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January 23, 2001

CSUS New Millennium Concert Series
Features Top Classical Artists

This spring, several of the nation's most acclaimed classical performers and artists will take the stage for the second annual New Millennium Concert Series at California State University, Sacramento.

Lincoln Center's quartet-in-residence, The Orion String Quartet, will open the series at 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. Hailed for its exquisite artistry by The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, The Orion String Quartet is anchored by violinists and brothers Todd and Daniel Phillips and also includes Steven Tenenbom on viola and Timothy Eddy on cello.

Grammy nominee Paul Hillier, director of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, will perform "Love and Metaphysics," a unique concert of English music of the early 17th century at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 4, in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. Accompanying Hillier will be one of the world's foremost lutenists, Nigel North.

The third concert in the series, held in conjunction with the 9th annual CSUS Festival of the Arts, will be an all Bach performance by Marion Verbruggen at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 25 in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. Many music critics regard Verbruggen as the world's foremost master of the recorder and The New York Times described her playing as "a miracle of poetry and precision." Accompanying Verbruggen will be harpsichordist Arthur Hass.

The final performance in the series will be a concert by the internationally acclaimed Turtle Island String Quartet at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 29, in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall. The quartet is dedicated to performing American music and is composed of violinists David Balakrishnan and Evan Price, violist Danny Seidenberg and cellist Mark Summer.

The annual concert series is hosted by the CSUS department of music and directed by CSUS professors Andrew Luchansky and Laurel Zucker.

Subscriptions for the New Millennium Concert Series are available for $50. Tickets for individual concerts are $15. Tickets are available at the CSUS Central Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323 or at, (916) 766-2277.

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