SEPT. 10, 2001
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Musica da Camera presents "An Evening with Dvorak"

Musica da Camera, California State University, Bakersfield's chamber orchestra, presents its first concert of the 2001-02 season on Friday, Sept. 28, "An Evening with Dvorak."

The concert will be at Olive Drive Church, 5500 Olive Drive, and begins at 8 p.m.

CSUB music professor Gordon Mehling, Musica da Camera's music director and conductor, said the program provides “an opportunity to hear two of the most popular works of the great Czech composer Antonin Dvorak.”

Beginning the program will be a rare performance of "The American Quartet." This work was inspired by Native American and black spiritual music experienced by the composer on his visit to the United States. "When one combines American folk elements with the father of Bohemian folk music, the result can only be unique to say the least," said Mehling, first violinist in the quartet. Other members of the quartet are Elizabeth Kinney, second violin; Paulette Shires, viola; and Karen Blockley, cello.

The quartet will be joined by CSUB faculty pianist Charles Badami for what many consider one of Dvorak's most endearing piece of chamber music, the Piano Quintet in A major.

"The work abounds with Bohemian folk songs and dances," Mehling said. "One cannot help but get caught up in the unbridled passion and Romantic spirit."

In order to assist the audience in more purposeful listening, the ensembles will give a brief demonstration of each movement and the form before the complete performance is given.

Advance tickets for the Sept. 28 concert are available at Russo's Books in The Marketplace shopping center, and will be available at the door the evening of the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors, $3 for children under 10.

Other Musica da Camera performances this fall include:

Oct. 20 - Symphony Orchestra Concert.

Nov. 3 - Back to Baroque.

Nov. 10 - CSUB Concert Band, featuring a special Veteran’s Day salute plus traditional band repertoire.

For more information please contact the Performing Arts Department at CSUB, (661) 664-3093.

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