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CalCap presents free chamber music at Sac State


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Fans of classical music always welcome July as the time when great chamber music returns to the Sacramento State campus – and it’s free.

The annual CalCap Chamber Music Workshop will run July 20-25 and July 27-Aug. 1 at Capistrano Hall. Led by Sacramento State Music Professor Pete Nowlen, the two sessions will bring together intermediate and advanced musicians from across the country. These performers of the violin, cello, piano, flute, clarinet and other instruments are assigned to a new group and musical piece each day for rehearsal and coaching.

After the daylong, intensive lessons, the groups will perform free afternoon and evening concerts in Capistrano Hall 151. This year’s concerts will be at 4 and 6:30 p.m. July 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31 and Aug. 1; and at 3 p.m. July 23 and 30.

“CalCap is a wonderful intergenerational event that brings together performers from 17 to 80-plus years old for outstanding daily concerts,” Nowlen says.

Those participants receive guidance from renowned musicians such as current and former Sac State instructors Anna Presler, Deborah Pittman, David Wells and John Cozza, plus Yael Ronen, Rae Ann Goldberg, Mutsuko Tatman, Randy Fisher and Burke Schuchmann.

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