February 9, 2010

SSU Music Department Unveils Spring Season

If, as Oliver Wendell Holmes says, a "music bath once or twice a week bathes the soul," then the souls at Sonoma State University will be clean indeed. The SSU School of Performing Arts has released its spring calendar of Music Department events encompassing more than 50 performances from Feb. 18 through May 26.

Highlights include chamber music performances by Trio Navarro, and visits by Romani "Gypsy" Vocalist, Ruzsa Nikolic-Lakatos, and jazz drummer Matt Wilson.

Performances take place in Ives 119, Warren Auditorium and Evert B. Person Theatre. For information or to buy tickets, visit www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/ or call the SPA Box Office at (707) 664-2325.

The spring season includes:

Trio Navarro (Roy Malan, violin, Jill Rachuy Brindel, cello and Marilyn Thompson, piano) play Piano Trios by Gyorgi Catoire, Max Bruch and Gaspar Cassado, 4 p.m., Feb. 28 in Ives 119

Jazz Drummer Matt Wilson with the SSU Jazz Orchestra and Concert Jazz Ensembles, led by Jazz Studies Director Doug Leibinger, 7:30 p.m., March 11 in Warren Auditorium (suggested donation of $15 to benefit jazz scholarships)

Conductor Andy Collinsworth with the SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble in combined concerts at local schools, 7 p.m. March 24 at Maria Carrillo High School and at 7:30 p.m. March 25 at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Conductor Jenny Bent with the SSU Chorus performs Fauré Requiem at 8 p.m. April 16 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Petaluma and at 8 p.m. April 17 at Holy Family Episcopal Church, Rohnert Park.

North Indian vocal musician Laxmi Tewari and remowned Hindustani vocalist and ethnomusicologist and ensemble, 7:30 p.m. April 24, in Ives 119.

Trio Navarro (Roy Malan, violin, Jill Rachuy Brindel, cello and Marilyn Thompson, piano) joined by San Francisco Symphony violist Nancy Ellis for Piano Quartets by Mozart, Fauré and Saint-Saens, 4 p.m. April 25, in Ives 119.

Romani (Gypsy) singer Ruzsa Nikolic-Lakatos and the Gypsy Family Band perform songs of the Lovara people, 7:30 p.m. April 29, in Warrren Auditorium.

SSU Faculty Composers Jesus Contreras, Will Johnson, Jeff Langley, Doug Leibinger and Brian Wilson present new music, 7:30 p.m. April 29, in Ives 119.

Conductor Robert Worth combined with the SSU Chamber Singers performs Bach's Leipzig Audition, a concert of German Cantatas, 8 p.m. May 7, 8 at Holy Family Episcopal Church, Rohnert Park.

Conductor Robert Worth combined with the SSU Chorus, Chamber Singers and Bach Choir present The German Motet, a combined choral concert, 8 p.m. May 14, 15, at Holy Family Episcopal Church, Rohnert Park

Conductor Andy Collinsworth and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble present acombined concert with Mt. San Antonio College Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. May 20, in Event B. Person Theatre.

Conductor Robert Worth and the Sonoma County Bach Choir and Santa Rosa Children's Chorus present Jahrgang II: Bach's Second Leipzig Cantata Cycle, First and Last movements from 14 of Bach's greatest cantatas of 1724-25, 8 p.m. May 21-22 at Holy Family Episcopal Church, Rohnert Park.

Free Concerts To Fit Every Schedule

The calendar includes 30 free concerts, including student groups, senior recitals, chamber music, jazz, music theatre scenes, vocal repertory recitals and more. Concert times vary, with many events taking place during the noon hour. Call the Music Department for more
information at (707) 664-2324.


Ticket prices are $12 general admission; $10 SSU faculty, alumni and staff; $8 seniors and students. Tickets are free to SSU students. To purchase tickets contact the School of Performing Arts (SPA) Box Office at (707) 664-2353. Ask about group sales and family ticket packages. The SPA Box Office is located on the second floor of Ives Hall. Hours are Monday-Friday, 12-3PM.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057