SSU Center for Performing Arts

SSU Music Department

Performing Arts at Sonoma State University develops complete artists for a changing time. Inspired collaborators engage in their work with one another to improve the larger world they inhabit. Vital human beings devote themselves to a process of discovery, seeking its ultimate expression in performance.

United States Navy Band Captain Kenneth Collins, conductor

United States Navy Band Captain Kenneth Collins, conductor

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy and recognized as one of the finest wind ensembles in the world, will present a concert in Weill Hall as part of their Spring 2018 US Tour. Under the direction of Capt. Kenneth Collins, the band performs a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, transcriptions, and modern wind ensemble repertoire.

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Instrumental Repertory Recital

Instrumental Repertory Recital

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 – 2:00 pm

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Sonoma Musica Viva: The Music of Charles Ives

Sonoma Musica Viva: The Music of Charles Ives

Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 – 7:30 pm

American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954) has been called a rare blend of the cultivated and the vernacular. Witness, for example, the middle movement of his Piano Trio, entitled TSIAJ (or THIS SCHERZO IS A JOKE). This concert will draw from the music faculty and qualified students under the direction of Brian S. Wilson.

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Symphony Orchestra: Family Concert

Symphony Orchestra: Family Concert

Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 – 2:00 pm

Following the success of our first-ever family concert in February 2017, the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra and surprise guests will present an afternoon of music for the whole family! The concert will feature music from silver screen favorites including Star Wars, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Sea Hawk, among others.
Please come dressed as your favorite Hollywood character!

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6th Annual SSU Wind Band & Orchestra Festival

6th Annual SSU Wind Band & Orchestra Festival

Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018 – 8:00 am

The Sonoma Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival is a non-competitive, non-rated festival, with emphases on musical artistry and education.

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6th Annual SSU Wind Band & Orchestra Festival

6th Annual SSU Wind Band & Orchestra Festival

Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018 – 8:00 am

The Sonoma Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival is a non-competitive, non-rated festival, with emphases on musical artistry and education.

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6th Annual SSU Wind Band & Orchestra Festival

6th Annual SSU Wind Band & Orchestra Festival

Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 – 8:00 am

The Sonoma Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival is a non-competitive, non-rated festival, with emphases on musical artistry and education.

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Jazz Combo Concert

Jazz Combo Concert

Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Dave Len Scott and Kasey Knudsen, directors
Program selections to be announced at a later date.

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Vocal Repertory Recital

Vocal Repertory Recital

Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 – 2:00 pm

The Vocal Repertory Recital is the midterm exam for students receiving voice lessons, representing vocal solos from the operatic tradition, the concert stage and musical theatre.

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Jazz Orchestra

Jazz Orchestra

Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Doug Leibinger, director
Program selections to be announced at a later date.

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Faculty Composers

Faculty Composers

Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018 – 7:30 pm

This annual celebration of original music draws top performers from throughout the North Bay.

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College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western/Northwestern Division Conference

College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western/Northwestern Division Conference

Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Performance schedule
Wednesday March 21
8:00 pm SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Andy Collinsworth

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College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western/Northwestern Division Conference

College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western/Northwestern Division Conference

Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 – 1:00 pm

Performance schedule for Thursday March 22
1:00 pm Pacific Lutheran College Wind Ensemble, Edwin Powell
2:15 pm Fresno State University Wind Orchestra, Gary Gilroy
7:00 pm University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Robert Taylor
8:15 pm Central Washington University Wind Ensemble, Lewis Norfleet

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College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western/Northwestern Division Conference

College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western/Northwestern Division Conference

Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 – 1:00 pm

Performance schedule for Friday March 23
1:00 pm University of Montana Symphonic Wind Ensemble, James Smart
2:15 pm Nevada Wind Ensemble, Reed Chamberlin
7:00 pm CSU Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory Wind Symphony, John Carnahan

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College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western/Northwestern Division Conference

College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Western/Northwestern Division Conference

Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 – 10:00 am

Performance schedule for Saturday, March 24 
10:00 am University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, Chad Nicholson 
12:15 pm WNW CBDNA Intercollegiate Honor Band, Larry Gookin

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Pulsoptional Band of Composers

Pulsoptional Band of Composers

Friday, Apr. 6, 2018 – 7:30 pm

 This year's composer residency from April 4–7 features Pulsoptional, the "band of composers" co-founded by composition professor Thom Limbert in Durham, NC. Since its inception in January of 2000, Pulsoptional has developed a diverse, devoted audience and continues to attract listeners new to contemporary music with its boundary/genre-defying, high-energy concerts. Program details will be released at a later date.

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Seawolf Day Sampler Concert

Seawolf Day Sampler Concert

Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 – 2:00 pm

Admitted students and their families are invited to learn about the music department at this annual Sampler Concert, a one-hour show of solo, jazz, and chamber ensemble pieces performed by current students.

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Navarro Trio

Navarro Trio

Sunday, Apr. 8, 2018 – 2:00 pm

The Navarro Trio, music department Chamber Artists-in-Residence, was co-founded in 1992 by pianist Marilyn Thompson and cellist Jill Rachuy Brindel.

 

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Grisha Goryachev, Flamenco Guitar

Grisha Goryachev, Flamenco Guitar

Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Goryachev will be playing flamenco compositions by modern and traditional maestros, each with different colors of beauty, intensity, stretching the guitar to express all of its capable emotions.

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The Choirs of Sonoma State and San Jose State in Concert

The Choirs of Sonoma State and San Jose State in Concert

Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Program selections will be announced at a later date.

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Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 – 2:00 pm

In its final concert of the season the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with virtuoso organist and San Francisco Symphony member Jonathan Dimmock.

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Instrumental Repertory Recital

Instrumental Repertory Recital

Tuesday, May. 1, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The Instrumental Repertory Recital is the final exam for students receiving private instrument lessons, representing solos and chamber music from Baroque tradition up to modern times.

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Instrumental Repertory Recital

Instrumental Repertory Recital

Wednesday, May. 2, 2018 – 2:00 pm

The Instrumental Repertory Recital is the final exam for students receiving private instrument lessons, representing solos and chamber music from Baroque tradition up to modern times.

 

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Guitar Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble

Friday, May. 4, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Program selections will be announced at a later date.

 

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Rock Collegium

Rock Collegium

Saturday, May. 5, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Program selections will be announced at a later date.

 

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Jazz Combos

Jazz Combos

Tuesday, May. 8, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Program selections will be announced at a later date.

 

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Student Composers Concert

Student Composers Concert

Wednesday, May. 9, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Program selections will be announced at a later date.

 

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Music Theatre Scenes

Music Theatre Scenes

Thursday, May. 10, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Experience a new musical theatre revue. Music and theatre students collaborate to create a staged production using existing well-loved songs.

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Jazz Orchestra and Latin Band

Jazz Orchestra and Latin Band

Friday, May. 11, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Program selections will be announced at a later date.

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Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Saturday, May. 12, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band welcome special guests, the Delta College Symphonic Band, under the baton of Meryl Wamhoff.

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Vocal Repertory Recital

Vocal Repertory Recital

Tuesday, May. 15, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The Vocal Repertory Recital is the final exam for students receiving voice lessons, representing vocal solos from the operatic tradition, the concert stage and musical theatre.

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Vocal Repertory Recital

Vocal Repertory Recital

Wednesday, May. 16, 2018 – 2:00 pm

The Vocal Repertory Recital is the final exam for students receiving voice lessons, representing vocal solos from the operatic tradition, the concert stage, and musical theatre. 

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