Alan Silow. New Music Director

alan SILOW in two videos. The first one with a good interviewer then with me.

Good interviewer above left, brown jacket. Me on the right in beige jacket. In the Audio only below Good Interviewer on top. Then me below.

In these two videos Alan shows why he has remained ED of the Santa Rosa Symphony. In the interview clothed in beige jacket he talks about the search for the new Musical Director to replace Bruno Ferrandis.Further information on that search can be found here. And the winner was…….


The Santa Rosa Symphony proudly announces Francesco Lecce-Chong as its fifth Music Director beginning with the 2018-2019 season, “As we welcome Francesco Lecce-Chong, it signals a new era in our organization’s 90-year history,” said SRS President and CEO Alan Silow. “Francesco’s talent and engaging exuberance, combined with his rising national stature, are sure to take our orchestra to new heights and strengthen our position as one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras.”

Francesco will conduct the October, November and January SRS classical concert sets in the 2018-2019 season, assuming a fuller presence beginning in the 2019-2020 season. He will continue to serve as Music Director of the Eugene Symphony in Eugene, Oregon. 

“I am thrilled to join the Santa Rosa Symphony and become a part of its vibrant arts community,” said Francesco. “The passionate musicians, dedicated staff, engaged board, and enthusiastic patrons have created an enriching environment for music to thrive, so it truly is an honor to be chosen to continue the great legacy of this orchestra. I look forward to sharing my belief in the transformational and community-building power of music with both the Eugene Symphony in Oregon and the Santa Rosa Symphony.”

Francesco gained this position by a unanimous vote of the SRS Board of Directors. “Francesco represents the total package – bringing fresh energy, innovation and a tested commitment to artistic excellence, music education and community engagement,” added Alan Silow. Music Director Search Committee chairperson Jim Hinton said, “We found excellence, passion and dynamic style in his conducting, a background of superior training and broad musical knowledge, genuine sincerity and humility, and a respectful and collaborative interaction with our professional musicians.” 

SRS Principal Oboe and Search Committee member Laura Reynolds said, “Francesco is an inspiring presence on the podium, with deep commitment to the craft and a musical sense, or spirit, if you will, that invites players into a collaborative space to create our sound. I very much look forward to working with him!”