Thursday, March 8, 2018
7:30 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218
John Salmon, music professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will give a piano recital of classical and jazz compositions.
Salmon will perform repertoire by the three B’s: Bach, Beethoven and Brubeck, then conclude with Salmon’s own jazz duet versions of works by Bach. Salmon will be joined for the duets by Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller.
Salmon has distinguished himself on four continents as both a classical and jazz artist. He has recorded four compact discs of Dave Brubeck’s classical piano music on the Phoenix, Naxos and Albany labels. Brubeck dedicated two compositions to Salmon: “The Salmon Strikes” and “Bach Again.” Salmon’s CD of piano pieces by Nikolai Kapustin is also on the Naxos label, and a CD of his own jazz compositions, “Salmon Is a Jumpin’,” was released by Albany Records.
As a guest lecturer, Salmon has presented on a wide array of topics including “Beethoven’s Shadow” at the Juilliard School, “September 1828: Schubert’s Last Three Piano Sonatas” at the Boston Conservatory and “Adding Notes to Classical Scores” in Morelia, Mexico. (Cut the venue name.)
Salmon has published a book, “The Piano Sonatas of Carl Loewe,” as well as musical publications including “Add On Bach,” “Jazz Up the Inventions,” “Jazz Up the Sinfonias” and “Jazz Standards.”
$5 at the door.
Monday, March 12, 2018
6 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218
Abbey K. Chokera, senior assistant director for Kenya’s Permanent Presidential Music Commission in the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, will give a presentation on Kenyan folk music.
Chokera is visiting the U.S. through the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) International Conductors Exchange Program, and he will present at the ACDA Western Division Conference in Pasadena in March. As part of the exchange, Cal Poly Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson will travel to Kenya this summer to work with choirs from across the country, and present a concert.
Chokera has been involved as a music educator and choral musician in Kenya where he has served as a member of the National Executive Committee of the Kenya Music Festival, and as an adjudicator and facilitator for choral activities. He is also the founder of the Bel Canto Chorus, a female choral group in Nairobi.
He earned a doctorate in music education from the University of Florida in 2016. While at the university, he was the director of the Pazeni Sauti (Raise Your Voices) Africa Choir, a unique ensemble that specializes in singing traditional choral arrangements and compositions from eastern, western and southern Africa.
Free and open to the public.
Friday, May 11, 2018
7:30 p.m., Pavilion
W. Terrence Spiller continues his exploration of Beethoven’s sonatas in a program of four works:
- Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 22
- Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”
- Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2
- Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111
Tickets ($14 general, $9 students)