The musical arts are alive and well in Santa Rosa. Few cities in America of comparable size support a regional symphony so vital, dynamic, and innovative. As the Santa Rosa Symphony gains a national reputation for stellar sound, bold excellence and community engagement, Sonoma County forges an identity as a place in love with classical music.
The 80 + musicians in the orchestra are professional members of the American Federation of Musicians, Local No. 6. Many play with other symphony orchestras, including Marin, Berkeley, Monterey, Modesto, Napa and the San Francisco Opera and Ballet.
The Jan. 9 Santa Rosa Symphony concert was supposed to feature the world premiere of Gabriella Smith’s first symphony, but it ended up featuring another type of premiere: a concert that was conceived, rehearsed and performed in less than eight hours.
In a new season marketed as “Classical Reunion,” the Santa Rosa Symphony made a palpable connection with its audience at the early December set of three standing ovation concerts in Weill Hall. The December 5 concert, with 1,000 attending, is reviewed here.
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor. Elina Välhälä, vioilin
Corngold Violin Concerto; Strauss: Overture to the Operetta "Die Fledermaus"; Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; Michael Daugherty: Valley of the Moon" (world premiere)...
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor. Elina Välhälä
Debussy: Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun; Corngold: Violin Concerto; Strauss: Overture to the Operetta "Die Fledermaus"; Michael Daugherty: Valley off the Moon (world premiere)...
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor. Mariachi Champaña Nevin
Respighi: The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome; Enrico Chapala Barba: Los Braceros (Cantata for Mariachi and Orchestra) - world premiere...