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February 9, 2005
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Music Department Chair Anthony Scelba
to Conduct Master Classes in Spain

Scelba will perform the Schubert Quintet with Kean's affiliate artists on March 3

UNION, N.J. ––In March, Dr. Anthony Scelba, chair of the Department of Music at Kean University and player of the double bass, will be leaving for Spain to participate in the World Chamber Music Festival in Mondragon. But before leaving, Scelba will perform the Schubert Quintet. The concert, titled Schubertiana, will be given with Kean’s affiliate artist faculty, on March 3, at 8 p.m. in the Wilkins Theatre on the main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union. Tickets are $10 for the general public, with discounts available for students, alumni, and seniors. Information about all affiliate artist concerts is available from the Wilkins Theatre Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469).

Scelba, newly elected chair of the Department of Music, is a renowned performer on the double bass, the largest stringed instrument in the violin family. He has been invited to Spain to perform with the Cadei String Quartet at the Ciclo de Musicos del Mundo.

In addition to performing, Scelba will teach master classes (open-forum public music lessons) at the Musikene, Spain’s foremost music conservatory located in San Sebastian in the Basque region.

The invitations from Spain resulted from a fortunate encounter. “I met Catalin Bucataru, first violinist of the Cadei Quartet, when he visited Kean last year. He’s a wonderful musician. It’s an honor for me to be invited to perform with him and his ensemble,” said Scelba.

Bucataru, a professor at the Musikene, is scheduled to work at Kean again during several trips to New Jersey this spring semester. The exchange visits of the two professors and performers are a first for Kean and the Musikene.

In Spain, the ensemble with Scelba will perform a Quartet by Rossini, Waltzes by Dvórak, and a quintet by Schubert, the Great C Major. The Quintet, very popular among the masterpieces of chamber music, is originally for two violins, viola, and two cellos. Scelba has arranged it, under a grant from Kean, for string quartet and double bass.

Dr. Martha Marchena, coordinator of the International Artists and Educators Exchange Program at Kean University, said, “I am proud that Dr. Scelba will be representing us in this, our eighth international exchange.”

Scelba is unusual among double bassists for specializing in chamber music. He is the first double bassist to obtain a doctorate from The Juilliard School, and was for 10 years, principal double bassist of the New Jersey Symphony. Since then, he has performed chamber music in Europe, South America, Asia, and throughout the United States.

At Kean since 1996, Scelba is the founder and director of its acclaimed Affiliate Artist Program, which brings internationally renowned performers onto the faculty. In addition to teaching, the affiliate artists perform a series of chamber music concerts at the University each year, as part of Kean’s professional presentations. These concerts are open to the public.