Santa Rosa Symphony’s virtual chamber programs, with music by Still, Zwilich, and more

Posted on: February 24, 2021

The Santa Rosa Symphony and Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong rehearse at the Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University campus. Photo by Kate Matwychuk

“Throughout this pandemic, Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong and the Santa Rosa Symphony seem to have found a way to maintain a lively, and even adventurous, concert season,” writes Joshua Kosman in Wednesday’s (2/24) San Francisco Chronicle. “It turns out that a series of chamber-size programs, prerecorded and then turned loose on the internet, can still accommodate a varied and diverse repertoire. This season has found the orchestra collaborating with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, whose ‘Prologue and Variations’ for String Orchestra is at the centerpiece of the upcoming concert program. Also on offer is the Serenade of William Grant Still, one of the pioneering African American composers, whose work is finally getting the wider exposure it merits, and chamber works by Wagner and Dvořák.”