Itzhak Perlman, Branford Marsalis among 37 acts coming to Green Music Center during 2019-2020 season
The Green Music Center at Sonoma State University has announced its 2019-2020 season for Weill Hall and Schroeder Hall, with 37 performances from Sept. 14 through May 6 that draw from a wide range of genres and cultural traditions
The season kicks off with a recital by the beloved Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman on Sept. 15. Other classical ensembles scheduled to perform include the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, the Danish String Quartet and the male a cappella vocal ensemble Cantus. Beethoven’s 250th birthday will get a special nod with three concerts.
The jazz lineup is particularly strong, starting with the opening Party for the Green benefit on Sept. 14 starring jazz/blues vocalist Catherine Russell recreating the swing era. “Take me to the River Live!,” headlined by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, will celebrate the music of New Orleans; and Harlem 100, a multi-media show celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, will feature the music of early jazz artists. The Branford Marsalis Quartet, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and the Maria Schneider Orchestra round out the top-notch jazz offerings.
The new season also provides an ample serving of global music, including concerts by Venezuelan vocalist Nella, Hawaiian singer Kalani Pe’a and the Irish ensemble Danu. Two, innovative programs are inspired by India: a production of the play “Mrs. Krishnan’s Party” by the Indian Ink Theatre Company; and Bollywood Boulevard, a colorful dance and musical journey through Hindi cinema.
Executive Director Jacob Yarrow, who joined the center in summer 2017, continues to emphasize educational residencies and workshops for SSU students while reaching into the community to appeal to a wide range of artistic tastes and demographics, from kids to older adults.
The season also includes a lecture by political activist Angela Davis and a lecture with performance excerpts by choreographer Liz Lerman, who will serve a week-long residency.
“This season is curated with our region in mind, to serve and engage the places in which we live, giving voice to multiple communities and joining together in a celebration of diversity,” Yarrow said in a press release. “We are hopeful that this season will both entertain and conjure up discussion and reflection on the importance of the performance to the big ideas of our time.”
Subscription packages for Mastercard cardholders and 2018-2019 season subscribers will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 16. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. May 21. To reserve: 707-664-4246 or gmc.sonoma.edu. Tickets are $10-$125.
Here is the 2019-2020 schedule:
Itzhak Perlman, violin, accompanied by Rohan de Silva, piano: The reigning virtuoso of the violin will perform a recital at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at Weill Hall.
Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández: This pioneering mariachi band, founded in 1981, returns to Weill Hall at 3 p.m. Sept. 29.
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble: This chamber ensemble, formed to perform the larger-scale chamber music repertoire, will perform the Mendelssohn Octet and other fare at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Weill Hall.
“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band: America’s oldest continuously active professional music organization will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Weill Hall. Free, but tickets required, available after 10 a.m. Sept. 10.
Theater of War Productions presents “End of Life”: Readings of ancient Greek plays serve as a catalyst for guided discussions about death, illness and palliative care.