charity.  Although possessed of no playing talent whatsoever he has had a lifelong interest in and curiosity about classical music and has enjoyed giving talks on the musical importance of several composers.  They have very often designed their holidays abroad around concert and opera performances.  Arguably the high point of these trips was attending Alfred Brendel’s final concert performance at Vienna’s Musikverein.

With regard to Bob’s keen interest in joining the Symphony Board, it can be said simply: He wishes to protect the music he loves.  To accomplish this, it is essential to support the musicians that make the music.  And to support musicians, he’s pleasingly obliged to support the organization dedicated to providing not only nourishment to our musicians but also the stage where these artists may perform for the community.  This Board plays a critical role in providing great and exciting musical art to audiences of today and tomorrow who are experiencing an ever-increasing diversity of competing entertainment often from electronic sources. 
 
Elizabeth Kern is a native of Chicago; she received a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. Thirty years later she received a Masters of Liberal Arts degree from Stanford.
In addition to raising a family, Elizabeth has had a rewarding career managing communications, most recently at Apple. Her department at Apple was responsible for employee magazines, newsletters, video programs, worldwide employee meetings, on-line discussion groups, and executive speechwriting. It was during this time that she received her MLA degree. After 23 years in corporate life, she felt like a plant needing repotting and left Apple to write historical fiction.

Although she does not play an instrument, music factors into her writing. Elizabeth’s debut novel, Wanting to Be Jackie Kennedy, is a coming-of-age story about a teenager growing up in Chicago in the 1960s. A priest plays an accordion in this novel. Her second novel, Mercy Goodhue, A Puritan Woman's Story of Betrayal, Witchcraft and Madness, is based upon a true story of a sad Bostonian woman in the 1630s. The Puritans didn’t approve of music, although there is a scene in the book where happy people dance to whistling. She just completed her third novel, Fire Angels, the Day Chicago Wept, about a tragic fire in an elementary school started by a 10-year-old boy. In this novel, a stately gentleman (not unlike Joseph Edelberg) plays the violin. 

            Elizabeth is currently president of the Santa Rosa Symphony League. She and her husband, Lee, (a Chicagoan she met at Apple) live in Petaluma.
 

Kirk McAfee has over 30 years of experience in investment banking, industrial project development and process technology commercialization, most recently as CEO of Virterras Group that develops projects in energy, food and water.  Kirk spent most of his career working in New York City where he co-founded an investment banking group Ring McAfee & Company after working at Morgan Stanley & Co.

He has served in a variety of volunteer capacities with non-profit organizations supporting the arts, the homeless, the elderly, and run-away youth.  When not working or volunteering, Kirk enjoys time with family at their Lake Tahoe cabin skiing, rock climbing, sailing or hiking.

Kirk & Debbie McAfee live in Sebastopol with their three sons: Colin and William, twins, are Juniors at Analy High School and play in the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (bassoon and clarinet, respectively) and Rip, who played saxophone in the Analy Honor and Jazz Bands and who starts college this fall. 
 
Kathleen Lane Reynolds, a native of Santa Rosa, was immersed in music at a young age.  Her mother, Jane Lane, joined the Santa Rosa Symphony in the mid 1950’s, playing under founding conductor George Trombley, and retired in 1986, under the baton of Corrick Brown. A graduate of Montgomery High School, Kathleen attended Sacramento State University as a music major, not intending to pursue a career as a flutist. A turn of events occurred when Kathleen was a winner of the California Young Artist woodwind performance competition. For the next two years, she played 2nd flute in the Santa Rosa Symphony while completing her degree.

Kathleen then moved to New York City, received her Master’s in Flute Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and performed in many ensembles and orchestras at venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Arts, and the Lincoln Center. In the early 1980’s, Kathleen returned to California to be with her family, following the death of her brother.  During her visit, she met her husband, Jeff, won the principal flute position with the Santa Rosa Symphony, and became a Lecturer in Music at Sonoma State University where she maintains a busy flute studio.

She has performed with the Marlboro Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Tanglewood, and more. She is kept busy with her positions with the symphony, Cinnabar Opera Orchestra, Mendocino Music Festival, chamber ensembles, and substituting in various Bay Area orchestras. Married for over 30 years, she has two sons, and also teaches 4th grade at Hidden Valley School in Santa Rosa.
 
Eunice E. Valentine has enjoyed a richly diverse career in management positions of nonprofit service organizations in human services, civic and cultural organizations. She is currently Senior Staff/North Bay Manager of Pacific Foundation Services, (PFS) a company that provides customized management services for private foundations in Northern California. Prior to joining PFS she served as the Executive Director of The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, a hub for over 10 services. She has also held Executive positions with Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, CA, YWCA of San Francisco & Marin, and RIDES for Bay Area Commuters, Resourceful Women and United Way.

Eunice holds a Masters of Social Work from Ohio State University and a Masters of Fine Arts in writing and literature from Emerson College, Boston, MA. Her B.S. degree is from George Fox University, Newberg, OR and is in Psychology and Sociology. Eunice has published essays, including a memoir, “A Woman in Nam”, book reviews and professional articles. She has served on numerous boards, including the YWCA of San Francisco/Marin, Health Action Council in Sonoma County, the Junior League of Sonoma/Napa and volunteers as a mentor and advisor for several international women’s programs.

Eunice lives in Santa Rosa, CA. with her husband, Joe, and enjoys hiking, long walks on the beaches, golf and is a writer and avid reader.
 
 
Board Officer Biographies
 
SRS Board President Sara Woodfield has had her own architectural practice in Santa Rosa since 1991. Before that, she worked on projects in Europe, Japan and America, at the St. Louis head office of HOK, one of the largest architectural firms in the world. She has a Master’s degree in architecture from UCLA, during her graduate studies lived for three months in Rome, and visited many of the great European concert halls, including the Musikverein Saal in Vienna, the prototype of both the Green Music Center and the Zurich concert hall. After graduation, she spent six months in the Orient, studying architecture from Japan to Australia.

Sara was a leader of the three-year pro bono architectural City Vision program aimed at revitalizing downtown Santa Rosa and wrote the final report. Fruits of that program are now beginning to be seen in projects at Railroad Square and the competition for future unification of Courthouse Square.
 
SRS Board Vice-President Jamei Haswell was born in Houston, Texas into an Army family.  The family lived in numerous countries before settling down in Sacramento, California in the early 1960’s.  She attended UC Davis, Nanzan University (Nagoya, Japan) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  
Jamie is a Professional Engineer, with a focus on Power Engineering and System Planning.  She worked for Combustion Engineering, Pacific Gas and Electric, the Edison Electric Institute, as well as several energy consulting companies.  Before retiring she was Vice President of an energy efficiency firm in Northern Virginia.

In 1999 Jamie and her husband, Richard Grundy, fulfilled a dream and returned to California.  She has been active on the boards of corporate, philanthropic, and social organizations in Sonoma County.  She served on the Sutter Hospital VNA and Hospice Board and the Plaza Arts Center Board (now Healdsburg Art Center).  She facilitated fundraising plans for the Santa Rosa Symphony League Board.  Jamie is also an acrylic painter and has shown her work throughout the area. 
 
SRS Board Treasurer Harry Rubins was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Purdue University. An early employer transferred him to Brussels, Philadelphia and Nashville. Then Rubins decided to move to the West Coast and obtained his MBA from the University of Santa Clara. Approximately 20 years ago, he left the marketing field to establish a successful financial planning practice in Santa Rosa. Rubins is a nationally recognized speaker to attorneys, CPSs, financial planners and civic group on retirement plan distributions and inherited IRAs.

He has been on the board of the Red Cross, the Santa Rosa Opera and the Santa Rosa West Rotary Club. He has consulted with nonprofit organizations on charitable giving strategies.
 
SRS Board Secretary Linda Castiglioni was born and raised in San Francisco.  She attended San Francisco State University and majored in Medical Technology. After a year of graduate work at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, and working in this field for several years, in 1980 she changed her focus and joined an insurance brokerage firm in the Financial District of San Francisco. She worked there in administration for 23 years until her retirement in 2003.

Castiglioni’s first introduction to classical music came from the "Standard School Broadcasts" in the 1950s. She also studied piano as a child. Years later she began attending lecture series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After moving to Windsor in 2004, Castiglioni happened to see a Santa Rosa Symphony schedule and decided she wanted to become involved.

For a complete list of Santa Rosa Symphony board members, see the Symphony’s website here.

—Photographs of the board president and new members are available upon request—

About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently entering its 88th 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 20,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement, and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2013-14 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com

September 3, 2015: Santa Rosa Symphony’s 88th Season begins on October 10-12 featuring Christina and Michelle Naughton on piano and a World Premiere commissioned by the Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 3, 2015

Santa Rosa Symphony’s 88th Season begins on October 10-12 featuring Christina and Michelle Naughton on piano and a World Premiere commissioned by the Santa Rosa Symphony

The world premiere performance of Pax Universalis kicks off the Symphony’s 88th season. This tone poem by gifted composer Mohammed Fairouz  was commissioned by the Santa Rosa Symphony through the generous support of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation.
 
A sister act beyond compare, Christina and Michelle Naughton will perform Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos at Weill Hall, Green Music Center.
 
 (SANTA ROSA, CA)— Music Director Bruno Ferrandis and the Santa Rosa Symphony celebrate the opening of their fourth performance season as Resident Orchestra in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center on October 10, 11 and 12. This concert set is the first of seven in the Symphony’s Classical Concert Series.

The inaugural program, titled “Twin Stars,” features sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton performing the Concerto for Two Pianos by Poulenc and Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos.
In 1779, Mozart composed his Concerto No. 10 specifically to play with his older sister Nannerl. This concerto designed for two pianos played by siblings will highlight the unity and special connection twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton display in their exquisite performances.  

The Symphony’s 88th season begins with the World Premiere performance of Pax Universalis, commissioned through the generous support of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation. Gifted composer Mohammed Fairouz dedicated this tone-poem to children around the world affected by global conflict. About the composition, Fairouz says “I’ve always regarded the symphony orchestra, with its diverse strands of different instruments with their different colors, origins, and dynamics, as an ideal collective of human beings who come together for the exalted purpose of creative labor. The counterpoint of these different voices coming together, but not losing their individuality, seems like an exemplary model for the cultures of the world to live in connection with one another.”

Hailed by The New York Times as “an important new artistic voice” and by BBC World News as “one of the most talented composers of his generation,” Fairouz will appear as a guest on the Charlie Rose Show on October 2, 2015.

Guest Artists Christina and Michelle Naughton
Christina and Michelle Naughton have captivated audiences throughout the globe with the unity created by their mystical musical communication. In one of the sister’s own words, “There are times I forget we are two people playing together.”

Past and future seasons feature collaborations under the batons of conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Edo de Waart, Charles Dutoit, JoAnn Falletta, Giancarlo Guerrero, Emanuel Krivine, Cristian Macelaru, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and Michael Stern.

Orchestral engagements include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston, Milwaukee, New Jersey, North Carolina, Nashville, Virginia, Hawaii, Maryland, Toledo, Delaware, El Paso, Napa Valley, Wichita, Tulsa, Gulf Coast, and Madison symphonies; the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland’s Red Orchestra, Chicago’s Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, and the Erie Philharmonic.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, to parents of European and Chinese descent; Christina and Michelle are graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. They are Steinway Artists and currently reside in New York City. Read complete bio here.

Composer Mohammed Fairouz
Mohammed Fairouz, born in 1985, is one of the most frequently performed, commissioned and recorded composers of his generation. Fairouz integrates Middle-Eastern modes into Western structures, to deeply expressive effect. His large-scale works, including four symphonies and an opera, engage major geopolitical and philosophical themes with persuasive craft and a marked seriousness of purpose.

Fairouz’s cosmopolitan outlook reflects his transatlantic upbringing and extensive travels. His catalog encompasses virtually every genre, including opera, symphonies, ensemble works, chamber and solo pieces, choral settings, and electronic music. Prominent advocates of his instrumental music include the Borromeo String Quartet, The Imani Winds, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and clarinetist David Krakauer who all appear on his Naxos portrait disc, Native Informant; The Knights Chamber Orchestra; Metropolis Ensemble; and conductor Gunther Schuller.

His principal teachers in composition have included György Ligeti, Gunther Schuller and Richard Danielpour, with studies at the Curtis Institute and New England Conservatory. Fairouz’s works are published by Peermusic Classical. He lives in New York City.  Read complete bio here.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
Bruno Ferrandis and special guests are featured in “Conversations with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A beginning one hour before each performance (except for the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This is an open-seating event free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here.

Concert Sponsors
The Symphony’s October concerts are sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa, with support from the County of Sonoma. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person, and guest artists Christina & Michelle Naughton are underwritten by Deborah Eid and Donavon & Jennifer Ammons. The commission of Pax Universalis by Mohammed Fairouz is underwritten by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation. We also thank Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2015-2016 guest artist lodging.

Concert Times and Location
Classical Series concert times are Saturday, October 10 and Monday, October 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 11 at 3 p.m. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 10. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets
For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at santarosasymphony.com or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability.) Single tickets are $20-$80. $10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased a half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com

September 1, 2015: Santa Rosa Symphony’s Simply Strings Honor Ensemble Performs at the Wells Fargo Center’s Fiesta de Independencia on September 13, 2015

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 1, 2015

Santa Rosa Symphony’s Simply Strings Honor Ensemble Performs at the Wells Fargo Center’s Fiesta de Independencia on September 13, 2015
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) – At 1 pm on Sunday, September 13, 2015, members of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Simply Strings program will perform at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts’ Fiesta de Independencia. Simply Strings, one of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Integrated Community Music Education Programs, was inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s acclaimed social action music network. Santa Rosa Symphony provides children at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School in Roseland with daily intensive ensemble instruction that develops musical excellence and promotes social engagement. The Honor Ensemble, eleven of the most dedicated musicians selected from the program’s 60 students, will represent Simply Strings at the annual Fiesta de Independencia.

Every day after school, Simply Strings offers violin instruction for each class of students from grade two through grade six, adding a new second-grade class each year. There is no cost for participating students who demonstrate significant financial need. A year-end concert presents Simply Strings musicians in the Green Music Center with the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Professional Orchestra, performing for their peers using elements of Carnegie Hall’s interactive Link Up National concert program.

The sixth annual Fiesta de Independencia takes place on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 1 pm to 6 pm at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.  This fantastic celebration for all ages honors Hispanic Heritage Month and is absolutely free to the public. The Fiesta will include activities for the whole family including a variety of authentic food, local music and headline artists, the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, arts and crafts,  cultural information booths created by Roseland School District, local businesses and non-profits, carnival games, piñatas, a low rider car show with 1 Firme Car Club, Community Leadership Awards honoring outstanding people from Sonoma County, and a Salsa Tasting Competition for amateur chefs and professionals. A highlight each year is also El Grito led by the Consulate General of Mexico.
 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.

Currently entering its 88th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 23,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement, and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2013-14 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com

March 9, 2015: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces 2015-2016 Season

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 9, 2015

Artistic Highlights
- Special Symphony benefit: Henry Trione Legacy Celebration dinner and piano recital October 9
- Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony December 5, 6 and 7
- Stellar guest artists:  cellist Zuill Bailey;  violinists Rachel Barton Pine, Caroline Goulding, and piano soloists Christina and Michelle Naughton, Pedja Muzijevic, Gabriela Martinez
- SRS-commissioned World Premiere: Pax Universalis for Orchestra by Mohammed Fairouz
- SRS-commissioned World Premiere: Dances and Dreams of Dionysus by Daniel Brewbaker
- - Gershwin’s Concerto in F, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven violin concertos
Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series October 18, January 24, March 13
- Conductor Michael Berkowitz returns for the 11th season of Symphony Pops at Wells Fargo - Center for the Arts with four shows:  The Great Ladies of Swing; A Very Merry Holiday Pops; Love is a Many Splendored Thing; The King: The Music of Elvis

88th Season – October 2015 through May 2016
“Your Orchestra, Your Music”
 
2015-2016 marks the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 88th performance season and fourth year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center. The Santa Rosa Symphony is the third oldest professional orchestra in California and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Music Director and conductor Bruno Ferrandis is in the tenth year of his tenure.
 
Maestro Ferrandis believes that the theme “Your Orchestra, Your Music” illustrates the Santa Rosa Symphony’s desire to live its mission statement.  “We are providing the highest quality musical performances by the best musicians, and are serving the community through extensive music education programs in our local schools and training the next generation of classical musicians,” he said. “The programming for next season is like a kaleidoscope with something for everyone; it has an overall feeling of gathering of people and energies, building a sense of unity and reconciliation.”
 
That sentiment is echoed in the title of the opening piece of the opening concert in October: a world premiere performance of Mohammed Fairouz’s Pax Universalis (Universal Peace). The BBC has called Fairouz, who is in his twenties, “one of the most gifted composers of his generation.”  A second world premiere piece, Dances and Dreams of Dionysus, opens the April 2016 concert set. It is a commission for the Santa Rosa Symphony by Daniel Brewbaker whose awards include the Nadia Boulanger Award at the Ecole des Artes Americaines in Fontainebleau, as well as first prize in the Lili Boulanger International Music Competition in Paris.
 (See each composer’s bio later in this release.)
 
Special Benefit
 
Henry Trione Legacy Celebration. This special benefit celebrates the legacy of the late, beloved community leader and long-time Symphony supporter, Henry Trione with a reception, a private piano recital with Christina and Michelle Naughton in Weill Hall, and a gourmet dinner in Prelude Restaurant at the Green Music Center on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 6 PM.
Dinner and recital package: $300 per person [SOLD OUT].
A reception/recital/dessert package is also available for $150 per person.
 
The 7-concert Classical Concert Series  - Overview
The full Classical Series consists of seven triple sets: seven Saturdays at 8 PM, seven Sundays at 3 PM and seven Mondays at 8 PM. those who subscribe have the same seat for all seven performances, save up to 12% over single ticket prices, and have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for special events and concerts.  Subscription: $126-$546 (some seating sections have a required per seat donation.)
 
Besides the two world premieres noted above, SRS will present Beethoven’s noble Ninth Symphony; Saint-Saëns’ Third, Brahms’ First, Dvořák's Eighth, and Bruckner’s (unfinished) Ninth symphonies; Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for two pianos, the Schuman piano concerto, the Beethoven Violin Concerto and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. Cellist Zuill Bailey makes an encore appearance and the following stellar soloists debut on our stage: Christina Naughton, piano, Michelle Naughton, piano; Pedja Muzijevic, piano;  Caroline Goulding, violin; Rachel Barton Pine, violin; and Gabriela Martinez, piano.  (details follow later in this release)
 
The Discovery Rehearsal Series
Oct. 10, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, 2015; Jan. 9, Feb. 20, April 2, and May 7, 2016 at 2 PM
Sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
 
This economical subscription opportunity on seven Saturday afternoons is a wonderful way to experience the orchestra and conductor at dress rehearsal. The program may have starts and stops as Maestro Ferrandis fine-tunes the performance, but audiences hear the same pieces that will be performed in the regular Classical Series concert in the evening. This series is perfect for those new to classical music and is also an excellent value.
Subscription (7 concerts): $105 adults, $70 youth
Weill Hall, Green Music Center - General Seating
 
The Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series - Overview
Richard Loheyde, conductor
October 18, 2015, January 24, and March 13, 2016 at 3 PM
Sponsored by Sonoma Paradiso Foundation
 
Children of all ages are invited for hands-on family fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo at three Sunday matinee performances:  Music from Out of This World, Peter and the Wolf, Gershwin’s Magic Key. (details follow later in this release)
 
Subscription (3 concerts): $45 adults, $30 child (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126.
Weill Hall, Green Music Center - Reserved Seating
 
 
2015-2016  Classical Concert Series  - Details
The Santa Rosa Symphony’s fourth season as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center and its 88th performance year begins with “Twin Stars” on October 10, 11 and 12.  We feature a world premiere composition by renowned Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz, and two piano concertos for two pianos by twin sisters Christina Naughton and Michelle Naughton. Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3 completes the program.
Performances are sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa.
Christina and Michelle Naughton are underwritten by Deborah Eid, and by Donavon and Jennifer Ammons.
 
On November 8, 9 and 10, Bosnian-born pianist Pedja Muzijevic brings his extraordinary musicianship to two concertos, including  Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Kurtag’s Quasi una Fantasia which places orchestra musicians in the upper and lower levels around the concert hall, maximizing the acoustics for a deeply moving and enlightening effect. Brahms Symphony No. 1, sometimes referred to as Beethoven’s Tenth, concludes the “Surround Sound” program.
Performances are sponsored by Betty Freeman.
Pedja Muzijevic is underwritten by Jim Lamb.
 
In “Joy to the World” on December 5, 6 and 7, the Symphony marshalls its Honor Choir for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring soloists Shawnette Sulker, soprano; Edith Dowd, mezzo-soprano; Benjamin Brecher, tenor; and Philip Skinner, bass-baritone. Ms. Dowd also performs Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, a song cycle originating from more than half a dozen countries.
Performances are sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green.
 
 
Guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen, currently music director of the Memphis Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta, takes the podium for “Pastoral Pleasures” on January 10, 11 and 12, 2016. Rising star Caroline Goulding performs Tchaikovsky’s challenging violin concerto. The orchestra fills out the concert by performing two bucolic compositions, Huang’s Saibei Dance celebrating the harvest in the region near Beijing, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, inspired by Bohemian folk music.
 
 
The February 20, 21 and 22 program, “Strokes of Genius,” contains just two masterworks. The first is Beethoven’s Violin Concerto performed by the passionate, striking Rachel Barton Pine, on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (1742) known as the “ex-Soldat.” The second is Bruckner’s unfinished Symphony No. 9; the orchestra will perform the original three movements of the composer’s final testament.
Performances are sponsored by Eileen and Henry Trione.
Supporting sponsor is the E. Nakamichi Foundation.
On April 2, 3 and 4, cellist Zuill Bailey is back by popular demand to perform in Benjamin Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra. A world-premiere commission by New Yorker Daniel Brewbaker combines with De Falla’s full ballet, The Three Cornered Hat, for a rhythmic, crowd-pleasing and uniquely colorful concert. Two vocal interludes in The Three Cornered Hat feature mezzo-soprano Bonnie Brooks.
The world premiere composition by Daniel Brewbaker is underwritten through the generous support of Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem. Zuill Bailey is underwritten by Linda Castiglioni.
 
       
“Jazzy Impressions” on May 7, 8 and 9, combines habanera, jazz, and dance-inspired rhythms in a delicious musical stew for the season finale. The compelling and elegant Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez performs Gershwin’s Concerto in F for maximum emotional wallop. Both Ibéria and Rapsodie Espagnole arise from the memories of Spain by the passionate, imaginative Frenchmen Debussy and Ravel.
Performances are sponsored by Alan and Susan Seidenfeld.
Gabriela Martinez is underwritten by Faye Smith.
 
—Photos of all guest artists are available upon request—
 
List of Works  2015-2016 Classical Season
Works Receiving their First SRS Performance are marked by (*)
 
Beethoven:          Symphony No. 9
Beethoven:          Violin Concerto
Berio:                * Folk Songs
Bernstein:            Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Brahms:               Symphony No. 1
Brewbaker:       * Dances and Dreams of Dionysus  [World Premiere]
Britten:             * Symphony for Cello & Orchestra
Bruckner:             Symphony No. 9, Unfinished
Debussy:              Ibéria
De Falla            * The Three-Cornered Hat                    
Dvořák:                Symphony No. 8
Fairouz:             * Pax Universalis [World Premiere]
Gershwin:            Piano Concerto in F
Huang:              * Saibei Dance
Kurtág:              * Quasi una Fantasia
Mozart:                Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos
Poulenc:            * Concerto for Two Pianos
Ravel:                   Rapsodie Espagnole
Saint-Saëns:         Symphony No. 3
Schumann:          Piano Concerto
Tchaikovsky:        Violin Concerto
                       
 
 
Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series - Details
Three Sundays: October 18, 2015, January 24 and March 13, 2016 at 3 PM
 
In collaboration with series sponsor Sonoma Paradiso Foundation, the Santa Rosa Symphony and zany, colorful guest artists present three delightful Sunday afternoon performances that pique imaginations and welcome participation. Dr. Richard Loheyde conducts the orchestra for the Family Series concerts which take place at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Children of all ages are invited to come one hour early for pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo.
 
On October 18, 2014, in Music from Out of This World, composers reach beyond the borders of the usual imagination, to infinity!  Blast off with movie music from Star Wars, 2001: Space Odyssey and E.T. as well as Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and Holst’s The Planets. We encourage children to come dressed as their favorite characters—from Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker to Buzz Lightyear.
 
This rendition of Peter and the Wolf on January 24, 2016, is a fresh take on the well-loved classic. Peter is a dreamer dealing with the pressures of everyday life when he suddenly finds himself in the middle of an adventure:  a mystifying mission to capture a wily wolf. Two dancers, colorful sets and incredible masks, all from Platypus Theatre, make for a modern and humorous re-telling of this enduring tale.
 
A story filled with contemporary references and relevance, providing even more traction for students to become engaged, enthralled and entertained.” (Toronto Symphony)
 
On March 13, 2016, Classical Kids Live! returns to our stage to present Gershwin’s Magic Key. In this story, a poor newspaper boy and the great American composer George Gershwin meet by chance on the streets of New York City. While the orchestra magically 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.
 
Pre-concert activities for the Family Concert Series begin one hour before each performance at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. Subscription for all three concerts: $45 adults, $30 child (age 12 and under). Reserved seating. Family Series discount packages start at $126. Call Patron Services for further pricing details. Single tickets for Family Series concerts go on sale August 2, 2016.
 
 
Symphony Pops Series
Sundays: October 25, December 13, 2015 and February 14, April 17, 2016 at 3 PM
Conducted by Michael Berkowitz
LOCATION: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Michael Berkowitz returns for his 11th season as SRS Principal Pops Conductor. The Symphony Pops Series, Santa Rosa Symphony’s collaboration with Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, consists of four concerts, all taking place on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m.
The series begins on October 25, 2015, with The Great Ladies of Swing, which features jazz vocalist Dee Daniels in a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan. Possessed of a 4–octave range, Ms. Daniels has recorded with many legends of jazz and has starred in Pops programs with symphonies across the USA, Canada and The Netherlands.
The series continues on December 13, 2015, with A Very Merry Holiday Pops a Yuletide variety show for the entire family. From delightful novelty numbers to inspiring Christmas hymns, this Pops will be imbued with the spirit of the season. Roustabout Theater will add their dancers to two numbers and a holiday chorus will assist in the sing-along of carols and Christmas music from Broadway.
Love is a Many Splendored Thing on February 14, 2016, welcomes singer/pianist Billy Stritch and vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli for a perfect show for Valentine’s Day.  Among the tunes are classics like My Funny Valentine, The Man I Love, Save the Last Dance for Me, and many more.
The Pops Series concludes on April 17, 2016, with The King: The Music of Elvis. Vocalists Lee Lessack, Scott Coulter, Johnny Rodgers (also on piano), Brian Wilson and drummer Danny Mallon perform the greatest hits of Elvis Presley in a rock ‘n’ roll tribute to “The King”— from “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Jailhouse Rock” to “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”            
Although the Santa Rosa Symphony’s other concerts are at the Green Music Center, Symphony Pops concerts continue at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in 2015-2016.
 
NOTE: Subscription tickets for the Symphony Pops concerts will be available ONLY through the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts box office: (707) 546-3600 www.wellsfargocenterarts.org.

Hospitality Partner
Santa Rosa Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park for providing lodging for our esteemed guest artists and conductors. Doubletree by Hilton, where “the little things mean everything,” including the warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival, features Bacchus Restaurant and Wine Bar, perfect for pre-and post-concert dining.

Ways to Enhance the Concert Experience
Concert Conversations
In Santa Rosa Symphony’s popular pre-concert talks, conductor Bruno Ferrandis and guests discuss the musical program and answer questions from the audience. Concert Conversations begins one hour prior to the Viking Cruises Classical Concert Series performances in Weill Hall, and are free to all ticket holders.
 
Program Notes Online
Notes offer insight and fascinating details about the concert program and are posted on each of the seven Classical Series concert event pages at santarosasymphony.com
 
Ways to Connect
Facebook
We invite all to LIKE the Symphony’s Facebook page and share our happenings with friends.
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Email Newsletter
Sign up for Symphony’s eNotes for up-to-the-minute information on all special events and performances, as well as insider news. Enroll at santarosasymphony.com.
Email:  tickets@santarosasymphony.com
 
Directions and Transportation
The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center is located on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, at the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road.
From Highway 101, take the Rohnert Park Expressway exit. Drive east 2.2 miles to the Green Music Center entrance on your right.
 
Parking
As you enter from Rohnert Park Expressway, there are parking lots immediately to your right. Parking in lots L, M, N and O is included in the price of your ticket for Santa Rosa Symphony Classical and Family Series concerts. (Parking fees may be charged during additional or special events.)
 
Bus Packages
The Santa Rosa Symphony operates private bus service to many of our concerts at the Green Music Center. The cost is $77 for all seven Classical Series concerts or $15 for individual concerts. For details and specific bus schedules, please call the Patron Services Office at 707-546-8742.  
 
Subscription Series Tickets for the 2015-2016 Season 

Classical Concert Series
The 7-Concert Package is the ONLY way to guarantee a seat to EACH Symphony Classical Series concert. Subscribers choose between seven Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays and enjoy the same seat for seven uplifting and inspirational nights out.
Packages: $126-$546 (some seating areas require a minimum per seat donation)
 
Mini Series
Patrons may select four of the seven Classical Series concerts to create a customized Mini Series and enjoy many of the benefits of subscribing.
Packages: $76-$276
 
Come As You Can Series
This is the most flexible subscription package—8 ticket vouchers which can be redeemed in any combination, for example: two tickets to each of four concerts, or eight tickets for one concert. Seating is the best available at the time of redemption.
Packages: $400
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series
On seven Saturdays at 2 PM, audiences experience a concert in the making at this open rehearsal series. It is ideal as a shared family experience or as an economical alternative for low-income patrons. It also offers a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between the orchestra and conductor as they rehearse, and could be used as a sneak preview for any regular subscriber!
Packages: $105 for adults; $70 for youth under age 18 and under.
 
 
Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series
Sundays at 3 PM   Oct. 18, 2015; January 24, 2016; March 13, 2016
Our orchestra and zany, colorful guest artists present three Sunday afternoon performances that pique imaginations, and delight one and all! Pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo, begins one hour before each performance.
Packages: $45 for adults; $30 for children 12 and under.
Family Packages for four start at $126. (must include 2 child subscriptions)
 
Symphony subscriptions are available only through the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office. Subscribe in person or call 54-MUSIC beginning March 9, 2015.  Subscriptions are not available online at this time. Single tickets will go on sale to the public beginning August 3, 2015.
 
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office
Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5:30 PM   (Wednesday 10:30 AM– 5:30 PM)
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor, off elevator lobby)
Mailing address: Santa Rosa Symphony, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
santarosasymphony.com       54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742      Fax: (707) 546-7284
 
 
Integrated Community Music Education    
The Santa Rosa Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 20,000 students annually. Whether it’s training musicians of the future or fostering a lifetime love of music, the Symphony’s commitment is unwavering.
 
Training Young Musicians
Opportunities for beginning to advanced students include four youth ensembles and a three-week summer day camp. The award-winning Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles (SRSYE) perform regularly in public concerts throughout the year and have performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and Weill Hall.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles 2015-2016 concerts in Weill Hall, Green Music Center:
 
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 3 PM   Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 3 PM Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 3 PM Youth Orchestra
 
Tickets for the youth ensemble concerts can be purchased online or through the SRS Patron Services office (707) 546-8742.
 
Music for our Schools
For over 50 years, the Santa Rosa Symphony has provided resources to support music education. Local schools may take advantage of the following:

- Free Concerts for Youth – Elementary school students attend one of six live orchestral performances in Weill Hall
- Elementary School Listening Program – daily music listening for classrooms
- Youth Discovery Card – admits one child and one adult free to Discovery Rehearsal performances
- In-School Performances – SRS professional musicians perform in area schools, offering informative and entertaining chamber concerts
- Lesson plans and workshops for teachers on integrating music into classroom activities.
- It’s Elementary four Sonoma County schools annually receive our full range of customized music education activities
- Simply Strings –This program is enriching one of the region’s most underserved neighborhoods with hands-on orchestral training. It provides students with after-school instruction on violin for two hours, five days a week, for three eight-week sessions a year. Simply Strings is designed to guide this group for five years, adding a new second grade class each year.

Guest Artists Biographies – 2015-2016 Season
Christina and Michelle Naughton, piano
Christina and Michelle Naughton made their European debut at Herkulesaal in Munich, where the Sueddeutsche Zeitung proclaimed them “an outstanding piano duo.” They made their Asian debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, where the Sing Tao Daily said of their performance “Joining two hearts and four hands at two grand pianos, the Naughton sisters created an electrifying and moving musical performance.” The Naughtons have captivated audiences throughout the globe with the unity created by their mystical musical communication. Orchestral engagements include appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston, Milwaukee, New Jersey, North Carolina, Nashville, Virginia, Hawaii, Maryland, Toledo, Delaware, El Paso, Napa Valley, Wichita, Tulsa, Gulf Coast, and Madison symphonies; the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland’s Red Orchestra, Chicago’s Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, and Erie Philharmonic; as well as with ensembles such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Belgium, Solistes Europeens Luxembourg, Hamburg Chorus, Kiel Philharmonic, and Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock. Past and future seasons feature collaborations under the batons of conductors such as Stephene Deneve, EdodeWaart, Charles Dutoit, JoAnn Falletta, Giancarlo Guerrero, Emanuel Krivine, Cristian Macelaru, Andres Orozco-Estrada, and Michael Stern. The Naughtons have numerous recital and internationsl credits.They recorded their first album in the Sendesaal in Bremen, Germany; it was released worldwide in Fall 2012 by ORFEO. Their performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, New York’s WQXR, Chicago’s WFMT, Philadelphia’s WHYY, Boston’s WQED, Atlanta’s WABE, Hong Kong’s RTHK, Latvia’s LatvijasRadio 3, Netherland’s Radio 4 Concerthuis; and Germany’s Bayerischen Rudfunks, Nordwest-RadioBremen, WDR and NDR Radio.
Born in Princeton, New Jersey, to parents of European and Chinese descent; Christina and Michelle are graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. They are Steinway Artists and currently reside in New York City.
 
Mohammed Fairouz, composer World Premiere Pax Universalis (Universal Peace)
Mohammed Fairouz, born in 1985, is one of the most frequently performed, commissioned, and recorded composers of his generation. Hailed by The New York Times as “an important new artistic voice” Fairouz integrates Middle-Eastern modes into Western structures, to deeply expressive effect. His large-scale works, including four symphonies and an opera, engage major geopolitical and philosophical themes with persuasive craft and a marked seriousness of purpose. His most recent symphony, In the Shadow of No Towers for wind ensemble, was described by Steve Smith of The New York Times as “technically impressive, consistently imaginative and in its finest stretches deeply moving. Fairouz’s cosmopolitan outlook reflects his transatlantic upbringing and extensive travels. His catalog encompasses virtually every genre, including opera, symphonies, ensemble works, chamber and solo pieces, choral settings, and electronic music. Prominent advocates of his instrumental music include:  the Borromeo String Quartet, The Imani Winds, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and clarinetist David Krakauer who all appear on his Naxos portrait disc, Native Informant; The Knights Chamber Orchestra; Metropolis Ensemble; and conductor Gunther Schuller.
Fairouz, described by Gramophone as “a post-millennial Schubert,” has composed an opera (with a second in progress), thirteen song cycles, and hundreds of art songs. Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times called his debut opera Sumeida’s Song “intensely dramatic [with] a searing score… The Arabic elements of his style—microtonal modes, spiraling dance rhythms, plaintive melodic writing—give fresh, distinctive jolts to the Western elements.” Fairouz lives in New York City.
 
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Hailed by critics as a “thinking” musician with engaging stage presence and a gratifying combination of virtuosity and eloquence, pianist Pedja Muzijevic has defined his 36-year career with creative programming, unusual combinations of new and old music, and lasting collaborations with other artists and ensembles. 
Muzijevic’s symphonic engagements include performances with the Atlanta Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica in Montevideo, Residentie Orkest in The Hague, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Shinsei Nihon Orchestra in Tokyo, and the Zagreb Philharmonic,. He has played solo recitals at Alice Tully Hall in New York, Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, MI, Casals Hall and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, Da Camera of Houston, The Frick Collection in New York, National Gallery in Washington, DC, Lincoln Center’s What Makes It Great Series in New York, for Arizona Friends of Chamber Music in Tucson, Lane Series at University of Vermont, the Aldeburgh Festival in Great Britain, and many others. His Carnegie Hall concerto debut playing Mozart Concerto K. 503 with Oberlin Symphony and Robert Spano was recorded live and has been released on the Oberlin Music label. Highlights of the 2014-2015 season include a residency at Bay Chamber Concerts, performances at Moab Music Festival, Mainly Mozart, and the Library of Congress, a solo recital debut at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and returns to the Banff Music Festival and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. 
Muzijevic’s solo recording entitled Sonatas and Other Interludes is available on Albany Records. It juxtaposes music for prepared piano by John Cage with composers ranging from W. F. Bach and D. Scarlatti to F. Liszt and R. Schumann. His discography also includes two CDs on fortepianos— a Schumann Salon and Mozart and Beethoven Quintets for piano and woodwinds.
 
Edith Dowd, contralto
Edith Dowd is a true contralto, with all of the richness of sound that that word implies. She has the versatility and flexibility of technique and sound to sustain the roles that require utilizing the lower part of her range while still maintaining the integrity and color for the most upper reaches in the mezzo/alto roles. Honors and awards include the Ellen Faull Gordon competition, finalist in both the Pacific and Northeast regional Metropolitan Opera auditions, and multiple grants from the Gerda Lissner Foundation.
 From 2001 through 2011, she was seen in a variety of roles at New York City Opera including Sousa’s The Glass Blowers, Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, Verdi’s La Traviata, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica, Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer as well as Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Rossini’s Ermione. She appeared in productions of Daphne, La Traviata and Haroun and the Sea of Stories. She covered the role of Kleonike in Adamo’s Lysistrata. She has sung the title role in Carmen a number of times, most recently for Pacific Repertory Opera and appeared in that role at the Belleayre Music Festival. She gave her first performance of Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto with The American Opera Theatre at the National Theater in Taipei, Taiwan. In the symphonic world, Dowd has performed Bach’s Magnificat with Bozeman Symphony, Copland’s In the Beginning and Mozart’s Requiem both with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall and Handel’s Messiah with Phoenix Symphony.
 
Shawnette Sulker, soprano
Acclaimed for her “heart-breaking poignancy” by the San Francisco Chronicle soprano Shawnette Sulker is a sought-after artist in the United States and abroad. A consummate performer on both the operatic and concert stages, her recent performances include singing Clara/Serena/Bess in concert versions of Porgy and Bess with both Music in the Mountains Festival and the Eugene Symphony and two U.S. premiere performances of new operas: Mila in Anya17 with Opera Parallèle and La Voix Intérieure in Bonjour M. Gauguin with West Edge Opera. International credits include singing Adele (Die Fledermaus) with Internationale Opera Producties in the Netherlands and an orchestra concert featuring Porgy and Bess highlights and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and Prague’s Smetana Hall. Sulker has been a soloist with the San Francisco Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, American Bach Soloists, and the Natchez Opera Festival to name a few. The soprano’s roles include Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Musetta (La Bohème), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).  Some works on her concert repertoire list are Mozart's Grand Mass in C minor, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen and Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate. Upcoming engagements will feature performing Cunegonde in Candide with both Pasadena Opera and the Oakland East Bay Symphony, singing in the American Premiere of Heart of Darkness with Opera Parallèle and debuting as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Festival Opera. 
 
Benjamin Brecher, tenor
The American tenor Benjamin Brecher has gained great acclaim with his many performances on the opera and concert stages. He has performed over fifty operatic roles at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and sung with over forty orchestras spanning from New York to Tel Aviv. Brecher has performed over thirteen roles with The New York City Opera; appearing in their productions of Il Viaggio a Reims, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflotë, L'Enfant et les Sortileges, Carmen, Seven Deadly Sins, and the New York premiere of Central Park. Other engagements include: La Sonnambula, I Capuleti e I Montecchi, and Otello with Opera Orchestra of New York; Lindoro in L'Italiana in Algeri with Opera de Montreal, Tel Aviv and Opera de Nice; Camille in The Merry Widow with the Palm Beach Opera; Candide in Rome; and Viaggio a Reims at The Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy. On the concert stage, Brecher has performed a wide range of repertoire with the world’ finest symphonies, including the orchestras of: Chicago, Chautauqua, Mexico City, Rome, Budapest, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Indianapolis, Ft. Worth, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Seattle, Florida, Detroit, Naples, Baltimore, Seattle, Portland, Toronto, Buffalo, Edmonton, Milwaukee, Columbus, National Arts Orchestra Ottawa and the National Symphony at Kennedy Center, among many others. Brecher has many recordings including The Barber of Seville with The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the 2010 release of Berstein’s Candide recorded live in Rome, along with two live PBS concerts from Carnegie Hall, Ira Gershwin at 100 and The Music of Lerner and Lowe.
Benjamin Brecher is a graduate of The Juilliard Opera Center, New England Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University. He lives in Santa Barbara, California, where he is an Associate Professor and head of the voice area at UCSB.
 
Philip Skinner, bass-baritone
Bass-baritone Philip Skinner has had great success singing roles ranging from the standard bass repertoire such as King Philip in Don Carlo, to Jocanaan in Salome and Escamillo in Carmen in the helden and dramatic baritone repertoire. His long association with San Francisco Opera began in 1985 and he has over 375 performances in 54 productions there including the Water Gnome in Rusalka, Mephistopheles in Faust, Escamillo, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Colline in La Boheme, and Lorenzo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi. His international credits include appearances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Victoria State Opera in Melbourne, Vancouver Opera, and Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels. He also successfully performed with the Houston Grand Opera as well as appearances with the opera companies of Louisville, Toronto, Edmonton and Massy, France. Equally prolific in the concert hall, Skinner has performed the Verdi Messa di Requiem at Carnegie Hall with the Masterworks Chorale and in Europe with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. He sang Beethoven's Ninth at the Hollywood Bowl and with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Skinner sang the Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Kent Nagano and the Berkeley Symphony, the Lord Nelson Mass at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and other concert pieces with the Dusseldorf Symphoniker, Minnesota Orchestra and San Jose Symphony, among others. 
A Schwabacher Debut Recitalist and former Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera, Skinner was also the recipient of a London/Sullivan grant. A graduate of Northwestern University, he received his master's degree and the prestigious Performance Certificate from Indiana University.

Caroline Goulding, violin
Called “precociously gifted” by Gramophone, the young virtuoso violinist Caroline Goulding has been garnering praise from musical colleagues and critics since her professional debut at the age of 13. She has performed as a soloist with some of North America’s premier orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, National Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Cleveland Pops and the Cincinnati Pops. Aside from her orchestral engagements, Goulding has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, among others.
The 2013-2014 season included several engagements in Europe and Asia as well as the United States with the Pacific Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Goulding also performed as part of the Young Concert Artists Tokyo Series and the Great Performers of Lincoln Center series, as well as during a German and French recital tour with her frequent collaborator, pianist Michael Brown.
Along with her orchestral and recital appearances, Goulding has appeared on NBC’s Today, MARTHA, PBS’s From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall with world-renowned banjo player Béla Fleck, and made her debut in December 2012 on Germany’s hit prime-time television show Stars von Morgen (Stars of Tomorrow) hosted by Rolando Villazón on ZDF/ARTE. On the radio, Goulding has been a guest on NPR’s Performance Today, From the Top, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, WNYC New York and on CosmoGirl Online. In December 2009, she was named Musical America’s Artist of the Month.
In 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2009 she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was the recipient of the Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship. That same year, Goulding received a Grammy nomination for her debut recording on the Telarc label.
Goulding currently studies with Donald Weilerstein and violinist Christian Tetzlaff. She has attended the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School (where she won the Aspen Music Festival’s Concerto Competition at age 13), Interlochen Arts Camp, and The Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. A past recipient of the Stradivari Society, Caroline Goulding currently plays the General Kyd Stradivarius (c 1720), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
An innovative and passionate force both on and off the conductor's podium, Mei-Ann Chen is one of America's most dynamic young conductors. Music Director of the Memphis Symphony since 2010 and of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, she has infused both orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and a high level of music-making, galvanizing their audiences and communities alike.
Following debut performances with Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony, Canada’s Calgary Philharmonic, and Brazil’s Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra, closing the season for the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia and the Texas Music Festival in Houston, and concerts with Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, Maestra Chen’s 2014-2015 season included concerts throughout the United States and in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and Taiwan. Performances of note include Chen leading Germany’s Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe and Taiwan's National Symphony Orchestra in November 2014, and San Francisco Symphony’s renowned Chinese New Year celebration and the Netherlands Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw in February 2015. In addition to the 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras, Chen’s skill on the podium, and as a music educator, has been recognized with several honors, awards and posts. In 2005, she became the first woman to win Copenhagen’s esteemed Malko Competition. Recipient of the 2007 Taki Concordia Fellowship, she has appeared jointly with Marin Alsop and Stefan Sanderling in highly acclaimed subscription concerts with the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony and Florida Orchestra. During her five-year tenure with the Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon, Chen led its sold-out debut in Carnegie Hall, received an ASCAP award for innovative programming, and developed new and unique musicianship programs for the orchestra’s members. She was also the recipient of a Sunburst Award from Young Audiences for her contribution to music education.
 
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Audiences are thrilled by violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.   In 2015, Sir Neville Marriner, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Pine will celebrate the release of their recording of the five Mozart Violin concertos, as well as Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra with young violist Matthew Lipman.
Pine’s 2014-2015 season included performances with orchestras including Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland, Christian Vasquez conducting; Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife in Spain; Michel Nesterowicz conducting, and Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini di Parma in Italy, Thomas Roesner conducting.  Throughout the year she will play concertos by Barber, Bruch, Glazunov, Mozart, and Mendelssohn.  She will follow-up her live performances of all 24 Paganini Caprices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C. and at Ravinia by playing them at the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona and at the Sitka Music Festival in Alaska. Pine will premiere a new piece by Huang Ruo at a concert for the Chinese Fine Arts Society in Evanston and will present “Shredding with the Symphony” her innovative orchestral initiative aimed at drawing new audience members which features pieces by Van Halen, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Metallica as well as Bruch, Berlioz and Shostakovich with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. 
Pine has appeared as soloist with the Chicago, Montreal, Baltimore, and Vienna Symphonies; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Mozarteum, Scottish, and Israel Chamber Orchestras; the Royal Philharmonic; and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi and Marin Alsop. Pine’s prolific discography of 24 recordings includes her performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by José Serebrier, was released on Cedille Records and debuted at number one on the Billboard classical chart. For Beethoven & Clement Violin Concertos, recorded with The Royal Philharmonic conducted by Serebrier, Pine presented the world-premiere recording of Clement’s Violin Concerto. 
 Pine performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the “ex-Soldat,” on loan from her patron.
 
Zuill Bailey, cello
Zuill Bailey is a distinguished American classical cellist, soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, artistic director and teacher. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after cellists today. A consummate concerto soloist, Bailey has been featured with the symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, Cape Town, and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. He has collaborated with such conductors as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton, James DePriest, Jun Markl, Carlos Kalmar, Jacques Lacombe, Grant Llewellyn and Stanislav Skrowaczewski.
Bailey has appeared at Disney Hall, the Kennedy Center, the United Nations, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. Y and Carnegie Hall, where he made his concerto debut performing the U.S. premiere of Miklos Theodorakis’ “Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra.” In addition, he made his New York recital debut in a sold out performance of the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bailey also presented the U.S. premiere of the Nico Muhly Cello Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. His international appearances include notable performances with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in its 50th anniversary tour of Russia as well as concerts in Australia, the Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Spain, South Africa, Hong Kong, Jordan, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom. His festival appearances are equally as numerous. Bailey was named a 2014 Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumnus and was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation Award for 2006 and 2007 for Beethoven’s complete works for Cello and Piano. In celebration of his recordings and appearances, Kalmus Music Masters has released Zuill Bailey Performance Editions, which encompasses the core repertoire of cello literature.
In addition to his extensive touring engagements, Bailey is the artistic director of El Paso Pro-Musica (Texas), the Sitka Summer Music Festival and Series, (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival (Washington), guest artistic director of the Mesa Arts Center (Arizona) and professor of cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.
He performs on a 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet.
 
Bonnie Brooks, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Bonnie Brooks has been performing in Sonoma County and the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty years. She has appeared extensively in opera and oratorio and has performed principal roles with Pocket Opera, Cinnabar Opera Company, Northbay Opera, Sonoma City Opera, and Redwood Lyric Theater.
She has performed in contemporary operas by Gian Carlo Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors (the Mother), The Medium (Mrs. Nolan), and most recently The Consul (Mother) and in Benjamin Brittain’s The Turn of the Screw (Miss Jessel). Other favorite roles include Venus in Offenbach’s Orpheus and the Underworld, Dorabella and Marcellina in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Le Nozze Di Figaro, The Marquise of Berkenfield in Donizetti’s La Fille Du Regiment and Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen.  She was also a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus for 12 years, singing in Puccini’s Turandot, Bizet’s Carmen, Messien’s St. Francis of Assisi, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Verdi’s Don Carlos and Aida, Saint-Saens’s Samson et Dalila, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, Boito’s Mefistofele, Beethoven’s Fidelio, and many others. She has also been the alto soloist with the Sonoma County Bach Choir, the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, the St. Helena Chamber Singers, the College of Marin Community Chorus and the St. Cecelia’s Choir and Incarnation Orchestra.
 Brooks has appeared as a soloist with symphony orchestras such as Sacramento Metropolitan Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah) and North State Symphony (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony) as well as numerous chamber and solo recitals in churches and concert halls.
 Brooks is a well-known and respected voice instructor and coach, with her private studio located in Sebastopol, CA. From 2008-2013, she was on the adjunct vocal faculty at Sonoma State University. She is co-founder, former board member, and current member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conservatory of Music in Salzburg, Austria.
 
Gabriela Martinez, piano
Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez is establishing a reputation on both the national and international stages for the lyricism of her playing, her compelling interpretations and elegant stage presence. An artist equally at home with both established and contemporary repertoire by composers ranging from Beethoven and Rachmaninoff to Mason Bates and Adam Schoenberg, she has performed  throughout the United States, and abroad in Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and Venezuela. Highlights of Martinez’s 2014-15 season include debuts with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.  Her first solo recording is upcoming.  
Respected for her inspiring performances and ability to clearly present the essence of a work, Martinez has given world premieres of works by contemporary composers including Mason Bates, Samuel Zyman, and Liduino Pitombeira. American composer Dan Visconti has written a piece for her which premieres in 2015.
As a soloist, Martinez has played with numerous distinguished symphony orchestras, including San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, New Jersey, Tucson and Fort Worth, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, MDR Rundfunkorchester, Nurnberger Philharmoniker, and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela). Martinez has performed at such esteemed venues as New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall; Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus; Dresden’s Semperoper; Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, and Paris’s Palace of Versailles. As a chamber musician, she regularly performs in recitals and festivals.  Among the musicians and ensembles with whom she has collaborated are violinists Itzhak Perlman and Elena Urioste, cellist Carter Brey, the Diaz Trio, and the Takács and Calder quartets. Martinez was a first prize winner in the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Dresden and a semifinalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where she also received the Jury Discretionary Award.
 Gabriela Martinez began her piano studies in Caracas with her mother Alicia Gaggioni, making her orchestral debut at age 7. She emigrated to the United States to attend The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She was a fellow of Carnegie Hall’s The Academy, and a member of its celebrated Ensemble ACJW while concurrently working on her doctoral studies with Marco Antonio de Almeida in Halle, Germany. Martinez resides in New York City with her husband. 
 
Daniel Brewbaker, composer   World Premiere commission, Dances and Dreams of Dionysus  April 2016
Daniel Brewbaker, renowned composer currently residing in New York, holds the distinction of being the first American commissioned to compose a work for the legendary Kirov Orchestra and Chorus in St. Petersburg, Russia. His composition, The Poet, received its premier at the White Nights Festival in June of 1999, conducted by the notable Valery Gergiev.
Born in Elgin, Illinois, in 1951 and a pianist since the age of 4, Brewbaker had a brilliant academic career, starting with undergraduate study at the University of Illinois, then a Master’s and Doctorate degree from the Juilliard School. While beginning his career as a composer, he was an educator at Juilliard, Hunter, Queens Colleges (CUNY) and the Westminster Choir College. His first composition, Psalm 39 for soprano and piano, was premiered at the University of Illinois in 1970. After several decades and creating 53 compositions, Brewbaker has been established as an important American composer, receiving a large number of commissions both in the United States and abroad. His works have been performed by some of the world’s leading performers in the foremost musical centers of the world.
His awards include the Nadia Boulanger Award at the Ecole des Artes Americaines in Fontainebleau, as well as first prize in the Lili Boulanger International Music Competition in Paris. He was a Tanglewood Fellow and won an Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has served as composer-in-residence at the Camargo Foundation in France in 1988 and 1994, and at the the 1997 Spoleto USA Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.
In 1995, his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra was premiered by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has since been recorded by Carter Brey, principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic. In 2004, Brewbaker was commissioned to write a violin concerto for one of the world’s leading violinists, Vadim Repin, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The work premiered in June of 2005 as part of the series of performances for the American Symphony Orchestra League convention being held in Washington, D.C.
In 1999, renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma performed one movement of Brewbaker’s cello concerto La Serenissima. In 2003, his composition Psalm 51 for mixed chorus, organ, and string quartet was premiered at the Holy Trinity Church of Elgin, Illinois. Brewbaker conducted this work as well as other sacred music as part of the church’s 100th anniversary festival.
With his music licensed by BMI and published by the world’s leading publishing houses, Daniel Brewbaker is a highly decorated composer of more than 50 published works.
 
 
Bruno Ferrandis, Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director/Conductor
Bruno Ferrandis began his tenure as music director and conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony in July 2006. Born in Algiers in 1960 and raised in Nice, France, Ferrandis currently resides with his family in Paris. He has conducted all over the world, and his breadth of musical experience includes not only symphony and opera, but also ballet, musical theater and cinema-accompanying music.
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he received a master’s degree in conducting from The Juilliard School. He was conductor of Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and Juilliard Opera Center. He also co-founded the New Music ensemble “Music Mobile” in New York City, and has recorded three compact discs with the Radio France Orchestra.
In the upcoming season, Ferrandis guest conducts the Honolulu Symphony and returns to the Opera de Nice to conduct a production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. He has conducted Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Stravinsky’s The Rake's Progress at the San Francisco Conservatory. Other guest appearances include: the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Marseille Opera Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony (North Carolina) and the Bogota Symphony Orchestra in Bogota, Colombia. In May, 2013, Ferrandis conducted the new version of Martin Matalon’s composition to accompany the silent film classic Metropolis with the Altanta Symphony and in January 2014, he conducted a production of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss at the Nice Opera in France.
Additional conducting credits include modern and classical ballet companies in New York City, France and Italy. In Asia, he conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, The Seoul Philharmonic, and worked with the Tokyo New National Theater. In Israel, he conducted the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; in Eastern Europe, the Polish Radio Orchestra, the Prague State Theater Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra; in Great Britain, the BBC Northern Orchestra; in Germany and Austria, the Lübeck Hanseatic Orchestra, the Mainz Bach Chor, the Klangforum Wien; in Italy, the Orchestra Regio di Torino, the Opera of Genoa Orchestra, the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Orchestra; in Spain, the Pamplona Sarasate Orchestra, the Madrid Radio-Television Orchestra, the Seville Symphony Orchestra and the Valencia Orchestra. In France, he has conducted in all the major cities including Bordeaux and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997, he received a “Critic’s Grand Prize” for his conducting of Wozzeck by Manfred Gurlitt.
In North America, Ferrandis has conducted major opera works at the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto) and served as Music Director of the Banff Art Center (Alberta) from 1991 to 2000. He conducted numerous concerts with the Aspen Festival Orchestras until 1994.
Ferrandis has worked closely with the following living composers: in America with Jacob Druckman (created a workshop of his opera Medea), William Schuman, David Diamond, George Tsontakis and Edward Campion; in Canada with Randolph Peters and Harry Sommers; in France and Europe with Martin Matalon; Mauricio Kagel and his lively music theater (Warsaw Autumn Festival), Ahmed Essyad (Oratorio for the Theater Festival in Avignon, France), Claude Ballif, Yves Prin, Pascal Dusapin, and celebrated composers Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio. He has collaborated with a wide variety of entertainment artists such as the actors and movie directors John Neville, Atom Egoyan, Colm Feore, Robert Lepage, François Girard, Stephen Wadsworth and choreographer Martha Clarke.
Ferrandis speaks his native French, as well as English, Italian, Spanish, German, and Russian.
 
 
SRS Season at a Glance
 
SPECIAL SYMPHONY BENEFIT
Henry Trione Legacy Celebration
Friday, October 9, 2015
Green Music Center
Christina Naughton, piano
Michelle Naughton, piano
 
 
CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES
                                                                                     
Twin Stars
October 10, 11 & 12, 2015 
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Christina Naughton, piano
Michelle Naughton, piano
Fairouz: Pax Universalis [WORLD PREMIERE]
Mozart: Concerto No.10 for Two Pianos
Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3
 
Surround Sound
November 7, 8 & 9, 2015 
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor        
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Kurtág: Quasi una Fantasia
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
 
Joy to the World
December 5, 6 & 7, 2015
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor        
Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir
Shawnette Sulker, soprano
Edith Dowd, mezzo-soprano
Benjamin Brecher, tenor
Philip Skinner, bass-baritone
Berio: Folk Songs
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
 
Pastoral Pleasures
January 9, 10 & 11, 2016
Mei-Ann Chen, guest conductor
Caroline Goulding, violin
Huang: Saibei Dance
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8
 
Strokes of Genius
February 20, 21 & 22, 2016
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor        
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, Unfinished
Rhythmic Vitality
April 2, 3 & 4, 2016
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor        
Zuill Bailey, cello
Bonnie Brooks, mezzo-soprano
Brewbaker: Dances and Dreams of Dionysus  [World Premiere]
Britten: Symphony for Cello & Orchestra
De Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat                                                                                                                                             
 
Jazzy Impressions
May 7, 8 7 9, 2016
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Gabriela Martinez, piano
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Debussy: Ibéria
Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole
 
 
SONOMA PARADISO
Family Concert Series
Richard Loheyde, Conductor
 
Music from Out of this World
Sunday, October 18, 2015 – 3 pm
Marcy Smothers, narrator
Roustabout Theater
 
Peter and the Wolf
Sunday, January 24, 2016 – 3 pm
Platypus Theatre
 
Gershwin’s Magic Key
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 3 pm
Classical Kids Live!
 
All Classical Series and Family Series concerts at
Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
SINGLE TICKET PRICES:
Classical Series: $20 - $80      Discovery Rehearsal: $17 Adult; $10 child    Family Series: $17 Adult; $12 child
SINGLE TICKETS GO ON SALE AUGUST 3, 2015.
 
Tickets: SRS Patron Services Office
Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 to 5:30 pm
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor off elevator lobby)
 
54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742   
santarosasymphony.com
 
Programs, artists and prices are subject to change.
All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Mission Statement
The Santa Rosa Symphony inspires and engages the residents of our region with the finest of musical performances and educational programs while maintaining its core values of organizational strength, innovative programming, fiscal responsibility and community service.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony's vision is to create one of the leading regional symphony orchestras in America, nationally recognized as a model of artistic excellence, fiscal vitality and community engagement.
Organizational Background
Founded in 1928, Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is the third oldest and 9th largest in the state of California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis began his tenure as music director/conductor in 2006. Prior conductors were Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane, 1995-2006; Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown, 1958-1995; George Trombley 1928-1958.
 
Beginning in 1998, the SRS partnered with Sonoma State University to raise funds for the construction of the world-class Green Music Center on the campus. Due to successful fundraising efforts, the Green Music Center’s Joan and Sanford I. Weill Concert Hall opened in September 2012. In the 2015-2016 season, Santa Rosa Symphony celebrates its 88th anniversary and fourth year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center.
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com

2014-2015 Season

June 30, 2015: Another Banner Year for the Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 30, 2015

The Santa Rosa Symphony recently completed another banner year in its third season as resident orchestra of the Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.  The 2014-2015 fiscal year represents another milestone in the organization’s 87-year history:  more programs and events were offered to the community than ever before, requiring the highest budget in the Symphony’s history. “At times it felt like we were swimming through uncharted financial waters with new competitive risks, and yet to our credit we achieved a record-setting series of both artistically excellent and fiscally sound programs.” said Alan Silow, SRS Executive Director.

Organizational highlights this year included:
- Free community concert drawing largest and most diverse audience in our history
- Hosted highest-attended annual conference of Association of California Symphony Orchestras
- Youth Orchestra went on their first Asian concert tour to China
- Highest level of contributed revenues with record giving from individuals, board & gov’t.
- Largest corporate gift in our history of $125,000 from Viking River Cruises
- Endowment exceeds $10 million for the first time
- Five-year contracts negotiated with orchestra and stagehands’ unions
- Classical Series sets record single ticket sales
- Pops Series 10th anniversary sets record season revenues
- Largest budget in our 87-year history – over $4 million – ending the fiscal year in the black
 
“Going into our 88th season, we look to sustain our vision to be one of the leading regional symphony orchestras in America, locally acclaimed and nationally recognized for community engagement, artistic vibrancy and fiscal sustainability” said Alan Silow, SRS Executive Director.
 
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $4 million into the local economy.
Currently entering its 88th 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 20,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include: an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement; and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2013-14 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

May 12, 2015: Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department welcomes three new staff members

Santa Rosa Symphony, May 12, 2015

(SANTA ROSA, CA)—The Santa Rosa Symphony is pleased to announce that part-time positions in the Education Department have been filled by three enthusiastic and talented applicants.

The position of Education Outreach Coordinator has been accepted by Jane Shelly, who has been principal flute or assistant principal flute for symphonies in Wallingford, Bridgeport and Norwalk, Connecticut, and most recently for the Pizazz Symphony. She was also the Executive Director and Education Operations Manager for the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra. The Education Outreach Coordinator is responsible for maintenance and administration of a suite of Music for Our Schools programs, as well as a small string orchestra. During the summer, the Education Outreach Coordinator assists in the operation of the Santa Rosa Symphony Summer Music Academy.

The position of Simply Strings Coordinator (temporary) has been filled by Chris Ah San who graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010 with a B.A. in Music Performance and Economics. He has worked most recently for Virginia Fair Share as an Assistant Canvas Director and for U.C. Davis as a campus organizer. He has also worked on political campaigns. For the majority of the position term, the Simply Strings Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and administration of the Santa Rosa Symphony Simply Strings program at Sheppard School, now in its second year. Simply Strings is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, which focuses on creating social opportunity through the collective practice of music, combined with Carnegie Hall’s Link Up music literacy curriculum. The Simply Strings Coordinator also assists in the operation of the Santa Rosa Symphony Summer Music Academy.

The position of Simply Strings Teacher Aide has been filled by Meredith O’Connor. O’Connor has been a volunteer in the Simply Strings program since 2014. She has studied viola since the age of six and worked as an Orff Schulwerk Subsitute Teacher at Cabrillo School in Pacifica, California. She was also a mentor for the German International School Youth String Orchestra in Mountain View. She will assist in the classroom management and instruction for students of the SRS Simply Strings program.
 
SRS Director of Education Ben Taylor said, “Jane, Chris and Meredith are exceptionally qualified professionals. It is very exciting to have them join our team in bringing music education to Sonoma County’s youth.
 
--Photos of Jane Shelly, Chris Ah San and Meredith O’Connor are available upon request--
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Ben Taylor
Director of Education
707-546-7097 ext.220
btaylor@santarosasymphony.com
 

May 8, 2015: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra touring China June 17-25

Santa Rosa Symphony, May 8, 2015

 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra touring China June 17-25
City of Santa Rosa to issue honoring proclamation at June 2 meeting

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – From June 17- June 25, 2015, the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra (YO) will travel to China for cultural immersion and musical exchange.  50 talented young musicians, along with conductor Richard Loheyde, staff and chaperones, will participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The young musicians will perform at concert halls in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai. In addition, they will have guided sightseeing excursions that includes the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, Tianamen Square, the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Museum and the Terra Cotta Workshop, West Lake, Yu Garden, and more. They will attend an acrobatic show in Shanghai.
This is the second international tour for the SRS Youth Orchestra. They toured and performed in Prague, Leipzig, Potsdam & Berlin for the ensemble’s 50th anniversary in 2009.

City Council Proclamation
The Santa Rosa City Council will issue a proclamation at its June 2 meeting in recognition of the Youth Orchestra and Santa Rosa Symphony’s contribution to the legacy of classical music and for representing our community in the China cultural exchange. The text of the proclamation acknowledges “Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra’s First Tour to Asia.”  

Bon Voyage concert on June 6 supports YO China Tour
The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra culminates its performance season with a concert on Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in Weill Hall to support the ensemble’s “Musical Journey Through China.” The program begins with a world premiere, Toccata for Orchestra, by local composer Benjamin Taylor. The Youth Orchestra will also play the fourth movement of Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, the first and fourth movements of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, and American Salute by Morton Gould. Another unique offering for this concert is Torch Festival by prolific Chinese composer Wang Xilian, composer-in-residence of the Beijing Symphony, who will meet and rehearse with the Youth Orchestra in Beijing.

Tickets
Tickets for the June 6 performance by these outstanding young musicians are $17 general admission and $12 for students/seniors. Purchase general admission tickets online at www.santarosasymphony.com, call (707) 546-8742, or come in person to the SRS Patron Services office. Student and senior tickets are not available online.

More about the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Currently in its 56th season, the Youth Orchestra is the most advanced of the four SRS Youth Ensembles with 50 musicians, ages 13 to 21 participating this year. The Youth Orchestra is among the oldest orchestras of its kind in California and has performed in Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and toured in Germany and the Czech Republic. Music performed is from the standard symphonic orchestral repertoire. Members are typically ages 14-23.

In 2013, the Classics Alive Foundation, headed by celebrated violinist Lindsay Deutsch, named the SRS Youth Orchestra “Youth Orchestra of the Year.”

Formed in October 1959 as the Sonoma County Junior Symphony under the direction of founding conductor, Eugene Shepherd, the orchestra’s name was changed in 1994 to the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and is currently led by Dr. Richard Loheyde. The Youth Orchestra has helped prepare those musicians who pursued a professional music career with numerous professional ensembles throughout California, including the Santa Rosa Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Oakland Symphony, Musica Angelica and Sacramento Symphony.
 
—Photos available upon request—
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:        Youth Orchestra Bon Voyage Concert
                 
Who:         Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, Richard Loheyde, conductor   
 
When:       Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 7 p.m.
 
Where:      Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
                  Corner of Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway, Rohnert Park
 
Program:  TAYLOR: Toccata for Orchestra
Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 2 (4th movement)
Dvořák:  Symphony No. 8 (1st and 4th movements)
GOULD: American Salute
wanG xilian: Torch Festival (4th movement)
 
Cost:          $17 general; $12 students/seniors
 
Tickets:     Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742), or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
 
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Wendy Cilman
Director of Education
707-546-7097 ext.220
wcilman@santarosasymphony.com
 

April 29, 2015: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra presents Bon Voyage Concert to support tour to China

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 29, 2015

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra culminates its performance season with a concert on Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m. in Weill Hall to support the ensemble’s “Musical Journey through China.” 50 talented young musicians, along with conductor Richard Loheyde, staff and chaperones, will participate in this once-in-a-lifetime cultural immersion and musical exchange from June 17-25, 2015. The young musicians will perform at concert halls in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai.

Bon Voyage concert program includes world premiere
The June 6 musical program begins with a world premiere, Toccata for Orchestra, by local composer Benjamin Taylor. The Youth Orchestra will also play the fourth movement of Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, the first and fourth movements of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, and American Salute by Morton Gould. Torch Festival by prolific Chinese composer Wang Xilian, composer-in-residence of the Beijing Symphony, has rarely been heard in our region.
This performance will richly reward those attending!

Tickets
Tickets for the June 6 performance by these outstanding young musicians are $17 general admission and $12 for students/seniors. Purchase general admission tickets online at www.santarosasymphony.com, call (707) 546-8742, or come in person to the SRS Patron Services office. Student and senior tickets are not available online.
 
More about the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Currently in its 56th season, the Youth Orchestra is the most advanced of the four SRS Youth Ensembles with 50 musicians, ages 13 to 21 participating this year. The Youth Orchestra is among the oldest orchestras of its kind in California and has performed in Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and toured in Germany and the Czech Republic. Music performed is from the standard symphonic orchestral repertoire. Members are typically ages 14-23.

In 2013, the Classics Alive Foundation, headed by celebrated violinist Lindsay Deutsch, named the SRS Youth Orchestra “Youth Orchestra of the Year.”

Formed in October 1959 as the Sonoma County Junior Symphony under the direction of founding conductor, Eugene Shepherd, the orchestra’s name was changed in 1994 to the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and is currently led by Dr. Richard Loheyde. The Youth Orchestra has helped prepare those musicians who pursued a professional music career with numerous professional ensembles throughout California, including the Santa Rosa Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Oakland Symphony, Musica Angelica and Sacramento Symphony.
 
—Photos available upon request—

CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:        Youth Orchestra Bon Voyage Concert
                 
Who:         Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, Richard Loheyde, conductor   
 
When:       Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 7 p.m.
 
Where:      Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University
                  Corner of Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway, Rohnert Park
 
Program:  TAYLOR: Toccata for Orchestra
Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 2 (4th movement)
Dvořák:  Symphony No. 8 (1st and 4th movements)
GOULD: American Salute
wanG xilian: Torch Festival (4th movement)
 
Cost:          $17 general; $12 students/seniors
 
Tickets:     Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742), or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
 
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Wendy Cilman
Director of Education
707-546-7097 ext.220
wsilman@santarosasymphony.com
 

April 10, 2015: SR Symphony’s Preparatory and Repertory orchestras present a joint concert on Saturday, May 2 at Santa Rosa High School Auditorium

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 10, 2015

Repertory Orchestra celebrates its 20th birthday this year with a new commission
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) – The Santa Rosa High School auditorium is the venue for a very special performance by two of Santa Rosa Symphony’s four Youth Ensembles—the Preparatory Orchestra and the Repertory Orchestra—on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 3 p.m.  

At this concert, the Symphony celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Repertory Orchestra (RO) with a new work commissioned for this ensemble by Bay Area composer Martha Stoddard. Ms. Stoddard’s work, titled Thought Process, is based on the personalities of the young musicians she encountered during visits with the orchestra.

The Repertory Orchestra, founded in 1994, was originally called the Discovery Orchestra. The founding conductor, William R. “Bob” Williams (a violinist with the Symphony’s professional orchestra) held the position until 2010. RO is currently under the baton of Bobby Rogers.  In addition to the world premiere piece, the Repertory Orchestra will play Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, Pirates of the Caribbean arranged by Ted Ricketsand Tchaikovsky’s Peter and the Wolf (with a narrator).

The Preparatory Orchestra provides a solid foundation for younger students to learn to play within a full orchestra under the direction of a professional conductor. Tristan Arnold currently leads this orchestra. Arnold is himself an alumnus of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Training Young Musicians program. The Preparatory Orchestra will play Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont; Dark Adventure by Ralph Ford; and Themes from Capriccio Italien by Tchaikovsky.

The Preparatory and Repertory orchestras will combine for a performance of Hofeldt’s Song of the Prairie.

TICKETS
Tickets for the May 2 SRS Youth Ensembles concert are $17 general admission and $12 for students/seniors. Purchase general admission tickets online at www.santarosasymphony.com, call (707) 546-8742, or come in person to the SRS Patron Services office. Student and senior tickets are not available online.
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:        Santa Rosa Symphony’s Preparatory and Repertory orchestras Spring Concert
 
Who:         Preparatory Orchestra, Tristan Arnold, conductor
      Repertory Orchestra, Bobby Rogers, conductor
 
When:       Saturday, May 2, 3 p.m.
 
Where:      Santa Rosa High School Auditorium
                  1235 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
 
Program:         
Preparatory Orchestra
BEETHOVEN: Overture from Egmont
FORD: Dark Adventure
TCHAIKOVSKY: Themes from Capriccio Italien
and a combined performance of the Preparatory and Repertory orchestras:
HOFELDT: Song of the Prairie
 
Repertory  Orchestra
MOZART:  Overture to Don Giovanni
TCHAIKOVSKY:  Peter and the Wolf
RICKETS (arr.): Pirates of the Caribbean
STODDARD: Thought Process [World Premiere]
 
Cost:          $17 general; $12 students/seniors
 
Tickets:     Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742), or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  
 

March 20, 2015: Santa Rosa Symphony presents Mahler’s Third Symphony May 2, 3, 4

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 20, 2015

87th season finale features mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus, and Honor Choir Women’s Chorus in performance without intermission in Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
Abigail Fisher(SANTA ROSA, CA)— Santa Rosa Symphony’s Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series concludes the 2014-2015 season with a program titled “Monumental Mahler” on May 2, 3 and 4 in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center.  Music Director Bruno Ferrandis conducts Gustav Mahler’s multi-faceted and wide-ranging Symphony No. 3 without intermission in a performance of about 95 minutes. According to a letter written by the composer to a friend, “My symphony will be something the like of which the world has never yet heard…in it all of nature finds a voice.”

Featured in this masterpiece are:  Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus (Carol Menke, director); the Women’s Chorus of the SRS Honor Choir (Robert Worth, director), and guest artist, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer (pictured).  

A New York Times reviewer has said: “With her dramatic tumble of red hair and cello-mellow voice, Ms. Fischer sings with a passionate restraint that has no equal in her generation. You didn’t’ want her to stop.” The Wall Street Journal remarked on Fischer’s “throbbing low register and open-hearted performing style” and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (jsonline) wrote: “Abigail Fischer’s burnished mezzo-soprano won the evening’s vocal honors against tough competition.” (See artist’s complete bio here).

Ticket Information
Tickets for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s May 2-4 concerts range from $20 to $80. Tickets for the Discovery Open Rehearsal on Saturday, May 2 at 2 p.m. are $15 for adults and $10 youth (under 18). Reserve by calling (707) 546-8742, or purchase online at santarosasymphony.com.

Concert Times and Location
Classical Series concert times are Saturday, May 2 and Monday, May 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. on May 2. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes
Bruno Ferrandis and guest artist Abigail Fischer will be featured in “Conversations with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A beginning one hour before each performance (excluding the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This is an open-seating event free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here.

Concert Sponsors
Santa Rosa Symphony thanks Viking River Cruises–underwriter of the 2014-2015 Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series. The Symphony’s May concerts are sponsored by The Press Democrat. Guest artist Abigail Fischer is underwritten by Exchange Bank. Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus is underwritten by the Dr. Larry Schoenrock Endowment Fund. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person.

About the Santa Rosa Children Chorus
The Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus was founded in 1984 by Juelle Hinman in order to create a professional level, non-denominational chorus for the children of Sonoma County. During the first year and a half, the Chorus performed nineteen concerts for churches, schools, local organizations and private gatherings. Carol Menke has been on the staff of the Chorus since its inception, and assumed the overall artistic leadership in 1992.

The Chorus has performed previously with the Santa Rosa Symphony, Sonoma County Bach Choir, Ballet California's production of The Nutcracker, and with the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus. In September 2012, in conjunction with the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Chorus sang at the opening of the Green Music Center. Annual tours have taken the Chorus to Los Angeles, the Gold Country, Monterey Bay, Seattle, and British Columbia. In July 1998, the Chorus went on a concert tour to Italy. They gave concerts in Rome, Florence and Venice, and sang a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. They have also performed concerts in Germany and Austria during a tour in the summer of 2003.

The Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus under the artistic leadership of Carol Menke has grown in reputation and recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2014.

About the Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir
The Santa Rosa Symphony Honor Choir, under the direction of SRS Choral Director Robert Worth, was formed in the Fall of 2001 to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in a September 11 memorial concert, under the direction of Jeffrey Kahane. This formal designation came after many years of collaborations between the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Sonoma County Bach Choir, the Santa Rosa High School Concert Choir and other groups. The group serves as the symphony chorus for the Santa Rosa Symphony. The Honor Choir brings together a diverse community of singers for each SRS choral concert, drawing on high school students from throughout Sonoma County, college students at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College, and community members from all walks of life.

Projects have included the Mozart Requiem (Fall, 2003), the Brahms Requiem (Fall, 2002), Britten’s Spring Symphony (Spring, 2004), Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Christopher Rouse’s Karolju (December, 2004), the Verdi Requiem (December, 2007), Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass (December 2008), the Fauré Requiem and Poulenc Gloria (December, 2010), and Brahms’s A German Requiem (December 2011), and the orchestral opening of Weill Hall, Green Music Center, in 2012.

The Women’s Chorus for this production of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 is drawn from the SRS Honor Choir.

—Photos of Abigail Fischer, Children’s Chorus and conductor Bruno Ferrandis available upon request—
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert   “Monumental Mahler”
Who
Santa Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano  
Women’s Chorus of the SRS Honor Choir (Robert Worth, director)
Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus (Carol Menke, director)
 
Program:
Mahler:  Symphony No. 3  
PERFORMED WITHOUT INTERMISSION          
 
Date and Time:
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8 p.m.
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., May 2 at 2 p.m.)
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 8 p.m.
 
Pre-concert talks with Bruno Ferrandis and guests start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Tickets: Single tickets range from $20-$80, depending on seating. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth under 18 (open seating). Purchase tickets online at santarosasymphony.com, order by phone at 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Patron Services is also open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays of concert weekend. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability.) $10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased an hour prior to curtain.
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com

March 6, 2015: Santa Rosa Symphony Summer Music Academy July 13 - August 1, 2015 at Sonoma Country Day School

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 6, 2015

Early Bird Discount for registration by April 1, 2015
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA)—The Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department presents a 3-week summer program for beginning-to-advanced young musicians (some classes also available to adult students), from July 13 through July 31, 2015, with final celebration and performances on Saturday, August 1 to which friends and family are invited. Registration is open from February 1 – June 29, 2015.

The Summer Music Academy (SMA) takes place at Sonoma Country Day School with full day music immersion classes running from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and A la Carte classes in violin, viola, cello, bass, brass instruments, woodwind instruments, recorder, guitar and percussion. A la Carte workshops include these same instruments. Adults interested in violin, viola, cello or bass can enroll in the adult beginner workshop. Experienced instrumentalists of all ability levels can develop and fine- tune their skills in one of the following ensembles: String Orchestras, Jazz Ensembles and Percussion Ensemble.  Courses are also offered to enhance musicianship and deepen musical understanding; these include Composition, Conducting and Doublebass Intensive.

In the Summer Music Academy’s intensive 3 weeks, beginning students can learn to play an instrument for the first time, and advanced students can further their music studies while making new friends. Choir and Rhythm workshops help to develop musicianship at multiple levels. Professional musicians lead Instrumental Workshops, teaching beginning to advanced techniques on specific instruments. Ensembles provide an enriching experience collaborating with fellow musicians.
 
Tuition discount if registered by April 1

Summer Music Academy full day tuition ranges in price from $600-$700 depending on the length and level of the classes; A la Carte classes range in price from $285-$350.  A $25 Early Bird Discount will be given to those who submit their registration form and tuition payment in full on or before April 1, 2015. All full day registrations must be received by June 29, 2015. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Applications for financial aid must be received by June 1, 2015.

Music faculty

Our distinguished faculty members are seasoned musicians and educators active throughout Northern California and beyond. They have performed with groups such as the Santa Rosa Symphony, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, New Century Chamber Orchestra and many regional orchestras. They hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of Southern California, and hold Suzuki Certification. they are experienced in chamber and orchestral playing as well as jazz, country swing and popular styles. Our faculty also serve as conductors or coaches for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s four Youth Ensembles, and they are all dedicated to sharing their love of music with young musicians.

Applications and information on class schedules, tuition, financial aid and more are available online at santarosasymphony.com or by calling (707) 546-7097 x229.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Summer Music Academy

Location:        Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa;  
Dates:              Monday-Friday, July 13-31, 2015.  Final performances: Saturday, August 1
Registration:   WHOSE NAME?  (707) 546-7097 ext. 229
Forms:             Application Package    Financial Aid   [NEED LINKS TO FORMS]
Deadlines:       Early Bird discount – April 1; Financial Aid Form – June 1
 
 
Schedule of Classes and Fees: 
FULL DAY OPTIONS (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
BEGINNING FULL DAY OPTIONS for students with 0-4 years’ experience, each option also includes rhythm workshop, music FUNdamentals and choir. Tuition $585
 
Beginning and Continuing Violin or Viola, ages 5 and up
Beginning Cello or Bass, ages 5 and up
Beginning and Continuing Guitar, ages 7 and up
Beginning and Continuing Brass, ages 7 and up
Beginning Woodwinds, ages 7 and up
 
ENSEMBLE FULL DAY OPTIONS for older, more experienced instrumentalists, each option also includes composition and conducting. Tuition $650
 
Prelude String Orchestra
Intermezzo String Orchestra
Chamber Strings
 
 
 
A LA CARTE OPTIONS
WORKSHOPS
STRINGS 
Beginning and Continuing Violin and Viola Workshop
INSTRUCTORS: IVY ZENOBI, JEANETTE ISENBERG, CINDY WEICHEL, LINDA GHIDOSSI-DELUCA
No prior music experience is necessary, continuing students are welcome. Ages 5 and up.
9:00am-11:15am, TUITION $285
 
Beginning Bass and Cello 
INSTRUCTOR: KAREN ZIMMERMAN 
No prior music experience is necessary, continuing students are welcomeAges 5 and up. 
9:00am-11:15am, TUITION $285
 
Beginning and Continuing Guitar
INSTRUCTOR: ERIC CABALO 
No prior music experience is necessary, continuing students welcome. Includes both ensemble and solo playing. Ages 7 and up. 
9:00am-11:15am, TUITION $285
 
Beginning Violin/Viola, adult 
INSTRUCTOR: JEANETTE ISENBERG
No prior music experience is necessary, continuing students are welcome.
9:00am-10:00am, TUITION $285
 
Prelude String Orchestra 
INSTRUCTOR: KAREN ZIMMERMAN (teacher recommendation form required with application) No prior ensemble experience required. Students must have played their instrument for at least one year.
12:30pm-3:00pm, TUITION $350
 
Intermezzo String Orchestra 
INSTRUCTOR: JEANETTE ISENBERG (teacher recommendation form required with application) For intermediate students with at least two years ensemble experience.
12:30pm-3:00pm, TUITION $350
 
Chamber Strings 
INSTRUCTOR: LINDA GHIDOSSI-DELUCA
(teacher recommendation form required with application) For advanced students with at least four years ensemble experience.
12:30pm-3:00pm, TUITION $350


WOODWINDS, BRASS and PERCUSSION
Beginning and Continuing Brass
INSTRUCTOR: DANIEL GIANOLA-NORRIS
No prior music experience is necessary, continuing students welcome. Appropriate for beginning to intermediate students who have played brass instruments for 0-3 years.
9:00am-11:00am, TUITION $285
 
 
Beginning and Continuing Woodwinds
INSTRUCTOR: JORDAN WARDLAW 
No prior music experience is necessary, continuing students are welcome. Appropriate for beginning to intermediate students who have played woodwinds for 0-3 years.
 9:00am-11:00am, TUITION $285
 
Jazz Ensemble
INSTRUCTOR: JORDAN WARDLAW 
(teacher recommendation form required with application). For intermediate to advanced students, this class is an exploration of different jazz styles, with a focus on improvisation technique and ensemble playing. There is a special need for musicians who play drum set, electric bass and piano. Drum set and keyboard are provided by Santa Rosa Symphony. 
1:30pm-3:00pm, TUITION $300
 
SPECIALTY CLASSES
Beginning and Advanced Composition 
INSTRUCTORS: MARK ANDERMAN (teacher recommendation form may be required with application) For intermediate to advanced students, this course is an opportunity for musicians to experience a practical approach to the fundamentals, orchestration, notation and musical analysis.
9:00am-11:15am M/W/F, TUITION $150
 
Beginning and Advanced Conducting
INSTRUCTOR: RICHARD LOHEYDE (teacher recommendation form may be required with application) For intermediate and advanced students with at least four years ensemble experience or the equivalent.. 
9:00am-11:15am T/TH, TUITION: $150 
 
Bass Intensive Workshop 
INSTRUCTOR: KAREN ZIMMERMAN (teacher recommendation form may be required with application) For intermediate to advanced bass students who want an intensive “how to play better” experience.
TUITION $285
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Ben Taylor
Director of Education
707-546-7097 ext.220
btaylor@santarosasymphony.com
 

February 27, 2015: “Harry Potter and the Magic of Music” Family Concert on April 12 at 3 p.m. in Weill Hall, Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 27, 2015

Santa Rosa Symphony, Roustabout Theater and magician Jay Alexander present music from the Harry Potter films, Lord of the Rings and other magical works
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA)—On Sunday, April 12, 2015, the Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Harry Potter and the Magic of Music,” the third of three performances in this season’s Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. The music begins at 3 p.m. and pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo, begins at 2 p.m. Richard Loheyde conducts the orchestra.

Children are invited to come dressed as their favorite character from the Harry Potter books and films. The young actors and singers from Roustabout Theater, resident company at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, will add to the excitement on stage. Magician/comedian Jay Alexander, highly recommended by entertainers from The Rolling Stones to Bono, will perform acts of prestidigitation to astound young and old alike.

On the program for “Harry Potter and the Magic of Music” are excerpts from:  Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain; Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice; John Williams’ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns; Fellowship of the Ring Suite, and more.

Family Concert Sponsor
This is the third year that Santa Rosa Symphony has partnered with Sonoma Paradiso Foundation for the Family Concert series. In addition to underwriting these concerts for the general public to enjoy at an affordable price, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation gifts 800 tickets and invites community organizations supporting disadvantaged and at-risk children, as well as developmentally challenged youth and adults, from all over Sonoma County. With the support of friends, wine industry partners, financial and business leaders as well as a team of volunteers, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation has raised over $7 million for the children’s charities of Sonoma County.

Time and Location
Instrument Petting Zoo opens at 2 p.m. Concert begins at 3 p.m. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no fee for parking for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets
Tickets for individual concerts are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket.  Seats are reserved.  Call (707) 546-8742 or come to the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or purchase tickets online: www.santarosasymphony.com
 
About Jay Alexander
A master magician and comic, Jay Alexander is one of the top corporate and society entertainers in the country. He has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, MTV and a favorite on many morning shows. Jay creates customized shows for Fortune 500 companies. Alexander is the great grandson of the legendary vaudeville performer, Gentleman Ben Darwin. As a child, Jay found a trunk in his grandparents attic filled with magic and escapes. His interest in magic took off from there. At the age of 14, Jay was honored to be the youngest recipient of the Society of American Magicians Gold Medal of Honor. For over 25 years, Jay has lived his passion of creating unique live entertainment.
 
About Roustabout Theater
Roustabout Theater’s mission is to create a vibrant regional theater and unparalleled actor training program in Sonoma County. Roustabout’s Apprentice Program highlights the talents of the county’s most extraordinary student performers through its professionally produced productions. We also provide unique opportunities for our students through our ongoing series of Master Classes with Tony Award-winners, award-winning Broadway actors and nationally recognized Casting Directors.

Roustabout Theater is the resident theater company of the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, and our Apprentice Program is one of the leading theatrical training and performance programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. In operation since 2006, Roustabout Theater has served thousands of the community’s families and theater lovers through productions, classes and scholarship programs.
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:  The Santa Rosa Symphony presents: The Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series
Concert 3:  “Harry Potter and the Magic of Music”
 
Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
 
Time: 3 p.m; pre-concert activities start at 2 p.m. with an Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, along with students from the SRS Youth Ensembles
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Who:   Santa Rosa Symphony
                        Richard Loheyde, conductor
Roustabout Theater
Jay Alexander, magician
 
Program:
Excerpts from
MUSSORGSKY: Night on Bald Mountain
DUKAS: Sorcerer’s Apprentice
JOHN WILLIAMS: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
HOWARD SHORE arr. John Whitney: Fellowship of the Ring Suite
SCOTT JOPLIN: Entertainer
SAINT-SAENS: Danse Macabre
MOZART: Overture from The Magic Flute
 
Cost: 
Single tickets: $17 adult, $12/child 
RESERVED SEATING. All, patrons regardless of age, must have a ticket.
           
Tickets: Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
 
 
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 
 

February 19, 2015: March concerts at Central and Northwest Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley and Healdsburg libraries are first of a year-long collaboration

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 19, 2015

(SANTA ROSA, CA)— In the month of March, Santa Rosa Symphony ensembles will perform six free concerts at Sonoma County Library branches. These are the first of a unique performance series by brass and strings quintets from the professional orchestra on March 7, 14 and 28. A complete list of dates, times and locations are listed later in this release.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis. The designated children’s program will feature familiar pieces like The Pink Panther, “The Elephant” from Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals, a Looney Tunes fugue and Star Wars theme along with other popular pieces. The children will learn about the various instruments and how they produce sound along with their role in the full orchestra.
Library Director Brett Lear commented, “I’m very proud of this partnership with the Santa Rosa Symphony. I’m thrilled that residents throughout the county can now experience the symphony musicians at their local library.”

Alan Silow, Executive Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony said, “The Symphony is delighted to partner with the Sonoma County Library to bring performances of our talented musicians beyond the concert stage to library settings. We’re happy to provide library patrons with free, up-close, and enriching musical experiences.”

Performance schedule:

Saturday, March 7: String Quintet performance for the whole family
1 p.m. at Central Santa Rosa Library (211 E Street)
2:30 p.m. at Northwest Regional Library (150 Coddingtown Center)
The musicians are: Jay Zhong, violin; Eugenia Wie, violin; Meg Eldridge, viola; Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello; Randall Keith, bass.

Both performances funded by the Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries.
 
Saturday, March 14: Brass Quintet performances

Sonoma Valley Regional Library (755 West Napa Street, Sonoma)
1 p.m. performance for children
2:30 p.m. performance aimed at adults
The quintet’s musicians are: Scott Macomber, trumpet; Kale Cummings, trumpet; Alex Camphouse, horn; Bruce Crisp, tenor trombone; Steve Trapani, bass trombone.
Performances are funded by the Sonoma Valley Friends of the Library
 
Saturday, March 28: String Quintet performances

Healdsburg Regional Library (139 Piper Street, Healdsburg)
1 p.m. performance for children
2:30 p.m. performance aimed at adults
The musicians are: Jay Zhong, violin; Eugenia Wie, violin; Meg Eldridge, viola; Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello; Randall Keith, bass.

Performances are funded by the Healdsburg Friends of the Library
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony
Currently in its 87th season, Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS), the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third oldest professional orchestra in California and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. The (SRS) is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving 23,000 youth annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained national recognition and support for the Santa Rosa Symphony. Awards include: a League of American Orchestras MetLife Award for Community Engagement; and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2013-2014 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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SYMPHONY MEDIA CONTACT:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 
LIBRARY INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kiyo Okazaki
(707) 545-0831 ext. 1536
kikazaki@saonoma.lib.ca.us
 
 

February 16, 2015: Children’s Museum collaborates with Santa Rosa Symphony to present performances by Simply Strings students on February 21 and April 25

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 16, 2015

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County and the Santa Rosa Symphony have collaborated to present a public program at the museum by the 2nd and 3rd grade violinists participating in the Symphony’s Simply Strings program.  The young musicians will share what they’ve learned at performances on two Saturdays, February 21 and April 25 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Each performance will be preceded by an “Instrument Petting Zoo” in which visitors can hold and try out string instruments under supervision by Symphony staff and volunteers.

The admission price is $7 for both adults and children (babies under 12 months old are free). The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County is located at 1835 West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, 95403. (707) 546-4069. Parking is free in the museum lot.

The Santa Rosa Symphony Simply Strings program is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, which focuses on creating social opportunity through the collective practice of music, combined with Carnegie Hall’s Link Up music literacy curriculum. Forty students at Roseland School District’s Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School are participating in 2014-2015. It is the second year of the program, which adds a new group of second graders each year. More information about the Simply Strings program and a myriad of other music education programs offered by the Santa Rosa Symphony can be found here.

The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County’s mission is “to inspire children’s creativity and stimulate their curiosity to discover the world through playful exploration of the arts and sciences.” Visit their website for more information. 
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Ben Taylor
Director of Education
707-546-7097 ext.220
btaylor@santarosasymphony.com
 

February 9, 2015: Pianist Olga Kern performs two concertos with Santa Rosa Symphony in “Blaze of Russian Glory” program March 21, 22 and 23

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 9, 2015


(SANTA ROSA, CA)— Santa Rosa Symphony’s Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series continues on March 21, 22 and 23, 2015, in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center.  Music Director Bruno Ferrandis leads the orchestra in a program titled, “Blaze of Russian Glory.”  Back after a stunning SRS debut in May 2013, the “immensely talented” (Washington Post) Olga Kern returns to perform two piano concertos by her countrymen—Rachmaninoff’s  Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

British conductor James Judd has said of Kern, “As I left the concert hall, I was still in wonderment over Olga Kern’s ability at the keyboard and with music. Unlike many pianists today, she can play Rachmaninoff with ease and a very deep musicality. [She] has inherited the mantle of Rachmaninoff’s musicianship, intelligence and ability. There was nothing missing in her art.”  In addition to the two piano concertos, the March concert set includes an opera overture based on a Russian story—Janáček’s Overture to Kát’a Kabanová—and the 1945 version of Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite.     

Ticket Information

Tickets for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s March concerts range from $20 to $80. Tickets for the Discovery Open Rehearsal on Saturday at 2 p.m. are $15 for adults and $10 youth (under 18). Reserve by calling  (707) 546-8742, or purchase online at santarosasymphony.com.

Concert Times and Location

Classical Series concert times are Saturday, March 21 and Monday, March 23 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes

Bruno Ferrandis and guest artist Olga Kern will be featured in “Conversations with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A beginning one hour before each performance (excluding the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This is an open-seating event free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here

Concert Sponsors


Santa Rosa Symphony thanks Viking River Cruises–underwriter of the 2014-2015 Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series. The Symphony’s March concerts are sponsored Alan and Susan Seidenfeld. Guest artist Olga Kern is underwritten by Linda Castiglioni. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person. Thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2014-2015 guest artist lodging.

Guest Artist Biography

Olga Kern became the first woman in over 30 years to receive the Gold Medal at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001.  She was also featured in the award-winning documentary about that Cliburn Competition, Playing on the Edge. Kern is a laureate of eleven international competitions, including her first place win, at age seventeen, at the first Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition. She was the recipient of an honorary scholarship from the President of Russia in 1996 and is a member of Russia's International Academy of Arts.  With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the striking young pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. Kern’s performance career has brought her to many of the world’s most important venues, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Symphony Hall in Osaka, Salzburger Festspielhaus, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Châtelet in Paris.
Olga Kern’s discography includes Harmonia Mundi recordings of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (2003), a Rachmaninoff recording of Corelli Variations and other transcriptions (2004), a recital disk with works by Rachmaninoff and Balakirev (2005), Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Warsaw Philharmonic (2006), Brahms Variations (2007) and a 2010 release of Chopin Piano Sonatas No. 2 and 3. Complete bio here.

—Photos of Olga Kern and conductor Bruno Ferrandis available upon request—
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert   “A Blaze of Russian Glory”
Who
Santa Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
 
Program:
Janáček:  Overture to Kát’a Kabanová                                                         
Rachmaninoff:  Piano Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev:  Piano Concerto No. 1
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite [1945 version]                    
 
Date and Time:
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8 p.m.
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., March 21 at 2 p.m.)
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 8 p.m.
 
Pre-concert talks with Bruno Ferrandis and guests start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Tickets: Single tickets range from $20-$80, depending on seating. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth under 18 (open seating). Purchase tickets online at santarosasymphony.com, order  by phone at  54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Patron Services is also open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays of concert weekend. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability.) $10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased an hour prior to curtain.
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 
 
 

January 16, 2015: Concerto Competition winner Calvin Jin is featured soloist in Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles concert March 6 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 16, 2015

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – Fifteen-year old violinist Calvin Jin will be the featured soloist in the SRS Youth Orchestra and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra joint concert on Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in Weill Hall. Jin bested five other competitors to win the 2015 Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, performing the first movement of Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto in C major. He appeared before a panel consisting of members of the Santa Rosa Symphony orchestra and music faculty from Sonoma State and SRJC.

Jin is a junior at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma. In 2011 and 2013, he was the leader of the pit orchestra for the Cinnabar Theater Young Rep shows. He is also a member of the Rafael Ensemble, a student musician group based in San Rafael which performs at nursing homes, fundraisers and private parties. He joined the SRS Youth Orchestra in Fall 2014 and is currently the ensemble’s concertmaster. (See complete bio later in this release).

On the program for the SRS Youth Orchestra (YO), conducted by Dr. Richard Loheyde, will be movements I and IV of Borodin’s Second Symphony; “Nimrod” from Elgar’s The Enigma Variations; Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain; Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger, Kabelevsky’s Violin Concerto in C major, featuring Calvin Jin, and the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony Number 5.

The Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (YPCO), directed by Aaron Westman, will welcome as their guests for this concert, the Petaluma Indie-folk rock quartet Trebuchet (pictured, left). The quartet’s members—Navid Manoochehri, Lauren Haile, Eliott Whitehurst  and Paul Haile—met while attaining their music degrees from Sonoma State University. The group originated in 2010 and released their first full length CD, Carry On, in early 2014. Trebuchet has collaborated with YPCO on a new composition to be premiered at this concert.

 YPCO will also perform the following pieces: Vivaldi’s Le Quattro Stagione, “L’Inverno” [The Four Seasons, “Winter”] with Adam Dvorak as violin soloist; the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence; and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp minor. This concert promises to be a unique and wonderful collaboration among some of the finest young musicians in our area.
 
Tickets

Tickets for the March 6 performance are $17 general admission and $12 for students/seniors. Purchase general admission tickets online at www.santarosasymphony.com, call (707) 546-8742, or come in person to the SRS Patron Services office. Student and senior tickets are not available online.  Tickets may be purchased at the door SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.
 
Concerto Competition Winner Biography
 
Calvin Jin, age 15, is a junior at St. Vincent de Paul High School. He has studied violin under Ms. Yoko Acheson since 2005 and completed the Suzuki method (book 10). In 2011 and 2013, Jin was the leader of the pit orchestra for the Cinnabar Theater Young Rep shows in his hometown of Petaluma. He is also a member of the Rafael Ensemble, a student musician group based in San Rafael that performs at nursing homes, fundraisers and private parties. When he was in the 5th grade, Jin joined a Napa Valley Youth Symphony (NVYS) preparatory string orchestra. After serving 2 years as concertmaster, he moved up to the youth symphony as principal second violin and played in their chamber group as well. From 2012 to 2014, he served as a co-concertmaster of NVYS. Some highlights during his years at NVYS include winning their concerto competitions in 2012 and 2014, and leading the group as concertmaster in June, 2014, at Carnegie Hall during the orchestra’s tour in New York. In the fall of 2014, Calvin Jin joined the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and is honored to serve as concertmaster. He loved playing at Weill Hall with the professional symphony during the side-by-side concert in October and looks forward to performing with his peers.
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:        Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Concert III
 
Who:         Youth Orchestra, Dr. Richard Loheyde, conductor
                  Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, Aaron Westman, director
 
When:       Friday, March 6, 2015, 7 p.m.
 
Where:      Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
 
Youth Orchestra Program   
                  Alexander Borodin:  Symphony No. 2, Movements I and IV
                  Edward Elgar: “Nimrod” from The Enigma Variations
                  Modest Mussorgsky: A Night on Bald Mountain
                  Richard Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger
                  Dimitry Kabalevsky: Violin concerto in C major, first movement
                  Ludwig von Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, first movement
 
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra Program:
Antonio Vivaldi:  Le Quattro Stagione, “L’Inverno” [The Four Seasons, “Winter”]
                with Adam Dvorak, violin soloist
                  Pyotr IllyichTchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence, first movement
                  Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108
                        Trebuchet and YPCO collaboration [premiere]
 
Cost:          $17 general; $12 students/seniors
 
Tickets:     Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742), or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
 
 
 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Ben Taylor
Director of Education
707-546-7097 ext.220
btaylor@santarosasymphony.com
 
 
 

December 30, 2014: Brahms Symphony No. 2 and World Premiere Concerto for Bandoneón on the program for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts February 7, 8, and 9

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 30, 2014


(SANTA ROSA, CA)— Santa Rosa Symphony’s Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series continues on February 7, 8 and 9, 2015, in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center.  Music Director Bruno Ferrandis leads the orchestra in a program titled, “An Exotic Mix.”  Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2, which evokes the energetic atmosphere of a Veracruz ballroom, and Pablo Ortiz’s world premiere bandoneón concerto contrast wonderfully with Brahms’ radiant, pastoral Second Symphony.  However, the Brahms too has its sensuous quality, pulsing with the sounds of nature.

Argentine JP Jofre, considered the premier bandoneónista of the modern age, performs the Ortiz composition. Jofre’s virtuosity astonishes critics as well as his growing legion of fans. He has been hailed as one of today’s leading artists by Lincoln Center and praised by The New York Times for his “soulful, artful playing”  and by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as having “technique and personality in abundance for this music.” (More about Jofre later in this release.)






Although it looks like an accordion, the bandoneón is actually a member of the concertina family, brought to Argentina by German immigrants. It has rows of buttons on each side of the bellows and no keyboard. Jofre says that it was “probably used, early on, as a poor man’s church organ.” Pablo Ortiz born in Argentina, had written a few earlier pieces for bandoneón before this concerto. He says, “I grew up listening to tango music, as well as the Western Classical canon and other popular genres, such as rock, jazz and blues.  All of these influences are present in my work. In writing for the bandoneón, I was trying to develop a more abstract contemporary language, perhaps still informed by my knowledge of tango music, but where the tango influences would not be too obvious. . .the piece has the normal three movements of the concerto genre.” While writing, Ortiz consulted with the remarkable artist Juan Pablo Jofre, for whom the work was written, “just as Brahms consulted Joseph Joachim, regarding technical details of writing a virtuoso solo work in his violin concerto.” Ortiz is currently a professor composition at U.C. Davis. (Complete bio here.)

Ticket Information

Tickets for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s February concerts range from $20 to $80. Tickets for the Discovery Open Rehearsal on Saturday at 2 p.m. are $15 for adults and $10 youth (under 18). Reserve by calling (707) 546-8742, or purchase online at santarosasymphony.com.

Concert Times and Location

Classical Series concert times are Saturday, February 7 and Monday, February 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 7. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes

Bruno Ferrandis and composer Pablo Ortiz will be featured in “Conversations with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A beginning one hour before each performance (excluding the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This is an open-seating event free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here.

Concert Sponsors


Santa Rosa Symphony thanks Viking River Cruises–underwriter of the 2014-2015 Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person. Thanks to Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2014-2015 guest artist lodging.

Guest Artist Biography

On the heels of sold-out concerts at Lincoln Center and the Celebrity Series of Boston, where he received standing ovations, JP Jofre released his debut CD Hard Tango on June 26, 2013. The CD features 11-time Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera, who recorded Jofre’s original composition “Primavera” as well as another Grammy winner, Fernando Otero. All but three of the arrangements on the release are composed by Jofre. A recipient of the National Prize of the Arts Grant in Argentina, Jofre has brought his exciting contemporary tango to some of the most important venues and festivals worldwide, including the Taiwan National Theatre, Italy’s Umbria Jazz Festival, Sudtirol Jazz Festival and Celebrity Series of Boston, among others.  Jofre has performed with celebrated musicians of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Nina Beilina, Dartmouth Wind Symphony Orchestra, Festival of the Americas Symphony Orchestra, Fernando Otero Quintet, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Mendoza National Symphony Orchestra and Frost Studio Jazz Band.  Complete bio here.
 
—Photos of guest artists and conductor Bruno Ferrandis available upon request—
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert   “An Exotic Mix”
Who
Santa Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
JP Jofre, bandoneón
 
Program:
Márquez: Danzón No. 2
Pablo Ortiz: Concerto for Bandoneón [World Premiere]
Brahms: Symphony No. 2   
 
Date and Time:
Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8 p.m.
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., February 7 at 2 p.m.)
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8 p.m.
 
Pre-concert talks with Bruno Ferrandis and guests start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Tickets: Single tickets range from $20-$80, depending on seating. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth under 18 (open seating). Purchase tickets online at santarosasymphony.com, order  by phone at  54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Patron Services is also open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays of concert weekend. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability.) $10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased an hour prior to curtain.
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 
 

December 22, 2014: “Tchaikovsky Discovers America” Family Concert January 25 at 3 p.m. in Weill Hall, Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 22, 2014

Santa Rosa Symphony and Classical Kids Live! present historic drama incorporating excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s best, including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty
Description: Family 2 Tchaikovsky

(SANTA ROSA, CA)—On Sunday, January 25, 2015, the Santa Rosa Symphony presents “Tchaikovsky Discovers America,” the second of three performances in this season’s Sonoma Paradiso Foundation Family Concert Series in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. More than 25 excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s most beloved music are magically woven into the drama as two actors from Classical Kids Live! recreate historical incidents in the great composer’s life, including his arrival in new York City for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891. The music begins at 3 p.m. and pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo, begins at 2 p.m. Richard Loheyde conducts the orchestra.

Among the musical excerpts on the program are “Trumpet Fanfare,” “Danse napolitaine” and “Waltz” from Swan Lake; “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies,” “Tea,”(Chinese Dance)  and “Chocolate,” (Spanish Dance) from The Nutcracker, and “Violente,” and “Panorama” from Sleeping Beauty.

The third concert of the 2014-2015 Family Series, “Harry Potter and the Magic of Music” with Roustabout Theater and magician Jay Alexander takes place on April 12. For that performance, children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Harry Potter character.

Concert Sponsor
This is the third year that Santa Rosa Symphony has partnered with Sonoma Paradiso Foundation for the Family Concert series. In addition to underwriting these concerts for the general public to enjoy at an affordable price, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation gifts 600 tickets and invites community organizations supporting disadvantaged and at-risk children, as well as developmentally challenged youth and adults, from all over Sonoma County. With the support of friends, wine industry partners, financial and business leaders as well as a team of volunteers, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation has raised over $7 million for the children’s charities of Sonoma County.

Time and Location
Instrument Petting Zoo opens at 2 p.m. Concert begins at 3 p.m. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no fee for parking for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets
Tickets for individual concerts are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket.  Seats are reserved.  Call (707) 546-8742 or come to the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or purchase tickets online: www.santarosasymphony.com
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:  The Santa Rosa Symphony presents: The Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series
Concert 2:  “Tchaikovsky Discovers America”
 
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
 
Time: 3 p.m; pre-concert activities start at 2 p.m. with an Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, along with students from the SRS Youth Ensembles
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
 
Who:   Santa Rosa Symphony
            Richard Loheyde, conductor
            Classical Kids Live!
Paul Pement, director & producer
                        Susan Hammond, series creator
Douglas Cowling, playwright
Roger Anderson as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Nicole Hren as Jennie
 
Program:
TCHAIKOVSKY:                                               
Trumpet Fanfare excerpt from Swan Lake, Opus 20
First Movement excerpt from Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 23
Danse Napolitaine from Swan Lake, Opus 20
Trépak from The Nutcracker for Orchestra, Opus 71
Valse for Piano excerpt from Serenade in C major for String Orchestra, Opus 48
Waltz excerpt from Serenade in C major for String Orchestra, Opus 48
Tea excerpt from The Nutcracker for Orchestra, Opus 71
Overture from The Nutcracker for Orchestra, Opus 71
Coffee excerpt from The Nutcracker for Orchestra, Opus 71
Chocolate excerpt from The Nutcracker for Orchestra, Opus 71
Waltz from Sleeping Beauty for Orchestra, Opus 66
Overture to Act II from Swan Lake, Opus 20
Silver (and Rag) from Sleeping Beauty for Orchestra, Opus 66
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Overture 1812 in E-flat major for Orchestra, Opus 49
Violente from Sleeping Beauty for Orchestra, Opus 66
Andante simplice from Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 23
Marche slave in B-flat major for Orchestra, Opus 31
Coda from Act II of The Nutcracker for Orchestra, Opus 71
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker for Orchestra, Opus 71
Entr’acte and Panorama from Act II of Sleeping Beauty for Orchestra, Opus 66
Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza from Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64
Coda from La Cygne Noir from Swan Lake, Opus 20
Amazing Grace
Andante non troppo from Serenade in C major for String Orchestra, Opus 48
Andante from Serenade in C major for String Orchestra, Opus 48
Finale from Overture 1812 in E-flat major for Orchestra, Opus 49
 
Cost: 
Single tickets: $17 adult, $12/child 
RESERVED SEATING. All, patrons regardless of age, must have a ticket.
           
Tickets: Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
 
 
FUTURE FAMILY SERIES CONCERT:
 
Harry Potter and the Magic of Music
Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Jay Alexander, magician
Roustabout Theater
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 
 

November 26, 2014: Multiple Grammy-winning violinist/composer Mark O’Conner performs with Santa Rosa Symphony January 10, 11 and 12 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 26, 2014


(SANTA ROSA, CA)— Santa Rosa Symphony’s Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series continues on January 10, 11 and 12, 2015, in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center with a program titled, “Wild West.”  Guest conductor Michael Christie will lead the orchestra in quintessential American sounds from Aaron Copland, including his Billy the Kid Suite, and two works by guest violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. The multiple Grammy-winning artist headlines with his Fiddle Concerto, which has become the most-performed modern violin concerto composed in the last 40 years, with more than 200 performances. Recently married, O’Connor will be joined on stage by his wife, the former Maggie Dixon, to perform his Strings and Threads Suite. Maggie O’Connor, like her husband, is well versed in both classical and diverse styles of music, and the couple has multiple joint concert and workshop engagements throughout the 2015-2016 season.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s January concerts range from $20 to $80 for performances on Saturday and Monday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets for the Discovery Open Rehearsal on Saturday at 2 p.m. are $15 for adults and $10 youth (under 18). Reserve by calling (707) 546-8742, or purchase online at santarosasymphony.com.

Guest Artist Biographies

Mark O’Connor is a multi-Grammy winning American jazz, folk, classical violinist/composer and author. His orchestral concertos and symphonies have received over 500 performances around the country, and his million-seller Appalachia Waltz is one of the most loved string pieces since Barber's Adagio.

A product of America’s rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O’Connor’s creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin, Stephane Grappelli. Along the way, between these marvelous musical extremes, Mark O’Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. Now, at age 52, he has melded and shaped these influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. As The Los Angeles Times recently noted, he has “crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal.”

O’Connor’s musical works have been embraced by a variety of performers, including Yo-Yo Ma and Renee Fleming. “Strings and Threads Suite” a duet for violin and guitar that O’Conner composed for guitarist Sharon Isbin, was on her Grammy Award-winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Performance in 2010. His music has been commissioned by The Eroica Trio, and performed by dance troupes such a Alvin Ailey, the New York City Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dance Co. He frequently collaborates with director Ken Burns for the sound tracks of Burns’ documentary films. Expanded bio here.
 

Violinist and American fiddler Maggie O’Connor performs classical as well as diverse styles of music throughout the United States and beyond. In recent seasons, she has performed duets with her husband Mark O’Connor, performed as a guest soloist with the renowned Singapore Chinese Orchestra, presented recitals in Baltimore, soloed with orchestras in Atlanta, and appeared as a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. She can be heard improvising jazz, bluegrass, rock, and pop with a range of groups including her family band True Dixon, her bluegrass trio Ra Tomatoes, as well as the rock group The Radio Birds. An accomplished scholar, Maggie attended the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with the legendary violinist Herbert Greenberg and earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. In addition to being a certified teacher in the O’Connor Method, Maggie has several concert appearances and workshops with Mark O’Connor in the 2015-16 season.

 

Michael Christie is a thoughtfully innovative conductor, equally at home in the symphonic and opera worlds. He was featured in Opera News in August 2012 as one of 25 people believed “to break out and become major forces in the field in the coming decade.” He began his tenure as the first‐ever Music Director of the Minnesota Opera with the 2012‐13 season.  Christie’s 16‐year conducting career has included serving as Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony (2005‐2013) and Brooklyn Philharmonic (2005‐2010), and as Chief Conductor of the Queensland Orchestra (2001‐2004) in Australia, as well as guest appearances leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonies of Dallas, St. Louis, Atlanta, Houston, Minnesota, Oregon, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati. Christie served as Music Director of the Colorado Music Festival from 2000‐2013, where he has been highly praised for his innovative programming and where audiences are now at an all‐time high, resulting in his being named “Musician of the Year” by The Denver Post in 2010. Complete bio here.
 
Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes

Guest Conductor Michael Christie will be featured in “Conversations with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A beginning one hour before each performance (excluding the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This is an open-seating event free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here.

Concert Sponsors

Santa Rosa Symphony thanks Viking River Cruises–underwriter of the 2014-2015 Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series. The Symphony’s January concerts are sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person. Mark O’Connor is underwritten by Faye Smith. Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2014-2015 guest artist lodging.

Concert Times and Location

Classical Series concert times are Saturday, January 10 and Monday, January 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, January 11 at 3 p.m. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 10. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets

For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at santarosasymphony.com or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability.) Single tickets are $20-$80. $10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased an hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).

—Photos of guest artists and conductor Michael Christie available upon request—
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert   “Wild West”
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony
 
Michael Christie, guest conductor
Mark O’Connor, violin
Maggie O’Connor, violin
 
Program:
Copland: Billy the Kid Suite
O’Connor: Strings and Threads Suite
O’Connor: The Fiddle Concerto
Copland: El Salón México   
 
Date and Time:
Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8 p.m.
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., January 10 at 2 p.m.)
Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Monday, January 12, 2015 at 8 p.m.
 
Pre-concert talks with Bruno Ferrandis and guests start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $20-$80
 
Tickets: Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability.) 
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

October 28, 2014: Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir featured in Santa Rosa Symphony’s December 6, 7 and 8 concerts at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 28, 2014

(SANTA ROSA, CA)— Santa Rosa Symphony’s Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series continues in celebratory fashion on December 6, 7 and 8 in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center with a program titled, “Angelic Voices.”  Music Director Bruno Ferrandis and the orchestra welcome to our stage from Germany the Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir (Augsburger Domsingknaben), directed by Reinhard Kammler. The 40-member choir will perform a cappella selections, then lend their magnificent voices to the finest of Mozart’s Salzburg masses, Mass in C major for Orchestra and Chorus, K. 317,Coronation.

In the second half of the concert, a trio of young operatic stars are featured in Stravinsky’s ballet about the amorous adventures of a traditional comedic Italian hero, Pulcinella. Mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich  (“a rich strong voice with flawless comic timing”), tenor Jonathan Smucker (“secure and expressive…capable of evoking every changing emotion”), and bass Kirk Eichelberger (“resonant bass and riveting stage presence”) bring the witty tale to life. The first performance of this ballet was in Paris in 1920 in collaboration with the Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev and scenery and costumes by Picasso!

Ticket Information

Tickets for the December concerts range from $20 to $80 for performances on Saturday and Monday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets for the Discovery Open Rehearsal on Saturday at 2 p.m. are $15 for adults and $10 youth (under 18). Reserve by calling (707) 546-8742 or purchase online at santarosasymphony.com.

Guest Artists Biographies

Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir, Reinhard Kammler, director

In addition to their core occupation, upholding the cathedral’s musica sacra, Domkapellmeister Reinhard Kammler and his Augsburger Domsingknaben have also been part of the professional international music business very successfully for years. Working with world stars such as Sir Colin Davis, Fabio Luisi, Jeffrey Tate, Thomas Hengelbrock, Mstislav Rostropowitsch, Sir Neville Marriner, Kent Nagano, Mariss Jansons, Manfred Honeck, Abdullah Kazem and Daniel Harding, the boy soloists or the chamber choir of the Augsburger Domsingknaben perform at music festivals such as the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Baltic Sea Festival Stockholm, or the Festival du musique sacrée in Switzerland,  and at distinguished opera houses such as the Bayerische Staatsoper München, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, and the Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg. Expanded bio here.
 
Choir director Reinhard Kammler studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich. He founded the Augsburger Domsingknaben during his studies and received a scholarship from the Deutscher Musikrat. After many years as cathedral organist, he was appointed Domkapellmeister of Augsburg. In addition to his duties connected with sacred music at the Augsburg cathedral, Kammler performs with his Augsburger Domsingknaben inside and outside of Germany and works with the Bayerische Rundfunk, numerous opera houses, orchestras and first-rate conductors.
He has been awarded several honours for founding the Choir and for his service to the cultivation of the musica sacra, e.g. the Päpstlicher Silvesterorden and the Bundesverdienstkreuz. Kammler has had successful artistic cooperations with record labels Harmonia Mundi and Ars Musici for decades. The renowned Deutsche Grammophon made a first CD production with him in 2012.
 

Kindra Scharich is an active performer whose work encompasses a broad range of
styles. Current season operatic engagements include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Medoro in Orlando and Eduige in Rodelinda. Additionally, Scharich will sing several lieder recitals in San Francisco and San Diego, including Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with Lieder Alive, as well as a number of performances with the Vinaccesi Ensemble, a group devoted to music for voice and continuo, of which she is a founding member. Enthusiastic about working with living composers, Scharich premiered new works by composer Kurt Erickson in the spring of 2014 and is currently collaborating with California-based composer Janis Mattox on her Spanish chamber opera Sueños de Medianoche (Midnight Dreams), a work based on Bolivian legend. Expanded bio here.
 
Tenor Jonathan Smucker has sung more than forty roles in opera, oratorio, operetta, and musical theater, including leading roles by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, and Gilbert and Sullivan.  His recent credits include Evangelist (St. John Passion) with Vallejo Choral Society, Acis (Acis and Galatea) with Marin Oratorio, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) with West Bay OperaTamino (The Magic Flute) with Pocket Opera, St. Chavez (Four Saints in Three Acts) with Opera ParallèleScaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos) with West Edge Opera, and tenor soloist in Dioclesian with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.  In demand throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the United States, he has appeared as soloist with Festival Opera, San Francisco Opera Guild, Opera San Jose, Opera San Luis Obispo, Townsend Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Music in the Mountains, and at Stanford and Dominican universities, and at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz.

Smucker also performs regularly in recital, with a specialty in vocal chamber music.  As a member of The Vinaccesi Ensemble, he has appeared on recital series including Old First Concerts, Noontime Concerts, and the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition Fringe, and is featured on their debut recording, Benedetto Vinaccesi: The Solo Cantatas, available on Centaur Records.   Expanded bio here.
 
Bass Kirk Eichelberger has been praised for “commanding the stage at every turn” (San Francisco Chronicle). Recent engagements have included The Emperor in Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of the Soul with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Mephistopheles in Faust with Opera Grand Rapids, Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera, and Ferrando in Il Trovatore with Opera Manitoba.

Highlights of past performances include Fernando in Fidelio with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffman with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Memphis, and Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Sacramento Opera. Eichelberger was a national finalist in the 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 1999 MacAllister Awards for Opera Singers. Expanded bio here.
 
Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes

Bruno Ferrandis and special guests are featured in “Conversations with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A beginning one hour before each performance (excluding the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This is an open-seating event free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here.

Concert Sponsors


Santa Rosa Symphony thanks Viking River Cruises–underwriter of the 2014-2015 Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series. The Symphony’s December concerts are sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person. The Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir is sponsored by Wil Craig, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany San Francisco, Sonoma County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the City of Santa Rosa. We also thank the Courtyard by Mariott for hospitality for the Boys Choir and the Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for 2014-2015 guest artists lodging.

Concert Times and Location

Classical Series concert times are Saturday, December 6 and Monday, December 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets

For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at santarosasymphony.com or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability.) Single tickets are $20-$80. $10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased a half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
—Photos of guest artists and Bruno Ferrandis available upon request—
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What: Symphony Concert   “Angelic Voices”
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony
 
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir , Reinhard Kammler, director
Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Smucker, tenor
Kirk Eichelberger, bass
 
Program:
Otto Jochum                             Macht hoch die Tür [Advent Song for Five Voices]                 
Michael Praetorius                   Nun komm, der Heiden Heilen [Motet for Eight Voices]       
William Byrd                              Rorate coeli desuper [Motet for Five Voices]                         
Orlande de Lassus                     Tui sunt cáeli, et túa est térre [Motet for Eight Voices]        
Andreas Raselius                       Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt [Motet for Eight Voices]        
Philipp Friedrich Silcher            In dulci jubilo [Christmas Song for Five Voices]                      
 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mass in C major for Orchestra and Chorus, K. 317, Coronation
 
Igor Stravinsky
Pulcinella for Soprano, Tenor, Bass and Orchestra [after Pergolesi]                    
 
Date and Time:
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8 p.m.
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., December 6 at 2 p.m.)
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Monday, December 8, 2014 at 8 p.m.
 
Pre-concert talks with Bruno Ferrandis and guests start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $20-$80
 
Tickets: Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability.) 
 
__________________
MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

October 15, 2014: SR Symphony’s Preparatory and Repertory orchestras present a joint Concert on Sunday, November 16 at Jackson Theater

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 15, 2014

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – Sonoma Country Day School’s Jackson Theater is the venue for a Fall Concert by two of Santa Rosa Symphony’s four Youth Ensembles—the Preparatory Orchestra and the Repertory Orchestra—on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at 3 p.m.

The conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra (PO), Tristan Arnold, is himself a graduate of the Santa Rosa Symphony Training Young Musicians program. He teaches at Lincoln High School in San Francisco, and holds a master’s degree in conducting from San Francisco State University. Arnold’s ensemble will play the finale from Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, “Surprise,” plus selections from Handel, Gluck and Mozart.

The Preparatory Orchestra is the youngest of the SRS performing ensembles, and this year consists of 44 musicians, ages 7 to 15.
 
Also performing is the intermediate SRS ensemble, the Repertory Orchestra (RO) conducted by Bobby Rogers. This concert is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ensemble’s founding in 1994 (then called the Discovery Orchestra). The Repertory Orchestra will play Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, featuring violinist Tim Zieminski and violist Ivy Zenobi (both are alumni of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra). Ivy has been an instructor with the Symphony’s Summer Music Academy and Tim is currently on the faculty of the Symphony’s music education program Simply Strings. (See soloists’ bios later in this release.)  Additional selections for the RO include Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, the Overture to Poet and Peasant by Suppé, and the Furiant from Bartered Bride by Smetana.

The Repertory Orchestra consists of 53 musicians, ages 12-18 years old, who have been playing their instruments for at least three years and have prior ensemble experience.
 
TICKETS

Tickets for the November 16 performance are $17 general admission and $12 for students/seniors. Purchase general admission tickets online at www.santarosasymphony.com, call (707) 546-8742, or come in person to the SRS Patron Services office. Student and senior tickets are not available online.
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:        Santa Rosa Symphony’s Preparatory and Repertory orchestras Fall Concert
 
Who:         Preparatory Orchestra, Tristan Arnold, conductor
                  Repertory Orchestra, Bobby Rogers, conductor
 
When:       Sunday, November 16, 2014, 3 p.m.
 
Where:      Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School
                  4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
 
Program:       
Preparatory Orchestra
HAYDN:           Finale from Symphony No. 94, “Surprise”
                        plus selections from Handel, Gluck and Mozart
 
Repertory  Orchestra
MOZART:        Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra
Guest soloists:  Timothy Zieminski, violin;  Ivy Zenobi, viola
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture
Suppé:                 Poet and Peasant Overture
SMETANA:        Furiant from Bartered Bride
 
Cost:          $17 general; $12 students/seniors
 
Tickets:     Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742), or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
 
 
Guest Soloist Bios
 
Timothy Zieminski, violin
Timothy Zieminski is both an active performer and teacher in Santa Rosa, California. Raised in a musical family, Zieminski developed early on as a musician, beginning on piano at the age of 6 under the instruction of his mother, pianist and violinist Pam Zieminski. Taking up violin at the age of 11, he received instruction from local violinists Dominick DiSarro, Linda Ghidossi-DeLuca, Kathryn Marshall and Dawn Dover. During that time he performed as a soloist with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, placing in their annual concerto competition in 2007 (third place) and in 2008 (first place.) He also won first place in the Sonoma County Etude Competition in 2008. He performed with the Santa Rosa Symphony Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (YPCO) as the principal second violinist, with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra on their 2009 European tour, and with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. He founded the Zaira Quartet, a Santa Rosa-based string quartet, and has also performed with the San Francisco Starlight Orchestra and the Sonoma Repertory Theater. He has played in master classes with violin soloists Corey Cerovsek and Vadim Gluzman. Zieminski continued his training with violinists Axel Strauss and Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance.
 

Ivy Zenobi, viola
Ivy Zenobi received her BA in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder in violin performance and a Masters in viola performance from the University of Toronto. A recipient of the prestigious Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award led her and her colleagues of the Blume Quartet to participate on full scholarship at the Banff Centre for the Arts.  Zenobi has also been a participant in the Aspen Music Festival and School and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar.  Her mentors and private instructors include Robert Slaughter, Barry Shiffman, Virginia Barron, and Linda Ghidossi DeLuca. Passionate about chamber music, Zenobi has participated in masterclasses with the Takacs String Quartet, Guarneri String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Erika Eckert (Cavani String Quartet), Terry Helmer (Orford String Quartet), and Henk Guittart (Schoenberg String Quartet). A performer and private instructor of violin and viola, Ivy Zenobi has a studio of over 40 students in Sonoma County.  Currently, she can be seen performing viola with her indie/rock group, Naked Fiction.
 
More about the SRS Preparatory Orchestra

The Santa Rosa Symphony Preparatory Orchestra provides a solid foundation for younger students to learn to play within a full orchestra under the direction of a professional conductor. To qualify, students must have played their instrument for a minimum of two years. Some prior ensemble training or experience in a performing group is also desirable. It is strongly recommended that all members be studying their instrument with a private teacher and practice their instrument regularly.

In 1977, the Preparatory Orchestra was formed under the direction of Jack Murphy. It is currently led by Tristan Arnold. Since Mr. Murphy's retirement, the conductors of the Preparatory Orchestra have all been alumni of the Santa Rosa Symphony's training program, bringing a unique knowledge of the program to their work as educators of these young musicians.
 
More about the SRS Repertory Orchestra

The Repertory Orchestra expands the musical experience by providing an opportunity for intermediate to advanced students to perform a wide variety of repertoire within a full orchestra. Repertory Orchestra members are expected to have private instruction on their instrument and follow a regular practice routine. To qualify, students must have been playing their instrument a minimum of three years and have prior ensemble experience – at least one year in the Preparatory Orchestra or the equivalent. Approximate age of orchestra members is 10-18 years.

Founded in 1994 as the Discovery Orchestra under the baton of William R. Williams, the ensemble was renamed the Repertory Orchestra in 2011. The orchestra is currently led by Bobby Rogers and plays to thousands in the community each year.
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Ben Taylor
Director of Education
707-546-7097 ext.220
btaylor@santarosasymphony.com
 

October 14, 2014: SR Symphony’s Preparatory and Repertory orchestras present a joint Concert on Sunday, November 16 at Jackson Theater

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 14, 2014

Repertory Orchestra celebrates its 20th birthday this year
 
(SANTA ROSA, CA) – Sonoma Country Day School’s Jackson Theater is the venue for a Fall Concert by two of Santa Rosa Symphony’s four Youth Ensembles—the Preparatory Orchestra and the Repertory Orchestra—on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at 3 p.m.

The conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra (PO), Tristan Arnold, is himself a graduate of the Santa Rosa Symphony Training Young Musicians program. He teaches at Lincoln High School in San Francisco, and holds a master’s degree in conducting from San Francisco State University. Arnold’s ensemble will play the finale from Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, “Surprise,” plus selections from Handel, Gluck and Mozart.

The Preparatory Orchestra is the youngest of the SRS performing ensembles, and this year consists of 44 musicians, ages 7 to 15.
 
Also performing is the intermediate SRS ensemble, the Repertory Orchestra (RO) conducted by Bobby Rogers. This concert is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ensemble’s founding in 1994 (then called the Discovery Orchestra). The Repertory Orchestra will play Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, featuring violinist Tim Zieminski and violist Ivy Zenobi (both are alumni of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra). Ivy has been an instructor with the Symphony’s Summer Music Academy and Tim is currently on the faculty of the Symphony’s music education program Simply Strings. (See soloists’ bios later in this release.)  Additional selections for the RO include Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, the Overture to Poet and Peasant by Suppé, and the Furiant from Bartered Bride by Smetana.

The Repertory Orchestra consists of 53 musicians, ages 12-18 years old, who have been playing their instruments for at least three years and have prior ensemble experience.
 
TICKETS
Tickets for the November 16 performance are $17 general admission and $12 for students/seniors. Purchase general admission tickets online at www.santarosasymphony.com, call (707) 546-8742, or come in person to the SRS Patron Services office. Student and senior tickets are not available online.
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:        Santa Rosa Symphony’s Preparatory and Repertory orchestras Fall Concert
 
Who:         Preparatory Orchestra, Tristan Arnold, conductor
      Repertory Orchestra, Bobby Rogers, conductor
 
When:       Sunday, November 16, 2014, 3 p.m.
 
Where:      Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School
                  4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
 
Program:        
Preparatory Orchestra
HAYDN:           Finale from Symphony No. 94, “Surprise”
                        plus selections from Handel, Gluck and Mozart
 
Repertory  Orchestra
MOZART:        Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra
Guest soloists:  Timothy Zieminski, violin;  Ivy Zenobi, viola
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture
Suppé:                       Poet and Peasant Overture
SMETANA:       Furiant from Bartered Bride
 
Cost:          $17 general; $12 students/seniors
 
Tickets:     Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742), or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
 
 
Guest Soloist Bios
 
Timothy Zieminski, violin
Timothy Zieminski is both an active performer and teacher in Santa Rosa, California. Raised in a musical family, Zieminski developed early on as a musician, beginning on piano at the age of 6 under the instruction of his mother, pianist and violinist Pam Zieminski. Taking up violin at the age of 11, he received instruction from local violinists Dominick DiSarro, Linda Ghidossi-DeLuca, Kathryn Marshall and Dawn Dover. During that time he performed as a soloist with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, placing in their annual concerto competition in 2007 (third place) and in 2008 (first place.) He also won first place in the Sonoma County Etude Competition in 2008. He performed with the Santa Rosa Symphony Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (YPCO) as the principal second violinist, with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra on their 2009 European tour, and with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. He founded the Zaira Quartet, a Santa Rosa-based string quartet, and has also performed with the San Francisco Starlight Orchestra and the Sonoma Repertory Theater. He has played in master classes with violin soloists Corey Cerovsek and Vadim Gluzman. Zieminski continued his training with violinists Axel Strauss and Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance.
 
Ivy Daniel
Ivy Zenobi, viola
Ivy Zenobi received her BA in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder in violin performance and a Masters in viola performance from the University of Toronto. A recipient of the prestigious Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award led her and her colleagues of the Blume Quartet to participate on full scholarship at the Banff Centre for the Arts.  Zenobi has also been a participant in the Aspen Music Festival and School and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar.  Her mentors and private instructors include Robert Slaughter, Barry Shiffman, Virginia Barron, and Linda Ghidossi DeLuca. Passionate about chamber music, Zenobi has participated in masterclasses with the Takacs String Quartet, Guarneri String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Erika Eckert (Cavani String Quartet), Terry Helmer (Orford String Quartet), and Henk Guittart (Schoenberg String Quartet). A performer and private instructor of violin and viola, Ivy Zenobi has a studio of over 40 students in Sonoma County.  Currently, she can be seen performing viola with her indie/rock group, Naked Fiction.
 
More about the SRS Preparatory Orchestra
The Santa Rosa Symphony Preparatory Orchestra provides a solid foundation for younger students to learn to play within a full orchestra under the direction of a professional conductor. To qualify, students must have played their instrument for a minimum of two years. Some prior ensemble training or experience in a performing group is also desirable. It is strongly recommended that all members be studying their instrument with a private teacher and practice their instrument regularly.

In 1977, the Preparatory Orchestra was formed under the direction of Jack Murphy. It is currently led by Tristan Arnold. Since Mr. Murphy's retirement, the conductors of the Preparatory Orchestra have all been alumni of the Santa Rosa Symphony's training program, bringing a unique knowledge of the program to their work as educators of these young musicians.
 
More about the SRS Repertory Orchestra
The Repertory Orchestra expands the musical experience by providing an opportunity for intermediate to advanced students to perform a wide variety of repertoire within a full orchestra. Repertory Orchestra members are expected to have private instruction on their instrument and follow a regular practice routine. To qualify, students must have been playing their instrument a minimum of three years and have prior ensemble experience – at least one year in the Preparatory Orchestra or the equivalent. Approximate age of orchestra members is 10-18 years.

Founded in 1994 as the Discovery Orchestra under the baton of William R. Williams, the ensemble was renamed the Repertory Orchestra in 2011. The orchestra is currently led by Bobby Rogers and plays to thousands in the community each year.
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Ben Taylor
Director of Education
707-546-7097 ext.220
btaylor@santarosasymphony.com

October 13, 2014: Violinist Lindsay Deutsch in concert with Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra and Young People's Chamber Orchestra Nov. 22

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 13, 2014

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – The renowned violinist Lindsay Deutsch performs in concert with the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Youth Orchestra (YO) and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra (YPCO) in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 3 p.m.  Deutsch’s appearance and residency is a result of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra being named “2013 Youth Orchestra of the Year” by the Classics Alive! Foundation headed by Deutsch.  Besides performing as soloist in the November concert, the artist will lead a master class, visit with the Simply Strings program students at Sheppard School and work with the symphony’s youth musicians in rehearsals as part of her residency.
Jeffrey Kahane, SRS Conductor Laureate and Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra said of Lindsay Deutsch: “One of the most interesting, imaginative, and downright thrilling young violinist in America today.” Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Symphony who conducted a performance with Deutsch on September 26, commented in a review: "In a time when every concert has to be unforgettable and a game changer, Lindsay Deutsch can make that happen every time. . . over the years she has helped me create a new paradigm for our profession. I look forward to our next collaboration."
Musical Program for November 22 concert
The Youth Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Richard Loheyde, performs the overture from Beethoven’s Egmont, an arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for violin and orchestra in which guest artist Lindsay Deutsch is featured, Hoe-Down from Aaron Copland’s ballet Rodeo, and the Mars and Jupiter sections from Gustav Holst’s The Planets.
 
The Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, which performs without a conductor, is directed by Aaron Westman. Its portion of the concert will feature Lindsay Deutsch in Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Summer and Autumn. Special youth soloists featured with YPCO are:  violist Aimee Gruen in Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata (arranged for viola and strings), and violinist Calvin Jin in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Summer and Autumn. YPCO director Westman is also a featured soloist in the Vivaldi.
Concert Time and Location
“Lindsay Deutsch in Concert with SRS Youth Ensembles” takes place on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 3 p.m. Performance is at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway).
Tickets
Single tickets $17 for adults and $12 for students/seniors . Call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at santarosasymphony.com, or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
 
Lindsay Deutsch biography
Lindsay was raised in Houston, Texas, where she began her orchestral debut at age 11. She was concertmaster of the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra at age 12 under the direction of Jung-Ho Pak. She then moved to Los Angeles where she studied with renowned violin teacher Robert Lipsett. Like Jung-Ho, she shares a philosophy of engagement with the audience as well as her mission of widening the exposure of classical music to youth and other groups; she co-founded with her sister Lauren a non-profit organization, Classics Alive (www.ClassicsAlive.org), dedicated to building classical music audiences.
 Deutsch was a featured artist in the January 2010 issue of Symphony magazine for her outreach work across the country. Also, the internationally-known magazine The Strad featured her as their pick of Up-and-Coming Musicians in their April 2007 issue.
Her movie credits include playing the solo violin sound track for the 2006 movie The Good Shepherd starring Robert De Niro. She has also collaborated and is the featured “Pro” on the newly released See-Like-Me, Play Like a Pro DVD violin instruction series. Deutsch has appeared as a soloist on the national radio program, From the Top in which her performance of Bartok’s Roumanian Folk Dances with Christopher O’Riley was selected for inclusion on the “Best of” CD produced by From the Top. Deutsch has been featured in numerous other performances airing on several National Public Radio stations including Performance Today. Complete bio here.
 
CALENDAR LISTING
What: Lindsay Deutsch in Concert with Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles
 
Who:  
Lindsay Deutsch, violin
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, Richard Loheyde, conductor
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, Aaron Westman, director
 
Program:
Youth Orchestra
BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue (arr. for violin and orchestra)
Lindsay Deutsch, violin soloist
COPLAND: Hoe-Down from Rodeo
HOLST: The Planets, Mars and Jupiter
 
Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
NEBRA: Seguidillas
MÁRQUEZ: Marquez:  Homenaje a Gismonti
SCHUBERT: Schubert: Sonata for arpeggione and piano: I (arr. for viola and strings by Dobrinka Tabakova)
                Aimee Gruen, viola soloist
VIVALDI: The Four Seasons, Summer and Autumn
                Calvin Jin, Aaron Westman, violin soloists
PIAZZOLLA: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires: Summer and Autumn
                Lindsay Deutsch, violin soloist
 
Date and Time:
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 3 p.m.
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: $17 adults; $12 students/seniors
 
Tickets: Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
 
__________________
MEDIA CONTACT:
Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 
or
 
Benjamin Taylor
Director of Education
707-546-7097 ext. 220
btaylor@santarosasymphony.com
 
 

October 9, 2014: Santa Rosa Symphony announces 2014-2015 season

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 9, 2014

Artistic Highlights

 - FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT with Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández July 31, 2014
 - Benefit Recital by violin superstar Joshua Bell, accompanied by pianist Alessio Bax
 - Stellar guest artists: violinist/composer Mark O’Connor; pianist Olga Kern in a return appearance; the Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir; pianist Yevgeny Sudbin; and cellist Christian Poltéra
 - World Premiere “Concerto for Bandoneón” by Pablo Ortiz performed by JP Jofre
 - Guest conductor Michael Christie  for January 10, 11 & 12 concerts
 - Season finale: Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 3
 - Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series October 19, January 25 and April 12
 - SRS Youth Orchestra awarded residency with celebrated violinist Lindsay Deutsch
 - Conductor Michael Berkowitz returns for the 10th season of Symphony Pops at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts with four shows:  The Way They Were, a Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch and Barbra Streisand; A Very Merry Holiday Pops featuring Five by Design; The Music of ABBA featuring ARRIVAL from Sweden; and May the Force Be with You: Movie Magic of John Williams.  

87th Season – October 2014 through May 2015
“Your Orchestra, Your Music”
 
2014-2015 marks the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 87th performance season and third year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center. The Santa Rosa Symphony is the third oldest professional orchestra in California and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. The 78 SRS orchestra musicians live in more than 30 different cities; they hail from Sonoma County and other Bay Area counties, travel from up the coast in Gualala, from Davis, from San Jose and even farther, from Placentia, San Diego and Reno, Nevada.
 
Music Director Bruno Ferrandis, in the ninth year of his tenure, has gathered the best to deliver the best for the musical inspiration and enjoyment of our North Bay community.
 
Maestro Ferrandis says that the theme “Your Orchestra, Your Music” illustrates the Santa Rosa Symphony’s desire to truly live its mission.  “We are providing the highest quality musical performances by the best musicians, and are serving the community through extensive music education programs in our schools and training the next generation of classical musicians. I am very much looking forward to our 2014-2015 season.”
 
Viking Cruises to sponsor the 2014-2015 Classical Concert Series

The Santa Rosa Symphony is pleased to announce the first named sponsorship for the entire Classical Series of 28 performances in the organization’s history. Executive Director Alan Silow said, “We are profoundly appreciative of Viking Cruises’ philanthropic commitment and support of arts and culture. It is an important acknowledgment by a world-class corporation that the Santa Rosa Symphony merits attention. We are happy to have them as our corporate partner and to name the 2014-2015 Viking Cruises Classical Concert Series.”
 
Special Concerts

Also included in the new season are two very special events: A FREE Community Concert on July 31, 2014 featuring “America’s premier Mariachi”— Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernàndez — in an indoor/outdoor experience that has proved so popular at Weill Hall;  and a benefit recital by violin superstar Joshua Bell that will take place at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on Friday, October 24, and will include a deluxe dinner package and the opportunity to meet the violinist after the performance. (details of these special concerts follow later in this release)
 
* * *
 
Joshua Bell in Recital
A Special Symphony Benefit – Friday, October 24, 2014, 8 pm
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Accompanied by pianist Alessio Bax, superstar violinist Joshua Bell performs a benefit on behalf of the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on October 24, 2014. The “Meet Joshua Bell” concert package, limited to 80 people, includes the best seats, reserved parking, a cocktail reception, dinner in the Carston Cabaret, a gift CD and a dessert buffet during which supporters will have an opportunity to meet Joshua Bell in person.
Dinner Party and Concert Package: $500 per person
Concert Tickets: $55, $100, $150, $200
 
Santa Rosa Symphony 7-concert full series subscribers have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the Joshua Bell in Recital benefit. Non-subscribers will be able to purchase tickets, if available, beginning July 28, 2014.
 
The 7-concert Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series

The full Classical Series consists of seven triple sets: seven Saturdays at 8 PM, seven Sundays at 3 PM and seven Mondays at 8 PM. Those who subscribe have the same seat for all seven performances, save up to 12% over single ticket prices, and have the first opportunity to buy tickets for the Joshua Bell Benefit recital.
Subscription: $525-$126 (some seating sections have a required or requested donation)
 
In the 2014-2015 season, every concert set of the Viking Cruises Classical Series has a masterpiece of the repertoire. Among them are:  Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto; Mozart’s Coronation Mass; Copland’s Billy the Kid, Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, and the monumental Mahler Symphony No. 3. Among the stellar soloists are two passionate Russian pianists, Yevgeny Sudbin and, in a return engagement, Olga Kern. Travelling from Germany, the Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir is featured in December. Grammy award-winning violinist/composer and cross-over artist Mark O’Conner enlivens January with his Fiddle Concerto. And Argentine JP Jofre, performs a world premiere concerto for bandeoneón and orchestra by Pablo Ortiz.   (details follow later in this release)
 
 
The Discovery Rehearsal Series
Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 6, 2014; Jan. 10, Feb. 7, Mar. 21, and May 2, 2015 at 2 PM
Sponsored by David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
 
This economical subscription opportunity on seven Saturday afternoons is a wonderful way to experience the orchestra and conductor at dress rehearsal. The program may have starts and stops as Maestro Ferrandis fine-tunes the performance, but audiences hear the same pieces that will be performed in the regular Classical Series concert in the evening. This series is perfect for those new to classical music and is also an excellent value.
Subscription (7 concerts): $98 adults, $70 youth
Weill Hall, Green Music Center - General Seating
 
The Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series
October 19, 2014, January 25, and April 12, 2015 at 3 PM
Sponsored by Sonoma Paradiso Foundation
 
Children of all ages are invited for hands-on family fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo at three Sunday matinee performances: A Swashbuckling Pirates Voyage; Tchaikovsky Discovers America, and Harry Potter and the Magic of Music. (details follow later in this release)
 
Subscription (3 concerts): $45 adults, $30 child (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126.
Weill Hall, Green Music Center - Reserved Seating
 
 
2014-2015 Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series  - Details

The Santa Rosa Symphony’s third season as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center starts with “Heroes and Legends” on October 11, 12 and 13.  SRS pays homage to Richard Strauss on his 150th birthday with his tone poem chronicling the misadventures of the German peasant folk hero, Till Eulenspiegel. Sublime pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, recipient of the 2013 UK Critics Circle Award for Exceptional Young Instrumental Talent, takes on Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with elegance and incredible technique. Scandalous in its day, Bartók’s showpiece, The Miraculous Mandarin, is a legend of sexual intrigue, violence and hints of romantic love.
Performances are sponsored by Ava and Sam Guerrera. Yevgeny Sudbin is underwritten by
Rabobank, N.A.
 
On November 8, 9 and 10, cellist Christian Poltéra, playing a 1711 Stradivarius cello, “Mara,” performs Tout un monde lointain by Dutilleux. This concert set, titled “Poetic Inspiration” also includes Debussy’s revolutionary Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, based on a poem by Mallarmé. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, said by the composer himself to be “one of my best works” completes this program. Guest artist Christian Poltéra is underwritten by Jim Lamb.
 
In the “Angelic Voices” concert set on December 6, 7 and 8, the Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir performs a cappella, and then lends their magnificent voices to the finest of Mozart’s Salzburg masses. Stravinsky’s Pulcinella,presents a comedic turn in this ballet about the amorous adventures of a traditional Italian hero, featuring a trio of young operatic stars: mezzo soprano Kindra Scharich, tenor Jonathan Smucker and bass Kirk Eichelberger.
Performances are sponsored by Donald and Maureen Green. The appearance of Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir is underwritten by Mr. Wil Craig.
 
Guest conductor Michael Christie, currently the music director of the Minnesota Opera, wields the baton for “Wild West” on January 10, 11 and 12, 2015. Multiple Grammy-winning jazz, folk and classical violinist/composer Mark O’Connor headlines with his Fiddle Concerto, the most-performed modern violin concerto written in the last 40 years. Aaron Copland is famous for the quintessential American sound he created in scores we know and love—in this program, they are Billy the Kid Suite and El Salón México.
Performances are sponsored by Judith and Joseph Gappa. Mark O’Connor is underwritten by Faye Smith.
 
The February 7, 8, and 9 program is a study in contrasts: the Brahms Second Symphony that is serene, pastoral and radiant, side-by-side with the energetic atmosphere of a Veracruz ballroom in Márquez’ Danzón No. 2 and the dramatic world of tango. In “An Exotic Mix,” bandoneón virtuoso Juan Pablo Jofre performs Pablo Ortiz’s World Premiere concerto for the concertina-like instrument that gives Argentine tango its characteristic sound.
 
On March 21, 22 and 23, the stunning pianist Olga Kern, performs two piano concertos by her countrymen Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. An opera overture based on a Russian story, Janáček’s  Overture to Kát’a Kabanová, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite— a tale full of exotic creatures, driving rhythms, unusual scales and a sense of drama— complete a program that threatens to go up in virtual flames.
Performances are sponsored by Alan and Susan Seidenfeld. Olga Kern is underwritten by Linda Castiglioni.
       
The season finale, “Monumental Mahler” on May 2, 3 and 4 contains only one piece—Mahler’s multi-faceted and emotionally wide-ranging Symphony No. 3. The orchestra’s expanded ranks include mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, the Women’s Chorus of the SRS Honor Choir (Robert Worth, director) and Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus (Carol Menke, director). In a letter to a friend, Gustav Mahler wrote of this work: “My symphony will be something the like of which the world has never yet heard! …In it all of nature finds a voice.”
 
—Photos of all guest artists are available upon request—
 
List of Works  2014-2015 Classical Season
Works Receiving their First SRS Performance are marked by (*)
 
Bartók:                  Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin                                                                                      
Beethoven:            Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra, Emperor
Beethoven:            Symphony No. 7 in A major
Brahms:                 Symphony No. 2 in D major
Copland:                Billy the Kid: Suite for Orchestra
Copland:                El Salón México for Orchestra
Debussy:                Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun                                                                                          
*Dutilleux:             Concerto for Cello, Tout un monde lointain                                                                             
*Janáček:              Overture to Kát’a Kabanová 
*Márquez:             Danzón No. 2 for Orchestra
Mozart:                 Mass in C major for Chorus and Orchestra, Coronation
Mahler:                 Symphony No. 3 in D minor for Mezzo-Soprano, Orchestra and Chorus                                 
*O’Connor:            The Fiddle Concerto for Violin and Orchestra                    
*Ortiz:                   Concerto for Bandoneon and Orchestra (world premiere)                                             20:00
Rachmaninoff:      Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor for Piano and Orchestra
Prokofiev:              Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major for Piano and Orchestra
Strauss:                  Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks for Orchestra
Stravinsky:             The Firebird Suite for Orchestra [1945 version]
*Stravinsky:           Pulcinella (complete ballet) for Soprano, Tenor, Bass and Orchestra
Wagner:                Overture to Tannhäuser
 
 
 
Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series
Sundays: October 19, 2014, January 25 and April 12, 2015 at 3 PM
Conducted by Richard Loheyde
Weill Hall, Green Music Center
 
In collaboration with series sponsor Sonoma Paradiso Foundation, the SRS orchestra and zany, colorful guest artists present three delightful Sunday afternoon performances that pique imaginations and welcome participation. At the Santa Rosa Symphony’s popular Family Concert Series, children of all ages are invited to come one hour early for pre-concert family fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo.
 
On October 19, 2014, A Swashbuckling Pirates Voyage invites the audience to come dressed as pirates for this rollicking fantasy adventure concert, hosted by Marcy Smothers and featuring the hearty and amusing baritone Paul Murray. The performance includes selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Pirates of Penzance, selections from the soundtrack of Pirates of the Caribbean movie trilogy, and more.
 
In Tchaikovsky Discovers America on January 25, 2015, Tchaikovsky’s most beloved music is magically woven into the drama as two actors from Classical Kids Live! recreate historical incidents from the composer’s life, including his arrival in New York for the grand opening of Carnegie Hall in 1891. Hear more than 25 excerpts, among them The 1812 Overture, the First Piano Concerto and String Serenade, as well as passages from his three famous ballets—The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.
 
“Classical Kids Live is one of the most completely wondrous examples of children’s entertainment ever!”
 
There is another opportunity for costumes in the April 12, 2015 concert, Harry Potter and the Magic of Music. Harry, Hermione, Voldemort, Dumbledore, Bellatrix Lestrange. . . there are so many characters to choose from! Includes music from the Harry Potter films (of course), Lord of the Rings and other magical works. The talented young actors and singers from Roustabout Theater will be back again. And a magician will add to the excitement with his sleight-of-hand in the spirit of the boy wizard and caster of spells.
 
Pre-concert activities begin one hour before each performance at Weill Hall, Green Music Center.
Subscription for all three concerts: $45 adults, $30 child (age 12 and under). Reserved seating. Family Series discount packages start at $126. Call Patron Services for further pricing details. Single tickets for Family Series concerts go on sale July 28, 2014.
 
 
Symphony Pops Series

Sundays: October 26, December 14, 2014 and February 22, April 26, 2015 at 3 PM
Conducted by Michael Berkowitz
NOTE LOCATION: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Michael Berkowitz returns for his tenth season as SRS Principal Pops Conductor. The Symphony Pops Series, Santa Rosa Symphony’s collaboration with Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, consists of four concerts, all taking place on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m.
 
The series begins on October 26, 2014, with The Way They Were: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch and Barbra Streisand, featuring guest vocalist Haven Burton whose Broadway credits include Shreck the Musical, Legally Blonde and Rent.
 
The Pops series continues on December 14, 2014, with A Very Merry Holiday Pops featuring Five by Design. The guest artists’ signature harmonies have withstood the test of time in a career spanning more than twenty years.  Five By Design embraces the unforgettable melodies, lush harmonies, and swinging rhythms that evoke the names of Miller, Mancini and Mercer.
 
The Music of ABBA on February 22, 2015, features the group ARRIVAL from Sweden presenting the world’s greatest ABBA tribute show, with 30 sold out tours of the U.S. since 2005.
 
The Pops Series concludes on April 26, 2015, with May the Force Be with You: Movie Magic of John Williams: an all-orchestral program with some of the most famous film scores in history from Star Wars to ET, from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Schindler’s List  by the multi- award (Grammies, Oscars, Golden Globes) winning composer John Williams.
 
                                                                                                                             
NOTE: Subscription tickets for the Symphony Pops concerts will be available ONLY through the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts box office: (707) 546-3600 www.wellsfargocenterarts.org.
 
Although the Santa Rosa Symphony’s other concerts are at the Green Music Center, Symphony Pops concerts continue at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in 2014-2015.
 
Hospitality Partners – Fountaingrove Inn, Doubletree by Hilton
Santa Rosa Symphony gratefully acknowledges the Fountaingrove Inn Hotel and Conference Center  in Santa Rosa and Doubletree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Rohnert Park for providing lodging for our esteemed guest artists and conductors.  
 
The Fountaingrove Inn features Equus Restaurant & Lounge, a casual contemporary setting with fine food and exceptional cocktails, where you can enjoy a pre-concert dinner or an after-party. Doubletree by Hilton, where "the little things mean everything" including the warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival, features Bacchus Restaurant and Wine Bar, perfect for pre- and post-concert dining. 
  Ways to Enhance the Concert Experience

Concert Conversations

In Santa Rosa Symphony’s popular pre-concert talks, conductor Bruno Ferrandis and guests discuss the musical program and answer questions from the audience. Concert Conversations begins one hour prior to the Viking Cruises Classical Concert Series performances in Weill Hall, and are free to all ticket holders.
 
Program Notes Online

Notes offer insight and fascinating details about the concert program and are posted on each of the seven Classical Series concert event pages at santarosasymphony.com
 
Directions and Transportation
The Green Music Center

The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center is located on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, at the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road. It is just 42 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
 
From the south, take U.S. Highway 101 north to the Rohnert Park Expressway exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Rohnert Park Expressway. Drive 2.2 miles to the Green Music Center entrance on your right.
 
From the north, take U.S. Highway 101 south to the Rohnert Park Expressway exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Rohnert Park Expressway. Drive 2.2 miles to the Green Music Center entrance on your right.
 
Bus Packages

The Santa Rosa Symphony operates private bus service to many of our concerts at the Green Music Center. The cost is $77 for all seven Classical Series concerts or $15 for individual concerts. For details and specific bus schedules, please call the Patron Services Office at 707-546-8742.  
 
 
Subscription Series Tickets for the 2014-2015 Season
 
Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series

The 7-Concert Package is the ONLY way to guarantee a seat to EACH Symphony Classical Series concert. Subscribers choose between seven Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays and enjoy the same seat for seven uplifting and inspirational nights out. Full series subscribers save up to 12% AND have the first opportunity to buy tickets to the Joshua Bell in Recital performance on Oct. 24, 2014.
Packages: $126-$525 (some seating areas require a minimum per seat donation)
 
Mini Series

Patrons may select four of the seven Classical Series concerts to create a customized Mini Series and enjoy many of the benefits of subscribing.
Packages: $76-$272
 
Come As You Can Series

This is the most flexible subscription package—8 ticket vouchers which can be redeemed in any combination, for example: two tickets to each of four concerts, or eight tickets for one concert. Seating is the best available at the time of redemption.
Packages: $392  
 
 
Discovery Rehearsal Series

On seven Saturdays at 2 PM, audiences experience a concert in the making at this open rehearsal series. It is ideal as a shared family experience or as an economical alternative for low-income patrons. It also offers a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between the orchestra and conductor as they rehearse, and could be used as a sneak preview for any regular subscriber!
Packages: $98 for adults; $70 for youth under age 18 and under.
 
 
Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series
Sundays at 3 PM  Oct. 19, 2014; January 25, 2015; April 12, 2015

Our orchestra and zany, colorful guest artists present three Sunday afternoon performances that pique imaginations, and delight one and all! Pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo, begins one hour before each performance.
Packages: $45 for adults; $30 for children 12 and under.
Family Packages for four start at $126. (must include 2 child subscriptions)
 
 
Symphony subscriptions are available only through the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office. Subscribe in person or call 54-MUSIC beginning March 10, 2014.  Subscriptions are not available online at this time. Single tickets will go on sale to the public beginning July 28, 2014.
 
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office

Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5:30 PM   (Wednesday 10:30 AM– 5:30 PM)
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor, off elevator lobby)
Mailing address: Santa Rosa Symphony, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue Suite 410, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
santarosasymphony.com       54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742      Fax: (707) 546-7284
 
 
Integrated Community Music Education    

The Santa Rosa Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 20,000 students annually. Whether it’s training musicians of the future or fostering a lifetime love of music, the Symphony’s commitment is unwavering.
 
Training Young Musicians

Opportunities for beginning to advanced students include four youth ensembles and a three-week summer day camp. The  award-winning Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles (SRSYE) perform regularly in public concerts throughout the year and have performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and Weill Hall.
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles 2014-2015 concerts in Weill Hall, Green Music Center:

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 3 PM   featuring violinist Lindsay Deutsch
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 3 PM featuring Concerto Competition Winners
Saturday, June 6, 2014 at 7 PM   Bon Voyage Concert for Youth Orchestra international tour
 
Tickets for the youth ensemble concerts can be purchased online or through the SRS Patron Services office (707) 546-8742.
 
Music for our Schools

For over 50 years, the Santa Rosa Symphony has provided resources to support music education. Local schools may take advantage of the following:

- Free Concerts for Youth – Elementary school students attend one of six live orchestral performances in Weill Hall
- Elementary School Listening Program – daily music listening for classrooms
- Youth Discovery Card – admits one child and one adult free to Discovery Rehearsal performances
- In-School Performances – SRS professional musicians perform in area schools, offering informative and entertaining chamber concerts
- Lesson plans and workshops for teachers on integrating music into classroom activities.
- It’s Elementary four Sonoma County schools annually receive our full range of customized music education activities
- Simply Strings – free, daily after-school music education intensive at one school site in Santa Rosa, including violin and viola instruction for 75 students, inspired by El Sistema
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Lindsay Deutsch Residency 

Named 2013 Youth Orchestra of the Year by the Classics Alive foundation, the SRS Youth Orchestra will benefit from a residency with celebrated violist Lindsay Deutsch in November 2014. The residency will include a master class, rehearsals and a Youth Orchestra concert on November 22, with Ms. Deutsch as soloist.
 
For information on Santa Rosa Symphony music education programs, call (707) 546-7097 x225.
 
 
Guest Artists Biographies – 2014-2015 Season
Joshua Bell, violin

Often referred to as the “poet of the violin,” Joshua Bell’s stunning virtuosity, beautiful tone and charismatic stage presence have brought him universal acclaim.  An Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Bell recently received the New York Recording Academy Honors. As the first person appointed Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (ASMF) since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958, their first CD under Bell's leadership of Beethoven’s 4th and 7th symphonies debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical chart.  A holiday-themed CD, Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends featuring collaborations with Chris Botti, Kristin Chenoweth, Chick Corea, Alison Krauss, Placido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Renée Fleming and others will be released in November.
Season highlights include a European and U.S. tour with ASMF, performances with the Houston, Dallas and St. Louis symphonies, and an appearance at Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bell performs the Brahms concerto with Paavo Järvi conducting the Vienna Philharmonic, and Sibelius with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  A U.S. recital tour, a Kennedy Center performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, and dates with the Los Angeles Philharmonic round out the season.

Bell’s 2007 incognito subway station performance resulted in a provocative Washington Post  Pulitzer Prize-winning story examining art and context. The conversation continues with the new Annick Press illustrated children’s book, The Man with the Violin.

As a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards.  Recent releases include French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, At Home with Friends, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic. His discography encompasses the major violin repertoire in addition to John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning soundtrack, The Red Violin.
Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Bell received his first violin at age four and at 12 began studying with Josef Gingold, at Indiana University. Two years later, Bell came to national attention with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra and at age 17, made his Carnegie Hall debut.
Bell plays the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.
 
Alessio Bax, piano           accompanist for Joshua Bell recital

Pianist Alessio Bax is praised for creating “a ravishing listening experience” with his lyrical playing, insightful interpretations, and dazzling facility. “His playing quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity,” says Gramophone magazine, leading to “an out-of-body experience” (Dallas Morning News). First Prize winner at the Leeds and Hamamatsu international piano competitions—and a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient—he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, the Dallas and Houston symphonies, the NHK Symphony in Japan, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with Yuri Temirkanov, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle. Alessio Bax graduated with top honors at the record age of 14 from the conservatory of his hometown in Bari, Italy, where he studied with Angela Montemurro. He studied in France with François-Joël Thiollier and attended the Chigiana Academy in Siena under Joaquín Achúcarro. In 1994 he moved to Dallas to continue his studies with Achúcarro at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, and he is now on the teaching faculty there. He and his wife, pianist Lucille Chung, reside in New York City. Alessio Bax is a Steinway artist.
 
Mariachi Sol de México de Jóse Hernàndez   

Unprecedented, unrivaled and uninhibited, the impact of Jose Hernandez and his Sol de Mexico® on mariachi and all music is undeniable. After forming Mariachi Sol de Mexico in 1981, Jose’s charismatic arrangements and signature trumpet playing made the group an instant and lasting success: Sol de Mexico has played to sold-out halls from New York’s Lincoln Center to Viña del Mar in Santiago, Chile. Not only were they the first Mariachi group to play concerts in Beijing, China and Pyongyang, North Korea; the shows were sold out! They have also played for four U.S. Presidents.
Right from the start, Jose has been an innovator, as evidenced by creating a cohesive collaboration with symphonies throughout the United States. Sol de Mexico’s music recently was featured in the movie Glory Road and in Academy Award nominated Seabiscuit. Jose Hernandez created Reyna de Los Angeles, America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble. In 1991 he formed a children’s music foundation, the Mariachi Heritage Society, because the importance of maintaining the spirit of culture is only equaled by the importance of giving children the tools for success in any endeavor.
 
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano

Yevgeny Sudbin received the 2013 Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in the instrumental category, intended to recognize both achievement and promise in musicians under age 35. In the midst of a seven year (and 14 album) collaboration with BIS Records, his recordings have met with overwhelming critical acclaim. The International Record Review stated that Sudbin’s Rachmaninoff recording “confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time.” His release of works by Scriabin was chosen CD of the Year by London’s Daily Telegraph, CD of the Month by BBC Music Magazine, and was awarded the MIDEM Classical Award for best solo instrument CD at Cannes. Sudbin’s 2013-14 season commenced with recitals at the Singapore Piano Festival and his annual appearance in Wigmore Hall. These were followed by two appearances at the Verbier Festival, in recital and in a performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto” with the Verbier Festival Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit. Recitals throughout the UK followed, also a Paris duo-recital with cellist Alexander Chaushian.
Born in St. Petersburg in 1980, Sudbin has appeared with distinguished orchestras around the world and has performed in recital in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taiwan, Singapore,  Hamburg, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, and London.
 
Christian Poltéra, cello

Since replacing Yo-Yo Ma performing the Elgar concerto with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under David Zinman at the age of 17, Christian Poltéra has steadily established himself as one of the most prominent cellists of his generation. As soloist, he has worked with eminent orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, NDR Hamburg Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna and Bamberg Symphonies, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestra Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Chamber Orchestra of Europe under such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis, Paavo Järvi, Donald Runnicles, as well as the leading conductors of the younger generation, such as James Gaffigan, Robin Ticciati, Vasily Petrenko and Andris Nelsons. Poltéra made his solo debut in the US in 2006 with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in New York.

In 2004, he received the Borletti-Buitoni Award and was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist. In 2006-2007, he was a “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organization. He is a regular guest at renowned festivals (such as Salzburg, Lucerne, Berlin, and Vienna) and made his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2007. Poltéra records regularly for BIS.
 
Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir

In addition to their core occupation, upholding the cathedral’s musica sacra, Domkapellmeister Reinhard Kammler and his Augsburger Domsingknaben (Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir) have also been part of the professional international music business very successfully for years. Working with world stars such as Sir Colin Davis, Fabio Luisi, Jeffrey Tate, Thomas Hengelbrock, Mstislav Rostropowitsch, Sir Neville Marriner, Kent Nagano,  Mariss Jansons, Manfred Honeck, Abdullah Kazem and Daniel Harding, the boy soloists or the chamber choir of the Augsburger Domsingknaben perform at music festivals such as the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Baltic Sea Festival Stockholm, or the Festival du musique sacrée in Switzerland,  and at distinguished opera houses such as the Bayerische Staatsoper München, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, and the Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg. The Choir performs all over Germany, in many European countries as well as abroad; they have sung in the Vatican in front of the Pope on several occasions, and have given regular guest performances at official functions for high-level politicians in Berlin.

Numerous CDs of the Augsburger Domsingknaben, many of them in cooperation with the Residenz-Kammerorchester München, have been published with labels such as Harmonia Mundi, EMI and Ars Musici. Working with Kammler and his Augsburger Domsingknaben for the first time, Deutsche Grammophon produced a very successful CD of Christmas classics in 2012. A new recording with Deutsche Grammophon is in progress.
 
Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano

Kindra Scharich’s current season operatic engagements include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Medoro in Orlando and Eduige in Rodelinda. Additionally, Scharich will sing several lieder recitals in San Francisco and San Diego, including Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with Lieder Alive, as well as a number of performances with the Vinaccesi Ensemble, a group devoted to music for voice and continuo, of which she is a founding member. Scharich premiered new works by composer Kurt Erickson in the spring of 2014 and is currently collaborating with California-based composer Janis Mattox on her Spanish chamber opera Sueños de Medianoche (Midnight Dreams), a work based on Bolivian legend. Scharich studied voice and piano at Eastman School of Music and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in vocal performance from the University of Michigan. She also received her post-graduate degree at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
 
Jonathan Smucker, tenor

The tenor Jonathan Smucker has sung more than forty roles in opera, oratorio, operetta, and musical theater, including leading roles by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, and Gilbert and Sullivan. His recent credits include Evangelist (St. John Passion) with Vallejo Choral Society, Acis (Acis and Galatea) with Marin Oratorio, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) with West Bay OperaTamino (The Magic Flute) with Pocket Opera, St. Chavez (Four Saints in Three Acts) with Opera ParallèleScaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos) with West Edge Opera, and tenor soloist in Dioclesian with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.  In demand throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the United States, he has appeared as soloist with Festival Opera, San Francisco Opera Guild, Opera San Jose, Opera San Luis Obispo, Townsend Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Music in the Mountains, and at Stanford and Dominican universities, and at UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz.
Smucker also performs regularly in recital, with a specialty in vocal chamber music. 
 
Kirk Eichelberger, bass

Bass Kirk Eichelberger has been praised for “commanding the stage at every turn” (San Francisco Chronicle) and for his “resonant bass and riveting stage presence.” (Dayton City Paper) Recent engagements have included The Emperor in Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of the Soul with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Mephistopheles in Faust with Opera Grand Rapids, Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera, and Ferrando in Il Trovatore with Opera Manitoba. Highlights of past performances include Fernando in Fidelio with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffman with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Memphis, and Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Sacramento Opera. On the concert stage, he has performed the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, as well as a soloist in presentations of Verdi's Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Bach’s B-minor Mass, Haydn’s Creation, Pärt’s Litany, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Kodály’s Budavári Te Deum and Einhorn’s Voices of Light.  Eichelberger was a national finalist in the 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 1999 MacAllister Awards for Opera Singers.
 
Mark O’Connor, violin

Mark O’Connor is a multi-Grammy winning American jazz, folk, classical violinist/composer and author. His orchestral concertos and symphonies have received over 500 performances around the country, and his million-seller Appalachia Waltz is one of the most loved string pieces since Barber's Adagio.

A product of America’s rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O’Connor’s creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin, Stephane Grappelli. Along the way, between these marvelous musical extremes, Mark O’Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. Now, at age 52, he has melded and shaped these influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing.

His musical works have been embraced by a variety of performers, including Yo-Yo Ma and Renee Fleming. “Strings and Threads Suite” a duet for violin and guitar that O’Conner composed for guitarist Sharon Isbin, was on her Grammy Award-winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Performance in 2010. His music has been commissioned by The Eroica Trio, and performed by dance troupes such a Alvin Ailey, the New York City Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dance Co. He frequently collaborates with director Ken Burns for the sound tracks of Burns’ documentary films.
 
Michael Christie, guest conductor  

Michael Christie is a thoughtfully innovative conductor, equally at home in the symphonic and opera worlds, who is focused on making the audience experience at his performances entertaining, enlightening and enriching. Christie, who was featured in Opera News in August 2012 as one of 25 people believed “to break out and become major forces in the field in the coming decade,” began his tenure as the first‐ever music director of the Minnesota Opera with the 2012‐13 season.
His 16‐year symphonic conducting career has included serving as music director of the Phoenix Symphony (2005‐2013) and Brooklyn Philharmonic (2005‐2010), and as chief conductor of the Queensland Orchestra (2001‐2004) in Australia, as well as guest appearances leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonies of Dallas, St. Louis, Atlanta, Houston, Minnesota, Oregon, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati. Christie also served as the music director of the Colorado Music Festival from 2000‐2013, where he has been highly praised for his innovative programming and where audiences are now at an all‐time high, resulting in him being named “Musician of the Year” by The Denver Post in 2010.

During the 2012‐13 season, as Minnesota Opera’s music director, Christie helmed productions of Verdi’s Nabucco, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, and Puccini’s Turandot. In 2011, he led the world premiere performances of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, which was awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music.
His 2013‐14 season highlights include the world premiere of TwentySeven, a new opera by Ricky Ian Gordon commissioned by Opera Theatre of St. Louis; productions of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Richard Strauss’ Arabella, and Verdi’s Macbeth with the Minnesota Opera; and leading the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall as part of Spring for Music in 2014.
 
JP Jofre, bandoneon

On the heels of sold-out concerts at Lincoln Center and the Celebrity Series of Boston, where he received standing ovations, JP Jofre released his debut CD Hard Tango on June 26, 2013. Produced by Daniel Freiberg and Gustavo Szulansky, the CD features 11-time Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera, who recorded Jofre’s original composition “Primavera” as well as another Grammy winner, Fernando Otero. All but three of the arrangements on the release are composed by Jofre.

A recipient of the National Prize of the Arts Grant in Argentina, JP Jofre has brought his exciting contemporary tango to some of the most important venues and festivals worldwide, including the Taiwan National Theatre, Italy’s Umbria Jazz Festival, Sudtirol Jazz Festival and Celebrity Series of Boston, among others. In addition to performing with the legendary Paquito D’Rivera, Jofre has performed with celebrated musicians of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Nina Beilina, Dartmouth Wind Symphony Orchestra, Festival of the Americas Symphony Orchestra, Fernando Otero Quintet, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Mendoza National Symphony Orchestra and Frost Studio Jazz Band. In 2011, Jofre appeared at the Latin Grammy Ceremony in Las Vegas alongside Aida Cuevas and gave a bandoneón workshop at the Las Vegas University with the Uli Geissendoerfer Ensemble. Later that year he performed debut compositions for string orchestra and chamber ensembles in Japan, Taiwan, Argentina and Italy.
 
Pablo Ortiz, composer, World Premiere Concerto for Bandoneón and Orchestra 

Pablo Ortiz is Professor of Composition at the University of California, Davis. Major prizes and commissions include a Fromm Foundation commission in 1992, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1993 and the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1996.  In 1997 and 1998, Ortiz was commissioned two chamber operas, Parodia and Una voz en el viento, by the Centro Experimental Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. In 1999 he was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation to write a piece, Raya en el mar, for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. In 2000, he received a grant from Fideicomiso para la cultura Mexico-US to write children’s songs setting texts by Chicano poet Francisco Alarcon. In 2004, the Gerbode Foundation commissioned Oscuro, for Chanticleer and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. In 2008, Ortiz received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Recent premieres include: Trois tangos en marge  by the Kovacik, Dann, Karttunen trio at the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid, Notker; for choir and organ, by Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices in Copenhagen; Marginal for chamber orchestra, by the Orchestre Symphonique du Jura in Switzerland; and Gallos y huesos, an hour-long multimedia oratorio for five female voices,  baritone and harp performed last year at the  Centro Experimental Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and at Garnisonkirke in Copenhagen. 
 
Olga Kern, piano

Now recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists, Olga Kern became the first woman in over 30 years to receive the Gold Medal at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001. Kern is a laureate of eleven international competitions, including her first place win, at age seventeen, at the first Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition. She was the recipient of an honorary scholarship from the President of Russia in 1996 and is a member of Russia's International Academy of Arts.  With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the striking young pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. She has toured throughout her Russia, Europe, and the United States, as well as in Japan, South Africa, and South Korea. Kern’s performance career has brought her to many of the world’s most important venues, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Symphony Hall in Osaka, Salzburger Festspielhaus, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Châtelet in Paris.

She has appeared as a soloist with the Kirov Orchestra, the Bolshoi Theater, the Moscow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Russian National, China Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, La Scala Philharmonic, Torino Symphony, and Cape Town Symphony Orchestras.  Kern has also collaborated with the most prominent conductors in the world today, including Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Manfred Honeck, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Termirkanov, Pinchas Zukerman and James Conlon. 
 
Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano    Mahler Symphony No. 3

Versatile mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer’s recent performance in the multi-media opera premiere at The Kitchen in Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar, composed for her and the NOW Ensemble, prompted reviewers to hail her as “riveting” (New York Times), and to remark upon her “throbbing low register and open-hearted performing style” (Wall Street Journal).

In season 2013-14 Abigail Fischer sang Respighi’s Il tramonto and the John Harbison premiere of Crossroads with St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble; Messiah with Asheville Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and Rhode Island Philharmonic; a double bill of Monteverdi’s “Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda” and Beecher’s “I Have No Stories to Tell You” with Gotham Chamber Opera (NYC); Lieberson’s Neruda Songs with Columbus Symphony Orchestra; Richard Strauss’ “Salome” with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and Mozart’s Requiem with Alabama Symphony. She also performed in Europe, Jerusalem, Adelaide, the Met Museum and Lincoln Center Festival singing works of John Zorn to commemorate his 60th birthday.
 
Bruno Ferrandis, Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director/Conductor

Bruno Ferrandis began his tenure as music director and conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony in July 2006. Born in Algiers in 1960 and raised in Nice, France, Ferrandis currently resides with his family in Paris. He has conducted all over the world, and his breadth of musical experience includes not only symphony and opera, but also ballet, musical theater and cinema-accompanying music.
A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he received a master’s degree in conducting from The Juilliard School. He was conductor of Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra and Juilliard Opera Center. He also co-founded the New Music ensemble “Music Mobile” in New York City, and has recorded three compact discs with the Radio France Orchestra.

Ferrandis has been a guest opera conductor at the San Francisco Conservatory where he conducted Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and Stravinsky’s The Rake's Progress. Ferrandis has also guest-conducted the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Marseille Opera Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony (North Carolina) and the Bogota Symphony Orchestra in Bogota, Colombia. In May, 2013, he conducted the new version of Martin Matalon’s composition to accompany the silent film classic Metropolis with the Altanta Symphony. Ferrandis conducts the production of Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss at the Nice Opera in France in January, 2014.

Additional conducting credits include modern and classical ballet companies in New York City, France and Italy. In Asia, he conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, The Seoul Philharmonic, and worked with the Tokyo New National Theater. In Israel, he conducted the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; in Eastern Europe, the Polish Radio Orchestra, the Prague State Theater Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra; in Great Britain, the BBC Northern Orchestra; in Germany and Austria, the Lübeck Hanseatic Orchestra, the Mainz Bach Chor, the Klangforum Wien; in Italy, the Orchestra Regio di Torino, the Opera of Genoa Orchestra, the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Orchestra; in Spain, the Pamplona Sarasate Orchestra, the Madrid Radio-Television Orchestra, the Seville Symphony Orchestra and the Valencia Orchestra. In France, he has conducted in all the major cities including Bordeaux and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997, he received a “Critic’s Grand Prize” for his conducting of Wozzeck by Manfred Gurlitt.

In North America, Ferrandis has conducted major opera works at the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto) and served as Music Director of the Banff Art Center (Alberta) from 1991 to 2000. He conducted numerous concerts with the Aspen Festival Orchestras until 1994.

Ferrandis has worked closely with the following living composers: in America with Jacob Druckman (created a workshop of his opera Medea), William Schuman, David Diamond, George Tsontakis and Edward Campion; in Canada with Randolph Peters and Harry Sommers; in France and Europe with Martin Matalon; Mauricio Kagel and his lively music theater (Warsaw Autumn Festival), Ahmed Essyad (Oratorio for the Theater Festival in Avignon, France), Claude Ballif, Yves Prin, Pascal Dusapin, and celebrated composers Pierre Boulez and Luciano Berio.

He has collaborated with a wide variety of entertainment artists such as the actors and movie directors John Neville, Atom Egoyan, Colm Feore, Robert Lepage, François Girard, Stephen Wadsworth and choreographer Martha Clarke.

Ferrandis speaks his native French, as well as English, Italian, Spanish, German, and Russian.
 
 
SRS Season at a Glance
 
A FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT
Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández
with the Santa Rosa Symphony
Michael Berkowitz, conductor
Thursday, July 31, 2014  7 pm
Weill Hall and Lawn
 
 
Joshua Bell in Recital
Special Symphony Benefit
Friday, October 24, 2014   8 pm
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Joshua Bell, violin
Alessio Bax, piano
 
 
VIKING CRUISES CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES
“Heroes and Legends”
October 11, 12 & 13, 2014
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano
Strauss:  Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
Bartók: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin 
 
“Poetic Inspiration”
November 8, 9 & 10, 2014
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor        
Christian Poltéra, cello
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun    
Dutilleux: A Whole Distant World
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
 
“Angelic Voices”
December 6, 7 & 8, 2014
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor        
Augsburg Cathedral Boys Choir
   Reinhard Kammler, director
Kindra Scharich, mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Smucker, tenor
Kirk Eichelberger, bass
Six a cappella selections
Mozart: Coronation Mass
Stravinsky: Pulcinella
 
“Wild West “
January 10, 11 & 12, 2015
Michael Christie, guest conductor
Mark O’Connor, violin
O’Connor: The Fiddle Concerto
Copland: Billy the Kid Suite
Copland: El Salón México         
 
“An Exotic Mix”
February 7, 8 & 9, 2015
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor        
JP Jofre, bandoneón
Márquez: Danzón No. 2
Pablo Ortiz: Concerto for Bandoneón [World Premiere]
Brahms: Symphony No. 2       
 
“Blaze of Russian Glory”
March 21, 22 & 23, 2015
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor        
Olga Kern, piano
Janáček:  Overture to Kát’a Kabanová                                                                               
Rachmaninoff:  Piano Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev:  Piano Concerto No. 1
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite [1945 version]                                                              
                       
“Monumental Mahler”
May 2, 3 & 4, 2015
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano
Women’s Chorus of the SRS Honor Choir
     Robert Worth, director
Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus
     Carol Menke, director
Mahler:  Symphony No. 3    
 
 
SONOMA PARADISO Family Concert Series
“A Swashbuckling Pirates Voyage”
Sunday, October 19, 2014 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Marcy Smothers, narrator
Paul Murray, baritone
 
“Tchaikovsky Discovers America”
Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Classical Kids Live!
 
“Harry Potter and the Magic of Music”
Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Roustabout Theater
 
All performances at Weill Hall 
Green Music Center, except Joshua Bell in Recital
 
Classical Series Concerts:
Saturday and Monday at 8 pm; Sunday at 3 pm
Discovery Open Rehearsals, Saturday at 2 pm
 
SRS Patron Services Office
Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 to 5:30 pm
50 Santa Rosa Avenue (1st floor off elevator lobby)
 
Program and artists subject to change.
54-MUSIC (707) 546-8742    santarosasymphony.com
 
Santa Rosa Symphony Mission Statement

The Santa Rosa Symphony inspires and engages the residents of our region with the finest of musical performances and educational programs while maintaining its core values of organizational strength, innovative programming, fiscal responsibility and community service.
 
The Santa Rosa Symphony's vision is to create one of the leading regional symphony orchestras in America, nationally recognized as a model of artistic excellence, fiscal vitality and community engagement.
 
Organizational Background

Founded in 1928, Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is the third oldest and 9th largest in the state of California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis began his tenure as music director/conductor in 2006. Prior conductors were Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane, 1995-2006; Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown, 1958-1995; George Trombley 1928-1958.
 
Beginning in 1998, the SRS partnered with Sonoma State University to raise funds for the construction of the world-class Green Music Center on the campus. Due to successful fundraising efforts, the Green Music Center’s Joan and Sanford I. Weill Concert Hall opened in September 2012. In the 2014-2015 season, Santa Rosa Symphony celebrates its 87th anniversary and third year as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center.
 

September 29, 2014: Santa Rosa Symphony presents Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, and Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra performs Dutilleux’s A Whole Distant World Nov. 8-10

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 29, 2014

(SANTA ROSA, CA)— Santa Rosa Symphony’s Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series continues November 8, 9, and 10 in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center with a classic/romantic program combination titled “Poetic Inspiration.” Music Director Bruno Ferrandis and the orchestra achieve a balance among Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, which the composer himself called “one of my best works,” Debussy’s exquisitely-wrought Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (based on a poem by Mallarmé) and the cello concerto by Dutilleux, Tout un monde lointain (A Whole Distant World) performed by Christian Poltéra.

About the charismatic Swiss cellist, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice critic has written, “In the past I’ve admired Yo-Yo Ma, but Christian Poltera…who plays a superb Strad, is outstanding. His characteristic sound is silky-smooth, always in tune, with a fine control and easy virtuosity.”  

Poltéra’s Stradivarius Cello

Poltéra recently became the owner of the 1711 “Mara” Stradivarius, which was owned by Heinrich Schiff, Poltéra’s mentor. Schiff was on the verge of selling the “Mara” to a wealthy Taiwanese man, but at the last minute, a patron who believes in the young cellist came forward and bought the cello for his exclusive use. Like nearly every Stradivarius, this instrument has quite a biography! Most notably, the “Mara” was in a shipwreck in the 1960s and was found in 30 floating pieces in its submerged case. More of the cello’s story here.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the November concerts range from $20 to $80 for performances on Saturday and Monday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets for the Discovery Open Rehearsal on Saturday at 2 p.m. are $15 for adults and $10 youth (under 18). Reserve by calling (707) 546-8742 or purchase online at santarosasymphony.com.

Guest Artist Christian Poltera

Since replacing Yo-Yo Ma performing the Elgar concerto with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under David Zinman at the age of 17, Christian Poltéra has steadily established himself as one of the most prominent cellists of his generation. Recent and upcoming highlights include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Oslo Opera Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Bach Collegium Munich, the Vancouver Symphony, the Toledo, Greenville and Naples Symphonies, as well as return visits to the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals. Christian Poltéra also devotes himself intensively to chamber music, working with such musicians as Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, Leonidas Kavakos, Martin Fröst, Kathryn Stott, Lars Vogt, and Leif Ove Andsnes, as well as the Auryn, Belcea, and Zehetmair Quartets.

In 2004, he received the Borletti-Buitoni Award and was selected as a BBC New Generation Artist. He was a “Rising Star” of the European Concert Hall Organization and made his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2007.

Poltéra's recordings have won acclaim from the international press, and have been honored with the Diapason d’or, “Editor’s Choice” from Gramophone Magazine, Strad Magazine’s “Strad Selection,” and BBC Music Magazine’s “Choice.” Complete bio here.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes

Bruno Ferrandis and special guests are featured in “Conversations with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A beginning one hour before each performance (excluding the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This is an open-seating event free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here.

Concert Sponsors

Santa Rosa Symphony thanks Viking River Cruises–underwriter of the 2014-2015 Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series. The Symphony’s November concerts are sponsored by Freeman Lexus-Toyota and Betty Freeman. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person and guest artist Christian Poltéra is underwritten by Jim Lamb. We also thank Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country for 2014-2015 guest artist lodging.
 
Concert Times and Location

Classical Series concert times are Saturday, November 8 and Monday, November 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 9 at 3 p.m. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 8. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Tickets

For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at santarosasymphony or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability.) Single tickets are $20-$80. $10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased a half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
—Photos of Christian Poltéra and Bruno Ferrandis available upon request—
 
CALENDAR LISTING
What: Symphony Concert   “Poetic Inspiration”
 
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Christian Poltéra, cello
 
Program:
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun          
Dutilleux: A Whole Distant World
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
                       
Date and Time:
Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8 p.m.
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., November 8 at 2 p.m.)
Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Monday, November 10, 2014 at 8 p.m.
 
Pre-concert talks with Bruno Ferrandis and guests start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $20-$80
 
Tickets: Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability.)  
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

September 12, 2014: Violin superstar Joshua Bell performs in benefit recital for Santa Rosa Symphony on October 24 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 12, 2014

(SANTA ROSA, CA)— Celebrated violinist Joshua Bell appears in recital in a special benefit for the Santa Rosa Symphony’s artistic and music education programs on Friday, October 24 at 8 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Accompanied by pianist Alessio Bax, Bell performs sonatas for violin and piano from Schubert, Grieg and Prokofiev, among other pieces to be announced.
 
Joshua Bell's restless curiosity, passion, universal appeal, and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.”  He continues to enchant audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, tone of sheer beauty and charismatic stage presence.  This performance, the Symphony’s major fundraiser for 2014-2015, is the violinist’s only performance in Sonoma County this season.
 
SRS Executive Director Alan Silow noted that this event is the Symphony’s major fundraiser of the season.  He said, “We could not fulfill our mission of providing the finest musical performances and a classical music legacy for the next generation without the support of our ticket buyers and donors.” Board President Jim Hinton added, “We hope the joy, engagement and deep emotional response we experience when listening to music together as a community will resonate for many years to come.”

Joshua Bell CD to be released September 29
Joshua Bell was recently named Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Their first recording under Bell's leadership—Beethoven’s 4th and 7th symphonies from Sony Classical—debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical chart. Bell’s recording of the Bach violin concertos with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields orchestra is scheduled to be released September 29, 2014, to coincide with the airing of the HBO documentary special Joshua Bell: A YoungArts MasterClass (scheduled for October 14). Bell’s newest CD will be on sale in the lobby at the October 24 concert.
 
His violin
Joshua Bell might be best known by the general public for performing the solos throughout the Oscar-winning soundtrack of François Girard’s film, The Red Violin. Like the fictional instrument in the film, the 300-year-old violin that Bell performs on has an amazing history, full of miraculous twists and turns. Read the story of his 1713 Huberman Stradivarius here. (More about the Jewish Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman at the end of this release.)
 
Concert Sponsors
“Joshua Bell in Recital” was made possible through the generous support of:  Jackson Family Wines; Alan and Susan Seidenfeld, Henry and Eileen Trione; and Gordon and Ann Blumenfeld.
 
Ticket Information
“Joshua Bell in Recital” benefit concert tickets are $55, $100, $150 and $200. A special dinner party  and concert package for $500 per person includes the best seats, reserved parking, a cocktail reception, dinner in the Carston Cabaret catered by Stark’s, a gift Joshua Bell CD, a dessert buffet by Village Bakery and the opportunity to meet the artist.  All proceeds from the evening support the Santa Rosa Symphony’s artistic and music education programs.
 
To reserve tickets, call 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742), come in person to the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue in downtown Santa Rosa, or purchase online. Visit the special benefit event page for complete details.
 
Joshua Bell Brief Biography
One of the most celebrated violinists of his era, Joshua Bell’s restless curiosity, passion and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” Bell is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and orchestra leader.
 
His 2014 summer highlights included performances with the Indianapolis and Detroit Symphonies and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Appearances at Aspen, Festival del Sole Napa, Ravinia, Verbier, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart and Tanglewood, as well as two concerts with the New York Philharmonic in Central Park and the Bronx’s Van Cortland Park rounded out the summer. Bell kicks off the new season at the New York Philharmonic, Toronto, and the National Symphony Orchestra galas. 2015 commences with European tours with the Academy and with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe plus a U.S. and Canadian recital tour with pianist Sam Haywood. Spring performances with orchestras include:  The Munich Philharmonic and Ochestra Nacional d’Espana and three Czech chamber music concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall with cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs which have garnered Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. (complete bio here)
 
More about the Huberman violin’s namesake
[excerpted from an article “The Huberman Violin” by Joshua Bell]
 
. . . Bronislaw Huberman was a Jewish Polish violinist who lived from 1882-1947. He was a child prodigy who was revered for his remarkable virtuosity and daring interpretations. Huberman studied under Joseph Joachim in Berlin, and by the age of 11 he was already touring Europe as a virtuoso. Huberman became one of the most celebrated musicians of his time, but it was in 1929 that his contribution to humanity took on an added dimension.  During that year he visited Palestine and came up with the idea to establish a classical music presence there. During Hitler’s rise to power, Huberman had the foresight to realize he could save many Jewish artists while fulfilling his desire to start a Palestinian Orchestra. Huberman auditioned musicians from all over Europe. Those selected for the orchestra would receive contracts and, most importantly, otherwise impossible-to-get exit visas from their homeland to Palestine.  Huberman raised the money for the musicians and then their families, even partnering with Albert Einstein to set up an exhaustive U.S. fundraising trip in 1936. By the end of that tour, the money for the orchestra was secured and sixty top-rate players had been chosen from Germany and Central Europe. . .
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Integrated Community Music Education
The Santa Rosa Symphony is recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 20,000 students annually. Whether it’s training musicians of the future or fostering a lifetime love of music, the Symphony’s commitment is unwavering.
 
Training Young Musicians
Opportunities for beginning to advanced students include four youth ensembles and a three-week summer day camp. The award-winning Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles (SRSYE) perform regularly in public concerts throughout the year and have performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and Weill Hall.
 
Music for our Schools
For over 50 years, the Santa Rosa Symphony has provided resources to support music education. Local schools may take advantage of the following:

- Free Concerts for Youth – Elementary school students attend one of six live orchestral performances in Weill Hall
- Elementary School Listening Program – daily music listening for classrooms
- Youth Discovery Card – admits one child and one adult free to Discovery Rehearsal performances
- In-School Performances – SRS professional musicians perform in area schools, offering informative and entertaining chamber concerts
- Lesson plans and workshops for teachers on integrating music into classroom activities.
- It’s Elementary four Sonoma County schools annually receive our full range of customized music education activities
- Simply Strings – free, daily after-school music education intensive at one school site in Santa Rosa, including violin and viola, inspired by El Sistema
 
CALENDAR LISTING
What: Joshua Bell in Recital – A Benefit for the Santa Rosa Symphony
 
Who:   Joshua Bell, violin
            Alessio Bax, piano
 
Program:
FRANZ SCHUBERT: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major “Duo”, D. 574, Op. 162
 
EDVARD GRIEG:  Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major, Op. 8
 
SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Sonata for Violin and Piano in F minor, Op. 80
 
Additional works to be announced from the stage
                       
Date and Time:  Friday, October 24, 2014    8 p.m.
 
Venue: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
 
Tickets: $200, $150, $100, $55    Concert and Dinner Package: $500
 
Tickets: Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
 
 
--Photos of Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax available upon request--
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218       sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

September 11, 2014: “A Swashbuckling Pirates Voyage” Family Concert October 19 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 11, 2014

(SANTA ROSA, CA)— “A Swashbuckling Pirates Voyage” is the first of three Sunday afternoon concerts presented by the Santa Rosa Symphony to begin the third season of its popular Sonoma Paradiso Foundation Family Concert Series. Taking place on Sunday, October 19 at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, the music begins at 3 p.m. and pre-concert fun, including an Instrument Petting Zoo, begins at 2 p.m.

Richard Loheyde conducts the orchestra, Marcy Smothers narrates, and the hearty and amusing bass- baritone Paul Murray adds to this rollicking adventure in music. Children are invited to come dressed as pirates for the occasion.

On the program are “Sailor’s Hornpipe,” a medley from Pirates of the Caribbean, selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance, movements from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (such as “The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship”) and much more.

The second concert of the 2014-2015 Family Series, “Tchaikovsky Discovers America” with Classical Kids LIVE! is on January 25, 2015; the third concert, “Harry Potter and the Magic of Music” with Roustabout Theater and magician Jay Alexander is on April 12, 2015.

Subscriptions for all three performances are available at $45/adults, $30/child. (discounted family packages are still available).  Tickets for individual concerts are $17 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Call Symphony Patron Services at (707) 546-8742 or purchase online.

Concert Sponsor

This is the third year that Santa Rosa Symphony has partnered with Sonoma Paradiso Foundation for the Family Concert series. For several years previously, these two community organizations collaborated to present summer concerts for children, featuring zany characters and colorful guest artists. In addition to underwriting these concerts for the general public to enjoy at an affordable price, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation will gift 600 tickets and will invite community organizations supporting disadvantaged and at-risk children, as well as developmentally challenged youth and adults, from all over Sonoma County. For many of these children and adults, this is the first time they have ever been exposed to an orchestral musical event. With the support of friends, wine industry partners, financial and business leaders as well as a team of volunteers, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation has raised close to $7 million for the children’s charities of Sonoma County.

Concert Times and Location

Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no fee for parking for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Subscription Packages and Single Tickets

Prior to the October 19 performance, 3-concert Family Series subscriptions may be purchased at $45/adult, $30/child (age 12 and under). Family packages start at $126 (4 subscriptions, must include two child subscriptions). Tickets for individual concerts are $17/adult, $12/child (12 and under). All patrons, no matter what age, must have a ticket.  Seats are reserved.  Call (707) 546-8742 or come to the Santa Rosa Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or purchase tickets online: www.santarosasymphony.com
 
CALENDAR LISTING
 
What:  The Santa Rosa Symphony presents: The Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series
Concert 1:  “A Swashbuckling Pirates Voyage”
 
Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014
 
Time: 3 p.m; pre-concert activities start at 2 p.m. with an Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by the Santa Rosa Symphony Education Department, along with students from the SRS Youth Ensembles
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University
                        (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Who:   Santa Rosa Symphony
            Richard Loheyde, conductor
            Marcy Smothers, narrator
            Paul Murray, bass-baritone
 
Program:
Carmen Dragon, arranger      Sailor’s Hornpipe
Klaus Badelt                            Medley from Pirates of the Caribbean
Leroy Anderson                       “Pirate Dance” from Goldilocks
Reinhold Glière                       “Russian Sailor’s Dance” from The Red Poppy Suite for Orchestra, Opus 70
Arthur Sullivan                        Overture to the Pirates of Penzance
Arthur Sullivan                        “We Sail the Ocean Blue” from HMS Pinafore
Percy Grainger                        Up She Rises – What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor
Arthur Sullivan                        “I am a Pirate King” from The Pirates of Penzance
Felix Mendelssohn                  Overture to Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Opus 27
Johann Strauss, Jr.                   On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Richard Wagner                      Excerpt from The Flying Dutchman
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov         Scheherazade (symphonic suite) for Orchestra, Opus 35
                                                      The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
                                                      The Festival at Bagdad – The Sea
                                                      The Ship Goes to Pieces – Conclusion
Arthur Sullivan                        Overture to the Pirates of Penzance
 
 
Cost:  3-concert subscriptions $45/adults, $30 child (age 12 and under)
Family Packages start at $126 (must include two child subscriptions)
Single tickets: $17 adult, $12/child
 
RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.
             
Tickets: Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
 
FUTURE FAMILY SERIES CONCERTS:
 
Tchaikovsky Discovers America
Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Classical Kids Live!
 
Harry Potter and the Magic of Music
Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 3 pm
Richard Loheyde, conductor
Jay Alexander, magician
Roustabout Theater
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

September 5, 2014: Santa Rosa Symphony’s 87th Season begins October 11-13 featuring Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto performed by Yevgeny Sudbin

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 5, 2014

(SANTA ROSA, CA)— Music Director Bruno Ferrandis and the Santa Rosa Symphony celebrate the opening of their third performance season as Resident Orchestra in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center on October 11, 12 and 13. This concert set is the first of seven in the Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series.

Featured on the program, titled “Heroes and Legends,” is Russian-born pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, recipient of the 2013 UK Critics Circle Award for Exceptional Young Instrumental Talent. Sudbin demonstrates elegance and incredible technique in performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major—known as the Emperor Concerto. Beethoven blended brilliance with serenity, and produced a striking, original beginning for a work said to be the culmination of the composer’s “heroic” manner. 
The orchestra pays homage to Richard Strauss on the 150th anniversary of his birth with the tone poem chronicling the misadventures of the German peasant folk hero, Till Eulenspiegel. Maestro Ferrandis says he also included the Overture to Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser because “Strauss would not have existed without Wagner” and because the opera is based on two German legends. The program culminates with Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin, a tale of sexual intrigue, violence and hints of romantic love that was quite scandalous in its day.

Tickets for the October 11-13 concerts range from $20 to $80 for performances on Saturday and Monday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets for the Discovery Open Rehearsal on Saturday at 2 p.m. are $15 for adults and $10 youth (under 18). Reserve by calling (707) 546-8742 or purchase online at santarosasymphony.com.

Guest Artist Yevgeny Sudbin

Yevgeny Sudbin has been hailed by the Daily Telegraph (UK) as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century.” In the midst of a seven year (and 14 album) collaboration with BIS Records, his recordings have met with overwhelming critical acclaim. His release of works by Scriabin was chosen CD of the Year by London’s Daily Telegraph, CD of the Month by BBC Music Magazine, and was awarded the MIDEM Classical Award for best solo instrument CD at Cannes. Sudbin received the 2013 Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in the instrumental category, intended to recognize both achievement and promise in musicians under age 35.

His 2013-14 season commenced with recitals at the Singapore Piano Festival and his annual appearance in Wigmore Hall. These were followed by two appearances at the Verbier Festival, in recital and in a performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Verbier Festival Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit. Recitals throughout the UK followed, also a Paris duo-recital with cellist Alexander Chaushian. He performed and recorded for BIS Scriabin’s Piano Concerto and Medtner’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with the Bergen Philharmonic under Andrew Litton, and played with both the BBC Symphony under Thierry Fischer and the Lucerne Symphony under Slobodeniouk. In the United States, Sudbin performed recitals in the Folly Theatre in Kansas City, Cabell Hall at University of Virginia/Charlottesville, in the American Theatre in Hampton, Virginia, and in Hodson Hall with the Johns Hopkins Shriver Series in Baltimore.  (Complete bio here)

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes

Bruno Ferrandis and special guests are featured in “Conversations with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A beginning one hour before each performance (excluding the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This is an open-seating event free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online here.

Concert Sponsors


Santa Rosa Symphony thanks Viking River Cruises–underwriter of the 2014-2015 Viking River Cruises Classical Concert Series. The Symphony’s October concerts are sponsored by Ava and Sam Guerrera. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Norma Person and guest artist Yevgeny is underwritten by Rabobank, N.A. We also thank Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country for 2014-2015 guest artist lodging.
 
Concert Times and Location

Classical Series concert times are Saturday, October 11 and Monday, October 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 12 at 3 p.m. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 11. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no parking fee for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.
Tickets

For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at santarosasymphony or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1½ hours before each performance (based on availability.) Single tickets are $20-$80. $10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased a half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).
 
—Photos of Yevgeny Sudbin and Bruno Ferrandis available upon request—
 
CALENDAR LISTING
What: Symphony Concert   “Heroes and Legends”
 
Who:  Santa Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano
 
Program:
Strauss:  Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
Bartók: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin       
                       
Date and Time:
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8 p.m.
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., October 11 at 2 p.m.)
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Monday, October 13, 2014 at 8 p.m.
 
Pre-concert talks with Bruno Ferrandis and guests start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).
 
Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)
 
Cost: Single tickets $20-$80
 
Tickets: Online santarosasymphony.com, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com

 

July 18, 2014: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces New Board Members for 2014-2015

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 18, 2014

(SANTA ROSA, CA) —The Santa Rosa Symphony has announced four new appointments to its board of directors.  They are Eileen Carlisle and Mark Jacobson of Santa Rosa, Betha MacClain of Sebastopol and Jay Zhong (Orchestra Representative) of Napa.

Board president, James Hinton, said, "I am privileged to welcome these new members to the board of directors of the Santa Rosa Symphony. They bring talent, energy and a passion for excellence. These respected leaders join 34 existing board members who are committed to operating our symphony organization with integrity and fiscal stability, and to serving our community with the highest level of orchestral music.”

In addition to Hinton, the following officers will guide the implementation of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s vision and mission in the coming year: Vice-President Sara Woodfield; Treasurer Harry Rubins; and Secretary Linda Castiglioni.
 
New Board Member Biographies

Eileen Carlisle was born in Fargo, North Dakota, the youngest of five children. She graduated from Indiana University with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Later, she decided to look for clients rather than criminals. She joined IBM in 1976 as one of the earliest female sales reps for Big Blue. In 1978, she left Minneapolis and transferred to the Beverly Hills IBM office. Her first territory was in the Watts area of Los Angeles. She was an unannounced product planner with IBM in their Lexington, KY plant. Her career included sales and management with Eastman Kodak in L.A. and Santa Barbara. She joined A.G. Edwards in Santa Barbara as a financial advisor shortly after her husband’s death in 1998. She is currently a financial advisor with Stifel Nicolaus. Among the boards Eileen has served on (or is still serving on) are Actor’s Theatre, Rotary Club of Santa Rosa, Rotary Club Foundation (chair of finance committee), and The Salvation Army of Santa Rosa. She was a volunteer with the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara.  

“I am happy to be back on the board for the friendships that I have with fellow board members, staff, and symphony members,” Eileen says.  “It’s a wonderful feeling to be part of an organization that gives so much to enhance the quality of life in Sonoma County.”
Betha MacClain Photo
Betha MacClain grew up in Southern California before moving to the Bay Area to attend the University of California.  After studying studio art and theatrical costume, she worked as a commissioned artist and costume designer for independent film prior to becoming a teacher. She holds a Master's Degree in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University, as well as a Master's in Educational Leadership from UC Berkeley. She is a member of the Berkeley branch of Phi Beta Kappa. Betha worked as a grant coordinator and visual arts teacher in the ArtQuest program at Santa Rosa High School for nine years. While working with ArtQuest, she was a member of the Sonoma County Arts Council Arts Education Alliance and the Sonoma County Museum Visioning Committee.  She spent the past five years working as an instructional coach and high school administrator in San Francisco and Petaluma. She recently took the position of principal at Jack London Elementary School in Santa Rosa. Betha's work as an educational leader includes an emphasis on Special Education, English learner program development, truancy intervention and arts integration. She maintains a painting studio at her home in western Sonoma County and continues to advocate for access to high quality arts education for all children.

“The Santa Rosa Symphony is one of the most important arts organizations in Northern California and the arts are an essential part of a dynamic, thriving community,” Betha says. “ As a community member, I want to contribute the long-term sustainability and reach of the organization. As an arts educator, I am excited to support the educational mission of the Symphony and look forward to working on the Education Committee.”
 

Mark Jacobson grew up in Fargo, North Dakota—the youngest of five children. Everyone in the family played piano and at least one other instrument. He started taking piano lessons in first grade and continued through undergraduate school. Lessons stopped in medical school, but stress would often send him to the piano keyboard. After graduating from the University of Iowa, College of Medicine, he did his internship in Fargo, then went on to Buffalo and Milwaukee for his residency. He did a pediatric fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and followed with a strabismus fellowship at the Smith-Kettlewell Institute in San Francisco. Mark began practicing medicine in Santa Rosa in 1987. He married Monica, a California native, in 1990; she currently teaches art at Justin-Siena High School in Napa. Mark continues to enjoy piano, and over the past decade has intermittently taken lessons. Since 2007, he has been on staff at the Kaiser in Santa Rosa and is currently assistant chief of ophthalmology.
About his SRS Board appointment, Mark says: “Music has always been a part of my being.  I look forward to helping others find that joy.”



 

Jay Zhong
was born in Beijing, China, began studying the violin at age 4, and at age 11, won a national audition to enter the elite Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. At age 13, he traveled to New York City by himself and studied violin under Russian pedagogue Raphael Bronstein, as well as the famed violinist Elmar Oliveira. At age 14, Jay’s violin playing impressed legendary violinist Nathan Milstein, who asked his own manager, Harold Shaw, to arrange a series of concerts that started Jay’s professional career, beginning with a solo recital on the main stage of Carnegie Hall.  Jay has performed solo recitals and chamber music concerts on four continents, and has held full-time professorships at Western Illinois University and Cal State University Los Angeles. He has taught master-classes at Southern Methodist University, Delaware University and University of Kansas, among others. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY at Purchase and a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. Jay Zhong joined the Santa Rosa Symphony in 2011 as Associate Concertmaster and currently lives in Napa with his wife.

About his board position, Jay says: “My colleagues of the SRS orchestra have bestowed upon me a great deal of trust by nominating me to the board. I hope to do my best representing them and function as a sound conduit between the musicians and the board.”
 
Board Officer Biographies

SRS Board President James Hinton is a graduate of Stanford University, a former Air Force officer, and a 1964 graduate of Boalt School of Law at UC Berkeley. He began his law practice in Santa Rosa in 1964 with the firm of Spridgen, Moskowitz, Barrett & Achor; in 1988 he established his own law partnership, now known as Hinton, Cochran, Borba & Beckwith.  After more than 33 years in civil litigation, representing individuals, corporations, governments, and professionals in state and federal courts, Hinton retired from law practice in 1997. After retiring, he served the City of Santa Rosa for six years on the board of the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, four years as its chairman. Hinton has been an active member of Santa Rosa West Rotary Club since 1996. In 2002-2003, he was honored as its Rotarian of the Year, and in 2004-2005 he served as its president.
 
SRS Board Vice-President Sara Woodfield has had her own architectural practice in Santa Rosa since 1991. Before that, she worked on projects in Europe, Japan and America, at the St. Louis head office of HOK, one of the largest architectural firms in the world. She has a Master’s in architecture from UCLA. During her graduate studies, she lived for three months in Rome, and visited many of the great European concert halls, including the Musikverein Saal in Vienna, the prototype of both the Green Music Center and the Zurich concert hall. After graduation, she spent six months in the Orient, studying architecture from Japan to Australia. Sara was a leader of the three-year pro bono architectural City Vision program aimed at revitalizing downtown Santa Rosa and wrote the final report. Fruits of that program are now beginning to be seen in projects at Railroad Square and the competition for future unification of Courthouse Square.
 
SRS Board Treasurer Harry Rubins was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Purdue University. An early employer transferred him to Brussels, Philadelphia and Nashville. Then Rubins decided to move to the West Coast and obtained his MBA from the University of Santa Clara. Approximately 20 years ago, he left the marketing field to establish a successful financial planning practice in Santa Rosa. Rubins is a nationally recognized speaker to attorneys, CPSs, financial planners and civic group on retirement plan distributions and inherited IRAs. He has been on the board of the Red Cross, the Santa Rosa Opera and the Santa Rosa West Rotary Club. He has consulted with nonprofit organizations on charitable giving strategies.
 
SRS Board Secretary Linda Castiglioni was born and raised in San Francisco.  She attended San Francisco State University and majored in Medical Technology. After a year of graduate work at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, and working in this field for several years, in 1980 she changed her focus and joined an insurance brokerage firm in the Financial District of San Francisco. She worked there in administration for 23 years until her retirement in 2003.
Castiglioni’s first introduction to classical music came from the "Standard School Broadcasts" in the 1950s.  She also studied piano as a child. Years later she began attending lecture series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After moving to Windsor in 2004, Castiglioni happened to see a Santa Rosa Symphony schedule and decided she wanted to become involved.

For a complete list of Santa Rosa Symphony board members, see the Symphony’s website here.
—Photographs of the board president and new members are available upon request—

About the Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $3.7 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 87th 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 20,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include: an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement; and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2013-14 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

July 15, 2014: 2013-2014: A Year of Transformation and Innovation for the Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 15, 2014

On June 30, the Santa Rosa Symphony completed its second season as resident orchestra of the newly opened Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.  It performed 40 concerts reaching over 50,000 people during its 2013-2014 season.
 
Organizational highlights this year included:
- First-ever week-long education residency with world-famous guest artist Midori
- Began Simply Strings, an El Sistema-inspired five-year after school violin intensive program
- Presented a world premiere and two American premieres during the Classical Concert Series
- Implemented a new Strategic Plan: “ A Strategic Focus for the Future”
- Symphony Pops Concert Series set a record level of ticket sales and attendance
- “For the Love of Music: a Transformation Campaign” met its $4 million goal in record time
- Endowment grew to record high of over $9 million
- Largest budget in the organization’s 86-year history; ended fiscal year in the black
 
“With the support of all of our many stakeholders – ticket buyers, donors, staff, board and musicians - I strongly believe we are well-positioned to effectively respond to the challenges ahead and to leverage our position of being the resident orchestra of a world class concert hall that will serve this community for generations to come.” said Alan Silow, SRS Executive Director.
 
About the Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, the Resident Orchestra of the Green Music Center, is the third oldest professional orchestra in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles. Bruno Ferrandis, who began his tenure in 2006, is the fourth Music Director in the organization’s history. The Santa Rosa Symphony (SRS) is committed to core values of artistic excellence, innovative programming and community service. This year the SRS contributed over $3.7 million into the local economy.

Currently in its 87th 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 20,000 youth annually.

Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include: an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement; and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2013-14 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

July 1, 2014: Public Service Announcement

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 1, 2014

FOR USE:  July 14 through July 30, 2014
TIME: 30 secs
ORGANIZATION: Santa Rosa Symphony 
TITLE: Free Concert for the Community
 
 
Everyone is welcome to a free concert featuring the Santa Rosa Symphony and Mariachi Sol de Mexico on Thursday, July 31st at Green Music Center’s Weill Hall and Lawn. Gates open at 5 pm for picnics; concert starts at 7. This is a FREE event but a ticket is required to enter. Call (707) 546-8742 to reserve. Spanish-only speakers call 546-7007. Experience a lively performance reflecting Mexico’s rich cultural heritage that is open to all!
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 
 

June 18, 2014: 46th Annual Conference at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel kicks off with free community concert at Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 18, 2014

(SANTA ROSA, CA)—Santa Rosa Symphony hosts the 46th annual conference of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) taking place Thursday, July 31, through Saturday, August 2 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Rohnert Park, with concerts at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall and at Deerfield Winery.  The conference is using the wine metaphor of “Balance” as the theme for its four days of workshops, presentations and performances. 

Symphony Executive Director Alan Silow commented: “In life, as in music and wine, one strives for balance. Our professions and our lives are complex and demanding; the intention for this gathering of over 250 orchestra leaders from around the state is to offer some tools to incorporate order, rhythm and harmony in our work and in our play.”

Kris Sinclair , ACSO executive director and former Santa Rosa Symphony League President (1983-84), also commented: “We are delighted to be returning to Sonoma County. So much has changed in the region since our last state-wide conference here 28 years ago and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to show off the Santa Rosa Symphony and its new hall to delegates from all over California and the West.”
Conference events include:

- A FREE CONCERT featuring Mariachi Sol de México de Jose Hernandez with the Santa Rosa Symphony, Michael Berkowitz, conductor,  on Thursday, July 31, at 7 p.m. with seating both inside Weill Hall and outside at terrace tables or on the lawn;
- A reception in the Deerfield Wine Cave at Deerfield Winery;
- A National Youth Symphony concert with conductor David Robertson in Weill Hall on Saturday, August 2.
 
Conference speakers include:
- Robert Rex, winemaker, Deerfield Winery; 
- Laura Carstensen, Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy, Professor of Psychology, Director, Stanford Center on Longevity;  
- Michael Kaiser, professor/founder, De Vos Institute of Arts Management (U of Maryland);  former president of the Kennedy Center;
- Jeremy Hunter, PhD., assistant professor of practice, Peter F. Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University
           
More about ACSO
The Association of California Symphony Orchestras was founded in 1969 at Asilomar by a small group of committed orchestra managers who believed in the power of personal networking. More than 45 years later, ACSO remains the hub of California’s vibrant classical music community by providing a variety of services to its 400+ members including networking, mentorship, resource sharing, advocacy, and professional development. Membership is open to orchestras, choruses and classical music presenters of all sizes, symphony leagues and guilds, youth orchestras, festivals, artist management firms, businesses, and individuals associated with orchestras or wishing to access ACSO's services.
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com
 

2013-2014 Season

June 18, 2014: Santa Rosa Symphony hosts Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) conference July 31-August 2

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 18, 2014

June 4, 2014: Free concert featuring Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez with Santa Rosa Symphony July 31 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 4, 2014

April 17, 2014: Jeffrey Kahane plays Beethoven and Chopin piano concertos in a benefit performance for Santa Rosa Symphony May 22

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 17, 2014

April 4, 2014: Youth Orchestra performs concert May 17 in Weill Hall with special guests from Santa Rosa High School Orchestra

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 4, 2014

March 23, 2014: Spring Rhapsody" May 3, 4 and 5 features Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and Jon Kimura Parker playing Rachmaninoff

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 23, 2014

March 19, 2014: Preparatory and Repertory orchestras present a joint concert on Sunday, April 27 at Jackson Theater

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 19, 2014

March 14, 2014: World Premiere Viola Concerto by Iranian composer Behzad Ranjbaran

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 14, 2014

February 27, 2014: "Beethoven Lives Upstairs" Family Concert on April 6 at Weill Hall: SRS and Classical Kids Live!

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 27, 2014

February 20, 2014: Viking Cruises to sponsor Santa Rosa Symphony's 2014-2015 Classical Concert Series

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 20, 2014

February 18, 2014: Principal violist of London Symphony performs world premiere viola concerto by Behzad Ranjbaran with Santa Rosa Symphony March 22, 23, 24

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 18, 2014

January 16, 2014: Midori in Concert with Santa Rosa Symphony's Youth Orchestra and Young People's Chamber Orchestra March 2 in Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 16, 2014

January 13, 2014: French pianist Philippe Bianconi featured in Grieg concerto with Santa Rosa Symphony February 15-17 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 13, 2014

December 18, 2013: Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winner Kitaro debuts his Symphonic World Tour 2014 with Santa Rosa Symphony Feb. 14 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 18, 2013

December 10, 2013: "The Mozart Experience" Family Concert January 19 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 10, 2013

November 25, 2013: Musical America's 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, Wu Man, to perform Pipa Concerto with Santa Rosa Symphony Jan. 11, 12 and 13

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 25, 2013

November 22, 2013: Santa Rosa Symphony Realizes Tenth Consecutive Record-Setting Year

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 22, 2013

November 4, 2013: Bernstein's "Jeremiah" Symphony features Mezzo Soprano Christine Brandes in December 7-9 concerts. Program includes The Toy Symphony with local celebrities

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 4, 2013

October 24, 2013: Sonoma Bach Choir and Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus perform with Santa Rosa Symphony November 23 in Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 24, 2013

October 23, 2013: Symphony produces "Live in Performance" CD of September 30, 2012 Orchestral Opening Concert

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 23, 2013

October 11, 2013: Preparatory Orchestra and Repertory Orchestra present Fall Concert Nov. 24 at Santa Rosa High School auditorium

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 11, 2013

October 9, 2013: Youth Orchestra and Young People's Chamber Orchestra present Fall Concert Nov. 16 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 9, 2013

September 30, 2013: SR Symphony announces collaboration with social service agencies to introduce classical music to underserved youth

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 30, 2013

September 25, 2013: Maya Beiser performs two cello concertos in Santa Rosa Symphony's November 9, 10 and 11 concerts at Weill Hall.

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 25, 2013

September 12, 2013: "Wild Animal Kingdom" Family Concert on Sunday, October 20 at Weill Hall; first of Sonoma Paradiso Family Concert Series performances

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 12, 2013

September 10, 2013: New season opens Oct. 5-7 with violinist Tedi Papavrami in an encore appearance playing Shostakovich Concerto. Complimentary champagne for audience members following the performances.

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 10, 2013

August 8, 2013: Symphony Announces Five New Board Members for 2013-2014

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 8, 2013

August 5, 2013: Symphony receives largest foundation grant in its history from Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation for $500,000

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 5, 2013

July 25, 2013: Santa Rosa Symphony Annual Report Summary: A Banner Year

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 25, 2013

July 24, 2013: Single tickets for all Santa Rosa Symphony performances on sale July 30

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 24, 2013

July 22, 2013: Aaron Westman named director of Santa Rosa Symphony's Young People's Chamber Orchestra

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 22, 2013

2012-2013 Season

June 18, 2013: Santa Rosa Symphony receives first place national award for adventurous programming from ASCAP

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 18, 2013

April 2, 2013: Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) receives $2,700 donation from Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 2, 2013

March 28, 2013: Van Cliburn Competition gold medal winner Olga Kern performs Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with SR Symphony May 11, 12, 13 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 28, 2013

March 27, 2013: Preparatory Orchestra presents Spring Concert May 3 at Glaser Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 27, 2013

March 26, 2013: Santa Rosa Symphony's Youth Orchestra and Repertory Orchestra perform at Weill Hall May 4

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 26, 2013

March 14, 2013: Cool Concerts for Kids interactive rhythm primer, "The Beat Goes On," April 28 in Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 14, 2013

March 5, 2013: Santa Rosa Symphony Summer Music Academy July 8-17. Early Bird Discount for registration by April 1

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 5, 2013

February 19, 2013: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces 2013-2014 Season, "Encores and Debuts"

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 19, 2013

February 5, 2013: Zuill Bailey performs Elgar Cello Concerto with Santa Rosa Symphony March 16, 17 18 at Weill Hall

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 5, 2013

January 31, 2013: Santa Rosa Symphony's Youth Orchestra and Young People's Chamber Orchestra perform at Weill Hall March 3; Concerto Competition Winner Victoria Lam is featured soloist

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 31, 2013

January 7, 2013: Andrew von Oeyen steps in to perform Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 for January concerts. Karen Gomyo cancels due to illness.

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 7, 2013

January 3, 2013: Peter and the Wolf Family Concert Sunday, Feb. 24; Santa Rosa Symphony and Sonoma Paradiso Foundation present 2nd concert in series for families at Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 3, 2013

December 21, 2012: Roy Zajac performs Mozart Clarinet Concerto with Santa Rosa Symphony February 9, 10, 11 at Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 21, 2012

December 19, 2012: Santa Rosa Symphony hosts Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival January 20 at Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 19, 2012

December 12, 2012: Rep. Lynn Woolsey honors Santa Rosa Symphony in Congressional Record

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 12, 2012

December 11, 2012: Carl St.Clair guest conducts Santa Rosa Symphony at Weill Hall January 12, 13, 14; Karen Gomyo performs Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 11, 2012

November 27, 2012: Santa Rosa Symphony realizes ninth consecutive record-setting year

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 27, 2012

November 1, 2012: Wagner and Verdi works featured in Santa Rosa Symphony's Dec. 1-3 concerts at Weill Hall. Orchestra, Symphony Honor Choir and vocal soloists perform arias, choruses and orchestral selections

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 1, 2012

October 30, 2012: Bach B Minor Mass in Weill Hall December 15 at 3 pm

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 30, 2012

October 17, 2012: SRS Youth and Repertory orchestras present Fall Concert at Weill Hall November 17

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 17, 2012

October 16, 2012: Young People's Chamber Orchestra and Preparatory Orchestra present Fall Concert November 16

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 16, 2012

October 1, 2012: French pianist Jean-Philippe Collard plays Saint-Saens in Santa Rosa Symphony's Nov. 3-5 concerts at Weill Hall. Program includes American Premiere by Martin Matalon

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 1, 2012

September 26, 2012: Live broadcast of Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestral Opening Concert on KRCB radio at 2 p.m. Sept. 30

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 26, 2012

September 25, 2012: KRCB radio broadcasts Santa Rosa Symphony concerts October through May

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 25, 2012

September 21, 2012: Symphony offers 50% off on 7-concert Classical Series for NEW Subscribers in Marin and Napa counties

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 21, 2012

September 12, 2012: Snoopy, superheroes and Looney Tunes music for Oct. 14 concert; SRS and Sonoma Paradiso Foundation present first of 3-concert Family Series

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 12, 2012

September 7, 2012: Kronos Quartet performs world premiere composition by Edmund Campion in Santa Rosa Symphony concerts Oct. 6, 7, 8

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 7, 2012

September 5, 2012: FREE Lawn seating for thousands at Sept. 30 Orchestral Opening concert

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 5, 2012

September 4, 2012: Symphony celebrates 85th anniversary with fundraiser Oct. 5; Roaring 20s-themed event honors Sonoma County cultural icons Donald Green and Corrick Brown

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 4, 2012

August 9, 2012: Inaugural Santa Rosa Symphony Performance at Weill Hall September 30; Orchestral Opening features Corrick Brown, Jeffrey Kahane and Bruno Ferrandis

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 9, 2012

August 1, 2012: Symphony Announces New Board Members for 2012-2013

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 1, 2012

July 18, 2012: Santa Rosa Symphony Single Tickets on Sale

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 18, 2012

July 5, 2012: 2011-2012 A Banner Year for Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 5, 2012

February 9, 2012: Symphony Announces 85th Anniversary Season and Inaugural Year as Resident Orchestra at Green Music Center

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 9, 2012

2011-2012 Season

June 1, 2012: Santa Rosa Symphony and its Youth Ensembles awarded a 2013-14 Midori Orchestra Residency. Renowned violinist will spend one week in residence February/March 2014

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 1, 2012

April 16, 2012: SRS Youth Orchestra Spring Concert at Jackson Theater May 20. Windsor High School String Orchestra makes guest appearance

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 16, 2012

April 10, 2012: SRS Preparatory and Repertory orchestras present joing concert May 19 at Jackson Theater

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 10, 2012

March 15, 2012: Santa Rosa Symphony presents "The Brothers Ferrandis" May 12, 13, 14 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 15, 2012

March 13, 2012: Summer Music Academy July 9-27; Early Bird Discount for registration by April 30

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 13, 2012

February 3, 2012: Santa Rosa Symphony presents "A Bounty of Beethoven" March 17-19 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 3, 2012

January 30, 2012: Youth Orchestra and Young People's Chamber Orchestra present joint concert March 4 at Jackson Theater

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 30, 2012

January 11, 2012: Mary Panet named as Santa Rosa Symphony Development Associate

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 11, 2012

January 5, 2012: Darby Hinshaw featured in Mozart Horn Concerto at Santa Rosa Symphony February 11-13 concerts

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 5, 2012

December 13, 2011: Jeffrey Kahane Returns as Piano Soloist and Conductor Laureate for Santa Rosa Symphony January 21-23

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 13, 2011

November 8, 2011: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces New Director of Development

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 8, 2011

November 1, 2011: Jubilant Sykes stars in Santa Rosa Symphony December 10-12 Choral Concerts. Soprano Karen Clift and 150-person Honor Choir also featured

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 1, 2011

October 13, 2011: Preparatory Orchestra and Young People's Chamber Orchestra present Fall Concert November 9

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 13, 2011

October 13, 2011: Repertory and Youth orchestras present joint concert November 20 at Jackson Theater

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 13, 2011

October 7, 2011: Sonoma Bach Choir and Santa Rosa Symphony present "Young Masters: Bach and Handel 1707" November 18, 19 and 20

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 7, 2011

October 4, 2011: Violinist Tedi Papavrami featured in Santa Rosa Symphony's November 12-14 concerts

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 4, 2011

September 30, 2011: Santa Rosa Symphony receives major gift from the Person Trust; Principal cello chair named for Evert B. Person

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 30, 2011

September 20, 2011: KRCB Radio braodcasts Santa Rosa Symphony concerts October through May

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 20, 2011

September 14, 2011: "Puppets, Princes and Paremski" opens Santa Rosa Symphony's 84th season Oct. 15-17 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 14, 2011

September 13, 2011: Musical Soiree at McDonald Mansion Friday, Nov. 11 benefits Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 13, 2011

September 7, 2011: Once Upon a Circus Gala Dinner and Auction October 14

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 7, 2011

August 31, 2011: Single Tickets on Sale September 19

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 31, 2011

August 30, 2011: Symphony Announces New Board Members for 2011-12

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 30, 2011

August 17, 2011: Santa Rosa Symphony Seeks Volunteer Ushers

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 17, 2011

July 13, 2011: New Conductors for Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 13, 2011

2010-2011 Season

December 6, 2011: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra in Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival concert at Davies Symphony Hall January 16

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 6, 2011

October 5, 2011: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces New Development Director

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 5, 2011

June 22, 2011: New Director named for Young People's Chamber Orchestra

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 22, 2011

June 13, 2011: Musicians ratify new contract with Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, June 13, 2011

May 13, 2011: Valley of the Moon Children's Foundation receives $4,125 donation from Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra

Santa Rosa Symphony, May 13, 2011

April 19, 2011: Maestro Bruno Ferrandis Speaks at Villa Capri at Varenna April 29

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 19, 2011

April 8, 2011: Youth Ensembles Perform Spring Concerts: Preparatory and Discovery orchestras May 14; Young People's Chamber Orchestra and Youth Orchestra May 15

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 8, 2011

March 23, 2011: Jon Nakamatsu plays Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with Santa Rosa Symphony May 7-9

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 23, 2011

March 22, 2011: Summer Music Academy July 11-30 Early Bird Discount

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 22, 2011

March 10, 2011: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces 2011-2012 Season "Accessible, Affordable, Live"

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 10, 2011

March 1, 2011: Santa Rosa Symphony names Benjamin Taylor new Director of Education

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 1, 2011

February 18, 2011: Kiwanis Club sponsors the It's Elementary program at Monroe School

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 18, 2011

February 3, 2011: Violinist Elina Vahala plays Brahms concerto with SR Symphony March 12-21

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 3, 2011

January 25, 2011: SRS Youth Orchestra presents Winter Concert March 13 featuring Concerto Competition Winners

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 25, 2011

January 6, 2011: Mozart and More at SR Symphony's February concerts

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 6, 2011

December 15, 2010: 6th Annual Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition names 4 winners

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 15, 2010

December 8, 2010: Triple Grammy Winner Sharon Isbin performs Rodrigo Guitar Concerto with Santa Rosa Symphony January 22-24

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 8, 2010

November 17, 2010: Santa Rosa Symphony December 4-6 concerts feature world premiere; French composer Aubert Lemeland dies less than three weeks before performance

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 17, 2010

October 27, 2010: Glorious Songs: An All-Bach Christmas Celebration Dec. 9, 10, 11 with SRS and Sonoma Bach

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 27, 2010

October 25, 2010: Santa Rosa Symphony celebrates the holidays with two choral gems Dec. 4-6

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 25, 2010

October 19, 2010: Young People's Chamber Orchestra and Preparatory Orchestra present Fall Concert Nov. 20

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 19, 2010

October 18, 2010: Youth Orchestra and Discovery Orchestra present Fall Concert Nov. 14 at Jackson Theater

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 18, 2010

September 30, 2010: SRS Celebrates Franz Liszt with Guest Soloist Valentina Lisitsa November 6-8

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 30, 2010

September 13, 2010: Young People's Chamber Orchestra Welcomes Two Acting Directors

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 13, 2010

September 8, 2010: KRCB Radio broadcasts Santa Rosa Symphony concerts October through May

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 8, 2010

September 3, 2010: Bellissimo! Gala evokes festive elegance of Italy; Oct. 8 benefit features soprano ensemble Bella Sorella and live auction

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 3, 2010

September 1, 2010: Santa Rosa Symphony's 83rd Season opens Oct. 9-11 with lush program of Italian masters

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 1, 2010

August 27, 2010: Santa Rosa Symphony Seeks Volunteer Ushers

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 27, 2010

August 25, 2010: SRS Single Tickets for 2010-11 Season On Sale September 20

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 25, 2010

August 23, 2010: Symphony Announces New Board President and New Board Members for 2010-11

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 23, 2010

August 18, 2010: SRS Youth Auditions Happening Now

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 18, 2010

August 16, 2010: "Get Your Play On" with Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Musicians

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 16, 2010

March 10, 2010: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces 2010-11 Season

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 10, 2010

2009-2010 Season

April 9, 2010: SR Youth Orchestra presents Spring Concert May 16

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 9, 2010

April 8, 2010: Three Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Perform their Spring Concerts

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 8, 2010

April 2, 2010: SRS presents music of opera, ballet and cabaret May 8-10 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 2, 2010

March 17, 2010: Play On! Golf Tournament April 26 benefits Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 17, 2010

February 26, 2010: Music in Remembrance of Jewish Composers who Perished in the Holocaust

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 26, 2010

February 2, 2010: Two Beethoven Symphonies and Rouse Percussion Concerto offered by Santa Rosa Symphony March 20-22

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 2, 2010

January 15, 2010: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra presents Winter Concert February 28. Concerto Competition Winners featured

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 15, 2010

January 13, 2010: Music in Remembrance of the Japanese American Internment--A Santa Rosa Symphony concert

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 13, 2010

January 8, 2010: Pianist Berenika Plays Chopin; World Premiere by Behzad Ranjbaran

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 8, 2010

December 21, 2009: Three Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Perform Winter Concerts YPCO Jan. 30; PO and DO Feb. 6

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 21, 2009

December 7, 2009: Grammy winner JoAnn Falletta guest conducts Santa Rosa Symphony Jan. 23-25

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 7, 2009

November 17, 2009: 5th Annual Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition names 4 winners

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 17, 2009

October 28, 2009: Santa Rosa Symphony celebrates holiday season with Beethoven's Ninth at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Dec. 5-7

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 28, 2009

October 14, 2009: SR Symphony Youth Orchestra presents Fall Concert Nov. 15

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 14, 2009

October 8, 2009: SR Symphony and Bach Choir present 1791: Mozart's Last Year Choral Concert Nov. 13, 14 15

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 8, 2009

October 5, 2009: Santa Rosa Symphony presents all-Dvorak Program Nov. 7-9

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 5, 2009

September 30, 2009: KRCB radio broadcasts Santa Rosa Symphony concerts October through May

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 30, 2009

September 22, 2009: Santa Rosa Symphony "Festival of Remembrance" honors Mexican, Japanese and Jewish composers

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 22, 2009

September 21, 2009: Youth Orchestra plays "outside the box" Oct. 3 as part of Arts Sonoma 09 Festival

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 21, 2009

September 11, 2009: Katey Pearson named New Director of Education for Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 11, 2009

August 31, 2009: Jeffrey Kahane performs Oct. 9 at “Russian Rhapsody” Gala to benefit Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 31, 2009

August 24, 2009: Single Tickets on sale September 1

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 24, 2009

August 17, 2009: Kronos Quartet World Premiere Concert at Oliver Ranch to Benefit Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony, August 17, 2009

July 1, 2009: Santa Rosa Symphony Announces New Board Members

Santa Rosa Symphony, July 1, 2009

2008-2009 Season

April 17, 2009: Flurry of Spring Concerts by Santa Rosa Symphony's Youth Ensembles: Young People's Chamber Orchestra on May 24 and Preparatory and Discovery Orchestras on May 30

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 17, 2009

April 14, 2009: Santa Rosa Symphony Renews Contract of Music Director Bruno Ferrandis

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 14, 2009

April 12, 2009: June 7 Bon Voyage Concert Celebrates Youth Orchestra's 50th Anniversary and European Tour

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 12, 2009

April 9, 2009: Santa Rosa Symphony Demystifies Messiaen's Turangalila May 16-18

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 9, 2009

March 23, 2009: Community Organizations in the Spotlight at Santa Rosa Symphony's April 18-20 Concerts

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 23, 2009

March 17, 2009: SRS Announces 2009-2010 Season "Music That Makes A Difference"

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 17, 2009

March 12, 2009: Works of 3 Soviet Titans performed at Santa Rosa Symphony April 18, 19 and 20

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 12, 2009

March 5, 2009: Play On! Golf Tournament April 27 Benefits Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 5, 2009

January 26, 2009: Youth Orchestra March 15 Concert Features Winners of Concerto Competition

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 26, 2009

January 15, 2009: Santa Rosa Symphony Features Keyboard Giant and Grammy Winner Garrick Ohlsson Feb. 21-23

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 15, 2009

January 1, 2009: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Perform Winter Concerts- YPCO Feb. 27; PO/DO Feb. 28

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 1, 2009

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