The Santa Rosa Symphony Turns to Healing and Transformation

Mei Ann Chen conducts this weekend's concerts by the Santa Rosa Symphony

Mei Ann Chen conducts this weekend's concerts by the Santa Rosa Symphony (Photo: Courtesy of Mei Ann Chen)

The Santa Rosa Symphony historian Kayleen Asbo made a series of videos weeks ago about this season’s concerts, but her comments introducing the shows this weekend are more timely than ever. “This particular program,” she says on YouTube, “is one that explores the power of music to heal and transform. I like to call it the light in the darkness.” Mei Ann Chen conducts Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, a piece with the power to inspire new resolve to those in despair, after the North Bay fires, plus Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Nareh Arghamanyan. The Santa Rosa Symphony is dedicating its season to first responders and those who’ve lost homes in the fires, both groups of which qualify for free tickets for the remainder of the season. Details here.

The Santa Rosa Symphony Turns to Healing and Transformation 1 November,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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