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Music Department tunes up for fall season


Professor Steve Roach leads Sac State's Jazz Ensemble.

Performances by world-renowned artists, award-winning students and the best of new American music highlight a full fall season of concerts at Sacramento State.

Festival of New American Music

Sac State's internationally recognized Festival of New American Music, nicknamed FeNAM, runs Nov. 4-14 (with Nov. 11 off to observe Veterans Day).

This year's keynote address will be delivered by composer Arthur Jarvinen at noon Thursday, Nov. 4. His music will be featured during the Gala Performance at 8 p.m. that same day that includes performances by Earplay, TempWerks and cellist/composer Zoe Keating. Both events are in Capistrano Hall's Music Recital Hall.

Other performers during the festival's run include the Ahn Trio, which brings new energy to chamber music; clarinetist Jean Kopperud with percussionist Tom Kolor; Sacramento-based Citywater; harpsichordist Jory Vinikour; and Sac State's own Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble featuring several of the Music Department's jazz faculty.

All concerts are free, and most are located in Capistrano Hall.

World Music

This year's series of concerts opens with the East Indian classical music of violinists Avasarala Kanyakumari and Embar Kannan Friday, Sept. 10. The Andrew Oliver Kora Band from Portland, Ore., will combine jazz and traditional West African music Saturday, Sept. 18. Sitar player Pandit Nayan Ghosh will perform with tabla player Ishaan Ghosh Saturday, Oct. 16. Music from Kyrgyzstan will be performed by the group Ordo Sakhna on Tuesday, Oct. 19. And the Gypsy music of Orient Express will take the audience on a musical excursion through Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and Israel on Saturday, Oct. 23. All concerts are at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $8 for students and $15 general admission.

Piano Series

Emerging young artist Yu Kosuge will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. She has performed at venues in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Moscow and Tokyo. Kosuge received critical acclaim for her 2005 Carnegie Hall debut recital. She will perform works by Beethoven, Takemitsu and the complete Chopin Etudes, Opus 10.

The series continues into spring with Evelyn Chen, who has performed at Lincoln Center and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. She will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5. Jon Nakamatsu will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27. Nakamatsu was a gold medalist at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997. Adam Neiman will be the featured artist at the 2011 Piano Festival Featured Artist at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16.

All concerts are in the Music Recital Hall with ticket prices of $10 for students and seniors and $15 general admission.

And More

The Music Department's students and faculty members will grace stages at Capistrano Hall throughout the semester. The University's award-winning vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles will perform throughout the semester as will the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble; and concerts by Sacramento State's three choirs include the celebrated "Procession of Carols" at 8 p.m., Dec. 4, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 5 at Sacred Heart Church.

Opera Theatre will be presented at 8 p.m., Dec. 1 and 3 in Capistrano Hall Room 143.

Tickets for those events range from $5 to $10.

And a faculty recital will be presented by saxophonist Keith Bohm at 8 p.m., Sept. 8 in the Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $8 general admission.

For more information about this fall's musical season, visit or Tickets are available at the University Ticket office, (916) 278-4323 or For media assistance, call Sacramento State's Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.