Choral & Vocal Season

Welcome to the 2018-19 season of concerts for the voice. Here you will find student and faculty voice recitals, choral concerts, music theatre and opera productions. The vocal program is led by Jenny Bent, Director of Choral Activities, and Lynne Morrow, Director of Opera and Music Theatre.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Vocal Repertory Recital

Vocal Repertory Recital

Weill Hall

The Vocal Repertory Recital is the midterm exam for students receiving voice lessons. The recital will consist of vocal repertory sung in Italian, French, Spanish, German and English and representing opera, art song, musical theatre and the Great American songbook.View Event Details

Friday, October 26, 2018

SSU Voice Instructor Jane Erwin Hammett

Bel Canto: Voice Faculty Recital

Schroeder Hall

Voice faculty members Jane Erwin Hammett, soprano, and Zachary Gordin, baritone, will join together for a recital of “Bel Canto” (beautiful singing), on a program including arias from opera and operetta, art songs and songs from Broadway and musical theatre.

In addition to Sonoma State, Jane Erwin Hammett is on the faculty at American Conservatory Theater (ACT) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Summer Music West). At ACT she has taught singing, acting and musical theater in both the Young Conservatory and the MFA Progam, as well as served as Musical Director for five Young Conservatory world premiere...View Event Details

Friday, November 16, 2018

Jenny Bent conducts the SSU Symphonic Chorus

Symphonic Chorus and Concert Choir

Weill Hall

Jenny Bent leads the university's major choral ensembles in their first concert of the 2018-19 season. Program details will be announced at a later date.View Event Details

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Christa Durand, Sonoma State alumna

Alumni Recital: "Strong Enough"

Schroeder Hall

Alumni Recital: “Strong Enough” Christa Durand, soprano Matthew Arnerich, piano

A versatile lyric soprano praised for her clarity and warmth of tone, Christa Durand has performed in hundreds of concerts and shows in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. A native of Santa Rosa, Ms. Durand is recognized as a gifted performer who is equally comfortable in a classical recital hall as she is in an intimate cabaret venue. Durand, whose family home was lost in the 2017 fires, will explore the grief process through song and spoken word, together with fellow-alumni and pianist Matthew Arnerich. They will...View Event Details

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Mariachi hat

Opera and Music Theatre Scenes: The Mariachi Story

Schroeder Hall

Opera and Music Theatre Scenes The Mariachi Story

Channeling the oral histories of the grandparents of Sonoma State students, The Mariachi Story revisits the story of the bracero workers program in a bold new form – the Mariachi opera. Featuring student mariachi singers and musicians and led by Opera/Music Theatre program director Lynne Morrow with guest director José Soto of Mariachi Barragan.View Event Details

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Vocal Repertory Recital

Vocal Repertory Recital II

Schroeder Hall

The Vocal Repertory Recital is the final exam for students receiving voice lessons. The recital will consist of vocal repertory sung in Italian, French, Spanish, German and English and representing opera, art song, musical theatre and the Great American songbook.View Event Details

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Vocal Repertory Recital

Vocal Repertory Recital III

Weill Hall

The Vocal Repertory Recital is the final exam for students receiving voice lessons. The recital will consist of vocal repertory sung in Italian, French, Spanish, German and English and representing opera, art song, musical theatre and the Great American songbook.View Event Details

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - Friday, February 8, 2019

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Sweeney Todd

Evert B. Person Theatre

A Co-Production of the Departments of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Hugh Wheeler Music Direction by Lynne Morrow Stage Direction by Doyle Ott February 7-17, 2019 Evert B. Person Theatre

From the Adaptation by Christopher Bond, Originally Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince, with Orchestration by Jonathan Tunick

Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller i s the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London, after fifteen years of exile, to take revenge on the corrupt judge...View Event Details

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Composer and pianist Matthew Arnerich

Alumni Recital: Cyrano (premiere)

Schroeder Hall

Alumni Recital Matthew Arnerich, composer and pianist Premiere of Cyrano , a new opera by Matthew ArnerichView Event Details

Friday, February 22, 2019

Laxmi Ganesh Tewari and Ensemble

Laxmi G. Tewari, Hindustani vocalist

Schroeder Hall

As professor of ethnomusicology at Sonoma State University from 1974-2014, Laxmi Ganesh Tewari (Emeritus) has undertaken extensive fieldwork in India, Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Fiji, Ghana and Zimbabwe.

A leader in the ancient the Gwalior tradition of vocal music, Tewari received extensive training in Hindustani classical vocal music at Banaras Hindu University, under the guidance of renowned Indian artists Dr. Lalmani Misra, Pandit Madhav Vaman Thakar, and Professor B. R. Deodhar. He completed his Doctor of Music degree in 1967. He has been honored with an Outstanding Professor Award, a Meritorious Performance and Professional Achievement Award, and...View Event Details

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