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Orchestral Opening Concert

Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 2 pm

As the Santa Rosa Symphony steps over the threshold of its new performance home as Resident Orchestra at the Green Music Center on September 30, it celebrates 85 years of music making and recognizes three of the people who helped develop and usher in this new era: Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown, Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane and current Music Director Bruno Ferrandis.

Maestro Brown will conduct Beethoven's overture, Consecration of the House as an appropriate beginning to the 2 p.m. concert and Maestro Ferrandis takes the podium for the remainder of the program. It includes Ravel's Bolero, Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto performed by Kahane, and Copland's great Canticle of Freedom, featuring the 100-voice Symphony Honor Choir.

World Premiere Composition by Nolan Gasser
In addition, to mark this long-awaited moment, the Symphony has commissioned an orchestral work by Petaluma resident and critically-acclaimed contemporary composer Nolan Gasser. His Sonoma Overture evokes the natural beauty of Sonoma County, and recognizes the energy and dynamism of its cities, industries and people. The piece will introduce the second half of the concert.

Seating Indoors is Sold Out;
Lawn and Table Seating is Still Available

With just 1,400 seats available in Weill Hall, these tickets have been sold out. However, the back wall of the concert hall will be opened for the Orchestral Opening performance to allow reserved table seating outdoors for $25 per person, and free seating on the lawn. Tables have either four or six chairs.These chairs do not have cushions, so patrons should feel free to bring their own cushions. Because sight lines, especially for those sitting on the lawn, are restricted, large outdoor screens and a sound system will facilitate an exciting experience for all.

Patrons seated outdoors may bring their own picnic or purchase box lunches, wine and beer from concession areas. No alcohol may be brought in. The table and lawn area will open at noon. The concert hall lobby will open at 1 p.m. for indoor seating.

Please note that all tickets must be reserved, even the no-cost lawn tickets. Tickets for outdoor seating will be available at the door, subject to availability.

Parking will be free for all concerts on opening weekend at the Green Music Center, including the Santa Rosa Symphony concert.

Concert Sponsors
The Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestral Opening Concert is made possible by a transformational gift from Henry and Eileen Trione. The concert is sponsored by a generous grant from The James Irvine Foundation, and is supported in part by the City of Santa Rosa and The Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The world premiere of Sonoma Overture is underwritten in part by an overture from Friends of Sonoma County.

For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at, or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (first floor, off elevator lobby), from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.


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