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.
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.
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.