The Department of Music has played an active role in the creation of original music since its founding more than 50 years ago. New Music Sonoma presents Faculty and Student Composer concerts, the music alliance Sonoma Musica Viva, the Composition studio under the direction of Thom Limbert, and composer residencies. Recent guest composers include Pulsoptional, Ben Allison, John Mayrose, Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli, Mark Anderman and Shawn Baltazor. For information about New Music Sonoma, contact Thom Limbert email@example.com, Director of Composition and the Walford Studio.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Breath In A Ram’s Horn; Daniel Asia (1953- )
Piano Trio No. 2 in G Minor, opus 70, 1932; Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
Byron Songs 6 Songs from Lord Byron’s “Hebrew Melodies”; Brian S. Wilson (1962- )Jenny Thuman,voice Kathleen Reynolds, flute Roy Zajac, clarinet Dian Zhang, violin Vicky Ehrlich, cello Marilyn Thompson, piano Brian S. Wilson, conductor
Breath in a Ram’s Horn is a song cycle of five poems. They range from the...View Event Details
Sunday, November 24, 2019
The concert will open with Taiko drumming pieces, composed and performed by student composers as part of their collaboration with Sonoma County Taiko .
This dynamic group of performers promotes cultural awareness of Taiko as a cultural art form and is working to build a community of acceptance, harmony, and respect through their love of Taiko (big drums) to the stage at the Green Music Center's Schroeder Hall.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Directed by Department of Music chairman Dr. John Palmer, the twice-yearly Rock Collegium is an outgrowth of MUS 481. In this Special Topics Workshop students study various genres and styles of rock music. Then they compose and perform their own works their final project. The Rock Collegium is limited to 10-15 members playing guitars, vocals, bass, drums. Each concert features some deep cuts, some classic rock favorites, and like any good rock performance, some surprises.
If you miss this concert, you will regret it for the rest of your life!View Event Details
Thursday, March 5, 2020
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. Last fall's concert included:
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)
With guests Christa Durand, voice and Matthew Arnerich, piano
Musiamunat Day 2; Thomas Limbert (b. 1974) (Papua New Guinea soundscape composition –...View Event Details
Sunday, March 8, 2020
The composers William Walton (1902-1983) and Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) met almost by accident. In 1929, when Walton’s intended soloist for his new Viola Concerto backed out, Hindemith, who also played the viola, agreed to play the premiere. Hindemith’s performance was key to the work’s success, and the two men remained lifelong friends. As this program attests, Hindemith loved to compose chamber works across the full instrumental spectrum, including clarinet, horns, classical guitar....View Event Details
Friday, April 3, 2020
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Directed by Department of Music chairman Dr. John Palmer, the twice-yearly Rock Collegium is an outgrowth of MUS 481. In this Special Topics Workshop students study various genres and styles of rock music. Then they compose and perform their own works their final project. The Rock Collegium is limited to 10-15 members playing guitars, vocals, bass, drums. Each concert features some deep cuts, some classic rock favorites, and like any good rock performance, some surprises.View Event Details
Sunday, May 3, 2020
This show will be inventive and interesting. Last spring the talented Sonoma State University Student Composers teamed up with Professor Talena Sanders COMS 320 Advanced Video Production filmmakers to create a unique creative collaboration. Find updates on our website at sonoma.music.eduView Event Details