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October 25, 2010


FeNAM pays tribute to composer

Jean Kopperud
Jean Kopperud will perform as part of the Festival of New American Music.

This year’s Festival of New American Music will honor composer Arthur Jarvinen, who died Oct. 2. Jarvinen was to have been this year’s keynote speaker. Rand Steiger, professor of music at UC San Diego and a close friend of Jarvinen, will talk about Jarvinen’s life and work at noon, Nov. 4, in Capistrano Hall’s Music Recital Hall.

Later that day, at the 8 p.m. Gala Performance, one of Jarvinen’s works will be performed by violinist Andrew Tholl of TempWerks. Other performers that night include Earplay and Chris Froh, performing music by Yu-Hui Chang, Melissa Hui, Pablo Ortiz and Hans Thomalla. A full program of Jarvinen’s music will be performed by TempWerks at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. Both concerts are in the Music Recital Hall.

Capitol Public Radio will broadcast the Nov. 4 gala, live, on 88.9 in Sacramento.

The festival, popularly known as FeNAM, runs Nov. 4-14, offering a series of free concerts, most of them on the Sacramento State campus. Other performers include the Ahn Trio, cellist Zoe Keating, clarinetist Jean Kopperud and the University’s own Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Singers and the Sacramento State Festival Ensemble.

One of the highlights of this year’s FeNAM is the appearance of the Ahn Trio at 8 p.m., Nov. 8, in the Music Recital Hall.

“They’re definitely the hot group right now,” Festival Co-director Keith Bohm says. “Not only in the music world, but in fashion – they’re on Glamour magazine – and they’re going beyond just the music and art part of it.”

Festival Director Stephen Blumberg adds that the harpsichord offerings are unique. “For new music, the harpsichord is not an instrument people think about,” he says.

This year Sacramento State alumna Faythe Vollrath will give a harpsichord recital in Capistrano Hall Room 151 at 3 p.m., Nov. 13, followed at 8 by a performance by harpsichordist Jory Vinikour.

“We have kind of a mini harpsichord festival within the larger festival,” Blumberg says.

There will not be any performances on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. For more information, visit or call 278-5155.


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