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Special Events and Faculty Recitals


Brynn Albanese, Ken Hustad and John Astaire

Brynn Albanese, Violin, Ken Hustad, Bass; and John Astaire, Timpani

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
7:30 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

The Cal Poly Music Department will present a faculty recital with violinist Brynn Albanese.

Albanese, applied violin and viola instructor for the Music Department, will perform an eclectic mix of solo violin works as well as duos with faculty members Ken Hustad, bass; and John Astaire, timpani. She will also perform with guest guitarist Jack Cimo.


Jack Cimo

The solo works are “Passacaglia in G Minor for Unaccompanied Violin” by Heinrich Ignaz Von Biber, “Tango Etude No. 1” and “Tango Etude No. 3” by Astor Piazzolla, a movement from “Sonata for Solo Violin,” Op. 115, by Sergei Prokofiev and a movement from “Sonata in G Minor” by J.S. Bach.

For the duo performances, Hustad and Albanese will perform the first movement of Edgar Meyer’s “Concert Duo for Bass and Violin”; Astaire and Albanese will perform David Avshalomov’s “Diversion, Violin and Timpani” (“Terwilliger”); and Cimo and Albanese will close the program with “Café 1930” from Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango.”

Albanese, a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, began working professionally as concertmaster for the Annapolis Symphony and the Boston Philharmonic. She attended the Tanglewood Music Festival in 1991 and 1992, where she performed as concertmaster for the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concerts under conductors Seiji Ozawa and Rodger Norrington. She also played with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. During a period abroad, she was a member of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, Netherlands. She also performed regularly with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

In 2008 Albanese joined the popular world music ensemble, Café Musique, and has played with the group throughout California and internationally. She is concertmaster of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Opera San Luis Obispo and Orchestra Novo; and is co-concertmaster for Symphony of the Vines.

Hustad teaches bass at Cal Poly and Cuesta College. He is also a studio musician and performs regularly in classical, jazz and commercial groups. He is co-principal bassist with the San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra, and plays with several other local orchestras. He is also the low-strings coach for the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and philosophy from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. 

Astaire teaches percussion and music theory at Cal Poly, and directs its Polyrhythmics percussion ensemble. He has performed locally and throughout the U.S. as a percussion soloist. He is principal timpanist for the San Luis Obispo Symphony. He earned his doctorate in percussion performance from Indiana University. 

Cimo is a classically trained Spanish guitarist, and holds a degree from the USC Thornton School of Music. He runs both the Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition in Reno, Nevada, and the San Francisco Bay Guitar Competition. 

Parking is free in the Grand Avenue parking structure (Lot 130). For more information on parking on campus, visit Cal Poly’s Transportation and Parking Services website.

$5 at the door, no series discount

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Katherine Arhur, Paul Woodring and David Arrivée

Brahms Songs

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
3 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

The Cal Poly Music Department will present “Brahms Songs,” a faculty lecture-recital.

David Arrivée will begin the presentation with a talk about Johannes Brahms and his compositions. Katherine Arthur, soprano; and Paul Woodring, piano; will perform two sets of eight Brahms songs. Between the sets, Woodring will perform the Intermezzo in A Major, one of Brahms best-loved short piano pieces.

Arthur said the presentation offers an opportunity to get to know Brahms through an overview of the man and composer, and through a journey of some of his most well-known songs.

“The lively, poignant and thought-provoking interpretations of Brahms’ songs will be rendered by seasoned musicians who have not only performed and taught these songs for decades, but who are also well-versed in the German language,” Arthur said.

Arthur teaches both applied and class voice at Cal Poly. She has appeared in music festivals across the U.S. and Europe. She has sung and recorded with the Southwest Chamber Music Ensemble, recorded a solo CD with Orfeo records, and has been a frequent guest soloist with the Santa Barbara Oratorio Society. Arthur has been featured as a soloist in several Cal Poly Choir and San Luis Obispo Master Chorale concerts. She served as director of UC Santa Barbara’s Opera Workshop program. Arthur earned Master of Arts degree from UCSB and is a certified Alexander Technique Teacher.

Woodring is an accompanist and music coach at Cal Poly, and also the university organist. He specialized in organ performance at Cal State Northridge, followed by organ and harpsichord studies in Vienna, Austria. As an accompanist, Woodring has worked with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Los Angeles Opera Company among other well-known ensembles. Locally, he has worked with Opera San Luis Obispo, Festival Mozaic, Central Coast Children’s Choir, San Luis Obispo Master Chorale, Tolosa Strings and several musical theater organizations. He is music director for Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church and the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church.

Arrivée has worked with a variety of ensembles as a conductor, pianist, harpsichordist and clarinetist. He is the director of the Cal Poly Symphony, teaches theory and musicianship, and coaches chamber ensembles. For seven years, he served as the associate conductor of Festival Mozaic. With Scott Glysson he is co-director of Cal Poly’s annual Bach Week, which brings together faculty, students and guest artists to perform the vocal and instrumental works of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. Before moving to the Central Coast, he served as the assistant conductor of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and taught music theory at Northwestern University.

Parking is free in the Grand Avenue Parking Structure (Lot 130). For more information on parking on campus, visit Cal Poly’s Transportation and Parking Services website.

$5 at the door, no series discoun.

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recitalistsFaculty Showcase Recital

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
6:30 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

The Cal Poly Music Department will present a faculty showcase recital!

Recital coordinator Christopher J. Woodruff said the intent of the recital is to enable music students to see their instructors perform.

“The recital provides an opportunity to showcase the rich talent embodied by the breadth of Cal Poly applied faculty who devote so much time and energy to our music students,” Woodruff said. “It’s also a chance to introduce some of our new faculty to the San Luis Obispo music community.”

Up to 12 faculty members are slated to perform, including Amy Goymerac, soprano; Brynn Albanese, violin; Heidi Butterfield, oboe; Keith Waibel, clarinet; Laura Kramer, baritone saxophone; Lisa Nauful, bassoon; Mark Miller, trombone; Barbara Spencer, cello; John Astaire, percussion; and Ken Hustad, bass. Woodruff will play trumpet. University organist and staff accompanist Paul Woodring will play piano.

The program will include a variety of works, including the 20th-century works “Valse Miniature” from Serge Koussevitsky’s “Morceaux,” and a movement from Francis Poulenc’s “Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano.” More recent works are Donald Erb’s “Diversion for Two,” Bruce Broughton’s “Oliver’s Birthday” and Matthew Peterson’s “Smooth, Fat, Nasty.” Waibel, Spencer and Woodring will perform a piece by local composer Alan Boehmer titled “Remembrances.”

For information on the recitalists, visit the Music Department’s faculty website.

Music majors at Cal Poly are required to be enrolled in applied, or private, lessons each quarter. Many non-music majors who are enrolled in larger ensembles like the Cal Poly Symphony, Wind Bands and University Jazz Bands also have lessons with faculty.

Parking is free after 5 p.m. in the Grand Avenue parking structure (Lot 130. For more information on parking on campus, visit Cal Poly’s Transportation and Parking Services website.

$5 at the door, no series discount.

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W. Terrence SpillerW. Terrence Spiller Piano Recital

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
7:30 p.m., Spanos Theatre

Concert pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will perform a program of works by J.S. Bach, Fanny Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Bartók and Kodály.

Tickets ($14 general, $9 students)

 

 

 

 

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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 overiew of the Friday and Saturday concerts.

Free

 

 


Left to right, top to bottom:
Cait Frizzell, Lindsey McLennan Burdick
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: Couperin’s “L’impériale,” Handel’s “Gloria in excelsis Deo” and “Salve Regina,” and Rameau’s “Thétis.” Sopranos Cait Frizzell and Lindsey McLennan Burdick, and Matthew Goinz, bass, with Mensa Sonora California on period instruments: Anthony Martin, violin; David Wilson, violin; John Dornenburg, viola da gamba; Charles Sherman, harpsichord; and Paul Woodring, 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. Bach’s “Christen, ätzet diesen Tag,” BWV 63; selections from Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” and Handel’s “Dettingen Te Deum.”

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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