Join Our Mailing List

Special Events and Faculty Recitals

Arnab ChakrabartyArnab Chakrabarty and Sanju Sahai: An Evening of North Indian Classical Music

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017
7:30 p.m., Spanos Theatre

Arnab Chakrabarty and Sanju Sahai will perform a concert of North Indian classical music.

The program will feature performances of ragas unique to the Indian subcontinent, with roots dating back hundreds of years. A raga is a matrix of melodic possibilities based on a distinct set of notes governed by a well-defined syntax. Recombination of melodic matter takes place in real time to compose fresh ideas that Hindustani musicians think of as improvisation.

The meter-bound part of the melodic matter is temporally articulated within a cyclical framework known as tala. Talas are cycles that range from four to 108 beats in length, though the most commonly performed talas are between six and 16 beats.

Chakrabarty will play the sarod, a long-necked, fretless, plucked lute. He is primarily a proponent of the Shahjahanpur gharana, or school, but his style has also been influenced by many other luminaries of North Indian classical music. He teaches and performs internationally.

Sahai will accompany on the tabla, a pair of small, tuned, hand drums. He is a ninth-generation maestro of the Benares gharana. He is an accomplished soloist and accompanist, and has performed around the world.

Tickets ($14 general, $9 students)

 

 

back to top

W. Terrence SpillerW. Terrence Spiller Piano Recital

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
7:30 p.m., Spanos Theatre

Concert pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will perform Robert Schumann’s “Abegg” Variations, Op. 1, and “Papillons,” Op. 2; Frédéric Chopin’s “Waltzes,” Op. 69, A-flat Major and B minor, and Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23; Claude Debussy’s “Estampes”; Amy Beach’s “Hermit Thrush at Morn,” Op. 92, No. 2; and Alberto Ginastera’s “Danzas Argentinas,” Op. 2.

Tickets ($14 general, $9 students)

 

 

back to top

Bach WeekBach Week

Tuesday, Jan. 16–Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside Bach Week

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
6 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

Join Bach Week directors David Arrivée and Scott Glysson for an overview of the week's repertoire, in the context of J.S. Bach's life and larger cultural context.

Free

 

Master Class with Mensa Sonora California

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
11:10 a.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

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

Free

 

Akademie: Bach — Student and Teacher

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
7:30 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

The Akademie lecture series continues with an exploration of Bach's role as a teacher and as a self-directed student of other composers. The musical discussion led by Clifton Swanson will focus on works by Pergolesi and Vivaldi to be performed on Saturday’s Bach in the Mission Concert, as well as works by his students which will be performed on Friday’s Chamber Concert.
Free admission.

Free

 

Chamber Concert: Bach and His Students

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
8 p.m., Mission San Luis Obispo

A selection of works by Bach’s pupils, including Johann Goldberg, Johann Krebs, Johann Kirnberger, Johann Kellner, and their fellow Johann: Johann Sebastian Bach himself.

Performed by Mensa Sonora California on period instruments:

  • David Wilson, violin
  • Anthony Martin, violin
  • John Dornenburg, viola da gamba
  • Charles Sherman, harpsichord

Tickets ($20 premium general and students, $15 general, $10 students)*

*Special! Discounted pricing for both Mission concerts ($35 premium public and students, $25 general public, $15 students)

 

Bach in the Mission VIII: Bach and the Italians

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 8 p.m., Mission San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly's Early Music Ensemble, members of the Cal Poly Symphony and faculty join with professional guest artists to perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries:

  • Pergolesi: Stabat Mater (beginning)
  • J.S. Bach: "Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden," BWV 1083 — an arrangement of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (conclusion)
  • Vivaldi: Concerto in A minor
    for Two Violins, Op. 3, No. 8 (transcribed by Bach as BWV 593) Anthony Martin and David Wilson, violins
  • J.S. Bach: Magnificat, BWV 243

Tickets ($20 premium general and students, $15 general, $10 students)*

*Special! Discounted pricing for both Mission concerts ($35 premium public and students, $25 general public, $15 students)


back to top

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

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)

 

 

back to top