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unnamed.jpgThe University Art Gallery presents BFA Exhibition 2014, which opens with a reception for the artists on Thursday, April 17 from 4-6 p.m, and will be on view through Saturday, May 10.

BFA Exhibition 2014 features the work of 11 students in the Art Department who are graduating this spring with their Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), an advanced degree requiring an additional year of focused study in their chosen medium.

kathleennoonan.pngThe School of Social Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series welcomes Kathleen Noonan, History, as she presents her work "Gasoline and Unrest: Bayonne Refinery Strikes," on April 15, noon to 1 p.m., in Stevenson 2011. All are invited.

This study looks at the connection between two deadly strikes in Bayonne, NJ and the construction of the nation's first garden-style apartment complex as housing for the employees of Standard Oil. The strikes drew national attention, drawing in prominent labor organizers from the IWW and professional strikebreakers.

ruth.jpgThree days of back-to-back concerts at the Green Music Center features Sonoma State University's largest performing ensembles under the direction of program leaders Doug Leibinger, Andy Collinsworth and Jenny Bent.

The performances on April 24, 25 and 26 take place in Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall. Tickets are $15 including parking, with discounts for seniors and students. Admission is free to SSU students with ID.

lobowinemaker.pngWinemaking is a passion for many that has been studied and perfected for hundreds of years. Professor Phil Crews will explain the 21st century approach to the process during his lecture at 7 p.m. on April 17 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.

The presentation entitled The Chemistry and Science of Wines and Wine Making is free and open to the public. Tickets are required by visiting

Crews, a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz, will explain the scientific aspects of winemaking and how consulting companies have helped winemakers create award-winning vintages.

triogmc.pngWhat do cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma and nineteenth-century Russian composer Anton Arensky have in common? Answer: the Davidov Stradivarius, named for cellist Karl Davidov (1838-1889).

Described by Tchaikovsky as the "czar of cellists," Davidov was head of the St. Petersburg Conservatory when Arensky was a student there.

Davidov's priceless 1712 cello lives on through the artistry of Yo-Yo Ma, to whom it is currently on loan.

Hear Arensky's lush and lyrical Piano Trio in D Minor, dedicated to Davidov's memory, in a concert by Sonoma State University resident chamber artists, Trio Navarro, on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Music Center's Joan and Sanford I Weill Hall.

April is the month to celebrate one of our community's heritages, Asian-Pacific American.Throughout April the campus explores the different aspects of this heritage in many ways.

Tuesday, April 1, Opening Nooner for Asian Heritage Month, 12-1 p.m. Darwin Quad.
Sonoma County Taiko will be opening the nooner. Then the Filipino American Association of Sonoma State University (FAASSU) showcases excerpts of the cultural dances they have been practicing all semester to advertise their PCN (Pacific/Pilipino Cultural Night) April 24 and 26. Co-sponsored by ASP and FAASSU.

trio.pngComposed while Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was imprisoned by the Nazis in Stalag VIII, A Quartet for the End of Time premiered in January 1941 under the most trying of circumstances: freezing temperatures, inferior instruments, and the wretched conditions of life in a POW camp.

SSU's Trio Ariadne brings the work to the Evert B. Person stage at 7 p.m. on April 16 in a free concert. Guest violinist Joe Edelberg joins them. A discussion of the work is included. Though admission is free, tickets are required and can be reserved online at or by phoning 707.664.4246.

"I think this work is a hugely important work of the 20th century that threw open the possibilities of music in the later part of the century, "says cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, a member of the Trio Ariadne.

"It is a hugely personal, yet universal piece of music that has captured the imagination of not only the first audience of hundreds of prisoners of war and the Nazi guards, but well beyond those horrifying circumstances. It is a message of hope in the face of suffering, a true testament to the human spirit."

Trio Ariadne are the 2013-14 Weill Hall Artists-in-Residence. In addition to Thorsteinsdottir, they also include Elizabeth Joy Roe, piano, and Carol McGonnell clarinet. Guest violinist Joe Edelberg is the concertmaster of the Santa Rosa Symphony.


Exhibition Dates:
April 1- July 12

Gallery Hours:
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Sat-Sun, Noon- 5 p.m.

Artists' Reception:
Thursday April 3, 4-6 pm

Artists' Lectures:
Tuesdays April 1, 8, and 15
11:30- 1 p.m., Schulz 3001
Annalisa Vobis. April 1
Missy Engelhardt. April 8
Christopher Collette. April 15

Works by mixed-media conceptual artists and sculptors are on display at the University Library Art Gallery's newest exhibit Divergent Acts: Current Work by Sonoma State University Sculpture Alumni from April 1-July 12.

The artists in this show present a wide range and approach to sculpture making and all studied sculpture at SSU with Professor Jann Nunn.

Nunn says she has put together a group who "foster an experimental approach to art making and promote artistic authenticity."

"I wouldn't be a Master Sommelier today if I hadn't attended Sonoma State," said Cauble. "The connections I made changed the trajectory of my life."

Ian Cauble, Sonoma State alumnus and Master Sommelier, is returning to SSU for a special viewing of "Somm," a film documenting his journey to becoming the 197th Master Sommelier in history. The event is open to the public and takes place on March 28 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

The showing will begin with a food and wine pairing selected by Cauble and Eric Lee, Sonoma State's executive chef and Food Network star. Cauble will answer questions from the audience after the film.


SSU's first Trumpet Supergroup includes (left to right) Mark Inouye, Dave Scott, Mike Olmos, Erik Jekabson, Mario Guarner.

An all-brass recital at Sonoma State University will showcase four of the Bay Area's leading trumpet players mixing jazz and classical styles with a healthy dose of virtuosity, improvisation and rhythm. Tickets are on sale now for the fourth annual Wind Power - a showcase for wind studio faculty - at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30 at the Green Music Center's Weill Hall.

The Trumpet Supergroup, founded by SSU studio trumpet instructor Dave Scott, will play original adaptations of works as diverse as Haydn's Lark Quartet, Bernice Petkere's Close Your Eyes and charts by TSG members Dave Scott and Doug Morton. Performers include low brass instructor Anthony Collins, trombone, and guest tuba player, Scott Choate, performing chamber works for brass.


A remarkable spectacle about the French Resistance and Deportation during World War II that retells the story of the women imprisoned in Auschwitz is coming to Sonoma State University on Wednesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.

The French theatrical troupe Prospero Miranda will stage Je reviens de la vérité / I Return from the Truth in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Auschwitz survivor and author Charlotte Delbo.

westcoastink.pngThe University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University announces the exhibition West Coast Ink: Printmaking from San Diego to Seattle, which opens with a reception on Thursday, March 13, from 4-6 p.m., and remains on view through Sunday, April 13.

West Coast Ink displays a wide range of contemporary printmaking techniques and approaches, including etching, lithography, linocut, monotype, silkscreen, woodcut, digital and even tapestry by a range of artists from up and down the West Coast, as well as one artist from Hawaii.

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