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November 29, 2001

Famed musicians play at CSUS

The Kronos QuartetA rare Sacramento appearance by the world-famous Kronos Quartet - along with three of the nation's most acclaimed groups and artists - highlight California State University, Sacramento's New Millennium Concert Series.

Leading off the 2002 edition of the annual concert series is the Chamber Ensemble of the Pacific. Founded in 1998, the group specializes in 18th and 19th century piano quartet literature and romantic masterpieces by such celebrated composers as Brahms and Faure. The ensemble features two CSUS professors, Andrew Luchansky and Ian Swensen. This concert is at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31 in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.

The next concert in the series features the Kronos Quartet at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. Synonymous with musical innovation, the Kronos Quartet is known across the globe for its unique artistic vision. More than 450 pieces have been written or arranged for the group by the some of the world's most respected composers. The group has received numerous national and international awards, including several Grammy nominations.

Next up is an all-Beethoven concert performed by pianist Robert Taub. Taub has toured throughout Europe, the United States, the Far East and Latin America. He has been a guest soloist with leading orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony. Taub was the first artist-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, his alma-mater, and he received his doctoral degree at New York City's Juilliard School. The concert is at 8 p.m., Sunday, March 17 in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.

The concert series finale is a performance by the all female group Bimbetta at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 14 in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. Founded in 1993, Bimbetta was formed by the members' desires to break out of the formal recital rituals of classical music concerts and they have been pushing classical music boundaries ever since. A favorite of National Public Radio audiences, the group's imaginative use of staging, theatrical lighting and props has been described by critics as "a blend of cabaret and MTV Unplugged."

Subscriptions for the four-concert New Millennium Series are $50. Single tickets for the Kronos Quartet are $25. Single tickets for the other three concerts are $15 each. Subscriptions and tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS office of public affairs at (916) 278-6156.




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