The Santa Rosa Symphony Performs Music by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich at Five "SRS@Home" Concerts
Feb. 01, 2021
The Santa Rosa Symphony, under the direction of Francesco Lecce-Chong, has embarked on an imaginative project, making their concerts - including interviews with and performances by a number of contemporary composers - available to a wide public on YouTube.
One composer whose works feature prominently in this innovative initiative is Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Santa Rosa Symphony's Artistic Partner, who will see no fewer than five of her works being presented in this way this year. In January, the Santa Rosa Symphony performed her Concerto Grosso 1985, written in tribute to the tricentennial of Handel’s birth. On February 28, audiences around the world can visit the Santa Rosa Symphony's YouTube channel to watch the orchestra perform Zwilich's Prologue and Variations for String Orchestra alongside music by William Grant Still, Richard Wagner, and Antonin Dvořák. Subscribers will receive a special access link on March 3 to watch the concert on demand for up to 30 days.
(SRS @ Home - Francesco Lecce-Chong & Ellen Zwilich discuss her works)
There are further opportunities to hear the Santa Rosa Symphony perform Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's music in the spring. The orchestra performs her Concerto for Cello and Orchestra on March 28, Romance for Violin and Orchestra on April 25, and Peanuts® Gallery for Piano and Orchestra on May 16.
Visit schott-music.com and presser.com for more on the work of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
Concerto Grosso 1985 (1985)
for chamber orchestra
based on themes from the first movement of Handel’s Sonata in D for violin