February 22, 2008

New Millennium music continues at Sac State

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Ever since the start of the new millennium, Sacramento State’s New Millennium Concerts have attracted high-caliber musicians, not to mention big crowds, to this premier musical series of performances.

This year’s edition continues with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, in the Music Recital Hall of Capistrano Hall. They’ll be followed by the Faculty Gala Concert Wind and Brass Extravaganza on Wednesday, April 9; and Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl performing Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” on piano on Saturday, May 10. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall of Capistrano Hall.

Music professors Andrew Luchansky and Laurel Zucker founded the series in 2000. While the focus is primarily on classical music, Luchansky notes that the series expands its vision to include “crossover” performers. This year’s representative in that category is the L.A. Guitar Quartet, which has created a unique synthesis of world music and contemporary styles, Luchansky says.

The Faculty Gala will spotlight some of the Music Department’s finest musicians, featuring artists such as Zucker on flute, Peter Nowlen on French horn; Joel Elias, trombone; Deborah Shidler, oboe; and John Cozza, piano.

Luchansky is especially enthused about the concluding concert of “Rite of Spring.” It’s usually performed as a big, orchestral piece, but the New Millennium concert will use Stravinsky’s initial arrangement for a piano duet. “The piece is almost never done in its original, four-handed version,” Luchansky says.

Tickets for each performance are $20 general admission and $5 for students and are available at the Sacramento State Ticket office, (916) 278-4323 or at www.tickets.com.

For more information about the series, call (916) 278-5155 or visit www.csus.edu/music. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.