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“A Hero’s Life” Review


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A Hero’s Odyssey in SoCo Phil Concert
by Art Hofmann for Classical Sonoma
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Following announcements Mr. Gamboa took the podium and conducted of Apu, a Tone Poem for Orchestra by Gabriela Lena Frank, and written just last year.

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“Celebration” Review


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Sakakeeny’s “Lion And Rose” Highlights 20th Season Opener
by Terry McNeill for Classical Sonoma
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Fresh from a triumphant tour in Latin America the Sonoma County Philharmonic opened its 20th season Sept. 22 in a celebratory concert in the Santa Rosa High School Auditorium.

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Teatro Nacionál Concert Review


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San Jose, Costa Rica


!PURA VIDA! A Sonic Triumph in Thrilling Costa Rica Tour Concert
by Terry McNeill for Classical Sonoma
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

With the Sonoma County Philharmonic’s Costa Rica concert June 19, the performance exceeded any heated or tenuous prospects. They hit the proverbial home run in a convincing gala performance in the capitol San José’s historic Teatro Nacionál on the third day of an epic week-long Orchestra tour.

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Carmina Burana Review


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Orff and Hindemith Sonic Splendor at Final SoCo Phil Concert
by Terry McNeill for Classical Sonoma
Saturday, March 17, 2018

The stage was crammed with the full orchestra and two choirs, the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus and the California Redwood Chorale (Robert Hazelrigg, director). It looked like nearly 60 singers filled the risers. The auditorium was packed with regular SoCo Phil concert attendees…

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Eternal Spirit Review


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Monumental Nielsen Symphony Caps SoCo Phil Concert
by Terry McNeill for Classical Sonoma
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Turning again away from conventional repertoire, the Sonoma County Philharmonic programmed three works in what were local debut performances in Santa Rosa High School’s Performing Arts Auditorium…

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Fanfare and Concerto Review


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Sonic Splash and Ensemble Delicacy at SoCo Phil Concert
by Terry McNeill for Classical Sonoma
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Franck’s wonderful D Minor Symphony is a rarity on today’s concert programs, and I can’t remember a North Bay performance in many years from any of the six resident area orchestras. So it was good to see the Sonoma County Philharmonic feature it…

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In Nature’s Realm Review


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Orchestral Color at SoCo Phil’s Season Opener
by Terry McNeill for Classical Sonoma
Saturday, September 30, 2017

A concert with curious repertoire and splashy orchestral color launched the 19th season of the Sonoma County Philharmonic Sept. 30 in Santa Rosa High School’s Auditorium.

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Dreamers & Titans Review


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Mahler “Titan” at SoCo Phil’s Season Finale
by Terry McNeill for Classical Sonoma
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Playing before an audience of 300 in the Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, the orchestra under conductor Norman Gamboa’s baton took moderate tempos throughout, aiming for sonic balance in the score that runs well over 50 minutes. In a departure from local symphonic custom Mr. Gamboa directed from memory, and clearly the Mahler 1 is a special piece for him.

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Overtures & Arias Review


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Sensual Operatic Bon Bons at SoCo Phil Concert
by Alan Bloom for Classical Sonoma
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Music Director Norman Gamboa never fails to come up with interesting programs for his Sonoma County Philharmonic concerts. It was all opera music for the second concert set of the 2016-2017 season Nov. 19 in the Santa Rosa High School Auditorium. From the romantic opening swells of the Berlioz’ Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, the well-rehearsed volunteer musicians gave a thrilling evening of theatrical entertainment.

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Pranksters and Heroes Review


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Pranksters & Heroes in SoCo Phil’s Season Opener
by Alan Bloom for Classical Sonoma
Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Sonoma County Philharmonic orchestra prides itself on its informality. There is no dress code for concerts, as you could easily see at their “Pranksters and Heroes” concert Saturday.

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