About the New Millennium Concert Series
Now in its 16th year, the New Millennium Series continues our mission of presenting, at exceptional ticket prices, intimate performances by the finest chamber music ensembles and soloists in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, the Series showcases the distinguished members of the California State University Sacramento Department of Music in our annual Faculty and Friends Gala. In recent years the Faculty and Friends Gala also includes performances by Sacramento State student groups who are winners of the Watson Chamber Music competition.
New Millennium’s rich history includes performances by many of the artists and ensembles that have shaped the classical chamber music tradition over the last half-century. We have presented Richard Goode and Gilbert Kalish, two of our generation’s premier chamber music pianists. We have also heard two piano trios regarded as standard bearers over that same period, the Beaux Arts Trio and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. The preeminent gambist, Jordi Savall, has graced our stage twice. So have wind instrument luminaries such as the venerated ensemble Windscape, the Dorian Wind Quintet, and the currently rising stars, the Imani Winds. Many accomplished and innovative crossover artists have also played the Series, including the Kronos Quartet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Quartet San Francisco, and guitarist Al Di Meola. Finally, we have been privileged to bring to Sacramento audiences the magnificent artistry and soul of what have been, in my opinion, the five great string quartets of our lifetimes: the Emerson, Tokyo, Juilliard, Guarneri, and Orion String Quartets.
Our students and those in the larger community benefit enormously from such close exposure to these stellar musicians. Students are not only inspired by their performances, they experience critical learning opportunities and encouragement by playing for them in master classes during their campus visit.
All concerts are at 7:30pm in the Music Recital Hall.
Free parking for all concerts is available on the student/public side of the parking garage adjacent to the music building (Capistrano Hall).