The Santa Rosa Symphony will showcase two world premieres and a new children's series to mark its inaugural season this fall as the resident orchestra of the Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University campus.
Following the announcement Wednesday by Music Director Bruno Ferrandis and Executive Director Alan Silow, musicians from the Santa Rosa Symphony gathered onstage at the $120 million Weill Concert Hall for a rehearsal and to test the acoustics.
The symphony's Green Center debut next fall will mark the culmination of money-raising, construction and controversy that has spanned more than a decade.
Santa Rosa Symphony At Green Music Center
"Finally, we are in a place that is human and intimate, and the premises are beautiful," Ferrandis said, after announcing the season to more than 50 board members and donors gathered in the center's restaurant.
Guests included Santa Rosa Symphony Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown, who has spearheaded the symphony's fund-raising efforts for the hall, and Bay Area composers Edmund Campion and Nolan Gasser, who have been commissioned to compose works for the upcoming season.
Demonstrating its dedication to education, the symphony will launch a Family Concert Series next season, featuring three Sunday matinee performances for children of all ages, Silow said.
The series, underwritten by the Sonoma Paradiso Foundation, includes music from "Peanuts," a production of Prokofief's "Peter and the Wolf," and an interactive rhythm program.
"We're extremely excited," Silow said. "This is a transformative time for the Santa Rosa Symphony."
The orchestra is holding three rehearsals in the Weill Concert Hall this season so that acoustical adjustments can be made in advance of the hall's inauguration.
The symphony will debut Sept. 30 with an historic concert featuring the orchestra's three, living conductors: Conductor Emeritus Brown, Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane and Music Director Ferrandis.