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February 22, 2001

Get Into a French State of Mind at CSUS

This spring, California State University, Sacramento goes continental with its "La Fête Francaise: A Celebration of the French Arts," March 13 - 19.

The fête, directed by CSUS flute professor Laurel Zucker, is a celebration of the French influence on American culture and will include free and ticketed events such as concerts, lectures and wine and cheese receptions as well as a coffee and croissants breakfast followed by a Flute Studio performance.

"One of the reasons a French celebration is so appealing is that the French arts have such an impact on America," Zucker says. "For instance, music for the flute contains some of the most wonderful repertoire and a huge part of the flute repertoire is based on French compositions from the Paris Conservatory."

Although Zucker states her passion for music is originally what inspired her to direct the celebration, her lifelong fascination with the French culture also played a major role in the decision.

"What really got me interested in organizing the celebration was that I have always been captivated with French art, French music, the French language," Zucker says. "I wanted to be involved in a collaborative celebration of the French culture. This festival brings together the various departments at CSUS and also brings the campus to the community and the community to the campus."

Among the highlights of events will be a concert by Helene Tolence, a native of France. Tolence will offer a sample of famous French songs at her performance, "French Cabaret Songs: The Music of Edith Piaf," at 7 p.m., Friday March 16 in Capistrano Hall room 151. A wine and cheese reception follows this free event.

The fête is sponsored by the CSUS School of the Arts as well as the CSUS departments of English, foreign languages, international programs and family and consumer sciences, the Alliance Francaise of Sacramento, Club Francaise of Sacramento, the International Citreon Car Club Rally and the Saturday Club Concert group.

For ticketed fête events call the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.

For more information about "La Fête Francaise: A Celebration of the French Arts," see the attached schedule or call Zucker at (916) 278-7979. For media assistance contact the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

Events are free unless ticket price is listed. The schedule is:


Tuesday, March 13

9 - 9:50 a.m.
"Writings on Art by Two Painters of Pont Aven: Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard," lecture, Monica Freeman, University Union Forest Suite.

10 - 10:50 a.m.
"Ars Nova: Early French Music," lecture, John Gray, Capistrano Hall 223.

1:30 - 2:45 p.m
"Women of the Left Bank," lecture, CSUS professor Joan Bauerly, Calaveras Hall 134.

4 - 5 p.m..
"Being Baudelaire: French Decadence and American Art Criticism," lecture, CSUS professor Elaine O'Brien, Kadema Hall 145.

5:30 - 6 p.m.
"The French Parodox: The Nutritional Value of Wine," lecture, CSUS professor Susan Algert, Mariposa Hall 3007.

6 - 7 p.m.
Wine and Cheese Reception, Mariposa Hall 3007.

8 p.m.
"The Bicentennial of Hector Berlioz," CSUS Orchestra, "Dance Premiere," Dale School Dance-Art with music by Django Reinhardt, CSUS Vocal Jazz, soloists Richard Cionco, Claudia Kitka and Laurel Zucker, La Fete Francaise: A Celebration of the French Arts, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. (916) 278-7979.


Wednesday, March 14 
10 - 11 a.m.
"Coffee and Croissants with CSUS Flute Studio," informal breakfast and concert, Capistrano Hall lobby.

3.30 - 4:30 p.m.
"20th Century French Music," flute masterclass, CSUS professor Laurel Zucker, Capistrano Hall 319.

5 - 6 p.m
"French Unmeasured Preludes for the Harpsichord," concert and lecture, CSUS professor Lorna Peters, Music Recital Hall 151.

8 p.m.
"Claude Bolling Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio," concert and reception, Capistrano Hall 151.


Thursday, March 15

2 - 3 p.m..
"Writing the Unutterable: The Legacy of Arthur Rimbaud," lecture, CSUS professor Joshua McKinney, University Union Student Board Chambers.

3 - 4 p.m.
"New Wave Revisited: Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut," lecture, CSUS professor Jonathon Price, University Union Student Board Chambers.


Friday, March 16 

11 - 11:50 a.m.
"The Revolution of the Word: 1920s Paris, the Little Magazine Movement and the Writing American Mind," lecture, CSUS professor Kerry Phillips, University Union Student Board Chambers.

noon - 12:50 p.m.
"Politics in French Theatre," lecture, CSUS professor Kevin Elstob, Mariposa Hall 2030.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m
"Becoming Deleuze: Post-Modern Theory," lecture, CSUS professor Douglas Rice, University Union Student Board Chambers.

3 - 3:50 p.m..
"Women and Art," demonstration, CSUS professors Juanita Rice and Vicky Hall, Playwrights' Theatre in Shasta Hall.

7 p.m.
"French Cabaret Songs: The Music of Edith Piaf," Helene Tolence, concert, wine and cheese reception follows, Capistrano Hall 151.


Saturday, March 17

8 p.m.
"French Concertos and More," Gold Country Orchestra, soloists Sandra McPherson, Laurel Zucker, Mike McCurdy, Horatio Edens, Ronit Widmann-Levy, La Fete Francaise: A Celebration of the French Arts, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. (916) 278-7979.


Sunday, March 18

9 - 10 a.m.
"Christian Mysticism East and West," lecture, CSUS professor Maria Jaoudi, The Learning Exchange, 650 Howe Avenue, Suite 600.


10:00 - 11 a.m.
"The Spirituality of the French Cathedrals," lecture, CSUS professor Maria Jaoudi, The Learning Exchange, 650 Howe Avenue, Suite 600.


3 p.m.
"Saturday Club Concert: French Chamber Music," Ava De Lara, Linda Adas, Cherie Shoemaker, Jim Gentry, La Fete Francaise: A Celebration of the French Arts, 3 p.m., St Paul's Church, 15th and J streets. (916) 278-7979.


Monday, March 19

10:15 - 11 a.m.
"The Music of Messiaen: His Influences," lecture and demonstration, CSUS professor Stephen Blumberg, Capistrano Hall 227.

11 a.m. - noon
French Horn Masterclass, CSUS professor Peter Nowlen, Capistrano Hall 227.

2 - 4 p.m..
Piano Masterclass, CSUS professor Richard Cionco, Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.

3 - 4:30 p.m.
"French Diction and Style," vocal masterclass, CSUS professor Lynn Stradley, Capistrano Hall 151.

3 - 4:30 p.m.
"Music of Claude Debussy," cello masterclass, CSUS professor Andrew Luchansky, Capistrano Hall 319.

3 - 3:50 p.m.
"French Influences in American Oboe Performance," lecture and demonstration, CSUS professor Ben Glovinsky, Capistrano Hall 227.

8 p.m.
CSUS Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Quartet and Liberace Woodwind Quintet, concert and reception, Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.

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