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

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 13, 2016

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

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

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

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

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




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



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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, April 8, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CALENDAR LISTING
What:        Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles Spring Concerts

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

When:       Saturday, May 14, 2016, 3 pm

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

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

When:       Sunday, May 15, 2016, 3 pm

Where:      Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 24, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 2, 2016

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 26, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 smitchell@srsymphony.org
 

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 9, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


 
 

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, February 2, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESERVED SEATING. NO PARKING FEE.       

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 28, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, January 5, 2016

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 15, 2015: Santa Rosa Symphony Receives NEA Grant

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 15, 2015

Santa Rosa Symphony Receives Prestigious NEA Grant

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 8, 2015

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


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

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

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

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

High res. photo available on request


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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, December 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 17, 2015

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, November 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, October 28, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 28, 2015

Santa Rosa Symphony Adds Four New Musicians

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

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

Currently in its 88th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 20,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include: an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement; and a first place award for adventurous programming in the 2013-14 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 10, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Currently entering its 88th season, the Symphony’s performance schedule includes 21 Classical Series concerts (7 sets), 7 Discovery Dress Rehearsal concerts, a 3-concert Family Series and a 4-concert Pops Series, as well as special concerts. The Symphony is also recognized for having one of the most comprehensive music education programs in California, serving nearly 20,000 youth annually.
Collaborations with schools and organizations across Sonoma County have gained SRS national attention and support. Awards include an American Symphony Orchestra League MetLife Award for Community Engagement, and a first-place award for adventurous programming in the 2013-14 season from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 
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MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Mitchell
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
707-546-7097 ext.218
sara@santarosasymphony.com

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, September 1, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Santa Rosa Symphony, March 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Santa Rosa Symphony
Administrative Office:
50 Santa Rosa Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Administration: 707.546.7097

Patron Services Hours: 
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Patron Services: 707.546.8742