Sonoma Musica Viva

Brian S. Wilson, director

Brian Wilson

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

Varése | Octandre (piccolo/flute, oboe, B-flat clarinet, E-flat clarinet, horn, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, double bass)

Varése | Poem Electronique (tape)

Varése | Density 21.5 (solo flute)

Varése | Ionisation (13 percussion)

Frank Zappa | Bebop Tango (rock band)

Heitor Villa Lobos | The Three Marias (piano)                                                              

Solo works (tba) for Theremin   

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 devloted 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 repertoire for mixed chamber ensembles. Sonoma Music Viva creates performances in an inviting and informal atmosphere without the stuffy trappings of traditional classical concerts.

 

Sonoma Musica Viva

For information contact Brian S. Wilson, music director brian.wilson@sonoma.edu.

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