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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: January 14, 1999

Big Band Legend Artie Shaw to Appear at CSUS Valentine's Day Dinner

Big Band legend Artie Shaw will make a rare appearance at California State University, Sacramento's annual Valentine's Day Dinner, set for 6 p.m. Feb. 13 in the new University Ballroom.

Shaw's crusty humor, plus a performance by the CSUS Jazz Ensemble, will highlight an evening of gourmet dining and dancing. The event will benefit the CSUS music department, a cultural resource in the Capital Region for more than 50 years.

Attendees will be treated to an unforgettable encounter with an American icon. Shaw, 88, was a wildly popular clarinetist and bandleader of the 1930s and 40s. He assembled several big bands and small groups, recorded the enduring swing classic Begin the Beguine, and hired Billie Holiday as his band vocalist. He was so well known that just before America entered World War II, Time magazine reported that Germans viewed the United States as "Skyscrapers, Clark Gable and Artie Shaw."

Always unpredictable, Shaw abruptly packed away his clarinet in 1954 and moved to Spain to begin a new life as a writer. He returned to the United States in 1960, and today continues to write and provide occasional lectures.

Among those already planning to attend the Valentine's Day event are State Senator Patrick Johnston, Assemblymember Anthony Pescetti, Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna and CSUS President Donald R. Gerth.

Individual tickets are $125, and sponsorships are available for $500 to $5,000. A portion of the ticket price may qualify as a charitable contribution.

Reservations may be made by calling (916) 492-1347.


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