Past Concert Seasons



Saturday, September 30, 2023, 7:30pm: Season Opener
Jean Sibelius, Little Suite (SSU Brass Ensemble, Dan Norris, conductor)
Gordon Jacob, Concerto for Horn and Strings (Jason Whitney, soloist and 2023 Concerto Competition winner)
Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 4 in E Minor

Thursday Nov 16 5:30pm (SSU Jewish Music Series Concert)
Bloch, Concerto Grosso No. 2 for String Quartet and String Orchestra
Sunday, Nov 19, 2023, 2pm (14 rehearsals) New Wine in Old Bottles – Side by Side with Young People’s
Chamber Orchestra
Handel, Overture to Agrippina (YPCO only)
Márton Levente Horvath, Arcus for string orchestra (2019) (YPCO only)
Ernest Bloch, Concerto Grosso no. 2 for string quartet and strings (collaboration)
Michael Abels, Delights and Dances (2010) (collaboration)
Stravinsky, Pulcinella Suite (SSU only)

Sunday March 3, 2024 3pm: Copland’s Appalachian Spring - Side by Side with SRS Youth Orchestra
Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man
Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring Suite

March 13-15, 2024 Band & Orchestra Festival
Same as above

Saturday, April 27, 2024, 7:30pm Season Finale: Perspectives on America
Charlie Gomez, The Tempered Valley (2024 Composition contest winner)
Aaron Copland, Old American Songs (Charlie Whitaker, soloist and 2023 Concerto Competition winner)
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring Suite
Valerie Coleman, Umoja



Saturday, September 24, 2022, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
Season Opener: Collaboration with DDAT

Franklind Piland, IKTOMI (world premiere)
Frank Piland, DDAT Suite


Saturday, November 19, 2022, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
Shostakovich Squared

Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2 (Hikaru Hallberg, soloist and 2022 Concerto Competition winner)
Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5


Sunday, February 26, 2023, 2pm, Weill Hall
Family Concert: Invitation to the Dance

Toe-tapping selections by Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Elizondo, Price, and others


Saturday, April 29, 2023, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
Season Finale: Seminario- An Evening in Buenos Aires

Performances by Valley Vibes, Simply Strings, and ELM
Astor Piazzolla, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Gail Hernandez Rosa, soloist)
Alberto Ginastera, Estancia: Four Dances
Carlos Gardel, Por una Cabeza
Astor Piazzolla, Libertango



Sunday, September 26, 2021, 2pm, Weill Hall
Season Opener: Raise the Curtain

Eric Ewazaen, Grand Valley Fanfare – SSU Brass Ensemble, Dan Norris, conductor
Mozart, Concerto No 1 for Flute and Orchestra (Isabella Grimes, soloist and 2021 Concerto Competition Winner)
Ibert, Concertino da Camera for Saxophone and Orchestra (Matthew Bowker, soloist and 2021 Concerto Competition Winner)
Mozart, Symphony No. 36, "Linz"


Saturday, February 26, 2022, 2pm, Weill Hall
Family Concert: Fantastic Tales

Ravel, Mother Goose Suite
Stravinsky, Firebird Suite
Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1


Saturday, April 30, 2022, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
Season Finale: Unfinished Business

Angelica Negron, Marajeda
Schubert, Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished"
Beethoven, Symphony No. 5




Saturday, Sept 28, 2019, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
Season Opener: Back to Bach

JS Bach, Concerto for Two Violins (Aaron Westman and Anna Washburn, violin soloists)
Brahms Fugue, WoO 9 in A minor (featuring the Sylvestris Quartet)
Elgar String Quartet in E minor  (featuring the Sylvestris Quartet)
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”


Saturday, Nov 16, 2019, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
American Voices

Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man (Brian Wilson, guest conductor)
Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue (Nick Maritz, soloist and 2019 Concerto Competition Winner)
Howard Hanson, Symphony No. 2, “Romantic”


Sunday, March 1, 2020, 2pm, Weill Hall
Family concert: North, South, East, and West

Sibelius, Finlandia
Arturo Marquez, Danzon No. 2
Ali Akbar Khan, Garden of Dreams, featuring Musicians from the Ali Akbar College of Music
Copland, Rodeo
Thomas Gosnell, home (World premiere, Composition contest winner)




Sept 29, 2018, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
Season Opener: Collaboration concert with the Musicians from the Valley of the Moon Festival

Haydn, Piano Trio in E Major (featuring Musicians of the Valley of the Moon Festival)
Georg Phillip Telemann, Concerto Grosso for Two Horns (Spencer Causey and JJ Mayer, soloists and 2018 Concerto Competition Winners)
Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto Grosso opus 3 No. 8 (Maria Romero and Carla Moore, soloists)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7


Nov 17, 2018, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
Music from the New World: “Seminario” Joint Concert with ELM, Simply Strings, Valley Vibes, and California Symphony I Sound Minds

Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9, “New World”
Leonard Bernstein, Mambo (arr. Gareth Glyn and Andrew J. Smith)
Leonard Bernstein, “Somewhere”


March 3, 2019, 2pm, Weill Hall
Family concert: Picture This! 

AJ Gonzales, La Osa y la Amapola (Student Composition Competition winner and world premiere)
Mussorgsky/Ravel, Pictures at Exhibition (with artwork by Sonoma County elementary school students)


April 27, 2019, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
Season Finale: Brahms’ Late Idyll

Johannes Brahms, Academic Festival Overture
Camille Saint-Saens, Concerto No. 1 for Cello in A Minor (Brynn Dally, soloist and 2018 Concerto Competition Winner)
Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 2 




Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2pm, Weill Hall
The Art of the Concerto 

WA Mozart, Concerto No. 2 for Horn and Orchestra (Spencer Causey, soloist and 2017 Concerto Competition winner)
Richard Strauss, Songs for Voice and Orchestra (Jamelia Brown, soloist and 2017 Concerto Competition winner)


Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
Masterworks for Voice and Orchestra

Joint Concert with the Sonoma State Choral Program

Sunday, March 4, 2pm, 2018, Weill Hall
To the Movies!

Family concert featuring film scores by John Williams, Howard Shore, Erich Korngold, and others 


Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2pm,
Season Finale: Saint-Saens Organ Symphony 

Paul Dukas, Fanfare to “La Peri”
Francis Poulenc, Concerto for Organ and Strings (Jonathan Dimmock, soloist)
Camille Saint Saens, Symphony No. 3, “Organ” (Jonathan Dimmock, soloist)




Friday, September 30, 2016, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
A Concerted Effort

Joint production with the Santa Rosa Junior College Symphony Orchestra

Gabrieli, Canzone per sonare #2
Sibelius, Karelia Suite
Beethoven, Romance for Violin and Orchestra (Aaron Westman, guest soloist/leader)
Dvorak, Symphony No. 8, Movement 4
Telemann, Concerto in A Major, "The Frogs" TWV 51:A4 (Aaron Westman, guest soloist/leader)
Glazunov, Concerto in Saxophone and Strings (Megan Rice, soloist and 2016 Concerto Competition winner)
Arutiunian, Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (Zach Hall, soloist and 2016 Concerto Competition winner)


Saturday, November 18, 2016, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
Modes of Transportation

Alexander Borodin, On the Steppes of Central Asia
Brian Wilson, Symphony No. 2, "Modes of Transportation"
Gustav Mahler, Songs of a Wayfarer (Zachary Gordon, soloist)
Bedrich Smetana, The Moldau

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 2pm, Weill Hall
Carnival of the Animals

Joint production with Fratello Marionettes
Camille Saint-Saens, Carnival of the Animals
Peter Illych Tchaikovsky, Selections from The Nutcracker
Rimsky-Korsokov, Dance of the Tumblers


Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:30pm, Weill Hall
Songs for the Earth

Cameron Kaiser, Moritura Terra (Composition contest winner)
Jean Sibelius, Tapiola
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral"