September 21, 2015

Concert Season Brings Symphony, Chamber, Organ and More

Sæunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello
Milana Strezeva, piano
Wayne Lee, violin

An inaugural orchestra concert, a Jewish Music series and a Halloween organ recital are among the special events coming up at the Department of Music's fall season, which includes 26 concerts in Schroeder Hall, 9 concerts in Weill Hall, 8 Jazz Forum guests and several public master classes. Highlights include:

The appointment of Dr. Alexander Kahn as associate professor of music brings to fruition a longstanding goal to bring a symphony orchestra to the university. The orchestra’s inaugural concert on December 11 at 7:30 pm in Weill Hall includes music by Beethoven, Mozart and Corigliano and features piano soloist Marilyn Thompson. Community musicians interested in playing with the orchestra can contact Kahn at to schedule an audition.

The university’s Jewish Studies program joins the music department in presenting a free concert series that reflects the broad spectrum of the Jewish musical experience. The 6:30 pm concerts on selected Thursdays are open to the public in Schroeder Hall.

“Phantoms and Fugues,” designed to entertain the young-at-heart of all ages, is a family-themed Halloween event that combines a showing of the feature film It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with musical selections performed by organist David Parsons. The October 31 event takes place at 6:30 pm in Schroeder Hall.

Headlining Jazz Week will be saxophonist Noel Jewkes, one of the Bay Area’s top reedmen. Jewkes performs as soloist with the Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 pm October 14 in Weill and, with his quartet, at the 1 pm Jazz Forum in GMC 1029.

Chamber music recitals in Schroeder include guitarist Mak Grgic (October 2); Trio Navarro (October 4); woodwind and brass quintets from SSU and Louisiana State University (October 30); and the Manhattan Trio with cellist Sæunn Thorrsteinsdottir (November 4).

On November 20 Jenny Bent leads the university choral ensembles and invited guest choirs in the Family Candlelight Concert at 7:30 pm in Weill Hall. The annual event raises food donations for the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Concert details

Jazz Forum
Wednesdays at 1, GMC 1029. Seating is limited. For updates, call 664-2324.

Sep 23: Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Sep 30: Dan Wilensky
Oct 7: Dmitri Matheny
Oct 14: Noel Jewkes Quartet
Oct 28: Blue Note Ensemble with Rob Roth, clinician
Nov 4: ECM Ensemble with Anton Schwartz, clinician

High School Festivals

As a fully invested partner in music education, the Department of Music hosts high school music festivals throughout the year. Music faculty members are in demand as conductors, performers and clinicians.


All ticket prices are $8, parking included, and concerts are free of charge to SSU students with ID. Group rates are available, and some events are free, ($5 parking charged). Box Office: 707-664-4246


Schroeder and Weill halls are located at Sonoma State’s Green Music Center, two miles east of Highway 101 on Rohnert Park Expressway, near the intersection with Petaluma Hill Road.









Media Contact

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