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Sonoma County Philharmonic

Norman Gamboa
Genre: SYMPHONY
Director/Leader: Norman Gamboa
Phone: (800) 838-3006
Home Venue:
Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School
4400 Day School Place
Santa Rosa, California  95403
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
NOSTALGIC BARBER KNOXVILLE AT SO CO PHIL JACKSON THEATER CONCERT
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, November 14, 2021
In their first Jackson Theater appearance of the new season the Sonoma County Philharmonic presented Nov. 14 a program devoid of novelty, but showcasing the “People’s Orchestra” in splendid performance condition after a long COVID-related layoff.

Conductor Norman Gamboa drew a committed and...
SYMPHONY
MOVIE MUSIC ON THE WINDSOR GREEN IN SO CO PHIL SEASON OPENER
by Terry McNeill
Sunday, October 3, 2021
People approaching the Windsor Green bandstand Oct. 3 for the Sonoma County Philharmonic’s season opening concert had some cause for concern. After 18 months of silence would the all-volunteer orchestra have enough musicians for a big movie music program? After all, performers can move, retire, or ...

Archived Reviews

Norman Gamboa, conductor. Pam Otsuka, violin; Robby Morales, viola
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Leyla Kabuli, piano
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Roy Zajac, clarinet
Norman Gamboa, conductor. John Kelley, baritone; Bonnie Brooks, mezzo-soprano; Mark Kratz, tenor; I
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Marilyn Thompson, piano
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Bruce Chrisp, trombone
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Kathleen Lane Reynolds, flute
Reginald Nasciemento, conductor. Dylan McKinstry, mandolin
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

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-- Events --

SYMPHONY
Saturday, February 5, 2022
7:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Norman Gamboa, conductor. David Lindgren, flugelhorn
Fauré: Suite from "Pelléas et Mélisand"; Hage: Concerto for Flugelhorn: Bizet: Symphony in C...
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Sunday, February 6, 2022
2:30 PM - Santa Rosa
Norman Gamboa, conductor. David Lindgren, flugelhorn
Fauré: suite from "Pelléas and Mélisande; Hage: Flugelhorn Concerto; Bizet: Symphony in C...
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Saturday, April 2, 2022
7:00 PM - Santa Rosa
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Anthony Perry, English horn
Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela; Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain; Tchaikovsky: Suite from the Ballet Swan Lake...
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SYMPHONY
Sunday, April 3, 2022
7:30 PM - Santa Rosa
Norman Gamboa, conductor. Anthony Perry, English horn

Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela; Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain; Tchaikovsky: Suite from the Ballet Swan Lake...
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