News Release - March 22, 2012

SSU Composers, Faculty and Guests Unite For A Concert of Premieres

A new horn trio, two song cycles, a work for jazz big band, and improvisation are just some of the musical offerings on the 2012 Sonoma State University Faculty Composers Concert at 7:30 p.m. April 13 in GMC 1028.

The concert, presented annually, will feature new works by Doug Leibinger, director of jazz studies; George Marsh, percussion instructor; Richard Riccardi, staff accompanist and Brian S. Wilson, music department chair.

The program includes the following works (fp= first performance)

• "Tremble and Flutter" (fp) for big band by Doug Leibinger. It will feature a combination of SSU faculty and students, with solos by Leibinger on trombone and jazz adjunct Kasey Knudsen on saxophone.

• "Invocation" (fp) for a jazz combo with two trombones and auxiliary percussion by George Marsh. Marsh says, 'The piece has the quality of an invocation and will be improvised on a structure that features trombonists Brian S. Wilson and Doug Leibinger in the beginning and then Will Johnson (piano) and Randy Vincent (guitar) for the second half." Contributing musicians include Kasey Knudsen, saxophone, jazz adjunct Cliff Hugo, bass, and George Marsh, drums.

• "Songs on Dorothy Parker Poems" (fp) by Richard Riccardi. Guest vocalist Sandy Riccardi will premiere the songs, accompanied on piano by her husband, Richard Riccardi. Sandy Riccardi says, "Dorothy Parker frequently wrote of suicide (something she unsuccessfully attempted three times)." In “Symptom Recital” she “ponders on the narrow house” (the coffin), as well as her endless need for love. In “Comment” she takes sarcasm about love to a brief new art form, and in “Chant for Dark Hours” she laments the inconsistencies of all men in the area of love and devotion to their women.

• Byron Songs, (fp) a song cycle for soprano and piano by Brian S. Wilson, with texts from Lord Byron's book of poems, Hebrew Melodies. The six Byron Songs will be performed by guest vocalist Carol Menke and pianist Marilyn Thompson. Wilson says, "Along with verses inspired by the Old Testament are love songs and reflective pieces."

• Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano - "And Ezra The Scribe Stood Upon A Pulpit" by Brian S. Wilson received its premiere in February at the Music in the Mishkan series at San Francisco's Temple Sha'ar Zahav. Reprising their San Francisco performance will be violinist Randall Weiss, assistant concertmaster of Symphony Silicon Valley; Meredith Brown, principal horn player with Symphony Silicon Valley, Napa Valley, Fremont and Vallejo Symphonies, and acting principal horn of the Santa Rosa Symphony; and SSU pianist and director of chamber music, Marilyn Thompson. Wilson says, "This piece serves to conjure up impressions of a fascinating chapter in Jewish history."

Tickets are $12 general; $10 SSU faculty, staff and alumni; $8 seniors and students. For information call the SSU School of Performing Arts box office at (707) 664-2353 or visit

GMC 1028 is located in the music education building next to the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Enter campus from Rohnert Park Expressway and park in Lot L. Parking is free on weekends.


Media Contact:

Ruth E. Wilson
Lecturer in Horn
Music Department Publicity
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928