Sonoma State Music Department Offers Weill Hall Subscription Series

martenfalk.pngThe Sonoma State University Department of Music will offer an eight-concert subscription package to its premiere ensembles, guest artists and faculty recital performances in Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall.

The fall season package includes four Faculty and Guest Artist recitals and four Major Ensemble concerts. Admission to all eight concerts is $96 General; $80 Faculty, Alumni and Staff; and $64 Seniors and Students. Single ticket series prices are $120/$96/$80.

Tickets for individual performances are priced at $15 general admission; $12 SSU faculty, alumni and staff and $10 seniors and students.

Tickets are on sale now at or by calling the School of Performing Arts Box Office at 707-664-2353.

The complete season includes:

Latin Band & Jazz Orchestra
Thu, Oct. 18 - 7:30 p.m.
Kendrick Freeman and Doug Leibinger, directors

Be sure to catch this debut of SSU's two large jazz ensembles in the newly opened Weill Hall. The SSU Latin Band, led by percussionist Kendrick Freeman, will take you on a musical tour of the Caribbean and South America. The exciting 18-piece SSU Jazz Orchestra, directed by Doug Leibinger, will offer up the finest classic to modern big band repertoire.

Chamber Singers and Symphonic Chorus
Songs of Peace and Thanksgiving
Sun, Oct. 21 - 4 p.m.
Jenny Bent, conductor

Join the Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus, Chambers Singers, and Regional High School Honor Choir under the baton of Choral Activities Director Jenny Bent, for a gala choral event to benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Wed, Oct. 24 - 7:30 p.m.
Andy Collinsworth, conductor
with the Santa Rosa Junior College Concert Band
Joseph Perea, conductor
One night, two great wind bands! The program includes Ryan George's new impressionist piece, Firefly, Darius Milhaud's classic post-WWII Suite Française, David Maslanka's Traveler, Michael Gandolfi's exciting Vientos y Tangos, and John Philip Sousa's march, The Pathfinder of Panama.

Faculty Jazz Ensemble
Thu, Nov. 8 - 7:30 p.m.
Doug Leibinger, director
The SSU faculty jazz ensemble is an assembly of some of the finest musicians in the bay area, including Kasey Knudsen, saxophone; Dave Scott, trumpet; Randy Vincent, guitar; Ken Cook, piano; George Marsh, drums; Cliff Hugo, bass; and Director of Jazz Studies, Doug Leibinger, trombone. The group uses improvisational games to bring a new level of thrilling spontaneity to their music. The future of jazz is now!!!

Faculty Recital
Laxmi G. Tewari - North Indian Vocalist

Fri, Nov. 9 - 7:30 p.m.
"The most important thing about my music," says Pandit Laxmi Ganesh Tewari, "is how you feel when you listen to it." Dr. Tewari, a leading exponent of the Gwalior gharana tradition of Indian vocal music, sings Classical Hindustani songs accompanied by his ensemble playing tabla, tambura and harmonium.

Guest Artist Recital
Mårten Falk, Classical Guitar

Fri, Nov. 16 - 7:30 p.m.
Swedish guitarist Mårten Falk has given more than 70 world premieres and composers from Sweden, Italy, Chile, Japan and Canada have dedicated guitar compositions to him. Says Sonoloco Record review: "Mårten Falk's CD The Eclectric Experience is a major contribution to contemporary music."

Faculty Recital
Navarro Chamber Players

Sun, Nov. 18 - 4 p.m.
Pianist Marilyn Thompson, Soprano Carol Menke and Friends
A dynamic juxtaposition of vocal and instrumental chamber pieces including three Tangos by Brian S. Wilson and the Piano Quintet by Robert Schumann, "a fiendish pianistic challenge as well as a masterpiece of the genre" claims The Observer. Led by two icons of the North Bay chamber scene, Marilyn Thompson and Carol Menke.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble - Collaborations
Fri, Dec. 7 - 7:30 p.m.
Andy Collinsworth, conductor
with San Francisco State Unversity Wind Ensemble
Martin Seggelke, conductor
Featuring Otis Murphy, alto saxophone
Many hands make light work! World-renowned saxophonist and clinician Otis Murphy joins the SSU and SFSU wind ensembles for Fantasia for Alto Saxophone (1983) by Claude T. Smith. The program also includes two classic pieces for band from the 1950s - Four Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold and Psalm for Band by Vincent Persichetti.

Weill Hall is part of the Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University campus. It is located at the campus north entrance, near the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road. Parking is available in Lots O and L. Parking passes are $2.50. Map:

The SSU department of music is located in the Green Music Center. An accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the department offers degrees in Music with concentrations in Applied, Jazz Studies and Liberal Arts, as well as the bachelor of arts degree in Music Education.

Call 707-664-2324 or visit to learn more. To receive a weekly newsletter of department activities go to

ABOVE, Marten Falk, guest Swedish classical guitarist, performs on Nov. 16.

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