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.

Rock, Strings & Horns: A Concert For Violet

Rock, Strings & Horns: A Concert For Violet

Friday, Sep. 21, 2018 – 7:30 pm

SSU Jazz Studies Director Doug Leibinger grew up in the 70’s and early 80’s in suburban Chicago, where he and his mother, Violet, spent countless hours listening to the radio and LPs. Violet passed away six years ago from complications of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. This concert is dedicated to her memory, and features many of her favorite songs arranged for large jazz ensemble with strings and voices. We hope you will join us for this amazing event –and sing along!

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The gonifs: Yiddish Songs

The gonifs: Yiddish Songs

Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018 – 6:30 pm

The Jewish Music Series launches its fourth season with singer, accordionist and Yiddish culture historian Jeanette Lewicki, joined by her band, the gonifs (Sheldon Brown, clarinet; Richard Saunders, bass). They will present some of their favorite material: Yiddish folk music dating back centuries, transformed by a 21st-century lens.

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Symphony Orchestra Season Opener: Collaboration Concert

Symphony Orchestra Season Opener: Collaboration Concert

Saturday, Sep. 29, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2018-19 season in collaboration with Musicians from Valley of the Moon Festival

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Instrumental Repertory Recital

Instrumental Repertory Recital

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 – 2:00 pm

The Instrumental Repertory Recital is the midterm exam for students receiving private instrument lessons. The recital will consist of instrumental solos and chamber music from the Baroque up to modern times.

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Noam Lemish and Amos Hoffman: Jazz From Israel and Elsewhere

Noam Lemish and Amos Hoffman: Jazz From Israel and Elsewhere

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 – 6:30 pm

Lemish and Hoffman will play works from their recently released album titled Pardes —an inspired blend of jazz, North African, Latin and melodies that come from various Jewish communities across the Middle-East and Eastern Europe.

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Guitar Guest Artist Judicael Perroy

Guitar Guest Artist Judicael Perroy

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Judicaël Perroy has become widely known as an extraordinary virtuoso classical guitarist and musician with several prizes to his credit.

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Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band

Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 – 7:30 pm

 The Symphonic Wind Ensemble gives its first concert of the year with Andy Collinsworth conducting.

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Navarro Trio

Navarro Trio

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 – 2:00 pm

Guest violinist Mariko Smiley joins The Navarro Trio, Chamber Artists-in-Residence since 1992, for this concert of piano trios by Dvoƙák and Brahms.

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Jazz Combo Concert

Jazz Combo Concert

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Kicking off Jazz Week. Program details to come.

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SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 – 12:30 pm

The public is invited to this free lunchtime concert provided by the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble as part of the 7th Annual Jazz Day.  

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Jazz Week Closing Concert: Jazz Orchestra & Guests

Jazz Week Closing Concert: Jazz Orchestra & Guests

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Program information to be announced. 

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Scholarship Showcase Concert: A Day To Give Back

Scholarship Showcase Concert: A Day To Give Back

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 – 2:00 pm

This special one-hour performance of music, theatre and dance will bring Performing Arts Scholarship students face-to-face with the donors who make their studies possible. 

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San Francisco Choral Artists: From Lullabies to Miracles: Sacred Music of the Diaspora and Beyond

San Francisco Choral Artists: From Lullabies to Miracles: Sacred Music of the Diaspora and Beyond

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 – 6:30 pm

The San Francisco Choral Artists bring their acclaimed program From Shtetl to Metropolis: Jewish Musical Diaspora to Sonoma State, exploring the evolution of Jewish music as Jewish people have dispersed around the world.
 

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Bel Canto: Voice Faculty Recital

Bel Canto: Voice Faculty Recital

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Voice faculty members Jane Erwin Hammett, soprano, and Zachary Gordin, baritone, will join together for a recital of “Bel Canto” (beautiful singing), on a program including arias from opera and operetta, art songs and songs from Broadway and musical theatre.  

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17th Annual SSU Choral Festival

17th Annual SSU Choral Festival

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 – 8:00 am

High School singers from Sonoma County and the Bay Area will participate in the 17th annual High School Choral Festival hosted by Choral Activities Director Jenny Bent.
 

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Veretski Pass Froyen: Klezmer Music of Women

Veretski Pass Froyen: Klezmer Music of Women

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 – 6:30 pm

Veretski Pass returns to the Jewish Music Series for its fourth year! A klezmer ensemble-par-excellence, the trio includes Cookie Segelstein, violin; Josh Horowitz, cimbalom and accordion; and Stu Brotman, zakopany cello. 

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Symphonic Chorus and Concert Choir

Symphonic Chorus and Concert Choir

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Jenny Bent leads the university's major choral ensembles in their first concert of the 2018-19 season. Program details will be announced at a later date. 

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Brass Ensemble: An American Anthem

Brass Ensemble: An American Anthem

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – 2:00 pm

Please join us for An American Anthem, a concert of musical selections composed for trumpets, horns, trombones, euphonium, tuba and percussion, evoking the American experience and honoring Veterans of the Armed Forces. Brian S. Wilson conducts.
 

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Symphony Orchestra: Music From The New World

Symphony Orchestra: Music From The New World

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Music From The New World: “Seminario” Joint Concert with ELM, Simply Strings, and the Valley Vibes Orchestra 

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Alumni Recital:

Alumni Recital: "Strong Enough"

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 – 2:00 pm

A versatile lyric soprano praised for her clarity and warmth of tone, Christa Durand has performed in hundreds of concerts and shows in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. A native of Santa Rosa, Ms. Durand is recognized as a gifted performer who is equally comfortable in a classical recital hall as she is in an intimate cabaret venue.  

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Instrumental Repertory Recital II

Instrumental Repertory Recital II

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The Instrumental Repertory Recital is the final exam for students receiving private instrument lessons. The recital will consist of instrumental solos and chamber music from the Baroque up to modern times. 

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Instrumental Repertory Recital III

Instrumental Repertory Recital III

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 – 2:00 pm

The Instrumental Repertory Recital is the final exam for students receiving private instrument lessons. The recital will consist of instrumental solos and chamber music from the Baroque up to modern times. 

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Isle of Klezbos

Isle of Klezbos

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 – 6:30 pm

The Jewish Music Series proudly presents New York City-based Isle of Klezbos. Now celebrating two decades together, the soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-gal klezmer sextet approaches tradition with playful irreverence and deepest respect. 

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Guitar Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The SSU Guitar Ensemble is led by Eric Cabalo. 

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Rock Collegium

Rock Collegium

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Rock Collegium, an outgrowth of MUS 481 – Special Topics Workshop, brings students to the stage as creators and performers of classic Rock tunes and original pieces based on their study of various Rock styles. 

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Opera and Music Theatre Scenes: The Mariachi Story

Opera and Music Theatre Scenes: The Mariachi Story

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Channeling the oral histories of the grandparents of Sonoma State students, The Mariachi Story revisits the story of the bracero workers program in a bold new form – the Mariachi opera. 

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Opera and Music Theatre Scenes: The Mariachi Story

Opera and Music Theatre Scenes: The Mariachi Story

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Channeling the oral histories of the grandparents of Sonoma State students, The Mariachi Story revisits the story of the bracero workers program in a bold new form – the Mariachi opera. 

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Jazz Combo Concert

Jazz Combo Concert

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Performers and musical selections will be announced at a later date. 

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SSU Jazz Orchestra

SSU Jazz Orchestra

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Doug Leibinger leads the Jazz program's flagship ensemble, the SSU Jazz Orchestra in Big Band standards and modern jazz ensemble repertoire. Program details to be released. 

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Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band

Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 – 2:00 pm

The second concert of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble's 2018-19 season will feature works from the twentieth century by a variety of composers. 

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Vocal Repertory Recital II

Vocal Repertory Recital II

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 – 7:30 pm

The Vocal Repertory Recital is the final exam for students receiving voice lessons. 

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Vocal Repertory Recital III

Vocal Repertory Recital III

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 – 2:00 pm

The Vocal Repertory Recital is the final exam for students receiving voice lessons. 

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