Today begins an exciting semester full of bassoon events at Sacramento State. Most events are free, and all are open to the public. We’ve got student performances, guest artists, a masterclass or two, and I’m playing both a baroque concerto and two programs of new and recent music. See the Music Department Calendar for parking and ticket information and other details.
Taylor Haugland with John Cozza, piano
Thursday, February 28, 4pm (Capistrano Hall Room 151, free)
Junior Performace/Music Education major Taylor Haugland will perform works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Carl Maria von Weber, Jean Daniel Braun, and Carl Nielsen.
Brett Van Gansbeke, baroque bassoon
Guest Artist Recital and Masterclass
Thursday, March 14, 4pm (Capistrano Hall Room 151, free)
Brett Van Gansbeke holds the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with one of the world’s preeminent Baroque bassoonists, Michael McCraw. Dr. Van Gansbeke will perform a short recital of works by Baroque composers, and then work with Sac State bassoonists in a masterclass format.
Scott Pool, bassoon and Steven Caplan, oboe with Natsuki Fukusawa, piano and Robin Fisher, soprano
Guest Artist Recital
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30pm (Capistrano Music Recital Hall, $10 general, $7 senior, $5 student)
Guests Scott Pool (Assistant Professor of Bassoon, University of Texas at Arlington) and Stephen Caplan (Professor of Oboe, University of Nevada Las Vegas) are joined by pianist Natsuki Fukusawa and soprano Robin Fisher in a recital of works by Rachmaninov, Sunny Knable, Jenni Brandon, Miguel del Aguila, and others.
TuBassoon (Julian Dixon, tuba and David A. Wells, bassoon)
U‑Nite at the Crocker Art Museum
Thursday, April 11, 5–9pm (216 O Street, Sacramento, CA, free with museum admission or Sac State ID)
This low-down duo will perform numerous short works as part of an evening of music, dance, theater, photography, design, art, film, and poetry at the Crocker Art Museum.
Ohne Name (Dana Jessen and David A. Wells, bassoons)
Faculty/Guest Artist Recital
Thursday, April 25, 4pm (Capistrano Hall Room 151, free)
Ohne Name performs 20th and 21st century repertoire written or adapted for two bassoons. This concert will include works by Igor Stravinsky, Sofia Gubaidulina, Marc Mellits, and William Davis.
Sac State Bassoon Studio Recital with John Cozza, piano
Tuesday, May 7, 8pm (Capistrano Music Recital Hall, free)
Featuring individual performances by the members of the bassoon studio plus the antics of the Sac State Bassoon Quartet.
David A. Wells with Camerata Capistrano, under the direction of Lorna Peters
Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in G Minor, RV 495
Sunday, May 12, 4pm (Capistrano Hall Room 151, $10 general, $7 senior, $5 student)
Antonio Vivaldi wrote a staggering 39 concertos for bassoon, of which 37 exist in complete form. The Concerto in G minor (RV 495) is one of the most intense of these, and displays the composer’s masterful grasp of both the technical virtuosity and emotional depth attainable on the bassoon. Other works TBA.