The Santa Rosa Symphony had a terrific run under the leadership of Music Director Bruno Ferrandis, but this season they’re testing out conductors for a permanent replacement. Maryland born Andrew Grams, also music director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, leads the orchestra in a program that includes a Ravel piano concerto. Stewart Goodyear is the soloist, and he released a gorgeous collection of Ravel's piano sonatas earlier this year. My co-host Gabe Meline noted Grams will also lead the symphony in one of his personal favorites: Rachmaninoff’s "Symphonic Dances." And for the rest of the 2017-2018 season, the symphony is offering free tickets to first responders and those who lost their homes in the North Bay Fires. Details here.
The Santa Rosa Symphony Continues its Hunt for a New Conductor
Andrew Grams, a candidate for the music director job at the Santa Rosa Symphony (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)
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