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NEWS FROM CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, BAKERSFIELD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 28, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

MUSICA DA CAMERA'S FINAL FOUR

It's Bakersfield's version of the final four, but don't expect a basketball tourney. Instead, classical music fans will be treated to an evening of chamber music as California State University, Bakersfield's Musica da Camera presents two quartets for it's final concert of the 2002-03 season.

"With tongue firmly in cheek, I'm calling our last concert of the season 'The Final Four,'" said CSUB music professor Gordon Mehling, Musica da Camera's music director and conductor. "We're concluding our season with a pair of quartets - a string quartet and a piano quartet."

The concert is scheduled on Saturday, May 10, at 8 p.m. at Olive Drive Church.

First on the program is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's famous "Quartet in D minor" (K. 421), which is one of the quartets dedicated to Josef Haydn. "It is interesting from several standpoints," Mehling said. "For example, the piece has no slow movement per se and it ends with a set of variations."

CSUB music professor Charles Badami will be the guest pianist for the concluding piece, "Piano Quartet in C minor" by French composer Gabriel Fauré. "We began the season with a piano quintet and now are ending it with a piano quartet," Mehling said. "We are doing a work seldom performed. Fauré belongs to the school of French impressionistic composers headed by Ravel and Debussy."

As usual, the performers will give brief demonstrations of each movement before the work is performed, he said.

Advance tickets for the May 10 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) 665-6325.