NOV. 5, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

Musica da Camera, California State University, Bakersfield’s chamber orchestra, goes "Back To Baroque" on Saturday, Nov. 22, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2216 17th St., near downtown Bakersfield.

The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., “will feature the evolution of the solo concerto in demonstration and performance,” said CSUB music professor Gordon Mehling, who is Musica da Camera's music director and conductor.

The program will begin with a concerto grosso by Georg Friedrich Handel as an example of the mature concerto grosso form.

According to The Classical Music Archives, the concerto grosso, or great concerto, is an early form of concerto that was at its zenith in the 17th and 18th centuries. The works were antiphonal, that is, a small body of strings was heard in alternation, contrast and combination with a larger group. These were in several movements, roughly similar to the 18th-century overture or suite. The most celebrated early concerti grossi are those by Aracangelo Corelli and those by Handel. Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2, 4, 5, and 6 are traditional concerti grossi.

Following the Handel piece, violinists Elizabeth Kinney and Mehling will perform a trio sonata by Corelli showing how the concertino evolved into its own form.

The featured solo concerto of the program will be "Concerto for Oboe and Violin" by Bach. Senior music major Kevin Sullivan will be the oboist.

The concerto evolved to a work in which a solo instrument is contrasted and blended with the orchestra, according to The Classical Music Archives. The concerto for an individual player as opposed to a concertino group was developed by Bach in his harpsichord concertos. Handel's organ concertos were also an important development, he being among the first to provide a cadenza in which the soloist could display his skill by extemporization. Mozart established the style of the modern instrumental concerto, composing nearly 50 for various instrument combinations. Concertos are usually in three movements, but there are many exceptions.

The program will conclude with an early Christmas gift by Musica da Camera as the orchestra closes with the Christmas Concerto by Corelli.

Advance tickets for the Nov. 22 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 7:15 p.m. Cost is $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors, $3 for children under 10.

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