Guest Artists

On Monday, March 10, the Sacramento State Latin Jazz Ensemble performs at 8:00pm along with percussionist Carlos Caro (pictured) and trombonist Jamie Dubberly. Caro, born and raised in Cuba, has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996 and has become a much sought-after percussionist, working with established Bay Area musicians such as Rebeca Mauleón, Anthony Blea y su Charanga, Jesus Diaz and his QBA, Grupo Malo, Jorge Santana, Karl Perazzo's Avance, and Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion among many others. He also has played with Eddie Palmieri, Armando Perazza, Rey Ruiz, Pedro Brull, Luisito Carrion, Anthony Cruz, Nino Segarra, Danny Lozada, Omar Sosa, and the great Paraguayan Harpist Ramon Romero among others. He was also nominated by the website timba.com as the best bongosero from Cuba in the timba style.

Jamie Dubberly is a professor at CSU, Stanislaus. He holds a Bachelors degree in music from the University of Georgia, and a Masters degree in music from The Hartt School of Music, where he also participated in a doctoral program, and was on the faculty as an adjunct, part time instructor. Since moving to California in 2003, James has performed with many bay area jazz groups, including the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Realistic Orchestra, Mike Vax Big Band, and several salsa groups including award -winning “Avance”, of which he is a current member.


The annual Festival of the Arts runs April 9-13, with arts events put on by all of the departments in Arts and Letters. Citywater performs on Friday, April 11 at 8:00 pm. Hailed by Edward Ortiz of the Sacramento Bee as “a top-flight interpreter of contemporary classical music,” Citywater is Sacramento’s own modern chamber ensemble. Comprising flutist Cathie Apple, clarinetist Milun Doskovic, violinists Dagenais Smiley and Charles Spruill, IV, cellist Timothy Stanley, pianist Jennifer Reason, and percussionist Ben Prima; Citywater strives to charm and to challenge its audiences with the newest music written.

Establishing itself as one of the premiere chamber ensembles in the area, Citywater performs regularly on the Festival of New American Music, the New Millennium Concert Series, and was invited to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Crocker Art Museum by performing a new work written for the occasion. Citywater is also the Ensemble in Residence at the Sacramento State University and has recently signed on as a performing member of the Center for New Music in San Francisco. In keeping with its goals to get new music heard, Citywater established a bi-monthly concert series, featuring newly composed works by composers such as Kenji Bunch, Alexandra Gardner and Nico Muhly, along with modern classics by composers such as George Crumb and John Cage. Citywater has also collaborated with composers like Steven Mackey, who invited the ensemble to perform a concert of his works in Berkeley, which featured a performance of Heavy Light, with Mackey himself on electric guitar. Most recently, Citywater is one of the recipients of the 2012-2014 Cultural Arts Award grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission!


Guest ensemble El Mundo will perform as part of the Festival of the Arts, on Sunday, April 13 at 7:00 pm. El Mundo will present a multi-media program of music and art entitled “Music from the Time of Goya (1746-1828)”. Consisting of two violins, viola, cello, guitar and with soprano Ann Moss, El Mundo is directed by guitarist and Sac State faculty member Richard Savino. The group was nominated for a Grammy in 2012.


On Tuesday, April 15, baritone and Sac State alumnus Eugene Villanueva performs at 8:00pm with the Sac State Symphony Orchestra. Villanueva has performed with many prestigious international companies & festivals including the San Francisco Opera, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France), Michigan Opera Theater, Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Italy), Opera Theater of St. Louis, Theater Basel (Switzerland), and the Shanghai National Grand Theater (China) in repertoire that includes the title roles of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin, among others.

An avid recitalist, Mr. Villanueva made his Carnegie Hall debut in January 2008. He is a member of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, which has presented him in recital in New York and Pennsylvania. He has also presented concerts for San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Schwabacher Debut Recital Series and the New York Festival of Song.

He garnered critical acclaim when he stepped in with less than 24 hours notice to sing Orff’s Carmina Burana at the world-renowned Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, in July 2008. He has been featured as soloist with orchestra’s such as the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toscanini Orchestra of Parma and the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande in repertoire that includes Orff’s "Carmina Burana", the Fauré Requiem, Copland’s "Old American Songs", the Brahms Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ "Songs of Travel", and the Dvořák Te Deum.