News Release - February 17, 2012

Music Studio Faculty Join To Create 'Wind Power'

Come and applaudez Francis Poulenc's graceful Flute Sonata and his mercurial Sextet for piano and winds at the second annual Wind Power concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in GMC 1028.

The concert features studio faculty members Kathleen Reynolds, flute, and Richard Riccardi, piano. Besides Poulenc, the music includes a stunning setting of Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun for flute, clarinet, and piano; and Robert Schumann's elegiac Andante and Variations, Op. 46. Later scored for two pianos, the Andante and Variations will be played in its original setting for two pianos, two cellos and horn.

One of the great melodists of the twentieth century, Francis Poulenc was largely self-taught as a composer. His musical style ranges from the campy to the sublime - and it's always a delight. He wrote the Sextet in 1932, but would not allow its première (1940 in Paris) until extensively revising it. Having destroyed two violin sonatas and a string quartet, Poulenc admitted to being uncomfortable writing for strings. The Flute Sonata, the Sextet, and the four other works he created for winds and piano show the talent and affection he had for composing for those instruments.

Kathleen Reynolds is principal flautist with the Santa Rosa Symphony and has studied with renowned flutist Jean Pierre Rampal, who gave the premiere performance of the Poulenc Sonata during the Strasbourg Festival in 1956.

Richard Riccardi a highly regarded pianist and Bay Area music teacher, is a winner of the prestigious Mr. Holland's Opus prize for instrumental music educators. Co-founder and music director for 12 years of Sonoma City Opera, Richard has been pianist for the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and The Lamplighters. When he is not performing comedy cabaret with his wife, Sandy, Richard accompanies and coaches the vocal students at SSU.

Joining Kathleen and Richard will be Daniel Celidore, oboe; Roy Zajac, clarinet; Jarratt Rossini, bassoon; Ruth Wilson, horn; Judiyaba and Gwyneth Davis, cello; and Marilyn Thompson, piano.

Tickets are available at the door for $12 general; $10 SSU faculty, alumni and staff; $8 seniors and students. SSU students are free. For information call the box office at 707-664-2353, or purchase tickets online.

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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