Santa Rosa Symphony 2021-22: premieres, “First Symphony” and “Rachmaninoff and the Hollywood Sound” projects

Posted on: July 14, 2021

The Santa Rosa Symphony and Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong have announced details of the 2021-22 season, which will feature four world premieres, including Valley of the Moon, Michael Daugherty’s new work about the beauty and ecological diversity of California’s Santa Rosa County. Also planned are premieres of The Fretless Clarinet Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet and Orchestra by David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg, with Krakauer as soloist; Gabriella Smith’s Symphony No. 1 as part of the orchestra’s ongoing “First Symphony Project” of co-commissions in partnership with Eugene Symphony; and Enrico Chapela Barba’s Los Braceros (The Laborers) Cantata for Mariachi and Orchestra in a concert rescheduled from May 2020. The season will open in October with Libby Larsen’s Deep Summer Music, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with Julian Rhee as soloist, Gabriella Smith’s Rust, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Lecce-Chong will launch a new four-season project, “Rachmaninoff and the Hollywood Sound,” exploring connections between Rachmaninoff’s larger orchestral scores and works by Hollywood composers. Other composers in the season include Beethoven, Copland, Debussy, Gershwin, Hildur Guŏnadóttir, Hindemith, Florence Price, Rachmaninoff, Respighi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Nino Rota, Shostakovich, William Grant Still, and Vaughan Williams. A fundraising event in November will honor President and CEO Alan Silow for 20 years of service.