March 23, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

Musica da Camera, California State University, Bakersfield’s symphony orchestra, presents its final large orchestra concert of the season on Saturday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in the Doré Theater

Gordon Mehling, CSUB music professor and Musica da Camera’s director, has chosen two popular, yet seldom heard, compositions for this final performance:

• “Symphonic Metamorphosen on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber,” by Paul Hindemith. "This is one of Hindemith's best works for orchestra and is delightful for audience listening,” Mehling said. “It is a cross between classical symphonic music and elements of jazz. The result is a fun piece.”

Hindemith lived from 1895 to 1963. He was born in Hanau, Germany, and grew up in Frankfurt, becoming the Frankfurt Symphony’s concertmaster at age 20. His compositions did not sit well with the leaders of Nazi Germany, and he left Germany in 1939, coming to the United States in 1940. He became an American citizen in 1946. “Symphonic Metamorphosen” was written in 1943.

• “Pictures At An Exhibition,” by Modest Mussorgsky and orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. “Here we have the ultimate in program music,” Mehling said. “Each movement paints a specific picture ranging from ‘The Great Gate of Kiev’ to ‘Ballet of Unhatched Chicks.’”

Mussorgsky, a Russian composer who lived from 1839 to 1881, wrote “Pictures at an Exhibition” in 1874, and it has proven to be the most popular of the composer's works, both in its original version for piano and in orchestral versions, of which the one by Ravel is the most popular.

Mehling will lead the audience through each piece using the orchestra to point out what to listen for and when. “Teachers of young children are especially encouraged to attend this performance as it is a perfect piece for children,” he said. Those in attendance will be able to request a special teaching package prepared by Mehling for use in the classroom.

Advance tickets for the Jan. 24 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.