Sunday Music Series | Sonoro: A Contemporary Music Performance

Photo credit: Lora Karam
Photo credit: Lora Karam


Sunday Music Series | Sonoro: A Contemporary Music Performance

The NBMAA’s longstanding monthly concert series, featuring local & regional performances from a variety of musical genres.


A mix of jazz, blues, and Latin rhythms with classical undertones, SONORO’s music is refreshingly different. Interesting arrangements with rich musical dimension will have you either tapping your feet or transported to a cinematic atmosphere enjoying a relaxing, reflective moment. From Nostalgia, an engaging Bossa nova, to Lucent’s gentle, emotional melodies from stringed instruments, the original, contemporary music offers unique sounds.

At the helm is composer and pianist, Sharon Ruchman, who takes inspiration from the ensemble’s highly skilled musicians, playing the flute, saxophone, viola, cello, bass, and percussion. She brings an element of fun and exploration to the music, showcasing the group’s vibrant personalities and talents.

Supporting SONORO’s latest and fifth album, Jumping In, Ruchman and company deliver sophisticated, self-described “layered jazz-style pieces that experiment with rhythms and harmonies.” Whether a sweet sax tone or intricate piano, the instruments weave in and out of the pieces to create a lovely mood and vibes.

About Sharon Ruchman and SONORO

American composer, pianist and violist, Sharon Ruchman began her musical journey when she took up piano at the age of eight, later receiving a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from Yale School of Music. Her myriad accomplishments include the production of six CDs, including original classical music for solo instrumentation and chamber ensembles.

In 2015, Ruchman’s life changes both professionally and personally when her great uncle Rudy’s viola finds its way to her. A virtuoso violinist who died tragically at the age of 25 in 1933, Rudolph “Rudy” Fuchs’ story inspires her to rewrite her own. She begins to take viola lessons; writes her memoir, The Gift of Rudy; and starts to compose like never before. Following her passion for tango, she composes five original slow tango compositions, beautifully choreographed in videos by dancers of Tango Berretin Dance Company.

With a newfound, experimental, multi-instrumental approach combined with a traditional, classical foundation, Ruchman founds SONORO in 2019. Original work, composed by Ruchman and produced by Marc Wager Weisgal, is stretching boundaries of contemporary rhythms, creating a unique musical blend. There’s an element of fun and exploration in the music, showcasing the personalities and talents of the group’s highly skilled musicians.


Concert seating is first come, first served on day of show (effective June 1, 2022), and seating capacity is limited to 120. Pre-registration will no longer be available.

Concert attendees must register at the Front Desk upon arrival. Museum Members are free, and Museum guests are welcome with purchase of a Museum admission ticket.

All shows begin at 3 p.m.; doors to event space will open at 2:30 p.m.