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Lara Downes celebrates new album release at Crocker Art Museum

Music lovers are invited to a CD release party with pianist Lara Downes on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Courtesy photo

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From page A9 | October 07, 2011 |

Pianist Lara Downes, a favorite with Mondavi Center audiences for the past decade, has released a new album titled “13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg.”

The album begins with J.S. Bach’s opening aria from the “Goldberg Variations,” followed by new variations by highly regarded contemporary composers, including Jennifer Higdon, who won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her violin concerto.

Downes will mark the release of the new album with a CD release celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St. in Sacramento. Admission is free with museum admission.

For more information, call (916) 808-1182 or visit www.crockerartmuseum.org.

Listeners also can sample tracks from the album online at www.laradownes.com. In addition, Downes will perform music from the album in concert at the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

Tickets are $37 general or $18.50 students, available at  www.mondaviarts.org or (530) 754-2787.

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