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.

The Santa Rosa Symphony proudly announces Francesco Lecce-Chong as its fifth Music Director beginning with the 2018-2019 season, "As we welcome Francesco Lecce-Chong, it signals a new era in our organization’s 90-year history," said SRS President and CEO Alan Silow. "Francesco’s talent and engaging exuberance, combined with his rising national stature, are sure to take our orchestra to new heights and strengthen our position as one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras."


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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Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery

Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery

Bobby Rogers, conductor
Performer(s): Classical Kids Live!

Sunday, January 27, 2019 3:00pm

Experience 17th-century Venice through the eyes of young violinist Katarina, who is sent to study music with Antonio Vivaldi at an orphanage. Aided by the colorful gondolier Giovanni, she searches through the thrilling but mysterious atmosphere of Carnivale and the Island of the Dead for clues to her past and a vanishing Stradivarius violin.

Pre-concert fun for kids of all ages…
Arrive one hour early and visit our Instrument Petting Zoo.

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

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Love Letters

Love Letters

Sarah Ioannides, guest conductor
Sara Davis Buechner, 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 Sara Davis Buechner’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.

*New earlier start time

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SRSYO Concerto Concert

SRSYO Concerto Concert

Bobby Rogers, conductor for the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra
Triston Arnold, conductor for the Napa Valley Youth Symphony

Saturday, March 9 2019 at 3:00 pm

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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.

*New earlier start time

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The Composer is Dead

The Composer is Dead

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Jeff Cote, narrator

Sunday, April 7 2019 3:00 pm

Was it the violist in the balcony with the hard violin case? Join the Symphony, new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong and a wily inspector, to solve the mystery of the dead composer while learning about the orchestra, instruments, music and composers. The audience will be pulled into this Lemony Snicket mystery and the orchestral music.

Pre-concert fun for kids of all ages…
Arrive one hour early and visit our Instrument Petting Zoo.

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
 

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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.

*New earlier start time

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SYSYO Good Grief, it's Brahms!

SYSYO Good Grief, it's Brahms!

Bobby Rogers, conductor
Performer(s): Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensemble 

Saturday, May 11 2019 3:00 pm

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