Santa Rosa, California (April 14, 2014) – The American Philharmonic Sonoma County will present the final concerts of its 15th anniversary season with performances on April 26 and 27 of “Turkish Delights.”

The concerts feature violinist Yova Milanova performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (“Turkish”), written when the composer was only 19 and a violin virtuoso himself. Ms. Milanova comes from a family of distinguished Bulgarian musicians and has performed with leading orchestras throughout the world. This will be her West Coast premiere.

The program also includes Rossini’s overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers. The overture shines with the wit and sparkle you’d expect of music that opens a classic, comedy of errors opera. The program concludes with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”). Written when the composer was just 24, the themes are inspired by his travels in Italy, and result in his most popular symphony.

The American Philharmonic Sonoma County, conducted by Norman Gamboa, is a 65-member orchestra made up of professional-level musicians who volunteer their talents to reach an audience of people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a live orchestra. Bringing people who love to play classical music together with those who love to listen to it, the orchestra has presented over 100 affordable concerts in Sonoma County over the past 15 years.

The upcoming concerts will be held on April 26 at 8:00 pm and April 27 at 2:00 pm at the Santa Rosa High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 1235 Mendocino Ave. Premium tickets are $15, general admission is $10 at the door, and students 18 and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 800-838-3006.

About Violinist Yova Milanova:
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Yova Milanova comes from a distinguished family of musicians. Her father was Stoika Milanova, a famous concert violinist and professor at the Bulgarian National Conservatory, and her mother, Yuri Slessarev, was a renowned concert pianist and professor at the Moscow National Conservatory. At an early age, Ms. Milanova started playing the violin and was soon performing. At the age of six she had her first tour as a soloist, and at the age of nine she gave her first violin recital. She debuted in London’s “Queen Elizabeth Hall” at the age of eleven and was invited the following year to play for “Southern Television,” in England, as a soloist with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. In 1989 she won the Maria Canals International Competition in Spain and in 1992 she was awarded the Cobb Association Award at Michigan State University.

Ms. Milanova graduated with high honors from the State Music School in Sofia, the National Academy of Music in Bulgaria, and the Enschede Conservatory in Holland. She has studied with Trendafil Milanov, Stoika Milanova, André Gertler, and Walter Verdehr among others. She has worked extensively as a performer and as a teacher throughout the world, including Bulgaria, England, Belgium, Portugal, France, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Holland, Venezuela, and the U.S. Ms. Milanova is currently the owner and artistic director of Grace Notes Music Studio in Baton Rouge, LA, where she teaches violin.

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