Chamber Music Season

Welcome to the 2018-19 Chamber Music season. Here you will find instrumental recitals by students, by resident faculty and guest artists, and by the SSU Brass Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble. The chamber music program is under the direction of Marilyn Thompson.


Written for any combination of two up to about 15 players, chamber music has no boss, no one person directing the sound and shaping the piece. It is a shared responsibility among all the players, alternating in roles of leadership and support as the music requires." —International Music Foundation

Friday, March 1, 2019

Composer Edgard Varese (1883-1965)

Sonoma Musica Viva: Varese and Friends

Schroeder Hall

The Music of Edgard Varése and Friends

Edgard Varése (Paris, 1883–New York, 1965) is known as the father of electronic music. He prepared for a career as an engineer by studying mathematics and science. He studied the notebooks of da Vinci. Pulled towards music, he used his learned scientific principles to study the science of sound. Varése spent the majority of his life waiting for technology to catch up with him. His unique voice and eclectic aesthetic influenced countless younger generations — among them, Frank Zappa, Charlie Parker and The Beatles — even though his entire output can be...View Event Details

Thursday, March 14, 2019

musical manuscript / notation

Faculty Composers Concert

Schroeder Hall

The music faculty boasts many active composers who write music in all genres, from art song and musical theatre to contemporary Classical, Jazz and avant-garde. This annual celebration of original music draws top classical and jazz performers from throughout the North Bay.


Three Songs; Brian S. Wilson (b. 1962) I. Wandering The River (from Kherdian Songs) II. My Soul Is Dark (from Byron Songs) III. My Mother’s Irises (from Kherdian Songs) Christa Durand, voice Matthew Arnerich, piano Musiamunat Day 2; Thomas Limbert (b. 1974) (Papua New Guinea soundscape composition – sounds recorded by Eddie Game)...View Event Details

Friday, April 5, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019


Navarro Trio

Schroeder Hall

The Navarro Trio, music department Chamber Artists-in-Residence, was co-founded in 1992 by faculty members Marilyn Thompson, piano, and Jill Rachuy Brindel, cello. With violinist Victor Romasevich, The Navarro Trio has performed virtually the entire “standard” piano trio repertoire. They are advocates of out-of-print and rarely performed works and frequent collaborators with leading Bay Area musicians.

Sonata for Violin, Cello and Piano in G minor Matthew Arnerich (b. 1986)

Allegro Maestoso

Tempo di Valse

Theme: Adagio

Allegro Giocoso

Trio in C minor, Op. 7 Iosif Andriasov (1933—2000)...View Event Details

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Xavier Jara

Xavier Jara Classical Guitar

Schroeder Hall

American classical guitarist, Xavier Jara, is the 1st prize winner of the 2016 GFA International Concert Artist Competition. A native of Minnesota, Jara was a student of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis until 2011 when he moved to Paris, France to study with Judicael Perroy.

Jara studied in Paris for six years with Perroy. During this time he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he also studied with French guitarist, Olivier Chassain, and lute master, Eric Bellocq. He received 1st place in a number of...View Event Details

Sunday, April 28, 2019

SSU Brass Ensemble

Brass Ensemble: Quests

Weill Hall

Join the Brass Ensemble in Weill Hall for "Quests," a program of bold themes and impossible dreams. You'll thrill to music from Wagner's Ring Cycle and other sonic splendors by Ravel, Stravinsky, and Minkus, among others. Conducted by Brian S. Wilson.

Program Das Rheingold, Part 1 of The Ring of the Nibelung; Richard Wagner Suite from the Ballet “Don Quixote”; Ludwig Minkus, arranged Brian S. Wilson Toreador Windmill Carmencita March Gypsy Dance Liturgy, op. 50; David Uber Dragonborn: Theme from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim; Jeremy Soule, arr. Michael Miranda Pavane pour une infante defunte; Ravel The Wizard...View Event Details

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Instrumental Repertory Recital II

Schroeder Hall

The Instrumental Repertory Recital is the final exam for students receiving private instrument lessons. The recital will consist of instrumental solos and chamber music from the Baroque up to modern times.View Event Details

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Instrumental Repertory Recital

Instrumental Repertory Recital III

Schroeder Hall

The Instrumental Repertory Recital is the final exam for students receiving private instrument lessons. The recital will consist of instrumental solos and chamber music from the Baroque up to modern times.View Event Details

Friday, May 3, 2019

classical guitar ensemble

Guitar Ensemble

Schroeder Hall


Appalachian Rain Leo Welch (1932—2017)

Jake Jernigan, Will Meyer, Matthew Sarenana

Quebra Queixo Celso Machado (b. 1953)

Lilly Chavez, flute

Pablo Robles

Cuba Isaac Albeniz (1860—1909)

Avery Okamura, Pablo Robles

Choro No. 1 Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887—1959)

Sam Knapp

Gran Vals Francisco Tárrega (1852—1909)

Austin Hicks

Schottish Choro Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887—1959)

Pablo Robles

Rye Whiskey Traditional

Arr. Bryan Johanson Austin Hicks, Sam Knapp, Sam Laminen, Pablo...View Event Details