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CalCap concerts bring summer music to Sac State


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Some of the finest classical musicians are coming to Sacramento State for two weeks of workshops, instruction and performances, and the public is invited to hear them in concert – for free.

Beverly Oliver (left) and Claire Tatman take part in a CalCap workshop.

Beverly Oliver (left) and Claire Tatman take part in a CalCap workshop.

CalCap draws intermediate and advanced performers on violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe and French horn, among others, for intensive rehearsal and coaching. The participants cover a wide age range, from advanced high school students to adults. “We are an intergenerational workshop with participants from 17 to 80-plus years old,” says program Director Pete Nowlen.

This year’s workshop is July 22-Aug. 3. Free, public concerts will be held at 3 p.m. July 25 and Aug. 1; and at 4 and 6 p.m. July 23 and 24, 26 and 27, 30 and 31, and Aug. 2 and 3. All concerts will be held in Capistrano Hall Room 151.

The goal of CalCap is to provide each participant with a diverse chamber music experience. Participants are assigned to a new group with a new piece of music each day, and take part in intensive rehearsal and coaching. Those sessions are followed by the afternoon and evening concerts, making the program a double winner. “The workshop participants get guidance from professional musicians, and the public gets to hear some superb music,” says Nowlen.

For more information about CalCap, visit or call (916) 278-7982. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

– Craig Koscho