Spring Guest Artists Include Alberto Faya, Michael Blake

January 22, 2016
Michael Blake

Michael Blake

Upcoming music department events for spring include a joint concert with SSU jazz ensembles and acclaimed saxophonist Michael Blake, Cuban vocalist and bandleader Alberto Faya, and a production of "Into the Woods."

Tickets are $8 unless otherwise noted.  

Spring Season 2016

Sonoma County Honor Band Concert
Middle School Honor Band, James Mazzaferro, guest conductor
High School Honor Band, Brian S. Wilson, guest conductor
Saturday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., Weill Hall

Into the Woods
(A co-production by the departments of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance)
Feb. 4-14, Evert B. Person Theatre

One Great City Duo
Alexandra Iranfar, guitar and soprano; Timothy Sherren, guitar
Friday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., Schroeder Hall

Trio Navarro
Chamber Artists-in-Residence
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., Schroeder Hall

Wind Power Faculty recital 
Dave Len Scott, trumpet, Marilyn Thompson and Ken Cook, piano
Daniel Gianola-Norris, trumpet; SSU Faculty Brass Quintet
Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Schroeder Hall

Alberto Faya Ensemble
Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Schroeder Hall
Culminating a three-day residency, Alberto Faya, a founder of the nueva trova movement in Cuban music, performs with his ensemble. SSU's Hot Club Ensemble (Dave Len Scott, coach) and Latin Band (led by Kendrick Freeman) will play opening sets. Alberto Faya, voice and leader; Miguel de Armas, piano; David Faya, bass; Reinier Mendoza, percussion

Michael Blake Quartet
SSU Contemporary Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra
Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., Weill Hall

Faculty Composers Concert
Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., Schroeder Hall
Program includes:
"Angels" for Brass and Organ by Brian S. Wilson, featuring Jonathan Dimmock, organ

Carol Menke, soprano in recital with SSU music faculty
Songs by Brahms and Turina, Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock and Brian S. Wilson's Kherdian Songs.
Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m., Schroeder Hall

Inaugural SSU Concerto Competition
Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m., Schroeder Hall

Laxmi G. Tewari
Saturday, March 26, 2 p.m., Schroeder Hall

Trio Navarro
Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m., Schroeder Hall
Arensky - Piano Quintet in D Major, Op.51
Taneyev - Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30

Seawolf Day Sampler Concert
Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m., Schroeder Hall

Brass Ensemble: Heroes and Villains
Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., Schroeder Hall
Symphonic Chorus Chamber Singers
Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Schroeder Hall
SSU Symphony Orchestra
"Musical Postcards," conducted by Dr. Alexander Kahn
Sunday, May 1, 7:30 p.m., Weill Hall

Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band
Dr. Andy Collinsworth, conductor
Keith Brion, guest conductor
Diablo Valley College Symphonic Band, Dr. Jonathan Knight, conductor
Friday, May 13, 7:30 p.m., Weill Hall

Jazz Forum

Feb 3: Passing Dreams Trio feat. Randy Vincent, guitar; Vishal Nagar, table; and Frank Tusa, bass
Feb 17: Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
Feb 24: SSU Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, led by Kasey Knudsen, with guest clinician
Mar 2: Camino de Santiago Project with Alberto Faya
Mar 9: Michael Blake Quartet
Mar 23: Schimscheimer Family Trio feat. Kasey Knudsen, saxophone; Michael Coleman, keyboard; and Jon Arkin, drums
Mar 30: SSU Hot Club Ensemble, led by Dave Len Scott, with guest clinician
Apr 6: Jazz Studies Major Junior Recitals
Apr 20: Billy Hart, jazz drummer and educator
Apr 27: SSU Latin Band, led by Kendrick Freeman, with guest clinician