The Board of Directors, Music Director, Executive Director, and Musicians of Sonoma County Philharmonic wish to extend New Year greetings and well-wishes to you and your family. We hope this message finds you healthy and safe.
In this moment of pause, we have been given the opportunity to reflect on the many things to be grateful for. We are thankful to be part of a wonderful county that is Sonoma Strong and while faced with great challenges this year, continues to be united and resilient. We are thankful for our wonderful donors and subscribers that helped us build a strong foundation so that we can weather the ups and downs of these unpredictable times. And we are most thankful for the musical bonds that we have been able to create for the past 22 years and we look forward to the very moment where we can begin again.
During the past year, we have tried to find new ways to deliver Sonoma County Philharmonic to you, but as our county faced an intense fire season along with Public Safety Power Shutoffs, it proved difficult to develop and produce new content from our homes. We had hoped that the pause in music making would be short but with the ever-changing pandemic conditions, we, like all the other performing arts organizations are forced to extend our current intermission. We miss you greatly. We miss coming together and playing for all of you. Behind the scenes, the Board of Directors, Maestro Gamboa and staff will diligently plan to bring back the beauty and power of music into our lives and community in the soonest, safest and healthiest way possible. We will also continue to look for other opportunities to bring music to you virtually during these unprecedented times and will remain in touch as our path forward comes together.
Until then, we invite you to come join us on our YouTube channel! The video above is our 2017 concert recording of Dvorak’s In Nature’s Realm. Maestro Gamboa has done a wonderful job pairing Dvorak’s sonic painting of his homeland to artwork depicting daily life around Sonoma County. We feel honored to work once again with the very talented local artist Wendy Brayton (and wife of fellow Musician Andy Goldstein) and we hope that you enjoy revisiting this performance as much as we do.
In the meantime, if you wish to make a donation to the Sonoma County Philharmonic to allow us to “keep the lights on” during this time, it would be most welcome. You may do so here or by sending a check to our PO Box shown below.
Wishing you a new year filled with hope, joy and music,
Musicians of the Sonoma County Philharmonic Norman Gamboa – Music Director Debra Scheuerman – Executive Director And your Board of Directors