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ROSSINI | RACHMANINOFF Review


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Eclectic Instrumental Excitement in SoCo Phil Concert
by Terry McNeill for Classical Sonoma
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Beginning with a scintillating reading of Rossini’s Overture to the Opera “Semiramide,” the Sonoma County Philharmonic performed a splendid program Nov. 16 in the Jackson Theater…

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BRAHMS | BEETHOVEN Review


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Elegant Beethoven Concerto in SoCo Phil Season Opener
by Terry McNeill for Classical Sonoma
Saturday, September 28, 2019

After last season’s schedule with one big repertoire work per concert, the Sonoma County Philharmonic opened its 21st season Sept. 28 with two, and both received committed if disparate performances under resident conductor Norman Gamboa…

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“Free Spirit” Review


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SoCo Phil’s Season Closes with Expansive Prokofiev 5th
by Terry McNeill for Classical Sonoma
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Closing their 20th season with their usual programming aplomb, the Sonoma County Philharmonic played a provocative set of concerts April 6 and 7 in the Jackson Theater… Local composer Nolan Gasser’s Sonoma Overture began the Sunday concert…

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“Fantasies & Enigmas” Review


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Jackson Theater Welcomes A New Resident Orchestra
by Terry McNeill for Classical Sonoma
Saturday, January 26, 2019

In their first concert Jan. 26 in Windsor’s Jackson Theater the Sonoma County Philharmonic managed to master the new hall and produced music at their usual high level…

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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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!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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