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Special Events and Faculty Recitals

Bach WeekBach Week

Tuesday, Jan. 22–Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019

A week devoted to the performance and exploration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries.

 

 

 

 

Catherine TurocyAkademie: Baroque Dance and the Cello Suite

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
6 p.m., Pavilion, Performing Arts Center

This year’s Akademie lecture features Catherine Turocy, internationally recognized as a leading choreographer/reconstructor and stage director in 17th- and 18th-century period performance. She will explore the relationship between Baroque dance forms and the cello suites of J.S. Bach with discussion, examples and audience participation! Barbara Spencer will play examples from Bach’s cello suites to aid in the discussion. Stay for the following chamber concert.

Free

 


Barbara Spencer, Jeanne Shumway and Hilary Clark

Chamber Concert: Bach Cello Suite Cycle I

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
7:30 p.m., Pavilion, Performing Arts Center

Cellists Barbara Spencer, Jeanne Shumway and Hilary Clark begin a two-year cycle of the cello suites of J.S. Bach. Each will perform one of these monuments of the solo cello literature. Come to the preceding Akademie lecture to gain a new understanding of the influence of Baroque dance on these instrumental suites.

Free

 

Instrumental Master Class

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
11:10 a.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

The guest artists of Mensa Sonora California will coach Cal Poly students in instrumental repertoire from the Baroque era, with a focus on historically informed performance.

Free

 

Vocal Master Class

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
3:10 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

Guest artist Matthew Goinz, a longtime member of the world-famous men’s ensemble Cantus, will coach several Cal Poly voice students in repertoire from the Baroque era.

Free

 


David Arrivée and Scott Glysson

Pre-Concert Talk

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
7 p.m., Mission San Luis Obispo

Join Cal Poly Bach Week directors David Arrivée and Scott Glysson for an overview of the Friday and Saturday concerts.

Free

 

 


Left to right, top to bottom:
Cait Frizzell, Katya Gruzglina
Matthew Goinz, Paul Woodring
Anthony Martin, Charles Sherman
David Wilson, John Dornenburt

Chamber Concert: Music Royal and Divine

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
8 p.m., Mission San Luis Obispo

Music celebrating royalty and the divine.

This year, the concert will expand to include chamber vocal works in addition to instrumental music performed by the world-class period instrument ensemble Mensa Sonora California. Three works for solo voice and small instrument ensemble will also be performed. Two works by Handel, “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” and “Salve Regina,” will be performed by guest artists, sopranos Cait Frizzell and Katya Gruzglina, respectively. Gruzglina is a graduate of the Juilliard School and an active performer with Chamber Music Silicon Valley and Orange County Opera. Frizzell is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and a member of the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire. Guest baritone Goinz will perform the cantata “Thétis” by French baroque composer Jean-Phillipe Rameau. The concert will also include “L’impériale” by François Couperin, performed by Mensa Sonora California: Anthony Martin, violin; David Wilson, violin; John Dornenburg, viola da gamba; and Charles Sherman, harpsichord. University organist Paul Woodring will play organ.

Tickets ($15 general, $10 students)*

*Special! Discounted pricing for both Mission concerts ($25 general,$15 students)

 

Bach in the Mission IX: Music for the King

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019
8 p.m., Mission San Luis Obispo

Members of Cal Poly’s Chamber Choir, Symphony and faculty join with guest artists to perform the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. A celebration of kings both earthly and heavenly, this performance joins together Bach’s first known cantata for Christmas Day with Handel’s celebration of King George II’s victory at the Battle of Dettingen.

  • Purcell – Selections from the Fairy Queen
  • J.S. Bach – Christen, ätzet diesen Tag (Cantata for the First Day of Christmas), BWV 63
  • Handel – Dettingen Te Deum, HWV 283

Tickets ($15 general, $10 students)*

*Special! Discounted pricing for both Mission concerts ($25 general,$15 students)


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W. Terrence SpillerW. Terrence Spiller: Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle IV

Friday, May 17, 2019
7:30 p.m., Pavilion, Performing Arts Center

The fourth in Spiller's survey of the Beethoven piano sonatas:

  • Sonata in C Minor, Op.10, No.1
  • Sonata in G, Op. 31, No.1
  • Sonata in G Minor, Op. 49, No.1
  • Sonata in G, Op. 49, No. 2
  • Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”)

Tickets ($14 general, $9 students)

 

 

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