Orchestra Season

The Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra enters its fourth year under the direction of Alexander Kahn. Four exciting concerts are planned throughout the year with special guest performers to include:

  • Musicians of the Valley of the Moon 
  • Simply Strings
  • ELM (Enriching Lives Through Music, an el sistema program)
  • Valley Vibes Youth Orchestra
  • Winners of the 3rd annual Orchestra Concerto Competition

Our annual Family Concert in March: North, South, East, West will feature pieces by Sibelius, Marquez, Copland, and a special collaboration with the Ali Akbar College of Music featuring distinguished soloists Arjun Verma (sitar) and William Rossel (tabla) along with the premiere of the winning entries in our annual Student Composition Competition. 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Matthew Bowker with saxophone and Isabella Grimes with flute headshots

Symphony Orchestra- Season Opener: Raise the Curtain

Weill Hall

Please join us for the FIRST student performance in Weill Hall to take place since March 2020! We are delighted to welcome back audiences to attend the inaugural concert of the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra's 2021-2022 concert season. We will be featuring two student soloists, winners of our 2021 Concerto Competition: Isabella Grimes, performing Mozart's Flute Concerto in G Major, and Matthew Bowker, who will perform Jaques Ibert's Concertino for Saxophone and Orchestra. The concert will conclude with Mozart's festive and joyous Symphony No. 36, "Linz." We hope you can join us for this historic occasion!

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Symphony Orchestra: American Indian Voices

Weill Hall

Program

Opening work TBD

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Chokfi’

Louis Ballard, Scenes from Indian Life

Franklin Piland, DDAT Suite (collaboration with DDAT )

Franklin Piland, IKTOMI (world premiere) (collaboration with DDAT )

*All in-person performances are subject to change if necessary. Notice will be given if a change occurs. View Event Details

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Violinist closeup from the side

Sonoma State Day of Strings 2021

Green Music Center

Please join Dr. Alexander Kahn, Director of Orchestral Activities at Sonoma State University, for the third annual Day of Strings at Sonoma State University.

This free event will take place Sunday, November 21, at the beautiful Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.

Participants will have the chance to hear performances by our amazing string faculty, read great string ensemble literature by BIPOC composers, participate in masterclasses, learn about the college admissions process from the perspective of current music majors, and gain insights into how to effectively prepare for and take a college admissions audition. Participants in the...View Event Details

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Conducting Workshop with Markand Thakar

Green Music Center
Workshop Overview

This workshop, led by world-renowned conducting pedagogue Markand Thakar , focuses on developing essential physical control and building musical understanding. Participants will work with the Vintner's Chamber Orchestra - Sonoma County’s professional string orchestra - on the following repertoire:

Mozart, Serenade K. 525 ("Eine kleine Nachtmusik")

Elgar, Serenade for Strings

Barber, Adagio for Strings

All ensemble sessions will be captured on digital video, which Fellows are free to use without conditions.

Fellows will participate in daily technique sessions, video reviews, and directed lunch conversations, and...View Event Details

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Symphony Orchestra

Weill Hall

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Symphony Orchestra

Weill Hall

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