News Release - October 24, 2011

Celebrate Novemberfest Week-Long Chamber Music Series

From Sonoma State University's outstanding music faculty to renowned guest artists, Novemberfest at SSU from Nov. 6-12 promises to delight the senses and warm the heart.

Tickets for the four-concert series - which includes two free master classes - are available at a special price of $38, a ten-dollar discount. Single tickets are available at the regular price. For details call the box office at 707-664-2353 or visit Brown Paper Tickets

Novemberfest opens with Trio Navarro on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. in Room 1028 of the Green Music Center's (GMC) music education building. The trio, as Resident Artists in chamber music, will be playing piano trios by Frank Bridge - best known as the teacher of Benjamin Britten; Joaquin Turina - Spanish-born and educated in Paris; and the über-romantic Felix Mendelssohn. Trio Navarro features violinist Roy Malan, concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and Mendocino Music Festival; cellist Jill Rachuy Brindel of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; and pianist Marilyn Thompson, director of chamber music and piano studies at SSU.

  • Phantasie Trio in C Minor, Frank Bridge
  • Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 35, Joaquin Turina
  • Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Felix Mendelssohn

The series continues on Wednesday, Nov. 9, with a one-day residency by contemporary American composer Daniel Asia. A native of Seattle and recipient of the American Academy of Art and Letters Music Award, Asia has been called a "welcome addition to the roster of our strongest group of living composers." Asia will talk about the art of composing at a free Master Class at 1 p.m. in GMC 2052. At 7:30 he will attend a concert featuring two of his works performed by Sonoma Musica Viva, Brian S. Wilson, conductor, in GMC 1028. Also on the program will be works by Wilson, who is music department chair, and Jesus Contreras, lecturer in music technology and composition - both of them former students of Asia's.

  • Yizkor, Brian S. Wilson
  • Piano Trio, Daniel Asia
  • Octet, by Jesus Contreras
  • Premiere: Byron Songs, Brian S. Wilson. Soloist: Carol Menke, soprano
  • B for J, Daniel Asia

On Nov. 11 experience the breathtaking virtuosity of classical and flamenco guitarist Adam del Monte. Currently on the faculty of USC Thornton School of Music, del Monte has lived and studied in Spain, Israel and England, working with famed Gypsy performers Pepe "Habichuela" and Paco Cortez. He brings an eclectic awareness of jazz, world music and other contemporary forms to new, creative renditions of flamenco repertoire.

Closing the series will be SSU's resident ethnomusicologist and classical Northern Indian vocal soloist, Laxmi Ganesh Tewari, performing Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall. Tewari will be accompanied by a traditional Indian instrumental ensemble playing tabla, tambura and harnomium.

Green Music Center Room 1028 is a temporary concert space until the completion of Schroeder's Recital Hall. It is located in the music education building on the southern end of the GMC complex. The nearest parking is in Lot L. Parking is free on weekends. For directions to campus, visit

In a nutshell… Novemberfest at SSU

  • Nov. 6 Trio Navarro, Resident Artists 4:00 p.m. GMC 1028
  • Nov. 9 Daniel Asia, Guest Composer Master Class (free) - 1:00 p.m. GMC 2052 Concert - 7:30 p.m. GMC 1028
  • Nov. 11Adam del Monte, Classical and Flamenco Guitar 7:30 p.m. GMC 1028
  • Nov. 12 Laxmi Ganesh Tewari, Resident Ethnomusicologist 7:30 p.m. Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall

Media Contact:

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