Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony

Santa Rosa Symphony is the Resident Orchestra performing in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. A regional symphony with a national reputation, the Santa Rosa Symphony continues to develop Sonoma County into the premier destination for classical music. Its commitment to artistic excellence and innovative programming has endeared it to audiences throughout Sonoma County and beyond.


Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra: Bon Voyage! Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest Pre-Tour Concert

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra: Bon Voyage! Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest Pre-Tour Concert

Saturday, June 16, 2018 – 3pm

Program to be announced

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Passion and Power

Passion and Power

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Arnaud Sussmann, violin

Saturday, October 6, 2018 7:30 pm*
Sunday, October 7, 2018 3:00 pm
Monday, October 8, 2018 7:30 pm*

ZWILICH: Celebration for Orchestra
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D major
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s exuberant Celebration opens the inaugural season of Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong. Revel in the ravishing romance and drama of the Brahms Violin Concerto, brought to pulsating life by virtuoso Arnaud Sussman. The monumental Symphony No. 5, written at the dawn of Beethoven’s deafness, crowns our thrilling opening program—a testimony to the unquenchable power of the human spirit to triumph despite the challenges of fate.

*New earlier start time

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Dancing Across Time

Dancing Across Time

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Sharon Isbin, guitar

Saturday, November 3, 2018 7:30 pm*
Sunday, November 4, 2018 3:00 pm
Monday, November 5, 2018 7:30 pm*

KODÁLY: Dances of Galánta
VILLA-LOBOS: Guitar Concerto
LISZT: Mephisto Waltz No. 1
BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Sharon Isbin dazzles in Villa-Lobos’ brilliant Guitar Concerto. Infused with Brazilian folk songs, this musical kaleidoscope of orchestral colors is the shimmering centerpiece of a program that dances across time. Brimming with syncopation, Kodály's gypsy laced Dances of Galánta sets the stage for Liszt's intoxicating and dreamlike Mephisto Waltz. Leonard Bernstein leads us on an emotional journey through an infectious mambo, flirtatious cha-cha and a terrifying rumble before coming to a heart-tugging conclusion, aching with love and longing, in the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

*New earlier start time

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Viva Italia

Viva Italia

Jayce Ogren, guest conductor
Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola
SSU Symphonic Chorus
Saturday, December 1, 2018 7:30 pm*
Sunday, December 2, 2018 3:00 pm
Monday, December 3, 2018 7:30 pm*

ROSSINI: Overture to Guillaume Tell [William Tell]
VIVALDI: Gloria in D major
BERLIOZ: Harold in Italy

Rossini’s pastoral Overture to Guillaume Tell creates a vivid portrayal of the Alpine landscape, overflowing with luscious and memorable melodies. The sublimely resplendent Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi is the perfect toe-tapping celebration for the holidays, ecstatically bursting with vocal splendor and brass fanfare. Harold in Italy offers a delightful and musical memory book, with gorgeous solo viola--exquisitely played by Nokuthula Ngwenyama--depicting Hector Berlioz’ youthful wanderings in the countryside from Naples to Rome.

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Tiers of Heaven

Tiers of Heaven

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Marie Plette, soprano

Saturday, January 12, 2019 7:30 pm*
Sunday, January 13, 2019 3:00 pm
Monday, January 14, 2019 7:30 pm*

TAKEMITSU: Signals from Heaven
MOZART: Symphony No. 40
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4

Japanese composer Toro Takemitsu’s bold brass fanfare Signals from Heaven is the fitting contrast to Mozart’s darkest and most turbulent orchestral masterpiece, the tragic Symphony No. 40 in G minor. Soprano Marie Platte’s angelic voice graces Mahler’s luminous Symphony No. 4, a work that juxtaposes the darkness of a dance of death with the celestial portrayal of a child’s innocent view of paradise.

*New earlier start time

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Love Letters

Love Letters

Sarah Ioannides, guest conductor
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Saturday, February 9, 2019 7:30 pm*
Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:00 pm
Monday, February 11, 2019 7:30 pm*

FANNY MENDELSSOHN-HENSEL: Overture in C major
CLARA SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor
ROBERT SCHUMANN: Overture to Manfred
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3, Scottish

A celebration of all kinds of love, from romantic, platonic and familiar, to the love of nature. Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s Overture in C major ripples with light, delicacy and joie de vivre. Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto explodes with the passion, frustration and longing of her secret engagement to her future husband under soloist Anne-Marie McDermott’s flashing fingers. Robert Schumann’s poetic Manfred Overture, inspired by Byron’s tragic hero, weaves ardor with despair. Felix Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony is a love letter to the haunting history and evocative landscape of the British Isles.

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American Dreams

American Dreams

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin

Saturday, March 16, 2019 7:30 pm*
Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:00 pm
Monday, March 18, 2019 7:30 pm*

GERSHWIN: An American in Paris
BARBER: Violin Concerto
COPLAND: Symphony No. 3

Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane returns for "American Dreams," which begins with An American in Paris, Gershwin's popular, jazzy tone poem. In Elena Urioste’s embrace, Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra unfolds with deep sweetness and serenity before building to a breathless climax of fiendish virtuosity. Copland’s Symphony No. 3 is a hymn of hope, celebrating the universal journey to solace and renewal after a time of darkness—with a concluding triumphant brass fanfare that is an unabashed exaltation of our common humanity.

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From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:30 pm*
Sunday, May 5, 2019 3:00 pm
Monday, May 6, 2019 7:30 pm*

STRAVINSKY: Scherzo fantastique
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5

The Symphony welcomes the return of Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis for this Russian-themed program. Stravinsky’s bright and festive fairytale-like Scherzo Fantastique buzzes with exotic tone colors and perpetual motion. Olga Kern charms with Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Written as a playful birthday present for his 19-year-old son, it brims with ebullience, tenderness and humor. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 carries us through an emotion-packed soundscape of luscious Slavic folksongs, melancholy melodies, lilting waltzes and tempestuous drama before blazing to victory.

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