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September 21, 2000

CSUS Produces 'Indian
Classical Music Concerts'

California State University, Sacramento's School of the Arts and the World Music Club will present their first-ever Indian Classical Music Concerts, with a series of three different performances over two weeks.

All events will be held in Capistrano Hall, in the Music Recital Hall. The performances will be Sept. 30 and continue Oct. 1 and 8. The series will include performances by two of the most highly regarded musicians in their traditional music forms and a rare chance to see Tuvan music and dance.

The first event begins at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30 with a performance of classical South Indian flute music. The concert features S. Shashank accompanied by violin and two percussionists. Since his debut as a 12 year-old prodigy, Shashank has been a star performer in major music festivals at home in India and abroad. Shashank, now 22, has released several recordings and has performed in prestigious concert halls around the world. Critics around the world have described his flute playing as highly creative. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $6 for students.

The next concert is at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1 and will feature North Indian classical vocal music by Padma Talwalker. Talwalker is well known throughout India as a performing artist and her tours abroad have brought her recognition as one of the world's outstanding young female vocalists. She is trained in three of the main Hindustani styles. Talwalker will be accompanied by tabla and harmonium. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission and $8 for students.

There will be also be a live performance of Tuvan music and dance at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8. For this final event, the award-winning Tuvan performing group Chirgilchin will be accompanied by didjeridu virtuoso Stephan Kent. One of the most striking aspects of music from the Tuva is called Khoomei, translated as singing with the throat. Western musicians often refer to this as overtone harmonic singing, where an individual singer produces two and sometimes three notes simultaneously. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students.

Advance tickets are available for all three concerts through the CSUS Central Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323. A reduced price combination ticket, $25 general and $12 for students, is available for those who attend both the Sept. 30 and Oct 1 concerts.

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