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CSUB Music Presents Cameron O’Connor and Erik Streighner in Chamber Concert of Guitar/Saxophone Music

The California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) Department of Music and Theatre  will host a pair of events with Cameron O’Connor (guitar) and Erik Steighner (woodwinds) on Thursday, March 30, in Room 127 of the CSUB Music Building.
Their residency includes a master class at 4 p.m. for saxophonists and guitarists in the CSUB music program.  O’Connor and Streighner also will perform a concert of music for winds and guitar at 7:30 p.m.
O’Connor is director of the CSUB Guitar Ensemble and Applied Guitar Instructor. He made his Lincoln Center debut under the baton of Tan Dun, in which he performed the “Concerto for Six,” an ensemble piece which mixes Western and Eastern musical idioms. In a review of the concert, the New York Times observed that Cameron “fluttered on his guitar strings in a manner reminiscent of a pipa player’s technique.”
CSUB Music Professor Jim Scully said O’Connor has transformed the guitar program at CSUB since arriving two years ago. “I have seen a lot of growth both in the quality of playing and attention to detail among our guitarists,” Scully said. “It’s exciting to host him with his chamber music partner Erik Steighner in this exciting collaborative concert.”
Steighner has premiered dozens of solo and chamber works and appears on CD releases from labels including Albany Records, Alea Publishing, Mark Custom, Naxos, Reference Recordings, and Vienna Modern Masters. His latest album is “Made in Tacoma: New Chamber Music for Saxophone,” and he is a recent winner of the Frances Walton Competition in Seattle.
Steighner is a lecturer at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., where his course load has included Saxophone, Chamber Music, Introduction to Music, Ear Training, and Music Theory. He also is a faculty member at Tacoma Community College and the University of Puget Sound Community Music Department and is founder and conductor of the South Sound Saxophone Ensemble.
Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors (60+) and any student with a student ID.
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