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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: December 8, 1999

World Class Strings Coming to CSUS

California State University, Sacramento will host the world-famous Julliard String Quartet this spring during the University's annual Festival of the Arts.

The performance, at 8 p.m., Friday, April 7 is one in a series of four spring concerts hosted by the department of music commemorating the new millennium.

Also performing in the "New Millennium Concert Series" will be Ron Leonard, principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra for 24 years, the Gold Country Chamber Orchestra, and Robin Sharp, until recently a violinist with the San Francisco Symphony and now a member of the CSUS faculty.

For more than half a century, the Juilliard String Quartet - known as the "first family" of chamber music in the United States - has been noted internationally for its musicianship and emotional intensity. The quartet is in residence at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Quartet has more than 100 recordings, including the recent release of Mendelssohn's string quartets Nos. 1 and 2 (Sony Classical). Its May 1994 recording of quartets by Ravel, Debussy and Dutilleux was selected by The Times Magazine of London as one of the 100 Best Classical CDs ever recorded.

"Hosting one of the premiere quartets in the world is in keeping with the remarkable growth in recent years of the CSUS music department," says Andrew Luchansky, CSUS cello professor. "It fits with our commitment to strengthening the arts in the Sacramento community."

Prior to the Julliard engagement, the Gold Country Chamber Orchestra will perform "Celebrating Copland," at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20. CSUS artist Claudia Kitka will be featured. The program includes "Appalachian Spring," "Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson," "Clarinet Concerto" and three Latin-American sketches.

The Gold Country Chamber Orchestra, directed by Henrik Hansen, was founded in 1998. Its inaugural season was in the spring of 1999.

Ron Leonard, longtime principal cellist of the world-famous Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 12. Now chair of the string department at the University of Southern California's department of music, Leonard holds the Gregor Piatigorsky Professorship of Cello. He was also on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in concert halls around the world.

New CSUS faculty violinist Robin Sharp will perform Sunday, April 30. Sharp, who represented Carnegie Hall as one of its "rising stars" in 1997-98, was a violinist with the San Francisco Symphony for the past two years. She joined the University this fall, and is a member of the Sun Quartet, artists in residence at CSUS. She was a professor of violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at Santa Clara University. Sharp performs recitals around the world.

All of the series' performances will be in the Music Recital Hall. Subscriptions for the four-concert New Millennium series are available for $45 and may be purchased through the Central Ticket Office at 278-4323. Single tickets for the Juilliard Quartet will go on sale Feb. 21.

For more information call the music department at (916) 278-5155.


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