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Sonoma County Philharmonic

Norman Gamboa
Genre: SYMPHONY
Director/Leader: Norman Gamboa
Phone: (800) 838-3006
Home Venue:
1235 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, California  95401
Founded in 1998, the Sonoma County Philharmonic is a full size symphonic orchestra conceived from and supported by the communities of Sonoma County. Created by a group of musicians dedicated to reinventing the American symphony orchestra on sustainable democratic principles, we have grown from our modest beginnings as the Cotati Philharmonic, to become the premier professional volunteer orchestra in the North Bay Area.

Since that time, we have given sixty-eight concert events for over 35,000 audience members in service of our mission: to make the beauty of music and the power of community alive and available for everyone. This has been accomplished on an all-volunteer basis by the orchestra of 60-75 professional volunteer musicians and scores of dedicated and passionate non-musical volunteers from around Sonoma County and the North Bay area. Unlike other similarly sized and seasoned orchestras throughout the United States, our events are decidedly inclusive of people of every walk of life and provide great programming that people can understand and relate to.

We exist because of our commitment to bring the great music of our cultural heritage to those who either can’t afford to attend regular concerts or who wouldn’t attend because they might feel excluded or uncomfortable in the conventional setting of a symphony concert. In addition to experienced music lovers, we serve thousands of children, seniors, high school and college students, and parents who bring their whole families to enjoy great music together at consistently “sold out” concerts.

Many music professionals and lay members of the audience have favorably compared their concert experiences with us to the Santa Rosa Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. The orchestra has debuted several new works and has featured soloists from among Sonoma County’s leading performing artists.

In October of 2007 the Orchestra was voted top in the Classical Music Category by the readers of the Bohemian newspaper in the Annual North Bay Classical Music Awards.
 Recent Reviews
SYMPHONY
A PIANIST AND ORCHESTRA IN NEED OF A PIANO
by Terry McNeill
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Sonoma County Philharmonic conductor Norman Gamboa mounted a crackerjack program Nov. 15 to end the Philharmonic's 2014 calendar year. It was a balanced menu of dramatic orchestral playing, beguiling choral works and an intriguing piano soloist in Santa Rosa's High School Auditorium.

The ev...
SYMPHONY
INTOXICATING ORCHESTRAL SONORITIES
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, September 28, 2014
For the first Sunday afternoon concert of their 16th season, on Sept. 28, the Sonoma County Philharmonic presented an all-Russian program that spotlighted intoxicating orchestral sonorities and heroic conducting from Norman Gamboa. He opened with a stunning performance of Kabalevsky's snappy overtur...

Archived Reviews

Norman Gamboa, conductor. Sergio Reyes, clarinet.

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Norman Gamboa, conductor. Alice Zhu, piano
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Bonnie Brooks, mezzo-soprano
Cyrus Ginwala, conductor. Tom Hyde, trumpet
Jovan Živkovíc, conductor. Stephen Waarts, violin
Norman Gamboa, conductor; Meredith Brown, horn
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Brigitte Armenier, piano. James Warren, organ.
John Kendall Bailey, conductor. Solenn Seguillon, violin
American Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
Gabriel Sakakeeny, conductor
"I Solisti di Sonoma": Marilyn Thompson, piano; Ross Ipsen, violin; Pam Otsuka, viola; Margaret Moor

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SYMPHONY
Saturday, February 14, 2015
8:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Reginald Nasciemento, conductor. Dylan McKinstry, mandolin
Avner Dorman: Mandolin Concerto; Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107...
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SYMPHONY
Sunday, February 15, 2015
2:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Reginald Nasciemento, conductor. Dylan McKinstry, mandolin
Avner Dorman: Mandolin Concerto; Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major, WAB 107...
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SYMPHONY
Saturday, March 28, 2015
8:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Kathleen Lane Reynolds, flute
Escalante-Macaya: Inelectable El Tiempo; Liebermann: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 39 (1992); Stravinsky: Suite from the ballet Petrushka (1911 version)...
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SYMPHONY
Sunday, March 29, 2015
2:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Norman Gamboa, conductor, Kathleen Lane Reynolds, flute
Escalante-Macaya: Ineluctable El Tiempo; Liebermann: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 39 (1992); Stravinsky: Suite from the Ballet Petrushka (1911 Version)...
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