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Autumn filled with arts at Sacramento State


Sacramento State’s trees will soon be changing colors, signaling a colorful season of arts and entertainment on campus.

The University’s fall offerings include piano virtuosos, modern dance by students and faculty, an exhibit of Native American baskets and weaving, the Festival of New American Music, and a holiday extravaganza of music and dance inspired by Radio City Music Hall.

Theatre and Dance

The fall season kicked off with Dance House, a riveting mix of dance works and styles designed to inspire. The concert featured new original works by students, selected alumni and special guests, and was directed by Theatre and Dance Professor Lorelei Bayne.

On the University Theatre main stage, the annual production Dance Sites 2011: Faculty Dance Concert will feature Sac State’s talented dance students performing works choreographed by Theatre and Dance faculty and professional guest choreographers. Styles range from tap to contemporary to Mexican folkloric. Performances are Oct. 26-30. The concert is directed by Bayne and department Chair Linda Goodrich.

A group of actors, writers and artists gathers at a Russian estate in Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, which will be staged in Playwrights’ Theatre Nov. 9, 10, 12, 13 and 16-20. The play examines the group’s romantic entanglements and regrets, painting a rich and tumultuous portrait of the human heart. The result is both tragedy and comedy, sometimes in the same instant. Sacramento State’s production will be directed by Theatre and Dance Professor Michelle Felten.

Mix the Great White Way and Sacramento, add some tapping toy soldiers, dancing, caroling and ice skating, and top off with Sac State’s own version of the Rockettes. The result is A Broadway Christmas!, the University’s holiday extravaganza. Director and Theatre and Dance Professor Ed Brazo is crafting a Christmas spectacular the whole family will enjoy. Audiences can take a “sleigh ride” to performances in the University Theatre Dec. 7-11.

Tickets range from $5 to $12 for dance concerts and The Seagull. Tickets for A Broadway Christmas! are $7-$15. All tickets are available at the Sacramento State Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or

For more details or information about the Theatre and Dance Department, visit or call (916) 278-6368.


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, visit

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, visit

The World Music Series opened Saturday, Sept. 17, with a 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, visit

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 Offenbach 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 was 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 presented 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. 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, visit or call (916) 278-5155.

Fine Arts and Design

“Spirit of the Basket” opens the fall exhibition season at the University’s Library Gallery.

Running Sept. 1-Nov. 19, the free exhibit features examples of American Indian basket making from throughout North America. Many of the pieces are from the State Parks Collection and previously resided in the De Young Museum in the 1920s and 30s.

A corollary exhibit, “Object Lessons: the Basket Collections of Joel Sheldon Cotton and Anthony G. Zallio,” was held in the Library Gallery Annex, Sept. 1-30. Curator Terri Castaneda, a Sacramento State anthropology professor and museum director, says the exhibit treats the basket collections as biographical and cultural “texts” about American society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Library Gallery will host “Three Generations of Sacramento State Poets” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. Sponsored by Friends of the Library group, the free reading will feature Professor Emerita Mary Mackey, Professor Josh McKinney and graduate student Aschala Edwards.

The Library Gallery’s winter show is “Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art.” Curated by Melissa Feldman, a writer and correspondent for Art in America, “Afterglow” looks at how California’s metaphysical brand of minimalism from the 1960s and 70s lives on in works by West Coast artists. The show features recent work from artists such as Dean Smith, Ruth Laskey and Laurie Reid, as well as work from the 1970s by Lewis Baltz, Helen Lundeberg and others.

The free exhibit runs Dec. 2-Feb. 25 with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 in the gallery.

Works by Malaquias Montoya from the University Archives and Special Collections will be featured in the Gallery Annex, Oct. 11-Nov. 19, and serve as a companion piece to the second Friends of the Library event, a presentation by Montoya biographer Terezita Romo, former curator of the Mexican Museum in San Francisco. That will be held in the gallery at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Kadema Hall, home of Sac State’s Fine Arts program, features two galleries – the Else and the Witt – that spotlight the works of students, faculty and guest artists.

The Else Gallery’s fall season opened with “Table of Contents,” an exhibition of ceramic sculpture by Tom Decker, an Art Department instructor and former Fulbright Scholar. His exhibit ran Aug. 29-Sept. 16.

More ceramic art will be displayed in the Else Nov. 7-17 by guest artist Chuck Owens.

Several Masters’ students are displaying their work in the Else from Sept. 26 through Nov. 4.

Other student works are being be featured in the Witt Gallery throughout the semester, from Aug. 29 through Dec. 9.

All exhibits are free. The galleries are open Monday through Friday, noon-4:30 p.m. Closed on holidays.

The Art Department will present four guest lecturers during the Fall 2011 semester. Each speaker will discuss his or her life and work on a Thursday of each month. Renny Pritikin was up first on Sept. 8. Now the director of the Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection at UC Davis, he is a former chief curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and known for bringing popular culture work into the museum context, including exhibits by auto customizer Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and magician and historian Ricky Jay.

The other lectures are Oct. 13 with Shelly Willis, director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program; Nov. 10 with James Housefield, UC Davis professor of design and architecture; and Dec. 8 with Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick, director of education at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum.All four lectures are at 6:30 p.m. in Kadema Hall 145.

For more information on the Art Department and its exhibits, visit or call (916) 278-6166. For information about the Library Gallery, visit or call (916) 278-4189.

– Craig Koscho