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Annual seminar mentors musicians

May 31, 2007

Members of the Alexander String Quartet coach students in a 2006 master classProfessional coaching, gala concerts and master chamber music classes return to San Francisco State for the fifth-annual Yehudi Menuhin Seminar and Festival, a three-day event which invites interaction between international artists and the next generation of chamber musicians. Co-hosted by SF State's School of Music and Dance and presented by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM), coaching in strings and piano ensemble are available for emerging young artists from middle school through college.

With this year's theme of "The Composer's Mind/The Performer's Voice," the festival will feature three concerts, nine master classes and a special event, free and open to the public: the final Morrison Artists Series concert of the season, a recital by the Daedalus String Quartet at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 3. For a list of the world-renowned chamber musicians slated to perform concerts and teach such classes as "Wanted: The Composer – Dead or Alive" and "Finding Your Voice," visit the SFFCM Web site.

The annual event began in 2003 to promote Maestro Yehudi Menuhin's deep belief that music can foster cooperation, empathy and understanding among people of all ages and backgrounds. Both a training institution and a festival of concerts, this year's seminar will offer an intensive view of what happens between the conception of a piece of music, the people who perform the piece, and ultimately, the people who listen, said Susan Bates, event education director.

All concerts, classes and lectures will be held from Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 3, located in the Creative Arts building on campus. Single tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (415) 710-0551.

-- Student Writer Lisa Rau with Ellen Griffin
Photo: Courtesy of Patricia Ris


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