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KURT DUNPHY

Santa Rosa

Honorable demonstration

EDITOR: We fly a flag at half-staff when someone dies. We fly a flag upside down when we are in trouble (SOS). Kneeling during the national anthem is a respectful way, for an individual, to state the above.

I don’t know if you know it, but, man, are we really in trouble. What right does a man who has demonstrated time and again that he has no respect have to declare that respect is an issue in this matter?

LINDA WREN

Rohnert Park

Symphony programs

EDITOR: It’s unfortunate to find a misinformed and disparaging opinion masquerading as fact in a letter regarding the diversity of programming of the Santa Rosa Symphony that has served so many so well for so many years (“Playing the masters,” Sept. 23).

In truth, contrary to that writer’s declarations, works by Joseph Haydn and J.S. Bach have been performed several times by Music Director Bruno Ferrandis in the past decade as have numerous works by Mozart as part of our symphony classical series. Moreover, the referenced 18th century composers typically wrote for smaller chamber orchestras, not for larger symphony orchestras. Since our first vocation is to play the larger orchestra repertoire, the Santa Rosa Symphony presented a separate chamber orchestra concert series from 2003 to 2014 where the repertoire was overwhelmingly composed by Bach, Handel and Mozart performed in smaller venues.

Our ongoing commitment to diversity of programming extends to a symphony pops series, a family concert series and an annual free community concert. As we begin our 90th anniversary season, our goal continues to be to present a transformative repertoire selected by a widely admired and distinguished music director in a captivating and creative mix that can act as a healing force in an increasingly divided world.

ALAN SILOW

President and CEO, Santa Rosa Symphony

Stop the music

EDITOR: It looks like it’s time to stop playing the national anthem at ballgames.

JOYCE WOOD

Santa Rosa

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