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 University.

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 artistry.

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 jazz.

Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, (707) 664-2057

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