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Music Department has a full fall lineup


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New guest artists, popular favorites and Sacramento State’s own students and instructors will present a variety of concerts for the Music Department’s fall season.

The best of new American music’s composers and performers will converge on Sac State, Nov. 3-10 and 12-13 for the University’s internationally recognized Festival of New American Music (FeNAM).

The festival kicks off at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, with a performance by Ultimedia Concept, featuring Eric Ross on theremin, electric guitar, keyboards and voice, and Mary Ross, media.

Australian pianist Lisa Moore will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. Declared “New York’s queen of avant-garde piano” by The New Yorker, Moore is the founding pianist of the Bang On A Can All-Stars, has released five solo albums and won a silver medal in the Rockefeller Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition in 1981.

Composer Martin Bresnick will give the festival’s keynote address at noon Tuesday, Nov. 8. Bresnick has composed chamber and symphonic music, film scores and computer music. His honors include the Charles Ives Living Award, The Berlin Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Other performers include the Zephyrus Duo, the Left Coast Ensemble, the Iridium Saxophone Quartet, the Allegresse Trio, the Wet Ink Ensemble, and Citywater.

All performances are free and most are located in Capistrano Hall. For more information and a complete schedule:

Sacramento State’s renowned Piano Series returns Saturday, Oct. 1, with a 7:30 p.m. performance by Andreas Klein featuring the music of Liszt and Busoni. Venues in which Klein has played include the Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and Carnegie Hall. He is also heard frequently on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”

The series’ second guest artist, Eduardus Halim, will perform the Liszt Transcendental Etudes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Halim has appeared with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.

The Piano Series features Kirill Gliadkovsky at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Gliadkovsky attended the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and has been a featured artist in numerous live TV and radio broadcasts. The Los Angeles Times described one of his concerts as a “gripping and masterful performance.”

All performances are in Capistrano Hall’s Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for students and seniors, and are available at the University’s Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or

For more information on the Piano Series:

The World Music Series opens Saturday, Sept. 17, with a 7 p.m. performance by South Indian vocalist Sikkil Gurucharan. He regularly tours America, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and the Middle East and is part of a musical family that includes famed flautists Sikkil Kunjumani and Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar.

Saxophonist Padmashri Kadri Gopalnath takes the lead in a concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. He will be joined by A. Kanyakumari on violin; B. Harikumar, mridangam; and Rajendra Nakod, tabla. Gopalnath has performed in the Jazz Festival in Prague, the Berlin Jazz Festival, Mexico’s International Cervantino Festival, and many other venues.

The Baraka Moon ensemble will perform 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, featuring harmonium, vocals, percussion and didjeridu.

Janam creates an eclectic mix of Balkan, Turkish, Romani, Sephardic and American Roots music for sultry rhythms. They’ll perform 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.

Veretski Pass will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

And the popular Tuvan throat-singing group Chirgilchin returns for a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.

All World Music concerts are in Capistrano Hall’s Music Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 general admission and $8 for students, and are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or For more information:

The Opera Workshop will perform “Opera alle tre, quatro e cinque,” a celebration of the operatic ensemble. The performance will feature the music of Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Beethoven and Offenback at 8 p.m., Nov. 21 and 22.

The department will hold its annual Winter Jazz Festival 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The 6:30 p.m. closing concert will feature The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet with guest artist guitarist Anthony Wilson. Admission is $10.

There are many more concerts by guest artists, students and faculty throughout the fall semester.

Other guest performers include Ronit Widman-Levy, soprano, with Daniel Akiva, guitar. Their concert is 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Capistrano Hall Room 151.

Sac State’s nationally recognized Jazz Ensembles and guest artists the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra will perform the music of Tito Puente at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Tickets for that event are available only at the door for $10. The Jazz Ensemble will have solo concerts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20; and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. The University’s Vocal Jazz Ensembles, winners of several Downbeat magazine awards, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

All three of the University’s choirs will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The following month, the choral groups will present their annual Procession of Carols at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. All choral concerts are at Sacred Heart Church, 39th and J streets.

The Symphony Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 and Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Capistrano Hall Room 151. The Concert Band performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, and both groups perform together at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7.

There will also be faculty recitals by saxophonist Keith Bohm (Sept. 7) in Capistrano Hall Room 151, cellist Tim Stanley (Sept. 15) in Capistrano Hall Room 151, and baritone Michael Sokol accompanied by pianist Richard Cionco (Nov. 29) in the Music Recital Hall for Schubert’s Schwannengesang.

The fall semester concludes with a concert by Sac State’s student baroque group, Camerata Capistrano, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in Capistrano Hall Room 151, followed at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, by the holiday String Project recital, part of a nationwide program that provides college students as instructors to young people in the third grade on up.

Performances are in the Music Recital Hall, except where noted. Tickets are available at the University Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or For more details and information on specific concerts: or call (916) 278-5155.

– Craig Koscho