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Tickets are $10 general, $7 senior, and $5 student (free to Sac State music students on the night of the show, subject to availability).

Tickets for concerts are available online, through the Sac State Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323, or at the door (starting one hour prior to performance, subject to availability). Cash or Credit cards may be used at the door.

The house opens 30 minutes prior to concert start time.

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Festival of the Arts

The annual Festival of the Arts runs from April 10-15, 2018, featuring performances not only in music but also performances and exhibits in Theatre, Dance, Art, and Design. Below are some events being offered by the School of Music during the Festival.


The Festival opens on Tuesday, April 10 with a Graduate Student Gala at 7:30 p.m. This FREE concert will feature several of our graduate students in performance.


Faculty flutist Laurel Zucker will be performing her own compositions along with a variety of colleagues on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. Ms. Zucker has enjoyed teaching full time at Sacramento State since 1988. Her early years as a child were spent in New York City with her brother and sister in Washington Heights (in Manhattan). At the age of 12, Laurel begged her parents for a flute after hearing numerous flute recordings at home. At 14 she left home and studied at the North Carolina School for the Arts under Philip Dunigan. After graduating high school at 16 she went to New England Conservatory for two years and studied flute with Paula Robison.

Laurel completed her Bachelor of Music in Flute at The Juilliard School with Samuel Baron. For the next 13 years she had a very successful career as a performer in New York, playing in the American Symphony Orchestra, Radio City Silent Film Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra, and the Jupiter Symphony. During her career at Sacramento State, Ms. Zucker has released 55 recordings and 4 DVD Masterclass Series on Cantilena Records. Gramophone Magazine, as well as many newspapers, have reviewed all of her recordings extremely positively, stating that she is among the top flutists in the world. The New York Times, New York Post, and others have given her four-star reviews as a solo performer in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Kennedy Center.


Our award-winning Jazz Ensembles will be joined by guest trumpeter Dave Douglas on Friday, April 13 at 8:00p.m. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland Award, and two Grammy nominations, New York Douglas is known for the stylistic breadth of his work. His career spans more than 40 recordings as a band leader. Douglas was named the Artistic Director for the 2016 season of the Bergamo Jazz Festival, which occurs every year in March. Starting in 2012, Douglas was engaged for two years as International Jazz Artist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London and launched his own Jazz Workshop, dedicated to enriching the musical experiences of younger players.

From 1981 to 1983 Douglas studied in Boston, first at the Berklee School of Music, then the New England Conservatory. He moved to New York City in 1984, where he attended New York University and studied with Carmine Caruso. In 1987, he toured Europe with Horace Silver. Douglas was recognized as "Trumpet Player of the Year" by the Down Beat Critics Poll for the first time in 2000, and has received that billing 13 times since then.


Our student Latin Jazz Ensemble closes out the festival on Sunday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. Under the direction of Carlos McCoy, the ensemble performs a wide variety of Latin styles, including merengue, cha-cha-cha, mambo, Afro-Cuban, and rumba. In 2009, the ensemble was awarded a DownBeat Student Music Award in the Latin Jazz category for tracks submitted off their Havana CD. The ensemble has been called upon regularly to play for events such as the annual Sacramento Music Festival, the California State Fair, the Latin American Heritage Festival, the Music in the Mountains concert series, the Vallejo Jazz Festival, and the Hutchins Street Square concert series. They have also performed in such prestigious venues as the Mondavi Center in Davis and the Golden State Museum in downtown Sacramento.   In 2015, the Latin Jazz ensemble was invited to perform at the annual Jazz Educators Network conference in San Diego along with guest artist John Santos. Prominent guest artists who have appeared with the Sacramento State Latin Jazz Ensemble include Mark Levine, Harold Muniz, Wayne Wallace, Carlos Caro, Jamie Dubberly, and Abel Figueroa.