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Season Highlights


The School of Music offers over 75 public performances and events per semester. With so much going on, there's always something to see! On this page you will find highlights of the current or coming season. All events are at 7:00 pm unless otherwise notated.

Tickets are available during business hours at (916) 278-4323, or online from the link below, or at the door starting one hour prior to performance (subject to availability). Cash or credit cards are accepted. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance.

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Calendar/performance information is subject to change. For the most up to date information, including events not listed here, please see the Event Calendar from the link above.

Festival of the Arts

The brass quintet, "Brass Over Bridges"

The annual Festival of the Arts runs each spring - this year from April 21-26 - and encompasses events in the departments of Theatre, Dance, Art, and Music. This year, our jazz ensemble will lead off the Festival on April 21, followed by performances by our student chamber ensembles, soprano Robin Fisher, the Bay Area brass quintet Brass Over Bridges (pictured above), and our Faculty Chamber Players with our Symphonic Wind Ensemble feautred on "Tubby the Tuba".

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New Millennium Series

The annual New Millennium Series returns this spring with four events featuring world-class performances, all held at 7:30 p.m. in the Capistrano Concert Hall.

Fresh off their Grammy-nominated Schubert recording, internationally renowned baritone Randall Scarlata and legendary pianist Gilbert Kalish return to Sac State on Thursday, January 30 to perform a program featuring Schumann’s Dichterliebe and songs by Charles Ives.The Imani Winds wind quintetThe charismatic and celebrated ensemble Imani Winds caps off the national tour of their program “Beauty of Strife,” a mosaic of works that have grown out of world crises. On Thursday, February 20, they’ll perform the South African national anthem, Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, and works by Shostakovich and Paquito D’Rivera.

Join us on Tuesday, March 24 for an evening of music by Johannes Brahms. TriMusica (clarinetist Sandra
McPherson, cellist Susan Lamb Cook, and pianist John Cozza) will perform the Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114. Violinist Sean Mori and pianist Karina Tseng of the Fischoff-winning Fervida Trio will perform the glorious Sonata in A Major, Op. 100.

Hailed by the New York Times for their “explosive vigor and technical prowess,” the Miró Quartet were the first ensemble ever to be awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. Their program on Wednesday, April 15 will comprise Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet, Kevin Puts’s “Credo”, and Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 59, No. 2.

Piano Series

This spring, we will feature two pianists performing on our annual Piano Series. On Saturday, March 7, Eduardus Halim will perform works by Bach, Chopin, Albeniz, deFalla, Liszt, and Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata. A Steinway Artist, Mr. Halim has performed recitals at prestigious venues around the world, including Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 1997 he made a triumphant recital debut at Wigmore Hall in London which led to an invitation from the BBC for a broadcast concert the following season. Mr. Halim’s awards and honors include the Young Concert Artists International Auditions as well as the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Admission is $20 general, $15 senior, and $10 student.
Pianist Lino Rivera

On Saturday, April 18, guest artist Lino Rivera will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Rzewski, and Chopin's Polonaise-Fantasy. Mr. Rivera is a winner in many music competitions including the Music Teachers' National Association Competition in Hawaii and the University of Hawaii Concerto Competition. Upon receiving his Master's degree from the University of Hawaii, he was awarded the distinguished Pianist Prize, won first place in the Elizabeth Davis Competition, and coached extensively with the Guarneri String Quartet. Admission is $20 general, $15 senior, and $10 student.

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Faculty Recitals

Faculty bassoonist David WellsBassoonist David Wells performs on Monday, March 2 at 7pm, along with pianist John Cozza. Wells is currently principal bassoonist with the Townsend Opera Players, has held positions in the Tallahassee and Mobile Symphony Orchestras, and has performed on bassoon and contrabassoon with other orchestras in California, Florida, Alabama, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Jazz vocalist Gaw Vang Williams will perform on Monday, March 9 at 7pm. Gaw became the director of the vocal jazz program at Sacramento State in 2014, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in jazz studies and Master of Music in voice performance. She has lead the program to multiple Downbeat Awars over the last 5 years.

Jazz pianist Joe Gilman performs on Wednesday, March 25 at 6pm, along with guitarist Elias Lucero. A longtime associate of the Brubeck Institute and the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Joe was the music director of Capital Jazz Project from 1997 to 2011. Gilman won the 1998 Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Emerging Artist Award and the 2000 Sacramento News and Review SAMMIES Critical Achievement award for contribution to the arts community, and was named the first Brubeck Scholar at the 2005 Brubeck Festival.

Admission to all Faculty Recitals is $10 general, $7 senior, and $5 student.

World Music

South Indian violinist Ambi Subramaniam

South Indian (Carnatic) music will be featured on Sunday, May 3 with violinist Ambi Subramaniam. He will be joined by Akshay Anantapadmanabhan (mridangam) and Sowmiya J. Narayanan (ghatam). Admission is $15 general, $12 senior, and $8 student.

Hailed as “the new king of Indian classical violin”, Subramaniam gave his first performance at the age of seven and since then has performed in many prestigious venues across the world. He has received the Ritz Icon of the Year Award, the Rotary Youth Award, two GiMAs (Global Indian Music Award for Best Fusion Album and Best Carnatic Instrumental Album) and Big Indian Music Award (for Best Carnatic Album). He has performed at the prestigious Dussehra Festival at the Mysore Palace, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, the Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Maximum India Festival at Kennedy, the Royal Opera House, Muscat, and at the Centenary Celebration of the Banglaore Gayana Samaj.