News Release - January, 2013



Music Department to Host International Soloists, Educational Outreach

An international roster of guest artists headed by Grammy-winning vocalist Diane Schuur will be coming to Sonoma State University as part of the music department’s spring performance series in the Green Music Center. The season includes 33 concerts, two fully staged operas and ongoing educational outreach events.

Jazz Guest Artists – Free Performance
Dubbed the New First Lady of Jazz, Diane Schuur, who performed at last year’s Kennedy Center Honors, will sing in Weill Hall at 7:30 p.m. on April 13, backed up by the USAF Commanders Jazz Ensemble. The concert is free. Tickets are required and may be obtained online or by calling the box office at 707-664-2353.

Subscription Series
The Baker’s Dozen Subscription Series includes 13 concerts by faculty, guest artists and major performing ensembles. All performances take place in Weill Hall. Guest artists include jazz drummer Matt Wilson and his group, Arts & Crafts; Santa Rosa native Kyle Covington, principal trombone of the San Diego Symphony; William Klingelhoffer, co-principal horn of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra; Natalie Parker, principal clarinet of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; and Joseph Ognibene, principal horn of the Iceland Symphony. Series ticket prices are $144/$120/$96. A Six Concert Sampler is also available. Choose any six concerts for $75/$60/$42. Single ticket prices are $15/$12/$10.


The Baker’s Dozen series of 13 performances in Weill Hall includes eight faculty and guest artist recitals and five major performing ensembles.


1. Sunday, February 3, 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Recital - Trio Navarro
Roy Malan, violin, Jill Rachuy Brindel, cello, Marilyn Thompson, piano

Dvorak — Piano Trio No. 4 ‘Dumky
Shostakovich — Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor

2. Sunday, February 17, 4 p.m.
Faculty Recital – 3rd Annual Wind Power
Wind and Brass Faculty and friends: Daniel Celidore, oboe, Ruth Wilson, horn, Dave Scott, trumpet, Tony Collins, trombone, Brian S. Wilson, conductor

Mozart — Quintet K. 452
Turrin — Fandango
Wilson — Fanfares for trumpet and trombone
Crespo — Improvisation No. 1 for solo trombone
Kubik — Divertimento No. 2 for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, viola and piano

3. Thursday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Guest Artists Matt Wilson and Arts & Crafts
Matt Wilson, drums and leader; Terell Stafford, trumpet and flügelhorn; Gary Versace, piano, Hammond organ and accordion; Martin Wind, bass

Opening sets by the SSU Jazz Orchestra and Latin Band led by Doug Leibinger and Kendrick Freeman

4. Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble ¬ – Festival Prelude
Andy Collinsworth, conductor; Kyle Covington, trombone soloist; Gary W. Hill, guest conductor
A jubilant homecoming for two Santa Rosa natives: Kyle Covington, principal trombonist of the San Diego Symphony and composer Paul Dooley, lecturer at the University of Michigan.

Reed — A Festival Prelude
Hesketh — Danceries
Ewazen — Trombone Concerto
Dooley — Point Blank
Ticheli — Rest
Barber — Commando March

5. Sunday, March 10, 4:00 p.m.
Guest Artist Recital
– Pacific Guitar Ensemble

Ensemble members David Tanenbaum, Peppino D’Agostino, Michael Bautista, Lawrence Ferrara, Antoniy Kakamakov, Jon Mendle, Paul Psarras, Marc Teicholz

The Pacific Guitar Ensemble began in 2010 when David Tanenbaum and Peppino D’Agostino decided they wanted to form a larger ensemble with members of the guitar faculty from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and exceptional alumni.

6. Sunday, March 31, 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Recital - Trio Navarro & Friends
Roy Malan, violin, Jill Rachuy Brindel, cello, Marilyn Thompson, piano, with guest artists William Klingelhoffer, horn and Natalie Parker, clarinet
Hornist William Klingelhoffer of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras, and clarinetist Natalie Parker of the San Francisco Ballet orchestra join members of the Trio Navarro.

Vaughan Williams — Quintet in D
Wilson — And Ezra the Scribe Stood upon a Pulpit
Brahms — Trio in E-flat, op. 40

7. Saturday, April 6, 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Recital - Sonoma Musica Viva
Transfigured Night: Music of the Second Viennese School
Jennifer Thuman, soprano, Roy Zajac, clarinet, Joe Edelberg, violin, Keri Bailey, violin, Betsy London, viola, Hilary Powers, viola, Gwyneth Davis, cello, Judiyaba, cello, Rami Kim, piano, Marilyn Thompson, piano, Brian S. Wilson, director

Schoenberg — Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
Webern — Three Little Pieces op. 11
Berg — Seven Early Songs
Schubert — Three Songs
Berg — Sonata, op. 1
Berg — Satz Aus Dem from ‘Kammerkonzert’

8. Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Composers Concert – Twinge

Doug Leibinger, jazz studies director; Marcia Bauman, composition faculty; Brian S. Wilson, department chair and more

The annual concert by SSU’s distinguished faculty composers features exciting new works in all genres, from jazz to avant-garde. Performed by studio faculty members.

9. Saturday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Faculty Recital – Laxmi G. Tewari, vocalist
Enlighten All: A Concert of Classical North Indian Music
Laxmi G. Tewari, vocals, Vivek Datar, harmonium, Ravi Gutala, tabla

Esteemed author and ethnomusicologist Laxmi Ganesh Tewari returns with his North Indian ensemble for a rare springtime performance of classical North Indian vocal music.

10. Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Orchestra – Swing into Spring
With Classic Jazz and Post-Bop ensembles, Doug Leibinger, director

Jazz Studies director Doug Leibinger leads performances by the 18-piece SSU big band and two top jazz ensembles.

11. Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Chamber Singers – It's Alive!

Jenny Bent, conductor

Enjoy an elegant evening of choral masterpieces and vocal jazz jewels, as well as works that influenced their creation, by living composers and arrangers.

12. Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
– Recollections

Andy Collinsworth, conductor, Joseph Ognibene, horn
Joseph Ognibene, principal horn player with the Iceland Symphony, joins the SWE for the magnificent Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss.

Jager — Esprit de Corps
Strauss — Horn Concerto No. 1
Bryant — Dusk

13. Sunday, May 5, 4:00 p.m.
Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Singers – Carmina Burana
Jenny Bent, conductor

Jenny Bent will lead the 120-voice chorus accompanied by pianos and percussion in Carl Orff’s timeless masterpiece Carmina Burana.

The Commander’s Jazz Ensemble

The Commander's Jazz Ensemble from the USAF Band of the Golden West will play a special free concert in Weill Hall featuring Grammy-winning vocalist Diane Schuur on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Save time: reserve tickets online and print from home.

Operatic Double Billing
From Feb. 7-17, vocal program director Lynne D. Morrow will conduct two one-act operas in English: Joseph Haydn’s The Deserted Island and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea in Evert B. Person Theatre. Stage direction is by Danielle Cain. The opera is a co-production of the departments of music and theatre arts & dance. For show times and ticket information call the box office at 707-664-2353. Purchase online.

Educational Outreach
The SSU music department offers the Bachelor of Music in jazz studies, music education and performance, and the Bachelor of Arts in music, liberal arts concentration. Since 2001, the department has hosted the major northern California band, choir, solo/ensemble and jazz festivals of the California Music Educators Association. During the current year more than 2,500 secondary school students, teachers and guests will visit the Green Music Center for department-sponsored festivals and outreach events.

  • Jan. 25 CMEA Jazz Festival
  • Feb. 2 CMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival
  • Feb. 9 National Association of Schools of Singing Auditions
  • March 9 Sonoma Invitational Wind Band Festival
  • April 19-20 CMEA Choral Festival
  • June 24-28 Wind Band Conducting and Music Education Symposium


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  • Weill Hall, Green Music Center: enter campus from Rohnert Park Expressway and park in Lot O.

Effective January 1, 2013, parking permits will be required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in all general, reserved and housing parking lots. Additionally, the daily rate for general parking permits will increase from $2.50 per day to $5 per day. The reserved parking daily rate will increase from $5 per day to $8. Info:

Media Contact:

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