Join Our Mailing List

Special Events and Faculty Recitals

Jessica Getman and Timothy FreezeJessica Getman and Timothy Freeze Presentation: Gershwin's Concerto in F and the ‘Gershwin Critical Edition’

Friday, May 5, 2017
3 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

Cal Poly alumna Jessica Getman will give a presentation on George Gershwin’s Concerto in F. 

Getman is the managing editor for the Gershwin Initiative at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, which is in the process of making a critical score of the concerto for publication. Timothy Freeze, the concerto’s primary editor, will join Getman to discuss the scope of the Initiative, “The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition,” their experience of working with the Gershwin families and with Schott Music Publishing, and the process of making a critical score for a such a complex composition.

On May 6, the San Luis Obispo Symphony will perform the Gershwin Initiative’s edition at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The performance will feature pianist Ji and will be conducted by Rei Hotoda.

“We are doing what we call a ‘test performance’ with the symphony — it’s a performance of the edition, pre-publication, that helps us find errors and determine if our engraving is optimal for performers, and gain a deeper understanding of Gershwin’s conception of the piece,” Getman said. “It’s a win for both sides: The orchestra gets a better score and set of parts — and one that is more considered and true to Gershwin’s original manuscript and early performances — and we get the expertise of a large variety of performers.”

In addition to her work at the University of Michigan, Getman is a film musicologist focusing on music in television and science fiction media. A Cal Poly graduate, she holds two master’s degrees from Boston University in historical performance and musicology, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, for which she produced a dissertation on music and social discourse in the original series of “Star Trek.” Other areas of study include music production in mid-20th-century American television, popular music in science fiction media and amateur music in media fandom.

Freeze is visiting assistant professor at the College of Wooster, Ohio. He has published research on Gustav Mahler, Viennese operetta and Aaron Copland in several journals and collected volumes. Freeze previously taught at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and at IES Abroad in Vienna, Austria. He earned a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Michigan and has held research fellowships from the Berlin Program for Advanced German European Studies, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Fulbright Program.
- San Luis Obispo Symphony
- Gershwin Initiative

back to top

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

Friday, May 12, 2017
7:30 p.m., Pavilion, Performing Arts Center

Pianist and Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give an all-Beethoven recital in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center.

The recital is the second in his survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. The program, which contains four sonatas, begins with Beethoven’s first piano sonata, Opus 2, No. 1 in F minor, followed by Opus 101 in A major, Opus 13 in C minor (“The Pathetique”), and concluding with Opus 31, No. 3 in E-flat major.

Tickets ($14 general, $9 students)



back to top

That's the KeyThat's the Key Spring Concerts

Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, 2017
7 p.m., Philips Hall, Performing Arts Center

Cal Poly a cappella ensemble That’s the Key will perform its annual spring concert twice in Philips Hall of the Performing Arts Center (No. 6, Room 124).

That’s the Key has performed at numerous events this academic year, including TEDxCalPoly in the Performing Arts Center, the Engineers Without Borders’ event Agua for Nicaragua, and several recent Cal Poly Open House events. 

That’s the Key is comprised of 15 students from various majors who sing original arrangements of popular music.  

$5 admission at the door. Proceeds benefit the group’s competition and travel fees for next year.  


back to top

Kramer and Panic DuoComposition Master Class with Laura M. Kramer and Panic Duo

Thursday, May 25, 2017
11 a.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

Composer and saxophonist Laura M. Kramer and Panic Duo, featuring violinist Pasha Tseitlin and pianist Nic Gerpe, will present a composition master class. They will discuss the premiere of Kramer's new work for saxophone, violin and piano which will be premiered at Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and will perform reading sessions of student compositions.



back to top

Kramer and Panic DuoLaura M. Kramer Recital with Panic Duo

Thursday, May 25, 2017
7:30 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

Composer and saxophonist Laura M. Kramer and Panic Duo, featuring violinist Pasha Tseitlin and pianist Nic Gerpe, will perform works for combinations of saxophone, violin and piano by Jennifer Higdon, Robert Muczynski and Evan Chambers, and will also be premiering a new work by Kramer.

Kramer teaches musicianship, saxophone and theory in the Music Department. For more information on Kramer, visit the department's faculty website.

For more information on Panic Duo, visit the group's website.

$5 admission at the door.


back to top

CollegiansCollegians 50-Year Reunion Concert

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017
7:30–10:30 p.m., Madonna Inn Ballroom

The Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band will celebrate its golden 50-year reunion with a performance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in the Madonna Inn Ballroom in San Luis Obispo.

The ensemble of 20 musicians will recreate the swinging sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Les Brown and other big bands of the 1940s through the '60s.

The Collegians — predecessor to today's acclaimed Cal Poly University Jazz Bands — was founded in 1937 by then Music Department Head Harold P. Davidson. The alumni band members are Cal Poly graduates from the late '40s to the early '60s who travel to San Luis Obispo for the reunion concert from throughout California, Arizona, Oregon, Massachusetts and Québec, Canada.

The alumni band has performed at a variety of local venues on the Central Coast over the years. The Madonna Inn Ballroom has been the site of the band's homecoming since 1999, following a personal invitation from the late Alex Madonna.

Admission to the performance is free; voluntary contributions to Cal Poly's Collegians Jazz Scholarship are welcome.

The Collegians draw a full house every year, and seating is guaranteed only for those who make a reservation and dine in the Steak House. Non-diners who wish to dance or listen are accommodated on a first-come basis. To make dinner reservations at the Madonna Inn Steak House, call 805-543-3000. For more information about the Madonna Inn and the Steak House, visit the Madonna Inn website.

For more information about the Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band, including historic photos, visit the group's website.


back to top