Sonoma Musica Viva

Mission Statement

Sonoma Musica Viva's goal is to increase awareness of significant, lesser-known works composed after 1900, specializing in repertoire for mixed chamber ensembles. Sonoma Music Viva creates performances in an inviting and informal atmosphere without the stuffy trappings of traditional classical concerts.


Sonoma Musica Viva was founded in 2010 at Sonoma State University as a chamber music alliance dedicated to the recognition of significant works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Founding director and conductor Brian S. Wilson combines the talents of university faculty and North Bay professionals alongside qualified student performers.

Sonoma Musica Viva debuted on October 10, 2010, with a program of Hungarian and Czech music written before 1940 that included Bartók's Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano; Mikrokosmos for piano; and Janáček's Capriccio for piano left hand, flute, two trumpets, three trombones and tenor tuba. SMV will program an all-Ives concert in 2018.


Bartók - Contrasts; Suite Paysanne Hongroise; Mikrokosmos selections  
Janáček - Dumka; Říkadla - Nursery Rhymes; Cappricio

Dan Asia - Piano Trio; B for J
Jesus Contreras - String Octet
Brian S. Wilson - Yizkor from Alchunun; Byron Songs (premiere)

Stravinsky - Rite of Spring (two pianos)
Benjamin Britten - Cello Suite 3
Witold Lutoslawski - Five Dance Preludes
Student composers
Schoenberg - Verklarte Nacht
Webern - Drei Kleine Stucke
Berg - Seven Early Songs; Piano Sonata, Opus 1; Satz/Adagio from Kammerkonzert

Brian S. Wilson - Agamemnon, an opera in one act

Lutoslawski - Mini Overture for Brass Quintet
Karel Husa - Divertimento for Brass Quintet
Brian S. Wilson, arr. - Klezmer Set for Brass
Jenni Brandon - Five Frogs
Ernesto Lecuona - La Comparsa
Gyorgy Ligeti - Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
Jim Parker - King Oliver Steps Out from Mississippi Five
Endre Szervanszky - Quintet
Brian S. Wilson - Klezmer Overture (premiere)

Pianist Charles Ketcham plays The Music of G.I. Gurdjieff

The Music of Charles Ives:
Trio for violin, cello and piano
Selections from 114 Songs
The Unanswered Question for trumpet, flute, oboe, clarinet and strings
Three Quarter Tone Pieces for two pianos
From The Steeples and the Mountains for trumpet, trombone and chimes
Variations on America for organ solo