News Release - January 31, 2012

SSU Music Department Releases Calendar of Events

Joe Alessi, Ron Dziubla Headline Spring Concert Season

ROHNERT PARK, CA Jan. 31, 2012  _ LA jazz and recording musician Ron Dziubla and New York Philharmonic trombonist Joe Alessi will be the featured guest artists on the spring concert season just released by Sonoma State University's department of music.

The department, housed in the Green Music Center's music education hall, will also present three faculty chamber music recitals, the annual faculty composer's concert of new music, and performances by the University Chorus, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra.

The spring musical, running from Feb. 9-19 in Evert B. Person Theatre, is Oklahoma! presented in conjunction with the departments of music, theatre arts and dance.

To buy tickets, call the SSU School of Performing Arts box office at (707) 664-2353.
See the full calendar of events


Ron Dziubla
Feb. 23
7:30 p.m. Warren Auditorium
Ron Dziubla's two-day residency, hosted by SSU jazz studies director Doug Leibinger, includes stops at the Jazz Forum at 1 p.m. Feb. 22 in GMC 1029, and a concert with the university jazz bands at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Warren Auditorium. Admission at the door includes a suggested donation of $15 for the Mel Graves Fund.

Ron Dziubla is a freelance musician and composer based in Los Angeles.
Originally from Chesterton, Indiana, Ron moved to Miami after high school to attend the University of Miami. Upon graduation from U.M.'s prestigious School of Music, Ron got busy in the bustling South Florida music scene.
The '90s found Ron touring with international pop star Chayanne, recording and producing CDs for Jammy Award-winning artists like Roach Thompson and Magda Hiller, and touring and recording with South Florida's favorite voodoo band, Iko-Iko. His work with Iko-Iko included two critically acclaimed CDs, "Protected by Voodoo" and "Shine," and a stint as the house band for Jimmy Buffett's musical, "Don't Stop the Carnival."

(link to Ron Dziubla's full bio)

Joe Alessi
May 11
7:30 p.m. Evert B. Person Theatre
Bay Area native Joe Alessi, widely regarded as one of the finest working trombonists alive, will present a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. on May 11 in Evert B. Person Theatre. Tickets $25 general; $20 seniors; $15 students. 10% discount on advance sales to groups of 10 or more. For group sales contact Box Office coordinator Jenny Juhl at 707-664-2325.

Joseph Alessi was appointed Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic in the spring of 1985. He began musical studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi, Sr. As a high school student in San Rafael, California, and was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.

Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Mr. Alessi was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and principal trombone of L’Orchestre symphonique de Montreal for one season. In addition, he has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall led by Pierre Boulez.

(link to Joe Alessi's full bio)


 Faculty Recitals
Trio Navarro
Feb. 12
4:00 p.m. GMC 1028
Visiting violinist Victor Romasevich joins Marilyn Thompson, piano and Jill Brindel, cello to perform the Piano Trio of Clara Schumann, selections from Acht Stücke by Max Bruch and Brahms' C Major Trio, Op. 87.

Wind Power
March 4
4:00 p.m. GMC 1028
Chamber music featuring wind instruments! Works by Claude Debussy, Hilary Tan, Francis Poulenc and Robert Schumann. Studio faculty performers include Kathleen Reynolds, flute; Roy Zajac, clarinet; Daniel Celidore, oboe; Ruth Wilson, horn; Judiyaba, cello; Richard Riccardi and Marilyn Thompson, piano; plus guest musicians.

Trio Navarro
April 8
4:00 p.m. GMC 1028
Trio Navarro's second concert features Piano Trios by Robert Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn (both in the key of D Minor) and by Kirke Mechem, performed by Roy Malan, violin; Jill Brindel, cello and Marilyn Thompson, piano.


Faculty Composers Concert
April 13
7:30 p.m. GMC 1028
This popular annual event, hosted by Sonoma Musica Viva director Brian Wilson, features the latest music by SSU faculty-composers. Works include a two-trombone piece by George Marsh, a song cycle by Richard Riccardi and the Sonoma County premiere of Brian Wilson's trio for violin, horn and piano entitled "And Ezra The Scribe Stood Upon A Pulpit.' Guest musicians include Randy Weiss, violin, Meredith Brown, horn, Marilyn Thompson, piano and Carol Menke, soprano.


Major Ensembles
More than 100 students are enrolled in the major performing ensembles.

March 8 – 7:30 p.m. Warren Auditorium - Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Tickets $8-$12, students Free w/ID

April 14 – 1 p.m. GMC 1028
Seawolf Day Collage Concert

April 28 – 7:30 p.m. Warren Auditorium
Jazz Orchestra

April 29 – 4 p.m. The Glaser Center
Chamber Singers
Tickets $8-$12, students Free w/ID

May 4 – 7:30 p.m. Warren Auditorium
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Tickets $8-$12, students Free w/ID

May 6 – 4 p.m. The Glaser Center
University Chorus
Tickets $8-$12, students Free w/ID


Jazz Forum Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
The ever-popular Jazz Forum continues on Wednesday afternoons featuring both new and established jazz artists. The 1 p.m. performance/master class in GMC 1029 is free and open to the public. For details contact program director Doug Leibinger at This semester's lineup includes:

  • Jan. 18 - Erik Jekabson Quartet
  • Feb. 1 -Wesla Whitfeld and Mike Greensill
  • Feb. 8 - The Holly Martins
  • Feb. 22 - Ron Dziubla
  • Feb. 29 - John Stowell/Mike Zilber Quartet/Trio
  •  Apr. 18 - US Army Jazz Ambassadors Small Group
  • May 2 - Ruzsa Nikolic-Lakatos and her Romani Ensemble


Student Performances are Free and Open to the Public
In addition to major ensembles, students perform in smaller groups including guitar ensemble, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, music theatre scenes workshop, Latin band, concert jazz ensembles, string orchestra and instrumental and vocal repertory recitals. Visit the music department's performance page

Most performances take place in Room 1028 of the music education building next to the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center, as well as in Warren Auditorium (jazz), Evert B. Person Theatre (Oklahoma! and Joe Alessi) and The Glaser Center (choral) at 547 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa.

The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center is located at the north entrance to campus, off Rohnert Park Expressway and just west of Petaluma Hill Road. Parking is available in Lots O and L. Use Parking Lot L for events in GMC 1028 and 1029.

For events in Warren Auditorium or Evert B. Person Theatre, enter campus from East Cotati Ave., turn right at the stop sign, then left into Parking Lot E.

Parking is $2.50 weekdays and free on weekends. See a campus map

Media Contact:

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