Carnegie Hall East Meets West: Trio Ariadne and Guests Bridge the Gap

Violinist and Decoda co-founder Owen Dalby to perform on February 4.

Sonoma State’s Weill Hall resident artists, Trio Ariadne, announce a three-concert series of classic, modern and avant-garde music for mixed chamber ensembles on Feb. 4, March 12, and April 4. Two concerts will include guests who, like Ariadne, have a close affinity with The Academy, Carnegie Hall’s young artist fellowship program in collaboration with the Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute and New York City’s department of education.

On February 4 Trio Ariadne hosts members of Decoda, the resident ensemble at Greenwich House Music School in New York City’s historic West Village. Owen Dalby, violin, and Meena Bhasin, viola, will join Ariadne members Carol McGonnell, clarinet, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello, and Elizabeth Joy Roe, piano, for the 7:30 p.m. performance in Weill Hall.

On March 12, visiting artists from the Argento Ensemble will perform alongside Trio Ariadne and local musicians at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall. Championing cutting-edge contemporary composers and framing classical repertoire in new contexts, the Argento Ensemble is led by composer and conductor Michel Galante.

Trio Ariadne presents its second full Weill Hall recital on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. As Weill Hall resident artists for 2013-14, Trio Ariadne serves as a musical liaison between the university, the community and the Green Music Center. To date, the trio has performed at Credo, Windsor, Maria Carrillo, Casa Grande and other high schools, the Oakland School of the Arts, El Sistema in Sonoma; at museums in Sonoma and Petaluma as well as regular collaborations with the university’s music department.   

Admission to all three concerts is free, however tickets are required. To save time and money, print your tickets online here. As part of the university’s Music Department Weill Hall series, parking is free of charge.

Weill Hall at the Green Music Center is located at the north campus entrance at Rohnert Park Expressway near Petaluma Hill Road. Park in lots O and L. Programs are subject to change. For updates call 707-664-2324.


Program February 4

Thomas Adès – Catch, Op. 4 (1991)
Robert Schumann –Märchenerzählungen, Op.132
György Kurtág – Hommage à Robert Schumann, Op. 15d (1990)
Johannes Brahms – Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Program March 12

Michel Galante – Flicker for clarinet and piano
Louis Andriessen – Workers Union for indeterminate instrumentation
Brian Ferneyhough – La Chute D’Icare for solo clarinet, flute, oboe, percussion, piano, violin, cello, and double bass
Mahler/Schoenberg – Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde for voice, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano, percussion and string quintet
Matthew Ricketts – After 9 for indeterminate instrumentation
Mahler/Schoenberg – Song of the Wayfarerfor voice, flute, clarinet, percussion, piano and string quintet

Program April 4

Beethoven – Trio in E-flat, Op. 38 for clarinet, cello and piano
Zemlinsky – Trio in D Minor, Op. 3 for clarinet, cello and piano



Decoda is a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. Based in New York City, Decoda creates residencies, innovative performances, and engaging projects with partners around the world.

The artists of Decoda have a background of shared training and experience as fellows in the two-year leadership program known as Ensemble ACJW—The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. Since its inception in 2011, Decoda's residencies have touched audiences in schools, hospitals, prisons and bars, as well as in renowned concert halls across the globe.

Meena Bhasin, viola

Meena Bhasin is a captivating violist who is forging a new role for the classical musician. She is passionate about using music to spark cultural dialogue. In recent seasons, Ms. Bhasin has designed Carnegie Hall residencies in Mumbai and Abu Dhabi collaborating with musicians and students from both cities. In her home town of New York City, Ms. Bhasin is a member of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, principal violist for Trinity Wall Street’s NOVUS NY, a frequent performer with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic. She also relishes collaborations across genres and has toured the US as a soloist with legendary rock band Jethro Tull and performed Persian music as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Bhasin graduated as a Presser scholar from New England Conservatory and also holds a BA in international relations from Tufts University.

Owen Dalby, violin and viola

Praised as "dazzling" (The New York Times) and "a fearless and inquisitive violinist" (San Francisco Classical Voice), Owen Dalby is hailed for his gripping interpretations of music from across the stylistic spectrum. A specialist in both new and early music, and both violin and viola, Owen brings daring and sophisticated artistry to audiences worldwide. He is a co-founder of Decoda, New York City's trailblazing society of virtuoso chamber musicians, arts advocates, and educators. Owen made his Lincoln Center debut in 2010 with Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, and that same year gave the world premiere of Look Around You, a one-man double concerto by Timo Andres for solo violin and viola, with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He is the concertmaster of Novus NY, the contemporary music group of Trinity Wall Street, is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, principal second violin in the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and frequent concertmaster for the Westminster Choir College ensembles.

Argento Chamber Ensemble

The Argento Chamber Ensemble is the performance arm of the Argento New Music Project. Consisting of nine dedicated members, the ensemble regularly expands to perform and record chamber orchestra works of up to 30 musicians, and has established a reputation for delivering unforgettable performances.

Argento spearheaded Lunar Movements in 2010, and again in 2012, series of weekend concerts exploring modes of musical écriture that stem from Schoenberg's 1912 Pierrot Lunaire. The Ensemble has toured widely in the US and abroad in festivals including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the International Festival of Spectral Music in Istanbul, Turkey, the American Festival of Microtonal Music in New York, Sounds French Festival in New York, The Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland, and the International Festival of Electro-acoustic music, Shanghai. Tours to Asia and the Middle East included collaborations with non-Western musicians such as singer Kani Karaça.

The group has worked closely with leading composers such as Pierre Boulez, Tania Leon, Tristan Murail, Elliott Carter, Philippe Hurel, Gerard Pesson, Joshua Fineberg, and Philippe Leroux, and has collaborated with younger emerging composers internationally and at leading universities such as Columbia, Princeton, and Stonybrook.

Michel Galante, conductor

Michel Galante has performed as principal, guest, and assistant conductor with orchestras and ensembles in the US, Canada, and Europe. He is a doctoral candidate in composition at Columbia University. His composition awards include Hertz, Fulbright, and Mellon fellowships, and prizes from ASCAP and the Composer's Guild.




Carol McGonnell
Sæunn Thorsteinsdottir 
Elizabeth Joy Roe
Decoda Ensemble
Argento Ensemble


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