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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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Guest soprano Katherine Jolly will be performing a special FREE recital on Wednesday, March 28 at 8:00 p.m. A bright, young, accomplished singer on the opera and concert stages, soprano Katherine Jolly has appeared in leading roles with Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Amarillo Opera, Piedmont Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland and others.

Katherine made her debut with Houston Grand Opera in 2012, performing as part of their East/West Chamber Opera series. A winner of the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals, the New York Times wrote "Katherine Jolly used her agile, bright lyric soprano to superb effect in showpieces from Mozart's Entführung aus dem Serail and Ariadne auf Naxos. In addition to her Metropolitan Opera award, Ms. Jolly has been the recipient of other awards including a 2007 George London Finalist Honorable mention, a 2005 McAllister Career Grant. She received the National Association of Teachers of Singing Award for Outstanding Teacher/Performer from SongFest in 2016.


Guest clarinetist Katsuya Yuasa will perform a FREE recital sponsored by Mu Phi Epsilon on Thursday, March 29 at 8:00p.m. A Concert Artist of Mu Phi Epsilon as well as a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Yuasa holds prizes from over 10 notable competitions and awards, including the ENKOR International Competition, Great Composers International Competition Series, San Diego Heritage Music Festival Director’s Award, and he was a finalist for the Arthur W. Foote Award.

Yuasa is currently an adjunct professor at Florida A&M University, a graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University pursuing a doctoral degree under the guidance of Jonathan Holden and Deborah Bish. He completed his Bachelor's at San Jose State University, where he studied with Janet Averett. As a performer, he has been featured with numerous ensembles. His recent performance includes Premiere Rhapsodie by Claude Debussy with the Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestra, Paganini in Metropolis by Frank Proto with the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and the Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland with the Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta.


Faculty bassoonist David A. Wells and harpsichordist Lorna Peters will be performing with guest artists Dennette McDermott, Baroque flute and Douglas Bakenhus, Baroque bassoon, on Monday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. McDermott and Dr. Bakenhus are on the faculty at Northwestern State University in Louisiana.

Dennette McDermott is Professor of Flute and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She made her European debut in 1992 in the Czech Republic with the Czech premiere of Jindřich Feld’s Introduzione, Toccata e Fuga. She has performed in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, England, Canada, Honduras, Russia, Spain and throughout the United States, including numerous performances at National Flute Association conventions.

Douglas Bakenhus is the music director and conductor of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where he also teaches bassoon, aural skills, string methods, and conducting. He has performed abroad with the NSU Faculty Woodwind Trio in Canada, Slovakia, England, and the Czech Republic. He regularly performs in orchestras throughout the Ark-La-Tex region, including the Shreveport, Longview, South Arkansas, and Texarkana Symphony Orchestras.


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.