October 3 , 2006

Enduring Festival is music to community’s ears

A gala performance and keynote address by American composer and virtuoso pianist Frederic Rzewski will launch the 2006 Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State, beginning Nov. 2 and running through Nov. 12.

Known for his piano compositions that combine elements of written and improvised music, Rzewski will present the Festival’s keynote address, titled “Nonsequiturs,” on Thursday, Nov. 2 at noon in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall at Sacramento State. Later that evening, Rzewski will perform in the opening gala for the Festival at 8 p.m., again in the Music Recital Hall. He will be joined by pianist Eliane Lust, percussionist Michael Lipsey and the ensemble Melody of China. The performance will be broadcast live on Capital Public Radio station 88.9 FM.

pianoSubsequent Festival acts will include other notable local and visiting artists. Composers Robert Greenberg and Martin Rokeach will have works presented by Chamber Music Alive!, while Empyrean Ensemble will perform works by Erica Muhl, Dan Becker, Laurie San Martin and Sam Nichols. Violinist Todd Reynolds will hold a composers forum and play music of his own composition with live electronics. And Kui Dong and Duo Huang, two Chinese-born composers now living in the United States, will have their works showcased in a combined performance featuring Melody of China and the Del Sol String Quartet.

The Festival will close with Sacramento State Professor Laurel Zucker on flute, and Mark Delpriora on guitar, premiering a composition by Jack Perla on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Crocker Art Museum. The final Sacramento State Festival performance, directed by Steve Roach, will feature the Sac State Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, with Tim Ries on saxophone, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.

This year marks the 29th Festival of New American Music, one of the longest-running contemporary music festivals in the country. The Festival offers a wide variety of music performances, as well as lectures and presentations at venues ranging from Sacramento State’s Music Recital Hall to area high schools and art museums. Most events are free of charge.

For more information, contact the Music Department at (916) 278-5155. A schedule of events is listed at www.calendar.csus.edu. For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


2006 Festival of New American Music
Schedule of Events


For information, contact the Music Department at (916) 278-5155

(Events are free unless otherwise indicated)


Thursday, Nov. 2
Keynote Address, Frederic Rzewski, composer, “Nonsequiturs,” noon, Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Opening Gala Performance for the Festival of New American Music with composer/pianist Frederic Rzewski and Eliane Lust, piano; Melody of China; and Michael Lipsey, percussion, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Friday, Nov. 3
Composer’s Forum: Martin Rokeach, 11 a.m., Capistrano Hall 321.

The Music of David Lincoln Burnam, Sunny Knable, piano, 3 p.m., University Library Gallery.

The Music of Frederic Rzewski, with pianists Frederic Rzewski and Eliane Lust, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 4
Sac State Jazz Singers and C-Sus, Kerry Marsh, director, 3 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Pre-concert Talk, composers Robert Greenberg and Martin Rokeach, with Stephen Blumberg, host, 7 p.m., Capistrano Hall 151.

Chamber Music Alive! with guest pianist Lino Rivera, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Sunday, Nov. 5
Sacramento State Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Robert Halseth, conductor, 3 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Pre-concert Talk, composers Erica Muhl, Dan Becker, Laurie San Martin and Sam Nichols, with Stephen Blumberg, host, 7 p.m., Capistrano Hall 151.

Empyrean Ensemble, 8 p.m., Capistrano Hall 151.

Monday, Nov. 6
Composer’s Forum, Erica Muhl, 10 a.m., Capistrano Hall 205.

Composer’s Forum, Dan Becker, 11 a.m., Capistrano Hall 205.

Composer’s Forum, Laurie San Martin, noon, Capistrano Hall 321.

Composer’s Forum, Sam Nichols, 1:30 p.m., Capistrano Hall 321.

Young Festival Performers Masterclass, Lino Rivera, piano, 4 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Talujon Percussion Quartet with Sac State Percussion Group, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Tuesday, Nov. 7
Percussion Masterclass: Talujon Percussion Quartet, 3 p.m., Capistrano Hall 329.

Todd Reynolds, violin with electronics, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 8
Composer’s Forum: Richard Lavenda, 10 a.m., Capistrano Hall 205.

Composer’s Forum: George Burt, 11 a.m., Capistrano Hall 223.

Free Planet Radio, noon, University Union Redwood Room.

Violin/Electronics Workshop: Todd Reynolds, violin, 1:30 p.m. (room tba)

Student Artists Performance Competition, 3 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Pre-concert Talk, composers Richard Lavenda, George Burt, Jerry Grant, David Colson and Stephen Blumberg, 7 p.m., Capistrano Hall 151.

Ensemble Chiaroscuro, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Thursday, Nov. 9

Composer’s Forum, Kui Dong, 9 a.m., Capistrano Hall 205.

Composer’s Forum, Duo Huang, 10:30 a.m., Capistrano Hall 205.

Composer’s Forum, Jerry Grant, noon, Capistrano Hall 209.

Composer’s Forum, Jack Perla, 3 p.m., Capistrano Hall 205.

Hand Drum Workshop, River Guerguerian, 4 p.m., Capistrano Hall 329.

Student Composers Performance Competition, 4 p.m., Capistrano Hall 151. Sac State Festival Ensemble, works by Jerry Grant, John Williams, Robin Heifitz, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 11
Young Festival Performers Recital, noon, Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Mary Youngblood, flute, 3 p.m., Center for Contemporary Art, 1519 19th Street, Sacramento.

Pre-concert Talk, composers Kui Dong and Duo Huang, with Stephen Blumberg, host, 7 p.m., Capistrano Hall 151.

Melody of China and the Del Sol String Quartet, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.

Sunday, Nov. 12
Laurel Zucker, flute, and Mark Delpriora, guitar, 3 p.m., Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street, Sacramento, admission $6 general, $4 seniors, $3 students. (916) 264-5423.

Sac State Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo, Steve Roach, director, with guest Tim Ries, saxophone , 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Capistrano Hall.





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