Sonoma Musica Viva

Brian S. Wilson, director

Friday, March 11, 2021

7:30 p.m. 

Schroeder Hall

A concert celebrating the music of Les Six.  Les Six, (French: “The Six”) was a group of early 20th-century French composers whose music represents a strong reaction against the heavy German Romanticism of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, as well as against the chromaticism and lush orchestration of Claude Debussy. Member of Les Six are

Georges Auric (1899–1983)
Louis Durey (1888–1979)
Arthur Honegger (1892–1955)
Darius Milhaud (1892–1974)
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
Germaine Tailleferre (1892–1983)

Works to include movements from the Milhaud’s Saudades do Brasil, Op. 67 for piano, Tailleferre pieces for 3 trumpets, Honegger’s Danse Le Chèvre for flute and more.

About Sonoma Musica Viva

Sonoma Musica Viva was founded in 2010 at Sonoma State University as a chamber music alliance dedicated to the recognition of significant works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Founding director and conductor Brian S. Wilson combines the talents of university faculty and North Bay professionals alongside qualified student performers. Students by invitation only.

Sonoma Musica Viva's debut concert took place on October 10, 2010, with a program of Hungarian and Czech music written before 1940 that included Bartók's Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano; Mikrokosmos for piano; and Janáček's Capriccio for piano left hand, flute, two trumpets, three trombones and tenor tuba. The ensemble has presented programs of Stravinsky and Ravel; an all-Messiaen program; and Music From the Second Viennese School and most recently a program devoted to the music of Charles E. Ives.

Sonoma Musica Viva - Yizkor by Brian Wilson


Mission Statement
Sonoma Musica Viva's goal is to increase awareness of significant, lesser-known works composed after 1900, specializing in the repertoire for mixed chamber ensembles. Sonoma Music Viva creates performances in an inviting and informal atmosphere without the stuffy trappings of traditional classical concerts.

For information contact Brian S. Wilson, music director


Past Programs

First SMV program - 2009

Messiaen - Oiseaux Exotiques for piano and chamber orchestra

Ravel Stravinsky - song cycles

October 17, 2010

Bartók and Janáček

Bartók - Contrasts; Suite Paysanne Hongroise; Mikrokosmos selections  

Janáček - Dumka; Říkadla - Nursery Rhymes; Cappricio 

November 9, 2011

Arizona Connection

Dan Asia - Piano Trio; B for J

Jesus Contreras - String Octet

Brian S. Wilson - Yizkor from Alchunun; Byron Songs (premiere)

April 6, 2013

The Second Viennese School

Schoenberg — Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

Webern — Three Little Pieces op. 11

Berg — Seven Early Songs

Schubert — Three Songs

Berg — Sonata, op. 1

Berg — Satz Aus Dem from ‘Kammerkonzert’

October 24, 2013

SMV: Anderson & Roe; Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir

Stravinsky - Rite of Spring (two pianos)

Benjamin Britten - Cello Suite 3 

Witold Lutoslawski - Five Dance Preludes

Student composers

November 14, 2014

Agamemnon, an opera in one act

by Brian S. Wilson

October 15, 2015

Music from Eastern Europe

Lutoslawski - Mini Overture for Brass Quintet

Karel Husa - Divertimento for Brass Quintet

Brian S. Wilson, arr. - Klezmer Set for Brass

Jenni Brandon - Five Frogs

Ernesto Lecuona - La Comparsa

Gyorgy Ligeti - Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet

Jim Parker - King Oliver Steps Out from Mississippi Five

Endre Szervanszky - Quintet 

Brian S. Wilson - Klezmer Overture (premiere)

November 20, 2016

Music by Gurdjieff/de Hartmann

Charles Ketcham, piano

February 6, 2018

The Music of Charles Ives

Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, performed by the Navarro Trio

Selections from 114 Songs, SSU Select Choir, Jenny Bent, conductor

            At the River (1916) 

            The Children's Hour (1901) 

            Two Little Flowers (1921) 

            The Cage (1906)

            Songs My Mother Taught Me (1895 ) 

            Memories  (1897)

            Forward Into Light (1898) 

            Serenity (1919)

The Unanswered Question, performed by Daniel Gianola-Norris, trumpet, Kathleen Reynolds, flute, Laura Reynolds, oboe, Roy Zajac, clarinet and student String Quartet

Three Quarter Tone Pieces, Madison Kaminsky and Nicholas Maritz, pianos

From the Steeples and the Mountains, Daniel Gianola-Norris and Dave Len Scott, trumpet; Tony Collins, trombone; Thom Limbert and Anthony Gonzales, chimes

Variations on “America,”Paul Blanchard, organ

March 1, 2019 - Edgard Varese and friends, including music by Frank Zappa

Varese - Octandre | Poem Electronique (tape)| Density 21.5 (solo flute) Ionisation 

Frank Zappa - Bebop Tango

Heitor Villa Lobos- The Three Marias (piano)                                                              

Solo works  for Theremin

March 8, 2020 - William Walton and Paul Hindemith - Façade & The Viola Connection


Prelude and Fugue from Spitfire (brass)

5 Bagatelles (guitar)

Viola Concerto

Façade and Entertainments (narrator and ensemble) 


Rondo for 3 guitars

Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano

Sonata for Four Horns

Exercises from Elementary Training for Musicians (percussion