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Guest Artist 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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Tod Fitzpatrick, baritoneBaritone Tod Fitzpatrick performs on Tuesday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m., along with Rebecca Sherburn (soprano), Louise Thomas (pianist) and Kimberly James (mezzo). Fitzpatrick is a visiting professor from UNLV, and sings operatic and music theater roles in addition to oratorio and concert works. His Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees are from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he received the Marilyn Horne Voice Scholarship.

Sherburn and Thomas are on the faculty of Chapman University. Ms. Sherburn has performed operatic roles with the Zurich Opera, Berliner Festwochen, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, and the New York New Music Ensemble. Ms. Thomas studied piano at the Hochschule in Hannover, Germany, where she won second prize at the Ibla-Ragusa competition in Sicily and was also awarded the Béla Bartók Prize.

Mezzo Kimberly James made her Lincoln Center debut in 2003 in John Adams' Grand Pianola Music with Adams conducting the London Sinfonietta. Recent concert performances include Mahler's 8th Symphony with the Helena Symphony and Verdi's Requiem with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra.


Hot Club Faux GitaneFaculty bassoonist Dr. David A. Wells brings his unconventional acoustic swing band to Sac State's School of Music. Hot Club Faux Gitane performs on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. The Modesto-based group combines the sophistication of 1930s Parisian Gypsy jazz (à la Django Reinhardt) with original compositions, jazz standards, and even Latin tunes. Their unique blend of instruments and music adds new vitality and freshness to an old favorite genre.

The core of Hot Club Faux Gitane’s sound is the traditional rhythm/lead guitars and acoustic bass, but they add bassoon, mandolin, and occasional other instruments for a unique twist. In addition to Wells, the group includes mandolinist Gary Williams, guitarists Billy Gay and Eric Johnson, bassist John Ady, and features vocalist Francesca Bavaro.


Eric Marienthal, saxophoneGuest saxophonist Eric Marienthal will perform in a special concert on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m., with both our Downbeat Award-winning Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Dr. Steve Roach) and our auditioned Symphonic Wind Ensemble (under the direction of Dr. Clay Redfield).

Marienthal has performed in over 75 different countries, recorded 14 solo CDs, and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he has recorded 6 CDs with Chick Corea band and won 2 Grammy Awards, in addition to performing with artists such as Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, and others.

The evening will begin with a free performance by our student Concert Band, at 6:00 p.m., under the direction of conductor (and new Sac State faculty member) Gerry Willis.