In addition to our regular concert series programs, a number of special guest artists will be featured in concert throughout the semester.
Visiting scholar Susheel Bibbs will present her acclaimed PBS video "The Unsung Muse", and several Sac State students will also perform music by African American composers, on Friday, September 12 at 7:00pm. Pianist Jacqui Hairston will accompany. Hairston, a Sacramento, CA resident, is a an award-winning ASCAP Composer-Arranger/Pianist. She is a former recipient of the SF Channel 5-TV station's Jefferson Awards for Preserving Negro Spirituals; recipient of the Los Angeles Living Legends Award for arranging African-Diaspora music; and a previous inductee into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame for Culture & Art.
Susheel Bibbs, a critically acclaimed touring classical singer and filmmaker and winner of the coveted Laid Foundation Award in voice, holds a Masters in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory and did her undergraduate training at Boston University's College for the Arts in Opera. Ms. Bibbs debuted at Boston's Jordan Hall and appeared in leading and supporting on the roster of the Opera Company of Boston for three years; she then sang opera and did concert tours internationally to acclaim for over 20 years. Bibbs currently tours nationwide presenting original one-woman musical and dramatic programs and master classes on black classical song.
Guest saxophonist John Sampen will perform on Monday, September 15 at 8:00pm, along with Mark Bunce, composer/electronics. Entitled "In Two Worlds: Exploring the duality of music and society", this one-hour multi-media experience features projected visuals, interactive electronics, live saxophone performance and theatrical activities. As one of America's leading concert saxophonists, John Sampen is particularly recognized as a distinguished artist in contemporary literature. He has commissioned over eighty new works, including compositions by Babbitt, Bolcom, Cage, Rands, and Rzewski and has premiered saxophone versions of music by Lutoslawski, Stockhausen, and Tower. As recipient of NEA and Meet the Composer grants, John Sampen has been involved with commissions and premieres of new music by Albright, Babbitt, Martino and Subotnick. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and is currently on the faculty of Bowling Green State University.