SEPT. 17, 2002
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Musica da Camera, California State University, Bakersfield's chamber orchestra, presents its first concert of the 2002-03 season on Saturday, Oct. 5, featuring works by two 18th-century masters.

The concert, at 8 p.m. in the Dore Theater on the CSUB campus, will highlight two of the most popular works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Josef Haydn.

The orchestra of 35 musicians will perform Haydnís Symphony No. 100 in G major, ěThe Militaryî; Mozartís overture to his opera ěCosi Fan Tutte,î and Mozartís Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, with CSUB music faculty member Charles Badami as the featured soloist.

Haydnís "Military" symphony was written for his second London visit in 1794. Critics gushed over it because of Haydn's unprecedented use of the bass drum, triangle and cymbals in the second and fourth movements, a combination known in the 18th century as "Turkish" or "Military" music, which gave the symphony its nickname.

Mozartís 20th piano concerto is considered one of Mozart's most important and richly inventive piano concertos, and represents the composer at his creative peak. The three movements range from tragic and intense to majestic and grand.

ěCosi Fan Tutteî was not initially well received when it was first performed in Vienna in early 1790. But today most music historians agree the comedic love tale represents Mozart at his best, and consider it one of his four finest operas.

Gordon Mehling, CSUB music professor, and conductor and artistic director of Musica da Camera, will provide demonstrations of each work with a brief explanation of what and how to listen to this kind of music.

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.

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