Crocker Art Museum Announces Classical Concert Series

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Crocker Art Museum Announces Classical Concert Series

February 8, 2011 – Sacramento, Calif. – The Crocker Art Museum's popular Classical Concert series has returned. For more than 50 years, the Museum has hosted renowned and talented local and international musicians. Concerts highlight different musical periods, styles, and instrumentation while complementing the special exhibitions and permanent collection at the Crocker. Concerts are held in the Museum's auditorium from 3-4 p.m.

On Sunday, Feb. 20, pianist Mark Valenti will perform works by American composers to complement the exhibition, "Paul Jenkins: The Color of Light," in addition to a new work inspired by Jenkins' artwork.

Trio Voce, composed of violinist Jasmine Lin, cellist Marina Hoover and pianist Patricia Tao, will perform on Sunday, Mar. 6. Their concert will include works by Shostakovich and Beethoven as well as a piece by Mieczyslaw Weinberg that connects with Gottfried Helnwein's exhibit "Inferno of the Innocents."

On Sunday, Apr. 10, inspired by the "John Buck: Iconography" exhibition, classical guitarist William Feasley will bring to life musical works by American composers Peter Madlem, Robert Beaser, Carlos Jobim, and Thelonius Monk along with the world premiere of "Black Tango (Tango Negro)" by the Argentine composer Marcelo Ferraris.

On Sunday, May 22, members of the Sacramento Saturday Club will perform works by American Impressionist musical composer Charles Griffes to complement the American Impressionist exhibition "Transcending Vision." Performers include flutist Maquette Kuper; vocalists Rona Commins, James Gentry, and Rufina Jones accompanied by John Cozza; and the Zepher Woodwind Quintet. The Club was established in 1893 and is the oldest musical organization in Sacramento.

Violinist Robin Sharp and pianist Lori Lack will present music inspired by "Transcending Vision," an exhibition of American Impressionist paintings, on Sunday, June 26. Their performance will include Claude Debussy's sonata for violin and piano, Jascha Heifetz's "Transcriptions for Violin," George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," and "Nocturne" and "Cortege" by Lili Boulanger.

On Sunday, July 24, pianist Lois Brandwynne will perform works by European Impressionist composers Debussy and Maurice Ravel and select pieces by Frédéric Chopin, inspired by the works of art on view in "Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism."

Concerts are $6 for members and $12 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit crockerartmuseum.org, the Museum Admission Desk, or call (916) 808-1182.

The Crocker Art Museum, established in 1885, is one of the leading art institutions in California. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events and programs to augment its collections of Californian, European, Asian, African and Oceanic artworks. The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thursdays; 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday–Sunday. Every Third Sunday of the month is "Pay What You Wish Sunday" sponsored by Bank of America. For more information, call (916) 808-7000 or visit crockerartmuseum.org.



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