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Free concert series to feature diverse acts

Aug. 25, 2010 -- In his first season as the new artistic director of the Morrison Artists Series, Ronald Caltabiano has assembled free concerts offering a wide-range of styles and lineups for the concert series' upcoming 55th season.

A photo of the Czech Nonet.

The Czech Nonet opens the 55th Morrison Artists Series on Oct. 10.

The Morrison Artists Series concert program presents free performances each year by acclaimed chamber music ensembles. The concert series is a program of the Morrison Chamber Music Center.  

"The season features both Romantic and contemporary masterpieces, from the expanse of a nonet to the intimacy of a piano trio," Caltabiano said. "All of these ensembles take chamber music seriously. "They believe in the integration of the great repertoire with new works and play with integrity, imagination and passion."

Caltabiano, a composer who is also the associate dean for the College of Creative Arts, replaces Saul Gropman, who served as Morrison Artists Series artistic director since 1989 until his retirement this year. Caltabiano will offer a free lecture one hour before each concert. This year’s schedule includes:

Oct. 10: Czech Nonet: Founded in 1924 by students at the Prague Conservatory, the nine-member ensemble features violin, viola, violoncello, contrabass and a wind quintet. The group will be making its first appearance in California in nearly 35 years.

Nov. 7: Peabody Trio: The 1989 Naumburg Chamber Music Award winners will play a program of German trios and Russian Duos.

Dec. 3: Alexander String Quartet: SF State’s world-renowned quartet-in-residence will perform Martinu’s Sextet with members of the Hausmann Quartet. 

All concerts will be held in the 700-seat McKenna Theatre located in the Creative Arts Building. For more information on the Morrison Artists Series, visit http://creativearts.sfsu.edu


-- Michael Bruntz


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