News Release - April 15, 2013

Spring Choral Concerts: April 26 & May 5

Chamber Singers Concert to Include Vocal Jazz Selections

The SSU Chamber Singers will celebrate works of today’s composers and arrangers with It’s Alive! on Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall.

Major works include Raymond Murray Schafer’s mysterious Epitaph for Moonlight and Aaron Rosenthal’s moving and heartbreaking Voices of Terezin.

In their first major appearance, the SSU Jazz Choir will perform arrangements by Michele Weir and Matt Falker. Jenny Bent conducts.

Artists
SSU Chamber Singers
Jenny Bent, conductor
Richard Riccardi, pianist
Paul Coker, bass
Ricky Lomeli, drums

Program
Love songs by David Dickau and James McCray
Schafer: Epitaph for Moonlight
Rosenthal: Voices of Terezin
Jazz choir works arr. by Michele Weir and Matt Falker

Tickets are $10-$15. Click here to purchase online.

Choral Season Culminates With Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana 

Ever since the Latin words “Oh fortuna!” were first intoned in 1937, Carmina Burana has thrilled audiences the world over. The Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Singers will perform Carl Orff’s timeless masterpiece on May 5 at 4 p.m. in Weill Hall. Jenny Bent will conduct the combined voices of the SSU choruses and Maria Carrillo High School Women’s Choir, Gail Bowers, director. 

Vocal soloists will include Jennifer Thuman, Michael Morales, Ted Smith and Rodrigo Castillo – all students or alumni of the SSU choral/vocal program – with pianists Richard Riccardi and Yvonne Wormer and the SSU Percussion Ensemble. 

Carmina Burana is one of the few choral cantatas that draw from non-religious sources. Its 24 songs, organized into three sections, expound on topics of mass appeal including love, lust, drinking, nature’s beauty – in short, the human condition. The surprise is that the texts were written in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.

Artists
SSU Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Singers
Jenny Bent, conductor
Richard Riccardi and Yvonne Wormer, pianists
Jennifer Thuman, Michael Morales, Ted Smith and Rodrigo Castillo, vocal soloists
SSU Percussion and Improvisation Ensemble, Jennifer Wilsey, director

Tickets are $10-$15. Click here to purchase online.

 

Media Contact:

Ruth E. Wilson
Lecturer in Horn
Music Department Publicity
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
ruth.wilson@sonoma.edu

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