ON: Festival of New American Music
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The Festival of New American Music is one of the longest-running contemporary music festivals in the country. The Festival offers a wide variety of music performances, as well as lectures and presentations at venues ranging from Sacramento State’s Music Recital Hall to area high schools and art museums.
(Narrator:) This is “Focus” from the campus of Sacramento State.
(Jim Finnerty reporting:) New American Music can mean different things to audiences and performers, but the long running Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State gives both a venue to enjoy and appreciate.
(Stephen Blumberg, Sacramento State music professor:) “These are national and international-level musicians and composers and we really are bringing the best in the new music world.”
(Finnerty:) The festival offers up dozens of free performances over an 11-day period, but also provides students the chance to take master classes from experts in their particular instrument.
(David Webster, student:) “You can learn a lot about the little nuances that you would have initially overlooked; as much as you can change the color.”
(Finnerty:) For student David Webster, that input from cellist Susannah Chapman provided insights he hadn’t considered.
(Webster:) “Everyone has their own strength in teaching as well. And so by having multiple teachers and different opinions on technicality and musicality, it basically enhances everything about music.”
(Finnerty:) Student George England considered approaches from performers Bill Anderson and Oren Fader.
(England:) “They basically show me ways to approach the music that I hadn’t thought of. ‘Play it softer, play it louder, try playing in a different spot on the instrument using a different fingering.’”
(Blumberg:) “We try to cover the different areas that the students would be interested in. And also just to provide a wide palette of different instrumental ensembles for the audience as well.
(Finnerty:) The prestigious festival has drawn performers and audiences for more than three decades, delivering an opportunity to explore and discover.
(Finnerty:) This is Jim Finnerty reporting.
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