The red carpet moved north from Hollywood to Sonoma this weekend. On September 29 and 30, the Santa Rosa Symphony helped inaugurate the new Joan and Sanford I. Weill Concert Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center with music by Copland and a commission, Sonoma Overture, from local composer Nolan Gasser, under the direction of Music Director Bruno Ferrandis. Pianist Lang Lang also dazzled on Mozart and Chopin, and attendees included California Governor Jerry Brown. Symphony’s Jennifer Melick reports from the scene.

The state of Arizona also gets the spotlight this week: violinist and conductor Toru Tagawa talks about how the Tucson Repertory Orchestra got its start, and Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald takes the podium for the Phoenix Symphony’s season-opener.

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Posted October 5, 2012