|Address:||2723 57th Street |
Sacramento, CA 95817
|County or Parish:||Sacramento|
|Primary NTEE:||Arts,Culture & Humanities|
This combination of instruments became popular for composers, which then inspired musicians to form ensembles to perform the new works, which in turn inspired more works to be written and commissioned. The vast repertoire and widely varying styles that this instrumentation inspires is one of the things that drew the members of Citywater together. In our first exciting season we introduced Citywater with performances at the Festival of New American Music and the New Millennium Series. We also collaborated with Princeton Music Department Chair Steven Mackey in a concert of his works at UC Berkeley, featuring the work Heavy Light, with Mackey himself on electric guitar. During the next two seasons we brought new music to Sacramento audiences by establishing the bi-monthly Furlough Friday Concert Series. Our Furlough Friday Concert Series was inspired by the furloughs of state and local government employees. We offered deeply discounted tickets to government employees, hoping to reach out to a new audience.
To reach out to audiences that might not have otherwise attended a "classical" concert, we sought out works that were inspired by hip-hop, jazz, rock, or dance forms like tango and flamenco. This concert series featured works by local composers, such as Sunny Knable, Stephen Blumberg, Bill Clark, Garrett Shatzer, and Richard Cionco; new works by composers such as Nico Muhly, Alexandra Gardener, Alex Shapiro, and Kenji Bunch; and modern "classics" by composers such as John Cage and George Crumb. In 2010, Citywater was recognized for its artistry and contributions to the community by being invited to perform at the opening gala for the Crocker Museum. Very recently, Citywater was invited to be the "ensemble-in-residence" at Sac State, where we will work with student composers and performers developing new chamber music.
Our top needs:
- Funding: Unrestricted - Renting the hall, renting/moving/tuning the piano and percussion equipment. This is a pivotal part of this season. We're heading into bigger, more prestigious (and more expensive to rent) venues.
- Funding: Unrestricted - Printing posters and programs. In kind donations would be great too! Also volunteers to run around hanging posters and getting our name out there!
- Funding: Unrestricted - Recording the concert and recording sessions of each program's bigger works. We intend to use the terrific Living Sound engineers. Grammy, maybe?
- Funding: Unrestricted - Paying the member artists and guest artists. We have a great set of players lined up, but they don't come cheap. We will be putting most of our budget towards supporting our artists.
- Funding: Unrestricted - More money, please!
I currently serve on the advisory boards of the Sacramento Baroque Soloists and the New Millenium Concert Series at California State University, Sacramento, as well as Citywater. I also serve on the board of directors of a statewide professional organization and as a member of two appointed state boards related to public education. Over the past 35 years I have held leadership roles in a number of other non-profit organizations. For the past 14 years I have been an educational program consultant for the California Department of Education, focusing on developing public schools for at-risk/at-promise youth. I have previously served as the lead policy analyst, legislative representative, public information officer, and lead writer for several other state agencies, as well as a public school teacher.I intend to continue to provide structural support for Citywater, publicity, and fundraising. I will also continue to serve as liaison between Citywater and other arts and educational organizations.