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Posted: January 24, 2000

Alumnus Conducts New York Opera

California State University, Sacramento alumnus Steven Crawford will conduct for the New York Metropolitan Opera this weekend.

He is conducting the orchestra's performances of "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Pagliacci." Crawford is taking over for conductor Carlo Rizzi who is ill.

Crawford, a native of Oroville, graduated from CSUS in 1976. He studied piano with professor emeritus Thomas Gentry. Gentry says this is an opportunity that will surely open doors for his former student. While at CSUS, Crawford conducted for the theatre department's performances of West Side Story and Oliver. After graduating, he left the Sacramento area to be the assistant conductor of the Nevada Opera in Reno.

Crawford, 45, joined the Metropolitan Opera nearly two years ago. He first conducted for the Metropolitan Opera Wednesday evening. Crawford will do so again Saturday, Jan. 22 and Wednesday, Jan. 26. The Jan. 22 performance will be heard live on an international radio broadcast at 10:30 a.m. Sacramento area listeners will be able to hear the performance on Capital Public Radio's KXPR at 90.9 FM.

Another CSUS student, music major, Janelle Laurenti, will also perform at The Met during the Opera's national competition in late February.

More information is available at the public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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