Alphabet Concert Unites Opera Musicians, Music Faculty

judiyaba.jpgThe whimsical Alphabet Concert series led by Sonoma State University cello professor Judiyaba brings "Letter P" to the Green Music Center on Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m. in Room 1028.

The monthly series, which ends in December, unites North Bay audiences with composers representing each letter of the alphabet. Concert organizer Judiyaba has selected works by Prokofiev, Parry, Piazzolla and Poulenc.

Joining "Yaba" will be SSU piano professor Marilyn Thompson and San Francisco Opera Orchestra members Leslie Ludena, violin, Rufus Olivier, bassoon, and Zachariah Spellman, tuba.

When the opera is not in season, Olivier and Spellman put their unlikely instruments together with pianist Karen Hutchinson to form the Aurio Trio. Don't be fooled by the arty sound of the name, it is an intentional reference to the famous cookie. Olivier explains, "Karen is black, I'm black, and Zach - the white tuba player - is in the middle."

To further demonstrate that chamber music doesn't have to be serious, Olivier and Spellman will play their unique interpretation of the Poulenc Oboe Trio, switching out the oboe for tuba.

The full program includes:

- Sonata for Cello and Piano by Serge Prokofiev

- Tango by Ástor Piazzolla

- Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano by Francis Poulenc

- Piano Trio by Sir Charles Parry

Tickets are $8-$12 and free for SSU students with ID. To purchase tickets call the School of Performing Arts Box Office at (707) 664-2353 or visit

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