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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
8:00pm, Concert Hall
$10 gen., $7 senior, $5 student

Thursday, April 5, 2018

String Students perform a variety of chamber music, competing for the Watson Chamber Music Competition.

7:30pm, Capistrano Hall 151
$10 gen., $7 senior, $5 student

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
8:00pm, Concert Hall
$10 gen., $7 senior, $5 student

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Strings and Orchestra at Sac State

The String Department at the School of Music has a talented and dedicated group of professors to help you grow and succeed in your musical pursuits. We have also hosted performances and masterclasses by some of the best artists in world, including Sarah Chang (2016), Hilary Hahn (2015), the Orion String Quartet (2014), the Tokyo String Quartet (2013), Kim Kashkashian (2013), the Emerson String Quartet (2011), Jordi Savall (2010), The Kronos Quartet (2009), and the Beaux Arts Trio (2006). Our students benefit greatly from hearing and working with artists such as these, and have presented many great recitals of their own over the years. You can hear some clips of previous student performances on our MEDIA PAGE. Below is a listing of our string faculty.

Anna PreslerViolinist Anna Presler is the Artistic Director of Left Coast Chamber Ensemble in San Francisco and a member of the Grammy-nominated New Century Chamber Orchestra. She holds degrees in music from the North Carolina School of the Arts and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a degree in history from Yale University. Appointed as an Assistant Professor in Sacramento State's Department of Music in 2014, she has also taught at the Center for Chamber Music at Apple Hill in New Hampshire and the CalCap Chamber Music Workshop, and participated in festivals at Tanglewood and at the International Musicians' Program in Cornwall, England. She has received critical acclaim for her performances of contemporary music and masterpieces of the chamber music literature. Email Professor Presler

Anna KrugerAnna Kruger is Acting Principal Viola of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and Principal Viola of the New Century Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Nadja Salerno- Sonnenberg.  Professor of viola at California State University, Sacramento, she is also a member of the Sun Quartet.  As founding violist of the Lark Quartet from 1985 through 1998, she toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, to Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, and Russia.  Among many competition prizes awarded the Lark were the Gold Medal in the 1991 Shostakovitch International String Quartet Competition and the 1990 Naumburg Chamber Music Award.  The quartet also received top prizes in the London, Melbourne (Australia), Paolo Borciani (Italy), Karl Klingler (Germany) and Banff (Canada) International String Quartet Competitions. In 1998, the Quartet's commission and premiere of String Quartet No. 2 by Aaron Jay Kernis won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Email Professor Kruger

Andrew LuchanskyAndrew Luchansky earned a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music from State University of New York at Stony Brook. In addition, he studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets, as well as the Beaux Arts Trio. Prior to joining the Sacramento State faculty in 1993, Mr. Luchansky served as Professor of Cello at the Florida State University School of Music, and also as Principal Cellist with the Tallahassee Symphony. Before joining the FSU faculty, Mr. Luchansky spent ten years in New York City, where he was a frequent performer on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall. He has performed in nearly every other major U.S. city, as well as in Europe. An active chamber musician, Mr. Luchansky served on the faculty of California Summer Music at Pebble Beach for five years and is a regular Guest Artist at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Keene New Hampshire. In 2015 Mr. Luchansky was a guest artist at the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Italy and a soloist at the Festival International de Musica in Deia Spain. Email Professor Luchansky

Thomas DerthickThomas Derthick is currently Principal Bassist of the Sacramento Philharmonic, Opera, Ballet and Choral Society, as well as the Cabrillo Festival, America’s foremost Contemporary Music Festival.  He frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento and has recorded and toured with the Empyrean Ensemble.  Other performances include the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Symphony and Oregon Symphony, as well as recording work and Broadway shows.  Professional solo appearances include multiple performances of the Bottesini Grand Duo Concertante and Concerto #2, the Koussevitsky Concerto and the Dragonetti C major Quintet. Tom recently performed unaccompanied bass recitals for full houses in both Sacramento and Stockton. Three decades of service to his fellow professional musicians culminated in Tom’s election as Vice President of the Professional Musicians of Central California, AFM Local 12. Email Professor Derthick

Leo EylarConductor-Composer Leo Eylar directs the Symphony Orchestra at Sac State. Born in Los Angeles in 1958, he grew up in a musical family, began studying violin at the age of nin,e and was accepted into the private studios of both Jascha Heifitz and Ruggiero Ricci. His early teachers included Virginia Baker, Joachim Chassman and Eudice Shapiro. Eylar attended Northwestern University and the University of Southern California, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree Summa cum Laude. His violin teachers included Glenn Dicterow, currently Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, and Samuel Magad, Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony. In 1980 Eylar joined the Seattle Symphony and in 1982 he was awarded an International Rotary Foundation Grant to study conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. After studies there with Otmar Suitner, he returned to the U.S. and completed his Master's Degree in conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, simultaneously holding the position of Co-Concertmaster of the San Jose Symphony from 1984-89. Email Professor Eylar