Itzhak Perlman, Branford Marsalis among 37 acts coming to Green Music Center during 2019-2020 season

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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 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.

Christopher Houlihan, organ: Young organist performs on the Brombaugh Opus 9 organ at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 in Schroeder Hall.

Liz Lerman gives a lecture along with performance excerpts from “Wicked Bodies”: The visionary choreographer will discuss her artistic process through the lens of her newest project, “Wicked Bodies,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in Weill Hall, after a week-long residency at SSU.

Take Me to the River Live! — Celebrating the Music of New Orleans: Influential figures in modern New Orleans music — The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Walter “Wolfman” Washington plus the Mardi Gras Indians with “Big Chief” Monk Boudreaux of The Golden Eagles and “Big Chief” Romeo of the 9th Wards Hungers — perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Weill Hall.

Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano: Filipino-American pianist performs a recital at 3 p.m. Oct. 27 in Schroeder Hall.

“Mrs. Krishnan’s Party,” presented by the Indian Ink Theatre Company: This disarming comedy, which seats audience members around the dining table in the back room of an Indian-run convenience store, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 in The Loft — Weill Hall.

Danish String Quartet: This young quartet, which was nominated for a Grammy Award, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Weill Hall.

Branford Marsalis Quartet: Jazz saxophonist Marsalis performs with his quartet at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Weill Hall.

Nella: Venezuelan singer and Berklee College of Music graduate pays tribute to her country’s folkloric roots at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Schroeder Hall.

Kalani Pe’a: Hawaiian singer and composer brings the aloha tradition at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 to The Loft — Weill Hall.

Harlem 100 — Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance: Multi-media show featuring Mwenso and the Shakes with special guests Brianna Thomas and Michela Lerma pays tribute to the Apollo Theater and the Cotton Club at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Weill Hall.

Danú, an Emerald Isle Christmas: Virtuoso Irish ensemble and Irish step-dancers celebrate the holidays and their homeland at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in Weill Hall.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, “Home for the Holidays”: For its 29th benefit for Face 2 Face, this chorus of more than 150 men will sing and dance with zany holiday antics at 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at Weill Hall. Tickets will be available in August.

Voctave, “The Spirit of the Season”: Vocal ensemble known for its showstopping performances of Disney and Broadway hits will lift spirits at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at Weill Hall.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra, “Salsa Navidad”: Grammy-winning salsa and Latin jazz band jams on the season at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 to Weill Hall.

Sérgio Assad, guitar; Clarice Assad, piano and vocals; and the Third Coast Percussion — “Archetypes”: This collaboration, which explores the universal symbolic archetypes that appear in stories through the world, will take the audience on a musical journey at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Weill Hall.

NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerreo, with violinist Bomsori Kim: A venerable orchestra joins forces with a rising young violinist at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Weill Hall.

Jeremy Denk, piano: One of America’s foremost pianists performs Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Weill Hall.

NIYAZ presents “The Fourth Light Project,”: Iranian-Canadian electroacoustic duo presents a cutting-edge, immersive, multimedia experience at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Weill Hall.

Imani Wines/Catalyst Quartet — “(im)migration — music of change”: Two chamber ensembles join forces on a program of global works at 3 p.m. Feb. 23 in Weill Hall.

Leap Day Celebration featuring Las Cafeteras & Friends: The Los Angeles-based band that offers Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms and rhymes will give a family show at 2 p.m. and an all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29.

Angela Davis speaks as part of the H. Andréa Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series: Police activist and author will speak about social justice in contemporary life at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at Weill Hall.

Dorrance Dance, “SOUNDspace”: Unusual dance company specializing in tap dancing brings their complex footwork at 7:30 p.m. March 7 to Weill Hall.

“Fly Higher” — Charlie Parker @ 100: Co-musical directors Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto sax) and Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) lead a band honoring jazz master Charlie Parker’s centennial year at 7:30 p.m. March 27 at Weill Hall.

Nikolay Khozyainov, piano: Pianist returns to the Green Music Center with “An Homage to Beethoven” at 3 p.m. March 29 at Schroeder Hall.

Bang on a Can All-Stars: The six-member, amplified ensemble continues to cross genres at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at Weill Hall.

Dinnerstein/Haimovitz — Beethoven/Glass: Celebrating 250 years since Beethoven’s birth, this pianist/cellist duo performs works by the master alongside works by minimalist composer Philip Glass.

Bollywood Boulevard — A Journey through Hindi Cinema Live: The vibrancy and heart-pounding beat of Hindi cinema comes alive through dance, music, storytelling and visuals at 7:30 p.m. April 11 at Weill Hall.

Maria Schneider Orchestra: This Grammy-winning jazz ensemble made up of 18 members will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Weill Hall.

Cantus — “One Giant Leap”: The warm sound of this male vocal ensemble will reverberate at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Weill Hall.

Musicians from the Valley of the Moon Music Festival — “Beethoven: The Shattering of Form”: This group will bring the unique sound of Classical and Romantic chamber music played on period instruments at 3 p.m. April 26 to Schroeder Hall.

Circa, “Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus” created by Yaron Lifschitz with Benjamin Knapton and the Circa Ensemble: This circus company from Australia reinvents Mozart’s music during a daredevil family show at 7 p.m. May 6 at Weill Hall.

Staff Writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or On Twitter @dianepete56.

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