January 14, 2015

Department of Music Announces Spring Season

Highlights to include guitarist Jerome Mouffe and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade
One of the best concert bargains in Sonoma County is the Sonoma State University Department of Music’s spring series at the Green Music Center, where tickets for some of today’s top jazz and classical artists are just $8, parking included.

Click on Concert Calendar above to see the full schedule of performances. Tickets are available for purchase at the SSU Student Center, online or at the door. For ticket information call the University Box Office at 707-664-4246.

Virtuoso guitarist Jerome Mouffe has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe as a soloist and chamber musician.


Classical Guitar Series
The Classical Guitar series continues with brilliant Belgian guitarist Jerome Mouffe on March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Schroeder Hall. Mouffe has the distinction of becoming the first Doctoral recipient in Classical Guitar from one of America’s oldest music institutions, the New England Conservatory of Music. Besides his current duties as professor at NEC, Mouffe is in demand as a clinician (College Music Society National Conference); performer (Agustin Barrios Mangore Festival, Brussels); and chamber artist with guitarist Grisha Goryachev, violinist Emil Altschuler and flutist Ben Smolen. Mouffe will lead a guitar master class at 1 p.m. on the same day.

Trio Ariadne Farewell Concert
Concluding their two years as Weill Hall Artists-in-Residence, the Carnegie Hall-trained Trio Ariadne present a Farewell Concert with special guests, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and the Argento Chamber Ensemble. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on March 29 in Weill Hall. Recognized as one of the most beloved figures of our time, von Stade has enriched the world of classical music for three decades with her appearances in opera, concert and recital. On March 29, she performs Mahler’s epic Songs of a Wayfarer in a new orchestration by Argento Chamber Ensemble Director Michel Galante.The program also includes works by Giacinto Scelsi, Robert Schumann, Aldo Clementi and Gyorgy Ligeti.

The Trio can also be heard in Schroeder Hall on February 1 in a cello-piano recital and on a March 1 performance of Pierrot Lunaire as part of the Green Music Center’s Sundays at Schroeder series.

Schroeder and Weill halls are located at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center, near the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road. For more information call 707-664-2324.  


Wind Band Festival
Director of Bands Andy Collinsworth hosts the Third Annual Sonoma Invitational Wind Band Festival March 13-14, bringing 20 premier high school wind bands from California to the Green Music Center to work with adjudicators from the US and Canada. Roy Zajac, principal clarinetist of the Santa Rosa Symphony and clarinet instructor at SSU, will be featured in a free performance for festival participants with the SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, performing Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet.

Jazz Forum
Five seasoned Jazz performers will visit the Jazz Forum to talk about real-world experiences and mentor student players. This popular Wednesday class in GMC 1029 is emceed by jazz program director Doug Leibinger and is open to the public at no charge. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first serve basis.

  • January 28, 1 p.m. Doug Leibinger opens the spring Jazz Forum series with a unique solo performance: no rhythm section, looping, effects, etc. - just Doug and a trombone! Now in his sixth year as Jazz Studies Program Director at SSU, Leibinger was trombone soloist on the Grammy-nominated Three Romances by Maria Schneider.
  • February 4, 1 p.m. Guitarist John Stowell will display his “incredible originality” in a quartet with jazz faculty Randy Vincent, Cliff Hugo and George Marsh. Stowell plays with bassist David Friesen and was featured in a groundbreaking tour of Russia with Paul Horn in 1983.
  • February 18, 1 p.m. Pakistan-born guitarist Rez Abbasi has studied at USC, Manhattan School of Music and in India with percussionist Ustad Alla Rakha. Considered one of the foremost modern jazz guitarists today, Abbasi’s unique sound is a vivid synthesis of Eastern and Western influences. 
  • March 25, 1 p.m. A consistent Downbeat Magazine critic’s choice, trombonist John Fedchock is one of New York’s most in-demand soloists, bandleaders and arrangers. His critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band has become a marquee group, showcasing Fedchock's trombone and arranging as well as the band's all-star soloists.
  • April 15, 1 p.m. Chicago native Ron Dziubla, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist on guitar and keyboards, is a top LA session player, having performed in dozens of venues, on TV and in films including Burlesque, Thirteen and Contact. His record Melenhead, released on Little Silver Records, “one of the best instro releases of 1999.” (KSYM San Antonio)


Jerome Mouffe  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kllPelOwoRI
Trio Ariadne
Frederica von Stade
Argento Chamber Ensemble
Roy Zajac
Doug Leibinger
John Stowell
Rez Abbasi ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE4ExKQ5XZI
John Fedchock
Ron Dziubla



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