The stunning acoustics of Weill Hall at Sonoma State University will provide a remarkable setting for two chamber music concerts in November by music faculty and visiting guest artists.
On Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., Swedish guitar master Mårten Falk will perform rarely heard Russian music for eight-string guitar. A Stockholm native, Mårten Falk has toured throughout Europe, Russia, Japan and South America. His repertoire is vast, ranging from 16th century Spain to 21st century Japan. Falk has collaborated with composers from many countries, premiering more than 80 new pieces and expanding the guitar repertoire to include newly discovered works from 19th century Eastern Europe and Soviet Russia.
Program - Nov. 16: preludes by Villa-Lobos; Nocturnal op. 70 by Benjamin Britten; In Memoriam Joseph Brodsky by Philip Miller; Study No. 1 by Andrei Sychra; Canzona by Alexandr Vetrov; and Sokolov Polka by Sergei Orekhov.
On Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m., the Navarro Chamber Players will play music for soprano, string quartet and piano. Appearing with the Navarro Chamber Players will be recently hired adjunct faculty members Joe Edelberg and Betsy London.
Edelberg, concertmaster of the Santa Rosa Symphony, teaches studio violin. London, who plays viola in the Marin, Oakland East Bay and California Symphony orchestras, is currently teaching the string methods class. They join pianist Marilyn Thompson, soprano Carol Menke and cellist Judiyaba.
Program - Nov. 18: Las Musas de Andalucia by Joaquín Turina; Tangos from Lord Byron and Kherdian song cycles by Brian S. Wilson; Piano Quintet in E-flat by Robert Schumann.
Tickets are $15 general; $12 SSU faculty, alumni and staff; $10 seniors and students. SSU students are admitted free with ID. Weill Hall at Sonoma State University is located at the Green Music Center, near the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road. Parking is available in Lots O and L.
For information, call the box office at 664-2353 or visit http://www.sonoma.edu/music/performances/.
Pictured: Marten Falk