The 2013 Festival of the Arts runs April 11-17, and features the New Millennium Series Faculty Gala, a percussion recital by Dr. Daniel Kennedy, and our student jazz ensembles with guest trombonist Steve Turre.

The New Millennium Series presents the Faculty and Friends Gala takes place on Friday, April 12th at 7:30pm. This year will feature a tribute to clarinetist Deborah Pittman, who is retiring after 25 years as one of the shining lights of the Sacramento State Music Department. Ms. Pittman holds BS and MA degrees in music performance from Brooklyn College Conservatory and has done doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music. A native New Yorker, she moved to Sacramento in 1981 to play second and bass clarinet with the Sacramento Symphony, a position she held from 1981-1990. She will be joined in concert by colleagues, friends, and several former students who are now accomplished professionals themselves.

The program will include Steve Reich's riveting work for eleven clarinets, "New York Counterpoint". We will also present a performance by the winner the annual A.J. and Susi Watson Student Chamber Music Competition. The winning group features Erina Saito, piano; Rei Luu, violin; Jonathan Fleuter, viola; and Allison Kang, cello. They will perform Mahler's Piano Quartet. Admission for this concert is $20 general, $10 senior, and $5 student.

Our faculty percussion professor, Dr. Daniel Kennedy, will perform on Monday, April 15 at 7:30pm. Daniel Kennedy holds a masters degree in music from California Institute of the Arts, and a doctoral degree in percussion performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, under the guidance of multi-percussionist Raymond DesRoches, hand-drum specialist John Bergamo, and tabla master Swapan Chaudhuri. Daniel has been the founding member of several contemporary music ensembles, including the California E.A.R. Unit and the Talujon Percussion Quartet, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, India, Bali, and Japan.

Our award winning Jazz Ensemble will perform on Wednesday, April 17 at 8:00pm, in a concert featuring guest artist Steve Turre. One of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre has consistently won both the Readers' and Critics' polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells). Turre was born to Mexican-American parents and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. While attending Sacramento State, he joined the Escovedo Brothers salsa band, which began his career-long involvement with that genre.

In 1972 Steve Turre's career picked up momentum when Ray Charles hired him to go on tour. A year later Turre's mentor Woody Shaw brought him into Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. After his tenure with Blakey, Turre went on to work with a diverse list of musicians from the jazz, Latin, and pop worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The latter introduced hum to the seashell as an instrument. Turre has performed as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984.