For many Sacramento concertgoers the annual Faculty, Alumni, and Friends Gala is the highlight of the New Millennium Series. This year’s gala will highlight virtuoso Flautist Laurel Zucker, who will join forces with pianist John Cozza in a performance of Francis Poulenc’s elegant Sonata for Flute and Piano, which was originally premiered by Jean-Pierre Rampal and the composer. Percussionist Daniel Kennedy will also bring his consummate skill and extraordinary musical range to our concert stage.
Five time Grammy winner Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as both a recitalist and performer of opera, with a repertoire spanning 250 years. She has received awards and distinctions accorded to only the most distinguished artists. In 2007 she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation, the first vocal artist to be awarded the organization's five-year “genius” prize, and in 2008 was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She will be joined on the New Millennium Series by her longtime collaborator, the legendary pianist Gilbert Kalish, in a program of songs by Franz Schubert, Bela Bartok, Rebecca Clarke and William Bolcom.
The Grammy award winning Takács Quartet, now entering its forty-third season, is internationaly renowned for the vitality of its interpretations. They are the first string quartet to win the Wigmore Hall Medal. Their touring this season includes stops in Copenhagen, Vienna, Luxembourg, Rotterdam the Edinburgh Festival, the Aspen and Tanglewood Festivals and Carnegie Hall. The first string quartet to win the Wigmore Hall Medal, their inaugural visit to Sacramento will find them performing works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven’s monumental Opus 131.
Acclaimed violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman will be appearing with pianist Angela Cheng on February 28 as part of the 2017 New Millennium Concert Series.
Acclaimed baritone Randall Scarlata and legendary pianist Gilbert Kalish will perform a set of songs by Charles Ives and Schubert's extraordinary final work, Schwanengesang ("Swan Song"). Kalish will also be performing Leoš Janáček’s In The Mist — gorgeous music that is rarely heard.