A bonanza of free musical performances is being offered at Sonoma State University in the first two weeks of December and the community is invited to share in the wealth with free admission.
Sonoma State University band, orchestra, choir, music theatre, chamber and jazz program directors are turning up the heat on the Music Department's 100 majors - and a good number of non-majors - as they head into the final stretch of Fall semester.
Hitting the practice studios in between theory assignments and history tests, singers are busy memorizing songs, instrumentalists are scaling technical hurdles and fledgling composers are learning how to get their original work from the page to the stage. The public is encouraged to become part of the audience to give students opportunities to perform in a professional setting.
The final rush of concerts begins on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and runs almost daily until Dec. 16.
Here is an overview of the performances:
BRASS ENSEMBLE - From mellow chorales to contrapuntal fanfares, nothing moves the spirit like the splendor of brass. Ruth Wilson, director. Noon, Tuesday, Dec. 1. Ives Concert Hall 119
GUITAR ENSEMBLE - Student guitarists will play solos, duos and ensemble pieces for guitar ranging from the Renaissance to the contemporary. Eric Cabalo, director. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, Ives Concert Hall 119.
STUDENT COMPOSERS CONCERTS - This event is the jubilant conclusion to the composition process. Music composition students write the pieces, hire the musicians and conduct their own works. Jesus Contreras, director. 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6. Ives Concert Hall 119.
CHAMBER ENSEMBLES - Four fantastic concerts of chamber music in a multitude of combinations, performed by SSU students and the musical community. Classical Instrumental Repertory Class. Marilyn Thompson and Ruth Wilson, directors. Noon, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9; 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 12. Ives Concert Hall 119.
CHAMBER AND PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES - Personnel from the SSU Symphonic Winds comprise the Chamber Wind and Percussion ensembles. Repertoire ranges from the bench mark divertimenti by Mozart to new works by students playing everything from snare drums to brake drums. Chamber Wind Ensemble - Andy Collinsworth, director. Percussion Ensemble - Jennifer Wilsey, director. 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, Ives Concert Hall 119.
INDIAN SINGING ENSEMBLE - Join students of Western music sing and improvise the compositions of Indian classical music as they demonstrate the Indian way of respect and humbleness in expressing emotions. Laxmi Tewari, director. Noon, Thursday, Dec. 3. Ives Concert Hall 119.
SENIOR RECITAL - Sadie Luke, mezzo soprano, 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. Ives Concert Hall 119.
LA VOCE GLORIOSA - Two vocal repertory concert recitals featuring the university's voice students. Music and Theatre majors will perform solos and duets representing many vocal genres and styles and accompanied by skilled coaches. Lynne Morrow, director 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11 and Wednesday, Dec. 16. Ives Concert Hall 119.
MUSIC THEATRE SCENES WORKSHOP - Experience a new Music Theatre revue! SSU Music and Theatre students collaborate to create a staged, lighted and costumed production using existing well-loved songs, Lynne Morrow, director. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11; 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. Ives Concert Hall 119.
SSU LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE - Featuring the best of contemporary and classic Latin jazz from Cuba, South America, the United States and Europe. Compositions by Milton Nascimento, Tito Puente, Chick Corea, Cal Tjader and more. Bob Affifi, director. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3. Warren Auditorium.
VOCAL JAZZ COMBO CONCERT - Hear classic vocal jazz from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s delivered by talented vocalists, accompanied by trios of piano or guitar with bass and drums. John Simon, director. Noon, Thursday, Dec. 10. Warren Auditorium.
JAZZ ENSEMBLES - The SSU Concert Jazz Ensembles showcase the finest in classic and contemporary jazz compositions from around the world. Doug Leibinger, director. Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10. Warren Auditorium.
For further information, contact Ruth Wilson, (707) 664-3483.