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Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble Performs for Change
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- On December 5, in Knuth Hall on SF State’s campus, the Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble will be performing a diverse range of music at its fall concert “Music of Resistance, Dignity and Solidarity,” starting at 7:30 p.m.

The event is put on by San Francisco State University’s School of Music and directed by John Calloway, who is a Music lecturer at State and founder of the ensemble. The ensemble has been given much critical acclaim. The band performs a range of musical styles from Latin America and the United States.
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4 days ago by sfstatelca
Former Student Gabrielle Cavassa Named Finalist in Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition
WBGO-FM (NEWARK, NEW JERSEY) -- Gabrielle Cavassa began her career in San Francisco, performing at jazz clubs like Club Deluxe, Black Cat, Small Wonder and Yoshi's. She studied at San Francisco State University, then moved to New Orleans to further her lifelong study of music.
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Alum Kiesha Wright Raises Money to Fight Leukemia as Tina Turner Impersonator
BROADWAY WORLD -- Kiesha Wright has been performing since she was seven years old when she played the organ at her local church. She studied music and dance at San Francisco State University before being hired as the first Tina Turner impersonator with Legends in Concerts in Las Vegas, Nevada. She now performs all over the world paying tribute to Tina Turner, an also with her Kiesha Wright Show.

She started her own nonprofit organization called the Kiesha Wright-Mary Lou Children’s Foundation to give back to charities who help children and families who are battling childhood leukemia.
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26 days ago by sfstatelca
Improvisational School of Music Recital Commemorates Social Justice
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The entire recital shared the common theme of fluidity. A fluidity that is intended to represent shifting public sentiments and the evolution and progress of social issues.

“The sound represents the feelings, the struggle — I hope they walk away and think, ‘oh, I understand,’” said Jackie Lam, an SF State student who played a 12-string Vietnamese Zither with the Asian Improv Arts group.

“It’s a really big honor, how not just Asian Americans, but as a group and a community, how we’re all united in this way of expressing ourselves,” Lam said. “Music helps us express ourselves.”
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Alum Jonathan Overby to Speak about Sacred Music
DAILY CITIZEN (BEAVER DAM, WISCONSIN) -- Jonathan Overby, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s program “The Road to Higher Ground,” will speak at at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 525 West Main Street, on October 14 at the 9 a.m. worship service.

Overby is a Milwaukee native who received his formal musical training in voice at San Francisco State University. He has performed throughout Wisconsin, the U.S. and Europe. From 1984 to 1987, he served as music director for Pres House Campus Ministry on the University of Wisconsin, Madison, campus.
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Alum Mary Chapot Named to Santa Rosa Symphony Board of Directors
NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL () -- Mary A. Chapot has joined the Santa Rosa Symphony Board of Directors.

The organization stated that since 2012, Chapot has operated her own business as a private, professional fiduciary working as a conservator, trustee and executor, financial power of attorney and health care agent. She recently joined Exchange Bank as an assistant vice president and personal trust officer.

After finishing her studies in vocal performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Chapot completed a master’s degree in music history at San Francisco State University. She spent many years in the Bay Area, performing with a variety of groups, including the San Francisco Choral Artists, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble and the Baroque Arts Ensemble.
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Professor Hogarth Helps Bring Playa Magic to SF Symphony’s 'Rite of Spring'
48 HILLS (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Wise also secured the talents of Hogarth and his musical-director wife Jeannie Psomas. Hogarth is a professor of Music at San Francisco State and fills in at the SF Symphony as a trumpet player, and Psomas has played clarinet with the symphony and teaches as well. All three—Wise is a flutist—met as students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Other symphony members and associates joined in, as well as players from around the world, to make an orchestra of 35. “A lot of people volunteered, but when they saw the score, they gracefully bowed out,” said Wise with a laugh.

Wise said the Rite was also appropriate for Burning Man because first-timers—including conductor Hogarth in 2017—are called “virgins,” and traditionally have to lay down and make dust angels on the playa as a symbolic ritual. Hogarth added, “Burning Man is all about existing in a different community and making beauty out of this barren landscape. And I think Rite of Spring does that. It’s a very intense, raw piece, and it’s maintained that intensity for more than a century.”
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In Between Classes and Concerts, Professor Todorov is Pilot, Award-Winning Photographer
SMITHSONIAN -- Jassen Todorov is a modern Renaissance man. Originally from Bulgaria, he travels around the world performing as a violinist, and for the past 15 years, has taught Music at San Francisco State University. In between classes and concerts, he is also a pilot and photographer. Whether for a quick weekend trip from the Bay Area or a cross-country haul, Todorov travels in his four-seater 1976 Piper Warrior plane every chance he gets, documenting the world below.

Speaking from San Francisco, Todorov shares how he combines his passions, what inspires his travels and what he has learned in his years of flying.

“Music has a lot to do with patterns, and structure and discipline. But then there’s also uniformity, colors and improvisation, too,” Todorov says. “When you look at a photo, you’re thinking about the same things. You are looking at colors, you’re looking at the mood, you’re looking at the patterns. You’re looking at the composition of course, the general feel.”
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Alums Jesse Adams, Lauren Bjelde Spread Soul Vibes in their Band Royal Jelly Jive
SONOMA INDEX-TRIBUNE -- Adams, from Petaluma, and Bjelde, from Modesto, met while stepping over each other’s cables on stage in San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room. They blended their common influences, added some horns and percussion, and jumped on board as a full-time band in 2014. They describe their sound as “San Francisco Soul.” Their mission statement is simply to “Spread the Jelly.”

The pair both attended San Francisco State University, and their friendship developed over performances with various acts throughout the area. “It’s pretty great to find someone who can create with you so meaningfully,” said Adams.
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11 weeks ago by sfstatelca
Alum Clyde Pound Has Played Piano with Many Jazz Greats
PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL -- Clyde Pound is a pianist whose experience includes musical director, contractor, arranger and pianist. He attended San Francisco State College as a Music major and has an extensive career of performing with some of the most notable music artists (Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, Flip Wilson, and more) in nightclubs throughout the country. While in Hawaii, Clyde contracted and provided bands for artists such as Jim Nabors, Rich Little, Diana Ross and Dianne Carroll.

When he retired to Hot Springs, Clyde joined the Jazz Society within the year and offered his expertise in the artistic production of the annual JazzFest. He is in his 11th year with the society and holds the position of entertainment chair for all events the society produces.
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Professor Todorov's 'Wild Ride' in Flight over Mojave Desert
WASHINGTON POST -- “A wild ride”: That's how Jassen Todorov, a Music professor at San Francisco State University, described his flight over the Mojave Desert, during which he captured this image of some hundreds of thousands of cars Volkswagen reacquired after its historic emissions scandal. His photo was an honorable mention in the Washington Post’s annual travel photo contest.
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12 weeks ago by sfstatelca
Two-Quartet Concert at SF State's Morrison Chamber Music Center
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- The Telegraph and Alexander Quartet string ensembles team up this weekend for a free concert presented by the Morrison Artist Series. The program, which launches the Morrison’s ’18 – 19 season at San Francisco State University, features the quartets, both based in San Francisco, in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings. In addition, the Alexander Quartet will perform Mozart’s String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat Major and Penderecki’s Quartet No. 3, “Leaves of an Unwritten Diary.” If you go, pick up a copy of the Telegraph Quartet’s new CD. Titled “Into the Light,” it features works by Britten, Webern and Leon Kirchner.

Details: September 16, 3 p.m., McKenna Theatre, San Francisco State University; Free admission;
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Professor Todorov Wins Honorable Mention in Washington Post Photo Contest
WASHINGTON POST -- To get the arial shot, Todorov leaned from an open window of his 1976 Piper Warrior and shot frames with a Nikon D810 camera and a 70-200-millimeter lens.

Because the location was within the boundaries of an airport, he had to talk to an air-traffic controller at the same time.

“It does feel like a wild ride,” said Todorov, 43, a Music professor at San Francisco State University and a professional violinist. “Luckily, I can multitask.”
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Professor Dee Spencer, Lecturer Renee Lubin Honor the Memory of Aretha Franklin
SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES -- Not long after the passing of Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018) was announced on the morning of Thursday, August 16, her immortal legacy became evident in the Castro. We could hear her music flowing out of homes, cars and local businesses. People walking down the streets were talking about her and how she had touched their lives in meaningful ways. That night, a group of women musicians and singers including Dr. Dee Spencer of San Francisco State, “Beach Blanket Babylon” performer Renee Lubin and vocalist Deborah Coley performed Franklin’s songs in a heartfelt tribute at Beaux on Market Street.

As Dr. Spencer told KTVU: “You feel her energy. It’s undeniable.”
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august 2018 by sfstatelca
Morrison Artists Series: Free Concerts at SF State for the 63rd Year
SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE -- There is no more exceptional value for chamber-music audiences than the Morrison Artists Series at San Francisco State University, offering free admission to a season of first-class concerts, workshops, and lectures, all free, for the 63rd year.

When the Morrison-regular Alexander String Quartet opens the season on Sept. 16 (with music of Mozart, Penderecki and Mendelssohn), there will be a new man in charge of the Morrison Chamber Music Center, which oversees the series.

Succeeding Richard Festinger, conductor and SFSU School of Music Director Cyrus Ginwala says he and his predecessor “combined work on this transitional season, which includes new components, not always visible to the concert-going audiences.”
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Faculty Members Renee Lubin, Dee Spencer Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin
KTVU-CHANNEL 2 (OAKLAND) -- Renee Lubin, a performer with Beach Blanket Babylon for more than three decades, paid homage by singing Franklin's songs.

Lubin is also a vocal coach at San Francisco State University. Like Franklin, her musical background came from church.

“I grew up in the church. I see Aretha, hear the sound of her voice. You realize where all of that beautiful mixture came from,” said Lubin.

On keyboard is Dee Spencer, professor of musical theatre at San Francisco State.
“You feel her energy. It’s undeniable,” said Spencer. She says “Respect” has become an anthem.
“People today look at that song and use it as part of the civil rights movement, as part of the women’s march. And people are walking around going R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” said Spencer.
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august 2018 by sfstatelca
Professor Ginwala Named Artistic Director of Morrison Chamber Music Center
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION -- Cyrus Ginwala, a professor of Music at San Francisco State University, has been named artistic director of the University’s Morrison Chamber Music Center.
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august 2018 by sfstatelca
Former Lecturer Michael Robert Patch Forms Choral Spectrum
LEAVENWORTH TIMES (KANSAS) -- I was the artistic director and conductor of the Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus. I was the artistic director and conductor of the Kansas City Women’s Chorus. I was the director of choral and vocal music at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska. I was the interim director of choral music at San Francisco State University. And this fall I will be the guest choral director at Avila University, in [Kansas City, Missouri].
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