Gary Sinise, Kronos Quartet highlight Summer Arts finale

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Gary Sinise, Kronos Quartet highlight Summer Arts finale

Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Sinise reminiscences about his career and the internationally acclaimed Kronos Quartet’s concert highlight the final week of CSU Summer Arts at California State University, Fresno.

Sinise, who was Oscar-nominated for his supporting role in “Forrest Gump” and stars in CBS’s highly rated “CSI: New York,” also is a founder of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, based in Chicago.

Steppenwolf actors are master teachers in the CSU Summer Arts program, which provides two-week classes taught by noted artists and public performances by the artists. This program – in its 23rd year – is in its 11th straight season at Fresno State.

Sinise’s presentation will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at the John Wright Theatre in the Fresno State Speech Arts Building.

Kronos, which has established a worldwide reputation for the range, quality, spirit and artistic vision of string quartet, will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the Wright Theatre. The Kronos Quartet won a 2004 Grammy for its recorded music.

The week’s other public performances feature:

*Musical composer Howard Frazin at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at the Conley Lecture Hall in the University Business Center on campus.

*Author Carole Maso (“Ghost Dance,” “The Art Lover’) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the Conley Lecture Hall, presenting a memoir reading.

*Flamenco guitarist Ricardo Marlow at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the Concert Hall in the Fresno State Music Building.

*National Book Award winner William Vollmann (“Europe Central”
at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Wahlberg Recital Hall in the Music Building.

The session’s student culminations – all open to the public at no charge, all on campus and all on Friday, July 25, unless noted otherwise- are as follows):

*”Writing the Memoir, Part I” – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Conley Lecture Hall.
*”Glass Sculpture” – 1 p.m. Conley Gallery (Phebe Conley Art Building).
*”Writing the Memoir, Part II” – 1 p.m. Conley Lecture Hall.
*”Post Production” – 3 p.m. Conley Lecture Hall.
*”Composer-Performer” – 4:30 p.m. Concert Hall.
*”Flamenco Guitar” – 6 p.m. Concert Hall.
*”Animation” – 7 p.m. Lyles Gallery (Speech Arts Building).
*”Clown Performance” – 7:30 p.m. John Wright Theatre.
*”Steppenwolf Theatre” – 8:30 p.m. Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre (Speech Arts Building).

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