In addition to our regular concert series programs, a number of special guest artists will be featured in concert throughout the semester. Admission to each concert is $10 general, $7 senior, and $5 students. Buy online tickets here
Percussionist Joseph Van Hassel will perform at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 5. Named an "emerging artist" of 2013 by the international Percussive Arts Society, Van Hassel is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting young percussion perfomers and educators in the field. Performance highlights include Carnegie Hall, the Cincinnati MusicNow Festival, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the Hindemith Center in Switzerland.
Van Hassel has perfomed solo recitals, lectures, and master classes at colleges, conferences and high schools throughout the country, and performed with numerous orchestras and big bands throughout the Midwest and East Coast. He has worked with composers Steve Reich, Joseph Schwantner, William Bolcom, David Gillingham, Jennifer Higdon, John Corligiano, and Libby Larson, to name a few. He is currenlty at work on a solo CD of works that he commissioned.
Joseph earned degrees from Ohio University, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Hartt School, and is on the percussioni faculty at Ohio University and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
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. In music, guest artist El Mundo will perform 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.
For this event, El Mundo will perform works reflecting the unique, emerging Spanish classical and early romantic style of composers such as Antonio Soler, Fernando Ferrandiere, François de Fossa and Luigi Boccherini, performed before projections of paintings by Francisco Goya y Luçientes. In this multi media performance, the elegance, as well as violence, of Goya's Spain will be illuminated in a unique concert setting which also offers the audience an invigorating evening of Spanish music, art and culture.For more on the Festival, visit the website at: csus.edu/festival
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.