News Release - January 30, 2012

Feb. 12 Trio Navarro "John and Clare: BFF"

Join us for the first of two spring concerts by our Chamber Artists in Residence, the Trio Navarro. Now in their 19th year, Trio Navarro has performed virtually the entire “standard” piano trio repertoire.   On Sunday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. in GMC 1028 they will perform piano trios written by two, truly best friends for life: Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

  • Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 (1846), Clara Schumann
  • Acht Stucke, Nos. 2, 3 and 7, Op. 83, Max Bruch
  • Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 75 (1882), Johannes Brahms


Wife of the über-Romantic composer Robert Schumann and mother of their seven children, Clara Wieck Schumann's (1819-1896) brilliant career as a concert pianist overshadowed what in modern times could have been an equally brilliant career as a composer. Her most devoted fan was Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), whose music Robert Schumann introduced to the German public when Brahms was only 20. While Brahms and Clara easily could have gotten married after Robert's death in 1856, Brahms sought his fortunes in Vienna and Clara and remained in Dusseldorf. They corresponded for the rest of their lives, dying within 12 months of each other.

Trio Navarro is comprised of pianist Marilyn Thompson, SSU professor of piano and director of chamber music; violinist Roy Malan, concertmaster of San Fransicso Ballet Orchestra; and Jill Rachuy Brindel, cellist with the San Francisco Symphony.

Joining Trio Navarro on Feb. 12 will be guest violinist Victor Romasevich. Winner of the Gina Bachauer Prize at the 1985 J.S. Bach International Competition, Mr. Romasevich joined the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as associate principal violist in 1990, and in 1992 moved to the first violin section. He appears frequently in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist, violist, and keyboard player.

Trio Navarro returns to SSU on Sunday, April 8, to play the Piano Trios of Robert Schumann  (No. 1 in D Minor), Fanny Mendelssohn (also in D Minor) and Kirke Mechem. The concert begins at 4 p.m. in GMC 1028.

To buy tickets online go to or call the School of Performing Arts box office at 707-664-2353.

Media Contact:

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