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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.) 
 
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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)
 
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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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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
 

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