Campus: Sonoma State University -- May 18, 2005
Jeffrey Kahane to Receive Honorary Degree at SSU Commencement
Santa Rosa Symphony conductor Jeffrey Kahane will receive an honorary degree
of Doctor of Fine Arts at Sonoma State University's 44th Annual Commencement on
Saturday, May 28.
The degree is awarded in recognition of Kahane's musical virtuosity, his dedication
to education and his outstanding reputation as a conductor, soloist and mentor by
both the trustees of the California State University and by Sonoma State
As music director of the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,
Jeffrey Kahane has received much praise for his innovative programming and his
commitment to education and community involvement.
Under his leadership both orchestras have collaborated with schools in creative
concert performances that have attracted wider audiences to the world of classical
music. His engaging conversations with concert audiences are a hallmark of his
Jeffrey Kahane also brought his passion for education and community involvement to
the Green Music Festival at Sonoma State University, where he has served as
artistic director since its inception. He is equally well known and admired for
his dedication to working with young musicians and for inspiring and assisting
them with their careers.
Kahane has established an international reputation as a versatile performing artist,
equally acclaimed as a symphony conductor, piano soloist and chamber musician.
Performing with leading orchestras around the world, he is recognized by audiences
for his mastery of a diverse repertoire from classical baroque music to modern
Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, (707) 664-2057