Announcing our September 29, 2023
Luncheon Program

Francesco Lecce-Chong
at 12 noon, Iron & Vine Restaurant


        Did you know that, during the height of the Cold War, the U.S. regularly sent jazz and classical ensembles to perform in Russia and elsewhere? Enter Santa Rosa Symphony conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, who will share his passion for how music must continue as an “international language” in dangerous times. His talk, MUSIC AS DIPLOMACY WHEN WE NEED IT MOST, with PowerPoint, audio, and video components, will underscore that music and musicians must continue serving as models for worldwide understanding. Examples include Lecce-Chong’s off-season conducting abroad; bringing multi-national soloists and composers to The Green Center; and experiences of the Symphony’s Youth Orchestra, which periodically performs overseas. He'll also address current challenges and controversies in the orchestra industry's response to world events.

        Born and raised in San Francisco, Maestro Lecce-Chong holds degrees from the Mannes College of Music in New York, the Curtis College of Music in Philiadelphia, and Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna, Italy. He has been our Symphony conductor since 2018, bringing extraordinary energy and vision to all he does.

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Academic World Quest
a Resounding Success!

On March 12, The Press Democrat headline read: “Petaluma High students headed to D.C.” It went on to report that the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County had just sponsored our county’s first-ever Academic WorldQuest. After answering 100 tough questions about world affairs during an exciting 90 minutes, the Petaluma High School team won a close competition. Teams from Analy High School and Roseland Collegiate Prep finished second and third, respectively. The event took place at Sonoma Mountain Village Co-work Space in Rohnert Park. [..Read more..]

World Affairs Council
of Sonoma County

WACSC presents speakers from a variety of backgrounds including government, finance, and health, at luncheons and other events in the Sonoma County Area.

WACSC is a member of The World Affairs Councils of America.  WACA traces its earliest roots to 1918, when the League of Free Nations Association was formed by 141 distinguished Americans, including the social reformer Paul Kellogg, to support President Woodrow Wilson’s efforts to achieve a just peace.

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