Faculty Composers Present "Not a Royal Wedding Event"

georgemarsh_drums.jpgOn Friday, April 29 you can choose between endless footage of the royal bride or original music by Sonoma State University's prolific composer-professors.

The final concert of the music department faculty series will be "Not A Royal Wedding Event" Faculty Composers Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Green Music Center Room 1028.

Featuring two world premieres, this annual event will unite six of SSU's resident composers with studio faculty performers in a joyous celebration of fresh ideas and collaborative engagement.

Bay Area drumset and percussion artist George Marsh will premiere his Gong Song For Doug. Marsh calls it a structured vehicle for improvisation based on the pitches of four small Chinese Chau gongs.

Music technology and composition professor Jesus Contreras will unveil his new work, Buchlabot, for keyboards, electronics and multiple speaker system. Contreras promises the effect will create "a wall of sound."

Also on the program:

§ Vertices by Doug Leibinger, performed by the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

§ Been There Done That and The Song In Me by John Simon, with Bonnie Brooks (vocals)

§ The Avanti by Brian S. Wilson (winner of the International Trombone Association composition prize), performed by Tony Collins (trombone) and Julia Harrell (percussion)

§ Some Days in February You Need Your Coat, Just to Listen to the Forecast by Brian S. Wilson, performed by the SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

§ Over and Over Over Over There by Will Johnson performing on keyboards, percussion, found instruments and electronics

§ Light Wraps You by Jesus Contreras, after the poem by Pablo Neruda, performed by Sadie Sonntag (voice) and Jesus Contreras (electronics and multiple speaker system)

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for SSU faculty, alumni and staff, and $8 for seniors and students.

To purchase tickets, contact the School of Performing Arts Box Office at (707) 664-2353. For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf/.

Green Music Center Room 1028 is a temporary concert space, being utilized until the completion of Schroeder's Recital Hall. It is located in the Music Education Building on the southern end of the Green Music Center complex.

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