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Counting Crows concert raises $238,000 for North Bay fire relief

Two recent concerts at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center, one by the rock band Counting Crows and the other by the Santa Rosa Symphony, raised more than $350,000 for North Bay fire relief efforts'

The Counting Crows concert Nov. 18 raised more than $238,500, according to a statement by host The Family Coppola. The sold-out Green Music Center event, also hosted by BottleRock Presents, supported efforts by the Redwood Credit Union's North Bay Fire Relief fund and Sonoma State University's Noma Gives.

“The concert event not only raised much needed funds, but also the spirits of all who were affected by these fires,” said BottleRock Napa Valley CEO Dave Graham in a statement. “We are very grateful that Counting Crows and Brett Dennen donated their time to support this incredible show. Music has a special healing power and this evening was a true example of that power.”

The Santa Rosa Symphony performance Nov. 20 at Green Music Center, featuring Music Director Bruno Ferrandis, Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane and Conductor Emeritus Corrick Brown, raised $112,000.

The donations received are being distributed to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund, Noma Gives and Community Foundation Sonoma County's Sonoma County Resilience Fund.

“Such an outpouring of support and extraordinary performance by our orchestra and three music directors produced an evening we will all remember,” Alan Silow, the Santa Rosa Symphony's president and CEO, said in a statement released by the symphony.

The North Bay Fire Relief fund, in partnership with state Sen. Mike McGuire and the Press Democrat, has raised $22.9 million to date. In addition, a concert performance by the San Francisco Symphony, held at the Davies Symphony Hall in the city Nov. 19, raised more than $75,000 for the Sonoma County Resilience Fund. To donate, go here.

Dan Taylor

Arts & Entertainment, The Press Democrat

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