Campus: CSU Fresno -- June 24, 2005

CSU Summer Arts Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Season June 26 at Fresno State

California State University Summer Arts will kick off our 20th anniversary season of master classes and public performances in the visual and performing arts on Sunday, June 26, 2005.

Returning guest artists the Joe Goode Performance Group will amaze audiences on Sunday, June 26 at 7 pm in the John Wright Theatre with their presentation of Hometown and grace, parts two and three of a triptych that started with Folk which they performed in Fresno in 2003.

The Alexander String Quartet along with Czechoslovakian musicians Stamic Quartet, pianist Lori Lack, Bulgarian violinist Jassen Todorov, and Gary Gray, principal clarinetist for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will perform the works of Mozart, Dvorák, Bartók, and Shostakovich over the course of several performance dates starting June 27.

Other returning guest artists include prosthetic makeup expert Michael Burnett on July 1; Russian dance phenomenon Kannon Dance Company on July 10; Steppenwolf Theatre Company on July 16; and Pixar animator Andrew Gordon on July 19.

The 2005 season also features many new faces to Summer Arts that promise to inspire and endear themselves to audiences. On July 2, Zimbabwe's Amakhosi Theatre Company will present an evening of African dance and songs as well as the politically charged Workshop Negative written five years after Zimbabwean independence in 1980.

Guitar enthusiasts will want to flock to Fresno State to see performances by classical guitarists such as Eliot Fisk on July 13, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's Scott Tennant on July 11, singer/songwriters Wendy Waldman and Lowen & Navarro on July 12, and too many more performers to mention!

Poets and fiction writers will also want to catch readings by local writer and 2005 PEN/ Faulkner Award finalist Steve Yarbrough on June 28, Daniel Wallace on July 3 who wrote the novel Big Fish, which was adapted into a screenplay for the film directed by Tim Burton, and poets Denise Duhamel and Nick Carbó on July 14.

In all, Summer Arts 2005 is offering more than 30 public events and nearly 20 student culminations. For the first time, season subscriptions and special reserved seating will be available! Call the Summer Arts Box Office at 559/278-5109 to get performance information and order tickets.Tickets can also be ordered online at

Summer Arts 2005 runs Sunday, June 26 through Saturday, July 23, and is hosted by the Fresno State College of Arts and Humanities.

Contact: Shannon Pringle, (559) 241-6090;

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