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October 12, 2000

A Grand Piano Festival
Comes to CSUS

California State University, Sacramento welcomes the second annual Piano Festival Weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., in Capistrano Hall.

CSUS professors Richard Cionco, Lorna Peters and Kirsten Smith will begin the weekend by conducting master classes for talented young artists who have been chosen from local high schools. The public is invited to attend these free classes of musical interpretation and technique. The first class will begin Saturday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m., with two following classes at 10:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Capistrano Hall, room 151.

Sunday, Oct. 22, the festival welcomes pianist Theodore Edel in a lecture demonstration, "Piano Music for the Left Hand." He will focus particularly on music designed and written for the single-handed pianist. The lecture is free to the public and will take place in Capistrano Hall, room 151.

Edel will close the festival with a solo piano recital Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. His performance will celebrate the birthday of legendary pianist and composer Franz Liszt. Edel is highly regarded as a Liszt interpreter with the New York Times calling his performances, "Heroic…passionate…yet tempered by intellect." A graduate of Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music, Edel has played throughout the world and is the author of many books including Piano Music for One Hand.

Tickets for this performance will be $10 general admission, and $8 for students. More information is available at (916) 278-7983. Media assistance is available at (916) 278-7983.


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