Violin superstar Midori performs two concertos with the award-winning Youth Orchestra and Young People's Chamber Orchestra in Weill Hall, Green Music Center
Renowned violinist and music educator Midori concludes her week-long residency with the Santa Rosa Symphony on March 2 by performing two concertos with our “2013 Youth Orchestra of the Year” conducted by Richard Loheyde and the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, directed by Aaron Westman. In this extraordinary performance, our youth musicians will have an opportunity to share the stage with professional Santa Rosa Symphony members and the visiting artist herself, whom reviewers have called “just about flawless” and “a supreme player who puts herself into the music as never before.”
On the program is a World Premiere, Variations on a Theme by Björk, written for the ensemble by Ben Taylor. Midori performs Bach’s Concerto in D minor side-by-side with YPCO soloists Emily Chu, Zachary Jorin and Peter Duranceau. Violist Aimee Gruen is featured in Brahms’ Adagio from the Viola Quintet in B minor. Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 10 rounds out the YPCO portion of the concert. The Youth Orchestra performs the overture to Verdi’s opera Nabucco; the finale from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4; and Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin.
Paul Silverthorne performs a world premiere
viola concerto by award-winning, Iranian-born composer Behazad Ranjbaran.
Three Phantoms in Concert: Broadway veterans who have all played the title role in Phantom of
the Opera. At Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.
"Beethoven Lives Upstairs," a dramatic story by Classical Kids Live! features 25 selections from the master's music.
News & Noteworthy
Viking Cruises to sponsor 2014-2015 Classical Concert Series
The Santa Rosa Symphony is pleased to announce that Viking Cruises is underwriting its 2014-2015 Classical Concert Series with a generous pledge of $125,000. The Viking Cruises Classical Concert Series is the first named sponsorship for these concerts in the Symphony’s 86-year history.
Viking Cruises, which “offers destination-centric river and ocean cruising designed for experienced travelers with an interest in geography, culture and history,” is a perfect match for the Santa Rosa Symphony, which is the third oldest in California, and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles.
Viking Cruises has sponsored PBS “Masterpiece” since 2011 and is perhaps best known currently for its sponsorship of the popular Emmy award-winning “Downton Abbey.”
Jamei Haswell, chair of the SRS Board of Directors Development Committee, said, “This exciting business sponsorship with Viking Cruises is an important acknowledgement by a world-class corporation that the Santa Rosa Symphony merits international attention. We look forward to a ‘voyage of discovery' and a long-term partnership with Viking Cruises.”
“We are profoundly appreciative of Viking Cruises’ philanthropic commitment and appreciation of arts and culture,” commented Symphony Executive Director Alan Silow. “We are honored to have them as our corporate partner and to name the 2014-2015 Viking Cruises Classical Concert Series.
Santa Rosa Symphony Realizes Tenth Consecutive Record-Setting year
Final audited figure confirm that the Santa Rosa Symphony, for the tenth consecutive fiscal year, ending
June 30, 2013, finish in the black with an operating surplus, and record growth in endowment and total assets.
The major factor that contributed to this success: the long awaited entry of the Santa Rosa Symphony in its
inaugural season as the resident orchestra of the newly opened Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Under its
brand of Community + Excellence, the Santa Rosa Symphony performed 35 concerts including an orchestral
opening concert free to thousands, a new wonderfully well received family concert series, and free concerts for
youth bringing nearly 7,000 elementary school children to our new beautiful home.
Santa Rosa Symphony League
Organized in 1958 and Still Going Strong
The goals of the League are to enhance the quality of life in the community, support quality orchestral music, support music education for youth, and promote personal and collegial relationships among members. The League raises money pledged to the orchestra each year through a variety of fund raising events.