of New American Music
celebrates 25th year
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.
"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
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
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)
Festival of New American Music
schedule of events
Gala featuring the Sun Quartet, California Brass and more, 8 p.m.,
Sterling Hotel, 1300 H St. Concert will be broadcast live on Capital
Panel, Rand Steiger, Robert Dick, Paul Dresher and Anthony Davis,
noon, Music Recital Hall.
Music of Rand Steiger," Anthony Davis, piano, 8 p.m., Music
Latin Jazz Ensemble with Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge, 7p.m.,
Jazzman's Art of Pasta, Front Street in Old Sacramento.
for Electro/Acoustic Music in the U.S., with Patricia Strange,
violin, and Tulio Rondon, cello, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 3 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
Downes, piano, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
Percussion Group with guest Glen Velez, 8 p.m., Music Recital
Francisco Contemporary Music Players, David Milnes, conductor,
8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
Park Rangers, noon, University Union
Artists' Performance Competition, 3 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
Helix Piano Trio, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
Brass, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
Composers' Competition, 3 p.m., Capistrano 151.
Drescher Ensemble, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
Festival Performers' Recital, 3 p.m., Capistrano 151.
Ensemble and CSUS Orchestra, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.
Concert with Keith Bohm, 3 p.m., Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.,
museum admission prices apply.
Riley and the All-Stars, concert, Festival of New American Music,
8 p.m., Crest Theater, 1013 K St.