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October 18, 2002

Festival Schedule

Festival of New American Music
celebrates 25th year

photo:  Lara Downes

The Festival of New American Music Festival at California State University, Sacramento celebrates its silver anniversary this year with free concerts, workshops and more, Nov. 6-17.

Events will be held on campus and at local public schools, as well as at the Sterling Hotel, the Crocker Art Museum and the Crest Theater.

The festival features artists of international stature joining with CSUS faculty and students, and local musicians to present the best in contemporary music to the Capital Region. Now in its 25th year, the festival is one of the longest running festivals in the nation dedicated solely to contemporary American music.

photo: Glen Velez "FeNAM provides audiences in the Sacramento Region a fantastic opportunity to hear the wonderful, fresh, exciting music being written today," says Ernie Hills, chair of the CSUS music department. "If you're willing to try new things, willing to have an open mind and open ears, the festival is for you."

Among the composers and composer performers this year will be Terry Riley, Joan Tower, Paul Dresher, Robert Dick, Anthony Davis and Rand Steiger. Visiting ensembles include the piano trio Triple Helix, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and Bay Brass. Featured guest soloists include pianist Lara Downes and percussionist Glen Velez.

photo:  Paul Dresher
New to the festival this year will be cutting-edge music with computer animation by members of the Society for Electro/Acoustic Music in the U.S. Jazz pianist Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge will add a spicy note to the festival, while CSUS faculty and students will present the Festival Ensemble concert featuring works by three local composers.

The festival will end with a concert at the Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento featuring Terry Riley and the All-Stars.

For more information, call the CSUS music department at (916) 278-5155. Media assistance is available from CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

25th Festival of New American Music
schedule of events

November 6

  • Opening Gala featuring the Sun Quartet, California Brass and more, 8 p.m., Sterling Hotel, 1300 H St. Concert will be broadcast live on Capital Public Radio.

November 7

  • Composer's Panel, Rand Steiger, Robert Dick, Paul Dresher and Anthony Davis, noon, Music Recital Hall.
  • "The Music of Rand Steiger," Anthony Davis, piano, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

November 8

  • CSUS Latin Jazz Ensemble with Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge, 7p.m., Jazzman's Art of Pasta, Front Street in Old Sacramento.

November 9

  • Society for Electro/Acoustic Music in the U.S., with Patricia Strange, violin, and Tulio Rondon, cello, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

November 10

  • CSUS Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 3 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
  • Lara Downes, piano, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

November 11

  • CSUS Percussion Group with guest Glen Velez, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

November 12

  • San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, David Milnes, conductor, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

November 13

  • Trailer Park Rangers, noon, University Union
  • Student Artists' Performance Competition, 3 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
  • Triple Helix Piano Trio, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

November 14

  • Bay Brass, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

November 15

  • Student Composers' Competition, 3 p.m., Capistrano 151.
  • Paul Drescher Ensemble, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

November 16

  • Young Festival Performers' Recital, 3 p.m., Capistrano 151.
  • Festival Ensemble and CSUS Orchestra, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

November 17

  • Saxophone Concert with Keith Bohm, 3 p.m., Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., museum admission prices apply.
  • Terry Riley and the All-Stars, concert, Festival of New American Music, 8 p.m., Crest Theater, 1013 K St.

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