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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.

Festival of New American Music

Cygnus Ensemble photo

The annual Festival of New American Music is a highlight each fall. This year's Festival opens on Sunday, November 3 with a Gala Concert featuring celebrated pianist Michael Mizrahi, New York-based Cygnus Ensemble (pictured above), and Sacramento State’s new music ensemble-in-residence, Citywater. The Keynote Speaker will be composer Frank Ticheli, whose works will be presented by our University Chorale and Symphonic Wind Ensemble on Friday, November 8. The Festival closes on Sunday, November 10, featuring our own Sac State Jazz Ensembles with guest trumpeter Dave Douglas.

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Faculty Recitals

Keith Bohm photo

This fall, faculty saxophonist Keith Bohm opens up our season with a recital on Tuesday, September 3. Featuring John Cozza (piano), Sandra McPherson (clarinet), Matthew Morse (bass trombone), Deborah Pittman (bass clarinet), Anna Presler (violin), Deb Shidler (oboe), Russell Veirs (saxophone), and David Wells (bassoon). With works by composers Ida Gotkovsky, Marc Mellits, Jun Nagao, Carter Pann, and Jean Baptiste Singelee. Noted for his "virtuosity" and "expressive playing," Dr. Bohm has been a faculty member at Sacramento State since 2001. Admission is $10 general, $7 senior, and $5 students.

Our Faculty Chamber Players will perform on Tuesday, October 29. The concert will feature Laurel Zucker, flute; Keith Bohm, saxophone; Sandra McPherson, clarinet; Deborah Shidler, oboe; David Wells, bassoon; Robin Fisher, soprano; Jennie Blomster, horn; and Mike Crain, percussion. The program will feature works by Camille Saint-Saens, Arthur Foote, Undine Smith Moore, Carl Maria von Weber, Astor Piazzolla, and Alec Wilder. Admission is $10 general, $7 senior, and $5 students.

Piano Series

This fall, we will feature two pianists performing on our annual Piano Series. On Saturday, September 21, our own Richard Cionco will perform. A Steinway Artist, Mr. Cionco is a graduate of the University of Maryland and The Juilliard School. Important performances include those at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and Carnegie’s Isaac Stern Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall and Steinway Hall, as well as The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and the Chicago Cultural Center. Admission is $20 general, $15 senior, and $10 student.
Yoonie Han photo

On Saturday, October 12, guest artist Yoonie Han will perform. Praised for her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Inquirer), and “musical imagination and feel for complex textures that drew vivid images” (Washington Post), South Korean pianist Yoonie Han has won top prizes in distinguished international competitions and the highest accolades for her poetic performances in major concert halls in the U.S. and around the world. Admission is $20 general, $15 senior, and $10 student.

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World Music

Sandeep Narayanan photo

South Indian (Carnatic) music will be featured on Saturday, November 2 with vocalist Sandeep Narayanan. Sandeep is currently a disciple of the well acclaimed South Indian vocalist Sri Sanjay Subrahmanyan, after having had advanced training under the revered musician and musicologist, the late Sri Calcutta K.S. Krishnamurthy. He will be joined by Rajeev Mukundan on violin and Sai Giridhar on mridangam. Admission is $15 general, $12 senior, and $8 student.

After giving his debut performance at the age of 11, Sandeep has performed in various cities around India such as Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Kancheepuram, and at the Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhana in Sri Lanka. Sandeep is a 'B-High' graded artist of All India Radio Chennai, and was also the recipient of The Indian Fine Arts Society's 'Best Sub-Senior Vocalist Award' for the 2008 December Music Festival. He has earned high praise from musicians, and performs regularly alongside the Grammy Award-winning ghatam artist, Sri T.H. 'Vikku' Vinayakram. Sandeep performed thourghout the U.S., giving concerts in Los Angeles, Cleveland, San Francisco, San Jose, Denver, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Santa Barbara.

Additional Guest Artists

Opening up our semester, the Col Legno Duo will perform on Thursday, September 19. The Col Legno Duo consists of Amy Pollard (bassoon) and Scott Pollard (marimba/percussion), who have performed recitals together to both national and international acclaim. Based in Athens, GA, the husband and wife duo have performed at major universities throughout the US and South America.  With an eye towards expanding the repertoire of this unique instrumental combination, the duo has arranged and commissioned numerous works and recently hosted an international composition contest that featured over 100 submissions from 20 different countries.Mayumi Hama photo

Marimbist Mayumi Hama will be featured along with the Sac State Percussion Group on Tuesday, November 26. Hama graduated with top honors in percussion performance from the Toho Gakuen College of Music. After completing the graduate course at the college, she was admitted to the University of Michigan for a special post-masters research course. Hama began studying with marimba virtuoso and pioneer Keiko Abe at the age of six. Since 1996, Mayumi has been Professor Abe’s principal duo partner, traveling with her around the world. Admission is $10 general, $7 senior, and $5 students.