Alexander Kahn, conductor of the Sonoma State University Symphony Orchestra, announces the orchestra’s 2017-18 concert season. Now in its third year, the orchestra will play four concerts in Weill Hall, two for each semester school is in session. All tickets are $8 and free to SSU students with ID (promo code SSUStudent).
Concert 1: Mozart and Dvorak
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2pm
The Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra launches its third season with the first of two winners of the orchestra’s second annual concerto competition. Spencer Causey performs Mozart’s beloved Concerto No. 2 for Horn and Orchestra. The afternoon concert also features Antonin Dvorak’s popular Symphony No. 8, a joyful favorite of musicians and audience members alike.
Concert 2: Family Concert by Candlelight
Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:30pm
Please join the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir and Symphonic Chorus as they collaborate for the very first time! This annual choral holiday tradition benefits the Redwood Empire Food Bank. The concert’s first half will feature seasonal favorites by the SSU Concert Choir and Symphonic Chorus. After a brief intermission, the Orchestra will perform masterworks for voice and orchestra, including lieder by Richard Strauss featuring Jamelia Brown, a winner of the orchestra’s concerto competition. The orchestra and chorus will combine for a performance of Franz Schubert’s electrifying Magnificat, as well as a festive carol sing-a-long led by choirs from throughout our community.
Concert 3: Let’s Go to the Movies!
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 2pm
Following the success of our first-ever family concert in February 2017, the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra and surprise guests will present an afternoon of music for the whole family! The concert will feature music from silver screen favorites including Star Wars, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Sea Hawk, among others. Please come dressed as your favorite Hollywood character!
Concert 4: Avec l’orgue
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2 pm
In its final concert of the season the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with virtuoso organist and San Francisco Symphony member Jonathan Dimmock. The concert features an afternoon of French music, including a the Concerto for Organ and Strings by Francis Poulenc and Camille Saint-Saëns’ towering Symphony No. 3, “Organ.” Paul Dukas’ brass fanfare from La Peri opens the program.
For more information, contact Dr. Alexander Kahn.
Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center is located at the north entrance to campus, two miles east of Highway 101 on Rohnert Park Expressway.