April is Faculty and Guest Artist Month at Sonoma State University's Music Department, featuring five concerts including new music, Indian and Romani vocalists, and chamber music for piano and strings.
Faculty Chamber Music
Sunday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. Ives Concert Hall 119
· Violinists Beni Shinohara and Heidi Wilcox, violist Wayne Roden and cellist Judiyaba will perform string quartets by Antonin Dvorak and Ernst von Dohnanyi. The recital is the "D" installment of Judiyaba's "Alphabet" Concert Series taking place throughout the North Bay.
Saturday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. Ives Concert Hall 119
· Hindustani vocalist Laxmi Tewari will perform classical Northern Indian music accompanied by an ensemble playing tabla, tambura and harmonium. An SSU music professor since 1974, Tewari is a leading ethnomusicologist with an exemplary body of work on Indian, Buddhist, Arabian and Gamelan music.
Sunday, April 25, 4 p.m. Ives Concert Hall 119
· Trio Navarro, ensemble-in-residence at SSU for 14 years, has been hailed as "masterful, marvelous and memorable." San Francisco Symphony violist Nancy Ellis joins the Trio Navarro to play Piano Quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saens. The recital will feature guest pianist Roxanne Michaelian.
Guest Artist: Ruzsa Nikolic-Lakatos
Thursday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. Warren Auditorium
· Vocalist Ruzsa Nikolić-Lakatos will perform Romani ("Gypsy") music, accompanied by her band on guitar, vocals and mouth percussion. Her visit is presented in conjunction with the German program. Hungarian-born Ruzsa Nikolic-Lakatos currently makes her home in Vienna, Austria. She sings melodies passed down from her father about the Lovara - a subgroup of Romani people whose customs, oral tradition, music and dance were a central element of daily life.
Faculty Composers Concert
Friday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. Green Music Center 1028
· The presence of numerous composers who write in a variety of styles both enlightens and distinguishes the Music Department faculty. An evening of new music is a spring tradition. This year's event will feature works by Professors Jesus Contreras, Will Johnson, Jeff Langley, Doug Leibinger and Brian Wilson performed by faculty and students.
Ticket prices are $12 general admission; $10 SSU faculty, alumni and staff; $8 seniors and students. To purchase tickets contact the music department box office at (707) 664-2353. Ask about group sales and family ticket packages. The box office is located on the second floor of Ives Hall and is open daily from noon to 3 p.m.
Visit www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf/index.shtml to purchase tickets online.