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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
October 21, 2003
Guitar great, Princeton prof Steven Mackey featured at new music festival
Festival of New American Music - Schedule of Events
Celebrated contemporary composer, electric guitar virtuoso and Princeton University
professor Steven Mackey will be a featured performer and lecturer during the
26th annual Festival of New American Music at California State University, Sacramento
Nov. 5 to 16.
Mackey is returning to his regional roots with his appearance at the festival.
He began his professional musical career playing electric guitar in Northern
California rock bands and attended UC Berkeley, where he did his undergraduate
work. Advanced degrees from the University of New York and Brandeis University
followed. In 1985 he joined the faculty at Princeton as a music professor.
A prolific new music composer, Mackey has created works for orchestras, chamber
ensembles, dance and opera. His compositions have earned great critical acclaim
and been performed worldwide. Mackey has refocused on the electric guitar while
at Princeton and has toured internationally, performing his original concertos,
solo and chamber compositions on the instrument.
Mackey will be among the artists kicking-off the festival, one of the oldest
annual events dedicated to modern music in the nation, during its opening Gala
Performance at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Sterling Hotel in downtown
Sacramento. Other Mackey events during the festival include a composer’s
forum, performances and concerts based on his work by new music groups eighth
blackbird and MOSAIC. A highlight will be Mackey’s keynote address “Whim
and Rigor: Finding a balance between discipline and spontaneity,” noon,
Monday, Nov. 10 in Capistrano Hall at CSUS.
For more information, contact the CSUS music department at (916) 278-5155. For
media assistance, contact public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
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