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Sonoma County Philharmonic

Norman Gamboa
Director/Leader: Norman Gamboa
Phone: (800) 838-3006
Home Venue:
Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School
4400 Day School Place
Santa Rosa, California  95403
Founded in 1998, the Sonoma County Philharmonic is a full size symphonic orchestra conceived from and supported by the communities of Sonoma County. Created by a group of musicians dedicated to reinventing the American symphony orchestra on sustainable democratic principles, we have grown from our modest beginnings as the Cotati Philharmonic, to become the premier professional volunteer orchestra in the North Bay Area.

Since that time, we have given sixty-eight concert events for over 35,000 audience members in service of our mission: to make the beauty of music and the power of community alive and available for everyone. This has been accomplished on an all-volunteer basis by the orchestra of 60-75 professional volunteer musicians and scores of dedicated and passionate non-musical volunteers from around Sonoma County and the North Bay area. Unlike other similarly sized and seasoned orchestras throughout the United States, our events are decidedly inclusive of people of every walk of life and provide great programming that people can understand and relate to.

We exist because of our commitment to bring the great music of our cultural heritage to those who either can’t afford to attend regular concerts or who wouldn’t attend because they might feel excluded or uncomfortable in the conventional setting of a symphony concert. In addition to experienced music lovers, we serve thousands of children, seniors, high school and college students, and parents who bring their whole families to enjoy great music together at consistently “sold out” concerts.

Many music professionals and lay members of the audience have favorably compared their concert experiences with us to the Santa Rosa Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. The orchestra has debuted several new works and has featured soloists from among Sonoma County’s leading performing artists.

In October of 2007 the Orchestra was voted top in the Classical Music Category by the readers of the Bohemian newspaper in the Annual North Bay Classical Music Awards.
 Recent Reviews
by Ron Teplitz
Sunday, January 28, 2024
The Sonoma County Philharmonic produced a great program with their usual passion and dedication Jan. 27 at the Jackson Theater on Sonoma Country Day’s campus. Titled “American Shades,” it consisted of works by 20th and current century American composers.

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Archived Reviews

Dana Sadava, conductor; Jonathan Seiberlich, tuba
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Matthew Stern, viola
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Chad Somers, tenor
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Dave Lindgren, flügelhorn
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Anthony Perry, English horn
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Morgan Harrington, soprano
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Pam Otsuka, violin; Robby Morales, viola
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Leyla Kabuli, piano
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Roy Zajac, clarinet
Norman Gamboa, conductor. John Kelley, baritone; Bonnie Brooks, mezzo-soprano; Mark Kratz, tenor; I
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Marilyn Thompson, piano
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Bruce Chrisp, trombone
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Kathleen Lane Reynolds, flute
Reginald Nasciemento, conductor. Dylan McKinstry, mandolin
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Alice Zhu, piano
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Bonnie Brooks, mezzo-soprano
Cyrus Ginwala, conductor. Tom Hyde, trumpet
Jovan Živkovíc, conductor. Stephen Waarts, violin

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
7:30 PM - Santa Rosa
Norman Gamboa, conductor
Michael Haydn: Symphony No. 25; Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Tickets: $15...
Sunday, April 14, 2024
2:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Norman Gamboa, conductor
Mahler: Symphony No. 5; Michael Haydn: Symphony No. 25

Tickets: $15...

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