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Culture: Free SSU concerts

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 | Posted by

Enjoy the artistry of musical performances at Sonoma State University and around town this week and experience everything from the solemn sounds of a funeral march to the Latin beat.

Brass Ensemble, Of Stage and Screen: Starting on Thursday at noon in Music Education Hall 1028 at the Green Music Center, enjoy the free brass ensemble focusing on stage and screen. Director Ruth Wilson leads this ensemble and offers selections such as Sigried’s Funeral March and the exhilarating Quidditch score from the Harry Potter movies.

Latin Band: Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Warren Auditorium in Ives Hall, another free concert will feature Kendrick Freeman, the drummer from One World Band. Freeman has studied and performed with artists from Congo, Ghana and Haiti and has returned to Latin Band after a four-year hiatus.

Guitar Ensemble: In its fifth year, the Guitar Ensemble features recitals of classical guitar solos and compositions for the ensemble of players on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Music Education Hall 1028 in the Green Music Center.

University Chorus and Chamber Singers: A Multi-Cultural Celebration: Conductor Jenny Bent takes the University Chorus and Chamber Singers on a multi-cultural journey that begins in America and spans the globe on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 4 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 1500 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. $12 general; $10 SSU faculty, staff and alumni; $8 seniors. Students w/ID free. Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/153626.

Jazz Orchestra: Doug Leibinger, Jazz Studies program director, brings back the SSU Jazz Orchestra for a concert of Big Band music; from Glenn Miller to contemporary music starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in Warren Auditorium at Ives Hall. Free.

Percussion Ensemble/Improvisation Ensemble: Percussion instructor Jennifer Wilsey Marsh combines her passion for rhythm and the meditative exercise known as deep listening for a one-of-a-kind performance on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Music Education Hall 1028 at the Green Music Center. Free.

For a complete list of concerts as well as student recitals to which the public is welcome to attend, visit www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf/tix_music.shtml, or call the SSU box office at 664-2353, open Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.

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