Welcome to the 2018-19 Chamber Music season. Here you will find instrumental recitals by students, by resident faculty and guest artists, and by the SSU Brass Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble. The chamber music program is under the direction of Marilyn Thompson.
Written for any combination of two up to about 15 players, chamber music has no boss, no one person directing the sound and shaping the piece. It is a shared responsibility among all the players, alternating in roles of leadership and support as the music requires." —International Music Foundation
Friday, September 28, 2018
A founding member of the Grammy-winning L.A. Guitar Quartet, Scott Tennant is considered to be one of the word’s premiere guitar virtuosos. His book, Pumping Nylon , used by students and teachers worldwide for its advanced classical guitar techniques, has attained cult status. Tennant is on the faculties of USC Thornton School of Music and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.
Tennant’s residency will include a workshop for guitarists on the following morning, Saturday, September 29, in GMC 1028. Time tba.View Event Details
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Guest violinist Mariko Smiley joins The Navarro Trio, Chamber Artists-in-Residence since 1992, for this concert of piano trios by Dvořák and Brahms.
Mariko Smiley began violin studies at age six with her father, David Smiley, who was a violist with the San Francisco Symphony. She trained with former SFS musicians Leonard Austria and Stuart Canin before attending Juilliard, where she studied with Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann, and Joel Krosnick. Ms. Smiley joined the SFS in 1982 and was for many years a member of the Aurora String Quartet. Currently SFS Acting Assistant Concertmaster, she occupies the Paula & John...View Event Details
Sunday, November 11, 2018
After a two-year hiatus, the SSU Brass Ensemble is back! Please join us for An American Anthem , a concert of musical selections composed for trumpets, horns, trombones, euphonium, tuba and percussion, evoking the American experience and honoring Veterans of the Armed Forces. Brian S. Wilson conducts.
ProgramCopland | Fanfare for the Common Man Thompson | The Plow that Broke the Plains Sousa | Presidential Polonaise Cohan | Over There Dvorak | Largo from Symphony in E Minor “From The New World” Joplin | Scenes from Treemonisha DiLorenzo | American Anthem Wilson | Variations...View Event Details
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018
Sunday, February 17, 2019
The Navarro Trio, music department Chamber Artists-in-Residence, was co-founded in 1992 by faculty members Marilyn Thompson, piano, and Jill Rachuy Brindel, cello. With violinist Victor Romasevich, The Navarro Trio has performed virtually the entire “standard” piano trio repertoire. They are advocates of out-of-print and rarely performed works and frequent collaborators with leading Bay Area musicians.
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Saturday, February 23, 2019
Lyric soprano Carol Menke is well known to Bay Area audiences as a vocal soloist and chamber music collaborator. She studied at the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria and has been coached by some of Europe’s finest recitalists, including Elly Ameling, Jörg Demus, and Norman Shetler. Upon hearing her perform one of his newly composed chamber works, the renowned composer Alan Hovhaness acknowledged and praised her “perfect musicianship.”
Ms. Menke holds an M.A. in Vocal Performance from California State University, Chico. The Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus, with whom she has worked since 1984, continues to thrive and has achieved...View Event Details