AMERICAN PHILHARMONIC -
I’ve enjoyed the concerts of the spirited American Philharmonic–Sonoma County, formerly known as the Cotati Philharmonic, for its inspiring ten years.
At each performance, Music Director Gabriel Sakakeeny conveys their vision: “We are all volunteers. . . Our Mission is to make the beauty of music and the power of community alive and available for everyone.”
Although the concerts are free, there are many expenses to keep even a volunteer orchestra running. Gabriel welcomes people to contribute their skills or talents.
From initially being a supporter of my husband, Jerry, who plays viola, I grew to become a supporter of the whole orchestra. I created posters from my oil painting, Cotati Sheep, painted at the small farm just outside the original rehearsal space at Cotati City Hall, and donated them to the orchestra.
In August 2008 Sonoma County Open Space District and the City of Cotati purchased this former sheep and chicken farm, owned by Jennie Falletti and her late husband Al, a former mayor of Cotati. Recognized by Cotati City Council as a “community jewel, a treasure of open space”, it will be called Veronda Park, in honor of Jennie’s parents, who bought the 4.47-acres in 1938.
I will be signing "Cotati Sheep" posters at both 10th Gala performances, May 9th and 10th, at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA, and offering them to orchestra donors. Remember, the concerts are always free and open to all.
I hope you enjoy the concerts and poster. Thank you for supporting the American Philharmonic–Sonoma County!