2016-17 Season


Symphony Orchestra Concert I
A Concerted Effort
Alexander Kahn, conductor
Friday, September 30, 7:30 PM
Weill Hall

Joint production with Santa Rosa Junior College Symphony Orchestra

Please join the Sonoma State University Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Junior College Orchestra for this joint concert that will feature concertos of all shapes and sizes, highlighting the way in which the concerto genre has changed and evolved over the past 300 years. You’ll hear a Baroque Concerto Grosso by Telemann (with violinist Aaron Westman of Philharmonia Baroque as soloist and leader), works from the Classical and Romantic periods, and twentieth-century concertos by Arutiunian and Glazunov, performed respectively by Zachary Hall and Megan Rice, winners of the 2016 Sonoma State University Concerto Competition. Alexander Kahn leads the SSU Symphony Orchestra, and Jerome Fleg leads the JC Orchestra. We’re making a concerted effort to start the season of with a concert that’s sure to please one and all!

Telemann – Concerto in A Major, “The Frogs” TWV 51:A4 (Aaron Westman, guest soloist/leader)
Glazunov – Concerto for Saxophone and Strings (Megan Rice, soloist and 2016 Concerto Competition winner)
Arutiunian ­– Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (Zachary Hall, soloist and 2016 Concerto Competition winner)
Gabrieli – Canzone per sonare # 2
Sibelius – Karelia Suite
Beethoven – Romance for Violin and Orchestra (Aaron Westman, guest soloist/leader)
Dvorak – Symphony No. 8, Movement 4

Symphony Orchestra Concert II
Modes of Transportation
Alexander Kahn, conductor
Zachary Gordin, baritone soloist
Friday, November 18, 7:30 PM
Weill Hall

Walk, run, drive, or bike to Weill Hall for the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra's second concert of the season, Modes of Transportation!

Our program is comprised of four pieces that were inspired in different ways by humankind's remarkable mobility. First on the program is Alexander Borodin's On the Steppes of Central Asia, which depicts a caravan crossing the vast Mongolian deserts. Next it's closer to home, with Symphony No. 2, “Modes of Transportation,” by SSU's very own Brian S. Wilson, inspired by all manner of traversing air, sea, land, and space!

On the second half of the program we'll perform Gustav Mahler's tender and tortured Songs of a Wayfarer, a series of vignettes for voice and orchestra in which a sorrowful traveler reflects on lost love. The Mahler features another SSU native, baritone soloist and SSU faculty member Zachary Gordin. Finally we conclude the evening with Bedrich Smetana's beloved "The Moldau," which paints a vivid and stirring picture of the flow of the river Vltava through the Czech Republic.


Symphony Orchestra Concert III
Carnival of the Animals
Alexander Kahn, conductor
Sunday, February 26, 2:00 PM
Weill Hall

Joint production with Fratello Marionettes

The Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra presents its first-ever family concert, performing excerpts from two classics of orchestral literature: Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Fratello Marionettes, the Bay Area’s premiere marionette group, will enact stories and dances inspired by the music. The Sunday afternoon concert will last just one hour and promises to delight children of all ages. Be sure to stay for the post-concert instrument petting zoo!

Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite No. 1
Saint-Saens – Carnival of the Animals
Rimsky Korsakov – Dance of the Tumblers

$8, free to SSU Students (promo code SSUStudent)
SSU Faculty & Staff use promo code SSUFacStaff for discounted tickets

Use promo code 5LIVE for 37.5% discount on single tickets ($5)
Use promo code GROUP10 for 20% off ten or more tickets
Children under 2 free
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Symphony Orchestra Concert IV
Songs of the Earth
Alexander Kahn, conductor
Saturday, April 22, 7:30 PM
Weill Hall

The SSU Symphony Orchestra honors Earth Day with its April 22 concert, entitled Songs of the Earth. The 7:30 pm performance in Weill Hall will feature the world premiere of Moritūra Terra, the prize-winning work from the orchestra’s inaugural composition contest. Alexander Kahn conducts.

See Earth Day Concert to Feature Composition Contest Winner 

Cameron Kaiser – Premiere: Moritura Terra (Dying Earth) for string orchestra
Liadov – Eight Russian Folk Songs
Beethoven – Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

$8, free to SSU Students (promo code SSUStudent)
SSU Faculty & Staff use promo code SSUFacStaff for discounted tickets

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